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A Note.

For the past few weeks it has been hard to breathe. This blog post sharply diverts from the usual theme, tone, and message of my blog. But, as a writer, this is how I try to make sense of what I feel shifting in the air. Thank you, in advance, for reading. I believe a painting is attempting to be crafted right in front of all of us. But just like all great works of art, when you are too close you do not see it for what it is. This? Well this is just a playful splash of red paint. And that? That there is simply a delightful use of black and gray shades. Sometimes we are unable to see clearly what the entire picture is showing us because we are afraid to step back and look. While I am afraid of what I have seen in the past few weeks, I’m even more afraid of (to use a phrase that is already becoming stale) certain rhetoric becoming normalized. The problem is that we are …

I Still Think I’m Right About Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris (UPDATE! Clues! I need to get out more!)

So listen, a few of you indulged me a few months back and read my wildly lengthy blog post about how I thought Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris might still be together even amidst her Hiddleston stuff. I stand here today, nearly two months later, standing by my claim. I’m gona keep this one short and sweet, but here we go: Yesterday, September 6th, the news came out that Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston broke up. On September 3rd CH tweeted three geese emojis (much like he used to tweet the three lightning bolts ((see previous blog post on why this matters)).  Then on September 5th (one day before the breakup news) he tweeted a new image of the “This Is What You Came For” patch with new colors and geese where there used to be lightning bolts. He also changed his twitter header image to the same thing  (also, note what his pinned tweet STILL is after all these months..): Remember, this patch is the only evidence TS left on her instagram that alluded to …

I’m Pretty Positive Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris are Still Dating & Here’s My PROOF

“But she’s looking at you.” Guys, she’s got her eye on us. For reals. Let’s Begin Listen, I know this is a complete 180 from my usual posts, but I’ve had a maddening cold this past week and basically all I’ve done is sit in bed and think about the Taylor Swift/Calvin Harris breakup because clearly I need to get out more. #dontjudge But here’s the thing. A few weeks back I was half-asleep at night and all of a sudden I thought, clear as day, they are still together. This is an epic troll-project. And now the more I look at things through this lens the more I’m so convinced. People have already pointed out that Taylor Swift(TS) and Tom Hiddleston(TH) could simply be filming a lengthy, elaborate video that comments on the way the media views her and relationships and I gotta say…I’m pretty much on board. But I also think that it’s totally possible her and Calvin Harris(CH) are still together. HEAR ME OUT. “But Hattie, HOW? So much has gone down?” you …

Win a Signed Copy of “The Anxious Girl’s Guide to Dating”

You guys. I’m getting married in a few days and life feels like I’m in the middle of that Fantasia scene where ostriches and hippos are ballerinas and music is blasting and my brain is a bottle of marbles. No joke? Last night I was wrapping presents at midnight and crying. I wasn’t even entirely positive why I was crying, I just was. Tissue paper, bags, ribbon, tears, tired tired tirwaitnowI’mlaughing. BUT. I’m also doing a giveaway on Goodreads! Huzzah! Big life events right and left! Goodreads Book Giveaway The Anxious Girl’s Guide to Dating by Hattie C. Cooper Giveaway ends March 18, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway   I only just realized that Goodreads even had this feature (since apparently I’m about as savvy as a rock). All you gota do is click “enter giveaway” and you’re entered to win one of four signed copies of the book. If you win, you’re welcome to tell me what you want me to write. I once was at a David Sedaris reading and he …

The Power of Choosing Your Love

The further I burrow into the messy and mulchy business of planning a wedding, the more I’ve been thinking about the concept of free will. I’ve been thinking about freedom of choice. Jared and I have “chosen” to have a rather large wedding and have “chosen” to make sure certain things are at this wedding (food, booze, music, hopefully a kickass magician) but in reality was it just societal pressure making the choice for us? Was it all preordained in the land of Martha Stewart and Pinterest? Did I even want an assortment of cheeses and crackers as an appetizer!?? (Yes. The answer is always “yes” when it comes to cheese). Anxiety often has the habit of grabbing hold of the reins and making it feel like we’re simply along for the ride. This can feel especially true when we are trying to pursue love in our lives. Wedding planning has definitely been poking awake my anxiety. Which then makes me think about how I got here. It has made me think a lot about how …