Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: Halloween Movies

Time again for more 5 Fandom Friday with The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick!  This week's topic is Halloween movies you must see - which is hard because I don't really have many!  I could only think of three that I *MUST* see every year:

1.  It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!  OH MY GOD, I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this movie.  As soon as it starts playing, and "Linus and Lucy" comes through the speakers, I begin to bawl.  Bawl like a baby!  Like Linus when Lucy carves the pumpkin!  Like Snoopy when the French ballad interrupts "It's A Long Way to Tipperary"!  Like Sally when she spends all night waiting in the pumpkin patch and misses tricks or treats!  I love this movie SO MUCH and I may have it committed to memory.

2.  "Fear, Itself"  Buffy the Vampire Slayer  Season Four, Episode Four - with the haunted frat house?  Oh it has everything.  Self-referential jokes, Anya in a bunny costume, and candy.  Best Halloween episode of the whole series!!!

3.  Rocky Horror Picture Show  last year, at midnight, I was at The Way Station in Brooklyn (you know, the one with the TARDIS for a bathroom?) and watched RHPS at midnight, in a red velvet ball gown, while drinking a cocktail named after Rose Tyler.  If that sort of thing doesn't cement a tradition, I don't know what does!

This year, I'll be giving back-to-back tours on Halloween, so hopefully I'll have a chance to unwind with these classics!  Meanwhile, check out what you've missed so far in the 5 Fandom Friday series:

October 24th:  My Must See List of Halloween Movies
October 31st:  The Halloween Candy I Always Hope For When Trick-Or-Treating

November  7th:  Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better
November 14th:  Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without
November 21st:  Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast
November 28th:  Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#tbt Happy Birthday, Old Diane

In 2006, when I was a lowly transfer student at Binghamton University, a tall handsome ginger approached me in Watters Lobby and...asked me when I knew about AIDS lesions.

That handsome ginger would go on to become one of my very best friends.  Seriously though, isn't he HOT???

Well, TOO BAD, because this guy's got a fella and he's spoken for.  Off the menu!  So far off the menu, he dines at a WHOLE OTHER RESTAURANT, if ya get my drift.

He's my gay best friend.

And on Saturday, he turns 30.

Happy Birthday, "Old Diane"!  Happy birthday to one of the most sensitive, insightful, kind, stylish, funny, hardworking, and fun gingers this side of the Weasley family.  I'm so grateful every day for our friendship.  You are the support, the laughs, the best guy I could ever hope for or dream of.

Except for that whole ... you know ... dudez thing.


many, many happy returns of the day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

Tastes Like:  Cream cheese with a cinnamon tang.  I didn't really get a strong "pumpkin" flavor from this, more like "pumpkin spice cheesecake."

Great With:  bagels, English muffins, toast, any bread (or gluten-free bread!) product!

Perfect For:  making mini-personalized pumpkin cheesecakes!  one of my favourite corn cakes, slathered with a thin layer of this stuff makes a great crunchy snack!

Must Know:  it's not labelled gluten-free, but it didn't make me sick.  It's decadent but not too much more so than regular cream cheese.

Costs:  $2.99 for a half a pound of pumpkin indulgence!

Monday, October 20, 2014


If I tell you what Friday is about, you'll cringe.  I cringed.  And I'm Heinlein's NUMBER ONE FAN.  But yeah, it's hard not to cringe at the back cover:

But what do we know about judging a book by it's cover?  That ya shouldn't oughta do it, that's what.  And here's why.  In between that cheesy, sexed-up image on the cover and the lame back-cover quotes is one helluva novel.

It's classic Heinlein in all the ways:  a protagonist you love, characters you adore, and an orgy where they all swap.

