2015, Armchair BEA, Books, Community

Armchair BEA: Introductions

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

My name is Nicole, and I’m a 30-something Californian surrounded by two adorable cats and a tall, bearded, video-gaming geek.

I’ve been blogging for about 15 years, which sounds crazy. I was into Xanga, livejournal, angelfire/geocities… Wow! That’s a lot of my life on the internet. Whoops! Originally, I started writing online in a fanfiction genre (how funny is that?!?) and then that morphed into an online social commentary magazine for our Cohort program at the Honors college and then reviews. I’ve also done crafty and mail art blogs.

2. Why do you loving reading and blogging?

I love reading and blogging because I’ve been reading since I was three, and writing shortly after. It just seems natural to share my love of books and inky pursuits—especially since it may help others find things they may like or open a conversation.

3. What is one book everyone should read?

I think everyone should read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It is incredibly humbling and shows just how important reading is to children and how it can shape your destiny.

4. What is your favorite genre and why?

I have a hard time picking one. I like YA because there are so many wonderful authors out there, but my first love is Literary fiction. I read almost anything, except really romancey-romance, westerns and some fantasy. It’s hard to pick just one, but I love literary fiction, especially contemporary (after 1970).

5. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what author would you want to bring with you? Why?

Well, if I wanted to be amused, it would either be Jen Lancaster (she was so nice to my husband when we met last year), or Jenny Lawson (the Bloggess rocks my socks). But, if it was to have really amazing conversations and workshop-type stuff, I think it would have to be Joyce Carol Oates. If it is was for pure fun,  Richard Castle, because he is pretty yummy. LOL

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  1. Alison (

    May 28, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Hello! Angelfire/Geocities sure takes me back. Back to the days when I only used Yahoo and ignored my roommate’s insistence that Google was the future.

  2. Freda

    May 28, 2015 at 2:26 am

    15 years?!?! You can’t see me but I’m praising you right now.. lol…
    Happy ABEA!

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