Tuesday, February 22, 2011
So what do you write?
Everyone asks me this question. My answer?
“I write about whatever interests me; whatever makes me giggle or cheer; whatever disgusts me or befuddles me. I write about topics I am passionate about, and every once and a while, I try to draw attention to an issue that I think needs some more public contemplation.”
Here’s the story: I am former Reuters Health and Sciences Reporter (Sub-Saharan Africa division.) Yeah, ever heard of AIDS in Africa?!! Well, then, you already know my work; but please do not hold this against me—ask anyone at Reuters, I went AWOL.
I was also one of the original (read: paid, regular) writers for Sodahead.com, but as it turns out, I was too “liberal” and “cerebral” for the audience they ended up attracting. Sodahead.com readers and users preferred to read about Brittney Spear’s latest nail polish for dogs, or question clichés like “Does size really matter?”, rather than appreciate the irony of Obama nominating a former pesticide lobbyist, Islam Siddiqui, to be Chief Agriculture Negotiator, or read my praise for Sherman’s Travel taking on the Gay Love Boat advert campaign.
To demonstrate the breadth of my writing style and tone, not to mention topics, I have put together a little Kelly montage:
Damn you environmentalists! Now I have to re-plan my funeral!
Men, are you a perpetrator of bad sex?
Tanzania: This Bus Departs at Nine O’Clock
Pass the peace pipe! November is National Native American Heritage Month
Running away to Egypt (at Age 9)
A Tale of Two Beaches: Playa Pelada and Playa Guiones
What to do when you only have 365 days left (a monthly planner)
For a whole collection of personal narratives and even some bad poetry:
And here is another interesting fact: I have been the Alternative Recreation Reporter for the San Francisco Examiner for 2 years now. Therefore, I already have a huge following of hippies, Burners, Eco-heads, Rainbow Family members, Indigo Children, artists, Tantra teachers, yogis, and other various sub-cultures:
Anyway, on to my vital stats:
Current Work: Part-time Communications and Development Coordinator of Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation, Costa Rica (http://www.wwd-f.org/index.html) and Marketing Coordinator for Wise Heart Books (http://wiseheartbooks.com/ )
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