Fall 2014 Staff

 Thomas Call

Thomas Call

Staff position: Managing Editor Major and minor: Dance major, English minor, editing minor Hometown and state: Batesville, Indiana Career goals: I’d like to work with stories, whether that’s teaching others to write them or working in publishing or the gaming industry as a story designer. I also have different ideas for books that I’d like to write floating around. Favorite book: I really like books about Arthurian legend. I also like Brothers Karamazov, The Fifth Mountain, Beauty, The Runelords, A Wrinkle in Time, and others. Favorite vacation locale: Japan, or the beach, or the beach in Japan. Favorite quote: He drew a circle that shut me out— Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle and took him In!

—”Outwitted,” Edwin Markham

Other interesting travel tidbit: I always carry a Pikachu keychain in my backpack, whether I’m traveling or just going to school. You’ll never know—I might need it.

 Bonnie Brown

Bonnie Brown

Staff positions: Assistant Managing Editor; Facebook Manager Favorite vacation locale: Disneyland! Or the British Isles, Germany, Switzerland, France… Favorite vacation experience: Scotland with my family, had a small cottage to ourselves in a little coastal town. One vacation necessity: journal I never leave home without: lip balm, a pen, my driver’s license In high school alone I lived in Germany and traveled to France, England, Scotland, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Austria, Egypt, and The Netherlands all because of school extra-curricular activities.

 Cara Gillespie

Cara Gillespie

Staff position: Assistant Editing Manager Hometown and state: Reno, NV Favorite book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger I never leave home without: My keys. I want to know I’ll be able to get back in. Favorite quote: “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.” —Albus Dumbledore I have never: Been surfing. I’m secretly jealous of California surf bums. Someday I’m going to gather enough courage and cash to go to Las Olas, a surf camp in Mexico, and then all of my surfing dreams can come true. Dream travel location: Santorini, Greece

 Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson

Staff positions: Copyeditor; Social Media Director Major and minor: English Teaching, Editing Hometown and state: Las Vegas, Nevada Career goals: To be the owner of a small freelance editing network and become a published author of stories and poetry Favorite vacation locale: Disneyland! I never leave home without: a camera I have never: Been off this continent, so I hope to see Wales and Scotland someday. My real wish is to take a train trip along the countryside and stay in bed and breakfasts and visit castles and graveyards.

 Amanda Wind

Amanda Wind

Staff position: Copyeditor Favorite or least favorite part of editing: Commas are the best—it’s like putting together a puzzle. Favorite vacation experience: When I visited New York City at the age of sixteen, the most memorable moment I had was jaywalking along with the rest of the native New Yorkers and feeling so cool doing it. One vacation necessity: A good book for down time Other interesting travel tidbit: I’m usually terrible at packing light for a trip—the only time I really accomplished it was when I went to Idaho for Thanksgiving with my fiancé’s outdoorsy, practical family and wanted to impress them.

 Jill Hacking

Jill Hacking

Staff position: Senior Editor Hometown and state: Orem, Utah Career goals: I would like to figure out an intersection of editing and art history. One vacation necessity: a good book I never leave home without: chapstick Favorite quote: “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” –Albus Dumbledore I have never . . . (vacation themed): Crossed the Atlantic Ocean Dream travel location: Tour of Maya ruins in Guatemala and Mexico with my dad

 Jenna Hoffman

Jenna Hoffman

Staff position: Senior Editor Major: Majoring in Public Health with minors in editing and international development Hometown and state:Lehi, UT Favorite part of editing: When the author takes my suggestions! Favorite vacation locale: San Diego. If that’s cliché, I also like Wyoming. Favorite vacation experience:Galloping alongside my cousin through the forest on the back of a big black horse. That was fun. Other interesting travel tidbit: I used to think I was invincible when it came to sunburns. Then I spent a whole day on a beach in southern Thailand without sunscreen. Moral of the story: wear sunscreen.

 Andy Kyle

Andy Kyle

Staff positions: Senior Editor; Advertising Team Member Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien Favorite vacation experience: When my wife accepted my proposal at Newport Beach. One vacation necessity: A soccer ball. If you ever need to waste time, there are always places to kick around ball. Favorite quote: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

–J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Dream travel location: “Middle-earth,” New Zealand. I would love to tour the shooting locations for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Holly Smith

Holly Smith

Staff position: Art Director Major and minor: English/Editing Hometown and state: Cypress, California Favorite book: The Awakening by Kate Chopin I never leave home without: Chapstick and my phone Other interesting travel tidbit: I absolutely love airplanes and flying. I can’t sleep well on them, but there is something so great to me about being in a little bubble up in the air where you are free to just relax. No e-mails, no texts, no calls, just the music on my phone and a few good books. Plus, who doesn’t love the bottomless Diet Coke?

 Diane Cardon

Diane Cardon

Staff position: Assistant Art Director

 Susie Wahlquist

Susie Wahlquist

Staff position: Assistant Art Director Major and minor: Sociology major, Editing minor Hometown and state: Boston, MA Career goals: Write and edit for National Geographic Traveler magazine Favorite book: Not a fair question because it changes all the time, but probably the Confessions of a Shopoholic series. I never leave home without: Feeling excited Favorite quote: Life is uncertain; eat dessert first.

