For the past decade, I've been writing science stories and sharing them with the world. I've made the occasional video, given public lectures and speeches, participated in workshops, toured classrooms, and been on a variety of television and radio programs. The goal I've always had is to share the true, scientific story of the Universe with everyone: the general public, because what greater topic of general interest could there possibly be?
But I've never been able to devote all of my time and energy to it. There's always been the need for a day job on top of all of that to make ends meet. Sometimes it's been as a college/university professor, other times it's been working for a variety of companies. All of this is in addition to my true passion: the science and science communication.
As I begin my day today, I share this milestone with you: today is the first day I awaken with no day job. There is just the writing, the podcasts, the science communication, and the stories about our Universe.
There will be many more projects, videos, and attempts to build towards my long-time eventual goal of creating a full-scale TV series/mini-series and potentially a movie to share the accurate, glorious story of all that is and how it came to be.
But it's in no small part to the support you all provide to me that I have been bold enough to take this step. I have decided that this is who I want to be and what I want to do. I will no longer split my efforts between science and trying to make money. This is where my efforts belong. This is too important, and I only get one life to make it happen.
This is what I'm spending my life on. Your support means everything, showing me that this choice is valuable and that if you believe in me, I should believe in myself and my ability to make it happen.
There's no looking back. I am humbled at your support, and I will use everything I've got in me to make you proud.