Who Are You and What Do You Do for The Offbeat?
My name is Paulina and I’m a member of The Offbeat’s production team. I do a ton of odd jobs all over our journal’s production: editing, submission processes, author communications, and more. I even dabbled a bit in design recently as I helped put together the Volume 17 Spring 17 cover and created a flyer for our upcoming launch party!
What Do You Love Most About The Offbeat?
I love the energy in the room when the team comes together as a group. Whether it be layout decisions or submission discussions, we have the greatest respect for each other and what we do as a journal. It’s just a great environment.
What Are Your Favorite Kinds of Offbeat Stories?
I’m a sucker for certain types of prose and poetry. For prose, I love stories that subvert a trope or twist a concept into something new. For poetry, I’m partial to pieces that rhyme or follow an interesting format. Nothing against free verse, but it’s definitely what we see the most. Especially at an “offbeat” journal it’s refreshing to see a silly limerick or two.
What is Your Favorite Thing About Words?
The way people can find entirely new ways to bend them into unique meanings, sounds, voices, and stories even today. The English language (and other languages too) is always evolving and new writers and speakers of every generation are always bringing something new to the world of words.
What Is One Fact The Offbeaters (Our Readers/Contributors) MUST Learn About You?
I eat, sleep, and breathe storytelling, writing, and editing. Whether I’m ranting about the latest episode of a TV show or staying up all night painstakingly editing a tricky piece, I live for the experience of stories. I want to thank contributors for giving me awesome submissions to read here at The Offbeat and all our readers for giving me a platform to write weird blog posts about Spider-Man, Gorillaz, or astrology.
What is Your Favorite Scientific Element and Why?
I have several. In this exact order: Phosphorus (P), Gold (Au), Lithium (L), Iodine (I), and Sodium (Na). No real reason why, though.