Day 70: Entering a Very Short Story Contest

Based on a bet-winning short story by Hemingway, “For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.” the Gotham Writer’s Workshop is sponsoring a Very Short Story Contest. Seems Hemingway was predicting the future, given the twitter-appropriate length of his missive. The contest requirements? Ten words or less. I should be able to handle that commitment, right? Let’s just hope […]

Day 59: Running on Empty

I’ve always secretly wanted tempt fate in this way…that is, as long as someone else was with me to walk to the nearest gas station. Anyway, running on empty wasn’t intentional. A friend and I were driving in the middle of nowhere, lack of cell phone reception, and mile after mile stretching before us without […]

Day 57: Writing a NYC Haiku

Reflecting off glass, His taxi passes by me– My tea, I savor. _________________________ Each day of 2014, I’m forcing encouraging myself to have at least one new experience (and chronicling it to keep it real). If you’re interested in why–though I can’t for the life of me imagine anyone would be that bored–check out the […]

Day 54: Writing a Fiction Amuse-bouche

Elton John. Sir. Past his prime; curdled milk.  Bloated, sweaty, warbling. Has been? Never been, as far as I’m concerned.  S*Q*U*A*R*E. Tiny Dancer is a cheese grater on my gray matter. A friend knows this well and upon entering his apartment he rarely fails to cue Reginald Kenneth Dwight. (Yes, Sir Elton’s real name is […]

Day 45: Sneaking Into a Movie

Today I finally got to see American Hustle. David O. Russell’s fabulous follow-up film to Silver Linings Playbook did not disappoint. Oscar material, to be sure. But, as you know, this isn’t a film review site, so I’ll move right on to my “new experience:” I snuck into a second film after Hustle finished. Yeah, […]

Day 44: Sending a Message to James Franco

This is a two-fer: (1) I followed the advice of readers who commented; and (2) I sent James Franco a message with links to my website. And guess what? He. Did. Not. Respond. What the…??? Shocking, I know. Downright scandalous! But..I can’t believe James would ignore me like that. It’s just not possible. Personally, I […]

Day 43: Signing Up for an Acting Workshop

I’m bitter. You may recall how I submitted an application to be an extra.  All I got back was a bogus email that was sent to thousands of other wannabes. Did I mention that I’m bitter? I just don’t understand why I haven’t been discovered. I mean, isn’t there always a need for the less […]

Day 32: Deciding to Train for a 5K

On the heels of my obsession with the Silver Linings Playbook film–which features miles of footage of Coop running not only to get in shape, but to help gain some control over his life–I’ve decided I need a goal to help me maintain motivation in my recovery. I feel like I’ve stalled a bit, and […]

Day 19: Applying for a Job I’m Completely Unqualified to Do

TV Cooking Show Needs Actor Ever dream of having your own TV show? [Yes! Yes, as a matter of fact, I do!] We can get you on the air with your own TV cooking show. Do you and your talent have something to say to the rest of the world? [No! No, as a matter […]

Day 18: Hovering Over Iceland

I’m on an airline site, hovering over the “confirm purchase” button. (Yes, that really is my finger). By now it’s pretty apparent from past posts that I really want to go to Iceland. Well, fares are lower than they’ve been for quite a while (I know this because I signed up to get fare alerts, […]

Day 16: Getting Called in for an Acting Evaluation

Remember when I put in my app to try and become a movie/TV extra? Well, I’ve already gotten an email to come in for “an evaluation.” Now, either I’m stunningly special and my application and photo *really* wowed them–beyond that of the 736,872 others they received that day–orrrrrrrrr it’s a big ol’ scam. Hmmm… that’s a tough […]

Day 14: Following in the Footsteps of Jennifer Lawrence

I wish… But, let’s face it; it ain’t happenin’… Surely, though, movies and TV shows have a time and place for a surgically-altered (altered, I said; not enhanced), not-particularly-talented, not-23 year old. Right? To this end, I’ve submitted an application to be an extra. Another new experience for me and an act of charity and […]

Day 12: Searching for Someone

We’ve all searched online for people from our past, hoping to catch a virtual glimpse of where they are and what they are now doing. (As well as how much they paid for their houses and what their spouses/partners look like.) Come on, admit it. You’ve done it countless times. Oh, for Pete’s sake, you’ve googled […]

Day 9: Giving Up Control of My Wardrobe

As as said in my post about letting someone else determine my coffee order, it felt kind of freeing not to have to make my own decision. All right, so it didn’t turn out so great… but the experience was interesting enough for me to want to try something similar. A friend told me about […]

Day 8: Entering Travel Sweepstakes

In hopes that excitement finds me (note to Universe: Here I am! Find me!), today I’m trying the following new activity:  entering online travel sweepstakes. I never do this sort of thing because of a paralyzing fear of SPAM that rivals that of my fetal-position-rocking-back-and-forth terror of Charlie McCarthy ventriloquism dolls. Naturally, I assume entering […]

Day 5: Letting a Complete Stranger Choose for Me

Sometimes it’s nice not to have to make your own decisions. Today, while standing in line for my coffee, I started to feel overwhelmed by the choices. Really, couldn’t it just be small, medium or large …and regular or decaf? I realized this was an opportunity to try something new.  I turned to the elderly […]

Day 1: Fastening My Figurative Seatbelt

Day 1: Starting A Blog that Chronicles My Daily New Experiences for 100 Consecutive Days Pushing myself to do at least one thing per day I’ve never done before and chronicling it? Nope, never dunnit… so…Day 1, check. Dang, that feels good. My figurative seatbelt is fastened, and I’m ready for my 100-day ride. ___________________________ […]