In Defense of Anime: My Love Letter to One Piece

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl welcomes The Cantina Cast blogger Kat as a guest today to give us her love letter to Anime and One Piece.

Take it away Kat…

One Piece logo

One Piece logo

 

In Defense of Anime: My Love Letter to One Piece

Anime often gets a bad rap. Despite that certain nerd fandoms are now becoming accepted, mainstream, and even “cool” (Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel/DC Heroes), liking anime is still socially unacceptable. Take for example a conversation I overheard at this year’s Denver Comic Con: One attendee was admiring another’s anime cosplay, but basically told his friend he couldn’t publicly admit to liking anime for fear of being judged. How telling is it that at a convention designed to celebrate Nerd-dom, this person still felt he couldn’t openly admit to liking anime? I daresay many people who love anime (myself included) have felt the same way.

But why is that the case? I believe there are two main reasons there’s a stigma associated with anime. The first is the old belief that cartoons are for children. While that perception has been changing with the advent of many Adult Swim shows, most Western cartoons for adults are primarily comedies. Anime, in contrast, encompasses every genre: comedy, romance, action, horror/thriller, fantasy, sci-fi, and more. And, well, there simply aren’t many Western equivalents that are marketed for adults. So to the average Westerner, an adult claiming he/she loves anime can seem a bit juvenile.

The other reason I believe there’s a stigma attached to anime is the “weeaboo” stereotype. (A “weeaboo” is a semi-offensive term for a non-Japanese person who is obsessed with Japan and Japanese culture. Many people associate obnoxious behavior with weeaboos, hence the unflattering connotation.) I believe many people that don’t “get” anime tend to stereotype anime fans as being obsessed with Japanese culture. But this really isn’t the case. Think about it this way: I don’t really enjoy watching sports, but I also don’t see all sports fans as obnoxious roided-up gym rats. In the same way, not everyone will enjoy watching anime, but those folks should also understand that most anime fans are not obsessed weeaboos. (And even those who are still have a right to their opinions!)

So to summarize: When the “weeaboo” stereotype is combined with the view of cartoons being childish, the result is a negative association with liking anime. However, both these perceptions are, in fact, misperceptions. But even this is beside the point! What it really comes down to is that it’s OKAY for people to like what they like, even if you don’t get it. Not everyone will like anime – just as not everyone likes Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, comic books, etc. And most importantly, no one should be made to feel embarrassed for liking what they like! With that said, if you are skeptical about anime, or have never given it a chance, I invite you to keep reading while I tell you about one of my favorite anime series, One Piece.


One Piece is based on the manga One Piece by Eiichiro Oda that tells the story of a pirate named Monkey D. Luffy. He is on a quest to become the King of the Pirates by finding the “One Piece” treasure of the previous Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. As he begins his quest, colorful characters join his crew, and they have adventures sailing the treacherous seas known as The Grand Line.

One of the brilliant and captivating nuances of this show is that every story arc, long or short, takes place at a different island or exotic location. To give you an idea, they visit a floating restaurant, stop at islands of every climate, end up inside a whale, soar to an island in the sky, sail to an island at the bottom of the sea, and much more! They encounter friends and foes, many of whom have strange and deadly powers. They run headlong into each new adventure, dodging the Navy, defeating warlords, searching for treasure, saving innocents, exploring crazy locations, and become stronger with each new encounter.

Monkey D Luffy

Monkey D Luffy

For as much as I love this show now, I’ll admit it took a while for me to give it a chance. To the outsider, One Piece can seem weird and a bit nebulous. It does, after all, have over 750 episodes and counting (the manga is also still being published). There are many characters, which can seem confusing, and most ads fail to capture the real heart of the show. It wasn’t until a Japanese friend told me it was his favorite anime that I decided to give it a try. Fast forward a couple years and I can honestly say that no show has made me laugh, smile, and cheer as much as One Piece.

Luffy and his crew

Luffy and his crew

This anime is an ode to the spirit of adventure, exploration, and pursuing dreams. It has real story progression, genuine character development, and a world where anything seems possible. And the cherry on top is that it’s all woven together with a kind of ridiculous and innocent humor I can’t help but love. But what really strikes me about this anime is how happy I feel when watching it. Even when the characters endure heartbreaking trials and desperate struggles, the spirit of this show is heartfelt and inspiring.

