I live in New York. I am a comedian, writer and actor. I also am an entertainment writer for VH1.com
You may have seen my writing on many other reputable websites (McSweeney's, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, xojane.com, The Hairpin, Splitsider, The FW, etc.). I also write crazy blogs about Game of Thrones, Magneto and Jeff Goldblum.
Over the past week, I’ve been using all the time I would be out drinking to work like a madwoman on freewrites and rewrites for a project I’m jazzed about.
Tonight, though, I hit a wall. I looked at my work and began to panic because all I saw was a hole that I had dug for myself by being too ambitious, too fickle and too insecure in my own writing ability.
So, I wrote an email to my future self that calmly plotted out how I could sort through the mess I had created.
Here’s the twist: rather than wait until tomorrow or next week or never to set this plan into action, I just fixed it all tonight. It’s fixed. I still have work to do and wrinkles to iron out, but I’m out of the hole.
I’ve done weeks and months of sobriety in the past, but when I was younger, I would get so hung up on the pleasures I was denying myself. This time feels a lot different. This time I’m focusing on all the things I can do for myself.
I can stay in the hole or I can climb out of it. So, I’m climbing.
We get it, Shailene Woodley. You’re better than all of us and the only person who will survive the apocalypse because you sleep in a tree.
I spent only $13 today (on breakfast, lunch, mid-day candy, bubble bath and a raspberry iced tea lemonade), took that damn fucking bubble bath and now I’m kicking back and debating how much writing I want to do before I watch an episode of House of Cards and go to bed.
I don’t know Emma Straub personally, but I know now that she understands why I own Season Two of Project Runway on DVD (and we agree on the Flower District Episode being a masterpiece).
I’m entering the smug-as-fuck part of my journey. I survived my first weekend sober with ease and am not only feeling super healthy, but it is so good to save so much money.