Recent Addiction & Projects

Titus

I had a temporary addiction to autobiographies/memoirs written by celebrities like:

  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  • The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
  • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
  • Scrappy Little Nobody Anna Kendrick
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

I don’t know if they’re technically supposed to be called memoirs or autobiographies, but I couldn’t stop reading them. It’s almost like hanging out with them. But I also have to question whether they actually wrote it or if a ghost did it for them. That’s a writing joke: ghost writer. Get it?

Anyway, I usually pick up the ones I “know,” as in, I’m familiar with a lot of their work i.e. I love everything they appear in. It started with Bossypants by Tina Fey because I think she started this trend, and a friend from film club raved about it, and he was right to.

My most recent readings have been Mindy Kaling’s two books. I like her and many of the celebrities I’ve chosen to read because I have confidence that they wrote their own books because they are writers of their shows or material (i.e. Lindsey Stirling and her music composition).

My latest obsession: The Mindy Project which is the reason I picked up Mindy Kaling’s books, and I regret nothing! I loved them. She is my spirit celebrity (like spirit animal). Basically her new famous take on life is pretty much how I would respond to being famous. How I wish McDonald’s would gift me with their gift cards themselves!

My Own Projects

Speaking of memoirs, lets talk about mine! Just kidding! but I would like to take some time to talk a little about my current projects.

I opened up a document from Jamie and Ryan, my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel the other day, and I wrote about a sentence and a half. Since reading about military dogs and gaining a job working with service dogs, I have added a service dog to that story.

A few days later, I remapped some of the story scenes, but the story is changing for the umpteenth time. I’ve even played with the idea of using this new version for NaNo this year, but I want to work on it now, so I will still need to find a new NaNo.

Excuses for my Lack of Progress 

  • New job to prove myself worthy in
  • Still working old TV job
  • Watching Smallville and other shows via Netflix AND Hulu
  • The new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I didn’t think I would have the time for a while, but I’ve picked up a fiction book again. I finally found the first book to a series where I only owned the middle two our of the four. They’re not clearly marked, and I bought them from a Borders’s closing sale.

I can’t promise I’ll be able to keep to my biweekly routine, but I sure will try.

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My First Time with Aziz Ansari

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

My first audio book, and he gives me flack about it. Ha! Funny story, I requested this and the physical book version from the public library along with Tina Fey’s audio book and Amy Poehler’s audio and physical book. This one just came in first.

Of course I only decided to listen to these audio books because they’re comedic memoirs read by the people I love who actually wrote them. Other than that reason, I may have never popped an audio book into my CD player.

This book by Aziz Ansari is less of a memoir and more of a sociological journal of Ansari’s research with a mix of his comedic wit. I may be biased being a sociology major, but it’s a book that applies to everyone with a lot of interesting finds on today’s dating world, especially with the existence of match making technology. Plus it’s Aziz Ansari.

While some of the text is a little textbook-ish, it’s still some interesting stuff, and it’s presented in a hilarious way. I think this should be a textbook assigned to sociology majors, and it would easily be one of the most talked about among them. “Ooh! Did she assign you guys ‘Modern Romance?’ That was my favorite. I got an A on that essay.”

Now this was just the audio book, and a lot of my review is influenced by the fact that Aziz himself was reading to me, and it felt like he was telling me a story, and I loved imagining that we were bffs, but reading the actual book myself will be a whole other experience. And I’m excited to see all the charts and graphs myself. Nonetheless, the material was still interesting, and I recommend this audio book and the physical one to everyone.

My own thoughts on modern romance: I don’t judge anyone who relies on technological match making for their romantic successes. I’ve seen it work well, but I’m old-fashioned, and I have a little bit of faith. I believe if it’s meant to be, it will be without me forging it through an app. By that I mean, I’m not ready to settle down, and I never will be, but should I be without realizing it, I believe the universe will tell me.

I’ll probably be running my foster based rescue, and he’ll be one of my biggest fosters, and we’ll go halfsies on a giant house for all of our interchanging fosters and live happily ever after.

I just got an email saying the Tina Fey’s audio version of Bossypants is ready for me, so next up, hanging out with Tina Fey.