Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

10335308I work north of Boston in that pocket of New England that keeps getting blasted with snow this season. I know I shouldn’t complain—I live in New Hampshire after all—but the snow banks have far surpassed my height, making me even more stir crazy than usual. Even now as I write, snow is lightly falling outside my window. While I will readily admit that my state looks breathtaking blanketed in white, she is getting a bit narcissistic at this point. So for those of you who need a good laugh during these dark days of winter, I highly suggest Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

I rarely watched The Office and I’ve seen one episode of The Mindy Project, but for some reason I was drawn to this clever and quirky actress. She is relatable and down-to-earth, a self-made woman who details her rise to fame in this book. What I love most about her book though is her identification as a writer. In fact, one chapter called “How I Write,” which I share with students, is entirely devoted to her process. She writes:

I’ve found my productive-writing-to-screwing-around ratio to be one to seven. So, for every eight-hour day of writing, there is only one good productive hour of work being done. The other seven hours are preparing for writing: pacing around the house, collapsing cardboard boxes for recycling, reading the DVD extras pamphlet from the BBC Pride & Prejudice, getting snacks lined up for writing, and YouTubing toddlers who learned the “Single Ladies” dance. I know. Isn’t that horrible? (Kaling 143).

While that doesn’t mirror my own writing process exactly and it certainly isn’t a method to aspire to, I know there are days when I sit refreshing Pinterest for inspiration. I imagine our students can relate as well.

In the end, readers will have a good chuckle given Kaling’s eclectic chapters that bounce around to different topics. Her energy and humor are just enough to brighten even the snowiest of days.

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3 thoughts on “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

  1. shanakarnes February 20, 2015 at 6:32 am Reply

    Hahahah! I will re-add this to my TBR list…I removed it after a string of bad reviews from friends, but you’ve convinced me.


  2. Erika B. February 19, 2015 at 6:54 am Reply

    I’m so glad Mindy’s getting exposure here on TTT. The one thing I loved most about this piece is how I laughed (I mean loudly…and out loud) no matter where I found myself reading this piece.


  3. Norah February 19, 2015 at 4:23 am Reply

    This sounds like a fun read! While occasionally my writing process might mirror hers, I would not get a lot done if it did everyday. It can certainly seem like it at times though going one step forward and two back! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


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