An Ode to 2017 (And Readers Like You!)

I went to Incline Village near Lake Tahoe! It was cold!

2017 was a weird year. It was devastating in ways that didn’t directly affect me, and yet they did. That horrible person in the Oval Office represents the fact that a human like me, a woman, a Latina, a first generation child of immigrants, is hated by a significant portion of the country I call home. It’s sickening. I walk down the street and see someone with a MAGA hat and I avert my eyes and feel fear. It’s an emblem that says that this person hates everything I am. This is the year that hatred was put in office, but at least it gives me comfort to see so many people speaking up and fighting, like the people of the #MeToo movement and the DREAMers. It makes me fight too.

On a more personal level, however, 2017 was the year that my life got turned upside down and my wildest dreams started coming true. It was the year I left behind the healthcare industry and moved on to entertainment, working as a PA at Dreamworks. The only reason I was offered an interview was because someone had read my work on Medium and thought I was smart and talented and deserved a chance. Sure, I had to prove myself in the interview and in the months after that, but the only reason I ever got in there in the first place was because someone read my work on this website that I love. I will never get over that. It’s too magical.

Thanks to your support and your engagement with my work, I’ve seen other accomplishments too. I started getting paid for my writing, both on Medium and on sites like The Towner. I was awarded a UCB Diversity Scholarship. My satirical publication Lady Pieces hit 10k followers, and we’ve built a community of dementedly hilarious writers there (plug for Lady Pieces!). I was able to start taking screenwriting classes at Dreamworks and get advice from professional writers. My dreams of writing, both in essay book form and for TV and movies, actually seem like they can solidify now.

2017 was the year my dreams turned into goals.

So for 2018, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and learn as much as I can. I’ve been a bit less active on Medium lately, but that will be sorted out soon. See, I accidentally spilled a healthy serving of orange soda on my laptop, and then I did everything you’re not supposed to do in that situation. I didn’t turn it off. I didn’t flip it upside down. I pretty much just went “uhhhh” and then Googled what to do for the damaged laptop on the damaged laptop. So now I’m out a MacBook, but I think my next computer will be something like a ChromeBook. The MacBook was nice for college but now that that’s over, all I do on my laptop is write and watch Netflix. If you guys have laptop recommendations under $300, let me know!

Anyway, thank you for reading and for always supporting my work. I don’t really like tooting my own horn that much (look at all the cool things I did!), but I feel like in order to thank you guys properly I should list all the cool stuff I was able to do thanks to you. 2017 was crazy, and I’m sure 2018 will be just as exciting!


Ellie Guzman is a writer in Los Angeles whose resolution is to update her website more. You can support her laptop fund here.

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