Why Pluto’s Journal?
To be perfectly honest, the name just came to me one night, like most of my ideas do. I’m really not an astronomer, at all, but Pluto has another connotation for me. It orbits on the edge of our solar system, a spectator of greater planets and life itself; and like Pluto, we often feel like spectators of the great world around us, small and quiet people in an infinite and screaming universe. Pluto is not intrusive, not even a planet anymore, just a small rock in space along for the gravitational ride around our sun.
But maybe Pluto has a voice too. Maybe its journal is full of ideas and thoughts and feelings about everything under (or around?) the sun. At least, that’s the idea. Even a small planet, overwhelmed by the bigger and more evolved planets around it, has a whole lot to say. And maybe the only thing it can do with all the noise around it is write those thoughts down and hope silently for a reader.
Now, aside from the slightly pretentious but well-intentioned metaphor above, I’m Avery. Right now, I’m in the process of growing up (which, I guess, never really ends). For the most part, I spend my time being a student or creating Brainstorms, a podcast about neuroscience, at brainstorms.org.
When I’m not being a student or creating Brainstorms, I’m generally attempting to write a novel, writing self-help, or thinking about Buddhism, human rights, science, the teenage condition, and the beautiful, mysterious world we live in and my place in it. I have more than my fair share of opinions, which most people don’t want to hear every day, so instead I eternalize them here! I’ve also written for Tiny Buddha, Having Time, The Change Blog, and The Wealthy Gorilla. If you have any questions or comments about my work, have a hot topic, want to talk about my ideas, or just want to have a nice digital conversation with a friendly California native, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!