Meet the 2013 NYC Cast: Kim Forde

by Varda on April 17, 2013

Kim forde

It gives me great pleasure to introduce today’s LTYM:NYC cast member, Kim Forde. Kim is not only a hysterically funny writer, but she has managed to retain her humor while pregnant with her third child. A truly astounding feat.

KIM FORDE writes about the art of perfecting domestic failure on her blog, The Fordeville Diaries. After a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting yielded little more than a hefty student loan bill, she spent many years instead writing corporate speeches and press releases before abandoning the corporate grind in 2011 to be a full-time SAHM. Although she lived in New York City for nearly two decades, she is now a secret suburban convert with residual urban road rage. She can often be found in yoga pants and an SUV with her husband, two young kids (with a third on the way) and pug, fueling her Starbucks dependency and a managing a healthy fear of craft stores. Armed with a keyboard and an addiction to storytelling, she spends more time on blogging and social media than she’s ready to admit, and was also recently published as a contributor to the best-selling anthology, I Just Want to Pee Alone.

Kim also chose to answer my questions for the “get to know me better” section of her post:

Q: How is this show taking you out of your comfort zone — have you always been a writer or is writing new to you? If performing in public is new, what does that mean to you?
A: I’ve always been a writer – but only in my own mind and on my own hard drive. From years of journal writing, to grad school studies in Screenwriting, to a career in corporate communications, writing has always been a common thread of what I’ve pursued. A little over two years ago, I added blogging to the mix, which has been a truly incredible journey for me.

And while I’m totally comfortable behind a keyboard and oversharing my life on the Internet, the thought of getting up and reading my own words in front of hundreds of strangers is, well, terrifying. I haven’t performed in any capacity since my childhood/teen dance recital years. Maybe I should wear tap shoes to LTYM? Can I do that?

Q: Are you looking forward to the show? Scared? Or both?
A: I tried to find another way to characterize it, but abject terror keeps coming to mind. Oh, and I really hope I don’t go into labor in the middle of it. My understanding is that it would really throw off the timing and rhythm of the production. So if you see me looking at a stopwatch at regular 5-7 minute intervals during the show, please hail me a cab out front.

Q: How did becoming a mother affect your personal writing?
A: Oh, the material – come on, it’s a treasure trove! And better than fiction — the stuff of parenthood really cannot be made up. But seriously, it has also given me a much more vulnerable side to my writing and has made me more fiercely protective of what I put out there and what I keep to myself.

Q: Who in your life supports your work, and will they be there in the audience?
A: My mom has always been my biggest cheerleader and I’m so glad she’ll be at the show. And my husband deserves a seat on the express train to Heaven for all of the times I’ve asked him to read drafts before I’ve published them on the blog – not to mention the amount of snark that he allows me to write at his expense (even if not 100% factual — details, details).

Q: What’s next in your life after LTYM? Anything new and exciting coming up?
A: First and foremost, I’ll be testing the limits of my sanity with a third child in June. And though I’ll be sleep deprived, I am thrilled at the thought of reintroducing full caffeination and wine back into my life.

I’m also working with a great group of bloggers to publicize a book of our essays that was recently released {I Just Want to Pee Alone} and made it to #1 on the Amazon Humor list. The day it surpassed Tina Fey’s Bossypants, I took about 473 screenshots of that image. I plan to make my extended family stare at them on various life-sized monitors scattered around my home at the next holiday gathering.

Oh, and while I’m awake all summer at crazy hours with a newborn, I am determined to solidify my place in history as the last American to begin watching Homeland. I’m hopeful that once I am caught up, I can rejoin society.

Q: What question would you most like to be asked by an interviewer? Now answer that question.
A: You’re probably going for deep, insightful thoughts here but I’m going with timely issues.

What did you really think when you test-drove mini vans recently? Don’t lie.

Fine, fine, I’ll tell you, but don’t tell my cool friends. The truth is that piece of machinery was made for me. It was like the invisible limb that I’ve been missing. Sure, it drove just fine and it’s super-safe, but I was beyond seduced by the all of the nooks for my coffee cup. It will be mine. {Did I really live in New York City for 17 years? Who am I?}

Thank you, Kim for your honest-funny answers. And please remember you promised to NOT go into labor onstage on May 12th!

Holly April 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Kim, you are amazing. I don’t know you do it!

Amy April 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Go Kim! We are so happy to have you as part of this show, you and baby #3 will be glorious up there.

Pam April 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Kim, actually you are not the last American to start watching Homeland. I so wish I could attend all the LTYM shows!!!!

Kizz April 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Even worse confession: I still live in NYC, I don’t have kids, and I’m with you on the minivan thing. I’ve had occasion to drive a few and damned if they aren’t built for comfort and they handle like a dream! Maybe we need to paint racing stripes on them.

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