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When you're being introduced to someone in DC, people's first instinct here is to ask, "What do you do?" as in, what do you do for a living? And then networking commences. :no: How do people introduce themselves/strike up conversations where you're from (and where are you from)?
I've been reading about this new book that has some interactive features (you can go to websites built just for the book in its digital edition, like one for the company the protagonist works at), but also has some outside sponsorship. The author partnered with Sweet'N'Low to help fund the book in exchange for some positive mentions of the brand by the book's characters. What are your thoughts about this?
I'm off to a work conference in Orlando tomorrow. I don't have much to do on Thursday, so if you have a piece of writing you'd like me to do a light critique on (3000 words or fewer, please -- I still have to do some editing for my job on the road :lol:), drop me a comment! Offer open through Thursday at 11:59pm. :aww:
I hardly ever update here, so if you'd like to keep in touch on a more daily basis, there are two places to find me:

Twitter (Warning: I overshare. And I mean OVERSHARE. So if you hate people that tweet 20+ times a day, this is not the option for you.)

Tumblr (Writing and publishing-related only. Please note that I do NOT follow people back on this account, because it's to keep me productive.)


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My name is Kate, and I'm a writer.

I'm a native New Yorker, but I moved to Washington, DC and got a BA in English and Creative Writing from The George Washington University in 2013. I now live and work full-time in Arlington, VA.

I have a lot of varied experience in being published and working in publishing, so if you have any questions about how to get published or how to work in the industry, feel free to send me a note!

:eager: Need publishing resources? Click here!

Because why not? Have a nostalgic ramble:

I joined deviantART (or DeviantArt, whatever :lol:) a little over eight years ago, the year I turned 15. Like a lot of things in my early life, my early time on dA is a bit of a blur -- unfortunately, a lot of those early years coincided with my first bout of depression, and during that time I was kind of wandering around my high school like a zombie in a shitload of fog.

But there are a lot of things that stand out.

When I was 15, I was a nervous kid with a lot of characters and plots and ideas in her head who thought writing was just a hobby, that it wouldn't go anywhere and I'd just be writing for myself until the end of time. That I wasn't very good at it, that I didn't need to grow because what was the point?

Man, I was super wrong about that.

Everything changed for me when I started posting my writing here, when I started joining groups (back before they were GROUPS and they were just normal dA profiles run by a bunch of passionate people), when I met my first friends here (I can't name them all because I will inevitably forget people :|), when I began to emerge from my shell and throw myself into the community by working on DAZine and Daily Lit Deviations and my own publishing resources. I have gotten as much as I've given back, and more. I've gained real friendships, ones that are just as important to me as my real-life friendships, ones where I can commiserate with and encourage other people who are just as passionate about words as I am (and who know exactly what I'm talking about when I'm grappling with something particularly difficult about writing).

And more than that -- I don't need to tell you guys that you've seen me through a lot of joy, a lot of hardship, a lot of change. If it hadn't been for people's openness about their struggles with their own mental health, I might never have gotten help myself. You remind me that I'm not alone, that asking for help is not weakness, that everyone needs a hand sometimes. And I hope I've been there for all of you when you've needed it, too.

You've seen me through high school graduation, through the college process, through college itself, my first big move away from home, my first job, my first serious adult relationship, the first time I truly had to take responsibility for myself, my actions, my health.

And you have helped me grow so much in my art and my professional life. So. Much. How could I have found my second calling in publishing without you guys? How could I have grown this much as a writer? When I was 15, I didn't know you could major in Creative Writing. I didn't know you could sell your stories. Fuck, I didn't know that normal assholes like me could get their stories published anywhere at all. I didn't know that those big, scary editors were once small, scared teenagers like me. I didn't know I could challenge myself this much, nor that I was capable of taking on so many challenges.

And I can't thank you all enough for that.

To wrap up, I'd also like to take a walk through other random artforms I've dabbled in through some features:

Photography by yola-bear

so many fractals by Fiery-Fire

Artisan Crafts/Plushies
sushi plushie by PuellaPlushie

Steampunk jewelry Ring Opal by CatherinetteRings

Tutorials (Do those count? :lol:)

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julietcaesar Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I keep looking at all these medical conferences that are happening in America and I must admit I keep secretly hoping I'll get sent one close to where you live. :) 

Or really, any conference in the states. :P I'll somehow make a holiday out of it and come visit you! 
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illuminara Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So you've probably seen this multiple times before, but I thought of you when it gave me a good laugh. :aww:…
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014   Writer
I love you.
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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We all know you're wonderful, but in case you've forgotten for a moment, here's a reminder.


:squee:  :iconheartglompplz:  Party  Clap  Party  :iconheartglompplz:  :squee:

To see what nice thing you've been accused of doing (and who else is being recognized), find the widget by the same name on my profile page!

Helpful hint:  It's near the bottom, above my webcam image!

Have a wonderful rest of your day!
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ButterflyBlaze Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Thanks for the llama! :-)
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Undergr0undFurry Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   General Artist
Random hug of the day! :hug:
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014   Writer
Just pretend I'm not a horrible person and


:excited: :dance: :boogie: :drunk: :party: :drunk: :boogie: :dance: :excited: 
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CutToTheSex Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
I hope you had an awesome birthday Kate!!!!
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I hope you had a wonderful birthday, darling. :heart:
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Vigilo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Writer
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :party: Have a wonderful one, lovely, you deserve it. :huggle: :heart:
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