I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to interview Fangirl, Podcaster and Blogger Mel Perez, @jane_anon.
I became aware of Mel through the Black Girl Nerds blog and the Twitter Star Wars and Doctor Who Fan Communities.
Welcome Mel to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions about being a Fangirl.
When do you realize you were a Fangirl?
I don’t have a specific moment that I can look to and say that’s when I realized it. I grew up loving 80s fantasy, science fiction and anime. Until maybe high school, I thought this was completely normal. It’s only later that I discovered that everyone wasn’t always watching Conan, Star Wars or some anime dubbed in Spanish in their free time. If I had to pick a time, I would probably say high school. That’s when I become involved in message boards, chat rooms and websites for the shows I loved. Shout out to AOL Chat. I guess that’s when my fangirling leveled up.
How has social media helped or hindered you?
For the most part, social media has helped me. It got me involved with Black Girl Nerds. It helped me find a group to start a podcast with. It’s how I find people who are interested in the same things as me. It’s not all positive though. There’s something about being a woman and especially a woman of color on social media that almost invites trolls. It paints a target on your back saying please question everything I say, assume I don’t know anything and basically treat me like an idiot. I’m not the best at dealing with them. It does make me want to leave sometimes. I’ve had periods when I had to lock my account just to avoid all of the people attacking me.
When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?
I was really young when I first saw Star Wars so I can’t say exactly when. I think my first clearest memory of seeing it was when I was 10. I was riveted to the screen. I remember my cousins trying to get my attention to go play outside but they would have had to drag me to get me away from that movie. The moment I saw Luke watch the twin suns setting on Tatooine with the John Williams score swelling in the background, I knew I was in love.
Star Trek, on the other hand, is a more interesting story. My mother and my grandmother loved the original show. I didn’t. It took me until after college to start watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. It took some time but I did fall in love with it and Deep Space Nine which took me even longer to watch. I still haven’t seen the original series though I did take my mother and grandmother to see the first reboot for Mother’s Day.
What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?
I’m not as involved in the Star Wars fan community as I would like. The fan communities I think of fondly are Harry Potter, Supernatural, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even Teen Wolf. I think fondly of these communities made up of mostly women who loved to talk about the works, write about them, vid them, etc. Being involved in these communities helped me come out of my shell. It pushed me to start writing. These communities emphasized that my opinion mattered and that it was okay emotionally invested in these properties. I’ve met so many amazing fangirls who have become true friends. Fangirls have brought so much joy into my life.
What else do you Fangirl about?
I named a few of them in the last answer. I’ve spent the past year fangirling about Yuri on Ice. It rekindled my love of figure skating which I am also now fangirling about. I’m still an MCU fangirl though I may get superhero fatigue now and then. Also comic books, marine animals, 80s fantasy movies forever, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Bob’s Burgers and mid to late 90s/early 2000s anime. After Star Wars, Doctor Who is probably my biggest fandom.
Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?
It’s awesome. It’s empowering. It’s fun. It’s fulfilling.
Where can others interact with you?
I can be found tweeting about comics, Yuri on Ice, Doctor Who or Star Wars at @jane_anon.
With the certainty of Earth’s inability to maintain the human race as it proceeds to fall into a two million year ice age, those in charge chose to send a religious group to Mars and the smartest brains available to Titan.
Those working on the Mars mission have split into religious factions.
Those working on the Titan mission have pulled together, creating a cohesive team, despite the endless sabotages. These sabotages were paid for by the religious group. Their stand is straightforward. Science and Religion do not mix. It is better that the human race die entirely rather than allow it to survive without God. Thus, 15 different traps are set to destroy the Titan mission.
Now if the religious factions would work together… Don’t count on that. They can’t even decide which religious leader will become the leader of them all.
Sounds hopeless to me, so let’s focus on the more interesting Titan Mission.
Meet Max Hunt, the nano-technologist in charge of choosing which brilliant minds will join the Titan Mission.
He looks friendly in this pic, but his Maxexplosions are well known and dreaded. When matters do not go his way, he is not a kind tyrant.
One matter that does not please him is that he is only leader of the scientists and students. A soldier has been placed in charge of the mission.
Meet Colonel Lancaster. He is in charge of the mission to Titan. Yep, he’s out of uniform because he’s working out to keep himself fit. He’s doing fine at that, don’t you think so?
Lancaster has been warned by Max that his bio-chemist, Tamara will be a problem.