In a way, I feel that One Piece captures the spirit of anime as a whole. It demonstrates one of the medium’s biggest advantages: its versatility. Show creators have the leeway to play with ideas, characters, and situations that might otherwise prove unfeasible for, say, a live-action production. The other wonderful thing about anime is the storytelling, and One Piece is no exception. One Piece, as do most anime, features a character-driven story that allows the viewers to develop a kind of personal relationship with the characters.

I daresay there aren’t many American cartoons that have that kind of depth or focus on character development. For instance, I love Superman, but let’s be honest, he’s pretty static as a character. I’d say one notable exception, though, would be Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yes, its target audience is younger, but over the course of the show we get to see all the characters growing in skill and maturity. Not only that, but it has some moments of real laugh-out-loud comedy. This is the experience I have when watching One Piece. The characters draw me in as they grow from the challenges they face, and I sympathize with them as I can see my own emotional struggles and dreams reflected in the characters’ struggles and dreams. This powerful effect of good storytelling is, perhaps, the key to why I love anime so much.

If I’ve managed to peak your interest and you’d like to give One Piece a try, I should warn you about the show’s one flaw. One Piece, like many classic and popular anime such as Dragonball Z, Bleach, and Naruto, follows a format that is intended to draw out the story as long as possible. While the lengthy and often slow storytelling sometimes adds a great deal of depth to the show, it can also drag it down. Because of this, the show is definitely better suited to binge-watching than single episodes at a time. However, if you can overlook this one flaw (my husband gets around it by multitasking while streaming the dubbed version) One Piece has a wonderful story to tell – full of loveable characters and grand adventures – all presented through a medium that is vibrant, versatile, and highly entertaining. And I dare you to give it a try😉


Kat is a blogger for the Star Wars podcast The Cantina Cast. You can find her blogs at thecantinacast.net as well as their new site, thecantinacast.com. Have thoughts or comments you’d like to share? You can reach her by email at errantventurer@gmail.com and on Twitter @ErrantVenturer.

Adam Bray on Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

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The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl welcomes author Adam Bray to talk about his latest project for DK Books, Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.

Adam Bray at Motor City Comic Con

Adam Bray at Motor City Comic Con

Welcome Adam to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions about this recent project.


What was you first introduction to the Marvel Universe?

My earliest memories of Marvel are from watching the Incredible Hulk TV show with Lou Ferrigno, and the Spider-Man cartoons in the 1980’s. I loved the cartoons, but it always seemed like the same two episodes were playing every time I turned it on!

Who is your favorite Marvel character and why?

Spider-Man! I think it’s probably because of the life-long connection I have with the character since my early childhood, and of all the Marvel characters he’s arguably had the most spotlight, so he is the most familiar. Peter Parker as a characters is so relatable. He deals with real-world problems in addition to his more fanciful superhero challenges.

What is the story of how you were approached to work on Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know?

This is my first Marvel book. I’d been wanting to branch out to Marvel for a long time, so I was thrilled when DK asked me to join the team of authors. I’d already co-authored a Star Wars book with the same format, so DK was happy to have someone on the team who already had experience as we figured out what works best for the “Absolutely Everything You Need to Know” books.

What areas of this book did you work on?

I really worked on a dream line-up! My parts included Spider-Man, Doc Oc and Norman Osborn, Captain America, Red Skull, Daredevil, the Avengers, the Civil War, Hank Pym, The Wasp and Ultron, among others…

What kind of research did you have to do for this?

Lots! Months of it! I was surrounded by DK reference books, Marvel comics and the internet, reading all day long about each of the characters, teams, objects and events that I wrote about. One of the things I enjoy about writing any book is the opportunity to learn. And I learned SO MUCH while researching and writing this book!

What is your favorite character or section to work on and why?

All things Spider-man, for the reasons mentioned previously. Captain America was probably a close second. His sort of pseudo-historical background tie-ins (as it relates to world war history) is fascinating, and it’s nice to have an old-fashioned patriotic American good-guy. Those are becoming less common in entertainment media these days—so oddly, it’s actually very refreshing! Ultron was also really fascinating as I learned more and more about him. He’s a complicated character!

