Today I’m pleased to get to introduce the newest member of the APW staff: Kate Bolen. Kate is joining the team as our copy editor (I’m dyslexic, so to say that I need help on the copy editing front is a tiny bit of an understatement).
Kate and I have been friends since I first moved to San Francisco. She worked at the investment bank where I got a job when we moved, and it quickly became clear that she was one of the only people on staff who was… how shall we put this… a member of my tribe. So Kate and I got really chatty, and then I got engaged and she gushed over my ring. A few weeks later, when I decided to start a blog about wedding planning, I gave Kate the URL, and she became APW’s first ever reader. Literally. (Check out vintage Kate’s comment on my fifth post ever.) When we finally got hitched, Kate was our wedding stage manager (everyone needs a friend like this).
More recently, Kate and I both quit investment bank life (cue massive dance parties of celebration). Kate went back to school and is currently getting her second degree in graphic design at CCA. I started writing a book and hired Kate to be my on-the-ground copy editor.
And now I’m thrilled to welcome Kate onto the APW staff as copy editor. Kate says, “As a longtime member of the APW community, I am so stoked to join the staff. I have to say, I am grateful that we have all found each other, Team Practical. The smart women who compose this group have bolstered me time and time again (first before, and certainly now, a year after my wedding).” Kate also knows all about the em dash, sleeps with The Chicago Manual of Style, and thinks I use sports metaphors too much (“Dive in” “Let’s tackle this”). She finds this amusing, since I’m not really a sports fan. She also wrote a hilarious staff bio, which you should read.
Tomorrow morning we’ll be back with Kate’s wedding, Wordless Wedding style, but till then, I’m leaving you with the above picture of Kate and me at her wedding. Please note that I’m wearing my wedding hair flower (for the second time ever) as a married hair flower, in honor of Kate. We’re that kind of friends.
Picture: Kate & me on her wedding day, by One Love Photo.