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    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.

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  • Stop-and-go Blogging

    Posted by Qrystal on June 19, 2008 at 22:18.
    Category: Life. Tags: blogging, future, thesis, tumblr, twitter.

    I’ve been really wanting to write here, and I even have five posts in progress at the moment (six, if you count this one!) but just can’t bring myself to finish what I’ve been starting. I think it’s because I feel like I have to draw the line at how much time I spend with recreational activities such as this, and then I get new ideas I want to start spewing out before I’ve finished with the old ideas. This can be a good thing, I’m sure, as someday those great ideas will come out in the open, and I’ve already got a good start on most of them. But for now .. it looks like I have been ignoring this blog for almost two months. And I haven’t! Not really.

    I’ve also been able to get my write-on via two different outlets:



    So, even though I’m spending time with those two diversions, I don’t think of either as a replacement for this blog. They’re just ways I can briefly spout out miscellaneous thoughts to the world, stopping anytime, whereas this blog is for my more thoughtful (and hopefully thought-provoking) posts.

    I’ve been away from this blog because I’ve honestly been busy with my thesis (yay!), going on a weeklong camping trip (yay!), practicing for and getting my drivers license (yay!) and generally just trying to keep myself out of trouble (….not yay? whatever!)

    Amidst all that, I’m also still struggling to come to terms with my direction for the future — or rather, my direction in the present with an eye on where I’ll be in the future. The more I think about it, and the more people talk to me about it, the more I’m convinced that I’m too close to the Ph.D. to give up on it now: less than a year isn’t so long to struggle!! I may be mistaken in that, and if I am, then I will strike out the following sentence, but for now, it’s true: I’m gonna go for my Ph.D.

    So, this may be a bit of a cop-out post, but that’s really all I have to say right now. I just really, really felt like I had to say SOMETHING.

    And now I need to lug my tired head to bed. I got hit with some kind of crazy sniffly allergy-like thing mid-afternoon today, and when it persisted into the evening, I took an antihistamine that is making me feel like I’m thinking through a cloud. And the headache (sinus headache?) is still not quite gone, so I figure sleep is the next best thing to try. Mmmm, sleep….

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