“…The amount of time and energy I put into marketing is exhausting. I am continuously overwhelmed by the amount of work I have to do that isn’t writing a book. I hardly have time to write anymore, which sucks and terrifies me.” To the New York Times, she said, “I want to be a writer. I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling e-mails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now, being me is a full-time corporation.”
— Amanda Hocking
They edited my submission down quite a bit for this dating series in Time Out New York (I’m 2nd to last), so I thought I’d post the whole thing. I actually didn’t write this; I asked 3 close friends and 2 close family members to answer the questions for me, and then I created a composite. Those grrls ROCK.
What makes you a great catch:
I’m very silly, sweet and smart—it’s a combo that makes things pretty interesting with me. I’m independent, but I also have a strong nurturing side. I have a loyalty streak that runs wide and deep; a friend of mine calls it my “ride-or-die-bitchitude.” It means that I’ll be your biggest fan and supporter…if you do me right. I’ve got a huge extended family that I’m close with, because they’re also the funniest, smartest clan on earth. Social justice my life—I subscribe to the “be the change you wish to see” philosophy and am spiritual about my work—but I’m the furthest grrl you can imagine from the crunchy wet-blanket stereotype. The original “Muppet Movie” pretty much explains most of my personality, and I’m smokin’ in a short skirt.
What kind of guy you’re looking for:
A partner-in-crime for the adventures ahead! You think it’s hot that I’m driven, and are a workaholic like me. You’re a badass that knows how to nurture, and emo isn’t part of the vocabulary here. Silliness reigns, you adore dogs and though your politics are fiercly left, you know how to enjoy the guilty pleasures of our fine city and culture. You know the difference between being complex and being complicated, and enjoy unraveling the puzzles of each other.
You should be on the tall side of things (I’m 5’ 9”) and fit—I just started running late last year myself, and it’s shockingly awesome.
Favorite first date place in NYC:
Pravda for excellent bites and their miBohemian martinis… mmm, mmm, mmm. A grrl could get into trouble there. Mayahuel also has great nosh and killer margaritas, and just has a great vibe to their space.
Tell me one fun (or freaky) secret about you:
I couldn’t keep it to one. There are too many that are emblematic and hilarious. Let’s see: 1. I have little workers that live in my head and run everything—I draw a comic about them; 2. I like to make monsters out of Rice Krispie treats with my (adult) cousins; 3. My belly has the nickname “Jackie O.” Now, if that doesn’t bring you guys beating down my door, I don’t know what will!