Interview with Shauna

edited: added a link to Shauna’s blog, I’m a bad, bad monkey today – sorry!

If this weren’t the Internet I would totally be skeeved out by your stalker tendencies. But since this is a blog, I guess I want you to stalk read me. So, welcome. It’s interview day! Yay. Today’s victim participant is a humor blogger and AUTHOR. And not of a book that she printed off at Kinko’s and made the cover art for each and every one individually. A real live book. And I know it to be true because I have an autographed copy. Neener.

Oh yeah, back to building a community and not teasing.

I met Shauna at BlogHer ’08. She’s a little spitfire of Southern. Well, Texas Southern, not Deep-South Southern. And Ft. Worth at that. So, she’ll tell you to your face and not follow it up with, “bless your heart.” She’s wicked funny and so would have gotten my ass busted in school if we has sat next to each other.

My review of her debut novel, Heaping Spoonful, is here.

Would you classify your online existence as transparent or compartmentalized? Why? Is it by design or just the evolution of your actual life?

I would say both, transparent and compartmentalized.  The part of my life I share is completely transparent, but the other part of my life I keep to myself.  I do this because there are parts of my actual life that are complicated and it benefits me to keep my trap shut.  I’m sure there’s already a bounty on my head.  I’m just trying to keep the ante from going up.

Who are you in real life?

What a loaded question.  Who am I?–really?  First I’m a mom.  Sometimes I don’t want to be.  There are days I fantasize about having the house to myself–no kids, no husband–just me and a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle and a bottle of Pinot Grigio.  Pfft. That will never happen.  I can’t PAY these people to leave.  Secondly, I’m a writer.  God I love writing.  It’s such an outlet for me.  I think it’s the only thing that’s kept me from going into the post office with a gun.  Well, that and the fact that I loathe going to the post office–could that line BE any longer?–AND I don’t have a gun.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I have a glue gun.  But something tells me a glue gun would be less effective…unless it was plugged in.  Now that’s a different story.

What’s an ideal day for you look like?

Did you just hear me say no kids, no husband, only a puzzle and a bottle of wine?  If that’s not available, I like to run (7 miles usually), have lunch with a good friend and then get a pedicure–ooh, or go to the movies by myself.  That way I can eat a hot dog AND nachos without anyone judging me.

What do you blog about?

Everything.  My husband’s annoying tics, my aging grandmother who can’t hear, my 3 three year old son’s obsession with wearing the same shirt every day, all things penis and vagina–you name it.

When did you begin blogging?

I started a blog in June of 2007, right after I came back from an agents and editors conference in Austin.

What does blogging do for you?

It lets me say the things I’m too chicken shit to say outloud.  Again, cheaper than therapy and WAY more attractive on me than an orange jumpsuit and plastic shoes.

Do your day-to-day in-person friends read you? If not, why not? If so, do they say much to you about it?

I noticed after I began blogging my phone rang less and less.  When I call my friends to say, “what’s up? I haven’t talked to you in forever,” they always reply, “I know what’s going on with you…l read your blog.”  I say, “well, that’s only one side of the story.”  I miss hearing about what’s going on with my friends.  I make an effort to check in a few times a week SINCE NONE OF THEM CALL ME ANYMORE!  But other than that, they never seemed shocked by what they read.  They know me.  And the blog is an exaggerated version of me.  Like me on crack and Red Bull.

Have you ever taken down a post? If yes, without divulging your inner-most secret, can you say why?

I took down a post about six months ago.  I pissed off a whole gaggle of women in Fort Worth who wanted me dead and I thought, “Wow, I’m too young to die.”  A few days later, I was so pissed that I did that.  If I could go back, I wouldn’t have taken it down.

Do you check your stats? If so, what are you looking for?

Hell yeah I check my stats.  I want to grow my audience.  I’m not doing this for shits and giggles.  I hope to have a long career in writing and SELLING books.  I’m constantly thinking of ways to get more readers.  Anybody want to see my boobs?

If you could make one rule for the Internet what would it be?

That you can’t post anonymously.  Own your words, people!  Oh, and that you can’t be on the Internet with your clothes on.  You have to be completely nude while surfing the net.  So you could say I’m pro-naked surfing.  In fact, I’m not wearing any clothes as we speak.

What do you think your blog will be like in 5 years?

Do you think the Internet will still be around in five years?  It seems like a passing fancy to me.

What do you hope others get from your blog?

I want people to laugh.  Not only do I want them to laugh, but I want them to be ok with themselves.  We’re all idiots just trying to make it through the day without completely fucking up our lives and our kids lives.  I wish people wouldn’t take themselves so seriously.  So I’ve made it my mission to entertain the seriousness out of them.  (Wait. Is seriousness a word?  Suddenly, I’m having a brain fart). Maybe I should put my clothes back on.

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Thank you Shauna for starting out my day with a laugh. Now I have to go put my pants on. Everyone else, head on over to Shauna’s for some great reading (unless you’re related to me through marriage, then please don’t – everyone else, go!)

5 smart people left their mark:

  1. Pamela, 4. September 2008, 11:16

    Neener. Still sniggering over the neener.

    And now I understand why Shauna wants us to go naked surfing. It’s so that when we are reading her and need to pee our pants because of the sosososo funny lady, we aren’t actually peeing our pants. She’s brilliant.

     
  2. Chris, 4. September 2008, 12:03

    I feel like an idiot- but where is the link to her blog? Am I just not seeing it???

    Great interview!

    Chriss last blog post..Not Going So Well.

     
  3. Monika, 4. September 2008, 12:26

    I tried that naked internet surfing. My neighbors across the street put their house on the market right after I started. Their kitchen window looks into my study. Are the two things related? Naaahhhhhh. I have to say though that I found the whole naked internet thing difficult. I’ve nursed two kids for a year each, and trying to shift my breasts out of the way so I can hit the space bar just gets so tedious. Thanks for the laughs, Cat. You are hilarious and if you and Shauna ever plan a girl’s trip somewhere, I want to be invited. I’ll bring the Pinot Grigio and the Depends.

     
  4. Abbey, 9. September 2008, 20:52

    Can you imagine if the three of us sat together in school? We’d be in detention everyday! EVERY. DAY! Seriously.

    If you guys need time away from the fams and want a few glasses of wine and a jigsaw puzzle…or porn or whatever… (Ha ha ha!) head on out to my beach house for a weekend! : )

    Love it! Miss you guys already!

    Abbeys last blog post..Sept. 5th, 2008, 7:45am

     
  5. Grandy, 9. September 2008, 23:37

    Great job!! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who surfs sans clothes. ;)

    Grandys last blog post..Bald Men with Back Hair