I love to read and write. You’ll rarely find me strolling around the city without a book, pen, or paper in tow. I’ve worked on yearbooks and newspapers. Hell, I cemented my love for books when I decided to major in English. What can you really do with an English degree?!
At the supreme University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (free advertising for my beloved alma mater), I set out to make the newspaper one of my main extracurricular activities, publishing several articles a quarter. A 2nd-year by the name of Booker Whitt came out with an advice column. He was quite the character and popularly known on campus as ‘The GSB’s Source of Reasoned Advice.’ Readers would write with questions and he would respond in blunt, slap-stick fashion.
Upon Booker’s graduation, I was delighted to find out that I had been selected as his replacement. I can’t say for sure what fired up the hormones during my tenure (possibly the high level of attractiveness in the Class of 2004), but the questions I received constantly asked my opinion on romance and dating. The stories from this academic powerhouse could have been prime fodder for the popular TV show Sex and the City. And here I was writing an advice column like Carrie Bradshaw did in the show. Truly bizarre!
I named the column AskVixen, paying homage to a nickname my mentor had given me in a spoof article he had written for the newspaper. The nickname was random, but turned out to be a suitable pen name.
I greatly miss writing that biweekly column. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to still receive emails from former readers telling me how much they enjoyed my writing. So I thought I’d have at it again. Thanks for entering Vixen Vignettes.