on becoming a writer, and books
I actually enjoyed reading the newspaper. I know, what kid likes to read the newspaper? Alas, when I was younger I read the comics. And then when I got older I'd pick out my favorite sections--lifestyles, travel, and food. I've wanted to be a writer since 5th grade. I was either going to be a writer or a movie director.
At first I wanted to write novels. Then it was newspaper articles, followed by magazine stories. Now, I really want to write children's books. I'm all over the place. I've come to realize that it really doesn't matter what I'm writing, as long as I'm writing. I enjoy the process taking a thought from my brain and putting it on paper (er, online) for others to read.
So, long story short--I'm still working on that masters. I'm not stressing too much about it--I've learned so much through the classes and workshops at Hopkins...even without finishing. The elusive novel is still my ultimate writing goal. I'd also love to be a published children's book writer someday.
Aesop's Fables. My grandmother gave them a copy of that book this past Christmas--her grandmother gave her a copy. They are the perfect bed time stories (short, sweet, and always with a moral ending).
What surprised me most was how many moving parts it takes to put out a magazine each month. Every page has been conceptualized for weeks (months!) and then reviewed by multiple people, multiple times.
While the characters in DWP are exaggerated, many of the scenes were on point. When I was an intern at a fashion magazine, I vividly remember lugging garment bags (filled with super-fancy clothes) to photo shoots on a hot and stinky subway train. I also remember never having to buy body wash...or lipstick...or curling irons--I'd just get the extras from the magazine's beauty closet. Those. Were. The. Days.
Definitely fewer eyes on your work. Copy editors and proofreaders aren't really part of the online landscape, so as a writer you may have one editor reading over your content and then posting it online. You don't have to wait for the "next issue" to make a correction, you can fix things on the spot. Things online happen way faster than print did/does.
I've always written AND edited. My first full time job out of college was as a junior beauty editor at Suede magazine (RIP), and I did way more writing than editing. But I remember, even as a writer for my school newspaper in college (GO PACK!) I'd spend 30 minutes writing a story and double that self-editing it.
on being a beauty editor
With little ones always trying to bum-rush me in the bathroom, it's all about efficiency. So, I'm really into using micellar water to "wash" my face in the am and pm. Essentially it's a cleanser, makeup remover, and light moisturizer in one. I looooooove it. For day to day makeup I do an illuminating primer, a tinted moisturizer, brow pencil, mascara, and a NARS blush (always NARS). I wear my hair naturally curly, which means most of the prep time happens at night before bed--leave in conditioner and/or coconut oil, I do two strand twists all over, slip on a silk scarf or bonnet and hit the sack. In the morning I just unravel the twists, shake it out and go.
1. Jo Malone Orange Blossom Candle
2. Creed Love in White Fragrance
3. Korean Sheet Masks
4. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish
5. Dr. Teal's Chamomile Epsom Salt
During the day I may do a little bit of work when my son is at preschool and my daughter is napping. But I'm not able to delve too deep into things until after my husband is home, when he can keep an eye on the kiddos. Translation: I work at night.
I definitely do most of my work at night. And I've learned that when my body starts to shut down, it's best to listen to it. Otherwise, you'll end up with 15 pages of X's. True story.
If I'm not taking care of myself, everything else suffers--work, and more importantly kids. I've realized how game-changing things like working out, a spa day, girlfriend catch ups, date nights, and sleep (Ah, yes, sleep) can be to family life. I'm not just doing these things for myself; I'm doing them so that I can be the best mom I can possibly be.