Summer hopes

Hello! I just moved to San Francisco (but only for the summer) to write for WIRED magazine – the science desk.

I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be writing about. I wanted to write about science education and outreach. That often means you’re writing about a bunch of cute kids ooh-ing and aah-ing about cool science facts, so it’s really fun. Or, I wanted to pick scientists that are maybe under-recognized but still really cool, and write about them. I floated some of these ideas to my editor, but I don’t think they caught.

However, I’m going to try not to be a brat about things, and instead be very flexible, and open to ideas, and if I can’t write about my own pet topics, then still tackle other stuff with a good spirit. But I hope my topics will be open-ended enough that I’ll still be able to link in my interests. I would love to finish the summer having written about female Arab scientists; and about Sweden; and about the environment.

One thing I don’t like about science articles is that each one is usually its own separate topic; I never get a sense of a bigger story that links all those bits together. I really hope I won’t feel the same way about my own stories at the end of the summer. But I’m not sure I’ve got enough of a grasp on things to pull that off.

I also hope I’ll get to include my own pictures and animations with some of my stories.

Like, maybe a desert:


Or something about Sweden, I would just need to tweak it a bit so there’d be something science-y, too:


Tomorrow’s the first day, so good luck to all my fellow science writers in the same program. Thumb’s up to us.

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These two girls are Agnes and Ebba.


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