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A Tribute to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Back when Brendan and I were dating in NYC in 2004, he worked at The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. He started as an NYU intern, got hired as a production assistant, then moved up to the writers’ assistant. While we were dating, I got to go to the show, meet the staff, and go to […]

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An Introvert’s Guide to Networking

I think this Daria GIF pretty much says it all. When I was a kid, I was so shy that I used to hide my face under a couch pillow when adults came over to the house. I once dressed as a silent ghost for Halloween in second grade and talked to no one, not […]

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In the TV Writers Room: An Interview with Jessica Gao

I first met the lovely, talented, and general badass Jessica Gao when she worked with my husband, Brendan Hay, on the awesome Nickelodeon TV show, The Mighty B! (It’s no longer on the air, but the main character was voiced by the super talented Amy Poehler, so you know it’s good.) Ever since then, I’ve […]

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TV Writing 101 with Brendan Hay

I am a very lucky lady because I’m married to a super talented TV writer and I wanted to share his tips and advice for writing for TV. Yes, he has a long list of amazing TV credits (The Simpsons, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Robot Chicken, The Mighty B!) and been nominated for […]

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The Positives & Negatives of Getting an MFA (or BFA)

One of the top questions I get from readers is whether or not they should attend an MFA writing program. In high school, I knew I wanted to be a writer so I applied to every writing program in the US. I was accepted at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts dramatic writing […]

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5 Simple Tips for Networking as a Writer

I’m a shy person by nature. There’s a reason why I write—I like to express myself through words/hide behind words. But here’s the thing, if you want to be a working writer, you have to come out of your shell. I’d go to readings, networking events, and conferences and basically psych myself out of talking to anyone. […]

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Winning and Losing as a Writer

When my husband, Brendan Hay, told me that he was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Short-Form Animation Program for his writing on the Christmas Special for Robot Chicken, I nearly busted a gut. I pretty much told everyone on the planet that my husband was up for an EMMY (!!!) and got […]

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Balancing Work & Writing

I recently was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Hyphen, a San Francisco-based Asian American magazine, about being a full-time magazine editor and writer. Hyphen online Q&A editor Rachel Filipinas asked how I balance my time to juggle both careers. And often, my blog readers ask me the same thing. I wish I could say […]

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Interview with writer extraordinaire Brendan Hay

Full disclosure: Brendan is my husband. And he’s an amazing writer. I’m not just saying that cause I married him. We first met at NYU in our sophomore year of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts. He graduated a semester early, interned at The Daily Show, became a production assistant, then a […]

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