Continuing our theme of Togetherness this November, our next staff interview pair is Kaitlyn and Kimmie. Read on to find out how Kaitlyn feels about her work on Game of Theories and how she became known as “The Red Pen Of Justice.”
Start us off with some basic stats! Who are you, where are you from, what’s your job class, and why don’t you remember the nickname I gave you?
Clearly I’m Kaitlyn, Content Editor lvl 10 hailing from the lowlands of New York. It’s Kait or Kaitlyn, The Un-Nicknameable. I don’t remember this moniker because you never gave me one. That or I’m a replicant.
You’ve been with us, in your words, just short of from the beginning. How and why did you end up joining?
In your “Meet Kimmie” feature, you mentioned how the site started as a reaction to some shenanigans over at a fledgling blog. Like most things, I believe I was bugged into applying to that site by Leia. By the time I had written a sample piece, the site had imploded and you two started what would become Sub-Cultured. By this point I had developed an immunity to Leia’s bugging, so it took her a few months of evolved tactics for her to convince me to apply to your team, which led to years of fun and new levels of Leia poking me to get my shit together. Hope I was worth it.
What is it that you do for Sub-Cultured?
A few months ago, I was crowned content editor and vassal lord. Basically, while still contributing reviews, opinions, interviews etc, I’m also the main editor for the team. Proudly, I also can say that I’ve written some episodes of Game of Theories and contributed and edited others. Also, when fans ask us content questions or offer critique on the youtube pages, it’s generally me responding to them (thus the mask of anonymity is cast off) Basically, if Kimmie’s tongue is twisting around ridiculous alliteration, I wrote it.
You’ve referred to yourself as “The Red Pen Of Justice.” How did that name come about and how has it applied to Sub-Cultured?
Arrogance, it came about from arrogance. But actually, the process of writing and researching for the Game of Theories’ scripts is something I find really interesting and I’d love to do a behind the scenes feature in the future because we’ve really developed a great system. I started calling myself that because I claimed red Google doc ink as my note color because A) red is brutal and B) I used to work at a college and did a lot of proofing and editing of papers for students. “Justice”…well from years of experience both with others’ work and my own, I think it can be clear when something is unclear and rushed through, so often my comments or notes are just “vague” or snarkily “wat,” because often writers know when they just shrugged and ended an incomplete thought with a period just to move on with their day. Not on my watch. I speak for the trees… err words. Of course, I will often argue substituting one word for another for an entire essay long-rant that no one asked for, but even Batman’s unquenchable pursuit of justice must annoy the League once and awhile.
I love writing and I think that crafting an argument and presenting information is equal parts art and logic, and I love editing because it requires a split mind between writer and reader, which is a challenge. For Game of Theories, for instance, once the massive amount of research is completed, the information has to be presented in an interesting and effective way, so the execution of writing a script is like a puzzle. It’s fun, and through editing I know I’ve become a better writer. I hope the team feels the same way and has improved with my feedback.
What is it like to work with a team that is mostly virtual? How do Wildlings get internet signals North of The Wall?
World Wide Weirwood Network, Duh. But honestly, spearwives are busy, yo. Balancing school, work, occasional bullshit time would render working on SC stuff pretty impossible if we didn’t have a really great system for working collaboratively on projects. Kimmie and Leia are like masters at the long form post for updates and are incredibly amazing at asking for and taking in feedback. They are the headmistresses, but Sub-Cultured is a team machine, and is really only possible because everyone is enthusiastic and supportive of each other. Collaboration isn’t about live and real-time work, it’s about respecting and working with different people and opinions, which also means working with different schedules and real life stuff.
You’ve mentioned before that you’re “going dark” for Star Wars. What does that entail and how have you been handling it?
Well I wrote a whole post about it but simply, I’m not an anti-spoiler fanatic, but I often avoid trailers for movies that I want to see. Speculation just really isn’t my jam.
In the case of Star Wars, which sits pretty high on my list of things that I care about, I have full faith in the franchise and where it is heading, and I want to sit in that theater and be completely surprised, and I just don’t think that is possible with a head full of internet leaks and images. I cried when I saw that first trailer, they don’t need to advertise to me any more than that.
Old Gods, Faith of the Seven, or Red God?
Ha, well despite my wildling nature, I love the Faith of the Seven in the novels. The depiction Maiden, Mother, and Crone (besides being an awesome name for an all-female metal band) is beautiful to me, and I love the similar depictions of the Fates in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
I’ve mentioned to you before that I think you’re a Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation. Dry and no-nonsense, but with a loveable streak. If you could describe yourself with a fictional character, who would come the closest?
Ha, well once you told me that and I finally watched all of Parks and Rec, I just don’t think I can shake the similarities. I would watch an episode and just shake my head because, I mean, I’m Ben Wyatt.
There have been a couple of questions alluding to Game of Thrones, so let’s just real talk for a second – Tell me what it is about A Song of Ice and Fire that drew you in and your work on Sub Cultured’s “Game of Theories” webseries.
I think I first read the series when I was 15. I used to sneak my copy of A Game of Thrones behind my religion book (I went to an all-girls Catholic school) and read in class. I’m fairly certain I had just finished The Dark Tower, and was looking for a new book to get into, so my mom handed me her copy and told me to prepare myself for a new obsession. My mother was also the one that started me on The Dark Tower, so obviously I was raised by awesomeness.
Which is your favorite thing that you’ve done for Sub-Cultured thus far?
It has to be Game of Theories, without any runners up. I learned so much from that project and working with Kimmie and Leia. Kimmie taught me about video editing, I learned so much about content sharing and how YouTube works. I learned where my strengths are and aren’t. I learned to get mad and talk it out, as well as when to check myself. Besides that, I know a FUCK TON MORE about A Song of Ice and Fire than I did before.
What kind of things are lurking in your To Do list for 2016?
I have some big editing projects coming up, but I’d also like to create some lasting and frequently updated columns for Sub-Cultured. Also Star Wars tattoo? Possibly possibly.