(Ed.'s note: My good friend Judy Goldschmidt, AKA the de facto publicist for one Miss Raisin Rodriguez, has been kind enough to pass along the below questionnaire from Raisin, who is no stranger to the potential perils of blogging. Judy has an 'in' with Rae. Enough said.)
Blogs are a central part of the Bradford Novels universe. If you have a blog, why did you start blogging, and how did you come up with the name for your blog?
I began my blogging career when I moved from Berkeley to Philadelphia. I would talk to my two best friends, Pia and Claudia, every day, but sometimes stories aren’t as good when told a second time around.
For example, when I first found out I’d have to wear a uniform to my new school, I told Pia that I was so upset I needed to be Medi-Vac’d off my roof. But then when I told Claudia the same thing, I said I needed to be air lifted off my roof. "Medi-vac’d" is obviously much funnier. Now, through the miracles of blogging, I can get the story right for both of them.
It’s just that little extra something my customers have come to expect from me.
Can we get the URL for your blog?
About that: I named my first blog twoscoopsofraisins.com because my name is Raisin. But then there was an unfortunate event that resulted in everybody reading my very personal and private blog, so I changed the address to noneofyourbeeswax.com. Now I change it every month for security purposes.
But honestly, I miss noneofyourbeeswax.com. It says "Raisin Rodriguez" in a way that the others don't.
What's your favorite thing about blogging?
No matter how ridiculous, incorrect, or nauseating I sound, I can speak freely without interruption.
What's the difference between a blog and a diary?
I’ve tried keeping a diary but since no one besides me is supposed to read it, I kinda lost interest. I prefer an audience whenever possible.
Spencer Grace Kelly, the main character in GoldenGirl, is named after her distant relative, the Princess of Monaco. What’s your favorite Grace Kelly movie, and why?
I've never seen a Grace Kelly movie, but I knew this girl who once said “People tell me I look like Grace Kelly.” Which I don’t think you’re allowed to say about yourself. It's very braggy if you ask me.
So now I call her Princess Grace when speaking of her in the third person.
She'd probably take it as a compliment!...GoldenGirl is full of scandals and exposed secrets. What was the biggest scandal at your high school? Did your classmates discover any of your deep, dark secrets?
Ummm . . . remember that unfortunate event I referred to in the first question? I wrote in my very private and personal blog about using a tampon for the first time (I’m in middle school.) Things were said. Body parts were named. There may or may not have been a mirror used. And then someone printed out my blog and passed it around to everyone in my grade. I’ve been piecing my life back little by little but I’m not sure I’ll ever be the same.
What’s the worst thing you ever did to a friend? Are you still friends with her or him?
One time I had a friend over and my sister’s poodle pooped out part of my bra. Things did not end well.
If only we had a picture of that! Well, Raisin, thanks for stopping by! I think you've taught us all a valuable lesson about privacy settings. And personal hygiene.