This might seem like a lazy post, but it was fun! Thanks for asking Qs! Hear are my burning answers.
As a local what is your ‘not to miss’ list for your hometown? —Shaema
Well, if you like animals, then the SD Zoo, Wild Animal Park, and Sea World are for you. Personally, I’m not hugely…animalistic…so if I had 2 days here, I would eat some fish tacos and hit a good beach, hopefully on a day where the waves have good form. Look into renting a surfboard. My favorite beaches are just north of La Jolla—Torrey Pines, Del Mar, and Solana Beach (Pillbox).
How bad can life be if you live in one of those houses????? I live in England, and the houses here are small—usually cramped. —toine
NYC was cramped, too. Here, you can really spread out! I recommend it highly!
Hi Erin, Just wanted to say good luck with the interviews! And speaking of good novels, any recommendations? — teeny84
Thanks!! Hmm…good novels. Haven’t read any lately but my all-time favorites are Revolutionary Road, The Thorn Birds, Love Story, Evening, Portnoy’s Complaint, The Kitchen God’s Wife, A Separate Peace, Emma, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Atonement, On Chesil Beach, A Catcher in the Rye, The World According to Garp, A Home at the End of the World, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Sound and the Fury, and The Great Gatsby.
I’d like to learn more about life as a writer. I’m sure many people think they can be writer and it’s not as easy as it seems. Or is it? —Nina
Being a writer means living a very solitary life. Not a lot of social interaction, except when interviewing subjects. You have to make yourself sit there. I’m very social, but I’ve always written/edited because it’s the only thing I do where I really lose track of time. It’s not easy to make money from it, though. A lot of it depends on having connections and getting internships. I’m kind of on my way out. See next question!
Has moving back to SoCal been the right decision thus far? What sorts of jobs are you looking for? — Melliebay
DEFINITELY the best decision ever. I’m so happy. I haven’t even needed to adjust. Jobwise, I’ve been looking at p.r., advertising, marketing, brand management, brand design, etc.
Erin…you haven’t talked about any recent dating you have done since being in S. Cali. I want to know how it’s going and is it different from the east coast dating? Are you dating anyone serious yet? I know you have to keep that for glamour but fill us in! —Mary
First, it is SO different than the east coast. People seem to be WAY better looking (giggle) and healthier. They are more into fitness and they are better at the work-life balance thing. People want to be outside, so they’re not obsessed with their careers. Values-wise, they’re not too busy trying to make money to spend time with you. They’re definitely more casual, but I think it’s worth it.
I also think it’s working for me to have come back from Italy refreshed, and to take my dating offline, like Ryan did. That said, I think any big news I’ll have to break on Glamour, right?? Stay tuned!
Do our lives require a partner at some point to continue to make real progress? Where do you go when you have all the basic stuff that you want other than a person to share it with? I find myself there and am twiddling my thumbs. —Mike
Oh, Mike. I have SO been there. I run into people from high school, and I feel like I can’t really update them on any turning points because there are no engagements, marriages, houses, babies, etc. to report. Just me! And if I did just get an apartment, or run a half-marathon, neither of which I’ve done, people wouldn’t care anyway, because here, they answer news of non-milestones with blank stares.
I think you have to keep pushing yourself on the personal growth front, fill all your time doing what you love, and eventually meet that special someone. Because you’re right—it seems like we measure every bit of progress by what you do or accomplish with someone else. Totally blows. And same with taxes and health insurance and wedding registries—this is a married couple’s world and we just live in it. 😉 Hang in there! You’ll meet someone!