Meet Em Somerville! She’s a super sweet and incredibly spunky chic geek blogging over at Lick My Cupcakes. Somerville’s a graphic artist, baker, crafter, Instgrammer extraordinaire, and “quite possibly a dinosaur made up of several cupcakes taped together, painted blue, & sprinkled with glitter.”
Somerville is also one of the ladies behind the magic of International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club, a project reviving the lost art of letter writing and connecting lady geeks worldwide! Being Geek Chic interviewed IGGPPC co-founders Emily Farquharson and Leslie Stewart here and here, respectively.
So dive into Being Geek Chic’s chat with Somerville! You’ll discover how social media contributes to her creativity, her one chosen superpower, and her surprising day job.
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: I can’t really narrow my passion down to one thing I do, so I like to think it lies in my creativity as a whole. That’s actually where my art store name “Second Place Prize” comes from - I feel like it defines being good at a whole lot of things, but not great enough at any of them to be my niche. I’ve always steered towards art and writing, built blogs and websites since I was 13 and played around with sewing felt toys and crazy dresses for myself and friends. Taking photos is a huge part of my life and relationship, and driving around with my manfriend (known to me as The Batman), listening to music, exploring and taking snaps is probably my very favourite thing to do. I’ve found that the internet plays a huge part in unleashing creativity - it’s a beautiful thing! Social media platforms like Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter gave new life to making every moment creative and inspiring. I certainly have a day job - in finance, which surprises most! But I try to incorporate my passion for life into everything I do and make every day fun and creative, whether I’m doodling inappropriate drawings, baking a billion cupcakes or approving bank loans!
Q: When did you first realize you were “geeky?”
A: I don’t remember ever being much else. As a kid all I ever wanted was Dino-riders, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a Stretch Armstrong doll. My first crush was Skeletor. Yes, really! I couldn’t keep my eyes off that shrill-voiced, green-faced specimen of a man. I begged for a Gameboy for what felt like a hundred years before my parents finally surprised me with one. I always loved Dinosaurs and Science and have loved to write and create for as long as I can recall.
Q: You can choose one superpower. What is it?
A: Teleportation, hands down! I would love not to have to bat an eyelash over travel. From things as simple as not having to worry about getting home when I’m out at night to traveling all over the world - the possibilities are endless and wonderful!
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose and what would you drink?
A: Marty McFly, hands down! I’m the biggest BTTF geek around. And if I had to choose a nonfictional character, I’d still say Michael J Fox. He’s an amazing, inspiring and interesting person - I can think of a billion things I’d talk to him about. I don’t drink alcohol, so I’d be getting myself one heck of a Hot Chocolate smothered in cold whipped cream, and I’d like to think we could throw some French Toast or something in there too, I’m generally hungry.
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: To sparkle and shine. It’s become my little mantra over the years and although it seems like a simple reminder, it’s helped me get through some rough times. I even have it tattooed! I’d also remind myself that everything that happens will build character, make you stronger and better as a person. You have no room for regrets and although you’ll go through some sad stuff, you’ll come out of it better off than you could ever have imagined.
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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