Hey, geeks! Welcome to our week of getting to know Sister Geeks. This week, each of us will take a day to tell you a bit about ourselves. Today it’s my turn to give you a glimpse into my very geeky, slightly crazy mind. Hopefully, you’ll learn something you didn’t know and find a new link that connects us on a geeky level. Later this week, you’ll have the chance to hear from Jen P & Taylor as well. We appreciate you joining us on our geeky journey and hope you love being here as much as we love having you.
1. Why write?
Writing is something I’ve always done. As a kid, I read stories and wrote stories. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t. As I got older, I realized there were things in real life worth writing about as well. Truth be told, writing can sometimes be a lonely, burdensome, difficult, and emotionally draining exercise. However, it can also be cathartic, joyous, uplifting, and soothing. If I go too long without writing, I actually get jittery. Basically, I’m a writer, so I write.
2. When do you think you’ll grow up? What do you suppose you’ll decide to be when you do?
I figure as long as I get all my grown-up responsibilities handled, I never really have to grow up all the way. I don’t think it would be much fun if I did, so I don’t really plan to do so. If I were going to, however, I’d want to try my hand at making movies. It would be so much work, though. It’s so much easier just to let someone else do all the work, pay for Moviepass, buy overpriced popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the results of someone else’s labor.
3. What is your Hogwarts House? Why did the Sorting Hat choose that for you?
I’m a die-hard Ravenclaw. I always have been and always will be. Of course, when the ability to be sorted on Pottermore became a reality, my Ravenclaw status became official. I value wisdom in a way that is hard to explain. As a child, I liked hearing sermons about King Solomon in church because of the stories told of his incredible wisdom. I enjoy learning and consider myself a bit of an intellectual, though I do think it’s wrong to be a snob because of one’s intellect. The Sorting Hat knows what it’s doing and put me exactly where I belonged, in the house of Rowena Ravenclaw, where wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.
4. What are you binging right now? What makes it so good?
I recently started watching The Originals. I don’t even know what made me do it other than my recent trip to New Orleans and the fact that the series is set there. I never watched The Vampire Diaries (The Originals is a spin-off of that series) and never had any interest in either. I’m almost through season 1 now. The show is currently in season 5. I don’t know for sure that I’ll watch it all the way through. But right now, each episode is chock full of drama and leaves me with some cliff hanger that’s enough to keep me coming back for more. It remains to be seen whether it can keep that up for four more seasons.
5. What’s the best show to binge over and over? Why?
I have so many answers to this question, including the original Charmed, Supernatural, Fringe, Buffy, Dollhouse, Joan of Arcadia, Pushing Daisies, and the first season of Dark Angel. But the best of the best shows to rewatch time and again is definitely Firefly! One season, fourteen episodes, one ship, and nine scrappy survivors who eventually become a family. There are countless reasons this show is still remembered, revered, and beloved 15 years after Fox treated it like trash and underestimated its worth. Click the link above to read about just 10 of them. And watch the show if you haven’t before or haven’t in a while. It’s still worth your time. It’s always worth your time. Every time. I promise you won’t you regret it.
6. What book have you read so many times that you’ve lost count? Why do you keep going back to that one when there are so many new books waiting to be read on your shelf?
The Mercy Thompson series features a fierce female protagonist and a host of magical creatures, including werewolves (my favorites), vampires, fae, and witches (whom I adore). The main character is smart, courageous, sassy, and a total smart-ass. The books are funny, romantic, exciting, and a little bit scary. They are some of my very favorites to return to again and again. I love the character of Mercy, her world, and the people with whom she shares it. When I’m feeling stressed, anxious, or out of sorts, returning to the world of Mercy Thompson can help me relax, laugh a little, and find a bit of calm in my own chaos. For that reason, I return to it again and again, even when there are unread tomes right next to it on the shelf.
7. What movie makes you cry… Every. Single. Time?
Up. I cry over that poor old man losing his wife every time I watch that movie. Seriously. Every single time! Also, A Dog’s Purpose makes me cry twice each time I watch it. It doesn’t even matter that I know *spoiler.* I can’t just can’t help it. In addition, I cry at the end of Logan because I’m not a heartless monster. I mean, she’s there and she’s holding his hand and he’s *spoiler* and she’s crying and then I’m crying and it’s a whole thing.
8. What’s your favorite…?
My fave ice cream is vanilla, candy is Peanut M&M’s, and animal is foxes. My favorite book is The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice. It’s the story of a writer, scholar, and intellectual who becomes a werewolf and finds the allure of his new life seductive, intriguing, and in its own way, heroic. While the book and its characters are quite a bit pretentious, I kind of enjoy the high brow feel of it all. My favorite movie is, I think, Harlem Nights, because of the nostalgia factor. I grew up on that film. Just thinking about it makes me smile and even though I know it entirely by heart, it still makes me laugh whenever I watch it. It’s still entertaining and I don’t think there will ever come a time when I won’t find it so. As for a favorite television show, it’s is utterly impossible to quantify. I watch too much TV to narrow it down to a single favorite, but I think the show I return to more often than any other is the original Charmed series. It’s still so magical, even after all these years. It’s like comfort food. Sitting down to watch an episode of that show is akin to returning home after a long trip. It just makes me feel comfortable and relaxed.
9. Which celebrity tops your FREE FIVE list?
Zoe Saldana is absolutely my number one! She is gorgeous, talented, smart, and down-to-earth. Also, she is a huge geek! What’s not to love?! My husband, surprisingly, says he’s just fine with this.
10. What is it about Sister Geeks?
Sister Geeks is an outlet to talk about all the geeky stuff I just can’t seem to shut up about, even when no one wants to listen. It’s an outlet for my a lot of my quirkiness, a place to fly my freak flag, and a depository for the for all my thoughts when I have thousands of words to say about a single book, movie, or television show. Sister Geeks is also a community for me. It’s a connection to good friends and fellowship over the stuff that we obsess about that other people in our lives don’t always understand. Sometimes, it’s even a place to find my next obsession. After all, my friends her have some really great taste.
So that’s a little about me. I hope some of it was interesting. Take to the comments and tell me something about yourself. I’d love to get to know you a bit, too. Make sure to check us out on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for exclusive content. And come back later this week to get to know Jen P & Taylor, too. Later geeks!