100 Creatives 2013: Rachael Pavlik, A Writer Mommy Who Wants to Pee Alone

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What She Does: You may have noticed that we've added articles on the art of parenting here at Art Attack, and as anyone who has attempted it can tell you it is indeed an art. One of the best voices out there on the subject is Rachael Pavlik, who blogs at RachRiot.com and recently had an essay, "My Awkward Period," featured in the bestselling anthology of parenting stories, I Just Want to Pee Alone.

Her style is rough and loud, with a focus on humor and a definite potty mouth. What would you expect from a woman who credits passing profanity-laden notes back and forth in Catholic school as the start of her writing career? She dislikes the term "mom-blogger" and takes a more easygoing and slightly scandalous approach to her work, though you can find more family-friendly pieces in the pages of Houston Family Magazine or in morning segments on Fox 26.

It's real, down-and-dirty parenting life that really drives her prose, and her tale of trying to pee, explain away a bloody menstrual pad, and also corral a four-year-old in an Applebee's bathroom all at the same time is a gut-splitting, hilarious piece that is worth the price alone of I Just Want to Pee Alone. Wherever you run across Pavlik's words you will find a headlong hilarious honestly that all parents and otherwise normal people can identify with.

Why She Likes It: "What I like most is making people laugh-- that is my crack. Just being myself and writing in my own voice, telling stories, knowing that people get me, understand me is a great feeling."

What Inspires Her: Pavlik has a few literary influences like David Sedaris, Nora Ephron and our own Houston treasure, Jenny Lawson. She likes to start the mental process of coming up with ideas during the quiet moments right before she wakes up, often jotting down snatches of ideas in a bedside notebook that may or may not take final form as stories. Sometimes they yield gold. Sometimes she looks at "sneezed on the vagina" and wonders what the hell she meant by that.

If Not Here, Then Where: "I'm originally from Louisiana and still have family and close friends there, so I go back often. I couldn't get any work done there, though- I'd be too busy eating and getting drunk! Not a bad way to pass the time but I would quickly balloon to 300 pounds. I could write anywhere, but I'd love to be near water and I need to be around people I love. Wherever they are is my home."

If Not This, Then What: Assuming that the entirety of the world's occupation options were available to her, Pavlik thinks she'd make a fair concubine for George Clooney. Barring that, she might enjoy teaching people to make chicken pot pies or training them for championship laundry Jenga competitions.

What's Next: " Right now I'm kind of bogged down with getting my kids back in the groove of school, so I'm in full-on Defcon 5 mom mode. Recently, after Fox 26 did a little story on our book and the Houston bloggers that are in it, they contacted us to do a few funny segments for their morning show about how real moms handle certain situations. We have to tone down the profanity for morning TV and are still working out the details. We shall see! I don't really want to be on TV, to be honest. I would also love to publish my own book, but that is probably years away."

More Creatives for 2013
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

Ana Villaronga-Roman, Katy Contemporary Arts Museum director

Erin Wasmund, actor, singer and dancer
Karim Al-Zand, composer
Jan Burandt, paper conservator for The Menil Collection
Deke Anderson, actor

Craig Cohen, hockey fan and host of Houston Matters
Mauro Luna, Poe-Inspired photographer
Trond Saeverud, Galveston Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor
Khrystyna Balushka, paper flower child
Christina Carfora, visual artist and world traveler
Sara Kumar, artistic director for Shunya Theatre
Kiki Maroon, burlesque clown
Gin Martini, fashion designer
Lacey Crawford, painter and sculptor
Homer Starkey, novelist
Jenn Fox, mixed media Shohei Iwahama, dancer
Erica DelGardo, metalsmith
Bob Clark, executive director Houston Family Arts Center
Kerrelyn Sparks, bestselling romance author

Lindsay Halpin, punk rock mad hatter
Drake Simpson, actor
Shelby Carter, Playboy model turned photographer
David Matranga, actor
Crystal Belcher, pole dancer
Daniel Kramer, photographer
Blue 130, pin-up explosion art

Nina Godiwalla, author and TED speaker
David Wilhem, light painter
Tom Abrahams, author and newscaster
Browncoat, pin-up pop artist
Kris Becker, Nu-Classical composer and pianist
Vincent Fink, science fashion
Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Senorita Cinema founder
Ned Gayle, thrift store painting defacer

Sameera Faridi, fashion designer
Greg Ruhe, The Human Puppet

Sophia L. Torres, founder and co-artistic director of Psophonia Dance Company
Maggie Lasher, dance professor and artistic director
Jordan Jaffe, founder of Black Lab Theatre
Outspoken Bean, performance poet
Barry Moore, architect
Josh Montoute, mobile gaming specialist
Ty Doran, young actor
Gwen Zepeda, Houston's first Poet Laureate
Joseph Walsh, principal dancer at Houston Ballet
Justin Garcia, artist
Buck Ross, dilettante and director of Moores Opera Center
Patrick Renner, sculptor of the abstract and the esoteric
Tomas Glass, abstract artist and True Blood musician
Ashley Stoker, painter, photographer and Tumblr muse
Amy Llanes, artistic airector of Rednerrus Feil Dance Company
Bevin Bering Dubrowski, executive director at the Houston Center for Photography

Lydia Hance, founder and director of Frame Dance Productions
Piyali Sen Dasgupta, mixed media artist and nature lover
Dean James, New York Times bestselling mystery novelist
Nicola Parente, abstract painter and photographer

Cheryl Schulke, handmade leather pursemaker
Anthony Rathbun, Alternative Lifestyle Photographer
David Salinas, computer-less analog photographer

Danielle Burns, art curator
Alicia DiRago, Whimseybox founder

Katia Zavistovski, contemporary art curator

Ashley Horn, choreographer, filmmaker
Amanda Stevens, scary book author
Peter Lucas, film and video curator, music lover and self-described culture-slinger

Ana María Otamendi, collaborative pianist and vocal coach

Billy D. Washington, comedian
Michele Brangwen, choreographer and dancer

Kristin Warren, actress and choreographer

Kelly Sears, animator and film maker
Colton Berry, Bayou City Theatrics' artistic director

jhon r. stronks,dance-maker
Joe Grisaffi, actor, director, writer, cinematographer

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She is hilarious and never disappoints.  She obviously speaks from the heart and has the wit, sarcasm and comedy to make you laugh every time!  Can't wait to see what's next!


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