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Becky Harks of Mommy Wants Vodka is hands-down one of the funniest people on the planet. Looking for the raw, uncensored truth about any subject from motherhood and antenatal depression to vampires and the under-representation of kumquats in today’s social media? She’s your woman. If you are not already one of her loyal minions, you will be by the time you finish reading this interview. We promise.

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tough love


What does your husband think about your blog?

The Daver, my then-boyfriend who'd suggested that I start a "blob" way back in the day, is more than supportive of my blogging habits. He maintains my blog, buys me new servers (whatever that means) and tries not to roll his eyes when I say things like, "I need this button to be SHINY."

Does he ever accuse you of having illicit relationships with internet stalkers?

(deep sighs) I only wish.

Tell me about your love for encased meats.

There are no finer words in the English language than "encased meats," except, perhaps, "hooray beer."

Do you think vampires are sexy?

I consider having never read nor seen any of the Twilight series makes me a better person. Somehow.

What do you love more? Twitter or Orange Hostess Cupcakes?

TRICKY. Despite mocking The Twitter for oh-so-long, I have grown very fond of blogging in less than 140 characters. Orange-flavored cupcakes, on the other hand, have only served to make my ass ever-wider while blogging in less than 140 characters.

In this case, The Twitter is the hands-down winner.

Who do you love more? Leonard Cohen or Rod Stewart?

Oh, now THIS is hard. Because on the one hand, Leonard Cohen is a true poet, an artist, and his songs have inspired me to greatness as a writer and a person. His songs have changed my life (shut up).

On the other, Rod Stewart's angelically wispy hair has inspired me to achieve greater levels of greatness. His flowing locks of hair have managed to change my life.

In this case, I think it's a PUSH.

Have you ever fantasized about being as famous as Dooce?

In all truthiness, I think that it would be very hard to be as famous a blogger as Dooce. I've not given a whole lot of thought to blogging fame because deep thinking inevitably makes me want to eat hot dogs and I don't always have the sweet succulent embrace of encased meats available to me. But in order to answer your question, I gave it some thought. I am a giver, after all.

Someone like Dooce makes her living off blogging by being honest and telling stories about her life and in order to continue to be famous and keep her audience, she has to be good at what she does. That's got to be a tremendous amount of pressure.

When she messes up, the world is too happy to point it out. I can't imagine how easy it would be to continue to write openly and honestly after being raked through the coals day in and day out. I give her a lot of credit for that.

Now, I think, I would like a hot dog.

What are your goals as a writer?

Well, I mentioned at the beginning of the interview that I was in school when I became a writer. I was in school to become a nurse, which I did. I'd decided to scrap my lifelong goal of becoming a doctor to become a nurse after I'd gotten knocked up with my first son. During nursing school, I met The Daver and as soon as I could, I retired from nursing.

Becoming a writer was never something I'd thought about. I'd never even kept a journal. So my goal as a writer, I suppose, is to be successful. I want to have a career. For myself. How I define success is somewhat nebulous.

I'd love to travel and write about what I see and do; I'd love to be able to have a life and a career outside of my family. My goal is to be able to do that. To have some sort of lasting success in the writing field. A book, a job, writing about life; something that gives me a purpose outside of what I currently do.

Tell me about your books.

Ah, my books. I have several, of course, because I am a compulsive insomniac who never sleeps. They're all non-fiction books of essays written similarly to the way my blog reads, but with better editing and proper punctuation (I never could get a handle on apostrophes). I've written one on raising a special needs child, one about my daughter, who was born with a very rare genetic condition called an encephalocele, and several fluffier ones about finding my way in life.

All of them are fairly funny, if you can believe that a book about autism is funny, but the publishing market is in the tank right now, so they exist only on my hard drive. I'm not entirely certain what I'm going to do with them, truth be told. I'm hoping that books don't go extinct. So many of us have stories we need to tell and stories that need to be heard.

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Comments on "Meet Becky Harks of Mommy Wants Vodka"

Face Slap August 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM

There is not a Republican war against women. Rather, there is a womens' war against women, as these comments prove. Likewise, there is not a white war against blacks. Rather, there is a black war against blacks. The issue is one of culture. Blaming an outside group is how one deals with the discomfort of belonging to a defective culture and lacking the courage to address the defects. At least some here have courage. Good on them.

Susan August 02, 2012 | 11:18 PM

You people are SO PETTY. the woman isn't funny at all, but who cares what she calls her blog?! and the people being the worst toward her are OTHER WOMEN. you're disgusting, selfish, es.

Terri July 29, 2012 | 2:06 AM

Sheesh, ease up ppl...its just a blog. I seriously doubt she titled it "mommy wants vodka" with the intention of advocating moms across the nation start swilling back the hooch. I say this also as the daughter of a raging alcoholic father, daddy wanted his vodka, which eventually led to my mommy shooting his sorry ass. But I never was offended by the blog title. Dont go there, if it seems offensive to you, but cripes lighten up. Woman on woman negativity thrives, it's why we are still living in the Dark Ages is so many ways and why women STILL have to fight tooth and nail to get anywhere.

Brandi December 14, 2011 | 12:57 PM

"I faked having a baby on twitter and it was awesome" okay...maybe if she did something cool like make awesome pot baked goods like Nancy Botwin I'd want to read her blog more :P

Pamela August 24, 2011 | 5:11 PM

Interesting title. I hope it doesn't offend too many other people. My mommy loved and wanted, and got her vodka. She drank vodka everyday until one day her liver couldn't handle it anymore. Then, Mommy developed Cirrhosis of the liver and 2 weeks before my weddding my mommy died, and we didn't have any vodka at that wedding! It's just when I see that title alot of things go through my mind. I intellectually know this is someone else's blog, but the title runs deep........

uncleBecky August 23, 2011 | 11:45 PM

four million hits a month? yeah right.

Ewokmama August 19, 2011 | 1:54 PM

Fantastic piece on the Beckster! Woot!

The Animated Woman August 19, 2011 | 6:36 AM

Faking having a baby on twitter is amazing! Was it a boy or a girl?

Catherine August 18, 2011 | 11:44 AM

She is great, so nice to see her recognized. Now no longer a secret! So nice to see and hear the thoughts I thought I could only keep in my head. Honest humour, more people need to look at life this way. Makes raising kids and being a family an adventure!

Harknell August 18, 2011 | 7:31 AM

Becky is awesome, and we're very happy to have her as a guest at our event this year: Intervention 2011 (http://www.interventioncon) on September 16-18 2011. So come and see her in person.

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