Who inspires and encourages you to continue to work as a writer?

Ultimately it’s my own internal drive to keep working with this great material, be creative and make my own contributions, and develop my career as a writer. But I look to the other authors and artists making Marvel comics, as well as the teams making great Marvel movies. Their creativity, art and achievements inspire me to keep going, and give me lots of great material to work with. The same is of course true for Star Wars too!

Is there anything else you would like to share about Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know?

It’s a very fun book, and it will appeal to any fan, regardless of their age, and whether they are new to Marvel, a casual fan or a life-long expert. Marvel content is so vast that nobody can know everything, so there’s lots for anyone to learn within the pages of our book! It’s full of countless fun facts, trivia, and all the essentials to get a well-rounded foundation regarding Marvel’s characters, teams, artifacts and events.

Where can fans find you?

I’ll be signing Marvel: AEYNTK at Wizard World Chicago, August 18-21, Capital City Comic-Con in East Lansing, MI on August 27, and of course in one of the cities as part of the Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Book Tour, http://www.dk.com/us/explore/events/marvel-absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-book-tour/
and of course people can find me on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/authoradambray


Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need To Know is packed with fun facts, bizarre-but-true tales, and quirky insights into everyone’s favorite Marvel comic characters, including The Avengers, Spider-Man, and Daredevil.

Discover why the Hulk comes in three different varieties—green, gray, and red—and how a frog once gained Thor’s powers! This unique guide sheds light on the most fascinating corner of the Marvel Comics Universe, from secrets of the Super Heroes to the making of Marvel’s finest and strangest comic moments.

From behind-the-scenes revelations to strange and interesting facts, Marvel Absolutely Everything You Need to Know will surprise and delight new and die-hard Marvel fans.

Available now via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Indiebound, Walmart and other retailers.

Interview with Author Liana Brooks

It is a pleasure to welcome author Liana Brooks, author of Convergence Point.

Welcome Liana to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your story better.

What does the title of this novel signify?

The title is CONVERGENCE POINT, and it is about literal convergence points, places in the space-time continuum where two or more realities meet. In this instance, the main character finds she’s being hunted by a serial killer from a parallel universe while another version of herself hunts the killer.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?

Agent Sam Rose is the main character and her name is stolen from a dear friend who inspired the series. And Hoss the Dog is got his name from Harry Dresden. Originally Sam was going to name the dog Bothari (after the character created by Louis McMaster Bujold) but when I shortened the name it didn’t work. So I changed Bothari to Hoss because he’s the same size as a small horse.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

I grew up reading fantasy, and then one of my friends gave me a copy of the STAINLESS STEEL RAT by Harry Harrison to read, and I realized there was a genre like fantasy but with more explosions. I was hooked.
When I started writing I did dabble in fantasy, but I had Anne McCaffery Syndrome. Every fantasy novel I started wound up with spaceships in it.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

… this questions implies that I am sane. I’m not. Authors are not sane. We spend most the day in made-up worlds talking to our imaginary friends. My characters are much more grounded than I am. Sam eats healthy, exercises, and strives to have a good work-life balance. Of the two of us, she is much better at this whole Being An Adult thing.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel that was different from others?

CONVERGENCE POINT is set in New Smyrna, Florida, a little bit north of where I went to college, so I had a head start on world-building. I enjoyed setting a book in what is essentially my home state (adopted… but let’s not be picky!). There are quirks to Florida that make it a fun place to write a book. The mangal swamps are one of my favorite places to go in college; forcing my characters to hike through there amused me. It might have scared some of my readers though, even after I took the spiky spiders out.

What makes you laugh?

Well-delivered one-liners. I love when someone can see the humor in an otherwise awful situation.

What makes you cry?

Sick babies, dead animals, being away from friends… all of those make me sad.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

Are you asking about Easter Eggs in the book? I’m trying to remember what I snuck into CONVERGENCE POINT… the last book in the series – DECOHERENCE – comes out September 13 and has a reference to Hamilton in it. But I don’t remember if I managed to sneak a musical reference into CONVERGENCE POINT. There is probably a Firefly reference, and maybe an allusion to Tolkien or Jim Butcher. I am a Geek, and I like everything geeky. I’m more Trekkie than Jedi, and it all sneaks into my writing.

