Meet the Spring Editing Interns!

Meet the Spring Editing Interns!

 

Carolyn Gray

Saskatoon, CND

Where is your favorite place to read?

It is winter in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and in our humble basement suite, there is only one place warm enough to read: in bed, under the covers, fully dressed, with thick socks on and of course a bunny hug with the hood up (hoodies are called bunny hugs in Saskatchewan, and ONLY Saskatchewan.)

You’re walking up the side of a mountain along a winding, wooded path. You look to your left and discover, by chance, a door in the side of the mountain. Do you open it, and if so, where does it lead?

If I’m walking up the side of a mountain, then my dogs are leading me. Since the walks are their domain, I’d let Chocko and Minnie decide if we go through the door. If they say yes, there will no doubt be snacks inside and I hope, because they are very good dogs, that there are pizza crusts, the highest prize of any walk.

How do you take your coffee? If you don’t drink coffee, describe your favorite beverage ritual.

Sometimes at night I am sad because I have to wait till morning for my beautiful coffee. In the morning, I grind my own locally roasted beans, add 3.25% milk but still want that brew HOT, add a dash of agave syrup, and have it in a hand-crafted ceramic mug, with a square of dark chocolate on the side. It must be just this way. I am tempted to make a second cup at times, but it is never as good as the first. Oddly, the fourth is pretty close.

What is your favorite English word and why? Do you have a favorite word in another language?

My favourite word in English must be “dog,” because that single syllable is an instant relaxant, and also fun and interactive because I then say, “Where?” and generally, “Awwww!” My nephews are Mexican-Canadian, and when they call me “tía” my heart swells with pleasure, but really, any words they say in Spanish sound fantastic to me.

You’re on a deserted island. You have one album and one book. What are they and why?

Is this a trick question? Will I have a record player? The album is definitely Tenor Madness by Sonny Rollins because it makes me feel so good, and I guess I’d be at leisure to finally read In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust.
 

Chase Bailey

Oxford, OH

Where is your favorite place to read?

My favorite place to read is on the couch, alone. It’s the perfect place to relax while being able to nerd out and gay scream when the story gets juicy.

You’re walking up the side of a mountain along a winding, wooded path. You look to your left and discover, by chance, a door in the side of the mountain. Do you open it, and if so, where does it lead?

I do open it, but only because it’s on my left! It opens to a real-life version of Rainbow Road from Mario Kart. I’m excited. I’m terrified.

How do you take your coffee? If you don’t drink coffee, describe your favorite beverage ritual.

I drink a London Fog when I’m feeling focused, and a cappuccino when I’m feeling spicy.

What is your favorite English word and why? Do you have a favorite word in another language?

My favorite English word is “shimmer” because it makes me think of something that is pretty but also trippy in some way.

In French my favorite word is “tac” because it sums up my incessant need to think out loud.

You’re on a deserted island. You have one album and one book. What are they and why?

I absolutely have A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab with me because I would want to model my imaginary friends after the characters in her book.

Love You Really by Elli Ingram would be the perfect album for me to take because I can find a song for almost any occasion on it, which would be useful considering I’d absolutely be an emotional whirlwind if I’m stuck on an island by myself.

 

Madeline Hosack

Denver, CO

Where is your favorite place to read?

On the couch, curled up beneath a blanket and with a hot cup of coffee close by.

You’re walking up the side of a mountain along a winding, wooded path. You look to your left and discover, by chance, a door in the side of the mountain. Do you open it, and if so, where does it lead?

I spend about fifteen minutes debating whether or not to open the door, although inevitably I end up doing so (I’ve read too many books for that not to be the case!). It leads to yet another forest—perhaps Narnia, perhaps Fangorn, perhaps the Hundred Acre Wood. I never find out, however; I promptly sit beneath a nearby tree, intending to jot down a few notes about this extraordinary occurrence, and end up falling asleep. Let’s hope for my sake that it’s the Hundred Acre Wood.

How do you take your coffee? If you don’t drink coffee, describe your favorite beverage ritual.

First thing in the morning, with cream.

What is your favorite English word and why? Do you have a favorite word in another language?

