Awesome news! I have been hired to work with the excellent Pacific Science Center on a strategic reimagining of a portion of their exhibits. I was happy when they reached out to me, and excited to use my skills from my time with The Field Museum in Chicago (plus all of my newer storytelling skills further cultivated through fiction at Hugo House and Pitch Wars). Pacific Science Center is a great science and exploration resource for people throughout Puget Sound, and I’m a big fan of the staff and their exhibits. (Can you say water cannon?)
But all exhibits need a little love over time, and that’s where I come in to create options for new narratives and identify opportunities for interactive elements (both physical builds, and visitor interaction points with education staff). It’s strategic planning at its most fun, working with a team of smart, engaged people with good data, open to new ideas, and appreciative of the role story plays in helping people understand and engage with the world.
Right now, my research is focused on stories of dendroclimatology (studying climate based on tree rings and growth), the contents of a whale’s stomach, and bathymetry (measuring the depth of bodies of water). Also a few surprise areas, compliments of Seattle’s booming tech industry. No spoilers, but PSC has the best interest of its visitors in mind.
This is the kind of writing I did before I switched to fiction, and although it’s fact-based, the #1 rule of writing is still the same: NEVER BE BORING. Ha! It’s nice to exercise the ol’ science brain cells, and let my fingers do the walking through both sides of my brain.
When I return to novel revisions, I will be approaching fiction with a resharpened perspective–fact-based, scientific, interactive, constantly thinking about one’s audience–which can only help the rest of the writing that remains ahead of me.