 Robert_Faulkner

Robert Faulkner

Staff position: Senior Designer Career goals: Teach at Hebrew University Favorite vacation experience: Solo road trip in a ridiculous gold sports car to Arizona. Favorite quote: “Don’t worry, be happy.” I have never: visited a country that I did not like. Other interesting travel tidbit: Every time I fly, I get pulled aside by airport security.

 Josh Fulton

Josh Fulton

Staff positions: Senior Designer; Web Team Member Favorite or least favorite part of editing: I like making things look and sound better, but I also hate making authors angry with my changes . . . or angry in general. Authors are vicious. Favorite vacation experience: I loved my vacation to Hawaii with my family, where we got to swim with fish and turtles and hang out on the beach. I touched a sea turtle and simultaneously crossed an item off of my bucket list. Favorite quote: “Words—so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

—Nathaniel Hawthorne

I have never: Taken an actual train ride, like, across a long distance. Other interesting travel tidbit: I love traveling, but I hate big crowds, so I try to avoid really popular places (like Versailles) and try to find more out-of-the-way places to go.

 Adam Wright

Adam Wright

Staff position: Web Outreach Manager, Senior Designer Hometown and state: Virginia Beach, VA Favorite quote: “Don’t believe a quote you see on the Internet just because it’s attributed to a famous person.” —Abraham Lincoln I have never: Traveled by large ship Dream travel location: Kayaking trip Other interesting travel tidbit: I get most of my writing utensils by finding them on the sidewalk. I haven’t had to buy a pen in years.

 Amy Carlin

Amy Carlin

Staff position: Advertising Advisor Educational Background: BA in Linguistics (BYU) Hometown: Provo, Utah Career goals: My current position is that of Office Specialist at the BYU Charles Redd Center for Western Studies. I edit scholarly publications, plan trips and events, and do office work. In the future, I’d love to edit books for a fiction publishing company or use editing to help businesses look better in print. Favorite vacation experience: I went to Canada for two weeks with my family when I was eight. We stayed in bungalows, did a lot of hiking, and got to walk on the Athabasca Glacier. One vacation necessity: Sunglasses Favorite quote: “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”

—Victor Hugo

 Natalie Taylor

Natalie Taylor

Staff position: Social Media Advisor Major: English language Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota Career goals: Work as a freelance editor and dance professionally Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird One vacation necessity: It’s boring, but a camera. I can hardly remember a trip without pictures from it. Pictures always seem to solidify the event in my memory, just like writing does. I never leave home without: Obviously my phone, but also my Nalgene water bottle. I bring that thing everywhere, and I drink at least three a day; my day is literally ruined when I leave it at home.

Favorite quote: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

—Pablo Picasso

Jessica Reschke

Jessica Reschke

Staff position: Design Advisor Major: Humanities, English emphasis Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada Career goals: Besides opening a pizzeria with my husband, I eventually want to have enough editing and design experience that I can work on freelance projects that really care about. Favorite vacation locale: Anywhere new. I’m most in my element when I’m thrown into an unfamiliar place that I have to figure out. One vacation necessity: The promise of really good food. I begin planning my travel days with a map of the places I want to eat. I have never: Had a brain freeze. I don’t care if it’s snowing outside, I am most likely on the prowl for a frozen treat. One of my greatest talents is my ability to rapidly memorize ice cream flavors in any language. Other interesting travel tidbit: I have fallen asleep on nearly every mode of transportation known to man.

 Dallin Law

Dallin Law

Staff position: Web Advisor Major: English Hometown: Omak, Washington Favorite part of editing: Definitely collaborating with other passionate writers, there’s nothing I love more than helping something incredible go to print. Favorite vacation locale: The sea. I grew up happily in the dry mountains of Eastern Washington but as soon as I reach an ocean, I wonder if it had always been calling my name. One vacation necessity: Food. I tell people I don’t believe in souvenirs because I need the money for exotic meats and crusty artisan bread. I never leave home without: My pocketknife. It comes in handy.

 Rachel Peters

Rachel Peters

Staff position: Editorial Advisor Major: English Hometown: Vancouver, WashingtonCareer goals: To become the creative director for either a publication or corporation I never leave home without: A cute pair of shoes Favorite quote: “Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life—well, valuable, but small—and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer.”

—You’ve Got Mail

Other interesting travel tidbit: I have slept in Thomas Jefferson’s bedroom. (I was a baby and my parents were on a tour.)

 Julie Ogborn

Julie Ogborn

Staff position: Editorial Advisor Educational Background: BA in English with a Minor in Editing (received May 2013) Hometown: South Jordan, Utah Career goals: I am currently working on projects for Covenant Communications and Ancestry.com as a freelance editor and writer. But I would love to edit full time for a book or magazine publisher. One vacation necessity: A safety pin. I’ve learned my lesson in the past: whenever I don’t have one, I always find that I need one desperately when something—my pack or my tent—rips open or becomes unstitched at the seams during my trip. I never leave home without: A water bottle, my favorite flavor of Trident gum, and Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Blast Favorite quote: “You never finish revising; you just run out of time.”

Marvin Gardner

Marvin Gardner

Staff position: Editor in Chief Hometown: Grew up in Duncan, Arizona, and Provo, Utah. I currently reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Career: Before becoming a professor at BYU in 2005, I worked for 28 years as a full-time editor and writer for the Ensign and Liahona magazines, both of which are distributed worldwide. For more than half of those years, I was managing editor of the Liahona.


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