Writing Wednesday: Acceptance Speech

I was sitting here wondering what I should write about for Writing Wednesday when I received a message from my dear friend Nick.  He had a prompt for me!  One that he thought up last night.  When he gave it to me I knew right away, this is today’s topic.

If you were ever to become famous, and had a moment in the peak of your spotlight to thank a small number of people whom were instrumental in your development and or success, who would you thank?

Some of it would depend on what I was famous for.  Am I a well-known actress with an Oscar under my belt?  An activist who started a revolution?  A kick-butt game designer who sold 5 million copies?  An author who has now spent 12 weeks on the NY Times Bestseller List?  Regardless, I would definitely be thanking my agent and the folks involved in whatever project I am currently working on.  There are, however, a few key people I would need to thank, no matter what I was famous for.

My Mother – For always being there when I needed to whine, or cry, or had serious boy problems that only she could help me with.  And for being my best friend, even though she drives me crazy sometimes.

My Father – For motivating me to be the absolute best I can be.  For telling me to keep on trying and never give up.  And for telling me, on a regular basis, how proud of me he is.

My Alex – For the first time in a very long time I feel completely and utterly accepted by my partner, and that is a great feeling.  And for that wonderful feeling I am extremely thankful and it encourages me to want to be a better person and do everything I can to show him how thankful I am.

My Friends – Ok, this is a bit broad, but I do have a good number of friends that I would want to thank, nearly all of them met online, and each one of them means a great deal to me, has helped me become who I am today, and each one deserves to be recognized.  However, since there are so many of them, and I certainly wouldn’t want to leave anyone out, I would, unfortunately, lump them all together, and afterward, thank each of them individually.

Professor Stephen Prothero – This professor, who I had my freshman year of college, is the reason I chose to study what I did.  After taking his class, Death & Immortality, I fell in love with the study of religion and knew that this would be what I spent the remaining years of college studying.  And I am so glad I did.  My studies taught me to read, write, and think critically, not just about religion, but at world issues and life in general.  So thank you Professor Prothero.

Wandering Minds Theater Group – I joined this theater group at the beginning of my junior year at Boston University.  After that, my life was never the same.  Growing up I was a shy and anti-social girl.  Until Wandering Minds got a hold of me.  I broke out of my shell, discovered like-minded people, and finally became at ease with who I was.  Though I may not currently keep in touch with all of my fellow members, they know they hold a special place in my heart.

My Family – I have a large extended family (comes from my parents being divorced multiple times), and there is no way I could list them all, but they have all supported me, loved me, and let me become who I am, so for that, they deserve thanks.

Now I just need to become famous.  I will keep working on that.  Check back in a few more years, maybe a decade or two.

Who would you thank?

TV Tuesday: Ten Television Shows I Love

So I think I have already made it clear that I love movies.  But guess what, I also love television, and so I introduce, TV Tuesday.  Each Tuesday I will talk about something related to television.  The latest episode of a show I watched, a TV show I am looking forward to, a television actor that deserves more love.  I am not one of those people who can sit in front of the tv for hours on end, but I do have quite few tv shows (old and new) that I absolutely adore and will make time to watch on a regular basis.  At least 1/3 of the DVDs I own (and I own A LOT) are TV on DVD.  These are just a few of those shows that I love and think everyone should watch.

Ten Television Shows I Love (And You Should Love Too)

FRIENDS – I grew up with this show.  It is a defining item of my childhood, teenagedom, and college years.  Though many shows try to recapture the essence of FRIENDS, no one has done it.  This was one of the first sitcoms where you could actually relate to the characters, rather than them being caricatures.  This show made you laugh, cry, yell in anger, and smile in enjoyment.  And let’s be honest, nowadays, nearly any person in their 20s can tell you which FRIENDS character they are.  Me?  I am Monica…and yes, I am totally dating a Chandler.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Another staple of my teenage years, yet I didn’t actually discover this show until it was off the air and on DVD.  I actually began watching it under the recommendation of one of my college friends.  Soon it became a ritual for us to hang out, make Mac & Cheese and watch a few episodes of Buffy.  Ah, the good old days.  Though I am generally not a fan of vampires, I absolutely fell in love with this show.  From the writing, to the characters, to the direction and even the actors themselves, I love everything about BTVS.  And come on, Buffy is one of the most iconic shows of the 90s.  Joss Whedon, you can stop whatever you are doing and continue Buffy now, ok?

