Ms. Register is a writer herself and is really looking forward to helping students find their inner author this year.
Her writing life started early, but it started with reading. Every summer she would haul a stack of books half her height from the local library, get set up on her aunt’s back porch lounger and read the day away. She wanted to do what these authors did, which was to take the reader away to a different place, to have them experience a life they might never experience before. And words themselves were a source of pleasure! The subtle shades of meaning of words were like magic. By third grade, she was writing short stories for class and her teacher had written that she hoped to stand in line and buy one of her books one day. It was an intoxicating moment.
High school brought extra academic writing loads, but still she found time to play around with language. She met one of her life-long best friends by making him read her essay, “PeeWee Herman and the Alienation of Modern Man”. She wrote poetry inspired by Sappho in her World Lit class, possibly when she was supposed to be doing something else.
As college and early working life wore on, writing for pleasure fell by the wayside. This made her sad. She would sneak a little in here and there but she needed a push. So she decided to begin her master’s in creative writing. There she had a group to critique her work and also, most importantly, assigned writing and deadlines.
Ms. Register has experience writing sketch comedy in New York City, Chicago, and Atlanta as well as several short screenplays that have been produced locally. She is currently working on a memoir and also writes about her travels. She is incredibly excited to share what she knows and to learn from her students as well!
As far as who she is? Well, she’s a single mom to a 13 year old and several cats. She loves backpacking, camping, hiking and traveling in general. She’s a huge fan of the national parks. She recently became a convert to coffee [I know right?] after years of just drinking hot tea. Some favorite films and shows of hers are: Twin Peaks, Gilmore Girls, This Is Us, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, Last Man on Earth, The Magicians, Practical Magic, Dumb and Dumber, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Bridesmaids, La Strada [Italian neorealist, check it out], Life is Beautiful [in Italian, not dubbed], Vivre Sa Vie [yes I was a film major], and more. Books she loves? Wild, Dharma Bums, The Handmaid’s Tale, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and a whole bunch of nonfiction titles since she is an information junkie. So far her favorite travel destinations include: New York City; Wyoming; Colorado [anywhere but especially Leadville, Manitou Springs, and Woody Creek]; South Dakota; and Milwaukee which she really thinks you should go check out. *Now I have to add Montana, Glacier National Park, Washington State, especially the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park, and Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, and Crater Lake in Oregon as some favorite places to go. #roadtrip2017