One of the many benefits of the cooler weather in LA is that I can eat soup without feeling like I’m going to melt. I usually make veggie soup — it’s an easy way to use up all the vegetables in my fridge in one go, but I’m not gonna lie–this sopa de fideos is my equivalent of chicken noodle soup. Warm, filling, and comforting, it’s what my mom would make me when I was feeling sick. It’s simple, quick, and tastes like home. What could be better?
It’s finally getting cold in southern California…and while our definition of cold is probably vastly different from that of someone who lives where there is actual weather, it’s been nice to bundle up a bit and not start sweating at the sight of a jacket. I’m excited for more nights watching Netflix snuggled under a blanket, cup of hot cocoa (with Bailey’s, of course) in hand. It’s the little things.
- I’ve been a longtime fan of Nicolette Mason and loved her interview on the Oh Boy podcast.
- A handy guide to creating a monthly budget spreadsheet.
- They released the first trailer for Vinyl, a new HBO show. It looks pretty great.
- Check out this Sad Girls Guide to being healthy and radiant.
- This new Star Wars clothing line is awesome. Anyone wanna get me that R2-D2 sweater?! Hanukkah is right around the corner…
November has thus far been a ridiculously busy and productive month in the best way. Hoping this week continues the pattern. Happy Tuesday, friends!
AFI FEST 2015
This past week was spent in a movie-filled fog–I managed to see eleven movies, nine of which were at AFI Fest. I saw a lot of films I liked and some that I loved, including Landfillharmonic, Macbeth, and Carol. I’m also fairly sure Spotlight will and should win Best Picture next year. In any case, my apologies to the movie gods but please excuse me as I take a couple of weeks to recover! Promise I’ll see a ton of movies post-Thanksgiving but until then, I’m going to invest some time in getting some serious writing done.
I’ve spent the last week going to work, writing (!!!!!), seeing a ridiculous amount of movies (eight in the last six days!), and eating far too much candy. Clearly, an excellent week.
- An interview with Stephen King.
- The Chilean government basically admits that Pablo Neruda was probably murdered.
- Hair care for vegetarians…any one try this out yet?
- Resources for beginning screenwriters.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda on Jimmy Fallon (and on 60 Minutes with my favorite, Charlie Rose!)
Happy Tuesday, friends.
I think one of the things I didn’t realize about moving was how difficult it would be to come up with the time and energy it takes to cook. The first few weeks were so busy, with the whole working all day and coming home to clean and unpack, that the idea of cooking was unfathomable. Even though this was a fairly simple caprese panini (on olive bread!), it still felt like the first real meal I’d made myself in awhile…and really, one of the first times the new place has actually felt like home.
I’ve been trying to get in the habit of waking up earlier in the morning so I have some forced writing time before I have to head in to the office. It doesn’t always work, but I have found myself being a lot more productive in general. I’m still not fully organized–my desk is a mess, which makes for an excellent excuse when I want to get away with being unproductive–but it’s well on its way to becoming a great little writing space. I’m pretty excited about it.
- Speaking of writing, I’m sure you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo, which I think I have attempted twice (?) and subsequently failed, twice. This year, Scott Myers of Go Into The Story is hosting Zero Draft Thirty, which is a similar concept to NaNo, but focused on completing a screenplay. I think I’m going to attempt to write my new pilot…even though Novembers tend to be crazy busy because of AFI Fest, I think I can manage to outline and write (most of) a first draft. We shall see!
- Rainbow Rowell had some great thoughts about her NaNoWriMo experience–which, fun fact, was the beginning of Fangirl.
- Why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the best show you’re not watching (and why the title isn’t as offensive as it appears).
- The OC is *finally* available to stream online. No more excuses, y’all! The first two seasons are television greatness.
- There is a Locke & Key coloring book! So good.
Happy Tuesday, friends! If you’re in LA, make sure to check out AFI Fest–free tickets are available! Also, congrats to my former teacher/now friend/kind soul E. Katherine Kottaras, whose first novel, How To Be Brave, is out today! I can’t wait to read it.
I Don’t Understand The Question, And I Won’t Respond To It
Because I couldn’t resist this Star Wars/Arrested Development crossover. Best fridge decoration ever. How many days until December 18….?!