Apologies: Let’s Just Get It All on the Table

I have been making an effort not to apologize on my blog lately, but things nag at me. I figured, let’s just get all my apologies done now, rather than have you read a mini-apology with each post. Shall we?

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Five Annoying Things About Producing

As I’ve mentioned, I’m working on an independent web pilot with my friend/partner Amanda.

Neither of us have produced anything before. I don’t know if other producers have these problems. I don’t know if these will even seem like real problems in a couple weeks. But here are the five biggest things that are on my nerves right now.

1. Rewrites

actual text from our draft. don't judge. I'm playing Kristen and Amanda is Lindsey.

actual text from our current draft. don’t judge.
I’m playing Kristen and Amanda is Lindsey.

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Full Disclosure: I’m Bad at Pregnancy Tests

Full Disclosure is a series in which I admit to things that I shouldn’t be ashamed of, but am anyway.

First, it was Friends:

Monica: Are you sure you peed on the stick right?
Rachel: How many ways are there to do that?

Hahahahhahahaha.

side note: I know Jen's body is just like that, but it seems like they could have done something for Phoebe to make her seem less blah in comparison

side note: I know Jen’s just got it like that, but it seems like they could have fitted Phoebe’s dress better

I was in high school and wouldn’t need a pregnancy test for years, so I laughed along with the rest of America. Of course there’s no wrong way to pee on a stick!

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Project Optimism: Rewrite!

I had kind of a stressful weekend. But this is Project Optimism so I’m focusing on the positive.

Yesterday, a couple of Amanda’s and my writer-friends gathered to help us punch up our pilot script. After reading the script and listening to general impressions, we realized that we pretty much have to write the script over from the beginning (a “page one rewrite” as we say in the biz).

But I’m not discouraged. I’m energized. I couldn’t believe how many writers we were able to gather with not much notice; as well as the interest and energy that they were willing to put into our project, in which they have no particular stake.

Furthermore, their ideas were really good. It showed that they got our characters but just want us to do more with them. And the fact that everyone mostly agreed makes me believe they’re on to something.

Also, we have a director! He’s experienced and seems to get our vision, so I think it’s going to be good.

Still trying to nail down a location but should start shooting in a couple weeks. :)

Feeling grateful for all the support and interest everyone has shown. And those who signed up to volunteer, we haven’t forgotten about you! Your day will come… soon.

Oh and also, when I got a flat tire on my way home, my husband swooped in like an everyday superhero and saved me.

Who’s gone the extra mile for you lately?

Check out more Project Optimism posts by me or by other bloggers.

Keep Calm and Carry On

I didn’t know that our lives had changed forever.

I returned from badminton, the only PE class I could get into as a freshman. As I had done the previous Tuesday, I quickly got ready to shower and hurry to my next class.

As I grabbed my towel, my roommate Peggy came in to tell me some terrible news. Something about a plane crash. I tuned out. Peggy was really into the news and I was just into myself.

“That’s horrible!” I said, generically, and headed for the bathroom.

In the shower, something hit me. Did she say “…hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center?”

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the beginning of the end
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Earl Grey & Lavender

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I have in my cabinet a tin of Twinings Lavender Earl Grey tea that my bridesmaid Maria brought over from London when she came for my wedding. (Maria, I don’t know if you intended to give me the whole tin, but I ended up with it.) It’s cold and rainy in New York today so I needed my tea.

she prob won't like this pic but I love it

she prob won’t like this pic but I love it

The sight and smell of the tea reminds me of my wedding weekend, of having my 13 bridesmaids and three hairdressers crammed into my three-room adjoining suite (now you understand why I’m broke and living at home). Of all the pink and yellow, the pretty flowers, the bridesmaid dresses, my mom and sister, my aunts stopping in to chat.

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Project Optimism: Eastsiders Webseries

Eastsiders is premiering April 23 on logotv.com.

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Check out the preview here.

I would really love it if you could all watch this so we can discuss. I’ve already seen the first three episodes and this show is addictive. It’s sort of like a soap opera but condensed into 10 minutes or like a teen dramedy for adults.

And unlike when I’m watching mainstream TV with my husband*, when I yell “Kiss! Kiss!” they actually do.

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but how satisfying would that be, seriously?

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Things I Don’t Tell My Dentist

When I was 22, I went to my family dentist with a chipped tooth. My mom started explaining and making excuses for me.

“I was drunk.”, I summarized. Dr. Traffley was amused and I couldn’t understand why my mom was embarrassed.

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Project Optimism: So, I Lost My Phone

funny-lost-phone-silent-modeFriday after improv, a couple of us went out to karaoke. Since two hours is never enough karaoke, I missed the 1:40 train. So, I was forced to hang out and drink until 4am. Tough times.

Flash forward: I wake up at 5:21 am in Huntington. The train is sitting in the station, empty. Any true Long Islander can tell you what that’s like, and also what happens next: you hear the “Beep Beep Beep” of death, the doors close and you have to frantically fly around the train trying to find a conductor to let you off before you end up at the yard.

This knowledge in mind, I jumped up and fled the train. This was when I lost my phone.

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Project Optimism: Super Best Friends Productions

I mentioned last week that my friend Amanda and I are working on a super secret project.

Since then, we’ve had two meetings of our new company:

super best friends productions

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