- ABOUT US
By Karlie Tipton
December 8, 2011
Around the Oklahoma Today offices, I am often called the Queen of Mean. I’ve earned that moniker, not because I delight in torturing my coworkers – which I don’t – but because, in my writing, my sense of humor can lean toward the caustic.
For evidence of this, one might look no further than the events guide, which we’ve just renamed Main Events.
This section can be a joy to write. It allows me to exercise my powers of description, to find out what’s going on in small towns all across the state, and to share these happenings with our readers. I also feel that my wit is best served in short, fifty-word-or-less doses.
However, the events guide can also be an absolute chore. There are hundreds of parades, festivals, art shows, and other interesting activities outside of the Oklahoma City area, but finding them often requires hours of research. Since we write our guide about three months ahead of time, details of events are often vague (because they have often yet to be decided). And when you get down to it, there are only so many ways to differentiate one light show from another no matter how wonderful each one may be, to use the November/December issue as an example.
This is where what Associate Editor Megan Rossman calls my “meanness” or “hatefulness” tends to come into play. She has said that some of my descriptions assume that our readers are clinically depressed. I don’t try to mock the events I’m describing in each writeup; on the contrary, I want to convey to readers why each affair is entertaining and special in its own way. But my use of hyperbole, sarcasm, similes, and rhyme sometimes unintentionally creates a derisive tone, rather than the celebratory one I intended.
I’ve been told that my writeups go over the line – from creative to critical – by about 30 percent. Hopefully, in my coming years as an editorial assistant, I will get closer to my goal of 5 to 10 percent. I could shoot for perfection, but being a little mean sometimes is just too much fun.