Jami is a mid 20s creative writing graduate native to the Pacific Northwest. She somehow found herself mixed up in the ugly world of politics. Doorbelling, lobbyist schmoozing, and general campaigning have left her totally bummed and a little crazy, so she ran away to South America in February 2011. She pacifies her anxious thoughts by reading and writing fiction, trying to remember what real beer tastes like, listening to music as loudly as her laptop speakers will let her, and trying to keep up with the blogosphere. She has a goldfish named Clemens that she spoils mercilessly, but only because she wishes she could get a dog. Clemens is currently in foster care with her good friend.
Favorite writers: Isabel Allende, Mark Twain.
You can read more about jaminicole’s scattered thoughts over at her blog, Jami’s Trashcan.
Risha is 24 years old and currently lives in the Philippines, where she is staving off boredom by training for a 10 km run that is sure to kill her. A third culture kid to her very bones, she travels as much as she can. Risha currently works for an international non-profit in women’s rights, where she gets to yell as loudly as she can about all the things she believes in. When she isn’t talking about human rights abuses, she dreams of mana’eesh bi za’atar and the smell of her mother’s cooking. She obsesses over tennis, pop culture, global affairs, and conflict resolution. She loves good music, great films and spelling with a ‘u’. Her love affair with words began when she was still a child, her mother reading to her; the words sounded like crystal and looked like glitter.
She would list her favourite writers, but worries that she’ll leave someone out. Which is why she’ll tell you, “you can read me anything“. (yes, that’s what her blog is called. that girl is such a weirdo.)
Schuyler’s not a complex guy, really. He likes language. So he writes, he learns new languages, and he thinks about phrases and how they came about. Currently, he’s wondering who I am, if not him? He’s 25 and lives in Oslo, Norway, pining after something that he doesn’t know what it is, and it’s not just the local scenery. He has a list of things to do before death, the progress of which you can read about here, and is always working on his next writing project. Right now, it’s all for his Master’s thesis, but you can’t keep a good writer down. He is almost done with a novel, which will be his first, and a beast it is.
A Seattlite no matter which flag he sails under, Schuyler will always have a soft spot in his heart for the Pacific Northwest. Even if he doesn’t want to live there for any of the foreseeable future. It’s a shame that everything in the world can’t be learned, but he’s going to try anyway. It’s also a shame that there are only 24 hours in a day, but he’s going to try anyway.
Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub.
Heather is a 23-year-old California girl with a little bit of wanderlust. After five years of higher education as a teacher-in-training and a well deserved baccalaureate payoff, she’s given up the entry level life to go abroad. Now she lives the “glamorous” life as an au pair for a well to do German family and instead of managing her own classroom, she’s learning how to read German with six year olds and is becoming well acquainted with Bavaria’s fine German brew. In her endless amounts of free time, she can often be found blogging, Facebook stalking ex-lovers that have jilted her, obsessing over the latest Harry Potter movie release, reading chick lit and psychological thrillers, photographing, or writing creatively. Someday she’ll return to reality but for now, this is how she likes it.
Favorite writer: Jeffrey Eugenides
You can read more about Heather’s persistent inability to date and relate at her blog, Boyfriend Challenged.
Tim is just some 23-year-old guy from New Hampshire. In February 2011, after several months of sitting in his parents’ basement underemployed and wondering what to do with his BA in English, he finally took the famous advice of fellow (and extremely dead) New Hampshirite, Horace Greeley; the advice to “Go west, young man!” Unfortunately, Tim took that to such an extreme that he ended up in the Far East.
Now teaching English to Chinese primary schoolers, Tim spends most of his spare time writing, learning Mandarin, playing crappy punk covers on an acoustic guitar while wishing he was still in a band, or trying to remember what quesadillas taste like.
Favorite writers: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams
You can find out more than you ever wanted to know about Tim and his often disastrous life in China at his blog, alert the audience!