Liz Tuccillo’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over

Okay, so y’all know that we LOVE Sex and The City. In fact, we were so desperate for a Carrie fix that we chose our fave episodes in celebration of the premiere of SATC2 last year!  So when we discovered that Liz Tuccillo, one of SATC’s writers, had written a novel, we knew that we just had to get our hands on it.

So we’re thrilled that Liz is sharing her 5 Do’s and a Do-Over with us today. She was a writer on the two final seasons of Sex and the City.  After that she went on to co-author the bestselling book, He’s Just Not That into You, which went on to be a major motion picture produced by New Line Cinema.  She created the television show Related for the WB, before traveling the world and writing her first novel, How to Be Single. She has recently finished writing and producing a new webisode for Warner Brothers titled Paul the Male Matchmaker.

And we LOVED How to be Single.  It’s smart and funny and will make you want to call up your best girlfriends for happy hour!  Order it today!

After Julie Jenson, single New Yorker turned anthropologist, has a historically bad night out with her friends, she decides to cash it all in and hit the road. From Paris to Brazil to Sydney, Bali, Beijing, Mumbai and Reykjavik, Julie travels the world to find out if anyone has a better idea how to handle this whole “single” thing. Julie falls in love, gets her heart broken, sees the world, and learns more than she ever dreamed possible.

Back in New York, her friends are grappling with their own issues—bad blind dates, loveless engagements, custody battles, and single motherhood. Through their journeys, each woman fights to redefine their vision of love, happiness and a fulfilled life.

Be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win one of FIVE copies!  We’ll choose the winners on Sunday, April 10th after 6pm PST.

We think you’ll love her 5 Do’s and a Do-Over.  In fact, we are going to give #2 a try this week!


5 DO’S

1.  Try to learn something every day. Rent a documentary instead of seeing that romantic comedy one night.  If you travel, make a point to learn a little about the history of where you’re going.  If you read something in the paper you don’t understand, go online and research it.

2.  Go one day not saying anything nasty about yourself. See if you can do it.  Go about your day as you normally would, but just when you pass that mirror and are about to comment that you’re too old, or too fat, or how much you hate your hair… stop it.  At work, if you make a mistake don’t call yourself an idiot.  If you eat too much at lunch, give yourself a break and just decide to enjoy it.  Just for educational purposes, try to remember how many times you wanted to be nasty to yourself.  I’m sure it’s a lot more than you’d like it to be!

3.  Make a movie. We all have a little Meryl Streep or Martin Scorcese just trying to get out.  So get your video camera or flip cam (or even cellphone at this point) and be a filmmaker!  Get all your friends to act in it.  Or just interview a family member, like your mother, who’d you’d love to capture for posterity.  Edit it on one of the inexpensive programs they have now.  (Many laptops already have one installed.)  Have your own special film festival!

4.  Have a pot luck. Nothing is more fun than a dinner party with friends, but sometimes the thought of it can be overwhelming.  But with a potluck, you share the work and the fun!  Pick a theme, like “tapas” or “Northern Italian” and invite people to cook a dish from that region, (organizing by appetizer, entree, side dishes and dessert.)  For the non-cooks, invite them to bring alcohol from that region or provide the music from that region — or just a good appetite.  It gives everyone something totalk about, and you’ll come away some great recipes and a great time!

5.  Take a child to their first play. Whether it’s Broadway or Community theater, there’s nothing more fun than watching a child experience their first live performance.  You come off looking all generous and thoughtful, but in the end, you’ll have the most fun of all.


I’ve lost loved ones to illness, and I am still haunted by feeling like I didn’t do enough for them.  I guess I would like to have that time back.  And also to be better in the future.

Thanks Liz! xoxo, L&L

To read more about Liz, head on over to her website.  And is this where we officially beg her to set up a Facebook or Twitter page?  C’mon Liz!  Your fans are dying to “like” you!


62 Responses to “Liz Tuccillo’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over”

  1. Shannon

    I LOVE #5! I would even expand it to anyone. Growing up my parents always took me to see atleast one performance a year and I still make it a point to go when I can. This year I took my boyfriend to his first 2 performances (Million Dollar Quartet and Les Mis) and it make my experience better sharing it with someone who had never been! Great Idea!

  2. Colleen Turner

    Wow, I thought her name was familiar! I really liked He’s Just Not That Into You and I am a HUGE fan of Sex and the City!!! This book sounds great and the cover is GORGEOUS. Thanks for the giveaway :)!

  3. jpetroroy

    If those are her credentials, this must be fantastic! Thanks!

  4. Stephanie S.

    I love #4 and #5. I will have to put them on my “do” list!

  5. Susan

    Sounds like a GREAT book! Can’t wait to read this one. :)

  6. Alison Fees

    These are all wonderful Do’s and a Do Over. I can totally agree with all of them.

  7. Jenny Campbell

    How To be Single sounds a very helpful guide to todays society where the number of single people is on the increase… I try to do a list something like this every day myself and the first two are on it …got 3, 4 and 5 to cross off . Looking forward to it!!! xxx

  8. Jen R

    I will never forget the first play I took my daughter to (the Nick Jr Live show). She still talks about it a year later

  9. Lauri

    This book sounds great. I wish I could read as fast as my “to read” list grows.

  10. Michelle

    I definitely need to read this book. I am a gypsy at heart and wandering to find answers is right up my alley.

  11. Kim

    Love the cover! Am really looking forward to reading this fun, amazing read!! Thanks for the contest.

