Bridey Heing is a writer and a reader who has never met an art museum she didn’t want to move into.
She enjoys making her partner go on deceptively long walks around DC, laughing so hard she actually weeps, trying her best to grow herbs on her windowsill, and going to bed early. She’ll tell you all about it on Twitter @bridey_heing.
Hometown: I grew up in Walnut, IL, a really small town about 2 hours or so outside of Chicago.
Where I live now: Washington, D.C. I started from the cornfields, now I’m here.
Fave book of ALL time: I’m going to have to cheat on this! If I had to choose one series, it would be A Song of Ice and Fire. I’m obsessed, you guys. It’s a problem. But my favorite stand alone book would have to be A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh. I love everything Waugh wrote, but my copy of A Handful of Dust is especially beaten up.
Person who inspires me the most: My younger brother and sister, Michael and Margaret. They are two of the most bizarre, quick witted, and interesting people I’ve ever met. They also put up with all kinds of insane schemes I came up with as a kid, so their resilience is incredible.
What made me want to become a writer: I, like many others, had a high school English teacher who did her best to get me to pursue writing, although it took me almost 10 years to follow her advice. Writing was always something I enjoyed, but it wasn’t until I was working on my MA thesis that I actually starting thinking of it as a possible career path. The flexibility appealed to me, but more than that I love being able to learn about so many things. My job is literally to learn about things and share what I find. Nothing could be cooler than that!
Music I listen to when I write: I’m the worst about constantly changing songs when I have music on, so more often than not I put on the news. The BBC is usually my soundtrack.
Fave place to work: DC is so rich in museums, and I love getting out of the apartment to write at them. The National Gallery is my favorite, with the Portrait Gallery a very close second.
Writers I look up to: Joan Didion and Caitlin Moran are two I admire a great deal. Laurie Penny, too — I’m obsessed with her writing at The New Statesman. I’m also a huge fan of Neil Gaiman, Edward Gorey, and Lemony Snicket — I named my cat Snicket in his honor!
Favorite GIF ever: I’m a fan of any GIF wherein a raccoon steals food from a cat, such as:
This is the best meme: The Tumblr Mad Men Screenshots With Things Drawn On Them is amazing.
My favorite story I wrote for HelloGiggles is… Meet the ancient female leaders who basically invented ‘leaning in’. I’m a huge history nerd, so writing about such kickass women was so much fun.
The title of my memoir would be… Oh man, this question is always so nerve-racking. It would probably be a collection of essays titled something like Good Decisions I Made on Accident.