Who ARE you?
Well, chronologically I am: girl, daughter, sister, writer, feminist, wife, mother, expat, blogger, author, and most recently, resister.
Where are you?
In 2008, after 20 years in NYC, I packed my family and furniture onto planes and ships, said goodbye to the city that molded my young woman soul, and headed to Europe. Nine years later, (three in Cyprus and nearly six in Denmark), I am now both an insider with an outside view, and an outsider with an inside view.
What makes you tick?
At the moment I’m idling at a four-way intersection. Meet me at the corners of parenting, expatriation, feminism, and politics and I’ll tell you a tale.
I didn’t plan it out this way, but there you go. Sometimes life drops an anvil on your head and by the time you regain consciousness, you live in another country, have a couple of kids, and your home country’s gone to seed.
Why the blog?
I started Wine and Cheese (Doodles) in 2012 as a way to document my own journey of rediscovery. Nothing too ornate or complex, just a rediscovery of my newly bought and paid for free time. After a degree in creative writing and a few years on the spoken word circuit in NYC, I took a long hiatus from writing. (Like a decade kind of long). The blog was a way to retrain my fingers and my writing brain. Think Rocky Balboa running up the steps and fist pumping. Now go on, try to get Eye of the Tiger out of your head.
What’s with the funny name? I mean, Wine and Cheese (Doodles)? For real?
Look, I didn’t know I was going to be doing this 5 years and 400+ original articles later! The idea behind the blog name was meant to be a nifty little juxtaposition between high and low, with a slight nod to e.e. cummings by incorporating the parenthetical (Doodles). A little sophisticated palate cleansing, a little trashy yumminess. I’ve since found out there are WHOLE NATIONS of people who don’t know what a Cheese Doodle is. My friends, you are missing out.
What sort of stuff do you write?
Oh, you know. This and that. All and sundry. Mix and match. Stories, Rhymes, Truth.
My novel, All the Spaces in Between, which pairs myth with adolescence (Minotaurs in the basement! Anxiety as a labyrinth!) is currently represented by the Robert Lecker Agency.) Like what you read here? Want to publish my novel? Great! Call my agent! (I’m not even kidding.) I even have a whole different website for my serious author persona: Dina Honour
Nonfiction is all over the map–sometimes literally– from sappy to satire, wit to whimsy, political to poetic. When it comes to what gets included in the blog, I consider it a bit like Target (or M&S for you Brit folk): a little bit of everything, a little something for everyone, a few can’t pass up treats at the checkout.
Nope, I think we’re good. Welcome!
(And if you haven’t tried them, go out and buy some Cheese Doodles.)