Six Questions with: Nadia Bukach
1. How would you describe your part at Life in 10 Minutes and your philosophy surrounding your work?
I joke that I’m the registration wizard, because I like to imagine that I wield magical powers that connect people to each other in L10’s amazing classes. In reality, my work is a bit of everything. I help teachers schedule their classes at Life in 10, I manage all the details of getting those classes online and sharing them over email and social media. I help folks who are having trouble registering or new students who are looking for the right class. I’m organizing an amazing retreat at Heartstone Lodge this summer as well! More on that soon!
My philosophy about my work is simple: I’m honored and humbled every day by the joy of working with so many amazing women, people, artists and writers. I see my position as one of service, where I get to pour my heart into making it possible for more raw, powerful, weird and utterly unique stories to take form on the page.
2. When did you first start thinking of yourself as a writer?
My first class with Valley, about a year ago now, was the catalyst for me in reclaiming my identity as a writer. In a previous life (the life of a fearless child), I had passionately laid claim to the title. In my adolescence I lost track of my voice and the anxieties of adulthood reinforced the darker part of myself that told me I would never “be a writer”. I’m so grateful that over the past year, the amazing women and people of Life in 10 have helped me grow brave enough to feel myself a writer again.
3. What is the last great book you read?
The last book that knocked my socks off was Guy Gavriel Kay’s Sailing to Sarantium. I’m a huge fan of fantasy and historical fiction. I love epic landscapes, settings that sweep you up, tangle you fiercely in their rich webs and take you on a journey you can’t forget. Sailing to Sarantium does all those things and more, as you follow the journey of an artist in the byzantine empire, whose simple love of and skill with mosaics leads him deep into political turmoil. His tale is at once grandiose beyond belief and harrowingly personal. I’m forever in awe of the power that stories have to tie us together as humans, to help us imagine what it would be like to live a life that is different from our own, to inspire us to feel and also to grow in joy, in hope and in empathy.
4. What do you struggle with most as a writer?
I struggle to keep writing when my body tells me I’m no good. I struggle with run-on sentences and years of believing I don’t have anything worth saying. I struggle with the side effects of being alive: too much work, too little sleep, too many people in pain who need help, too much isolation, too much resistance to growth.
5. What three writers (living or dead) would you take with you on a cross-country road trip? Who would drive? Who would ride shotgun?
This question was the one that filled me with the most anxiety when I sat down to write today! Only 3 writers? I’ve concluded my cross-country road trip would include Mary Stewart, Mary Oliver and Storm Constantine. I think Mary Stewart would drive, the thought of her at the wheel guiding us through place and time just makes sense to me. Mary Oliver would ride shotgun, and I’d be in the back seat next to Storm just soaking it all in!
6. In six words or under, what do you hope writers take with them from the work you’ve done for L10?
Uproot doubt, write hope together.
Short shorts, flash non-fiction, and bite-sized stories that make you hungry for more.
Life in 10 is home to writers of stories that are brave and true.
Take your story deeper with a L10 class.