This week’s Lady Geek reached out to me to inquire about putting herself in the running for a Lady Geek feature. As I’m an aspiring public relations gal, I couldn’t help but admire her proactive self-promotion.
(Editor’s note: This also gets at a very important point I’d like to make about this community - REACH OUT! Say hi! Tell us about you! We can’t help each other build a community if we don’t know about one another.)
PS: Still not wooed? Curtis has a dog named Mrs. Mollie Weasley…
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: I’ve always been a quasi-nerd, having grown up with sci-fi loving parents. (Being named after Spock’s mother, Amanda Grayson, didn’t hurt either.) In and after college, however, my nerdy tendencies just grew. I got more into graphic novels, I began attending more midnight movie premieres, I started a blog on which I post a variety of nerdy things, and I got a seriously nerdy tattoo. I’ve long been obsessed with everything pop culture, but only recently have I realized that that obsession truly is a passion.
Q: What inspires you in the world?
A: People who are doing what they love and making a living doing it. I enjoy my day job a whole lot, but there’s a distinct lack of geekiness in it; I would hope to someday be able to say that I’m a geek in all aspects of my life. What, exactly, that means, I’m not entirely sure, but I’ve got plenty of time to figure it out.
Q: What are you up to when you aren’t blogging?
A: By day I’m a copy editor/writer for an educational nonprofit, by night I’m a DIY-, TV- and movie-loving dog mama and wife of my high school sweetheart.
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose, and what would you drink?
A: If Agent Phil Coulson and I were to go out for a drink—because I couldn’t really choose anyone better to go out for a drink with—we’d likely go out for a beer. It would be something imported and somewhat traditional, but nothing too common. But we’d only have one, since remaining vigilant and being able to go into action at a moment’s notice is essential for all S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel.
Q: What would you tell you 13-year-old self?
A: Keep doing what you’re doing. I know you’re often torn between your individuality and fitting in, but being you is what makes you awesome. Keep reading, keep dreaming and keep being passionate, even if people tell you that what you’re passionate about isn’t cool. You’re going to find a great community of people in the not-too-distant future who think and love the same way you do. Also—You’re not fat.
Q: What would be the title of your memoir?
A: A Small Town Girl Living in a Nerdy World
Post by Emma Bauer, who works as BGC’s official intern. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, history scholar, tea drinker, fashion devotee, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic.
Follow her on twitter: @emmalynnbauer