Inspiration ~ BEDM

I can’t believe I’m so close to the end of BEDM! Today is the last real prompt as tomorrow is more of a summary of the month, so today is the last day that I am going to really struggle (because struggle I did) with what to write.

The prompt for today is Who Inspires You? I contemplated writing a similar post back in March, on International Women’s Day, but I found it really hard. Apart from the obvious answer of my mum, I couldn’t think of anyone else that particularly inspires me. So today, I’m going with a few fictional characters that I look admire.

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I’ve gone on and on about my love for Mindy Kaling, but for now I’m going to talk about my love for her character on The Mindy Project, Mindy Lahiri. She’s a successful gynaecologist, respected by her colleagues, she’s not always lucky in love but she always stays true to who she is, and isn’t willing to settle for any man who is not worthy. She knows that she should do more exercise, but she’s healthy (she “fluctuates between chubby and curvy”, dontcha know?), and she’s definitely someone to look up to. I adore her.

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So of course, it’s probably a bit of a cliché to profess love for Lizzie Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, but I don’t care. There’s a reason why she is so beloved, and that’s because she is awesome. She is spirited and independent at a time when women were expected to be anything but. She won’t marry Darcy when he first asks, because, well frankly, he’s a bit of an arse. She doesn’t take any crap from Lady Catherine, who is one of the most frustratingly irritating characters in all of Austen. She’s wonderful.

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If I can shoehorn a West Wing reference into a blog post, believe me, I will. I’m not going to get into a discussion here about Sorkin and women, that’s for another time and place. Here, I want to say that CJ Cregg is a force to be reckoned with, a woman who climbs to the top of her profession by being capable and kind and wonderful. She is funny, she is clever and she is clumsy. She is attractive and tall. And I still want to be her when I grow up.


Right now, I am mostly…

Playing : Do you remember the quiz show Wipeout? It was presented by Paul Daniels and then Bob Monkhouse, and it was ace. Anyway, Richard and I played out own version of it on Twitter yesterday, where he had to guess which Lost actors were making it onto my future Tuesday Treat. It ended with an “Oh Jane” from him, as conversations about famous men so often do.

Watching : I’ve been watching The Mindy Project online, at the US pace, but at the same time, I am watching it on e4 when it airs on a Tuesday night. The truth of the matter is that I often watch the repeat of the e4 episode if there’s nothing else on at the time. So I have seen many episodes three times. I’m not ashamed. I adore Mindy Kaling, and I adore the show.

Reading : After a couple of months of feeling like I wasn’t getting any proper reading done, I feel like I’m finally back on track. I reviewed Chaplin and Company by Mave Fellows over at Hanging on Every Word, and I finished another book yesterday (a Harlequin romance!). I’m not onto An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin.

Five Lines ~ BEDM

As I mentioned yesterday, I am taking part in the Blog Every Day in May challenge, and as today is the first of May, it starts here! The first challenge is to write five lines about yourself and share a photo; I’ve decided that instead of making these five general things about myself, they are going to five specific things about me today. I think they’ll probably tell you as much about me as five general things would!

 I didn’t take this photo, but I do love it – me and my two nephews being silly after a fun afternoon in the park.

I just realised that it has been about a week since I last had a cup of tea. This wasn’t a conscious decision, it has just worked out that way. I’m remedying it now!

I’m currently listening to Only You by Yazoo. It’s one of my favourite songs, but I constantly have to remind myself that it’s not a Christmas song. For some reason it always puts me in mind of December!

I went for a run this morning, and was stalked by a dog for a while. I pretended to be super cool about it but I was totally panicking inside and just wanted it to stop.

I watched an episode of The Mindy Project earlier, which I am completely in love with. Last week I dreamt that I was best friends with Mindy Kaling.

The tweet I got from Richard Osman is still visible in my @ column on Tweetdeck, and whenever it catches my eye, it makes me smile!

Are you joining in with BEDM? Leave your links in the comments and I’ll be sure to check them out!

US Television Week ~ US Preview Part II

I’m back with the second part of my preview of new shows premiering in America in the next few weeks. Today, it’s The Mindy Project and 666 Park Avenue.

The Mindy Project



Premiering: Tuesday 25th September at 9.30PM on Fox

Main Players: Mindy Kaling (starring, writing and producing), Chris Messina, Anna Camp, Ed Weeks.

Premise: Mindy Kaling plays Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN who is making her way through life, trying to make her love life as successful as her professional life. Messina and Weeks play her love interests, and Anna Camp plays her best friend.

First up, a confession: I have only seen Mindy Kaling in The Five-Year Engagement. This is not what she is famous for. She’s famous for being first a writer, then an actor, and then an Executive Producer on The Office. She has written a book, she blogs, and now she has written and is starring in a sitcom of her own. She’s an accomplished, funny lady.

So The Mindy Project, coming on the back of all that, looks really good. It looks like a romantic comedy film in 22 minutes each week, and, because it’s Mindy Kaling, it’s probably going to actually be funny in a way that many romcoms are not. This is the only new comedy that I am interested in watching this year, so the competition isn’t exactly fierce, but this looks like being one of the best new shows of 2012-13.

No news on a UK channel as yet, but e4 seems as though it would probably be a good fit.


666 Park Avenue



Premiering:  Sunday 30th September at 10PM on ABC

Main Players: Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Williams, Dave Annable, Rachael Taylor

Premise: Annable and Taylor play a married couple who move into a Park Avenue apartment building as managers, having been hired by the owners, played by O’Quinn and Williams. The trouble starts there, as they begin to witness supernatural occurrences that put everyone in the building in danger.

Despite having never watched more than about four whole episodes of Lost in my life (that’s currently changing; I’m making my way through the first season), I was always a bit of a John Locke fan. Terry O’Quinn is also a West Wing veteran. So that was one reason to be interested in 666 Park Avenue. And then I watched the trailer and realised that it’s probably going to be a lot of fun. I am not a huge fan of thriller/horror type films, but I can usually cope with them on the small screen.

The main problem with a show like this is that it seems hard to imagine it working past one season; there needs to be some solving of mysteries in order to maintain interest in the long term. However, 666 Park Avenue is based on a series of books by Gabriella Pierce, of which there are currently three, so it seems as though there is some mileage in the story, if it works.

It seems that ITV2 have the rights to this in the UK, though they haven’t confirmed when it will air.