Sabrina The Teenage Witch – I remember when I was younger how I used to look forward to Friday nights just so I could watch TGIF on ABC.  Boy Meets World was of course great, but for me, the reason I watched was Sabrina The Teenage Witch.  Whether it was because of the smart-ass talking cat, the magic, the crazy Aunts, or the always unpredictable Sabrina, this show had me firmly planted in my seat for 30 minutes every Friday.  Harvey and Serena forever!  When they started releasing them all on DVD you can bet I bought them.  And yes, I may be 25 years old and the show may be long gone, but I am not ashamed to stay I re-watch this show even today.

Charmed – Ok, so maybe I have a thing for witchcraft.  Charmed is another one of those shows that I can remember watching every week throughout high school and college.  On a number of occasions I actually made plans around the airing of a new episode of this show.  When it announced its final season I remember feeling absolutely devastated.  But truthfully, any show that makes it to eight seasons should consider themselves a success, especially when all the main characters are female, something you rarely, if ever, see.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – It doesn’t matter if you are 60 or 6, Star Trek, and specifically TNG, is a must see.  I personally prefer TNG over the original because I think Captain Jean Luc Picard is a significantly more able captain than Captain Kirk.  I will admit, however, the original does have Spock, and as awesome as Data is in TNG, Spock reigns supreme.  Regardless, to each their own, choose whichever you like, just watch Star Trek gosh darn-it, or else you really aren’t human.

Dexter – One of the absolute best shows, if not the best, on television right now.  The only issue I have with Dexter? There are only 12 episodes per season and nine months between each season.  That’s not nearly enough if you ask me.  Everyone I know who has ever seen this show absolutely loves it.  You wouldn’t think it is possible to love and root for a character that is a serial killer, but you do, and that is what makes this show so incredible.  It has had its weak moments (season three was sub-par compared to others) but this is a strong show that is not going to end its run anytime soon.

The 4400 – Not many have heard of this show, as it only had a four season run on USA, but that does not mean you should count it out.  Though it is a bit over-the-top at moments, the acting is solid and the story is excellent.  Discussing such issues as Utopia, cults, and superpowers, this show honestly has something for everyone.  The thing that I do not like about this show is that its ending feels shoddily done, though this is not the fault of the writers, as USA made a last-minute decision to cancel it.  I am still holding out hope for a movie that wraps everything up, but regardless, it is an enjoyable show to watch, and with only 12-14 episodes per season, it won’t take too much time do so.

Firefly – Fox made a very stupid mistake in letting this show go, and I hope they realize that and kick themselves in the butt over it frequently.  Written by Joss Whedon, this is yet another example (like Buffy) of extremely well written and developed characters in an absolutely fantastic world.  Originally I was quite hesitant to watch this show, as everyone described it as “Sci-Fi meets Western”, neither of which I like.  However, it was created by Joss Whedon so I gave it a try.  It was completely worth it.  Every single character has something to love about them (my favorite is Inara, followed by Mal and Wash).  Beware, however, because when you finish the short and only season, and then the movie, you are going to be wishing for more.

Gossip Girl – I admit, this is a guilty pleasure of mine, and one of the only shows that I will watch as it airs.  I am not sure why I enjoy this show.  By all reasoning it should drive me up the wall, being about rich snobby elitist kids who live in Manhattan, but there is something that I can’t resist about it.  Perhaps it is Chuck Bass?  Yes, I think that is it.  No one can resist Chuck Bass.  Though the characters are over-the-top (even the only character you can remotely relate too is a bit beyond our grasp), and the storyline is often completely ridiculous, it is an hour of time I love to indulge in every Monday.

The Big Bang Theory – You should watch this show for one reason, and one reason alone.  Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, who is both indescribably annoying and extremely lovable.  Never has a television character been played so well.    This show has become the anthem (if a television show could be an anthem) for all geeks and nerds (whether you love gaming or science, you will feel at home).  Filled with an abundance of references to geek culture, a cute blonde girl, and occasional appearances from Wil Wheaton, The Big Bang Theory will have you laughing the entire way through.  There is a reason this show was just renewed for three more seasons.

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This is just a sampling of shows that I love, and I am always looking for more, so if you have any recommendations, feel free to send them my way.

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