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Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is going on in your life. Today I am proudly confessing that I am a geek. Okay so no one is surprised. ;-)

When I was eight years old I discovered the science fiction/fantasy section of my library. That started me on the road to geekdom and I’ve been a geek ever since. I have attended and even run science fiction conventions. I watched Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Prisoner, Battlestar Galactica both old and new, etc. I have read The Lord of the Rings multiple times. I love the movies. I’m going to go see The Hobbit today.

My bookshelves are crammed with Tolkien, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Roger Zelazny, Arthur C. Clarke, Terry Pratchett, and many, many more. I still love reading science fiction and fantasy. I am writing a fantasy series. Much of my art has a fantasy or science fiction bent to it.

When my monitor decided to go wonky on Christmas day I was able to disconnect it and trade it out with the monitor on the other computer. I have two desktops, a laptop, a pocket PC, and a cell phone that connects to the Internet. I have two digital cameras and a 35mm one.

I love science and space exploration. I stayed up live blogging here on Daily Kos to watch Curiosity land on Mars. I read astronomy books. I watch Brian Greene’s NOVA shows on string theory. I follow Michiko Kaku and Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Facebook. I loved Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.

A statue of Marvin the Martian guards my front door. My house is filled with dragons and unicorns and other fantasy figures. My walls are filled with space and fantasy art.

I have finished my first short story collection called Sean’s Stories and just finished the first story Aurora’s World in the new collection that will be called Sean and the China Doll. In this collection I am giving girls a kick-ass heroine called Princess Jade.

My greatest accomplishment as a geek was to influence my niece to be a geek. She in turn is raising three geeks. Her kids think I am a kick-ass Aunt. I introduced Tristen to Dune and he loved it. We have missed exits and had to double back because they were so interested in my stories of science fiction conventions and the guests that I have worked with that they missed telling me where our exit was. When people tell me I’m a geek or a nerd I tell them thank you. For me being a geek means that I am able to think outside the box. It means that I believe there is life out there and that we are not alone. It means that I love science. It means I refuse to be boxed into a mold that does not fit me. I am what I am, a geek and proud of it.

Sean’s Stories Collection

Sean and the China Doll: Aurora’s World

Science Fiction/Fantasy Art

Space Art

The cover art for the next story A Study in Black.

Study in Black

3:15 PM PT: Geek Heaven achieved! Check out the new edition of Christopher J. Garcia's Hugo award winning on-line fanzine with art work by yours truly on pages 12, 39, and 47

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  •  Cookies (11+ / 0-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:17:18 AM PST

  •  I Am The "Cool" Uncle (5+ / 0-)

    to my niece. Here she is:

    Katie On Her Laptop (2012)

    I got her four things for X-Mas. Two LeapFrog games. A Lego kit (my "old school" geek showing). A donation in her name to the Elepahnt Santurary.

    Not sure if she understood the last gift, but I bet in time she will.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:56:05 AM PST

  •  Larry Correia (4+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, michelewln, krwada, SchuyH

    If I may, I'd like to take this opportunity to endorse the novels of Larry Correia, particularly The Grimnoir Chronicles.

    Correia is a conservative and very pro-gun and dislikes Obama, but his work is very charming and funny, and unlike some other conservative geeks, he does not let his politics intrude very much into his creations.   At least that's my opinion.

    If you're against buying anything written by a conservative, I would then point you in the direction of Jacqueline Carey, particularly her novel Santa Olivia.

    I'm not actually sure what, if any, politics Carey follows, but she wrote the acclaimed and extremely sex-positive Kushiel series, so you can at least be sure she's no social conservative.  ;)

    I purchased books by both authors yesterday.   Hope you read them both and have fun doing so.

  •  I'm a geek too. (6+ / 0-)

    I grew up on Star Wars and Star Trek. I wrote a Star Wars fan fiction novella before I knew what fan fiction was, and before Darth Vader died. (Jedi made me go "Oh no, now what am I going to do, I have Vader in my story!")
    FloridaSNDad is a geek too. His "Geek Score" was a few points ahead of me because he has an 'official" Star Trek rank and I don't. Both of us were raised on Tolkein, Brooks, Asimov, Bradbury, McCafferty, and Piers Anthony.

    We are raising two geek kids who prefer to watch Mythbusters, STNG, Grimm, or Twilight Zone reruns over typical teen and pre-teen cartoons. They're also reading the same authors, and new ones as well.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:02:23 AM PST

  •  This is my wife's conundrum... (5+ / 0-)

    ...that she generally dislikes geeks and geek culture but, as I am fond of pointing out to her, she chose to marry one. :)

    Muslims and tigers and bears, oh my!

    by JDsg on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:48:06 AM PST

  •  The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth (4+ / 0-)
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    steamed rice, michelewln, krwada, SchuyH

    I was born geeky...parents were teachers, and my mother comes from a long line of scientists and educators (mostly botany and chemistry), including the women, who got college educations at a time when most did not. When Mom was in grad school, she worked in the English Department of UMO (among the undergrads at the time: Stephen King and his wife Tabitha).

    Among my childhood toys were Edwardian-era lab equipment and Victorian novelties like a stereopticon, as well as textbooks from those eras, so I grew up steeped in the Steampunk aesthetic without even realizing it!

    My Mom was a fan of the original Star Trek and so we watched that religiously, both in first run and in syndication; I remember buying books based on TOS with my allowance and babysitting money. My Dad liked quirky British  shows like The Prisoner and The Avengers, and was a huge fan of Monty Python, so we watched those too. PBS (then called "ETV") was the default channel at our house most of the time, and everything screeched to a halt if there was a good documentary on science or space or nature....and of course every time the Doctor Who theme song played.

    Kids used to come to my house after school to watch re-runs of the '60s live-action Batman, another geeky fave, and I used to sneak over to a friend's house to watch forbidden episodes of Dark Shadows, or stay up past my bedtime to watch freaky episodes of Night Gallery. During my self-conscious teen years I channeled my predilection for quirky entertainment into a passion for British music and fashion, as well as speculative fiction, but I never quite lost my Inner Fangirl.

    I was fortunate enough to be working at a university in the early days of the internet (as we recognize it now) and so am an online veteran since Usenet days (22+ years and counting!) which means I was there for early online fandom, too. Then, as now, the hallmark of a geek (or nerd, if you prefer) is their enthusiasm. As author John Green put it:

    “…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. ...when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.”
    Non-ironic, unapologetic enthusiasm can change the world --- I've seen it up close. I've had the opportunity to hang out with some awesomely geeky people over the years: I know folks who helped build the web and sequence the human genome; people who work to develop Artificial Intelligence and improve search algorithms and protect your online rights. I know people who drive undersea robots, people who figured out how to stop people from dying of AIDS, and people who are creating the way we will be shopping in ten or twenty years. If these folks are nerds, or geeks, then we need more of them. They make me proud to be a geek, and I consider myself lucky to be in their wonderfully nerdy company.


    "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

    by Vacationland on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 08:18:10 AM PST

  •  Just Got Back (4+ / 0-)
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    krwada, FloridaSNMOM, Vacationland, SchuyH

    I just got back from seeing The Hobbit. I really enjoyed it. The special effects are so good. It is amazing how real they are now. I loved The Lord of the Rings but I have to say Weta Workshop has really come light years from those movies.

    I'm such a geek though I'm already planning on making Galadrial's dress for the next Science Fiction convention I go to.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 12:40:35 PM PST

  •  *fistbump of geek solidarity!* (1+ / 0-)
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