I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to interview Annie Stoll who is a Grammy Winning art director, an award-winning designer/illustrator and of course a Fangirl!
I became aware of Annie through the Twitter Star Wars Fangirl Community.
Welcome Annie and thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you better.
When do you realize you were a Fangirl?
I think I’ve always been a fan of things that I liked but maybe not till a few years ago was I aware of the term “fan girl” in a positive light. I’m totally down with it. It’s great to share what you like and enjoy new experiences with media.
How has social media helped or hindered you?
It has helped in that I have met so many amazing and wonderful people who have become real pals. I’m constantly inspired by artists I find on social media. Although, I do think that social media does have a down side — sometimes it makes us communicate less or be more self-conscious about who we really are. The important thing to remember is that the number of followers next to your name is not your self-worth. What matters is making art and lifting up artists.
When did you first see Star Wars or other favorite fandom, such as Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, etc. and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?
Star Wars and LOTR are instant likes for sure! Harry Potter I was super resistant to, but when I finally read the books, in a better headspace, I ended up really enjoying them!
What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or other fan communities that has had a positive impact on your life?
I have been so very lucky to be embraced by some really amazing communities especially the Star Wars fandom. And as someone who has and does participate in it myself, I really love how supportive and positive that fandom can be. I love how much fans work to do events for charity as well as dream big and have fun discussions that lift each other up about the stories and characters! Fandom can really do a lot of good when they focus on balance and joyful compassion. I’m always full of love and gratitude for the positivity and creativity that fan communities can create.
What else do you Fangirl about?
Everything???? Indie music, Kpop, Jrock & Jpop…. Lots of different IPs and comics, zines and every single indie artist out there working hard online and in the artist alleys.
Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?
Have fun and don’t be afraid to be yourself. It’s important to treat others with the love and respect you want to be treated with. When all that works out, you will have a blast!
Where can others interact with you?
Twitter & IG @Aniistoll
The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl welcomes back author Veronica Scott as a guest blogger to talk about her newest release, GABE.
Take it away Veronica!
A Peak at the next BADARI WARRIORS Novel: GABE By Veronica Scott
Thanks for having me as a guest! Always thrilled to have a chance to talk about how things are going with the writing and the books!
I had a special thrill recently when AYDARR, book one of the series, won the I Heart Indie contest in the SF&F romance category.
GABE is the fifth book of the series, although – why did I do such a confusing thing?! – TIMTUR actually came out in mid-October under the In the Stars Romance label and is book 2.5 of the entire line of Badari adventures. His story fell between the events in MATEER and JADRIAN on the series timeline. So if you missed the story of how Timtur the healer and Lily the human teacher became mates, please do go pick that title up from your favorite ebook seller.
But getting back to Gabe, he’s a human, kind of devil-may-care ex-military guy and a supporting character since book one of the series. I have a special fondness for him and I always knew I’d give him his own book. There’s a special twist to the story, relating to who his mate turns out to be. The reveal comes pretty early in the book but SPOILER alert:
SPOILER: Keshara, the heroine, isn’t human. She’s a Badari woman!
The very fact that everyone has been so adamant all along in the series that there are no Badari females, that the evil alien scientists never created any, has been tantalizing to me as the author. I had to ensure there ARE Badari women just to confound everyone on the planet. But they needed a good solid backstory of how they came to be and how Gabe of all people meets them. I had great fun writing this book and I hope the readers will enjoy seeing the events unfold.
Now enjoy this excerpt of GABE!
Setting: Keshara is on the run, escaping from her home, and sees Gabe’s flyer crash. She debates whether to go investigate…
Deciding not to risk herself in the storm for mere curiosity’s sake, she prepared to return to the cozy den when a flash of lightning illuminated the sky and she caught sight of a new problem. A man was falling, clinging to a strange harness. He seemed to be fighting whatever was slowing his fall, and it was clear to Keshara he was descending much too fast.
Heart pounding, hand on the hilt of her knife, she watched him attempt to blunt the shock of hitting the ground by allowing his body to go limp. As he collided hard with the muddy, rock strewn ground near her den, she winced in unwilling sympathy. Through the driving rain she watched him, but he made no attempt to rise. After a minute, she heard an exclamation of pain and a few words with the force of a curse.
Enemy or not, Keshara didn’t have the heart to leave the poor man to die in the cold rain. She could at least go check out the situation, see if he had any chance to survive his amazing fall.
Adjusting her rain cape, knife at the ready, she crawled from the tunnel, rose to her feet and ran to where the man lay. Cringing as thunder boomed overhead, she prayed the lightning would hold off. The man lay on his back, one arm flung over his eyes and, as she drew close, she froze in astonishment.
He had no large crest of red and yellow hair and his skin tones were pale. He wasn’t Khagrish.