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Again, thank you Liana for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you and your story, Convergence Point.

More about Liana…
Liana Brooks writes science fiction and sci-fi romance for people who like fast ships, big guns, witty one-liners, and happy endings. She lives in Alaska with her husband, four kids, and giant mastiff puppy. When she isn’t writing she enjoys hiking the Chugach Range, climbing glaciers, and watching whales.

You can find Liana on the web at www.lianabrooks.com or on Twitter as @LianaBrooks.

You can learn more about Liana and her stories by visiting GoodReads | Amazon Author Page | Liana’s Newsletter

Convergence Point, A Time & Shadows Mystery

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Agent Samantha Rose has already died once…and knows the exact date she’ll die again.

Having taken down a terrorist organization bent on traveling through time to overthrow the government, Sam figured she was done dealing with the unbelievable. Finally out of backwater Alabama, she’s the senior agent in a Florida district, and her life is back on track.

Until a scientist is found dead. And then an eco-terrorist. And then a clone of herself…again.

As the pieces start to fall together, they paint a picture that seems to defy everything they know about time and physics. But the bodies are all too real, and by partnering up with Agent MacKenzie once more, they might just figure out what’s going on. And when.


Available at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | HarperCollins | iTunes | Google Play

Recent Adventures: London

Recently, I took a trip overseas to London, England, with my husband, to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 and to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Since this is our second trip to London, first time was our honeymoon, and our time was limited, we had the following adventures…

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

Everyday Fangirl, Patty, with her Star Wars Celebration Europe Badge

Everyday Fangirl, Patty, with her Star Wars Celebration Europe Badge

Most of our trip, three plus days, was dedicated to attending this amazing Star Wars fan event. We had an awesome time and you can read about my adventures during the event via this TheCantinaCast blog article.

Geek Shopping

Forbidden Planet logo and sign

Forbidden Planet logo and sign

My husband has been hearing about the amazing Geek Superstore, Forbidden Planet, from Podcasts and other sources. Located near the theatre district of London, this store included tons of geek merchandise that we could look at and buy for all kinds of franchises including Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and many others. In addition, we received a coupon during Star Wars Celebration Europe. Therefore, this was a MUST stop on our itinerary!

Geek merchandise on sale at Forbidden Planet

Geek merchandise on sale at Forbidden Planet

Antiquing

After we finished shopping at Forbidden Planet, we decided to wander around and look at the Antique stores located near there. One of the shops we visited had many statues of famous figures including Winston Churchill and Napoleon.

Antique items for sale at Mark Sullivan Antiques & Decoratives

Antique items for sale at Mark Sullivan Antiques & Decoratives

Covent Garden

Apple Market in Covent Garden

Apple Market in Covent Garden

One of the main things we did while shopping in London was to explore shops and dealer stalls at Covent Garden. There were all kinds of Antiques and other kinds of merchandise for sale and my husband found a few items to buy that he was looking for.

Antiques and merchandise on sale at Covent Garden

Antiques and merchandise on sale at Covent Garden

Oxford Street

Many shoppers strolling down Oxford Street

Many shoppers strolling down Oxford Street

We took a stroll down Oxford Street and saw all the different stores selling fashion and tourist items along this busy street near The British Museum.

The British Museum

  

Even though we visited The British Museum before, we included it again on this trip because there are new items and exhibitions that were not there 20 years ago.

Japan Gallery at the British Museum

Japan Gallery at the British Museum

Sightseeing via Taxi

Most of our sightseeing of the city of London took place while we rode a taxi back to the airport. 

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Ritz Hotel

The Ritz Hotel

The National Gallery

The National Gallery

So what do you think of my recent adventures?

What would you do if you went to London?

Interview with a Fangirl: Kate

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview podcaster, blogger and of course fangirl, Kate

I first became aware of Kate when she first started podcasting for Who Wars and now for Blabba The Hutt.

  

Welcome Kate to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions!

Thanks for inviting me to answer the questions!

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

I guess you could say I was born a fangirl. My mom and older brothers are very nerdy and I followed in their footsteps. Some of my earliest memories are watching Star Trek: The Next Generation together as a family and It’s early moments like these that helped pave the way to where I’m at now.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

The main channel of social media I use is Twitter and I’ve found it to be an overwhelming positive experience. It’s encouraged me to break out of my introverted shell and express myself through writing and podcasting. I’ve also met awesome people from around the world including Jamie, my cohost on Blabba the Hutt, who’s from Ireland!