The word “phenomenal” because, if you use it to describe something, it probably means you’re having a really fantastic time. A phenomenal book, a phenomenal hike, a phenomenal slice of chocolate cake—what could be better? And I’m not sure if I have a favorite word in another language, exactly, but I do have a Dutch word (“knus”) tattooed on my ankle. I got it done on trip to Amsterdam a few years ago and whenever I see it I’m reminded of a lot of good memories. 

You’re on a deserted island. You have one album and one book. What are they and why?

Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Despite being from the South, I don’t listen to a lot of country music—yet I’ve had Golden Hour on repeat since it came out almost a year ago. It’s an album that transcends genre (country and disco, anyone?) and contains some truly beautiful lyrics. I think it’d be the perfect soundtrack to long, sunny afternoons on the beach as I wait for help to arrive. 

And yes, I’m aware I’m maybe-sorta cheating since my book is technically a trilogy, but I’ve loved Tolkien’s worlds and characters from a very young age and can’t imagine being stuck on a desert island without hundreds of pages of Frodo & co.’s epic journey across Middle Earth to keep me occupied. 

 

Dana Benelli

Eugene, OR

Where is your favorite place to read?

Anywhere, but the classic is always getting cozy underneath a blanket with a nice book before bed. 

You’re walking up the side of a mountain along a winding, wooded path. You look to your left and discover, by chance, a door in the side of the mountain. Do you open it, and if so, where does it lead?

Open it, for the sake of adventure! I’m imagining it leads to a hoard of gold and treasure, with a dragon lying on top of it like in legends of old.

How do you take your coffee? If you don’t drink coffee, describe your favorite beverage ritual.

I’m not the biggest fan of coffee, though I give it a fair shot occasionally. Lately I’ve been trying more tea to figure out the mystery of its appeal, but sadly I’m coming up short there too. However, for some reason, I’m partial to awful orange soda. 

What is your favorite English word and why? Do you have a favorite word in another language?

My favorite word in English is “petrichor!” It means “the scent of fresh earth after rain,” and it is made from the Greek words “petra,” meaning stone, and “ichor,” meaning blood of the gods. It’s always been one of my favorite scents, so I was thrilled to learn there was a specific word for it. 

In other languages, I enjoy words that don’t have a direct translation to English, such as“komorebi” in Japanese—the sight of sunlight filtering in through the trees.

You’re on a deserted island. You have one album and one book. What are they and why?

For a music album, C’mon C’mon by Cheryl Crow would be a nice dose of nostalgia. As for one book, I’d pick Life of Pi by Yann Martel, since not only does it have beautiful prose about both hope and despair, but it happens to be a castaway survival narrative too. That seems fitting.

 

Emily Brill-Holland

Wellington, NZ

Where is your favorite place to read?

My favorite place to read is anywhere and everywhere I can. However, if I have to pick, it would be a little camping spot up North that I’ve just left. It was sunny and hot, and the site is right on the beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by friends, all quietly reading in the afternoon laze after a swim? Can’t get better than that!

You’re walking up the side of a mountain along a winding, wooded path. You look to your left and discover, by chance, a door in the side of the mountain. Do you open it, and if so, where does it lead?

I’ve read enough fairytales to know that one shouldn’t trust every door. So, I’d set up camp at a distance in the forest where I can still see the door. I’d watch it for a day and a night and, upon believing it to be safe, I’d approach the door and knock three times. If I am allowed entry, I’d open it…or it would open itself.

I would like it to open, like Howl’s castle, to numerous different places. You can step forward and go where you wish to go. Sometimes the door sends you where you need to be.

How do you take your coffee? If you don’t drink coffee, describe your favorite beverage ritual.

I don’t drink coffee, but I do drink tea! A lot of tea! My favorite is English Breakfast, and I’ll make myself a cuppa in the morning, no matter where I am. 

What is your favorite English word and why? Do you have a favorite word in another language?

I wouldn’t even know where to start on a favorite word in English! My favorite word in another language would be “meraki.” It’s Greek and roughly translates to doing something with passion and putting all of yourself into something. I associate it with creativity but also with friends, with family and with life. 

You are on a deserted island. You have one album and one book. What are they and why?

Hands down, the Hamilton cast soundtrack album. I have a few songs yet to memorize!!! Plus, if I’m stranded, the opening song is crazy inspiring and would get me through. And I’d take the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. I never get tired of re-reading those. AND the new one comes out in March!!! I could not be MORE excited.