If you asked a question that isn’t answered here, that’s probably because it’s somewhere on my “About Me” page. If it’s not there either, then I’m an idiot and overlooked it, so feel free to ask again! 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachael asked: What is the meaning behind your blog name?
Believe it or not, it actually sort of DOES mean something! It’s not all that deep and philosophical, though… I have blue eyes, which is the only physical characteristic that I’ve never disliked about myself. And my real name actually does mean “heart.”
Sophia asked: What was your dream job as a child?
Ever since I was very young, all I ever wanted to do was be a writer. (My mom claims that I said I wanted to be a librarian, but I don’t remember that… I think I meant that I wanted to just be able to sit in the library and read all day, and that isn’t what a librarian does!) When I was in the eighth grade I decided that I wanted to be a journalist; not just any type of journalist, but a war correspondent. Obviously, my parents weren’t too happy about that one! I did get a journalism internship after college, which helped me decide that it wasn’t the right career choice for me after all. I still do write — just children’s picture books for now, but I would love to write a novel — though much to my dismay, I discovered that I actually need to have a DAY JOB. Writing, at least in the capacity that I do it, is not exactly a very lucrative career choice.
Sarah asked: How did you get into diving (and fish / your aquarium!)? Where do you get all your earrings?
I had a “bucket list” of things I wanted to do, as well as a rule: whenever I go on vacation, I need to either go somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, or do something I’ve always wanted to do. That was how I wound up scuba diving for the first time in Nassau, Bahamas. I loved it. So much that when I went to Aruba (somewhere I’d always wanted to go), I did it again; and my instructor / buddy suggested that I get certified. I thought it was crazy to do that, but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made… I hated having to sit through the whole introductory session every time I went diving, and even though I paid through the nose for my certification, I’m glad I did it; especially since I don’t think I’d keep diving everywhere I went if I didn’t have it.
As for the aquarium, I wanted one when I was a child, but it was all just wishful thinking! One of my brothers got one a couple of years ago; and then, not long after that, someone gave him a much bigger one, so he gave his old one to me. Had I realized the amount of work involved in caring for fish, I might not have wanted an aquarium so badly! I think I take it too personally when they die on me… even though I guess fish are pretty fragile as far as pets go.
My earrings come from various places… I used to get them in mainstream “mall” stores that you could find anywhere — Claire’s, Afaze, New York & Co., places like that. But I can’t even remember the last time I bought any jewelry in one of those types of stores… because much to my delight and my bank account’s dismay, I work in an area that is filled with stores that sell jewelry at insanely low prices. (Due to my paranoia, I am not going to specify where exactly that area is… but if you want to know, feel free to e-mail me, and I’ll share the joy!)
Sarah and Elise asked: Have you always lived in NYC? Do you think you will always live here?
I am a born and bred city girl… I hate that it’s so freaking cold here, which is why I would want to move somewhere warmer and with less humidity! But I think I’ve gotten so spoiled, what with having every imaginable convenience at my doorstep, that I’d probably go insane living somewhere more remote.
I think I got everything… did I?? 😉