Best of WEbook: WEbooker of the WEek09:59
Allow me to present WEbooker of the WEek senoritaburrito.
I love all my WEbookers of the WEek equally, so I’m not
going to claim that senoritaburrito
is the best WoW ever. But she is the project
leader of The Best of WEbook , a two-project series that just might be the best
place to write poetry
stories on WEbook.
In the Best of WEbook: Poetry
Stories, writers and readers are held to a high standard of excellence, in
both their writing and their feedback. Participants are required to provide good feedback for at least eight
other submissions before they submit a piece of their own. Senoritaburrito
provides a definition of “high quality feedback” in the project overviews – if you
want even more in-depth guidance on the art of feedback, check out this blog
entry, part of the WEbook
Guide to Feedback.
came up with the idea for the Best of WEbook series when she noticed a lot of
people on the forums
asking for feedback exchanges. She thought it would be nice to have a
project where these writers could get guaranteed feedback – as long as they
were willing to work for it. So far, senoritaburrito’s
experience has been “entirely positive.” She says, “Everyone has contributed willingly, some even going beyond
their required reviews to help out. We have some excellent pieces on both
projects. I’m still looking for new
contributors for both of them. I hope they help out all the aspiring
writers who choose to participate.”
To satisfy your burning curiosity, I asked senoritaburrito
everything you’ve been dying to know, but were afraid to ask.
Q: What's the story behind your WEbook penname?
A: I called a friend Senor Taco one
day. She called me Senorita Burrito. I don’t remember why this odd
choice of names came up in the first place. A few months later I needed a
username for some site and thought of senoritaburrito, and I’ve kept it ever
Q: What is the story of your life, including
your history with writing, and any interesting accomplishments, experiences,
and quirks you'd like your fellow WEbookers to know about?
I moved from Florida to Northern Michigan at the age of
seven, and have been here ever since. I was homeschooled until eighth
grade, at which point I went to a charter school. I now go to a community
college part-time and work at a local restaurant. I’m in my second year of college, and I’m
hoping to transfer next fall to the University of Chicago or Lawrence
I first started writing at the age of eight or nine, when I got tired of how
limited the plots in most books I read seemed to be. I came up with
stories all of the time in my head. I stuck with prose, in a kind of
lackluster way, until I “discovered” poetry in high school through poets like
Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas, and William Carlos Williams. I started
writing poetry off and on. In college, I started to slack off on the
writing front, but joining WEbook has been an amazing experience to get me
re-inspired and meet other writers. I feel like I have expanded in my
writing more in the few months that I’ve been on here than in the few years
that I’ve been seriously writing poetry. It’s given me a lot of
inspiration to improve myself, and I’ve made some excellent writing friends.
My dream in life is to become a wandering hobo and travel the entire
world. I’d like to experience as much of life as I can before I trip over
the oft-mentioned bucket.
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
A: I’m a great fan of procrastination. I’ve got it down to an art
form. It is impossible to work on anything at all unless it’s five
minutes prior to the due date. Panic is the spice of life, eh? This
has gotten me in some trouble before...but, as Douglas Adams said, “I love
deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by.”
Sometimes I really wish I were the type of person who does everything ahead of
time. But somehow, it seems like there are always so many more important
things to do. Wash dishes? I’m on it. Calculus is just going
to have to wait. I mean, vectors are fascinating and all, but it just
can’t measure up to the joy of scrubbing crusted pots and pans. Don’t you
Q: What piece of WEbook writing
are you most proud of?
A: I’m not sure on this one. There
are several that I like, but none that I am particularly proud of. They
could always be so much better. Though I do like my poem “Dreaming
Q: What advice would you like to
give your fellow WEbookers?
A: Always remember to take every review
you receive with a grain of salt. The reviewer is not the author of your
piece, and when it comes down to it, it is your decision. Grammar and
syntax suggestions should generally be taken, unless the reviewer rites he’s
revue liek this, but when it comes to opinion issues, remember that you are the
one doing the writing. And you are never going to make everybody happy
all at once. Satisfy yourself first. It’s your writing, in the end.
If you don’t feel like you can stick up for it, then there are probably some
flaws in the plan and it would be better to start over.
Q: Describe your ideal day, using
exactly 5 words.
A: I have nothing to do.
Do you have a line on the wonderfullest writer on
WEbook? The fantastickest
feedbacker? Or anyone else who goes
above and beyond to make WEbook the best writing, reading, and publishing
community on the internet? Drop me
an email or visit my profile
and send me a message with the title “WEbooker of the WEek” to nominate your
favorite WEbooker. He or she will have a
shot at joining the ranks of the immortals – and getting a free WEbook T-shirt
Ready to read, write, and get published? Sign
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