On October 15, 2011, I moved back to my adolescent bedroom with $300 to my name; on October 1, 2012, I moved into a Bushwick apartment I’d recently signed a lease for, once more a proud, productive member of the American economy. In between, I freelanced extensively for a number of publications, usually on a daily basis — my math is very shaky, but I estimate I published somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 words in that time span, some of them terrible, some of them not-terrible, but all of them paid for. Over the last year several people have burnished my ego by telling me I’m the only one amongst our age group whom they know to be making a full-time go of the freelance thing, which is sort of hilarious/terrifying because I fell into it accidentally and had never taken the time to think about how I’d gotten to this position. Here is my stab at some of that thought process, though I’m sure I’m forgetting plenty.
(DISCLAIMER: Things I have been wrong about include the long-term viability of Kreayshawn, the candidacy of Francois Hollande, the importance of chemistry between the 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers, the subversiveness of Odd Future, etc. I am wrong a lot, and if anyone reading this has found a better way to do the things I’m writing about, great! Please chase that. But this has generally worked for me, and thus I will share it with you.)
This has been so insightful.
Everything seems to take longer today—I almost want to push off the weekend for an hour or two so I feel like I have everything in order! Here’s what’s getting me through:
It seems like Abduction is trying to make a big mystery out of who plays Martin Price, Nathan’s (Taylor Lautner) biological father who’s also a super spy. During his phone call with Nathan, we see only his nose and mouth, and briefly his face from a distance.
But that’s where the filmmakers made a big mistake (or embedded the means to figure out this Easter egg): They chose an actor with an extremely distinctive scar on his upper lip.
Morning: Screw up Kate Winslet article by not doing enough research on Tony eligibility and what shows she might be able to do (the latter because I just don’t have enough knowledge about theater). Feel stupid since I want to be a playwright.
Afternoon: Catch on to the fact that Melissa McCarthy is doing well in our Most Viewed, write up a post about her, get tons of pageviews.
You win some, you lose some, right?