It’s been a while, I know. This past month or so has probably been one of the most turbulent in my life. I’m undergoing a monumental change regarding my working situation and as a result I’ve allowed the blog to slip, as well as participating in discussions/commenting on fellow bloggers’ pieces. This is the absolute last thing I wanted to happen. I owe it to all of you to explain what’s going on with me, and hopefully I can sort out a way to rectify the situation and keep providing content. So here it is:
I’m training to be a physics teacher!
I’ve been involved in the sphere of education since I graduated from university seven years ago. My first job was working for a company that provided science-themed after-school clubs, workshops, stage shows, even holiday camps and birthday parties to primary school children, all with the aim of sparking enthusiasm for science. It was awesome. I played with Van Der Graaff generators, dry ice, home-made flamethrowers, lasers, smoke machines, and all manner of badass equipment. Then, the absolute worst thing that could’ve happened, happened. I got promoted.
I became the Assistant Branch Manager, and all of a sudden my responsibilities changed. I did less awesome science, instead being required to sell clubs and workshops to the schools. And I sucked at it. Royally. I lasted 3 months of having my soul slowly stripped away by the company director who berated me for not meeting sales targets before I quit. It was a crying shame.
Still, the work I’d done before the promotion had inspired me. It’s a cliché I know, but watching students get their ‘penny-dropping’ moments was incredible. I knew teaching would be on the cards for me at some point in the future. Shortly after quitting I became a physics technician for a secondary school. All of the joy of getting to use all the cool equipment and showcase the amazing demonstrations, with none of the bureaucracy involved with teaching. I stayed in the role for four years and would probably still be doing it now if I didn’t need to provide for a young family. So a few months ago I made the decision. It’s about time I got a move on and started my training.
I started in September. Forget being thrown in at the deep end, it felt like being unceremoniously deposited at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. The lesson planning, tutorial responsibilities, initial training activities, meetings, skills tests, on top of raising a young family….it was an insane time. It still is. My days usually start at 5:30am and I’ve spent the past few weeks working until 11 at night. And as a result, I haven’t had the time or energy for uploading new content.
But there is hope. I’m not giving up. I’ve loved writing my Nerdly Musings and reviewing indie games, and have no desire to stop completely. As I adjust to this new working situation I fully intend on finding a healthy work/life balance, and to set some time aside at least for some Nerdly Musings, if I haven’t got time for gaming. That being said, half term is coming up and so is October 30th, the release date of the new Call of Cthulhu game. You best believe I’m buttering that muffin.
So I’m still around. I still have the burning fire of creativity within me. Though I currently have to ration the amount of kindling I feed it, and may have to for the near future, I’ve no intention of letting it die. It’ll just be a small flame….for now.