…The literal translation of ideas into reality.
…The construction of experiences through language.
…Life on the peripheral, brought into focus through words, words, words.
Such concepts are the obsession of author, editor, and consultant Anastasia Wasko. Anastasia explores where the wild things are and language is her ticket to ride.
At an early age, she fell into the clutches of the curious beast Wanderlust and satisfied the hungry critter with words. He became her constant companion and true love, compelling her to attempt to quell her insatiable appetite for knowledge and language at various US and international institutions including Richmond, the American International University in London (England), Rutgers University (the United States), and Thomas Edison State College (virtual).
To keep her wild beast fat and happy, Anastasia continued traveling during and after her educational pursuits, backpacking extensively throughout Europe, South America, and Asia. Anastasia, an English-speaking American, immersed herself in the cultures and languages of her surroundings, picking up German, Spanish, Esperanto, and Sanskrit along the way like linguistic souvenirs. She believes in the value of Esperanto as the ideal language, free of language imperialism, and possessing the potential as a basis for a utopian society without language barriers.
She honed her professional skills in the dog-eat-dog advertising and publishing industries in New York City. When unexpectedly called to action at a respected publishing house, Anastasia stepped up to the plate, managing her absent manager’s author list, communicating with scientists, and finding new properties to pursue. Many of the authors she currently works with are non-English speaking, and translations and texts that refer to other languages are her areas of expertise.
Over her years in the deadline-oriented, client-facing business of agency work, her role grew from providing feedback on creative, supplying copy, and advising on graphic placement, to negotiating resources, making judgment calls, analyzing positioning and pitches, and providing feedback on client presentations. Anastasia worked with multi-disciplinary teams of creatives, at first unaware that she was culling the facilitation and creativity management skills that would lead her to her independent consulting practice.
Anastasia is based in Kingston, NY, where she manages Dillidallier, a pop-up shop for word art, and the syntax rugrat, a communication practice for service-based solopreneurs. She specializes in the facilitation of workshops on applied creativity and solopreneurship.