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Living the dream

by Miranda on January 18, 2012

Some of you know that last year I had a little thing going that I started on Facebook as a way of keeping Idol out of my status updates and annoying my friends because you were there with me. That sort of grew into a little group of us who got together every week to snark on the contestants and judges. And soon enough, I had the crazy idea to spread Idol Snark over to Twitter using #idolsnark as a hashtag. And other people joined in. And I was excited.

**sidenote: I completely blame Dan for my watching Idol. He watched it and I started watching it because he watched it and for a long time it was the only show we watched together. I also blame him for my love of those crazy bitches on the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Anyway.**

Are you ready to be let in on a little secret?

Sometimes the internet does not suck.

It’s true. I know I’ve written about the internet and how it can suck before. (And yes, if you’re wondering, the friend request is still just sitting there. In friend request purgatory.)

But sometimes, the internet is the complete opposite of suck.

Today is one of those days.

(Except for that whole SOPA/PIPA thing. That is most definitely The Suck.)

ANYWAY.

So y’all know I love The Vampire Diaries, right?

(Stop rolling your eyes that I’m talking about this again and just stay with me.)

One day, I was just Tweeting up a storm about my new-found love for all things Salvatore when I suddenly found myself the recipient of the contact information for one of the guys who runs TV Fanatic. And they were looking for a new reviewer for their staff.

I pretty much grinned from ear to ear and my head exploded with happy at the thought of even maybe having a chance of doing two things I love:

  • watching television
  • writing

Then you throw in the third aspect:

Getting PAID to watch TV and write about it. INCONCEIVABLE. (If you can’t name that movie, I disown you.)

To say that I was interested is putting it mildly. I was interested on steroids. And crack. And speed. (ON not IN.)

I sent off an email and waited. And checked my email about 493832484 times. And waited some more.  And then checked the clock and realized that it’d only been about an hour and it was a Sunday and normal people did normal-people things on Sunday and I should just calm.the.eff.down.

And then I got an email back that, yes, they were looking for reviewers and could I send a list of shows I watch.

COULD I SEND A LIST?

Psha. I have a color-coded calendar complete with which show is being recorded at what time in which room and when it premieres and goes on hiatus for the duration of its season!

(The above is a slight exaggeration. I do make a calendar at the beginning of TV season so that I can make sure my DVR and TiVo are set accordingly. [Yes I have both.] And so I can include any new shows into my schedule so that I don’t forget to record and/or watch them. The calendar is not, however, color-coded.)

The show they needed me to review?

American Idol.

Tonight is the season 11 premiere of Idol. And it’s my tv reviewing debut.

I have always said that my dream job would be one where I could get paid to write about TV.

Sometimes, dreams really do come true.

You’re coming with me on this new adventure, right? I couldn’t do this without you.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shannon Rodriguez January 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

This is something I would LOVE to do! Let us know how it goes. By the way, love the Princess Bride reference :)

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2 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I love it when people get my movie references :)

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3 story January 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

OMGOMGOMG, Congratulations! You are going to kick butt at this. I’m so excited for you. Get on with your Idol snarking self, girl :)

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4 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Thanks, lady! :)

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5 Amanda @ The Lungos January 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

That is so FREAKING AWESOME! I look forward to reading the Idol reviews…. and tweeting about those seductive Salvatore brothers.

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6 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

No Salvatore brothers this week. ::sad trombone::

But ELIJAH! (I saw stills for next week’s episode and NO ONE rocks a suit like he does. No. One.)

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7 Isha January 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I do not like Idol at ALL but I am so very proud of you! :)

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8 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Thanks, friend :)

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9 Diana @Hormonal Imbalances January 18, 2012 at 7:27 pm

SO proud of you friend. So proud. You are going to do amazing at this.

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10 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

AHH! Thanks!

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11 Brooke Ellison January 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Wow! I am so happy for you Miranda! You are going to KILL it! I look foward to reading your reviews someday and saying “Hey, I know her!”…I often find myself on your blog to see if you have posted anything new. Then I realize that I would’ve seen the FB status update that appears everytime you post something onto your blog, because, lets face it, I DON’T miss status updates. Anyway, best of luck on your future reviewing endeavors. The sky is the limit!

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12 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Thanks for being such a supporter, Brooke! I really appreciate it!

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13 Devan @ Accustomed Chaos January 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

seriously nothing better then doing what you love & getting paid! congrats :)

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14 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Nothing better in the world! :)

Thanks!

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15 John January 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I am all colors of jealous . . . I had a dream of my wife writing for Television Without Pity for a little while . . . you’re going to rock this, and I may just have to start watching Idol because of this (I’ve watched a single episode, because my sister is addicted, and she was over at my house)

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16 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Oooh, TWoP! I have a love-hate relationship with that place and their forums. The Weecaps and Recaplets are fantastically done. Their forum policing can get a little…ridiculous.

and of COURSE you should watch Idol, if for no other reason than to #idolsnark with me on Twitter!

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17 Katie January 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

first? Princess Bride. Duh.

Second? So proud of you, my friend. So proud.

That being said? I only watch nerd programming of the documentary persuasion, so I will be rooting you on from my view of the History Channel. But GO YOU!

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18 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Yay movie-reference-getter!

Thanks :)

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19 barb g January 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

wow I do reviews & dvd revews too on my blog. I wish you could share
his email addy with me & let me try my luck at trying to get in with them even
if later. I watch/tivo over 50 different tv series so this would be great for me.
Thanks if you can help. diabeticsnacker(at)gmail.com

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20 Miranda January 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I will keep this in mind if I hear of anything!

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21 Liz (Shoreline Mommy) January 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm

How did I not see this blog post before?!? Hooray for the newest writer for TVfanatic.com! I’m so glad you like the gig so far. And I’m proud to have facilitated this. :)

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22 Miranda February 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I’m incredibly happy that you facilitated this!

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