Tavia Stewart @ Thu, 2010-08-05 13:27
We'd like to welcome Nancy Smith, our new Community Liaison. Once again, we had Candace ask our new hire some deep questions.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in Idaho and went to college in Seattle. I have a degree in philosophy, so I sit around and think a lot. I lived in South Africa for a while and worked on a literacy program at a nonprofit in Cape Town. I headed back to school where I picked up my Masters in Media Studies in New York and worked with a bunch of magazines as a designer and writer. I really wanted to get my MFA in Creative Writing and write a novel, so I moved to San Francisco where I’m half way through my MFA at USF. I write a lot, do a lot of graphic design, and edit a small art and literary magazine. I really love to bake. I am trying to perfect my favorite cakes and pies, and I make really great peach cobbler. I plan on filling the OLL office with sugary deliciousness on a regular basis!
Have you ever done NaNoWriMo before?
I have not! I feel like I’m an impostor. Every year I’ve thought about it and I haven’t. I have written two really crappy novels, but not in November.
Any ideas for this year’s novel?
I don’t have actual ideas, but I know it’ll be something weird—something whimsical, fantastical, and strange. I don’t want to write some memoir or a realistic story that is vaguely about my own life. I’m thinking I need to create some crazy characters with superpowers.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I don’t know…there are too many great superpowers to choose from! It would be really cool to stop time for everyone else while you could keep doing stuff. It would be incredibly convenient to put the world on hold, go about your business, and then start it up again.
What are you most looking forward to doing here at the Office of Letters and Light?
Everything! I feel like this is such a dream job in its entirety that I’m really excited to be a part of this organization. I can jump in and help out with so many things. Of course I’m excited about managing the MLs, but I’m also really excited about improving our blog and other communication opportunities. Finally, I’m looking forward to just seeing NaNoWriMo go through its process this November, to work with people and watch these novels get born. I love that we’re all about inspiration and being creative for the sake of being creative, and I’m excited to inspire people to write!