weekly writing update

UntitledWhat I’m Reading & Watching

Finished up season three of The Good Wife and am now taking a little break from it. I think I’m going to catch up on Outlander next…and then maybe I’ll finally give The Wire another shot? I also have a lot of movies, both in theaters and on DVD that I’ve been meaning to see.

I just started reading 11/22/63, which I’ve been meaning to read forever. I’m really enjoying it so far, though I’m only on the third chapter. It feels nice to sink my teeth into a good book.

What I’m Writing

Script #1 is coming along, slowly but surely. New goal: have it done by the end of the year. I think it’s a realistic goal, given that I have Thanksgiving vacation and winter vacation coming up- as long as I stay focused!

Also, I just found out I’ve been accepted as a new contributor to Sad Girls Guide (!!!!!!!!), which is super exciting. They’re one of my favorite sites and I can’t wait to start writing for them. In addition to that, I had pitched a couple of things to xoJane that they liked! I’ll be sharing links to articles once I have them, so keep following here and on twitter.

What Inspires Me Right Now

Cutthroat Kitchen…no, seriously. The ability to look past the bullshit and the challenges in order to focus on the end game, because in real life circumstances, excuses don’t matter – the final product is all that counts.

Or maybe I’m just justifying spending several hours watching the show. Whatever.

Also: the perfect script for Birdman, which is definitely one of my favorite films this year. Reading it makes me want to cry because it’s so good, ugh.

What Else I’ve Been Up To

Work, write, rinse, repeat. I’ve also been really into hot cocoa with Bailey’s lately – the perfect dessert of a drink on a chilly day.

P.S. – The Big Game is this weekend – go bears!

Writing Quote Of The Week

From one of my favorite Twitter accounts, Bitter Script Reader:

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Happy weekend, friends.



LA is known for its killer tacos, and everyone has their favorite taco joint. I finally ventured out to Guisados, which is my family’s favorite (as well as many Angelinos!). Holy homemade tortillas, Batman! I’ve been dreaming about them ever since. Since I’m a vegetarian, I had calabasitas, which is squash+ corn + bell peppers + onions + tomatoes and a quesadilla, both of which went a long way to help calm down a hangover from too much tequila the previous night (oops). I also got some agua de jamaica, which is like a really concentrated hibiscus tea. Theirs was a bit sweet for my taste, but still good. My brother was kind enough to let me try his horchata and while I’m not usually a fan, it was good enough to make me want to convert. Most importantly, I got to hang with my mom and brother, which doesn’t happen often enough. Family food adventure? I can get down with that.

Happy Thursday, friends. Go eat a taco.


give them your money! – passion planner

Weekly Layout Filled

Perhaps the most exciting part of starting middle school was getting a “reminder binder,” a planner to help you organize all of your homework and after school activities, adorned on the front with a picture of our school mascot, the cougar. I quickly became obsessed, carefully writing down every possible thing. Since then, I’ve kept a planner diligently. I find that digital calendars don’t help me remember things and in fact make me more likely to forget a coffee date or an important errand. I realize that everybody remembers things differently and a lot of folks swear by their Google calendar, but keeping a planner by hand has always worked best for me. I currently have two planners: a Moleskine weekly planner, which has the days of the week on one side and lined paper on the other for my personal stuff (I’ve used these religiously since 2007), and a Sugar Paper x Target planner for work.

I’m really excited about Passion Planner, a planner that not only helps you handle the day-to-day, but also helps users frame it in the context of the bigger picture – what are your long term goals, and what are you doing to work on them? It’s so easy to forget sometimes, so I really like that component. I like the idea of making sure you’re on track to achieve your bigger dreams while not letting the small things fall through the cracks. It has a personal and a work to-do list and also features a blank space to write/draw/muse/etc. It’s organized by week x time, letting you block out when you’re busy. I’m sure that a lot of people will find that really appealing! It’s carefully designed to be as functional and motivational as possible, and it’s also beautiful. Also? It’s pretty reasonably priced.

If you’re curious about getting a Passion Planner, check out their Kickstarter here.

