Since I last posted, much has changed, and I'm on the verge of yet another career transition.
Midway through last year, I finished my degree and will be graduating in April at which point I will Margaret Morgan B.A. LL.B B.Adv.Sc. Probably enough letters to be going on with, although I confess I have been thinking deeply about whether or not to continue formal studies.There were two possibilities: staying with science and moving into post-grad, or starting a PhD in Media Studies (creative practice).
Both had their allure. The former, because, well, science. But that would have entailed another five or so years of study and grunt work, with some opportunity for original research, but essentially I'd end up just as a baby scientist and given my er... maturity, I don't want to be a baby again. The latter would have given me an opportunity to write the science fiction novel that's been gurgling around my brain for the last year or so, but would also have required writing a 40,000 word thesis (exegesis) which wasn't too attractive a concept. I want to write, but I want to write what I want to write.
So the decision has been made. I'm writing the novel.
Meanwhile, I've started writing for the Australian Independent Media Network, on science. My first piece, on plants and climate change, will be up there soon. I'll be publishing here everything I publish there, but it'd be great if you could visit the AIMN site and comment there, if you're inclined. It's a worthy site, devoted to providing a forum for non-mainstream media Australian writers and journalists.
And because I hate a blog post without graphics, here's a shot of my husband and me on our recent trip to Europe, visiting his family in the Netherlands. Snow!
I hope you'll continue to follow my blog and meandering career, in their new incarnation!