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Amanda Mascarelli writes about a wide range of topics, from the neuroscience of magic to the ecology of Arctic songbirds. Her work appears in Audubon, Nature, Science News for Kids, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Her reporting adventures have taken her wading through quicksand in the desert Southwest, hiking across the tundra in Alaska and Iceland, trailing undercover drug agents, and exploring otherworldly marine life at the bottom of the ocean through the eyes of a submersible robot. She lives in Denver with her husband, three children, and one incorrigible cat.

7 responses to “Making peace with the changing career arc”

  1. Carrie

    This is an incredible piece. Thank you for sharing. I feel inspired to sit down and really think about how I’m approaching my workload.

  2. Amanda

    Thanks, Carrie! Your writing life with kids continues to inspire me.

  3. Carrie

    Right back at ya! Please know that you inspired me hugely when we met at the NASW meeting and I’ve often thought about our conversation. Thank you.

  4. Jill U Adams

    Such a smart post, Amanda. (And I think I need a hammock.)

  5. Amanda

    Thank you, Jill! And I want a hammock, too. I wish this one were mine. It’s at a bed & breakfast in Taos, NM that we have visited a couple of times and that is near to my heart. This hammock book-reading experience was an all-too-rare occasion.

  6. Christine Herman

    Thanks for sharing your story, Amanda! I’m a new mom and in the middle of a journalism program, trying to juggle freelance science writing with classes and new baby. I’m struggling with the whole “pay someone $10/hour so I can get some work done during the day time” dilemma at the moment, in fact! So your piece was encouraging to me.

  7. Amanda

    Thanks for the feedback, Christine! I’m so happy to hear this piece resonated with you. Best wishes with your program and your new baby.

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