Full disclosure: by writing about it, I’m entitled to a free PDF of the pages – and if you post about it on social media, you will be too! I like that they’re giving people the opportunity to get it for free to test it out, which I am really excited to do. 

tuesday links


This week has been weirdly wonderful and it keeps getting better. I’ll share more soon, but I’d say that this captures how I’m feeling right now: !!!!!!!!!

For now, enjoy the weirdest misspelling of “Andrea” ever and these five links:

  1. We live in a world of oversharing, from blogs (hi) to Facebook and Instagram. But, what happens when you don’t want a digital footprint? There are folks arguing about their “right to be forgotten” and they make a lot of valid points.
  2. In other Internet news, the battle over net neutrality is far from over. In case you’re still trying to get a grasp on what net neutrality is and how it can affect you, this primer from The Oatmeal should get you in the loop.
  3. I’m really into the first trailer for Togetherness.
  4. Leading ladies that don’t act ladylike? Sign me up.
  5. Vulture launched a Sorkin monologue generator and it is everything.

Happy Tuesday!!!

weekly writing update


What I’m Reading & Watching

I watched 14 movies and 3 short films and a little bit of The Good Wife and maybe I need a little break from watching things? Perhaps time to read a book or something? Or maybe I can catch up on all the TV I’ve missed. Or maybe I should write…as long as I can stay in my living room, I don’t really care.

What I’m Writing

I didn’t get any writing done (see: previous post), BUT I did figure out a huuuuuge script issue I was having which is going to make writing a bajillion times easier. Woohoo! And, since I am putting myself on house arrest, I’m hoping to knock out a huge chunk of this script during the weekend.

What Inspires Me Right Now

Cinema ParadisoI’ve always loved it, but rewatching it this past week (at the Egyptian! Introduced by the director!) was a reminder of why I love going to the movies and telling stories. I may or may not have cried the whole movie – sorry Sarah! There’s just something about the Alfredo-Toto relationship that hits really close to home – reminds me of my dad. Must be the mustache, eh?

What Else I’ve Been Up To

AFI Fest and work. I can’t even express how excited I am to not leave my house this weekend!

Also, did you know Panda Pocky was a thing? It is, and not only is it adorable, it’s delicious.

Writing Quote Of The Week

From Cinema Paradiso:

Whatever you end up doing, love it.

Happy Friday, friends.



AFI Fest 2014

Apologies for the blog silence this week, I’ve been at AFI Fest all week! I saw seventeen films over six days, including three shorts, two documentaries and twelve narrative films. My favorites were Wild Tales, Breathe, Faults, and Merchants of Doubt. I also loved getting to see one of my favorite films, Cinema Paradiso, on the big screen. This is my fourth year attending and it was the best yet – much better organized than previous years. It’s a little bananas watching so many films in such little time, since it doesn’t really give you the opportunity to process the movies you’re watching, but it’s also a great opportunity to see tons of films that don’t usually get US distribution. Also? It’s free to the public. Make sure check it out next year!

Back to blogging as usual next week!


weekly writing update

Picture credit: the Kanye West Wing.

What I’m Reading & Watching

Um…I may have finished season two of The Good Wife. OOPS. In related news, even though I know the ~big Will Gardner spoiler~, I have never shipped a couple as hard as I ship Will and Alicia. Sigh.

What I’m Writing

I hadn’t gotten much done up until last night, when a friend held a modified “Stitch & Bitch” where we all brought what we were working on and hung out. In between the Bailey’s and hot cocoa and discussing SerialI actually managed to write a few pages!! I think part of the problem I’ve been having with the rewrite is that I feel like it has to be perfect, which puts a lot of pressure on me when I sit down to work. When I let go of that and just write, I’m fine. It also helps that I had a lot of frustration to channel into my writing this week.

What Inspires Me Right Now

The Good Wife, Jane The Virgin, and excellent pop music that I can write to.

What Else I’ve Been Up To

Work, television, family stuff – rinse & repeat.

This weekend: AFI Fest! If you’re in LA, check it out – there are free tickets available!

Writing Quote Of The Week

From Anne Frank:

“Because paper has more patience than people. ”

Have a good weekend, friends.


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