Kacvinsky is pronounced: Kaz-vin-ski
Hometown: Wausau, WI
Current Dwelling Place: Madison, WI
Other Places I’ve Lived: Corvallis, OR, Madison, WI; Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Phoenix, AZ; Redding, CA
5 Favorite MOVIES: Swingers, Terminator, The Matrix, Airplane, The Jerk
5 Favorite BOOKS: The World According to Garp, Fahrenheit 451, Slaughterhouse Five, The Alchemist, Cannery Row
5 Favorite MUSICIANS: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Counting Crows, U2, Bob Dylan, The Killers
Best Concert I’ve Ever Seen: U2. I saw them front row at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Bono and Edge performed, “In a Little While,” inches from my hands. I could touch their voices. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
Favorite Place to Write: In a sitting position, preferably
Favorite Sports: Basketball, volleyball, softball, hiking, soccer, running, jumping (Is jumping a sport? It should be.)
Favorite Addiction: Traveling
Favorite Pastimes: Reading, walking my dog, drinking coffee/wine with friends, people watching and of course, everyday, WRITING
Favorite Kinds of People: Funny, eccentric, odd, smart, opinionated, empathetic, soul searching, wandering, highly spirited, extremely imperfect
Least favorite Kinds of People: The ones that never imagine, that never take risks, never mess up, or that take themselves too seriously. Also, people who are impeccably clean make me very uncomfortable. I’m a chronic slob.
What I Lack: Logic
What I Excel At: Being overly emotional
Most Often Consumed Food: Things topped with cheese, containing cheese, or things dipped in melted cheese
My Greatest Fear: I might one day grow up and act my age
My Greatest Failure: Dropped out of college when I was 19 to enroll in the night life of Los Angeles
Most Random Job: Feeding baby calves on a dairy farm in Wisconsin
Best Job: Other than writing, working at The Comedy Store (a stand-up comedy club on Sunset Boulevard where I was paid to laugh)
College Degree: Science Journalism with a minor in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also received my teaching certificate and taught high school English.
My Utopia: Bayfield, WI
My Dystopia: Huge department stores—I’m easily over stimulated
My Greatest Dream: Realized!! Writing for an audience.
What Do I Hate: My cell phone. I constantly lose it and I rarely call people back.
What(Who) Do I Love: My husband. He is tall (essential) and brilliant (very essential) and funny (extremely essential). He is a fish scientist and I love hearing about his research even though the terminology goes over my head. I love my son, Kaleb, because he’s hilarious and my daughter, Sydney, because it’s hard to ever complain when I see her smile. I also love bacon. And dark beers.
The First Book I Ever Wrote: Was in third grade. It was titled: “The Book of Swear Words,” where I wrote down every curse word I could think of, along with a carefully crafted definition. I showed it to my teacher, beaming with pride. He sent me to the principal’s office and called my parents into school. I was banned from the playground for two weeks and my book was destroyed. It obviously didn’t kill my writing ambitions.