What can I say? This has been a busy season! Seasons. Do you also feel the same?
Let’s start with the theater news.
This September, I was accepted as a lyricist for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, the “premiere training ground for emerging musical theatre composers, lyricists, and librettists.” This two-year program has lovingly spit out many talented people over the last 50+ years: alumni include Alan Menken, Jeanine Tesori, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and many others. So! Now I’m writing a lot of lyrics! Got any good rhymes? Carrier pigeon them over to me.
This August, I was one of four writers chosen for the One Co. Writers’ Residency. I escaped to DoLittle Farm in New Jersey for five days to work on my play “Old Hollywood.” I wrote all day, ate delicious vegetarian fare at night, and delighted in the company of kind and talented people who make art for a living. I remain grateful for the experience and to Nick Demos and Francine Bizar for providing me this creative outlet.
“Old Hollywood” was also a semi-finalist in the ESPA Drills reading series, and I workshopped it in a summer playwriting class at ESPA Primary Stages with Page 73 Artistic Director Michael Walkup. This one’s nearly ready to be buttoned up!
Earlier this year, my monologue “Kidnapping Oprah” was performed at the ESPA Detention Series at Cherry Lane Theater by the wonderfully talented Brittany Jo Sowards. I’m currently developing this into a full-length play as well.
Brass Ring Daily, my weekday newsletter about work, creativity, and the very best YouTube videos I can push onto friends and strangers has grown to over 400+ issues and 2,200 subscribers. I’ve made dozens (hundreds?) of new friends all over the world and this medium has continued to inspire my other writing. If you’re interested, you can take a peek here.
On to the journalism front.
I’m consulting three days a week at MONEY magazine as a writer-slash-editor, and this involves having delightful conversations with people like Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Alton Brown, and human wrecking ball of positivity, Terry Crews.
I’ve been having a love affair with email batching—I try *very hard* to corral my responses to noon or after 6pm—and wrote about it for the New York Times Smarter Living section. I also wrote for Smarter Living about how to construct the perfect email subject line (complimenting the other person never fails!). And I wrote about how to stop being late to everything (easier written about than done…).
For TED Ideas, I wrote about how to be more hopeful, how to build closer relationships, and how to introduce yourself so you’ll be unforgettable.
For Bon Appetit’s Healthyish, I went on a bone broth diet and stuff got weird.
On the Brooklyn beat, I wrote about eating many (too many?) lobster rolls at the Lobster Roll Rumble, how to get stuff done (but not turn into a monster), and went inside the new members-only Dumbo House.
Oh, and I covered the annual Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center—so many incredible stories at the intersection of journalism and theater. Highlights included panels with Terry Crews, Julianna Margulies, Margaret Atwood, and Viola Davis.
This October is also the 10th anniversary of the “insane” launch of The Daily Beast, where I started my career as a culture intern oh-so-long ago. Lots of fond memories—and a cameo by yours truly—in Tina Brown’s memories of 2008.
I think that’s all?
That’s probably not all.
But that’s all for now!