photo credit: Earl Wilson for The New York Times

What is your elevator pitch when someone asks, “What do you do for a living?”

I write and edit the parenting and family blog, Motherlode, for the New York Times. 

Describe the path that led you to this career.

After law school, I tried nearly every kind of law career there is — big firm, small firm, NYC prosecutor, consultant, start-up — and none took. Through it all, I was writing. I started a blog and an email newsletter early, while I was pitching print magazines, and pursued every new opportunity. Slate finally took me on, and the NYT opportunity came from that.

What are the elements of a successful workplace?

I work from home, and have for many years. I need a laptop, solid Internet, a firmly numbered to-do list and a place to put my coffee. 

What is the one piece of technology you cannot live without?

I love my phone and iPad, but the laptop is key. It’s like a folding office. Especially now that I keep most drafts in the cloud and spend so much time on social media, with a laptop I can make anything happen, anywhere. 

What are you reading?

All Joy and No Fun, by Jennifer Senior, The Distraction Addiction, from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, and Michael Palin’s The Truth. Two non fiction, one novel — that’s about right.

If you could, what advice would you give your 20-something self?

Speak up, and knock on doors. You never, ever get anything you don’t ask for.  

If you could do anything and know you couldn’t fail, what would you do?

Hmm. I’ve got my dream job. If I knew I wouldn’t break anything, I’d be a much wilder mountain biker and snowboarder than I am now. 

At Double Forte’s San Francisco office, the conference rooms are named Rock and Roll, Motown, Hip Hop, Mambo, Jazz and Disco. Which name best describes you and why?

Where’s Indie-Alt? Of those, I’d have to say Rock and Roll, largely because I get up every day, start moving, and I don’t stop until I have to. 

What’s in your Netflix queue?

Don’t have one. Wanna know what I’m going read next? That I could tell you.