Kelly Lo is our newest Fig intern! She is a Hong Kong native with a love for fantasy and literary novels.
Why did you decide to intern at Figment?
I’m sorry to say my story really wouldn’t make a great blockbuster film! I was on the hunt for an internship and found Figment through my school’s career site. After I had a look around the site, I knew Figment was far from average or stuffy. The amount of enthusiasm I see for writing here is overwhelming. Although I’m only a month old Fig, I’m really excited to be a part of this community.
Fill in the blank: “At 2 a.m., I’m most likely . . .”
At 2 a.m., I’m most likely watching Let’s Play videos of horror games while stuffing my face with every possible snack within reach. What am I doing at 4 a.m.? Trying to sleep but failing because I think Slender Man is waiting under my bed.
When is your favorite part of the writing process?
I’m a very visual person. If I have an idea for a new piece, I’ll draw everything before I forget. After I have a firm idea of what I’m going to write about and how it’s going to look, I basically translate the image I have in my head onto paper. The best part about writing is that translating a picture into words isn’t that simple. You have to think about how the wind feels on your character’s face; the sharp smell and sound of the waves; the coarse sand between her toes. All of these experiences help paint a vivid picture of words.
Fill in the blank: “My most embarrassing writing moment was when . . .”
I wrote a story about a girl getting ready for her first date and breaking down from the pressure. I submitted the piece to a competition without realizing I had bumbled all the makeup products. I called mascara, eyeliner. Concealer, foundation, toner and blush were basically used interchangeably. You get the idea. Ironically, the main point of the story was about the pressure of having to gussy up. I clearly did not do my research. You won’t find me anywhere near a Sephora anytime soon though. Makeup is hard.
If you could get fist-bumped by one famous writer, who would it be?
J.D. Salinger. This would be a possible scenario if the dead rise to roam the earth again, so I’ve still got my hopes up. This would be how it would play out:
I pass by zombie J.D. Salinger on the street. Our eyes meet. Instantly, there’s a connection and we have an inspiring moment of double-rainbow levels. A vast and wonderful new world opens up between us and it’s filled to the brim with floundering Holdens and bananafish. We both go in for a fist-bump. After a few failed attempts, our knuckles meet and it makes the world implode. It’s the most uncomfortable and awkward fist-bump ever (because J.D. Salinger) but it would also be the greatest thing to ever happen (because J.D. Salinger).
If you can’t tell already, I really admire J.D. Salinger. His writing style and his perspective really influenced me in high school. I always get something new out of his work.