Where do you live?
In a sunny apartment in San Francisco, California.
What is it like where you live? Do you like it?
I love it here, mostly because I like San Franciscans. All cities have personalities, and San Francisco is fun and smart. Lots of the people who live here are doing things they’re passionate about, and enthusiasm is considered cool. That’s inspiring to me.
What is your favorite place in San Francisco?
There’s a restaurant called Zazie that has big latte bowls and a booth that’s surrounded by windows.
Have you ever been on the Golden Gate Bridge? If you have, what was it like?
I drive over the bridge all the time, and what it’s like depends on the day. When it’s sunny, the bridge is full of tourists walking across and taking photos. The sky looks like it goes on forever and it seems so blue between the red cables of the bridge. If it’s foggy, there aren’t many people out, and sometimes the fog is so thick that you can’t even see the top of the bridge. When the weather’s like that, the bridge can make you feel kind of lonely because it’s so big, and you’re so small by comparison.
You are a writer. What kinds of things do you write?
One nice thing about being a writer is that you can work on whatever interests you. I mostly am interested in things that help other people, so I tend to write a lot of how-to articles.
I know that you wrote a book. Can you tell me what your book is like?
My book is called No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog. It’s a writing prompt book for bloggers, and it’s full of ideas that are supposed to get you thinking about the most interesting parts of your own life or the things that are happening around you.
What is it like having a son?
It’s like the world gets bigger, because everyone is so interested in babies. Strangers stop to hold doors for you so you can get the stroller through, everyone worries about the baby when he’s crying, and people on planes offer to help you if you need it. It makes you realize how kind people can be.
What is your favorite number in Roman Numerals?
I like II, because I like the way the lines are parallel. They’d never touch, no matter how tall you made them.
What is the worst thing you have ever done as a kid?
I was more of a worried kid than a rebellious kid, so I don’t have much to tell you here. I used to sneak out to TP houses a lot, but that’s about it.
What is the most disturbing thing you have ever seen?
My father died when I was young, so seeing his body was very difficult.
Are you a happy person?
I really am.
What is your favorite color? Why?
Red, because it looks like it would taste good.
What is your favorite type of fruit? Why?
Cherries. I like how you have to pick through the bunch to find the best ones, and you can fit a whole one in your mouth. They’re delicious, and if you’re eating them outside it’s fun to spit the seeds.
What do you think about when you go to sleep at night?
I imagine what it would be like to fly, because I’m trying to learn to fly in my dreams.
Do you believe in aliens?
Yes. The odds are in their favor.