We’ve got a few team members who are reluctant to divulge their deepest secrets in this blog (looking at you, programmers), so purely out of necessity, the next Content Runner Member Spotlight will feature … yours truly!
Tell you about yourself.
Are we defined by what we love? If so, I would be a glorious conglomeration of Neil Diamond, dachshunds, early 90s R&B, and various cartoons. If I could be any character in a book, it would be Roland Deschain (thankee sai). I believe the folks who tell you “don’t meet your heroes” are woefully misinformed, because meeting Patrick Rothfuss and Josh Ritter comprised two of the most inspiring 55-second intervals of my life. I have a tendency to find stray dogs and spend inordinate amounts of time locating their owners.
What made you decide to choose Content Runner?
I’ve always loved working for small businesses. The changes you’ve wrought are immediately apparent, and your ideas aren’t lost in the sea of chatter that is a large company – sometimes, they actually make tangible improvements! I also take insurmountable joy from doing professionally what I do constantly, anyway: correcting the world around me and transcribing my thoughts about it. Content Runner is a wonderful environment to contribute to, learn, and grow, and everyone here likes to play Smash Up with me, so that’s also a plus.
What do you love about editing? What do you love about writing?
Although the preferred question when someone found out my major (Creative Writing) was “What are you gonna be, a teacher?”, I have never felt even the slightest hint of an urge to teach. Chalk it up to being an introvert or being terrified of adolescents, but either way, I prefer creative endeavors where I can retreat to my inner office and think.
As far as editing goes, I love guiding writers toward a more correct version of their craft, and producing a polished, beautiful final product. In terms of writing, well, I’ve always written. Shaping words to do my bidding is as close to real magic as I’ll ever get. I especially love poetry – discovering words dense with meaning and feeling is no less than thrilling – but only 3% of everyone else does as well, so I keep that under wraps. Mum’s the word.
When you aren’t editing content for Content Runner, what do you do in your spare time?
I’m a homebody, so you’ll likely find me at the ol’ homestead, operating the ol’ Playstation or 3DS machine, or cracking open a dusty tome to delve into new and unfamiliar worlds. I also enjoy television to excess, so don’t be surprised if you hear Buffy, Firefly, 30 Rock, Xena: Warrior Princess, Adventure Time, or Bob’s Burgers humming along as an undercurrent to my day. When I can trick someone into playing tabletop games with me, I take full advantage. The few times you’ll see me out and about now that I’m in my late twenties, I’ll probably be performing a rousing rendition of Salt N Pepa’s “None of Your Business” at a karaoke bar.
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
A fond dream would be to visit some tragic foreign locale where pups are stray and unwanted, armed with rabies vaccine, a mobile spay-and-neuter unit, and endless love. Note that cats in need will not be turned away. I’m also vaguely interested in Sweden, and it might be fun to visit Louisiana.
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I could get any Thai restaurant anywhere to serve me something above 5 stars on the spice-o-meter, probably that. Strawberry crepes would not be rebuffed, and I put Taco Time’s children through college.
If you weren’t an editor, what would you be?
Secretly, I would love to be some sort of bounty hunter for poachers. While my upper body strength rivals that of C. Montgomery Burns, I assume the mighty adrenaline rush that accompanies the avenging of various cuddly beasts would help accomplish my goals.
Realistically, I would find it amusing to be a video game conceptual artist or writer.
What is your biggest grammatical pet peeve?
Repetition drives me bonkers; I can’t stand to see the same word too many times in proximity. Misused (or missing) commas are another problem contributing to the slow decay of my sanity, and although it’s more of a technical issue, double spaces after a period are the true bane of my existence.
What is your favorite type of article/subject to review?
I perk up any time a writer can make a mundane subject interesting, funny, or especially engaging. Reading hundreds and hundreds of articles on as many topics has taught me more about asbestos, home decorating, and septic systems than I ever dreamed…