Who are you?
My name is Julia Hass. I’m twenty-[number I’m not going to remember to change]. I live in Boston with my parents and two gerbils.
What do you do?
Currently, I’m a student majoring in Digital Journalism at UMass Amherst’s University Without Walls program. I also am the social media coordinator for the American Gerbil Society and run Double Boop Embroidery, where my hand embroidery patterns are available for download. Among many, many other things.
Why are you only going to college now?
I had a pretty bad stretch in terms of mental health after graduation. I’m a lot better now, both because I went to therapy and got my medication right, and also because I’m (thankfully) not a teenager any more.
Also, at eighteen I wasn’t ready for or interested in college. I tried and explored a lot of things and took time to decide what I really wanted to get out of my education and do with my life. Most people do that after college, so just think of me as having gone through my twenties out of order.
What do you write about and why do you rarely update this blog?
You read the list of all the other things I do, right? And that was the condensed version. Despite all my best efforts, I’m not Beyonce.
When I do write, I write primarily non-fiction in the form of essays or columns. Those I tend to keep for shopping around instead of publishing (unless they’re time-sensitive) on the off-chance I can make money from the. And when I do copywriting or copyediting, I can’t add that to this blog. It belongs to the company I do it for, not me.
If you very badly want to keep track of my daily thoughts because I’m just that fascinating, I’m always “writing” on my Twitter.
Why are you a Penguins fan if you live in Boston?
I was a late in life convert to hockey, which meant I got to choose the team I root for. It’s a long story as to why I chose the Penguins since no one who got me into hockey was a fan of them, but mostly I just really liked the style (which tends to be more like the women’s game and rely on skill and speed instead of hitting. Incidentally, I’m also a really big fan of the women’s game), I liked the players, and also their mascot was far and away the best one.
You talk a lot about animals, too, and I can never figure out how many you have.
At any given time, I own two gerbils. (They can live anywhere from months to three years, so which two changes regularly.) I also have a dog, but we share her with another family, so sometimes she is at their house and sometimes she is at my house. And I babysit people’s pets a lot or just go over their house to visit their pets and ignore the actual people.
What other stuff do you talk/write/tweet about?
Cute animals, pop culture, politics, feminism, any intersection of the last three things, food (especially dessert), history, art, how great Boston is and all the stuff you should do there (mostly involving dessert, history, and art), my myriad of opinions which I do my best to make well-informed, and none of which reflect on anyone employing me, anything I think I can make a joke about, making a lot of terrible jokes.
How terrible are these jokes?
Pretty dang terrible, but I feel like in the so bad it’s good way.
Can I use [drawing/piece of writing/thing you made] for [a logo/a zine/anything]?
Not without my permission. And unless there’s a really good reason (like, say, charity), not without paying me. Mama’s got gerbils to feed and tuition bills to pay. If you are interested in hiring me, shoot me an email. We can discuss rates depending on what exactly you’re hiring me for.
How do I hire you?
You can either shoot me an e-mail (julia.m.hass at gmail dot com) or look at my writing portfolio (or art portfolio, if that’s what you’re into) for some samples. If you’re interested in custom embroidery, I take care of that over at Double Boop Embroidery (doubleboopembroidery at gmail dot com) instead.
Do I get something for making it through all that?
Those are hamsters, not gerbils.
True, but why quibble with artistic greatness?