Marisa Solís

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Marisa Solís

Here's a little more about me... <p class="MsoNormal"><span><span> <strong>What I do that I get paid</strong> <strong>for:</strong>&nbsp;<br /> </span>I&rsquo;m a book editor, and I also do magazine editing and (occasional) writing and some corporate editing. I&rsquo;ve been working on books since 1999, starting with travel guidebooks, moving to feminist and women&rsquo;s interest titles, and for the past four years have been proofreading and copyediting cookbooks, parenting books, kids activity kits, artist biographies, pop culture titles, fashion, etc. On the boring side, you know those letters you get from the bank about lowering your APR? I have the great privilege of proofreading all that fine print sometimes.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span>Work I do that I don't get paid for:</span></strong><span><br /> Feeding, dressing, bathing, diapering, teaching, loving, carrying, hugging, and generally keeping out of danger my two-and-a-half-year-old while six months pregnant. I also manage the household, from plunging the toilet to paying the bills on time. <br /> <br /> <strong>My hobbies, interests, or passions:<br /> </strong></span><span>I've come to the sad conclusion that I no longer have any hobbies. Zero. And my interests are fleeting and rarely pursued, because, umm, I have a kid and one on the way while working thirty hours a week with a husband who works close to sixty at times. I <i>used to</i></span><span> hike three to five miles <i>every</i></span><span> weekend with my dog or a girlfriend, take afro-Brazilian dance classes weekly, work out, go to happy hour with coworkers, go to salsa clubs, and travel. I still LOVE all of those things, I just never do them anymore</span><span>....</span><span>one day soon though!<br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span><b>One accomplishment I'm most proud of:</b></span><br /> <span>Training for and then riding a century (64 miles) on a mountain bike (a road bike is preferable but what did I care?)&mdash;twice&mdash;by myself, getting over my fear of speeding cars, falling, and lycra.<br /> <br /> <strong>How I'd like to look back on my life when I'm 65:<br /> </strong>As never being dull or ordinary, having fun adventures, having meaningful friends and experiences, and never regretting a thing.<br /> <br /> <strong>Things I love:</strong><br /> Samba (music and dance), Tokyo, laughing, long hikes, hot weather, wine.<br /> <br /> <strong>Things I hate:<br /> </strong>Incompetent people, bad customer service, wasting time, inequality and intolerance of differences among people, anyone who abuses children and animals.<br /> </span></p>

Stories by Marisa Solís

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When I was pregnant the first time, people would earnestly tell me, “Enjoy this time!” so often that the phrase became just sounds that...