You may have noticed that the header/blog title of this blog has changed recently from ‘The Mad Scientist’ to ‘Moonwalking With My Muse’. If you hadn’t noticed oh well, now you know. From day one when I set up this space it was mainly a space I wanted to use to share my random thoughts as well as a platform for me to reignite my passion for the art of writing. The story I have never told is that of how this blog initially came to be called ‘The Mad Scientist’. That is a story I will briefly touch on today.
‘The Mad Scientist’ was always the name of this blog. Initially and for a long time before I actually wrote anything down the idea was to call this blog ‘Thinkermode’. I know. Very creative of me. Thing is though during its inception that was basically the premise of the blog. For me to share my thoughts. But when I set out to write the first draft of my first ever blog I had the first of many flirtations with my muse and in a flash of inspiration I changed my mind and opted for the ‘Mad Scientist’, a moniker which spoke to my unease at referring to myself as a writer at the time. One of the reasons I hadn’t written in so long was because I had boxed myself into the narrow definition of just being a scientist. I had allowed my university qualification in Biotechnology to limit who I could be or what I could do. I was a scientist. I had no business writing or being creative in the ‘I am a creative’ sense at all.
So when I finally worked up the courage to pick up the pen again for the first time since I had begun studying for my degree it was this reasoning that was pivotal in me subsequently calling this blog ‘The Mad Scientist’. At the time I fancied myself quite the revolutionary for ‘daring’ to write at all. Little did I know that I was not the first science profession to have such a Eureka moment and dabble in the art of writing. There have been many before me and it turns out I am not so revolutionary after all. I am just a passionate human being doing one of the many things he loves.
During the life of the blog It has been many things to me. But most importantly and what I have enjoyed the most during the time I have written on this blog has been the many times I have danced with my muse within the margins of the blank page. I have never once discussed or written about anything remotely scientific. Quite the opposite. This was a space I escaped from being a scientist from. If anything this space became the gym in which I initially stretched and over the long term eventually worked out my creative muscles. It is a place I often retreated to nostalgia in a quest to find myself within myself and it is in those moments that I moonwalked with my muse.
The things I have written about have been varied and over that period my perception of what a writer is and who qualifies as one has evolved as well. The way I see it a writer is basically anyone who writes consistently and coherently. Looking back that is what this blog has really been about and I no longer feel an unease at calling myself a writer. And that is why I am retiring ‘The Mad Scientist’. From now on this writer will be moonwalking with his muse …