I think the trick with social media, like life, is the surround yourself with people who understand you and inspire you to be the best person possible. Obviously we can’t completely eliminate all negativity from our life, but with a strong support system and a little help from the mute/block buttons, social media can be a rich and rewarding experience!

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

My older siblings were always talking about this “Star Wars” thing growing up but I never actually watched them until the Special Editions were rereleased in theaters in 1997. I fell instantly in love.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

I love how Star Wars brings us together regardless of where we come from. We are a huge force (pun intended!) for good when we help out our fellow fan whether it’s something small or momentous. Being a part of this community teaches us that together we can make a difference and that together we are stronger.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Lots of things. Star Trek. The Beatles. Doctor Who. Jurassic Park. Disney. Marvel. Pop culture in general. And also a lot of other random things like animals, science, art, fashion, food, technology and more!

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Stay passionately curious, embrace your nerdiness and share it with the world!

Thanks again Kate for letting us get to know you and your fandom better.

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More about Kate:

    Follow her on Twitter @kamiduu, @blabbathehutt and @NofPPod
    You can find her writing on various blogs including blabbathehutt.net or nerdofparadise.net

Interview with a Fangirl: Jenmarie

I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!

Today, it is my pleasure to interview blogger and of course fangirl, Jenmarie!

  
I first became aware of Jenmarie through her blog Anakin and His Angel and through her interactions via Twitter.

Welcome Jenmarie to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions!

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

I can’t remember an exact time I realized I was a Fangirl. I honestly wasn’t even aware of that term until maybe my late teens/early twenties. But I definitely knew I was a “fan” of many things including Star Wars, Disney, The Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Everything in my room growing up represented what I loved. Almost every inch of my wall was covered in posters from my favorite films and magazine pages of my favorite actors, which obviously mostly consisted of people from Star Wars. I knew I was a fan because of my collections, my different websites/blogs dedicated to said obsessions over the years, and my devotion to watching everything I loved a myriad of times.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Social media is a great way to share the content you create with the world. Without it I believe I would’ve struggled in getting myself back into the Star Wars community after a semi-hiatus from Anakin and His Angel. But social media isn’t just about branding yourself and sharing updates on your latest content or random thoughts. I’ve made some of my best Star Wars friends over Twitter! Engaging with the community is one of my favorite things about being a blogger. I love being able to share in exciting moments with other fans, encouraging others, and supporting them and their own work.

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I first saw A New Hope at eleven years old in 1997 during it’s re-release in theaters. I loved everything about it and was an immediate fan! I started collecting figures and other random pieces and eventually saw the other films. Although my siblings and I seemed to have watched A New Hope the most often, The Empire Strikes Back was always my favorite of the three. However, it was The Phantom Menace that somehow took my love of Star Wars to the next level. My collection began to grow even more and it was also around this time that I created my Star Wars blog.

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or any other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?

The Star Wars Community has always impressed me by their belief in accepting ANYONE into the great big giant family it is. There is drama from time to time, but you’re going to find that wherever you go. Even with the occasionally chaotic disagreements among the fans, I have never known any other fandom to be so friendly and supportive. There are friendships between people that I think some would glance at and probably consider highly unlikely and it’s one of the coolest things! If Chewbacca and C-3PO can be friends, anyone can! I think it’s a shame that more people don’t portray the mindset of being friendly and accepting towards others outside of the Star Wars fandom.

What else do you Fangirl about?

I absolutely love Disney! In fact, I was a Disney fan before I was a Star Wars fan. My favorites are the classics like Beauty and the Beast (which I saw eleven times in the theater), and Alice in Wonderland. I am always singing Disney Songs, and I’ve been a Disneyland passholder most of my life. I also really love X-men, Marvel, DC, LOTR, etc.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Fangirl about anything you want to and don’t ever be ashamed about what you love! Enjoy it, and live it!

Thanks again Jenmarie for letting us get to know you and your fandom better.

