Who are you?
My name is Rachel Anne Calabia. I’m a writer, editor, and jill-of-all-trades.
I’ve made a lot of off-beat decisions: I got a degree in comparative literature; worked on some books on Philippine arts and culture; stumbled into nonprofit work with social justice and environmental groups; went to culinary school; spent a few years baking cookies every day. In 2011, I uprooted myself and moved back to the land of my birth.
It’s been an interesting life so far.
What do you do now?
I earned my certificate in copyediting from UC Berkeley Extension in 2013. I’m a member of the Bay Area Editors’ Forum, a lovely support group for professional editors, and I occasionally haunt the Mechanics’ Institute, the best place in the city to sniff old books, relax in comfy chairs, and think about literature.
Right now, I’m in the middle of writing my first novel. It’s a historical romance with the working title, The Pembury Will. It’s in various stages of revision. I have two hundred pages written and several chapters that need overhauling.
“The unspeakable horror” of a literary life being what it is, I also have a day job. A woman can never have too many day jobs.
Why are you so damn quiet?
Nowadays I tend to be shy. If I say little when I first meet you, it doesn’t mean I have nothing to say. I’m probably concentrating on what you’re saying! I think there’s too much noise on the internet, and in real life. People seem to have lost the ability to concentrate and listen. I’m trying to practice mindfulness in my life.
Why “Lucky Parking Girl”?
It’s a quirky moniker, isn’t it? I used to live in Manila, where people drive their motorcycles on the sidewalk and two-hour traffic jams are normal. Finding street parking was always a huge headache.
Whenever my sister drove around the city, though, she joked that I was her “lucky parking girl.” My mere presence in a car ensured great parking, even the most congested areas. It’s probably the most unconventional superpower to possess, and it’s not a power that anyone takes seriously. It’s like being Aquaman or Captain Hindsight.
Does your blog follow a style guide?
Yes. I learned to love the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition), seeing how I had to lug it to school for two semesters. My blog’s style sheet is interesting, too. If you have no idea what a style sheet is, email me and I’ll send you an example. In fact, email me if you have any questions or comments. I love intelligent conversation! My blog email is: