Joy Santee

Why do you write? Right now, I'm mostly writing for work, which means I'm writing to demonstrate that I know stuff and am actively participating in my scholarly discipline (rhetoric and composition). I'm interested in what I write, but not many others will be. I feel like I'll be ready to write more enjoyable things down the road--more about my travels and such--but all those ideas are still just rolling around in my head at the moment.

Describe where you write. I have a home office and use my desk almost exclusively for writing. I just hung up a new map of the US between the IKEA lamps on either corner of the desk, but I don't think that will help me with my wanderlust problem...I do keep the desk clean when I'm being a productive writer so I have one less excuse to sit down and get to work. I do my more creative writing on the couch.

Who or what is your muse? Hmm. I'm tempted to say myself, but that's probably not the right answer. Maps are probably my best muse since they can show so many partial perspectives of a single place. Look at them a little differently and they'll show you something new!

Three wishes . . . If I tell you, they might not come true!

Favorite childhood book, and why? Voyage of the Dawn Treader--I didn't know travel writing was a genre then, but this was as close as I got!

Explain when is your ideal time to write. My best time to do academic writing is first thing in the morning so I'm sitting at my desk before I'm fully awake. It's less painful that way.

Name a book you would reread again and again, and why. I re-read a lot of books, particularly the easy reads that let me just relax. My most recent re-read was the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce.  I read the first book during elementary school and finally picked up ebook versions so I could read them all again.

E-book or print? Why? Depends on the book. Fluff reading = ebook (read on my phone). More serious books = print so I can take some notes and fold over some corners.

Favorite magazine, and why? I don't subscribe to any, but I'll sometimes pick up a design or woodworking magazine. Dwell was my most recent purchase, I think.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing? Academic writing: Maps are cool, complex documents that can change how we see and act in the world. Travel writing: Go outside and play!