Since I last posted all those months ago, I’ve been afforded a bunch of cool opportunities I never expected, including co-editing an issue of Ancient History Magazine (which has now hit newsstands), designing a Tudor trip to England for 2019 (which I’ll get to lead!), and – most scary and amazing of all – becoming a TEDx speaker. I’ve pushed and grown and changed through these experiences, learning a whole lot about what I’m capable of, and what I’d like to offer the world.
In launching myself as a historian without the safety net of academia, it’s been important to figure out what I have to give, and how I can contribute to the world in my own small way. How can I make your life even more amazing? How can I nurture your love of history?
I’m delighted that one of the ways in which I’m bringing my own take on history to the world next is through a new book for Pen & Sword History: Medieval Europe: In Fact and Fiction. I’m hard at work on that one at the moment, digging up interesting facts and investigating common fictions. It’s similar in style to The Five-Minute Medievalist, which makes it fun to write, but it’s a lot bigger. If all goes according to plan, you’ll have the finished product in your hands in the autumn of 2019.
The other major way that I’ll be sharing the love of history is by creating my own YouTube channel, a project that I will admit I never had the courage to attempt before. I’m looking at creating two videos a week, answering popular questions about the Middle Ages, putting out book reviews, and (when the opportunity arises) taking you with me to visit museums and to talk to interesting people. Right now, I’m figuring out the logistics and gathering my courage with the aim of launching in January, 2018.
I have to admit – there’s been a lot of learning, making mistakes, and admitting to just how much I have to figure out to do this on my own. I’m doing my best to overcome my perfectionist tendencies and just show up, ready to give it everything I've got. It may not always be pretty, but it’s better than not showing up at all. I'm posting this (imperfect) picture to remind myself not to take things too seriously - this was my one millionth attempt at testing my A/V setup. (Forget testing 1, 2, 3!)
My work over the past few months has confirmed in my heart that my mission on this planet is to share the amazing world of the Middle Ages with as many people as I can by putting interesting, positive, and reliable information out there. I’m ready to take the next big steps along the learning curve, and so excited to have you along.