Yes, that's me in the subway ads

Just me checking the inventory at my candy store like a good small business owner.

Just me checking the inventory at my candy store like a good small business owner.

The headline says it all. If you live in New York and thought you saw me portraying a small business (candy store) owner in a subway station ad for Con Edison, then you were correct.

In other news… Is anyone else struggling to focus after the Thanksgiving break? I always set big goals for December, and I forget how challenging it is to stay on track when the holiday season rolls around. I’m such a creature of habit. I need structure and routines to feel like I’m thinking clearly and making progress. It’s hard when that gets upended. But I’m trying to stick with it and forcing myself to at least put the time in at my co-working space, even I’m a little unfocused. I heard Elizabeth Gilbert (maybe in a TED talk?) speak about the importance of showing up. That your muse will only come to you if you are regularly making time for it. Look it up. It was really great. (I would Google it for you, but that seems like an excuse for even more procrastinating.)

I’m nearing the end of a 12-week screenwriting intensive through the new Sundance Collab initiative. It’s been a really incredible class—way more valuable and interactive than I ever expected from an online course. I’m using the opportunity to break story and find a structure for a biopic I’ve been developing and researching about the first woman in Congress, Jeannette Rankin. It’s been really helpful thinking about my connection to this story and identifying bigger themes to help me find a way in. When you’re writing about a real person, it’s challenging to narrow down what parts of their life to include and dramatize. I’ve also found it challenging to figure out how to bring myself into this character, how to inject my own voice through the specifics of her life. I’ve greatly appreciated the exercises of this class and the deep thinking it has asked of me so far, and I’m excited by some of the new revelations I’ve made. (Even though it’s really hard this week… see the aforementioned part about holidays.)

On the general life front, I celebrated my birthday a few weeks ago. Putting aside the inevitable existential crises about aging and the passage of time, I had a great evening with friends, and I’d say overall I feel really happy about where my life is right now. I’m especially grateful for the community of good people around me. I also had a lovely Thanksgiving with my in-laws in the greater DC/Maryland area. I will say, however, that this was our first year not running the local 10K race on Thanksgiving morning, and while I was grateful to be spared the cold weather, I definitely missed the run. A holiday dedicated to eating is a lot more enjoyable when you burn a ton of calories first.

That’s it for now! Time to try and focus up on my work again. Check back for more soon!


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