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the writing life: taking a coffee nap

i usually get up early, around 5 or 5:30. while i’ll share more about that — and how that came about —  at another time, today i wanted to chat about one of the inevitabilities of waking up before dawn: sometime around midday, i’m beat. unfortunately, the rest of the world, or at least the u.s., hasn’t quite hooked into the idea of the siesta, at least the two-hour-nap-in-a-hammock kind. so, what i’ve been training myself to do is to take a nap.

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the writing life: interviewing

as i mentioned the other day, interviewing in a big part of my job and, luckily, one that i really enjoy. but as someone who never went to journalism school and, therefore, never learned the “proper” techniques for conducting an interview, i’ve always second guessed myself: “what do other people do?,” “how could i be better at it? and, of course, “crap, i must be doing this wrong!” So, i felt intrigued, when one of my editors introduced me to a colleague recently with the note that “she’s a really great interviewer.” a few other people — interviewees actually, also mentioned this recently. “you’re really good at what you do cause you’re so easy to talk to,” and “i feel like i just tell you everything.”

wait, what?

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the writing life: loneliness

I’m often asked, by people who are just starting out in the freelance world, if I get lonely. “I need the watercolor conversation,” somebody said to me the other night. It’s something I wondered — and worried — about too when I fell into this line of work. Especially since, according to a good friend, I’m “extroverted AF,” a comment I found surprising given how shy I can feel at parties. The fact that I’m also what Marjorie Hillis calls a “live-aloner” compounded my fear. The short answer is no, I’m not lonely. And I credit interviewing people, one of my favorite parts of my job, for that.

Let me say, right off the bat, that I’m not someone to look to if you’re the kind of person who likes to walk into a situation fully prepared. That’s definitely not my M.O. I’m a little bit — okay a lot bit — of a free faller. Not that I don’t do my homework. I do. But I take a similar approach to how I handled things in high school, for better or worse; if I don’t know it now, there’s no way I can learn it all before the test. Luckily, a big part of interviewing, I find, is knowing enough to be able to ask intelligent questions, curious enough to keep asking until you get the answer and, smart enough to admit you don’t know everything. In fact, I’ve been told that people enjoy talking to me because I seem genuinely interested in their lives. It’s not an act! I am. In fact, I failed the Myers Briggs portion of the Director’s Guild test to be a Second Assistant Director precisely because of this trait. “Would you enjoy the work of a forest ranger?,” read one question, “Would you enjoy the work of a nurse?,” another one posed. I answered yes to both questions (the correct answer was no). While I wouldn’t chose to do that work every day, I’m intrigued by what their work entails, why and how someone would chose those careers and what they love — and hate — most about their work. I’d definitely be interested in trailing them for a day to observe them in their element. Wouldn’t you? I find people endlessly fascinating so I could I ever be lonely.

the writing life: steller 3


make the bed? seriously? yup. see more about why (as well as photos of the bedroom from the flat i stayed in in london) here. what are you curious to know about the writing life?

the writing life: steller 2


my second steller video on the writing life just went up! this one’s on taking a walk. i’m having fun with this. i hope you are too. see it here.

the writing life: my first steller


steller is a great new app that lets you combine words, video and text into cool little online booklets. i’m kicking off a writing life series, of course! check it out here!

the writing life: some days are just like that


an earthquake woke me up this morning.

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the writing life: get a uniform


let me set the record straight. i don’t work in my pajamas.

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the writing life: quotes

Monsters lead such interesting lives.
– Bugs Bunny

the writing life: gratitude

Warren Beatty once said that success is when you can’t tell the difference between working and playing.

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