I’m switching things up a bit today. Because of the absolutely insane polar vortex thingie that has us in its frigid grasp, I’ve hopped on the Flying Monkey Express and gone to Canberra, Australia for today’s WIPterview.
*sigh* Fine. I didn’t. But I’ve got a roaring fire going, and I’m pretending to be someplace where my eyeballs don’t freeze as soon as I step out the door. No, I’m not whining. I don’t whine. I do wine. There’s a difference.
Today I have the great pleasure of welcoming…
Please, make yourself as comfortable as you can in that parka. No, those aren’t castanets, those are my teeth chattering. Or is it your teeth chattering? Oh, it is you! I’m sorry, I’m hogging the fire, aren’t I? I bet this weather is quite a shock for someone from the Land Down Under? Would you like a vegemite sandwich? *snork*
Sorry, couldn’t resist. I don’t even know what a vegemite sandwich is.
EW: It’s okay, I brought my own. *produces sandwich covered in suspicious-looking black spread*
kls: Oh, I see. Um…looks…scrumptious I guess. Let’s get to it, shall we? Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who are you?
EW: My name is Emily Witt and I live in Canberra, Australia. Recently, I’ve worked as a curatorial assistant at the Australian War Memorial, which is less exciting than it sounds, though it does have its moments. In February I’ll be starting a new position at the National Library. Yes, I make a point of only working at national institutions.
I have a boyfriend named Edy who will be moving in with me in a few weeks, so that’s exciting. I’m a huge nerd as well; I went halfway across the world at the end of 2013 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who in London.
kls: Wow, you’re right, Curatorial Assistant sounds very impressive. Almost as impressive as being a WIPpeteer. *smiles* Speaking of which, what drew you to our band of merry word flingers?
EW: According to my first WIPpet post, I saw a reference on Twitter and thought I’d give it a go. Right away everyone was so welcoming and encouraging and I was hooked.
kls: I’m glad we made you feel so welcome. What WIP(s) have you been sharing with our readers?
EW: Primarily, I share excerpts from A More Complicated Fairytale, which is mostly a romance but with some low fantasy elements. There have also been a few snippets from Operation: Sugarplum which will one day be a modern day adaptation of The Nutcracker, but it keeps giving me hell so it’s very slow moving.
kls: Ah, I can relate. I’ve got a couple WIPs that fight me. Now that you’ve been participating in WIPpet Wednesday for some time, what would you say is your favorite part?
EW: Definitely the community aspect. *does a flaily motion in the air* Everyone is just so wonderful! Everyone is so open-minded and interested in everyone else’s work, and even if what someone writes isn’t really someone else’s thing, they still leave a nice comment, or give some feedback on it.
kls: I like the flaily motion. Very…graceful. *clears throat* What project(s) are you currently working on outside of WW?
EW: I’m going to be playing Abigail Williams in The Crucible, which is pretty terrifying, because up until now, the biggest roles I’ve ever played have been Mrs Claus in a Christmas play, and Jan in Grease, both of which are pretty much the opposite to Abigail. When I did Grease, I was going around talking with an American accent without even realizing it, so hopefully I won’t start accusing people of witchcraft this time around. I also have a group of friends I met at NaNoWriMo write-ins and we meet up to write and talk about writing twice a month, so that’s pretty awesome.
kls: Hmm, an actress as well, I see. I spent some time on the stage in High School. I played Fran in Scrooge. In college I worked in the costume department for a semester. Good times. Okay, speaking of good times, Ruth seems to have taken the alphorn home with her so here, *hands Emily a kazoo* see what you can do with this because it’s time for some horn-blowing. Tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.
EW: Currently I don’t have anything published, but you can follow my blog (http://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com), Twitter (@keysandopenmind), and Pinterest (pinterest.com/keysandopenmind) to find out when I do!
kls: *braces self* Yes, it’s here. Time for the extremely verbose Lightning Round! Make some popcorn and settle in.
Coffee or tea? Depends on my mood.
Rock or country? Rock.
City, country, or seaside? Country
Favorite color? Green
kls: *blinks in disbelief* *begins to laugh* There! See that? See that, oh ye wordy WIPpeteers? That was a properly done, totally slam-dunked, lightning round. *holds out fist* Come on, bump me.
Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales? Baking, and singing along very loudly to show-tunes.
kls: *sighs* Well, right up until that last one. *lowers fist* There, I think that’s all I have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for joining in the craziness that is WIPpet Wednesdays. Anything else you’d like to share? Any final thoughts?
EW: I don’t think so. Just that I’m glad I don’t appear to have run into any flying monkeys. *glances about* Had a traumatic experience while doing backstage crew for the Wizard of Oz where one forgot to go onstage when he should have. It was very intense for everyone.
kls: Ah…no…now you’ve gone and done it. *stands and slowly backs from the room* You went and mentioned WOO. I’m sorry…I can’t help you now…
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