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From Seeing Stars to Hospital Visits

I”M HOME! And while I may not see this as a good thing, you all should. Why? Because that means you’re finally going to get a blog post out of me. I’ve been getting messages about this one for over a week now… you guys are impatient! (I say this with love.) 

Most of you already know that I was in Los Angeles last week. If you know that, you also probably know at least a little bit about what I was up to. And if you don’t, no worries, you’re about to know! Continue reading “From Seeing Stars to Hospital Visits”

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Shonda Rhimes Master Class: Halfway There

A lot of you have been asking about the TV writing class I’m taking online and since I’m exactly halfway through it, I decided to share a little bit about what I’ve been doing!

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When I signed up for the class, I really had no expectations. I’d never taken a Master Class before so I had no idea what it would be like. Part of me thought it would be one video, maybe an hour long, and then I’d be on my own, while another part of me thought Shonda would walk into my house and start teaching me. (Rationality had already left me at that point.) Instead, what I’ve gotten is a network of amazing writers, so many resources I’m still trying to work my way through them all, and unbeatable advice from the Queen of Television herself that I wound’t have gotten anywhere else.

A lot of you already know I’ve written a full pilot script for my “TV show” (it’s in quotes because I know the probability of it ever making it on screen is about 0.2) but I didn’t really talk about how I got to that point. So, let’s go through the lessons, one by one, and I’ll walk you through my brain for a few minutes! Continue reading “Shonda Rhimes Master Class: Halfway There”

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Summer 2017 Book List

Happy Wednesday! I got a request last night for this post, so instead of waiting until Monday, I decided to go ahead and get it our for you today. If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you’ll know that if I’m not writing, I probably have my nose in a book. And since it’s summer, I’m by the pool with my nose in a book. Someone asked for a post with recommendations so here it is! These are some of my favorites, all by female authors (because that’s my form of resisting the patriarchy, duh.) Leave any more suggestions or requests in the comments and I will get back to you! (All descriptions are from google books if you want to read more!)  Continue reading “Summer 2017 Book List”

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.24 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 24: Ring of Fire (Written by Stacy McKee)

First off, I want to say thank you to Jerrika for breathing life into such a complex, strong, badass character for the past five years. We will all miss you and Stephanie Edwards. And Stacy, what a beautiful ending you gave her. (More on this later!!) I have said it every time and I’ll say it again: every time I see your name as writer, I know I’m about to have one hell of an hour, and this one did not disappoint.

So, back to normal. This review is going to be spent mainly inside Stephanie’s head. I’m going to try to work through her thoughts and fears in the next couple of minutes, and if you could all play along with me, that would be great.

“When life forces us to do something impossible, an explosion happens inside the body. A rush of hormones blasts through us; making us stronger, making us faster. Biology overrides fear and that makes the impossible possible.” -Meredith Grey

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.23 Episode Review

Well, my European adventure is over and that means it’s time for real life! First up is this post because I know you’re all antsy for it to be posted.

Season 13, episode 23: True Colors (Written by William Harper)

“There are moments when all the stars align, when everything seems as it should be. Your life seems to have sorted itself out. It’s not like all our problems go away, it’s just that the problems are suddenly manageable. You feel so good you wonder if it’s real, and if I’ve learned anything, I can tell you, it is. It’s very real… but it will not last.” -Meredith Grey

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.22 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 22: Leave It Inside (Written by Elisabeth Finch)

As soon as this episode started, I knew people would have some intense reactions. Why? Because the first thing we see is Meredith hauling the tumor on the wall out of her bedroom. That’s sacred MerDer property right there… it’s big. If that right there doesn’t set the scene for Meredith in this episode, I don’t know what does.

I’m going to keep up with the whole writing from a character’s perspective, but there’s too many storylines going on in this episode to choose one, so we’re going to go with Meredith, Alex and Arizona. And let’s go ahead and start with Meredith.

“Our skulls protect our brains. Our ribcage guards our hearts. The body is built to protect our most vulnerable parts. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.” -Meredith Grey

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.21 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 21: Don’t Stop Me Now (Written by Andy Reaser)

So… I’m back. This review was posted three days ago and I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. Anything you see in red has been added today (May 1). I set this review up almost like a test, to see how many people could hold more than one perspective and unfortunately, most of you failed. So, let’s go back through this episode from Meredith’s POV. 

DISCLAIMER: This review is going to be different. I’m not going to be so gentle on Meredith Grey… why? Because right now, I’m Maggie Pierce. And she’s pissed. I’ll pull a little bit of Meredith Grey sympathy at the end but don’t quit on me before you get there!

So, I put up a poll on Twitter and asked you guys if you’d like this new format. For the last episode review, I focused on Meredith’s perspective. I got inside her head and wrote my review that way. And I think it worked. (Oh, you missed that review? No problem! Click here!) So, that’s what I’m going to do this week, only from Maggie’s perspective this time. My twitter feed Thursday night was full of Maggie hate. That’s when I knew this is how I wanted to handle this review. So, here we go! Continue reading “Grey’s Anatomy 13.21 Episode Review”

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.20 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 20: In The Air Tonight (Written by Stacy McKee, Directed by Chandra Wilson)

Have I ever told you how much I love bubble episodes? I think it’s because they’re easier to review since it’s one plot line I’m dealing with instead of seven… it makes my life easier. And this one just happened to focus on Meredith which makes it 10x better. Welcome aboard everyone! Continue reading “Grey’s Anatomy 13.20 Episode Review”

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.19 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 19: What’s Inside (Written by Tia Napolitano; Directed by Nzingha Stewart)

“Curiosity killed the cat. It also killed a lot of ancient Greeks when Pandora had to open that box full of death and pestilence and stuff. Why do we have to know what’s behind door number three even when we’re pretty sure it’ll be bad for us?” -Meredith Grey

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.18 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 18: Be Still, My Soul (Written by Meg Marinis; Directed by Ellen Pompeo)

First thing’s first: how amazing was Ellen Pompeo’s directing debut? I’ve been waiting for two weeks to write this review and the day is finally here! Seeing this episode at PaleyFest was such a treat, and then getting to hear Ellen talk about her experiences was inspiring to me and so many others. So before I get into the review, I just wanted to say to Ellen, thank you and I can’t wait to see you directing again next season.

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12 Life Lessons I Learned from Grey’s Anatomy

So, Grey’s anatomy aired the pilot episode exactly 12 years ago today. I haven’t been watching steady since 2005, BUT I clearly remember watching this first episode live… it was LIT for my eight-year-old self, let me tell you. In order for me to pay tribute to something that’s been in my life for so long, I decided to write about 12 things the show has taught me over the years, whether it’s from a character seeming to outsmart death more times than I can count or a character who wasn’t as lucky (RIP George O’Malley). So, here we go! Continue reading “12 Life Lessons I Learned from Grey’s Anatomy”

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Grey’s Anatomy 13.16 Episode Review

Season 13, episode 16: Who Is He (And What Is He to You?) (Written by Elisabeth Finch) 

Ok, so last night we all saw #JaprilTheSequel and I’m sure there were squeals all across the country. It was really weird hearing Jackson doing the VO but it’s a bubble episode, what do you expect? Here it is:

“Freezing. Choking. Getting tongue tied. It’s what we call it when your mind goes from brilliant to blank. You can prepare all you want, but the feeling can still hit you out of nowhere. So when it hits you, when your mind shuts down, when you open your mouth and no words come out, the good news is, it happens to all of us.” -Jackson Avery

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