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On babies

It occurs to me that while relatively few of my readers will end up becoming professional screenwriters, nearly all of them will end becoming up parents. So in that spirit, I want to offer a few suggestions to file away.

Oh, Jessica

I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way, because Jessica Alba couldn’t have actually said this.

Picking a last name

My husband legally changed his last name to August while we were pregnant with our daughter, so we’d all have the same last name. It’s made life a lot easier.

Backpacking through Africa

Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from visiting. A billion people live there, and you owe it to yourself to see what it’s like.

Should she take anxiety medication?

Jenny was prescribed anti-anxiety medication, but worries it will mess up her writing.

What’s the big deal with fonts?

Why do people rag on Arial and Comic Sans? Does type really matter?

Getting things done

Any system is only as good as the person using it. I’m largely GTD, but hardly a master.

Fix or ditch the car?

Should Nick repair or replace his 93 Oldsmobile Ciera before heading to Los Angeles?

Should I leave the island?

Sunny island or culturally-rich city? There are good arguments for both based on how old your kids are.

On Golden Handcuffs

Paul spent 29 years in a job too good to leave, and regrets it.

The rules of engagement rings

Jack wants advice on getting a ring for his wife-to-be.

Where do I eat lunch?

A reader wants to know my picks for casual restaurants in LA.

Advice on anything

This coming week, I’ll be answering questions completely unrelated to screenwriting or the industry.

On 2010

For the past few years, I’ve been aiming more towards “areas of interest” rather than true resolutions. That way, there’s no implied promise to be broken.

How to do college

New York Times writers offer suggestions for incoming college students.

Alternate with water

For every alcoholic drink, drink a glass of water. Trust me.

Use master lists for groceries and packing

You buy and pack most of the same things every time. So make a master list.

You can wash shoes

No, really. Most athletic shoes can and should be washed.

Getting your kid into preschool

For LA, preschool is the new college.

When you move, change the lightbulbs

No, this is not a metaphor for story structure. Change your lightbulbs!

Random Advice

A new series of posts will give advice about non-screenwriting issues.