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I was eight years old when I came home and announced to my parents that I was going to be a writer when I grew up.
For years after that (admittedly crazy) statement, life as a TV writer was nowhere on my horizon. (Any childhood dream of moving to HOLLYWOOD!! – fearsome land of the flashing lights and brilliant stars — was definitely more predicated on the idea of growing up and marrying Leonardo DiCaprio vs. any actual thought that I could grow up and actually write for the small screen…)
See, I grew up without watching much TV. I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver were usually playing at my grandparents’ house, and my fam watched Lois & Clark like clockwork. A few later years, my deep and enduring love for Smallville could not be overstated. But outside of that? I was much more of a books girl.
But there was a show — The Show.
On weekends, whenever we could find reruns, my dad and I would sit and watch Star Trek.
I had no idea in those random moments how much my entire future was getting laid out before me — a future TV writer of the sci-fi persuasion. I just knew that I loved hanging out with my dad and watching A City on the Edge of Forever, The Trouble with Tribbles or Mirror, Mirror. We watched that show for years together — and still do. (The last time my dad was in LA, we sat and watched City for probably the millionth time.)
And so tonight, sitting in London on the writing adventure of a lifetime, I find myself sad.
Leonard Nimoy has passed away…
Even typing that feels just a little impossible. I’m sorry — that makes no sense. What??? Decades before I was born, he was creating this weird little show with so many others, imbuing life and humanity into this odd, seemingly emotionless creature. He was the other, the outsider, the one who just didn’t understand. He railed against our emotions, against our seeming lack of logic, against everything that was wrong with the way we humans went skipping about the galaxy. And we loved him for it… he was our voice of reason in this new world we so desperately wanted. He was Mr. Spock.
And it was this weird little show that made me love sci-fi. It was this weird little show that made me feel like maybe I wasn’t alone, that even if all my friends hated all things sci-fi and nerd-culture while I loved it, that I’d be all right. I could be me, and let them be them. It was the beginning of Lynn The TV Writer, and I didn’t even know it yet.
So tonight, I’m a bit quiet and a bit reflective, thankful for all of the people who created the worlds that inspired me to create my own. We were never meant to make it alone — we are all here because someone else went on ahead of us and said — The hell with convention. Let’s make it awesome.
Where would we be without them?
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I’ve said it over and over and over… mostly as a joke — but seriously, if someone can figure out how to do this, could you let me know?
I wish I had more hours in my day!!!
But there it is, 24 hours, day in and day out. (Except for the day you take Virgin Atlantic’s awesome London-LA flight after a kickass round of meetings. Then your day is 35 1/2 hours long and you STILL don’t get everything done you wanted to get done. I think there may be a life lesson in here somewhere…)
The days and weeks and years will go on regardless of whether we are hopeful or hopeless, whether we are patient or impatient, whether I write or do not write. And on one level, that feels completely suffocating — time will go on whether we want it to or not. But at the same time, I think there can be great freedom in that — October and November and December are going to come, 2015 and beyond will come — and maybe I’ll be really glad that I wrote that one page all those months ago, because TODAY, it matters. And I guess today that it did matter.. and I hope that somehow, in some weird way, that this is encouraging for you as well… time marches on, but what you’re doing MATTERS.
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I’m on a blogging hiatus for the time being. I decided to make it official rather than just blipping off the radar and letting my blog wither away into nothing. My blog is a space that I dearly love and can’t wait to get back to, but my current crazy (and I love it) life is keeping me away from really devoting the time I’d like to.
My blogging hiatus started accidentally. I let a week go by after my last post, and then two. Life got in the way. And then life got so busy I barely knew up from down. And while my life is calming down again, I realized that I need to recharge my creative brain before I dig back into this form of writing and sharing.
I have so much I want to say – and so much I will be saying. Soon.
But in the meantime, I’ll be recharging.
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Let’s just talk for a second about how much I love that Hillary Clinton has a sense of humor about herself, her accomplishments and her life.
I know the internet exploded and everyone started talking about her bio when her Twitter went live. And with good reason… her bio is awesome on every level.
My very favorite piece of her entire bio comes from this:
Because seriously – if there’s anyone in the world who might possibly be able to look at her life and say: Okay, I’ve accomplished some pretty amazing things… I could probably take it easy for a bit, it would be her.
Instead, she’s publicly announcing that she’s not perfect. (Perfect by it’s very definition seems to include finished.)
She’s publicly announcing that she’s incomplete – and it’s a moment of strength for her.
Politics aside – there’s something really awesome about the idea of living life with a TBD at the end of your bio.
There’s always something more coming, just around the corner.
You’re not done learning yet. You’re not done growing.
Your very worst mistakes don’t have to live as the final word on your life. You get tomorrow to start fresh.
You’re still to be determined…
What are you going to do with that?
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After so many months and so many episodes – our Season 2 Finale is here! Check it out –
It has been a fantastic season, and we’re so proud of what we’ve created. Love you all!
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Summer Glau and Sean Astin are back! Seriously – don’t miss this one. And then next week – the finale!
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