It’s been a busy but fun few weeks for me! As the managing editor of Diablo magazine, my main responsibility is keeping production on track—making sure every story is in, paid for, copyfit, fact-checked, proofread, captioned, credited, and seen by all the right people. I enjoy the work; it suits my naturally organized work ethic. But it doesn’t leave much time for writing my own stories, which is, of course, the most rewarding aspect of being a journalist. But in June, in addition to my monthly calendar page, I contributed to the summer guide and wrote four other stories. I especially enjoyed interviewing Kimberley Yant, who travels the world as a buyer for Cost Plus World Market, and I’m most proud of my feature on the Tri-Valley Roller Girls. The women of roller derby are so fierce and interesting, but I struggled with the writing. I completely overhauled my first draft, which is something I don’t do often. But it freed me up to write a much better story, which ended up being one of my all-time favorites.
And if all that wasn’t fun enough, I also had my first story published in a national publication! (I’m owning my Life List this year!) I profiled Allison Hoffman of Crafty is Cool in the July/August issue of Crochet Today. She’s a pop culture fanatic and makes the most adorable amigurimi of her favorite characters and personalities, such as Pee-Wee Herman, Bob Ross, Conan O’Brien, and the kids in Willy Wonka. The story isn’t online, but you should definitely check out Allison’s blog—and if you crochet, purchase one of her patterns, too!