Author Archives: Anna Davies

Crushed in the Cubicle: 5 Ways to Get a Promotion

Crushed in the Cubicle: 5 Ways to Get a Promotion

Don’t you hate that corporate ladder metaphor speak, where we’re all supposed to pretend our goal in life is to climb higher and higher until we bonk our heads on the still-in-existence glass ceiling? Me too. But still, we’ve all gotta start somewhere, and if you feel like you’re on the very first rung of a very shaky ladder, here’s how to fast-talk (and walk!) yourself up a couple well-deserved rungs in 9-5 world. More »

Fan Fiction: An Encounter With Angelina Jolie

Fan Fiction: An Encounter With Angelina Jolie

She didn’t look like other moms on the playground, I realized as I shaded my hand over my eyes and squinted across the park in the West Hollywood recreation complex. She was tall and thin, her long hair loose over her shoulders, wearing all black, even in the 90-degree heat. She was watching as a dark-haired boy darted around her. Occasionally, she’d race after him, which was so different than most West Hollywood moms I’d observed, who, if they were at the playground at all, would mostly be gossiping with other moms or squinting at their iPhones.

“Hey, Satchel, want to play with that boy?” I asked, bending down to talk to my 5-year-old charge, the daughter of a friend-of-a-friend of my sister in law. I wanted an excuse to get closer, to find out who that woman was. If there was one thing I’d learned in my one week in Hollywood, it was that everything was an illusion. More »