You’ve Got a Friend in Me

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Edward Gorey and his ‘friends.’ | Photograph © 2004 Steve Marsel Studio Inc.

By: Teo Spengler

The writer travels deep into the private world of imagination to create, but not necessarily alone. Many poets and novelists relied on beloved animal friends for companionship — including tough guys like Ernest Hemingway and intellectuals like Virginia Woolf. Cuddly cats and faithful dogs may top the list, but that’s not all, folks. A writer’s best friend comes in many sizes and species. Continue reading

Things My Studio Bio Won’t Tell You

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Name: Elizabeth Mott

Location: Flyover country

Years in the Studio: Since 2010

Sections I write for: Tech; Society 6 Art; RadioShack

I’m usually work hard, but when I’m hardly working, you can find me…

Spending time with my significant other and our three cats, enjoying music and popular culture. In my outside-DMS life, I’m an advertising and marketing designer and strategist. Sounds lots more hifalutin’ than it really is.

If I ruled the world for a day I would…

Ban prejudice and hate of all kinds, make sure everyone had enough to eat and rescue all abused animals. Make politicians behave like people. Force doctors to experience the healthcare system from the patient’s perspective.

I couldn’t make it through the day without…

Coffee! Strong coffee! My brain refuses to boot unless I’ve drained my big yellow mug.

What is your theme song for life?

It’s not a song, but I’m convinced that persistence pays off.

10 Things My Studio Bio Won’t Tell You

We spend too much time hanging around Demand Media Studios not to know each other better. Let’s fix that. Each week we’ll profile a DMS contributor or staffer and ask them 10 questions in our feature, aptly titled, 10 Things My Studio Bio Won’t Tell You.

Naomi runs a feral cat rescue, in addition to writing about pets. Here is one of her recent rescues.

Naomi runs a feral cat rescue, in addition to writing about pets. Here is one of her recent rescues.

Name: Naomi Millburn
Location: Sunny California
Years in the Studio: 2 and counting
Role: Writer
Sections I write for: Pets and occasionally gardening.

 

 

 

1. I’m usually working hard, but when I’m hardly working, you can find me…

Running a rescue for feral cats in my area.

2. If I had to describe my work in three words, they would be….

Detailed, upbeat and caring.

3. The one thing I wish I could do well, but can’t is….

Sew. I have fashion aspirations, but I’m a klutz in this specific department. Sigh…

4. The difference between writers and editors is…

Not major. We all share a love for words.

5. If I ruled the world for a day I would… 

Make the continents closer together. Grant animals the ability to talk. Can world rulers do these things?

6. I couldn’t make it through the day without…

My tuxedo cat causing chaos on my desk as I type!

7. You’ll catch me saying this phrase far too often …

“No, I mean it, this is the most adorable cat I’ve ever seen.”

8. I am saving up for…

The well-being of all of the animals in my neighborhood and in my foster care. Lots of spay/neuter appointments to schedule, lots of flea medication to apply and lots of furry mouths to feed.

9. What is your theme song for life?

Anything by Édith Piaf.

10. My favorite movie of all time is…

“The Apartment” with Shirley MacLaine.