Meet Emily Farquharson (aka Frogmella, @frogmellaink on Twitter). She’s the co-founder of Geek Girl Pen Pals, a wonderful online community of geeks who write letters to other geeks. On the 15th of every month, Emily and her comrade Leslie match all participants with a pen pal so they can write, tweet, and bleat to each other.
Farquharson also makes up one half of
So read Farquharson’s interview with Being Geek Chic and discover her passions, advice, memoir title, and geeky crush…
Q: What led you to your passion?
A: Oh so many things! From a very, very young age I read whatever I could get my hands on. By the time I was 8 I had read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Hobbit and pretty much everything Roald Dahl wrote for children, which set my imagination off and opened up so many other doors. I also loved art a lot as a young one, particularly Dali and Picasso, which lead me to painting, drawing and generally being crafty. I am very lucky to have wonderful parents who did nothing by encourage me to explore, learn, read and it is something I have taken with me through my life. I am passionate about so much, not just books and art, but music, fashion, films and television, comics, science, baking and food, travel, ancient history, animation and more. I could fill a book with the things I am passionate about, because they have all shaped me into who I am in some way!
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose, and what would you drink?
A: Tough one! There are so many good ones to choose. Off the top of my head I would say Ron Swanson, because he is the manliest of all fictional men. We would eat breakfast food, I would drink tea, Ron can drink whatever the hell he wants, I imagine coffee or lagavulin, neat.
Q: When did you first realize you were “geeky”?
A: I don’t know if I realised it as ‘geeky’ as such, but I have always been an odd ball. Always interested in things outside the ‘norm’ and what not. My earliest geeky memories involve watching cartoons (Batman, X-men, Thundercats, He-Man, TMNT) or Star Trek TNG with my brother after school.
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: Don’t worry, when you are 19 you loose a load of weight and stuff starts working out ok! Also, DO NOT SELL YOUR COMIC BOOKS WHEN YOU ARE SKINT! This is a decision I will always regret, as 10 years later I still haven’t replaced them all! Oops.
Q: What would be the title of your memoir?
A: Ooooo what a brilliant question. Hmmmm it would probably be something like “In which Farquharson reminisces about that time she did stuff” with the tag line “It’s about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.”, which is a Mae West quote, who is my icon and spirit guide. A lot could be learned from her forward thinking and fearless attitude.
Emma Bauer is a Being Geek Chic Contributor. 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.
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