As always, Heinlein makes you want to crawl inside the pages and live there forever with his too-cool heroine, her fawning male paramours, and lush banquets OH YES:

He also hammers home many of his favourite themes:  TANSTAAFL, the luxurious nature of bathing (bathing!) and his stance on cats:

Even though this is clearly a one-off, existing outside the Heinlein universe (Lazarus Long never shows up, not even to the orgy), it still feels familiar.  Classy, funny, charming, heartwarming, from the first action-packed 17 pages to the last line on the last page which leaves you saying "Awwww!" out loud.  Not bad for a book about a super-sexy genetically engineered superhuman, huh?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stealing

Whilst Sunday Social is on hiatus, I was invited to join the Sunday Stealing link-up!  This week's theme is loosely centred around travel, so let's get to it!

Ok let’s talk travel, do you like to travel?
Actually, I kind of don't.  It's such a hassle trying to get around, and I hate working around bus schedules, airport security, and oh yeah I'm not the biggest fan of flying, either!  I like being there, I just don't really particularly enjoy getting there.  Also, I get carsick really easily.

Where have you been?  I've only been to the West Coast once - to the San Francisco area, when I was sixteen.  In 2010 I went to London twice(ish) and from there to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, and Venice.

Next place you want to go?  I would love to go back to Amsterdam in the warmer months, or to trip across America and see the Grand Canyon and Great Salt Lake.  But lately I've been kind of homesick for upstate New York, where I grew up.  I bet the foliage is doooope up there right now.

What is something you MUST take with you when you travel?  I don't like to admit this, but I'm pretty high-maintenance.  I have a million little bottles of face wash, tea tree oil, sunscreen, coconut butter, shampoo, conditioner, eye makeup remover...I think I'd enjoy travel more if I didn't have to worry about my entourage of bottles!

How do you like to travel? (mode of transportation)
  I enjoy Greyhound buses.  I don't know why they get such a bad rep!  If only I could read on the bus, that would be the best!

I look miserable in this photo from a bus trip last year, but trust me, I really do love the bus.

With someone, or alone?  It's been forever since I've travelled with a companion (cough cough Doctor Who reference) and I understand why the Doctor does - it's more fun to share experiences with someone!

Do you dance in your car when there are other people with you?  YES.  Moving on.

If you're quiet what does it mean?  I'm sick, tired, or hungry.  Dire circumstances, basically.

avorite scent?  Nutz 4 Nuts carts here in the city!  Warm, sweet nuts.  Mmm.

Favorite store?  Trader Joe's, obviously.  Or any craft store!

Say you wanted coffee.. what kind is your favorite?  Snickerdoodle coffee from Tom's back in Binghamton, New York...almost worth travelling for!

Favorite kind of pizza?  gluten-free pizza is so hard to do well...but I have rosy memories of Nirchi's pizza back in Vestal, New York I TOLD YOU I WAS HOMESICK!  Best pizza, hands down, is at John's of Bleecker Street.  Wood fire.  Say no more.

Do you get embarrassed easily?  I wouldn't say that, but when I do, I blush easily.  I don't mind making a fool of myself, but when someone flatters me (or I get caught flirting) I turn so red it's almost aubergine.

Do you mind people asking you personal questions?  I'm pretty much an open book, so no, I'm more flattered that someone is taking an interest.

You have a tank of gas, $50, and the day off… what do you do?  Take a long walk down to Chelsea Market, hit up the Artists and Fleas, splurge on something shiny for my phalanges, hit up Sockerbits and waste the rest of the money on salty licorice.  Then use the tank of gas to burn this mutha down.

Favorite tv show?  Of all time?  Probably Battlestar Galactica.  Talking (or even just thinking about it) makes me REALLY EXCITED.

Song you turn the volume up all the way to listen to?  Preeeeeetty much anything.  I like to be surprised, which is why I'm such a fan of Pandora radio.

Something you keep in your car?  I'm a New Yorker, I don't have a car.  Moving on.

 Highlight of your day?  That first sip of morning coffee is pretty great, as is that warm mug of tea I usually steep at the end of the night.  Warm beverages are the bee's pajamaz.

 Something you do everyday that you wish you didn’t have to do?  Okay, I'll just say it:  I'm terrible at shaving my legs.  It always ends in blood.  It takes forever and I hate having to do it. 

