Hello, my name is Kaitlynn Hamby, and I’m thrilled to be working with FrostburgFirst this semester! I’m a senior at Frostburg State University and will be graduating Spring of 2020 with my Bachelor of Science degree in English, and a minor in Journalism. I love reading, and want to work on editing book manuscripts in the future. Working with FrostburgFirst is a great way to get more involved in the community while gaining valuable editing experience. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and family, sleeping, and chocolate chip cookies. I occasionally enjoy writing as well, depending on what I’m writing about.

I decided that I wanted to work on book manuscripts four years ago on a whim. I had originally wanted to be an author and had even started writing a book. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that I enjoyed writing when I wanted to and because I felt like it. I realized I didn’t have the drive or desire to make a living as a professional author. I knew I wanted to major in English in college because it has always been my favorite subject, but it was also something I was passionate about. One day, I was reading a book and noticed an error. Once I noticed it, I couldn’t unsee it, and knowing the error was there was bothering me. A big pet peeve of mine is when someone writes in a book, but I considered writing in the missing word so it was correct. I thought to myself that someone should have noticed the error, and wondered how it had been missed because I thought books were read and edited by multiple people. Then I realized that people get paid to read and edit manuscripts. That’s a job, I love reading, and noticing errors in books bothers me, so I should go to school to do that for a living. So that’s what I did.

When I’m writing, I draw inspiration from the things around me, whether it’s something from a book or a conversation I overheard. Three of my favorite writing samples were school assignments, two based on published books, and one based on a movie. For those, I drew inspiration from what I’d already been given, as well as from what my experience of the characters was as a reader/viewer. I tried to remain true to what I saw them as instead of what the writer or actor made them. In my daily life, when things get tough and I want to quit, my mom is my inspiration to keep going. When I’m stuck on an assignment and can’t see how to get what I want to do, and what I need to do to align my mom is the one that helps me find alternate options and workarounds so that the two things are cohesive.

I’m a Baltimore native from just outside the city, so Princess is my favorite business because it reminds me of The Boulevard Diner back home, which is a 50’s style diner. I love that Frostburg doesn’t have a big city feel to it. A lot of people know each other, and stop to talk to each other on the streets, and know customers by name in restaurants and I like that.