Welcome to the Mighty Pens 2021! This year we have so many wonderful volunteers standing behind us and we want to make sure everyone gets the recognition they deserve. Each week, we’ll be spotlighting one or more of our volunteers, and they can tell you in their own words a little bit about them and why they are a part of the Mighty Pens team.
A huge welcome to Katie (she/her) in her first year as a Mighty Pens volunteer! We’re so lucky to have you! If you want to follow along with Katie’s writing journey, you can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: After growing up in the middle of nowhere Wyoming, Kaite currently lives in DC. In order to balance out the nitty-gritty of policy jargon, she flings herself joyfully into each new creative endeavor that makes her heart sing. You can find her cheerfully devouring books, with ink-stained fingers and at least one cup of tea within arms reach. Otherwise, she is figuring out how to run off on the next adventure, and hoping that this time she’ll finally get to meet a dragon.
Q: Tell us about your pets!
A: Dream pet would be a tiny dragon that traveled everywhere with me!
Q: What are you currently reading/watching? What was your last 5 star read?
A: Currently Reading: The Ladies of the Secret Circus by Constance Sayers
Last 5 Star Read: Small Favors by Erin Craig
Q: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Q: What’s your favorite writing snack or beverage?
A: Tea! Always have a cup or a cold half of a cup somewhere in my orbit.
Q: What’s in your ears while you write?
A: Normally a playlist I make for the story or one of Susan Dennard’s writing playlists! I actually really love to make playlists for my pieces and for books that inspire me, you can check out my Witchlands themed playlists or my Starless Sea playlist on my Spotify.
Q: Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before? Have you won? Are you participating this year?
A: I’ve participated for the last five years, but I’ve never technically “won”. I plan on participating this year even if I don’t reach 50,000!
Q: What do you write? And if you can, tell us what you are working on now or will be working on for NaNo.
A: Fantasy, anything with magic, portal fantasies. Right now I’m working on a fanfiction story that I started last NaNo.
Q: Any advice for someone who is joining the Mighty Pens or NaNoWriMo for the first time this year?
A: Don’t be afraid to jump into the community, the Discord especially is a great place to find like-minded kind humans who want you to succeed in your goals!
Q: Are you a Mighty Pens vet or a newcomer? Why did you decide to become a volunteer?
A: Mighty Pen vet, but a new volunteer! I loved the organization and what it does so much that I wanted to find ways to help out.
Q: What’s your favorite part about the Mighty Pens?
A: The Community!
Q: Do you have a special connection to WeForest? Or just like raising money for a good cause?
A: Just like Raising Money for a Good Cause
Welcome again Katie and thanks for all you do! We’re definitely going to have to check out those playlists. They are so cool!