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What I’m Reading & Watching

Still on season 5 of The Good WifeJust got to this moment (spoiler if you click, duh) and just….ugh. So many tears. Brilliant.

What I’m Writing

Um…………

Ask me again next week.

What Inspires Me Right Now

The fact that I have two weeks of (paid) vacation starting today HECK YEAH!

What Else I’ve Been Up To

I’ve contributed to a couple of Sad Girls Guide posts (one on turning 21 and one on eyeliner) and had another piece published by xoJane.

And now………holiday break!

Writing Quote Of The Week

From Stanley Kubrick:

I don’t always know what I want. But I know what I don’t want.

Cheers! xo

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Mint Mojito Iced Coffee

Last Thursday I made my way out to Santa Monica for an acupuncture appointment. I say “made my way out” because it took me over an hour and a half to get there and another two and a half hours to get home, blergh. In any case, it was right by the new Philz Coffee. Despite the fact that it’s a Bay Area chain and I lived up there for a couple years, I somehow managed to never make my way over to their Berkeley locations. Obviously, when I stumbled upon it in LA, I had to give it a try. I ordered their mint mojito iced coffee, which was unexpectedly amazing – I can see why people are obsessed. It ended up being a lovely companion for my ridiculous journey home. I highly recommend trying it if you’re in the area, though it’s barely enough (if at all) to justify the unreasonable amount of traffic I had to deal with…a lovely reminder of why I avoid going to the west side at all costs.

give them your money on xojane

We now have the power to support independent creators in their endeavors – to help them make the things we want to see. It’s not just movies, either — we can support web-series, board games, comics, and even new technologies. We get to support original ideas, directly from the source — how cool is that?

It’s worth checking back frequently to see what projects are looking for funding, but here are four geeky Kickstarters up now worth giving money to.

To read the rest of this article, click through to xoJane! I wrote about WoW MoM, Story War: Sentinel Conflict & “Cosmic Contest” Comic Book, Sonnet, and Ten Candles.

tuesday links

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  1. Looking for gifts for the bibliophile in your life? Look no further.
  2. My friends at Clockwork Couture hold a coat drive every year to help get coats to those in need. Why not give up a couple of your weekly lattes in order to help someone out?
  3. Badass director/current Homeland showrunner Lesli Linka Glatter wrote an excellent piece in The Hollywood Reporter about women directors, as did Frozen‘s Jennifer Lee.
  4. It’s always a good day when there’s a new Laura Marling song.
  5. Check out the Sad Girls Guide to Turning 21, written by many of the SGG contributors (including myself). It seems like my 21st was a lifetime ago when in fact it was barely four years. So much has changed since then! Even my taste in booze has changed, now that I can’t drink beer anymore. Sigh. In any case, here’s me on my 21st birthday at midnight! Took me way too long to dig up this picture (the dangers of untagging on Facebook…) – it was some sort of peach cocktail? I went with my two college besties to our local bar, Thalassa (RIP) on a Sunday at midnight – then I went back to bed, had a full day of classes, taught my Journalism in Film class (and screened my favorite, Almost Famous), went to a staff meeting, and then grabbed beers with my fellow RAs. Not a bad birthday at all.

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Happy Tuesday, friends.

weekly writing update

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What I’m Reading & Watching

Currently re-reading Paper Towns while trying to figure out what to read next; currently watching season 5 of The Good Wifewhich somehow manages to keep getting better.

What I’m Writing

My first piece for Sad Girls Guide was published! It’s called “TALKIN BOUT IT: Women In Film” and I’m really proud of it. I’m also working on a letter to Megan, which clearly takes precedence over my screenplay, as does outlining another project because clearly I’m really good at procrastinating getting shit done. I’ve also been writing a LOT of emails at work…does that count?

What Inspires Me Right Now

I’ve been thinking about Aaron Sorkin a lot this week. The West Wing is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I’m also a huge fan of Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Stripnot to mention A Few Good Men and The American Presidentneedless to say, I’m a fan. And while I’m aware of the issues in his work – namely, the lack of racial diversity and his so-called “women problem,” but I still appreciate his smart, quick dialogue, witty characters, and idealistic (if not naive) views on American politics.

I’m sure by now, you’ve read about “the campus rape conversation” that took place in last Sunday’s episode of The Newsroomand that you’ve formed an opinion on the situation. Here are some (more) recaps. I, like many others, was dismayed as I watched, as well as honest-to-goodness disappointed that someone who I looked up to could have written something so blatantly ignorant. Though the “innocent until proven guilty” idea is the basis for our legal system, the argument ignores the fact that rape is prosecuted very differently from most crimes. Only 20% of student rapes are reported. 10% of reported rapists get arrested, only 8% are prosecuted and a mere 3% are sent to jail.

Coincidentally, the Monday after this episode aired, there was a scheduled Writer’s Guild event at which they aired The Newsroom finale and had a Q&A with Aaron Sorkin himself. Spoiler: if you’re a Sorkin fan, I bet you can write a really good drinking game without even watching the episode. In any case, this recap of Sorkin’s remarks is worth reading, as is this response on HBO’s site.

All of this is to say I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the separation between the artist and their art, as well as the responsibility of the storyteller to the audience. Is the storyteller – particularly, someone like Aaron Sorkin, whose characters pride themselves on always being on the moral high ground – responsible for what their characters say in a way that’s different from Vince Gilligan, or Shonda Rhimes, whose characters have more questionable morals? Do we as an audience have the right to demand that? I’m not sure what the correct answer is, or if there is one. I doubt it helps that we’re far more media savvy and culturally aware viewers, but should the fact that we’re in the age of think pieces change how a storyteller approaches a story? Regardless, something to think about, especially as someone who wants to write television one day.

What Else I’ve Been Up To

It’s been a rainy day in Los Angeles.  No, really:
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Fucking bananas out there. Drive safe friends!!

Also: so excited for the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend! Woohoo!

Writing Quote Of The Week

From Mark Twain:

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.

Have a good weekend, friends! xo

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Salty Sweet

I discovered the recipe for the perfect chocolate chip cookie awhile ago. No, really – they’re actually perfect. Chewy, cake-y, crisp, buttery, chocolate-y goodness, all balanced out by the Maldon salt on the top – I have yet to meet anyone who disagrees with my assessment of “perfect” once they’ve tried them. Yes, the dough needs to rest 24-36 hours, but it’s totally worth it. The best part is that the dough freezes well, so you can make the dough in advance, separate it into chunks (some for a couple cookies, some for a bigger batch), and make as needed. These past couple of weeks have been non-stop and having a fresh, out-of-the-oven cookie was the perfect antidote to a long day.

tuesday links

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Long days, busy weekends, a dying computer, and several upcoming deadlines have left me dreaming of rice krispie treats and spiked hot cocoa – only two weeks left until vacation time. Just have to figure out how to survive until then….ahhhhhh.

  1. Here’s what “one size fits all” actually looks like on women of different body types.
  2. Devan Boyle is quite possibly my new favorite person on the Internet – her “Beauty Tips for the Mentally Deranged” is one of the best things I’ve read in ages, but honestly her whole blog is a must-read.
  3. An amazing list of book recommendations, all of which are written by women.
  4. Have you checked out the Kanye West Self-Confidence generator yet?
  5. You can now buy Nick Offerman’s wood emojis – for charity!

Bonus link: Just read about Bitch Planet and I need that comic in my life right now!

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