Watch out, 2019...
Because the ISA named me one of their 2019 Top 25 Writers to Watch! Thanks so much to the whole team there for this honor!
I’m proud to say that I took my holiday time off seriously… and did nothing productive. I think it’s important to take a true break every now and then without feeling guilty about it. It’s a good reset button. After a solid two weeks off, I’m glad to say that I am back and SUPER READY to get to work. I have lots of exciting plans in store for 2019, and it feels great to jump back in.
Before I get too far, however, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on 2018. This year started in a very humble place, where I was making peace with whatever (little) career success I’ve found thus far and trying to focus on building a healthier perspective around my work. I’ve written about this stuff in past posts, so feel free to dig up my thoughts about managing rejections and focusing on process over external validation.
I got a lot of no’s in 2018. I MIGHT have won the most no’s out of my writers group, but the numbers and tracking got a little hazy. Suffice it to say, there were many. But despite all those rejections and perhaps because of my newfound focus on process, the year ended in a great place.
I now have a fantastic literary manager. We’re approaching talent with Scattering Jake, and my two amazing producers are making great strides on the project. I was named to two cool lists. I did a lot of hard work outlining my newest script through a Sundance Co//ab Intensive. Corinne and I are making great progress on a rewrite of our latest project. I went to LA twice this year, getting me that much closer to my bi-coastal dreams. I did two table readings of Scattering Jake. And I had a fantastic time at the Austin Film Festival and New York Television Festival with my amazing writer friends.
What else? Well, I attended a close friend’s wedding in Nashville and her bachelorette in Charleston. I got super into house plants. (I’m becoming a crazy plant lady.) I spent a lot of quality time with my husband. I threw my first ever murder mystery party and got out of yet another escape room. I had some solid beach days. My face showed up all over the NYC subway system. I acted in a fun short film. I had my first emergency room visit (I’m fine). I ate at a lot of fast casual restaurants. (Really, just like the same three over and over again.) I cooked a lot of subscription service meals. I ran a half marathon in the rain. I took and taught a lot of Bar Method classes. I got some super cute nail art manicures. I spent a lot of weekend afternoons exploring my neighborhood and had so many brunches. I crammed in way more friends than should fit around one table on my birthday. I fell in love my parents’ adorable new cat, Kimmie. I voted three times (in three separate primaries/elections… just to clarify). I sang Christmas carols. I took some killer naps.
No one knows what the future will hold. No one knows what amount of success will come or what opportunities await. But I have some amazing people around me, and that’s pretty cool. Thanks to everyone for a great 2018… and thanks for being there even when it wasn’t so great.
I hope to have some cool news, projects, and progress to share in 2019, and I will keep working hard towards all of my goals. I’ll also remember that life is short, and success can be fleeting. So much is out of our control.
Let’s all try to share a little more love this year.