Tyler Vendetti hails from Lexington, MA which is pretty much like Eagleton from Parks and Rec but with more banks and less Kristen Bells. She hopes to pursue a career in television production or development, partly because she wants to get paid for watching TV, but partly because she’ll be able to brag about her initials more. She’s fond of parentheticals (and her old English teachers probably judge her for it). You can tweet nerdy things to her @HeyThereFuture or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hometown: Lexington, MA
Where I live now: At this exact moment? Lexington, MA. In a few weeks? Hopefully New York. Maybe Connecticut. Maybe LA. Maybe still Lexington. I don’t know. The world is my oyster.
Fave book of ALL time: As an English major, I feel obligated to say The Catcher in the Rye but I know how cliché that answer sounds (half of the Internet just heavy sighed at me) so my alternative response is Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. We good?
Person who inspires me the most: In addition to the obvious contenders (my parents, my teachers, my childhood cat Kimmy), I really admire women in comedy who dedicate their lives to making people happy. I’m a huge fan of Ellen DeGeneres, as well as with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Betty White (if you didn’t already know), etc.
What made me want to become a writer: I have struggled with social anxiety for as long as I can remember, and probably even before (those first few years of existence are always a bit of a blur). It has shaped who I am in a lot of ways, including how I express myself. I learned very early on that articulating my thoughts on paper was much easier than trying to explain them in person, and I began to use writing as a an outlet for all of the ideas that I didn’t have the courage to say aloud. In a way, my writing persona is a reflection of my true self, the one that lives underneath the layers of awkwardness and timidity.
Music I listen to when I write: I need my workplace to be absolutely silent in order to hear myself think. It’s actually incredibly inconvenient: I spent most of my college years holed up in the library’s basement because writing in the common areas or around my friends was just too distracting.
Fave place to work: The corner seat of a very (VERY) quiet coffee shop, next to the window and beside a computer plug. If you ever lose me in a city, just go to the nearest cafe and check the corners. You’ll find me very quickly.
Writers I look up to: As a prospective essayist and comedy writer, I look up to people like Sloane Crosley, Bill Bryson, and Stephen Fry who have developed distinct authorial voices through intelligently crafted jokes and anecdotes.
Favorite GIF ever: This one always gets me:
This is the best meme: Because I’m a nerd:
My favorite story I wrote/made for HelloGiggles is… The only 10 cat puns you will ever need because it perfectly blends my two favorite things: cats and fun words.
The title of my memoir would be… Oh, Don’t Mind Me: Thoughts from a Twentysomething Wallflower