9 a.m. I have to go into the “BoJack” offices for a meeting today. I also have my weekly phone call with my therapist. It takes about 45 minutes to walk to work from where I’m living, and it’s nice to walk and talk to him.
12 p.m. Work on my episode all day at Coffee for Sasquatch on Melrose. I’m definitely a headphones-on person in coffee shops, but sometimes I forget to even play music. I think part of me just likes the feeling of having headphones in; it’s like I’m preventing things from escaping out of my ears. When I do listen, lately my go-to writing music has been “A Seat at the Table” by Solange, Nina Simone and Mahalia. When I’m outlining and need more excitement, it’s “Acid Rap” and “Coloring Book” by Chance the Rapper, anything Janelle Monae, Tierra Whack, Raveena and Prince.
5 p.m. Haircut, in advance of South by Southwest.
10 a.m. My episode is due at noon tomorrow, so I work all day on it. I’m Postmates-ing food because it’s crunchtime, and I stay home and write. What I love about working on the last day of deadline is that it almost feels like everything else melts away. Having the deadline looming is almost like a clarifying thing for me. There’s always so much stuff that feels like it needs to get done, but on those days, it feels like everything falls away and it forces me to focus on the thing that is the most pressing. It’s a mixture of both peacefulness and stress.
4 a.m. Finished.
9 a.m. I have a call with my editor at Harper Perennial in the morning, where we talk about the batch of essays and ideas I sent her on Sunday. We go over what’s working, what isn’t and discuss ideas for ordering and structuring the book. It’s a collection of short pieces — small moments and discreet little things. For the most part right now, I’m in the process of writing them in disparate places. I’ll email some to myself, or write them down in a notebook or in my Notes app. It feels a lot like scrapbooking. I think it’s nice that I get to do that while I’m balancing a long-form screenplay that’s just one long story.
12 p.m. Pack for South by Southwest.
2 p.m. I go into the “BoJack” office. Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator and showrunner, and the writers have read my draft of the script, and they all discuss their notes with me.
4 p.m. I get a Lyft to the airport to catch my flight to Austin. During the ride, I take out my laptop — car office, woo-hoo! — and I review an audio recording from the notes session. I clarify and write comments on my script on what needs work and what needs to be edited, rewritten, moved around, etc.
6 p.m. Get to my gate. It’s three hours until we take off; I’ll spend the flight working on the new draft for my TED Talk and poking around at my episode notes.