in less than a month my life is basically starting over.
i will be starting a brand-new job, where i will be looking after 12 litters of neo-natal (under 8 weeks old) kittens. 10 days after my first day of work, i will also begin my first semester of school in 3 years, hopefully on my way to earn a second bachelor's degree, this time in conservation biology. i stopped on the path i was on, took a moment to look around, realized that i didn't like where i was headed, and decided to go off of it and in an entirely new direction. i'll be getting paid less (it's an entry level job), and between the job and school, i won't have a lot of time to go to shows or travel, and probably not a lot of money to get tattooed, but in the end, i think it will be worth it.
not sure if i'm going to head out to new zealand or not. i really need to think about it more (and luckily i have time to), and what my end goal is (particularly, do i want to study avian or mamalian species). we'll see what the next 6 months hold.
i still want to write about California tattoo history, but i do not wish to do so in the realm of "academia". i want to write it as part of this community, for this community, and i want those who are interested in knowing about it to have access to it, without broadcasting it to those who would potentially exploit it. from the beginning, Lochland suggested a blog series on here, and i think he might be write, that this might be the best place for it to start. those who might be interested should be on the lookout for a general introduction in the next couple of weeks. this week, i'm caught up in trying to get Scott's new portfolio book out for the next convention he's attending.