5 Fun Facts about Kate

Thanks for stumbling upon my site in the vast world of the interwebs. I’ve never written a blog before, least of all one that is supposed to help advertise myself as a writer, editor and communicator. Sometimes I find I take myself too seriously, so I hope that in keeping a blog while I take on new challenges as a freelancer, I can relax a little and show you some of my interests, frustrations and ideas in the wide world of words.

But first, let me properly introduce myself. My name is Kate — just plain Kate. I consider myself a professional word organizer. While I would say I’m a creative person, I’m also obsessed with the idea of making words and punctuation fit in their rightful places (which can get complicated when there’s more than one rightful place to put them — but there is only one best place). Words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs — they’re all puzzles just waiting to be pieced together in a way that makes them convey exactly what the writer intended them to say. I love that.

What else is there to know about me? Well, here are five fun facts about me to give you an idea of what I love (aside from proper apostrophe usage).

Killer whales

Killer whales off East Point at Saturna Island. Photo by Kate Lautens.

My favourite place is Saturna Island. My family has been going there since my maternal grandfather built a cabin there in the early 1960s. While you can’t stay at my house (it’s a wee bit small), you can definitely find a B&B to welcome you while you check out the East Point Lighthouse, the Saturna Island Vineyards, Wild Thyme Coffee House and the annual Saturna Island Lamb BBQ (a good time, even for vegetarians like myself!), among many other attractions.

I dream of visiting Iceland to see the volcanoes, relax in a geothermal pool, ride Icelandic horses and look for huldufolk. Plus, the Ring Road that runs around the country leads me to believe it would be difficult to get lost there, a bonus for directionally challenged people like myself.

I was on UVic’s rowing team for two years and was named Novice of the Year in my first year. I wrote a lot about my experiences for my writing classes at UVic, which I found quite therapeutic when I could manage to type with my blistered hands.

In my household, I’m the hockey fan. My partner feigns interest when appropriate; he shows his support by asking if we got another touchdown. While I was growing up, my mom was also a hockey fan (and so remains), while my dad could not care less, so I guess it’s obvious where I got it from. My team: the Canucks, no matter what. But since I live in Victoria these days, I’m also a big Royals fan, and no mascot can top Marty the Marmot.

NaNoWriMo 2013 Winner'

My hard-earned winner’s badge.

I wrote a novel about wizards being forced to join the circus during the 2013 NaNoWriMo competition. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, challenges writers from around the world to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I hit the 50K mark on the last day. Would I do it again? Definitely! If you’re lucky, I’ll share a snippet with you one day…

Before I go, I’d like to extend a big thank you to the talented Pip Knott, who designed my lovely logo. Check out her other work at pipknottdesign.ca.

Thank you as well to everyone who has supported me during my pursuit of the freelance life. I’m looking forward to the journey!