Hi #ScibabeShills! It’s been a while since I posted, so… here I am.
I wrote this little article over at Gawker that kinda blew up my life for a month. Things that happen when your life goes viral…
– You get 300 emails per day.
– You only get to answer press inquiries and, even then, you accidentally miss a few of them (and people who you don’t respond to accuse you of being a fraud because how dare you… sleep).
– Your website crashes for two days from all of the traffic.
– About a dozen production companies and lit agents (each) email you.
– You land on the cover of the LA Times.
This, of course, happened when my Mom had a vacation scheduled to visit from the east coast. So my Mom’s vacation was spent watching me intermittently recording a TV show, frantically answering emails, and once being so tired that I fell asleep on the living room floor.
The good news? Other than making the Food Babe question her life decisions, it’s landed me a book deal and a few other really neat media things are in the works. I’m now able to make a living a doing this full time as a writer and speaker. So this blog is going to keep working for occasional posts. Brain droppings and things that don’t fit other media outlets, if you will. If I pitch a piece to one of the sites I’m writing for and it doesn’t quite fit, I’ll land it here. Or if I just have a rant or a personal story, here it will go.
The really good thing about this is that a good editor, like I have at Gawker, makes my work better. I love working with Leah, my fabulous editor at Gawker. I’m turning into a better writer thanks to her. I’m also enjoying this era of watching my pro-science friends, James Fell and Kavin Senapathy, write on Gawker. It’s a good alliance for all of us; pop culture meets ACCURATE pop science. It seemed like a strange fit a first glance, but it’s wonderful, seamless. Our editor is great and they have a viewership that’s dying for infotainment. Let’s welcome as many people as we can into science and skepticism.
And for this afternoon, I’m going to step away from the computer. The ‘babe’ part of SciBabe needs to head to the salon. I had a busy month, I’m moving from Anaheim to LA next week (so it’s going to go from ‘busy’ to ‘insane’), and I would like a pedicure.