Friday, October 3, 2014

Fandom Friday RE: The Nerdy Girlie

I follow the amazing Megan (@thenerdygirlie; and she does this really awesome thing called Fandom Friday. This week it is “What 5 Fandoms have made you who you are today?”
Ugh, it’s so hard to narrow it down to just 5. Good thing this goes on each week.
But the 5 who made me who I am today…

Horses Can they be a fandom? Well, they are now.

I was lucky enough not to have been a little girl who wished for a pony. I had a pony (ok, who got the Seinfeld reference there???)! Actually, I had several gorgeous horses that I grew up riding. Horses are magical and majestic, and for me, they are the animal that I can connect with the best. 
Me with Joe, our last horse from childhood. RIP, Jet Quick Joe.

I don’t ride as much anymore, but I love watching horse racing and hold Triple Crown get-togethers every spring. The horse Smarty Jones is my favorite American racehorse.

Rob Thomas

Rob’s music and most especially his lyrics encouraged me to explore my desire and talent for writing and discover who I really was and wanted to be. I was privileged to meet Rob in 2006, and he was just as gracious and amazing as I knew he would be.

Not only is Rob Thomas a talented singer-songwriter, he’s a really incredible person. He and his wife, Marisol, run the Sidewalk Angels, which is “is a New York-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing critically needed funds and support to grassroots groups across the country. It is the primary supporter and sponsor of a number of no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues, reflecting the passion of the foundation’s co-founders to fight for the rights and fair treatment of those with no voice. Additionally, the foundation also supports a myriad of other causes, from childhood health and wellness to the fight against homelessness” (

Harry Potter & The Lord of the Rings

I majored in English and Literature, so I have been exposed to all different genres of literature and literary movements. When I completely nerd out, though, it's for Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.  I own all of the UK versions of Harry Potter (they are on the do-not-touch bookshelf) and a couple of collector's editions that have been given to me as gifts. I recently went to a Geeked Out event in Salt Lake City - the Harry Potter Run/Walk 5K. Yeah, I represented Slytherin. 

J.R.R. Tolkien is the greatest fantasy writer that has ever lived. I love the books, his languages, and I even took a class that focused just on Tolkien during my undergrad. I also wrote a 20-page research essay on Tolkien and his languages of Middle-earth. I can't speak Elvish, but that doesn't mean I won't one day try.

I've dressed up as Ginny Weasley and Galadriel during Halloween, and may have to ask The Nerdy Girlie to come up with an every day cosplay for those characters. And possibly for Severus Snape.

P.S. With the help of my talented mother-in-law, I hand-sewed my Galadriel dress.

England and Scotland

I can't pinpoint when my obsession for England and Scotland began. I have loved them for, honestly, as long as I can remember. My ancestry is Scottish, and I'm pretty proud to be a Scot. When I was researching my genealogy, I discovered that I was English, too, through my maternal grandmother. The hubby and I went to both England and Scotland in 2005, and it's high time we went back. We visited London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh and - geek this - it was right before Harry Potter and the Half Blood-Prince was released. In fact, we were in Edinburgh the day before it was released. In the Edinburgh train station, we squealed (well, maybe it was only me who squealed) at the sign that said, "All Aboard for Harry!" 

In Glasgow, we took a boat rode down the River Clyde. Clyde is my maiden name, and I was in awe of the beauty that surrounded me while I floated down my namesake's river. 

Me, standing by the quintessential red phone booths, the double decker bus driving by, and I am holding three bags of books - all of the Harry Potter UK versions. Total nerd. Proud.

The Hubby and me right outside the train station in Edinburgh.

Sights from the River Clyde, Glasgow

A Silent Film

I have said it all over my blog, and to anyone who knows me, knows that music is my greatest inspiration in writing. I love hearing new music, going to live shows, and sharing my love of music with others (especially my 5-year-old). 

Every once and awhile, though, a band comes along that just gets to me, right in the very core of my soul. That’s this band. They are also incredibly kind, genuinely grateful for their fans, and simply gracious people. Their music has inspired me to continue with this dream of writing. 
Robert Stevenson, singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist/poet of A Silent Film.

Me and my concert girls with Spencer Walker, drummer - the world's nicest - of A Silent Film. Yeah, don't mind my flashy eyes.

Me with Ali Hussein, the bass player. This was the 5th time I had seen them in concert, and the first time I finally got a picture with Ali. (Don't mind my 5-month-along pregger belly). 

Me with Rob. Meeting poets makes me nervous.