She got the slot to be on this mission because she likes the color orange. She thought that a stupid differentiator, and told Max as much. While brilliant, Tamara’s greatest talent is her ability to create a cohesive work environment. That will make the difference once the Einstien Children show up. The first group was tasered and forced to go to class on only three hours of sleep. The second group thought they had been kidnapped. Amazingly, Tamara soothed them both into well behaved (most of the time) brilliant geniuses. Their specialties vary, but without question, they are all brilliant. I’ve placed them all into one picture so you won’t be overwhelmed. They arrive in two batches, but honestly, without Tamara’s soothing presence, they would have all been thrown into confinement. Instead, they become the salvation of the mission.
Here are a few other of the adult members of the team:
This is Dr. Bruce. He’s not handsome, but he can tell a joke.
Dr. David Sarns is both adept with computers and mechanics. He’s also cute.
This is Victor. He’s a brilliant mathematician and programmer. He entered college at 13, and in some ways, he has never grown up. Thus, when things don’t go his way, he behaves like a child, but once Tamara helps him grow up, he creates the most fabulous AI that has ever existed. Which is a good thing, because this mission would have failed due to all the sabotages if not for his AI.
Meet Scarlet, the finest AI program ever written. She chats with her humans via the various monitors all over their compound buried deep within a Montana mountain. Clearly, she has a sense of humor. She will save their lives many times in this and next book.
I should mention that Tamara requested children from 6 months to thirteen to be added to the mix so they could practice being parents. Otherwise, when they arrived at Titan and got pregnant, no one would know what to do with the babies and there would be no calling their mothers for help. However, when the babies arrived, it was declared the finest bit of sabotaged ever created. Everyone was sleep deprived and tortured.
And given there are 15 sabotages preset, they really didn’t need another.
If they survive all their disasters and go to Titan, I’ll have even more pics for you…
In celebration of Ahsoka Tano Day, I am republishing one of my earlier articles I wrote for TheCantinaCast blog…
What did Ahsoka learn from Anakin?
I thought now, would be good time to reflect on what Ahsoka learned from Anakin while she was his padawan during The Clone Wars. Perhaps, this can help us understand her character better, as we see her in Star Wars Rebels.
Ahsoka learned strategies from Anakin on how to outwit their Separatist adversaries.
Ahsoka obtained the skillset to teach others how to pass-on the necessary skills in battle and on the frontlines from Anakin and Obi-Wan.
Leave No One Behind
Ahsoka learned from Anakin that every life is important, especially those that are in danger.
How To Survive Despite The Odds
When Ahsoka was kidnapped by the Trandojians for sport, Ahsoka relied on what Anakin taught her, to not only survive in that hostile environment, but to encourage those around her as well.
When It Is OK To Disobey Orders
Ahsoka learned from Anakin that it was alright to disobey an order from the Jedi Council when circumstances warrant it.
So what else do you believe Ahsoka learned from Anakin?
Welcome to another installment of the interviews with Fanboys who Support Fangirls series.
Today, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl interviews Woodrow Hull, who is a Fanboy from Alaska. I met Woody via the Star Wars community on Twitter.
Thanks so much Woody for joining us today and for letting us get to know you better and how you support fellow Fangirls, like myself!
What fandoms are you a fanboy of and for how long?
I have been a fan of Sci Fi in general but fell in love with Star Wars when it came out in 77. I watched Star Trek with my dad in reruns growing up. I also read and collect a variety of comics and Fantasy books. TSR is another favourite along with Knaak Asprine Heinlein. There is just so much wonderful things to geek out over.
When did you first learn about Fangirls?
When I finally got on Twitter. Growing up at my local comic store we never saw a woman inside and dating was taboo to be geeky….for decades I never knew of women who were into geekness. Then I saw all these amazing women when I followed the Star Wars Celebration last year. I was shocked amazed and excited to see how much love there is, especially with the ladies working on Looking for Leia.
Who are the Fangirls you support?
I follow alot of cosplayers, especially, @Xenadd, she is one of the best I have seen.
What do you do to support Fangirls?
I try to be supportive online and like the cosplay. I sent @xenadd a coffee thing through PayPal. I defend against the haters and give encouragement. Wish I could do more and meet more, but living in Alaska is hard to do.
How has social media helped or hindered you in this effort?
It helped a lot! I never knew this many people in all walks of life, all personalities, all genres loved in this geeky life, as I do.
Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fanboy who supports Fangirl?
Show love and support. There is no reason to be hateful or derogatory. Don’t bash on someone’s cosplay how they look or who they want to pose with. Ask before touching or posing. No one I met at my first con refused a picture and those who had time enjoyed talking about their cosplay.
How can others get in touch with you?
Find me on Twitter @woodysalaskan