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More about Jenmarie | @acrossthestars
Anakin And His Angel
http://www.anakinandhisangel.com

Jenmarie is a thirty-year-old who is completely obsessed with Star Wars and has been blogging about it for fifteen years on Anakin and His Angel. She enjoys sharing content pertaining to Star Wars fashion and collecting, and also likes to write various articles which include everything from talking about hair in the galaxy to recognizing characters with anxiety. Of course, you can always expect Anakin and Padme content from time to time as well. Jenmarie likes to provide a little bit of everything which she believes keeps things fresh and exciting for her readers!

You can follow Jenmarie via her Blog: http://www.anakinandhisangel.com, her Twitter account, her Instagram account or her Facebook page.

Fanboy who Supports Fangirls: Interview with Adam


Welcome to a new series of interviews with Fanboys who Support Fangirls.

Today, The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl interviews Author, StarWars.com contributor and of course Fanboy, Adam Bray about his efforts to support Fangirls like myself.


Thank you so much Adam for stopping by The Adventures of the Everyday today to let us know more about you and about your efforts to support Fangirls!

What fandoms are you a fanboy of and for how long?

Actually, I’m a big Middle Earth geek! I’ve spent a lot of time in New Zealand, been to two of The Hobbit premiers and many of the big premier parties, met many of the cast and crew, and visited the film locations. I’ve even been to the Hobbiton film set two or three times now! I probably own two of everything sold at the Weta Cave shop by now as well!

Of course, Star Wars and anything from Lucasfilm has been a life-long passion. However, on a more casual level, franchises like Farscape, Star Trek, Aliens and anything from Pixar.

When did you first learn about Fangirls?

Probably through Ashley Eckstein and Her Universe, and the ladies at the Fangirls Going Rogue podcast.

Who are the Fangirls you support?

Of course, I really admire Ashley Eckstein and all her achievements. Her talent, creativity, entrepreneurship and leadership skills all make her a great role model for anybody. Vanessa Marshall too, for all the same reasons. I’ve recently discovered artists Jenny Dolfen and Ksenia Z (Lorna_ka). And I’m a fan of all the podcasts that Johnamarie Marcias, Sarah Woloski, Teresa Delgado, and my co-author Tricia Barr create.

What do you do to support Fangirls?

Inclusion is important, as is encouragement. I make an effort to help promote projects of female fans and colleagues, and share things that I think will be of interest or a useful resource for them.

How has social media helped or hindered you in this effort?

Social media is a focal point for me in many things. It’s how I get the majority of my information anymore, so I stay up-to-date with what female fans and colleagues are doing that way. It’s also a primary way I help spread the word about what they are doing—whether that is new announcements for podcasts, books and blogs posts, or new artwork and products, or even film and television projects. It is important to encourage your friends and the people whose work you admire, so I try to intentionally help given them a social media boost when I can.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fanboy who supports Fangirl?

I think it is important to stay positive. It’s easy in fandom and social media to slip into criticism or get territorial. But generally if you encourage and support others, they will usually do the same for you. None of us wants to be surrounded by negativity. So, I’m not perfect—I make lots of mistakes—but on social media now I try to stick to positive comments as much as possible. That old saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all,” is so wise! Promote the things you like. Don’t waste time talking about the things you don’t—unless it is something really important—something worth the consequences. But always try to think about what you say before you say it—how it will impact other people—and does the thing you want to post actually align itself with your purpose for being on social media in the first place? Will it draw negative or positive responses to you—and is that something you want to deal with the rest of the day? That’s an important thing to practice when dealing with anyone, whether male or female fans.

Thanks again Adam for joining us today!

You can follow Adam’s efforts via Twitter or via his website, http://www.adambray.com.

Interview with Author: Daniel Haight

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It is a pleasure to welcome Science Fiction author of Flotilla, Daniel Haight.