 Do you mind if people just show up at your house unannounced?  I'm never home, so this is usually not an issue, but in general, that's not something I want to encourage.

What do you do when you disagree with someone?  Assume that they're an idiot?  No, I like to poke holes in their argument.  Debate, Devil's Advocate, and appealing to their common sense.  If it's about religion, and I feel like I won't get anywhere with logic, I just shut my trap.  I'll drop into the conversation that I'm an atheist, and let them prove their character my what they do next.

Do you enjoy rain?  Not when I'm working (outside)!!!  But I love rainy days when I don't have anything to do.  Maybe in a couple of months.

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: Talkin' Cosplay

The super-cool ladies The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick started this ol's thing called 5 Fandom Friday!  Each Friday is a different theme and this week, we're talking about the five characters we'd like to dress up as for Halloween:

1.  Any Classic Doctor Who
  I already have the Tom Baker scarf, I would love to try to pull off a bowtie and suspenders like 2...or the dandy frippery of 3!  How classic and cool would anyone look, really, in a beige suit with celery?  Punctuate that with a question-mark umbrella!

2.  Sailor Moon  I mean, we have so much in common - both of us being boy-crazy, dessert-lovin' melodramatic klutzes and all.  Not to mention the fact that I am reincarnated from the Moon Princess...  er, maybe not.  But Usagi fights for love and justice, summoning up the strength that she derives from her friends and from knowing that she must do what is right.  What better girl-power heroine could there be?

3.  Any Heinlein babe  I have become obsessed with Heinlein for many good reasons and would love to show my geek pride by dressing up as any of the Heinlein female characters - Adorable Dora, Friday, or Maureen Johnson.  Unfortunately, nobody would grok my meaning and also, most Heinlein ladies typically walk around in the buff.  Who needs clothes? Uh, I DO.  ENNNT.  Not gonna do it.

4.  Six  ...but only on the condition that I get tinny, sexy music to follow me around (and get to hang all over Gaius Baltar...meeee-ow!)

5.  Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness  ummm, is this a thing?  Could I pull this off?  It would be terribly difficult...but totally worth it for the obscurity and because that's probably my favourite album of all time!

October 17th:  Characters I'd Love To Dress Up As For Halloween
October 24th:  My Must See List of Halloween Movies
October 31st:  The Halloween Candy I Always Hope For When Trick-Or-Treating

November  7th:  Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better
November 14th:  Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without
November 21st:  Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast
November 28th:  Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Soy Chorizo

Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo

Tastes Like:  SPOILER ALERT.  this may be the most delicious thing I've bought at Trader Joe's EVER.  It's spicy but not TOO spicy, the texture is sorta like ground beef but BETTER, less chewy.

Great With:  the instructions say to sauté to heat it up, and I would recommend adding very finely diced mushrooms or orange or green peppers when you cook it up!

Perfect For:  Breakfast:  toss in with scrambled eggs, broccoli, shredded Queso Blanco, mushrooms and scoop onto an English muffin

Lunch/Dinner: sauté it up and make tacos topped with sour cream, avocado, cheese, broccoli, spiralized zucchini

Snack:  heat it up and dump it on top of some blue corn chips and top with cheese so it melts and have the best nachos you can believe!

Must Know:  Labelled "gluten free" right on front, it's vegan, this is a crowd-pleaser!

Costs:  $1.99 apiece.  APIECE!  HALF of this package makes right tacos and a plate of nachos that was dinner for two hungry adults.  I also made an egg and veggie scramble with HALF a package and there was leftovers.  This stuff goes A LONG WAY, and it's DIRT CHEAP.  Can we say VALUE?  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday at NYCC

Sunday was my longest day so far at New York Comic Con, with the least photos to show for it!  I decided to try to throw together a last-minute costume and felt really cute doing this twee, hipster, gender-bent Fourth Doctor!  Saw the talking K-9 and couldn't resist.  We made a smashing pair, isn't that right, K-9?  Affirmative!

