Ever felt you’re completely burned out, begging for a month to disappear and catch your breath… you suddenly get it, and immediately realise you really just needed to sleep in a few days and stop worrying about what happens next? Ever wondered how you stop yourself from over-committing again so things are a little more balanced? Or why we use questions we don’t want answers to in an attempt to engage others with our otherwise bland narrative?
Things have significantly shifted in the last few weeks: away from the mad-dash of constantly travelling over the last 2 years, and into something slower paced but far more productive.
I’ve published more on Patreon and joshrichards.space these last few weeks than any time before, and yet it’s also been less stressful to get things written than any time before… probably because I’ve cut back on trying to speak directly to every damn person on Earth about how I’m trying to abandon them to live on a desolate, toxic red rock.
That said there’s still been plenty of interviews, including an amazing feature by Stories Out Loud and a chat with Chris from Science Over Everything about the latest from Mars One. I’ve just updated my Media page over at joshrichards.space and discovered I’ve done on average an interview every week for the last 4 years… no wonder I’m sick of my own voice.
I’m also really excited to be at the Women in Technology (WA) breakfast event on November 16th – speaking about my weird career path to Mars One, before hosting a panel on the jobs of the future with four extraordinary women leading tech innovation. It’ll be wonderful to talk not just about jobs of the future, but also why we work and how technology is changing that.
That focus on “why” we work and how technology is changing society isn’t accidental either – I’m very proud to say that I’ve just been accepted by the University of Twente to start a Masters programme in September 2018 on the Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society! A lot could happen between now and September, but I’m excited about the prospect of doing a masters while asking what it means to be human and how technology shapes that!
Before I jet off to the Netherlands though I’ve got plenty of applications and writing to get on with, and I’ve been sharing most of it on Patreon!
For those of you supporting me on Patreon you’ve had plenty of exclusive content this month, and there’s a LOT more on the way in December!
- Patron Only – Greenland Expedition Application – I had the opportunity to apply for a 26-day expedition trekking across the Greenland ice cap in May 2018, but decided in the end not to submit the application – here’s application and why I didn’t submit it.
- [Journal] Dylan on Train to SF & Sean Conway Trek – 16 & 19 June 2016 – A journal entry looking back on my relationship with travel, my often impulsive nature, and making the most of the quiet between adventures.
- IAC2017 Presentation – Laughing At Mars – A Patron-only video of my paper presentation at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide on September 25th.
- Reading, Watching & Listening – November 2017 It’s been an especially good month for amazing books, TV, music and movies; so here’s what I’ve been reading, watching and listening to and how it’s been influencing my writing.
Things have been just as busy over on my website, as I’ve finally gotten around to posting all the content I’d been too busy to share over the last few months!
- Space – IAC2017 Wrap-Up – A huge summary of the 2017 International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, covering all the highs and lows across 5 days of total spacey madness.
- Personal – Motivation Letter – I’ve been accepted for a rather amazing Masters program in the Netherlands that will start September 2018, and this is the letter I wrote to the university detailing my motivations for choosing their program over any other in the world.
- Space – IAC Paper: Laughing At Mars – The paper I submitted and presented at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress last month, detailing all of the adult science engagement (eg. anything outside of a school) I’ve done over the last 5 years.
- Colonising Mars – School Skype Q&A – After a Skype call to a Year 4 class I typed my answers to their questions so they (and you) could read them later!
2018 is already shaping up to be an incredibly exciting year – more intense than 2017 but with a lot less travel and a lot more focused on writing… which is great for all of you reading online, and also perfect practice for someone who eventually wants to live 56 million kilometers away from crowds!