WRITER AND EDITOR
I've always been a writer. When I was young, it was stories, usually with myself as the long-suffering and much-maligned protagonist. Later, it was essays, which I (some would say freakishly) entirely enjoyed. In my late twenties, I maintained a blog for three years and had more readers than I expected (it wasn't a viral success or anything, but it was read by more than just my friends, and that's not nothing). Now I'm writing a novel as well as short stories, personal essays, and blog posts. The feeling when writing comes out just right is like nothing else.
That feeling is what got me interested in editing. Sometimes it's hard for the writer of a piece to step back and see what needs to change in order to make it say precisely what they mean to say. It's a privilege to be the person who steps in and checks things over, who tweaks minor things and asks questions to help guide the writer towards clarity, towards the feeling of, "Yes! That's exactly what I wanted to say!"
Out in the world, editing can be a nasty habit: No one likes the person who goes to a restaurant and proofreads the menu—but there it is. I can't help it. We all have our hobbies. At least this way I can use my superpowers for good!
Right now, in addition to obnoxiously proofreading menu items, my interests include K-pop, dancing, Doctor Who, learning Korean for fun, and other general nerdiness. And does swearing count as a hobby? I do it so much that I feel like it should... (I don't swear at people...I just, you know, swear. A lot)