bekah brunstetter
Bekah Brunstetter I care deeply. About a lot of things. Like really, really deep. Ow
playwright in brooklyn, NY

Writing from Home

February 20th, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

TV writing is actually only like, 30 percent writing. It’s a lot of sitting in a room Breaking story with other writers. Please note that ‘Breaking’ is just a term, and when Breaking story, nothing is actually Broken, except on bad days, maybe Hopes and Dreams and Confidence and Plans. But then, a few times a season, you are what we call ‘On Episode,’ and YOU GET TO WRITE FROM HOME. Please note that you are not actually physically ‘On’ your episode and less you print off what you have so far and just sort of sit on it, in hopes that it finishes itself. Every TV writer, or at least most, or at least, definitely the playwrights? longs for this sacred time, when you actually get to WRITE, to be at home, to stand in your kitchen and eat a pickle for a very long time, to look at Pants online, to speak to your animal, to spiral quietly, to never get dressed. Please note that technically, ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE WRITING.

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Women and Women

February 18th, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

I must share this scene from a few weeks ago, as nothing is more fascinating to me than how Women interact with other Women who they don’t know in High Pressure Situations. Okay, there might be other things that are more fascinating to me, but it’s maybe like, two to three things. IN MY DEFENSE, this is the first time I’d been pulled over since I moved to LA, so in like eight years. NOT IN MY DEFENSE, I got pulled over for having expired tags, which I truly hadn’t even clocked, nor do I ever think I about things like ‘tags’ and maybe there is a warrant out of my arrest.

So I get pulled over, and I truly am not sure why, and out of the giant California Highway Patrol SUV steps a VERY NICE LOOKING YOUNG WOMAN, I’m sorry to gender her, but I swear to you, she was exactly the nice girl from high school who never made fun of anyone and played Volleyball even though she was kind of a slight sort of girl and would earnestly wish everyone Merry Christmas! and not at all pressure you to come to her church Sunday, but instead just sort of casually mention it. This girl (woman) in full CHP attire approaches my car.

OFFICER: Do you know why I pulled you over?

ME: Stacy? Is that you?

OFFICER (very bad ass and professional): You have expired tags. I looked you up. You haven’t paid your registration since May 2019. We can impound your vehicle. License and insurance and expired registration please.

ME: (truly flummoxed) What? I had no idea, I’m so sorry, let me just —

I earnestly root through my glove compartment.

ME: here, I think this is the right — I don’t know, I’m so sorry, I should’ve — I didn’t know —

STACY (softening): It’s just a 25 dollar ticket. It’s really not a big deal. And it’s easier if you pay it online, you don’t have to wait.

Me: Okay. I’m so sorry.

STACY: No, I’M Sorry.

ME: DON’T BE SORRY STACY, YOU’RE JUST DOING YOUR JOB

STACY: AND SO’RE YOU, YOU’RE DOING YOUR BEST

ME: STACY YOU HAVE GREAT SKIN

STACY: DO YOU WANT TO GO TO NORDSTROM RACK

ME: YES, FOLLOW ME THERE

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Normal

February 16th, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

Every time Morrison and I are standing on any sort of beach (this weekend, Rancho Palos Verdes) this happens.

Me: Will you take a picture of me? Go over there and I’ll stand here, and be normal. Just take a picture of while I’m looking normal but also not when I’m looking like I want to be normal looking. Just capture that moment.

‘NORMAL’

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Boo

February 14th, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

Dreamt I hadn’t found him yet, so I was wandering around the world searching for someone to love me, shouting at anyone who would listen, I AM 37, I NEED SOMEONE TO COMMIT TO ME, I NEED SOMEONE TO TAKE ME SERIOUSLY, woke up, remembered I have him, and that I always will; took him to breakfast, watched him eat a chorizo burrito; Loved.

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SHOW BUSINESS

February 12th, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

Attn: all industry colleagues: I just realized we’ve been doing it all wrong. We’ve been sleeping on the term ‘Show Business,’ we’ve been letting it die. When asked what we do, we say we are writers, actors, directors. Next time someone is like:

Someone: So what do you do?

Be like:

You: I’m in SHOW BUSINESS!

Someone: Cool! I’m a human rights lawyer.

You: …Well I’m in SHOW BUSINESS!

Don’t be sad when the human rights lawyer walks away. Just keep shouting SHOW BUSINESS! Until someone comes to Network with you.

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Oscars so Icelandic

February 10th, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

My favorite moment from last night OTHER than Parasite winning three awards INCLUDING best film becoming the FIRST foreign film to win best picture in the 92 YEARS of the Academy’s HISTORY and other random capitalized WORDS was when this Icelandic music fairy, Hildur Guðnadóttir, won for best composition for her work on Joker:

If you’re not blessed like I am to have an Icelandic person in your life, like I am with my dear grad school buddy nugget of LIGHT Magie Takyar, here’s a perk: literally every time you meet an Icelandic person or perhaps see one win an award, you are reminded of your friend, as all Icelandic people seem to share a nature, a spirit, a history. Sure enough, Magie immediately texted me that she in fact knows Hilda. Of course, because they are all brilliant, and they are all One. Find you an Icelandic friend TODAY! (Hilda is probably slammed; Magie is mildly available, when she’s not making movies (http://www.margret-seema-takyar.com/) or feeding her child.)

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Do the Things for the Emergency

February 8th, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

Morrison wakes up slowly in the morning, and over time, like a regular person. I tend to wake up mid-sentence, already doing and worrying about things. This morning as I spiraled to him about something, he said calmly,

I’m not thinking about that right now. I’m still waking up.

Me: Okay, But what if you didn’t have TIME to wake up? What if you woke up and there was an EMERGENCY?

Morrison (chews his breakfast with measure, then:) I would do the things for the Emergency.

THERE YOU HAVE IT. As long as you know with confidence that you are capable of Doing Things for the Emergency, TAKE ALL THE DAMN MORNING TIME YOU NEED.

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Torn

February 6th, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

I want to delete my Facebook account, as it’s a time suck / complain-y place / Russian Robot, but if I delete it, WHERE WILL I KEEP ALL OF MY PICTURES FROM SEVEN YEARS AGO? How will I remember being a tiny person bathing in a Hot Spring in Costa Rica?

Or the time a waterslide at said hot spring resort in Costa Rica gave me a concussion?

Or the time on the trip when Julien and I went kayaking but I was too hungover to move and thus Julien had to do ALL of the kayaking?

How will I remember anything? With my MEMORY BRAIN? BUT I WANT TO USE COMPUTER

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DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK IT’S WEIRD

February 4th, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

That we don’t have the Iowa Caucus results because an app crashed? That it’s kind of unsettling that results are being counted by an app? Does anyone else imagine or at least WANT it to be thousands of tiny George Washingtons and Martin Luther Kings and Florence Nightingales that count our election results, methodically, ethically, with their tiny hands? JUST ME, AND ALSO ALL OF YOU? GREAT, LET’S ALL GET TOGETHER AND RISE UP AGAINST COMPUTER OH WAIT IT’S LISTENING

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SPORTS SHIRT

February 2nd, 2020 by Bekah Brunstetter

In honor of Annual of Very High Stakes Bean Dip Sportsball Day, I present to you this Obvious Plant Sportsshirt I got Tim for Christmas:

I LITERALLY HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM THIS HAPPY EXCEPT FOR MAYBE HIS WEDDING. I THINK I SPORTS SCORED POINTS!

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