Boy, this year is trying me, but this is a day of thanks, regardless of origin. Plus it’s a super easy blog prompt to fulfill my second blog of the month.
Quinn, for being supportive throughout my awful year and for being patient when teaching me video games that I refuse to pay attention to on my own
The Good Place, for being such a good show
The web series community, for embracing me and teaching me about craft and career
Twitter, for introducing me to such rad people
SeekaTV, REVRY, and Brooklyn OnDemand for distributing my indie film projects and making me seem more legit than I am
The absence of roommates, because living alone with just Quinn is THE BEST
The McElroys, for bringing fun and humor to my commutes and my dark days
Tumblr, for being so supportive of Ace and Anxious
My family, for being unconditionally supportive and for believing in me
My friends, who in many ways
are my family, for keeping me sane and buying me beer when I was broke.
You know the drill, friends- what are YOU thankful for?
First of all, the new season of Stranger Things was excellent. #SteveTheBabysitterForever. Aside from a few nitpicks (Eleven being too ancillary to the plot, her weird midseason field trip that influenced literally nothing, etc), I found myself with only one major issue: Eleven/Jane and Max.
Light spoilers ahead.
Continue reading “Other Girls Are Not My Competition (Stranger Things Season 2 Thoughts)”
I’ve been kind of a bummer all year, huh? Well, in an attempt to put things back into perspective for myself, I thought it might be nice to list all the GOOD parts of my year so far.
Ace and Anxious
Finished post-production! It’s a real thing!
Won “Best Screenplay” at London Indie Fest
Won “Best Comedy” at the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival
Won “Best No Budget Short Film” at the Wales International Film Festival
Got accepted by a bunch of other festivals as well
Premiered online to an incredibly positive response, especially from asexual Tumblr and Reddit which is validating.
Some members of Tumblr and Reddit asexual communities have thanked me for giving them the media representation that they’re so lacking
Got picked up for distribution by REVRY
Won “Best Original Idea” from the Web Series International Trophy
Got picked up for distribution by
SeekaTV Got nominated at a few other film festivals
Released new extended universe mini series “dusk of the dead”
Was the subject of my first-ever article accepted by
The Financial Diet Was a Stareable Staff pick (BEFORE I worked at Stareable) that screened at their first NYC screening event
General creative stuff
Wrote and filmed a new web series season: Sam and Pat Are Depressed (coming soon!)
Relativity, my friend Chris’ web series I executive produced (among other things), won “Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy” at the Minnesota Webfest
Released the Brains extended universe mini series “dusk of the dead” that I cowrote with my buddy RJ
Promoted to “producer” for my buddy Pablo’s web series Stray
Was hired as a producer for the web series The Mother Lode
Hit 200 subscribers on YouTube
Wrote a new comedy pilot that I’m really proud of
Wrote a bunch of weird short film scripts
Had a super fun table read of a short film I cowrote with my buddy Colin
My Bechdel Test vlog became my second most popular YouTube video of all time (over 2k views)
General personal stuff
Moved in with Quinn in our first solo apartment
Did you hear me? I NO LONGER HAVE ROOMMATES!! (no offense to any of my former roommates)
I celebrated my four year anniversary with Quinn
I made a bunch of new internet friends through the web series community
I made a bunch of new friends (many of whom are FROM the internet) in real life
Discovered the McElroys and all their wonderful podcasts
Saw My Brother, My Brother, and Me live
My friend Ellen came and visited me in New York, after not seeing her for like four years
Obviously more good stuff happened, but it’s useful to see it all laid out. This year started well, and a ton of awesome things happened during it, and I should remember that.
September was the first month I couldn’t pay off my credit card bill in its entirety. I’ve only had a credit card for a year, having previously only used my debit card, so that isn’t saying a TON, but still.
Editor’s note: this is not a pity blog, it’s simply an update. Please don’t panic, family members- I made this mess, and I have lots of options to clean it up. Continue reading “A very transparent and vulnerable conversation about money and privilege”
Photo by Michele Austin
I’ve been complaining all year about not having made anything of my own in 2017, but this weekend, that all changed. Somehow, in less than a month, me and the smallest crew I’ve ever worked on pulled together an entire web series, from script to production. Literally, this show did not exist, even in abstract, two months ago. It’s called Sam and Pat Are Depressed, and I’m really frickin’ excited about it, because it’s totally different from anything I’ve ever done. It’s nine episodes, one room, two characters, and hopefully worth a couple laughs.
Continue reading “Sam And Pat Are Depressed (and just wrapped their first season!)”
I celebration of Brains getting picked up by
SeekaTV, I decided to do something totally unexpected and write about Brains on my blog! I contain multitudes. This is a blog about why, specifically, I’m bummed about not getting more seasons. Warning: spoilers, obviously, so if you haven’t watched Brains yet (or you’re due for a rewatch), why not give it a go, right now, on Seeka?
Continue reading “Alison Sumner and the Unreliable Narrator”