Started out the day by seeing a panel on transgender representation in comics that blew my mind.  Made friends while waiting in line, too!  Then just narrowly missed getting Scott Snyder to sign a copy of The Black Mirror (my favourite Batman arc) for me.  Ah well, next year!  I wandered around for hours, just touching things, looking at things, taking people's photos and posing for photos as well!  Some of the coolest things at Con are things I never got photos of, like the giant stage where Just Dance was happening THE WHOLE TIME.  And Artist's Alley, which is the best place to take photos of people in costume.  It's so hard to put into words how much fun it is to just chat with people about, say, Tom Baker's Prime Computer ads with Lalla Ward and not have someone stare back blankly at you but actually listen and be interested!  That's one of the things I'll miss about Comic Con until it happens again.  Other things I will miss:

-  Making friends with people based off their costume
-  So many funny/witty t-shirts!
-  Recognizing people dressed as obscure references
-  Pointing at cute guys in costume and just yelling "NIIIICE!" because that's totally allowed.

Things I will NOT miss:

-  Waiting in line to pee every time-  The smell of day-old pleather jumpsuits in a room with no air-conditioning
-  Getting "flat tire" -ed
-  Hentai posters.  No offence if you're into that sort of thing.

In spite of all that, I'm still so excited for next year already!  I hope to sit in on more awesome panels, check out some screenings, get more autographs and even dress up again!  What to wear, what to wear???  Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday at NYCC 2014

So on Saturday at NYCC 2014 my friend dressed up as Ragdoll from Secret Six.  I spent a good part of the day taking photographs of his awesome cosplay and of getting his mask signed by Gail Simone - who confirmed NEW SECRET SIX STARTING IN DECEMBER!  At least we have something to look forward to!

In addition to my old friend, I made some new ones:

REMINDER:  cosplay is not consent.  Always ask before you pet someone's Wookie.  THIS guy was THE BEST Han Solo of ALL time.  His Millenium Falcon was made entirely out of corrugated cardboard and the textures and layering of it was ingenious.  The back of it LIT UP and it had several compartments (for phone and snacks, etc!).  He said it took MONTHS and it was well worth it!  Great job!

THIS guy RIGHT HERE totally nailed his Colin Baker Sixth Doctor costume.  It was almost like Colin Baker had hopped in the TARDIS and driven it to Earth, New York City, Javits Center for NYCC 2014 just to rub elbows with his fans with, yeah, is totally something Colin Baker would do.  He was such a nice guy as well!

And of course, you've already seen this guy!  He was AMAZING!  He moved and talked and was just like real.  I got to touch him and pose on him and I loved it!  As close to owning a Dalek you should probably get because they're insane and terribly dangerous. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Friday at NYCC 2014

Friday morning I was all set to get to NYCC2014 bright and early when disaster struck! A water main broke on my subway line - where's Aquaman when you actually NEED him? - and I wound up missing the only panel I really wanted to see that day.  It took a while for the pieces to fall together...

hah hah hah.

But once they did, I was literally squealing with delight to finally have arrived at ComicCon!

There were so many totally kick-ass costumes...this pair had dressed up as Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor, and Rose Tyler!   Old meets new!  I think Rose would have been a great companion for Pertwee, actually!

Totally cute guys totally nailing the "group costume" category with this Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog cosplay.

The best Joker at con, in my opinion, was this totally adorable and sweet gentleman who let me pose awkwardly with him.  AWW!

A Colin Baker Sixth Doctor cosplay?  You  betcha!  Hell, even Colin HIMSELF said he didn't want to wear this outfit.  This cool dude saw my legwarmers and beelined for me, I could barely stammer out how cool his outfit was and ask for a picture.

But the boldest costume of the day...

This Towelie stayed in character the WHOLE DAY!  Reminding people to bring a towel, asking if they wanted to get high, and hurling out the catchphrase "You're a towel!"  Oh, he was great!

