Austin Eavesdropper is written by me, Tolly Moseley.
Austin Eavesdropper has had many guises over the years, but these days, it’s mostly a place to share stories from my life, from exhibiting shockingly poor table manners to a secret artist I once met named Ray. I also trot out bizarre little thought experiments from time to time, like thinking about my personal relationship to clothing, thinking about the benefits (and drawbacks) of broadcasting your life on the Internet, and thinking entirely too much about my cat.
Basically, it’s a very random blog.
I am married to a music school teacher named Ross, whom I am utterly crazy about:
Ross & Claudia.
In between writing and aerial, I also teach yoga at my home studio, at Four Elements in downtown Austin, and sometimes at Travaasa Spa in the hill country. I received my yoga certification from my hands-down favorite studio in town, Dharma Yoga, and would love to tell you about it if you’re thinking about becoming a yoga teacher (and if you live in Austin, you probably are thinking about becoming a yoga teacher).
As I write this, May 2014, Ross and I are getting ready to welcome a human being that we made into the WORLD. How crazy is that? (Statistically, not very.) We are terribly excited, somewhat naive, and very hormonal. I have no doubt I will bombard the blog with pictures of this creature, though I promise to try and keep it within reason.
Other facts about me?
I co-host a culture podcast at the Austin American-Statesman called “Statesman Shots.” I’m a big dork for books, and have undergone my female-over-the-age-of-30 rite of passage by joining a book club. I am an English PhD dropout (case in point: had to Google “dropout” just now to see if it needed a hyphen). I never use emoticons on my blog and confess to judging those who do, but, my text messages are littered with more emojis than a sugar-addled, 12 year-old schoolgirl. I am a total Austin stereotype in my devotion to both kombucha and Whole Foods; an Austin reject in that I suck, hard, at gardening. As well as biking.
I have a thing for Wayne Coyne. I usually dress up as men for Halloween. I have no Texas accent but will defend to my death the usage of “y’all” as a proper English language contraction. And I am very happy to have you here!
1. Where did the name “Austin Eavesdropper” come from?
Mostly because I am always embarrassing my husband by listening to other people’s conversations in public. So in a way, it’s semi-autobiographical.
2. I’m reading your blog’s tagline. What is “The Violet Crown?”
This is a lesser-known nickname for Austin that’s gotten more popular in recent years. O. Henry, who used to live here, wrote this in one of his short stories:
“The drawing-rooms of one of the most magnificent private residences in Austin are ablaze of lights. Carriages line the streets in front, and from gate to doorway is spread a velvet carpet, on which the delicate feet of the guests may tread. The occasion is the entrée into society of one of the fairest buds in the City of the Violet Crown.”
Now isn’t that lovely? The Violet Crown is also the name of one of my favorite local movie theaters.
3. How did you and your husband meet?
We were both teachers at an alternative education school here in town. He was the kids’ music teacher, and I was their yoga teacher.
5. I want to be a freelance writer too! How do I do that?
I’ve got a post on that topic here, but to summarize: Write for free (at first), hone your beat, gather clips, leverage smaller writing outlets for bigger writing outlets.
I should also say that freelance writing for a living is (for me) part journalism, part copywriting. Which I know doesn’t sound as sexy as straight-up magazine/newspaper writing, but is freaking wonderful (again, for me). I truly do love helping people find their textual voice, and have serious geek affection for a good pun.
5. Wait. What the hell is an “aerialist?”
An aerialist is a dancer who performs on any number of rigged apparatuses, from silks, to rope, to static trapeze, to chains. My main apparatus is aerial silk (some call it “fabric” or “tissue”), though I’ve also performed on aerial hammock and have just started training on lyra. I’m dying to try rope! (I’m not dying to try chains.)
I perform with an aerial company called Rapt Aerial Dance, which was founded in late 2013. We are dancers for hire, and have performed for everyone from Willie Nelson to Mack Brown, wedding parties to church congregants. We also offer aerial champagne bartending!
I got into silks in 2011 as part of a New Year’s resolution, and started taking classes at Blue Lapis Light. I became completely obsessed, and hope to perform for a really long time.
6. What camera do you use?
A Canon Rebel XS. It’s the perfect entry-level camera once you’re ready to graduate out of pocket-sized digital minis, and very affordable as far as grownup cameras go. I also own a Polaroid that I keep meaning to use more often, but I’m very bad at remembering to buy film.
7. You used to do blogger get-together parties, right? Are there anymore on the horizon?
It’s true! From 2009-2010, I organized and co-hosted four “Bleet-Up” parties (i.e., “blog” + “meet-up” = “bleet-up.” In retrospect, we probably could have picked a different name). They ranged in attendance from 100 to 700 people, and were held at various Austin locations from The Mohawk to the rooftop of Whole Foods Downtown. But then I decided that event planning was really stressful and I stopped.
8. I’m visiting Austin for the first time. What should I see and visit?
Citysearch once hired my friends and me (along with a surprise celebrity guest!) to answer that very question, and here is what we said:
10. Hey, didn’t I see you on YouTube? The Hungry Channel?
You did! I used to co-host a show called “Hungry In,” a show about local eating in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin. I was the Austin host and you can watch my episodes here and here.
(Unless, um, you saw a happy birthday video I made for my friend Kathryn.)
11. I’m interested in sponsoring your blog. How can I do that?
You’re awesome. And, there’s info on sponsorship here.