Sundi is a freelance writer and critic who blogs about pop culture and how it affects our shared identities.
She absolutely loves TV and will watch anything once. She is also an English professor who teaches courses in composition, popular culture and Southern culture. These subjects sometimes intersect, much to her delight. Follow her on Twitter @sroseholt.
Hometown: Columbus, Georgia
Where I live now: Same – I’m a hometown girl.
Fave book of ALL time: It’s a tie between Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers (who is from my hometown), and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Person who inspires me the most: It’s also a tie – Elizabeth Taylor and Dolly Parton. They are kind, compassionate, have a heart for service, and always look like a million dollars. You gotta love a lady that can work her tail off and still keep her lipstick fresh.
What made me want to become a writer: I am fascinated by people who have the courage to have a point of view. And actually say it out loud, which is what reading feels like to me. Writing is courageous and permanent – like a legacy that continually changes. It’s a pretty selfish endeavor, but it feels amazing.
Music I listen to when I write: I love an unusual or unexpected cover of a song. Spotify has a “Johnny Cash sings your favorite song” channel, and it’s Johnny Cash covering so many good songs. It’s gorgeous and incredibly inspiring. I could listen to Johnny Cash read the phone book. I also really like acoustic covers of pop songs, and Spotify has a few channels that scratch that itch. I like to keep it mellow.
Fave place to work: My office at home. Last year, my husband converted a bedroom into a space for me to work at home and I got to make it completely my own – yellow walls, bright floral patterns,a smidge of animal print here and there, and most importantly, curtains that are always pulled open. I love the sunshine, just not the Georgia heat.
Writers I look up to: Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Anne Helen Peterson, Amy Schumer, Maureen Ryan. These women are strong advocates of their own opinions and have an interesting and provocative voice. And, they are just plain smart at what they do. I wish I had half the talent these women do.
Favorite GIF ever:
I keep this handy in my photo stream anytime any one needs a little reality check. You’d be surprised how many people need a figurative slap in the face.
This is the best meme:
My favorite story I wrote for HelloGiggles is…
Orphan Black is back! 5 other television shows that are keeping it weird
The title of my memoir would be… Leave the gun… take the cannolli