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Meaghan Hackinen CloseupA picture of me riding on the ferry to Haida Gwaii, BC.
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Meaghan Hackinen in Big SurA picture of me taking a break from cycling in Big Sur, CA.
I am thrilled to join the staff at Momentum Magazine as the newest 2012 summer editorial intern. As a cycle-enthusiast and a creative writing student, this position is a dream come true. I feel pretty lucky to have the opportunity to learn from experienced writers and collaborate with people who share my love of pedal-powered locomotion.
I currently live in Vancouver, BC. I ride from home to work, and everywhere in between. On the weekends you can find me pedaling along the seawall or riding up to the lookout in Queen Elizabeth Park.
I love cycling in the city because it gives you a chance to connect with the landscape in a very real way. Being surrounded on all sides by the sights, sounds and smells of each neighborhood you pass through really drives home their uniqueness and individual flavor. No two streets are alike when you’re traveling by bike.
My greatest passion is cycle touring. Past adventures have taken me down the Pacific Coast, through Baja California and across Canada. If I have a few days off, I pack my panniers and get lost on the scenic byways of Vancouver Island. Near the end of summer I will depart on a journey through the Sierra Cascades and on to Mexico City. But first I will have to improve my español.
When I am not on my bike, I am playing flat track roller derby with the Terminal City Rollergirls. Although I first laced up my skates less than a year ago, already I am totally hooked on the sport. The game is fast-paced, hard-hitting, and really emphasizes teamwork, communication and strategy. Plus, I dig the feel of wheels underneath me, whether or not they’re the two wheels of my Norco commuter bike or the eight wheels of my Riedell skates.
Currently, I am working toward a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. I like to write about my life experiences, my two wheeled escapades and those funny situations in everyday life that I feel deserve to be captured in prose.
I believe my internship with Momentum Magazine will provide some real-world experience to round off all the classroom-centered learning that I have amassed over the past few years. It will also allow me witness firsthand how a magazine moves from first draft to the printing presses. It is sure to be an exciting summer!