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Saturday, October 10, 2009

NBC should hire me.

If you know me or follow me online, you've heard about my obsession with rain. It's pretty, it's cleansing, it makes coming inside after a walk a lot more rewarding. And although I feel like I'm taking my favorite weather's name in vain, it needs to be said: ATHENS IN THE RAIN CAN BE DEPRESSING AND BORING. It's seven o'clock on a Saturday, and the streets are vacant but for a few overdressed girls scrabbling for things with which to cover the hair they pointlessly straightened. It feels like everybody in the whole school either went home for the weekend or is in hibernation. Ordinarily, I would graciously embrace the excuse to hide away and write with a cup of tea, but I haven't really gone out in weeks. I've caught up on so much sleep in the past couple of days that now I'm antsy and wired. As Cora Corman would say, I want to dance!

Unfortunately, an hour has passed, and I've done nothing but watch Pam and Jim's wedding for the fourteenth time. While it's mildly insulting to my badassitude to be in love with something everybody constantly talks about (no Miley jokes!), The Office is truly a wonderful show. It's really fulfilling to watch two characters you've been following for years finally end up together and perfect.

I can't think of many jobs I'd rather have than writing for TV. I get the feeling I would love the environment of collaborating with smart, funny writers, and having enough anonymity that I could hide behind the actors but still make people laugh. How do you go about becoming one of those writers? Does NBC hire teenagers in the midwest who write cocky blogs about internet culture and the mundane details of their lives? What if I offered to bake them cookies?

Anyway, last night's celebration of Erin's birthday was rather slow and boring, thanks to the constantly nagging precipitation. We went out to eat, talked for a long while at my favorite coffee shop, and ended up parting after we stood under umbrellas for an hour trying to think of something to do. After watching Flight of the Conchords until all hours of the night, I woke up later this afternoon, took a long shower, and went to the hookah bar with Michal and her new roommate. (She recently moved out of the hot pink mess of a triple she shared with two Playboy bunnybes. Get it? Like "wannabes," but bunnies.) It was pleasant. Nothing spectacular. I came back to my dorm because it was freezing and my flipflops were creating toe-sicles, and Michal went to take a nap. She's had enough now, don't you think? I agree. Time to go find some fun.

Sexy: While we're on the topic of television shows with good writing, I'm going to devote today's Sexy, once again, to Glee. Lea Michele is a little brunette bundle of talent and beauty. "If there are two things America needs right now," her character said in last week's episode, "they are sunshine and optimism. Also angels."
Unsexy: The fact that I'm starting to feel a little bit homesick for the first time since moving in six weeks ago. "I'm Jess-sick," I told my best friend through a text message tonight. "What a coincidence!" she responded. "I'm jurassic." Don't try to make sense of that-- it just shows off her affinity for terrible puns. But seriously, with jokes like that, how could I not miss her?

Chipotle burritos this year: 32
Bagel Street visits this school year: 4
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Bye, guys! Hopefully I'll see you tomorrow. <3

35 comments:

loveacrosstheocean said...

I too have watched Pam and Jim's wedding episode more times than I really needed to. I could really see you as the next Mindy Kaling, Hayley. Although I'm not sure if cookies would work, maybe brownies? But in all seriousness, have you thought about collegehumor? It's not The Office but it's a start and I'm sure they offer... stuff to aspiring comedy writers. Just a thought.
<3

Holly said...

I think your writing would suit scripts! Sort of like the whimsical Doctor Who humour...
Hmmmm I might go and watch some Doctor Who now. Hope you find medicine for your homesickness :)

alyson said...

If you're serious about getting into writing for things like television shows you should definitely check out this blog: http://hollywooduniversity.blogspot.com/

My friend Jessica, who writes for television along with her husband, runs it and it's pretty good and really helpful. Just thought I'd let you know!

Enjoy the rain, it's freezing here and definitely feeling like I won't be wearing just plain ol' tshirts anymore this year.

Stefan said...

Haha! No Miley!

perhaps people should say that instead of No Homo.

Stefan said...

oh and you should just start writing TV scripts.. with your video knowledge you could get some actors together and put on a real production. Could even get people on youtube to be involved.

Maybe an official DFTBA Records sitcom. I'd buy a season pass to that.

Rachel said...

You would totally win them over with a batch of homemade snickerdoodles :P
Seriously though, I think being a TV writer would suit your style nicely.

Have a lovely weekend =)

P.S. It's not always a bad thing to be homesick, but I hope you'll be in better spirits soon Hayley!

Ravenclaw2313 said...

I love the idea of a DFTBA sitcom! I think that would be really entertaining. It would give aspiring writers and actors a place with the musicians that DFTBA Records already supports.

Reading your blog and Kristina's makes me wish I'd gotten into The Office. Well it's never too late right?

traderbob11 said...

As HGH RESPONDS would say "Lets Dance".... your video beats the hell out this Cora Corman thing.

Advice..advice...for Hayley...Is Saturday Night Live still running? Send them some of your videos every week as auditions. This way we get to see you on the show and you get to write your own lines.

Wanna be?

See ya Hayley

Eddy said...

