novel really good actually It starts with Marriage and the end of the list. “My marriage is over,” explains Maggie. Or because he liked electronic music and difficult films about men in nature. Or because I didn’t. Perhaps the real problem is that Maggie and John “got hooked” after attending her nine weddings in her one year, and “everybody said we were geniuses in loving each other,” her 3,000. I decided to throw a “large party” that gave me dollars. But for whatever reason, at the age of 29, Maggie suddenly divorced.
Monica HazyBuzzy’s fictional debut chronicles Maggie’s dark, funny, and meticulously detailed breakdown, set against the backdrop of a health-obsessed world. But it’s also an ode to friendship, a reminder to cherish the people who text you when you’re freaked out in the middle of the night.
Monica, a Toronto-born writer and comedian, has written for TV shows like; Sitts Creek and working momsWe chatted on Zoom on a recent Saturday night and she is just as warm and funny as you’d expect. Share the best things to do after…
What made me want to write really good actually?
I went through a divorce at a young age and immediately wanted to write about it. I have found that if I want to be honest about my feelings, the easiest way to do that is to create an imaginary vessel. I have read and seen many depressing stories about divorce and heartbreak, and they resonated with me. It’s often funny in retrospect, but even that moment was so intense that something was wrong right away.
You’re writing a script for a TV show, and when you think of people writing TV shows, you imagine a giant conference table loaded with snacks. But writing a novel is pretty lonely. What was it like to move between these two modes of work?
People always give you feedback when you’re writing a TV show in a group. Laughter is an automatic response, so you can pitch something and honestly and quickly know if your idea is worth pursuing. On the other hand, when you’re writing a novel, it’s really just you…in your room…alone.
Writing a novel was unenjoyable and anxiety-inducing at first, but then it flipped. When you’re in the creative stages of television, it’s one thing when everything is possible and ideas flow easily within the group. But when it comes to production, there are limits on budgets, schedules, actors, and even the amount of daylight left. it’s much harder. Amazingly Generative He could have changed that after his creative experience with a plummeting utility. But novels can do anything. You can decide what the weather will be like. That freedom was empowering after I got over the utter fear of not just being myself on the page.
of Recent DAZED Interviewsyou said, “My working theory is that if you can write a good dinner party, you can write anything. What did you learn from her work?
I am obsessed with Nora Ephron’s eyes on people’s contradictions. She was non-judgmental and viewed contradiction as a natural part of being human. I think it’s important to understand that people don’t mean what they say. People withdraw what they mean. I think all characters should be nasty characters because all people are nasty people.
Do you have a favorite goodbye on screen?
one of You’ve got mail, Meg Ryan and Greg Kinnear both realized they weren’t hooked anymore. The tension is released and you suddenly burst into laughter and find yourself almost cheating. This comfort quickly returns to the relationship as they named the dynamic…even though the dynamic is “we can’t be together anymore”.
What helped you when you were stressed or unwell?
It’s hard to say, but exercise. Really helpful for mental health. I love spin classes in the dark. And meeting your best friend for dinner when neither of them are on the phone can be stress-relieving.One of the things he misses during the pandemic is going out with friends and letting them was to experience myself through the eyes of There is so much warmth and loving care in being with friends and feeling what they reflect. say.
I would like to talk to you about the role of friendship in your book. Many friendships actually last longer than romantic relationships. Yet friendship is considered secondary. Your novel seems to depict a lot of deep and unchanging love between friends.
I read a lot of novels about women I hated and about complicated women, and I realized that they all had no friends. I found it baffling because I have four exhausted friends. It’s a novel about someone going through a personal crisis, and I don’t think most people go through such a crisis alone.So I wanted to celebrate the role of friendship groups. , didn’t want to make them look like traditional rom-com friends who were only concerned with the main character’s love life. They don’t exist just to say, “What did he do?!?”
Is there anything your friend did or said when you got divorced that left an impression on you?
When I realized my marriage was really, really over, I told my friend Evanie. She came to my house within an hour with a bag of groceries. She was like, “Can we talk about it, we can’t talk about it, but I’m potatoing you.” She made this delicious dinner with smashed potatoes. Everything in my life felt like it was falling apart, but here were these perfect, crispy potatoes.
Let’s talk hair. Please tell me about the bangs.
I’ve always wanted bangs, but all the hairdressers I saw when I was a teenager wouldn’t give me bangs. They were very insistent that bangs don’t look good on my round face.When I was studying abroad, her friend Laurel had a short fringe and she said I liked it. I spoke to She asked if I liked bangs so much, why no bangs. I was like, “Oh, I don’t know if they’ll work with my face shape.” I’m 20 and have had it ever since. I cut them myself for a long time.
During the pandemic, I cut my hair with kitchen shears. I finally went for a professional haircut last month and the difference was dramatic.
When I started getting my bangs professionally cut, the insanity of my idea quickly became apparent. I liked God, I was so disrespectful about my hairdresser’s skills and techniques. I am stupid and stupid!
How do you take care of your hair?
Around the time of the breakup, I started receiving Instagram ads Edo Salon in San Francisco. They do razor shag like $800. I bookmarked a million of them and showed my hairdresser. I have always had wavy and difficult to style hair.But when i got the shag i found out i actually had a shag curly hair. The shag was a revelation as you can maintain a nice shape without too much effort.
What is your usual skin care routine?
As a ginger, I am obsessed with sunscreens.I Hello Sunday Invisible Sun Stick for all bags. I like that snail too.morning and then wash my facewear COSRX Snail Mucin Repairing Essence.
how is the night?
wash your face with Garnier skin active micellar water after that Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. I also use A313 Retinol Pomade before sleep.
I know who uses A313 Absolutely dedicated.
It changed my life – no more pimples! During the pandemic I was curious about retinol but I have sensitive skin. This is a step up from the average retinol but not like prescription grade retinol. and I was afraid of flaking, but the A313 caused no problems for me at all. Now I recommend it to everyone I know.
do you wear makeup?
Since it’s ginger, I feel like it takes a daily investment to make my facial features visible. boy blowMy best ever product is milk makeup highlighter stickEasy to apply and gives a very natural luster.i use benetint on my lips and cheeks and i swear charlotte tilbury pillow talk eyelinerA light brown that blends into the hairline of the eyelashes.
What about makeup for special events?
I love excuses to go crazy. I love bold lips. I love graphic liners. His teens on TikTok are doing great things and I enjoy stealing their ideas. Violet Makes my favorite liquid eyeshadow in many colors.
Do you have a drugstore favorite?
my friend claire turned me on red eye dropsAll I try to do on my face is fight redness. My eyes get dry and red, but clear eyes make me feel awake, present and human.
My last question is for readers going through a breakup. what advice would you give?
My main advice is don’t try to skip the worst part. It’s tempting to try to move on. So that’s basically what Maggie does throughout the novel. She’s trying to skip the part that makes you feel terrible.But you have to forgive yourself for being bad and be kind to yourself.And this part was hard for me.The second The part is not losing sight of the fact that one day you’ll be fine again. Hopefully someone will come and make the potatoes.
Thank you very much and congratulations. Monica!
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(Opening photo provided by: harry livingston2nd and 5th pictures Rachel Sherlock, the rest courtesy of Monica Heisey. )
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