I hate self-help articles.
And their casual — and usually unsolicited — advice.
Each human on this splendid yet chaotic planet is uniquely different. What works for one person might not work for another. We’re all struggling with our own unparalleled battles right now, so I can only speak to the battles I’ve waged in my war with writing:
I’ve sunk thousands of dollars into my writing career (see: MFA, BA) just to get to where I am now, which is perpetually questioning where I am in my career, where I want it to go, and where it’ll never take…
Since moving back home in late July, I’ve gotten the same questions… What are your plans? What are you going to do?
These aren’t easy questions to answer. I, after all, spent seven years in California fending off the “when are you moving back home” questions, only to move home and suddenly find these people unavailable. As if moving 1,000 miles in their direction wasn’t enough, as if they’re still expecting me to literally show up on their doorstep.
I want to pay off debt, save money, and go to New York City. In that order. But to keep the…
During my thirty years on this perfectly chaotic planet, I’ve only wanted to be two things: 1.) a writer and 2.) a vampire.
The tenth chapter of the franchise, American Horror Story: Double Feature, couldn’t have come soon enough. Horror fans, after all, didn’t get their AHS fix in 2020 because of the pandemic.
And the spinoff series American Horror Stories flatly lacked the quality and captivating content audience members have come to know and love, even if a few of the episodes were entertaining.
So how did the creators reward their fans? …
I don’t know a lot about fútbol — or, as we Americans call it, soccer.
And I’m stubborn when it comes to watching shows and movies I can’t relate to. The occasional action movie is okay, but I can never relate to muscle-bound helicopter-jumpers who always save the day — and with damn good hair.
So stepping foot onto the pitch, I initially didn’t want to watch the Apple TV+ comedy: Ted Lasso.
Ted Lasso, on the surface, is about a fish-out-of-water fútbol coach. But once the layers are pulled back, the series reveals that the titular character, played by…
I thought I’d never leave Southern California.
But like all things in life, time can change one’s perspective.
To be honest, I knew for a long time that I didn’t want to live in California forever. Shortly after I moved to Irvine, CA for a sports writing job in 2014, I knew I didn’t want to be in my late twenties and still 1,062 miles away from friends and family.
I also didn’t want to work in an office, a place that zapped my creativity and robbed my love for sports. I craved New York City — because that’s where…
When the 2019 romantic comedy Last Christmas made its way to HBO last summer, I was thrilled that the holiday rom-com gifted viewers with Christmas in July.
Christmas isn’t perfect. For a long time, the merry holiday was more trouble than treat, as I had to decide which parent to visit. My mom in Colorado or my dad in Indiana, as I live in Los Angeles. But I never allowed that sentiment to spoil the cheer when I arrived at my final destination. Because I love — love, love, love — the holidays.
So when Last Christmas and its holiday…
For as long as I can remember, I’ve never been satisfied.
Okay, that’s not entirely true. I achieve my goals and am happy for a few days, weeks, sometimes even months — but the hunger always returns, and I’m always left wanting a bigger piece of the literary pie.
I figured out what I want in life in my mid-twenties: to write creatively for a living, pursue fulfillment, and be forever grateful for the opportunity — no matter how far-fetched it all might seem. I want people to accept me for who I am. …
Dark comedy series Made For Love features a husband who has implanted a chip inside his unknowing wife’s head. This chip is supposed to bring two people closer together. Yet, virtually all semblance of privacy disappear as lovers share the same space and mental capacity — and it’s bound to have catastrophic relational issues.
Unsurprisingly, the husband uses the device to track his wife.
This idea is, in a word, awful. Here’s another word: fucking disgusting. Oops, I suppose that’s two.
HBO Max series Made For Love is aces… Putting a chip inside your partner’s head so you know what…
I love writing about movies and TV shows. I enjoy making statements through the characters… as the creators of the shows make statements through the characters. It allows me to unpack my thoughts, feelings, opinions, grievances, and angst — without writing a full-blown personal essay (which I also enjoy). For the past year, that has been my creative writing process.
Yet, as the country opens up and I become more comfortable sharing the same air as people in public, I’m anxious to write about real life.
I’m fully vaccinated. Up until a few weeks ago, all I could think about…
Writers love to talk about their trials and tribulations.
Heck, even movies portray how hard it is to write for a living, that writer’s block buries anyone who puts fingers to keys.
Writing is extremely rewarding, but it isn’t glamorous. It’s lonely, frustrating, mind-numbing, and you constantly question your abilities.
The 2020 comedy-drama Let Them All Talk features Alice Hughes (Meryl Streep), a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who sets sail to the United Kingdom on a cruise ship with her friends Susan (Dianne Wiest) and Roberta (Candice Bergen), and her nephew Tyler (Lucas Hedges). Alice can’t fly because of medical issues…