I think you should write television scripts. I would still expect a novel from you at least every two years. Maybe you and Kristina could write as a team. Both of you are great writers.

I've had a busy week so I finally got caught up on The Office today on hulu. I too was excited about the wedding and watched it twice!

Now it is Saturday night. Get out of your dorm and have some fun!

Sarah Badger said...

I actually attended a publishing panel this week for work and one of the panelists was TV writer/show developer/misc. jobs involving TV writing. He's worked for some of the major networks and discussed in great length how one "becomes" a TV writer. I thought of you. I should send you my notes or something. He said having a portfolio that includes things like well-produced YouTube videos, self-made/Independent films and other such things are helpful. And internships. And agents. And spec scripts! Yay.

Gomezzio said...

Oh Hayley, you're making me miss Jess, and I don't even know her!

...I know, that sounded creepy.

By the way, do you follow any of the Glee actors [slash] Glee characters' twitters? They're hilarious.

Emily said...

I'm not sure if they hire quirky girls from the midwest ... but I definitely think they should.

I would watch that show. =]

shakethedust said...

That episode was so perfect. I love Pam and Jim.

Scott said...

I'm just about to start watching the Office from the first episode because I need to get caught up so I can watch their wedding. That's what my life has turned into.

Also, thank you for blogging today. It's the Canadian thanksgiving this weekend, and I'm stuck at university. My friends from school have all gone home, my friends from home are all together playing Balderdash. Basically, I have never felt more alone, or resentful that I go to university on an island in the pacific. I needed a pick-me-up, you delivered. Hopefully, I'll see you tomorrow. <3

jessmcfadden said...

Haha!! Your unsexy is funny. I like it. Of course, I also MISS YOU.

Elizabeth... said...

Admittedly I've only been at Uni for two weeks and not 6 but this weekend seemed crazily dead too, nearly everyone went home and I found myself finally having time to read back a load of blogs and watch videos that I had sadly neglected.

pancakegirl said...

She does not update anymore, but if you want to write for tv jane espenson had a blog completely devoted to how to write scripts and break into the business. http://www.janeespenson.com/ Its really interesting stuff and she is a really funny writer, just like you... she's written for Buffy and Gilmore Girls. =) (plus her development deal is with NBC!)

Rosianna said...

Ah, it must be the time of year for a) rain and b) people to be going home while you're still at uni. Not to mention c) missing your best friend.

Rawr. Time to bury myself in literary theory (and then perhaps a sneaky reread of favourite parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows after dinner).

Kristina said...

I cant even tell you how many times I've wished Cora Corman were real.

rachelmaaa said...

I would definitely watch a TV show written by you. I don't know about quirky girls from the midwest but everyone loves cookies right? ...and is it bad that I laughed out loud at the 'Jurassic' joke?

Leah said...

I... you do realize that writing for TV is an obsession of mine, right?

If you're honestly interested, read Jane Espenson's blog!

http://www.janeespenson.com/archives/00000007.php

That's the first entry. She's absolutely brilliant-- like John Green levels of brilliant-- and you'll never look at TV the same way after hearing what she has to say.

marchhatter said...

been seriously watching Flight of the Condors as well I mean Flight of the Conchords.

Sarah A.F.Mow said...

Oh Hayley, once again your blog fills me with wonderful bubbling joy; like Dr. Pepper, but without calories but not like the diet kind, freaking gross. Anyway, I think it would be super sweet to write for NBC. I mean they are the home of all the best comedies; 30 Rock, SNL, the office, Parks and Recreation (I guess? this show is growing on me... Also, Fred Armesan is on next week...)etc. You could be like Liz Lemon (Tina Fey's character on 30 Rock) and let's be honest, it's every nerdy girl's dream to become Liz Lemon. Well, I know it's mine. Thank you, for making me smile once again =)

Jackieh :] said...

Ahh, Pam and Jim. I'm pretty sure that
all I've done since Thursday is re-watch it over and over again. They make me feel overbearingly single. Well written romance for the win. I could totally see you writing for places like The Office. I think you could probably win them over with Girl Scout cookies.
Hope you stop feeling homesick!

I hope you know that your blog has given me an extreme case of senioritis. And I'm a junior. Damn you! :)

Anonymous said...

the office = <33333333

RachP said...

Oh yes!

I read your blog from England and we've not got that far into your version of the office! I was totally holding out for a Pam and Jim reunion and now there is hope for my romantic dreams... I will be even more glued to the tellybox now!

Anonymous said...

Are you going to see John Green when he is Columbus next Tuesday?

slinkyT1991 said...

I love the rain to.

Your blogs are so good.

Simon said...

"@KristinaHorner is the most BADASS woman ALIVE. I'll shout it from the rooftops: I hope a certain boy trips and breaks his face. Yes, him."

Is that nerimon you're referring to??
I thought you liked him! And I thought their break-up was amicable! What's he done wrong? I like nerimon. :(

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toastburntbread said...

My bestfriend and I use the phrase:____ withdrawl, with one of our names in front of it. I know how it feels to be "Jess-sick", in that sense.

Nokorola said...

I would totally watch a show with you on the payroll.

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