In May, I began working as an editor at PEOPLE.com, which has been a total thrill. I’ve been well-versed in the world of celebrities for some time now, having started my career at People magazine just two weeks after graduating from Penn State. But working on a celebrity news website is a whole new pace — almost like working in a newsroom when things get busy, which reminds me of the final season of The Wire. (Side note: I went to visit friends in Baltimore last weekend and they were shooting something in the train station upon my arrival. For a split second I got excited that I might catch a McNulty or Bunk sighting before I remembered that the show is dearly departed. Dang it.)
I’m also thrilled to be co-authoring a new book, tentatively titled DWARF, out in Fall, 2012. It’s Tiffanie DiDonato’s inspirational memoir about her life with dwarfism and what she did to change it, undergoing a series of controversial bone-lengthening surgeries to gain an unprecedented 14 inches in height.
Working with Tiff inspires me everyday and as much as I love those stars, it’s quite refreshing and exciting to write about what we refer to around the office as a “real person.”
And in her case, an extraordinary one.