Oh man, I remember this thing. I have so many draft posts saved, but I don’t feel like finishing any of them. They have interesting names like, “Catholic camp,” and “Tom Hardy’s brand positioning problem,” and “Pixel and the super fun bathroom times.” Oh my.
Instead, I feel I should summarize some of the important things that have happened in 2012 so far, so that when I look back in a few months I can be all, like, Dang! I did a lot of shit. A lot of shit was did.
1. Made a documentary
I produced a 30-minute documentary that I named, “As Long As We Keep Telling.” It’s about why we tell ghost stories, with some great personal ghost stories and professionally-told legends sprinkled in. When I had to come up with an idea for this doc in the Fall semester of 2011, I thought I should do some important topic like the local food movement or something. But my instructor said that that had been done, and besides that I knew I couldn’t really get excited by such a topic and therefore wouldn’t be able to pitch it convincingly. So I hit upon the idea of ghosts, and why we’re so fascinated with them even in such a logical, scientific, rational world. The more I read and learned about ghosts over the ages, the more I believe they are a great way to explore history–because ghosts often seem to have something to tell those who see them, or some reason for lingering behind, which in fact changes over time to reflect what happens to be haunting the minds of the living. Plus I think it’s neat that whether you believe in ghosts or not, everyone loves hearing a good story about them. And, well this is my favorite line from all of our interviews:
If I do become a documentary filmmaker, my goal would be to sneakily teach people things or make them think while pretending to just entertain them.
2. Graduated from Master’s program
Am now a Master of Science. Seem to be hiding that from job applications…but I’m still glad I did it. I created and collaborated on so many cool projects, learned so much, and met so many awesome people that I never would have if I’d stayed in the world of the employed. Promptly after I passed my 1.5 hour oral exam (after an 8 hour written exam) I had a festive bonfire with fellow grads to send off all our notes and readings in a pyre.
3. Moving across the country!
So Richard and I have decided to move to San Francisco…in like 2 and a half weeks! We do not have jobs yet, and do not have a place to live (although I hope to remedy at least this in the next few days). We’ve known that once I graduated it would be a good time to leave Bloomington, and that I would be very limited in finding jobs around here that I really want. Richard is ready to move on to new job adventures too, and more than that perhaps it is just…time. I’ve lived here 27 years give or take 6 months, and it’s time to strike out on a new adventure to see what can be seen.
On an unrelated note, if you know anyone in the Bay area looking for cool new friends, a wicked awesome SharePoint no-code developer/business intelligence/project manager dude, or a super talented and lovely associate producer/production manager/assistant to a cool person at a nice media company–please let us know.