Saturday, November 5, 2011

November 2011: The Month of Lists...

I love a good list. They're quick to compile, somewhat gratuitous, and completely indulgent of my OCD and my ADD at the same time (how? they're quick to compile, which means I can bounce from one to another as soon as my attention span drifts, duh!). I have often lamented the use of too many lists in this blog, though, fearing being labeled as lazy or uninspired. But then Mindy Kaling declared her own love for them (and even coined a new term for the more involved (read: lengthy) ones: pliests) in her new book, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief about my own relationship with them.

See, the truth is: this month is National Novel Writing Month-- thirty days when underemployed creative types like me are challenged (or perhaps inspired?) to create a completely new original work. I participated in this event before and actually succeeded at finishing a first draft of a story, but I didn't sign up this year. In part I couldn't think of anything fictional I wanted to write other than one story that I had technically already written three chapters of and didn't want to be a cheater. But mostly, I kind of forgot about it until it was already a few days into the month.

Okay, if I'm being completely honest, I kind of forgot November had even started until a few days into the month.

Anyway, the point is, I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year, but I still want to do something to reflow my creative juices. So combining the idea of writing every day (which I do anyway, for "work")-- but writing something for me-- and my love of lists which Kaling has just made cool, I decided to post a new list of personal facts, anecdotes, and pop culture tidbits from now until the end of the month.

Call it a precursor to part two of my memoir? These will probably detour slightly from the "all you ever wanted to know about television" slice of entertaining reading and verge on the "all you never wanted to know about this one random blogger," but hey, it's an experiment. Not all experiments turn out well, let alone beloved!

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