About This Blog
I started ThatsAGirlsCar.com in 2008 to write about my newfound appreciation of cars. I was in love with my new (to me) 2006 BMW 330i and “Top Gear.” Then my now-ex-husband’s friends told me I’d bought “a girl’s car.” I hated that. I despise being told that I can’t do something because it’s “a guy thing” — or, worse, that having something be “for girls” is somehow an insult. So I decided to take the phrase over and make it awesome, not detrimental. The more I wrote, the more the name fit, even though my posts were rarely about cars. I worked on owning what was holding me back. That gave me power over it. That made my life even more awesome, not detrimental.
Recently, I added a tagline to the blog: “Soul of a Veyron. Heart of a field mouse.” It seems funny at first, if a little cruelly self-depricating. But there’s more to it than initially appears. Yeah, I’m pretty convinced I have a loud, wild, roaring soul, one not unlike a 1,000+ horsepower car. I also have a fiercely loyal heart that can be quick to react, prone to gnawing on problems, and very, very hard to destroy. Some people think I’m adorable; others might find me a nuisance. (I don’t think I’ve ever made anyone scream and jump up onto a table in fear, though.) The little field mouse has a tenacity that is often underestimated. Just look at Mrs. Brisby. Maybe I need to take over the word “mousey,” too.
So, yes. Soul of a Veyron. Heart of a field mouse. And always, always up for a great story.
Thanks for reading That’s A Girl’s Car.
About Sarah Rodriguez Pratt
- I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in information studies (known as library science once upon a time) with a certification in preservation administration from UT-Austin.
- I grew up in McAllen, Texas. It’s about fifteen minutes from the Mexican border and about an hour inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Google it.
- I’m a professional editor. People ask me what I do at my job. The short answer is: many, many things, all of which I genuinely enjoy.
- When I’m not working, I’m writing novels.
- I got divorced in 2014. I wrote about it in a series of inspirational blog posts, guaranteeing that I will never get a date. But I’m pretty okay with not dating anyone who doesn’t like my blog posts.
- I have a pound puppy. She’s almost twelve years old. She’s a Dachshund-Chihuahua mix (I think). She’s the best.
- I take flamenco classes, a.k.a. “yelling with my feet.” They are also the best (though my dog edges them out for first place in my heart).
- I speak regularly at the Austin-based storytelling event Testify. It’s amazing. You should come to the next show, whether or not I’m performing (but especially if I am).
- I got my first tattoo on May 13, 2011. It’s on my back. It’s an image from a Rush album (the “Caravan” / “BU2B” singles). And it’s awesome.
- I got my second tattoo on December 15, 2011. It’s the opening notes to “The Spirit of Radio,” the first Rush song I ever heard live, tied around my ankle with a bow in the back. It is also awesome.
- I got my third tattoo in April and May of 2014, and it’s on my left leg and lower back. It’s original artwork. No pictures of it on my blog, but it’s gorgeous.
- I used to write and draw the comic strip called “Totes McGoat,” but it’s on hiatus for now.
- The car that started it all is a used 2006 bright red BMW 330. I don’t give a crap about name brands, but God, I love that car. I named him Oliver after Richard Hammond’s car from the “Top Gear” Botswana episode.
Thanks again for reading.
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