Welcome Daniel to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your story better.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The title ‘Flotilla‘ doesn’t signify anything deep – it’s what you call a group of ships together on the ocean, which fits the setting of the story.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

Sure. I think the biggest example of this would be Jim, the main character. He’s a reference to Jim Hawkins, the main character of ‘Treasure Island.’ As one of the first great adventure/pirate stories, I wanted to make an homage that people would recognize.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

Oh, that was easy – I’ve been reading / writing / watching sci-fi since I was in the 6th grade! I remember watching Star Wars and Star Trek and being so enthralled by the stories that I wanted to invent my own universes to play in.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Ha! Good question – I’m not sure writers *are* sane. There’s a great Frederick Forsyth quote that goes ‘People make allowances for writers, as for all other lunatics.’
At the end of the day, we’re all the same weird, naked apes … writers just have their own way of expressing creativity. We’re sculpting ideas and emotions into words on the page instead of carving on stone. That’s all we’re doing. As far as the characters reflecting … you might be surprised to learn that our characters have nothing to do with us! I’m finishing a short story right now where I genuinely hate the main character. I hate the choices he makes, the attitudes he has and the way he comes across to other people. He isn’t noble, he has almost no redeeming qualities at all. That’s a polar opposite to the person I try to be. On the flip side, sometimes characters reflect your own choices but really it’s about creating a ‘room’ inside your head. Inside that room are the setting, and your characters and it’s like I’m watching them like a reporter. I let them go, talk, fight and act … then I write down what happens.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

Ooh, tons of research – I usually have three or four tabs open – one to Google, one to Wikipedia and I’m back and forth constantly going “Okay, if he’s going to use this gun or this tool, what do they look like? What do they sound like? How would this *really* feel if I were there right now?

What makes you laugh?

I’ve actually thought about this question! I love ironic and whimsical humor – stuff like Monty Python and ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look.’ Then I’ll get bored of that and go listen to Jeff Foxworthy. You’ll get a laugh out of me if you say something really honest and authentic. Sometimes humor is the sincerest form of commentary.

What makes you cry?

I get upset when I hear about things happening to kids or other innocent creatures: animals, people … whatever. Hearing about people being cruel really pushes a button on me.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

I’m a fan of great authors (Elmore Leonard, William Gibson, Allen Steele, Hunter S Thompson) and I try to reflect their level of quality in the writing. Can’t say I’m there yet but I’m trying to be.:)

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Again, thank you Daniel for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you and your story, Flotilla.


Flotilla is an unyielding exploration of people and technology in a perilous world. When 15-year-old Jim joins his dad on Colony D, he doesn’t see it as the new frontier in green technology and sustainability; he sees a free pass out of rehab to spend the summer on a man-made island in the Pacific. Jim thinks his troubles are marooned on the mainland, but it turns out that his dad has secrets of his own. When things stop adding up, and Jim becomes suspicious, he makes a horrible discovery.

But now, that’s the least of his problems.

The United States come under attack, and Jim’s parents go missing. Drug runners and modern-day pirates are coming to settle a score. All he and his sister have now are an old boat, limited supplies, and each other. Jim must race against time if he wants to escape the catastrophic meltdown of civilization.



Flotilla
is available through Amazon US, Amazon UK or Amazon Japan and on the Shelf at Barnes & Noble in Manchester, CT!

Contact Daniel via www.flotillaonline.com, Twitter @FlotillaOnline, his Facebook page, Reddit or the author page on Amazon.

#AtoZChallenge2016: Reflections

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#AtoZChallenge2016 Reflections


Hurray! I survived the 2016 AtoZChallenge!

This challenge started out strong with posts being completed and scheduled ahead time.  Unfortunately, as the month progressed, due to family medical issues, my posts were harder to create, let alone schedule ahead of time.
However, thanks to the encouragement of my readers, over 100 of you, I completed this year’s challenge!

AtoZ reader stats for 2016 Challenge

AtoZ reader stats for 2016 Challenge

Now that this goal has been achieved, I can proudly display the 2016 A to Z Challenge banner image on the About page of this blog!

Thanks so much for going on this journey with me.  Everyone who visited the blog and read some or all of the posts during this challenge are precious to me. I really hope you were entertained by the theme, the topics and content generated by this challenge. In addition, I hope that many of you will come back and visit my blog again soon.

Star Wars Day!

Today is May the fourth and it is Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day Everyone! I am celebrating by…


Wearing this favorite Star Wars outfit from Her Universe!


Listening to the newest Star Wars novel, Bloodline.


Interacting wth my fellow Star Wars Fangirls, like Darth Makenna.


And of course watching my newest favorite Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens!

So how are you celebrating Star Wars Day?

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