  12. Klarissa

    I love Sex and the City, and I can’t read the book, it will be on my too read list for sure, I would have to agree with number 4 and also number one, learning something new everyday is a good thing because when you do then you are expanding your horizons, and potlucks are just fun overall because you are able to bring different types of food and bring it all together and share it with others.

  13. Shannon J.

    Oh I loved He’s Just Not That Into You!!! :) and I love the do’s!! Such good advice!

  14. Kelly

    This book has been on my list of books to buy for months. I just have a huge pile of books already bought that i need to get through. When i first heard about this book, i thought this book is a must for me.

  15. Emily F

    Wow what a great “5 Do’s and a Do Over!” I think that #4 is fantastic. I love the idea of having a themed pot luck. Thank you for this opportunity!

  16. Nancy H

    Putting it on my to-read list right now. This book sounds great!

  17. Kirsten

    Go a FULL day without saying something negative about myself?? That just might be impossible….but really desirable.

  18. Tiffany D.

    I love her do-over. I feel the same way. My grandmother passed away a few years ago and she was in the hospital for a while and I didn’t go see her. I couldn’t handle it. Then when I finally got over myself to go, she was really bad off. She ended up dying less than an hour after I left. I have always felt so guilty about not going earlier when I could have had the chance to talk to her one last time.

  19. Mary Ward

    I think we should all go one day without saying something bad about ourselves. I think we all do it even in the smallest way. I like that and am going to try and stick to it.

  20. Marianne

    Sounds like another good book!! What else is new? ,! Please add my name to the give a way? I definitely need a course in speed reading!! Can I win one here?!

  21. Karin Erickson

    I have always loved Sex and the City. It always made me and my friends feel that we were never alone in all of life’s journeys. And….when I saw “He’s Just No That Into You”, there were so many key points in that movie that made me have my “AH-HAAA” moment!!! I love the Do-over # 5 because I actually saw my first play in NY about 5 years ago. (I wont reveal my age!! LOL) And because I loved it sooo much, I am taking my niece who will be 14 in June, to her first trip to NY and to see the Lion King. Gotta pass on the memories….. :)

  22. Jonessa

    All of her do’s are great and I 100% agree with them. As for her do-over I can completely relate. My mother died when I was 16. There is a fight I always remember from when I was 9 or 10 that I wish I could do-over. Can’t wait to read this book.

  23. Nina Priddy

    I haven’t read He’s Just not that Into you, I would love to, and this book souds intriging, too ! I would lOVE to win it!!

  24. Nina

    How To Be Single! Love it! Boy, I’ve BEEN single so long it seems I could certainly benefit from learning how to do it better! :P Hah hah. :)

  25. Kathy

    Sounds like an interesting read… can’t wait to try it!

  26. Betsy

    It seems I will always be single so this book sounds very interesting. Def’ a must read!

  27. Michele

    I really like #1. Try to learn something new everyday!

  28. Pam Asberry

    Great list. #2 really resonates with me; I keep reminding myself to treat myself no differently than I would treat a cherished friend. And I like #4. A potluck would be fun!

  29. Jennifer Sharp

    Looking forward to taking my 4 year old son to his first play.

  30. Jessica

    I will definately be trying number 2 this week! but i loved her number 5!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  31. Melissa

    Liz, your 5 Do’s could not be any more perfect! I have found #1 to really stand true for me! I have recently become addicted to documentaries and have learned so much (I highly recommend the Cove , Food Inc., And Wasteland) ! I will be graduating this May and will be taking a trip to Vegas with my girlfriends shortly after. After reading the short synopsis of How to Be Single I have decided that it will be my book of choice for the trip : )

  32. KLM

    I LOVE the potluck idea! I could ask my guests to each bring a different salad, and I’d furnish all of the wine and cocktails we’d need for the evening!

  33. Jean Shen

    Love the title! Sounds like an awesome read. Another author to add to my to read list!

  34. Jennifer C

    This sounds wonderful! I love SATC and this books sounds fun! Will need to check it out if I don’t win it!
    Also, I apprecaite her Go one day not saying anything nasty about yourself. That is something I need to take to heart. I seem to be so positive towards others, but so negative about myself. Thank you for that Liz!

  35. Belinda

    I love all of your Do’s! Life they say is not about what you did – it’s about what you didn’t do.

    I sure hope to win!

  36. KMcElroy

    If I traveled the world after every heartbreak, I’d have a 5-ft high collection of passports! LOL. But, love finally came knocking at my door. Thank God!!

  37. karenk

    a great list :)
    thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel!

  38. Novelicious

    Thanks for this – it’s such a great feature.
    I especially love the idea of making your own movie, what a laugh that would be. And a screening party! Great excuse for beers and popcorn x

  39. anji

    A bunch of great ideas, thank you! The book sounds great, too :)

  40. Marian

    I’ll go for the do-over, too. Our relationships are so precious and we never know how long we will have those people for. So important to cherish them while we can.

  41. Leah L

    Looks great. I’m going to try and work on number two.

  42. Charin

    I came across your site for the first time this week and have you marked in my favorites now…good stuff! :) Thanks for the chance to win.

  43. Jayne Hannah

    I am changing an old habit each month to experiment. This month is hard, as I am not buying any books! SO, therefore I am finding ways of receiving – that’s not buying. It’s worth a try.

  44. Kelly

    I love Sex & the City….in fact I just watched 2 on HBO. I can’t wait for it to come on again. Love #2 because I think we can all relate to that. As far as a do-over…can certainly understand the feeling of not doing enough for an ill loved one.

  45. Kristin

    Traveling is one of my favorite things in the world, so i have a feeling i would love this book! Oh and pot luck bbq’s, we do them on a reg. basis with friends!

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