I also picked up a couple cool items:  a copy of Jack Kirby's Street Code, a new tokidoki unicorn for my bookshelf, and an anthology of comic shorts inspired by Queen songs entitled Killer Queen!

Friday, October 10, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: Nerdrobe Must-Haves

Welcome back to the second thrilling installment of 5 Fandom Friday with The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChickThis week, we're talking about clothes.  Nerdy clothes!  Frak yes!  My nerdrobe (that's a portmanteau of "nerd" and "wardrobe", guh!) is pretty full to begin with but could always cast a spell to create more space for these items:

1.  I'm Not Lazy Sweatshirt  okay, maybe I am a bit lazy, but isn't that even more appropriate to Usagi's character?  Pass the rice buns, I was up all night fighting evil by moonlight and don't you think I deserve some rice buns?  I'll punish you!

2.  Wood For Your Sheep?  a Catan reference?  Seriously, who is going to get this joke?  Uh, Other Catan Nerds!  And we all know that no matter what you do, you always find yourself rolling in the sheep and in need of wood, amirite, guys, srsly, amirite?

3.  Blue Dalek dress  those who know me know I have a thing for blue daleks.  Right?  Right.  So when HerUniverse only had red, gold and white, I was like, "ennnnhhhh" but now I have no excuse.  I'll be wearing this to every fancy occasion henceforth, thank you...

4.  Fourth Doctor over-the-knee socks  I have worn my argyle Dalek socks almost literally to death.  Then I have discovered something amazing!  ThinkGeek has a bevy of tall, Doctor Who-themed socks.  Oy. 

5.  U.N.I.T. tee  Brigadier would have a fit at all this Doctor Who paraphenalia.  Out of uniform?  Never!  U.N.I.T. tee ensures you escape the Brig's wrath.  Even if you're just going to fall into a crevasse.  Oh, Harry Sullivan.

October  3rd:  Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today
October 10th:  Geeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet Immediately
October 17th:  Characters I'd Love To Dress Up As For Halloween
October 24th:  My Must See List of Halloween Movies
October 31st:  The Halloween Candy I Always Hope For When Trick-Or-Treating

November  7th:  Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better
November 14th:  Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without
November 21st:  Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast
November 28th:  Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

Thursday, October 9, 2014

#tbt Last Year's ComicCon


I hope everyone's cosplay is finished, have gotten their flu shots, have bought enough granola bars to stuff into their bags, and have slid insoles into their Storm Trooper boots.  I am so excited to drool on Artist's Alley, to finger all the merch on the show floor, and to shiver in the back of the panels and screenings.

Speaking of which, last year, this scarf saved my life.  Not really.  But I busted my ass to finish it at 6am on Friday before Comic Con!  And on Sunday, in the very last panel of the day, I was freeeeeeezing.  So I wrapped up in it and was warm and cozy.  Cosplay saved my life!  No, not really.  But I can't wait to see everyone's experiences at NYCC this year!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Trader Joe's Tuesday: Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits

Tastes Like:  Part granola bar, part chocolate dessert treat.

Great With:  Nobody.  Don't share these.  Eat them alone in a dark corner where no one can witness your shame.

Perfect For:  Those times when you "feel like a nut."  Or for sneaking into ComicCon and eating in the back row of a panel!

Must Know:  Labelled "gluten free" right on front!

Costs:  $3.99 for a bag that will be empty sooner than you'd like to admit.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Geeky Confessions

Circling around the blogosphere is a little link-up started by Mariko of Gamerwife.  Loads of other nerds have listed their geek confessions and I think it does the world some good to see that there is diversity and acceptance out there, even for people who think that Riley was the best Buffy boyfriend.  Well, maybe not that far...

CONFESSION #1:  I'm just not that into Star Trek

My grandma used to watch the show when she was alive, and she was pretty into it...I gave it a whirl for my roommate's sake, but it just doesn't push my buttons.  Sorry !  I can't explain it.  It's like when you date somebody - there has to be chemistry.  I'm sorry, Star Trek.  It's not you.  It's not me.  It's just that we aren't meant to be.

