INSTALLMENT #2: ASPIRING ASTRONAUTS UNITE!
If you don’t remember installment #1, check it out here.
I never wanted to be an astronaut. I think, even at a young and impressionable age, I knew an astronaut involved much more math than I felt comfortable with. I did want to go to Space Camp, but that’s beside the point. The point is, nobody laughed when a 5-year-old kid wanted to be an astronaut (wouldn’t it be cooler if they wanted to be an Cosmonaut?) or a lion tamer or any other job a kid could dream up. “You can be whatever you want to be.”
I still believe that.
I could say that my belief in that statement is possibly the reason I’m having so much trouble finishing school, but possibly isn’t the right word (insert “definitely” here). I want to be too many things and I believe that I can still be all of them, despite the tug of war I’m playing with time. Since I started college, I have had, or considered, the following majors: Political Science (original and current major), Film, Communications, Fashion, Sociology, Voice, and English.
What am I gonna do with Political Science, you ask? Teach, hopefully. I love teaching, and, without sounding too pompous, I think I’m a great teacher. I like to make a difference, I like to instill passion, I like to provoke intense thought, and I like having influence over others.
But I still indulge my other passions so as to appease any thought of converting back…because I REALLY need to graduate. I’m starting to feel discouraged, and that’s the last thing I need right now. So I make mini films, I communicate with others, I sew bags and skirts and design clothing lines, I observe and collect human behavior, I sing, and I write.
It’s writing that finally brings me to the main topic of this post. I love writing, but I had forgotten that love until my English class this semester. That class is actually the inspiration for this entire Rum Creeters thing (and boy am I glad Rachel, Steven, and Sara were on board). I have so much to say. Always. having an outlet for that makes me happy and even though I do all of those other things, this is the only appeasement I indulge in where I truly get that feeling of “I can be whatever I want to be.” I believe that I could be a writer. I believe that people would want to read what I have to say. I believe that, even though teaching is what I’m pursuing, being a writer isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.
So on that note…I’m excited to announce that I’m writing a book. It’s actually a series of short stories that are related and go together as one collective unit. I have been thinking about it for over 6 months and over that course of time, I have become extremely intimate with my 5 main characters. Recently, I decided to get the ball rolling, so I printed out Character Development Sheets so as to develop my characters’ backgrounds.
I hated the tediousness of the questions, partly because I don’t need them. I already know my characters very well and it’s not necessary for me to see their profile in writing in order for them to have consistency. And partly because I don’t write like that, and I never have. Even on big assignments for school, I tend to avoid outlines and any other form of pre-determined structure. I just write and revise, write and revise.
Anyway, I don’t want to give any information away (because hopefully you will all read it one day…and hopefully Ruh-chel might consider editing it), but I just wanted to share my happiness with everyone. I’m going to be a writer (this is where you say, “You can be whatever you want to be”). Hey! Thanks for your words of encouragement!
Until next time, then.