CONFESSION #2:  I'm not cool enough to cosplay

I tried buying a costume for this year's ComicCon and within two hours and three different Forever 21s I decided that maybe it's just not in the cards for me.  I can appreciate  - and oh, I definitely do! - people who can pull it off.  But I guess I've donned enough costumes in my past as an actress that I kind of like dressing up as ME for cons.  Comfort wins over spandex here.

As close as I get to cosplay - you can see garbage in the background.  Ugh.  Failing.

CONFESSION #3:  I didn't see the original Star Wars trilogy until 2012...

...not in it's entirety, anyways.  And speaking of...

CONFESSION #4:  I've never seen the prequels...and I don't intend to.

I love ice cream.  I love hot fudge.  But yeah, too much hot fudge spoils the ice cream.  Is that an apt metaphor?  Maybe I just want ice cream.  Yeah, that's it.

CONFESSION #5:  I'm terrible at video games

LAUGHABLY so.  My brother likes to play me in MarioKart because he can lap me three times in Rainbow Road before I've gone around once, I'm too busy over-correcting my steering and falling off the edge of existence.  Maybe THAT's a metaphor, too?  Mmm, ice cream...

CONFESSION #6:  I liked Twilight.  Yes, the books AND the movies.

Twilight came into my life as I was having my quarter-life crisis i.e. my 25th birthday.  I know it's repressive and silly and juvenile but I clung to that adolescent love story as the passing of my youth.  I'd like to say I've learned my lesson since...

CONFESSION #7:  I don't like Sailor Moon Crystal
New things, BAD!  I love me some Sailor Moon - and most of the charm, I felt, was in the goofy, awful bits!  The new one is too....sleek, and subtle.  And creepily sexy, like a Bratz doll?

CONFESSION #8:  I stopped watching Doctor Who after David Tennant and Russel T. Davies left

I've caught the odd episode here and there, but to me, it just doesn't feel like Doctor Who anymore.  See above:  new stuff BAD!  Making it sleeker and sexier and more Tim Burton-y kind of ruined it for me.  I prefer to dive into the old episodes, even if they are slow, clunky, poorly lit and the monsters are made out of bubble wrap.  It's more heartfelt that way!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Social

1. Favorite Month and why?

OCTOBER ALL THE WAY!!!  Next weekend I'll be at New York Comic Con, and then Halloween is just around the corner!  October is the one month of "nice fall" that New York City seems to get before that horrible, legendary New York winter sets in.  Leaves start to change and become ticker-tape, Nutz 4 Nutz carts begin rolling out, and the anticipation of the grand spectacle of the Holidays in New York City starts to build!  But before all the tourists and the hoopla and the weather-related train delays, we have October. 

2. Favorite Holiday and why?

It's obvious that I love Halloween, that's my favourite holiday.  Can I say that my second-favourite holiday might surprise you?  Valentine's Day!  Okay, to a frequent reader of this blog, that is not a surprise. I am a terrible hopeless romantic.  And both Halloween and V-day usually involve chocolate, so there ya go.

3. Are you getting the new iPhone or are you more of an Android person?

My trusty iPhone 4 has served me well thus far - I really don't see getting an upgrade anytime soon but if (knock wood) something BAD happens to my phone (Kidnapped Taken-style?), I'd probably get an iPhone 5.  The closest thing to my current phone.  I don't need bells and whistles and frankly, this old dog is too old to learn new tricks.

4. Most thoughtful gift you have ever received from someone?

Awwww, shit, the first thing that came to my mind was "life...from my parents".  Which is hella corny but I guess I'll let it stay there.

5. Something you can’t wait to splurge on?

I am saving up pennies to buy a new pair of Converse.  My current pairs are holding up but I really feel like they are on an any-minute-now-they-may-fall-apart basis, so I'm eyeing some either HOT PINK or dark eggplant purple lo-tops for my next purchase!  May the tips be ever in my favor!

Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms

The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick are running a two-month long community building project ( ? ) called Five Fandom Friday!  You know I love to play these wicked games and I couldn't resist joining in on the fun!  If you do, too, please comment a link to your post as well!  I look forward to seeing everyone's creative answers!

The first topic of tackling is Five Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today.  What is a gateway fandom?  I'm really not sure, actually.  Which makes me all the more excited to read everyone else's answers!  Here's what I though of when I interpreted the question:

1.  Historical Fiction  when I was a kid, I was obsessed with the American Girl books.  I loved reading about the past, and, when I was ten, I begged my parents to take me on vacation to Colonial Williamsburg.  I think my parents believed that when I grew up, I'd run away from home to become a historical re-enactor there or at some Renaissance festival.  Today, I give ghost tours for a living!  It's pretty much the closest you can get to living the childhood dream!  Er, with all the benefits of indoor plumbing.  My fascination with the past has probably had the most impact on my life today.

2.  Harry Potter  ...and I have the same birthday!  No kidding!  I actually totally did this one wrong, reading the third book (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) FIRST, then listening to the first two books on tape and later that summer, attending the midnight release party for the fourth book!  True story:  Harry Potter is the reason for my deep and abiding fear of spoilers.  Spoilers ahead, FYI!  After the midnight release party for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I came home, heated up some leftover pizza and cracked my copy open...and it fell open to a random page in the back, and my eyes lighted upon the phrase "...Dumbledore's grave..." and I dropped to my knees and wailed in agony!  Ruined!  The whole book, ruined!  Since then, I have a terrible fear of spoilers of any kind.

3.  The Twilight Zone
  is where I grew up.  Literally!  I come from the same small town as Rod Serling, the show's creator: Binghamton, NY!  And many of the episodes are based on Binghamton.  Which means that, as a proud Binghamtonian, whenever SyFy channel is showing a marathon, you must watch even if you already know all the episodes by heart.  Yes, even if Talky Tina gives you the ultimate willies.  And don't get me started on that hitchhiker!  My love of The Twilight Zone has made me appreciate good storytelling, GOOD Sci-Fi, and really really shitty special effects.  Hello, classic Doctor Who, I'm looking at you!  Which sort of brings us to...

4.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer  is indirectly the reason I chopped my long, long hair off in eighth grade.  Buffy looked great with a bob, what can I say?  When the show premiered, my friends and I were hooked.  We'd all gather at one home (usually the home whose mom made the best snacks, nachos FTW) and follow the foibles and fights of the sassy teenage heroine like crack.  After Buffy graduated high school, I fell off the bandwagon a bit until my own sophomore year of college, when I discovered how to steal cable from the downstairs neighbour and began watching seasons 4-7 in syndication early in the mornings before classes. 

5.  Battlestar Galactica  was introduced to me by a boy I liked.  Cringe, yes, I know.  He invited me over to watch it, which I assumed was a lame excuse to get me into his apartment...I was a little dismayed at first when he actually put the show on!  But even after feelings for the fella began to wane, I found I still loved the show and couldn't wait for that heart-pounding intro to start and the scenes to flash...just thinking about it gets my pulse racing!  I know it's kind of trashy (and the season on New Caprica totally jumped the shark, yes!) but I have re-watched this show so many times and still want to jump off the sofa with excitement every time!  So say we all!

Play along with me, The Nerdy Girlie, and SuperSpaceChick for the next couple months!  I want to see what everyone else comes up with!  And can you believe only ONE WEEK until Comic Con??  Here are the next topics in line for discussion so you can study up and come prepared to class:

October  3rd:  Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today
October 10th:  Geeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet Immediately
October 17th:  Characters I'd Love To Dress Up As For Halloween
October 24th:  My Must See List of Halloween Movies
October 31st:  The Halloween Candy I Always Hope For When Trick-Or-Treating

November  7th:  Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better
November 14th:  Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without
November 21st:  Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast
November 28th:  Black Friday Purchases I Would Sacrifice A Night Of Sleep For

See you next Friday, Fellow Fangirls!

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