He was of some species unknown to her, similar to her own perhaps.
Groaning, he attempted to sit up but cut the move short with a jerk as he realized she was nearby. He fumbled at his hip as if searching for a weapon that was no longer there, lost in the turbulent fall perhaps. Then he spoke in a variation on her own language, the secret tongue the Director was unaware the sisters all knew. His accent was odd, some of the words made no sense, but the general meaning was clear.
“Well, you’re the last thing I was expecting.” He managed a lopsided grin despite obvious injuries, blood welling from a bad cut on one thigh and another on his head. He swiped moisture from his face. “Can we get out of the rain before we do introductions?”
Tongue tied, she stared at him. His face was undeniably handsome, although set right now in lines of pain, radiating from his eyes and lips. He was probably the same height as she was, well over six feet, and since his odd uniform was plastered to his body by the rain, Keshara could tell he was solidly built, with the muscles and sinews of one who was a deadly fighter. And what the wet fabric outlined between his legs was impressive as well. Her primary knowledge of males was gleaned from study modules, and observing the few Khagrish men left at the Retreat. This man put them to shame with his physique.
Thunder crashed again and lightning stabbed a tree at the far end of the meadow, throwing massive sparks high into the air and breaking her concentration. “We’d better get inside,” she said in her own tongue since he obviously understood the language. Reflecting on his aborted search for a weapon, she showed him the knife. “I’ll help you, but don’t think me easy meat for your taking.”
“Aww, seven hells, lady, if you’re what I think you are, you have better weapons than that.” His smile, although strained, was warming. “Do you have a shelter?”
Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.
Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.
Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.
About Veronica Scott
USA Today Best Selling Author, as well as the “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”
Hansi welcome back to EverydayFangirl.com and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and discuss SqueeCon with us!
When and where is this event?
The event will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue New Haven, CT, between 1-9pm. Tickets are just $15 online use code HH2018 https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon/tickets
They will be $20 at the door and $10 after 6pm for those who just want to briefly check out the con and participate in Nerd Karaoke. Kids under 12 are free.
Getting to the Event:
By Driving-There is free parking in the park across the street from the venue.
By Train-It is 3 miles from the Metro North New Haven Union Station stop. There is an abundance of Lyft locally since it’s a University town.
What first prompted you to create SqueeCon?
My niece is the one who found the venue and pitched a Squee! screening which the venue loved. I figured that if I had access to this big beautiful venue I should share the opportunity with the community so it became SqueeCon.
I’m hoping to make this an ongoing venture and take the Con around the country to small venues in other communities and bring Fangirls together to create a huge supportive network. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?
How will this con be different from other cons?
The inaugural edition of SqueeCon is a celebration of films, art, music, cosplay and more by women and female identifying individuals. SqueeCon is the first ever one-day event celebrating the arts by a collective of Fangirls creators and will cover the entire gamut of fandom experience. It is a fan con so no big celebrities, just a fun con where you can go and talk with the creators and guests in a very intimate, casual setting. A perfect place to network, so bring your cards!
What guests are expected to attend?
SqueeCon is pleased to welcome film-makers, nerds, geeks, writers, Fangirls, cosplayers, vendors and more to join hands in support of the community. Several eminent cosplay guests have accepted the invitation to be there, including Christine Evans, Cate Broomhead, Rowena Cosplays, Ayla Ocasio, Jacob Daniel Womack, Jenn Wotchertonks. performers Tea Time For Mad Girls, and Cat Smith. Vendors include writer L. E. Hellman, baker Melissa Robles, artist Jimmy Gatti, and Carol Ann Swan.
What activities and events will be available for attendees?
There will be screenings of Alana King’s Wayward: The Documentary, a teaser of the docu-series about women Star Wars fans, Looking for Leia and a block of short films performances, panels, there’s a bar with beer, wine, cider and soft drinks and we’re having a mixer/meetup with Nerd Karaoke from 7-9 pm. I’m still working on finding a food truck but there is a restaurant across the street.
How do you decide what programming is available?
SqueeCon’s mission is to support and promote the creative and fandom works of women and LGBTQA individuals so I reached out to friends who perform, make films and I have a page on FilmFreeway for people to submit short films for consideration. We’ve got some great films from all over the world!
How has social media helped or hindered you in this effort?
Everyone has been very supportive promoting the event. We’ve gotten shout outs on podcasts and twitter. I’ve used social media to create an audience for Squee! And this is just an extension of the project, a big one but basically the same message: I love Fangirls and want to give them the opportunity to network, broaden their audiences and party! If you know me, you know I’m usually at the bar at cons between panels having fascinating conversations with other fans, so this is just my bringing the con to the bar!
What have you learned from your fan community to help you with planning for the event?
That fangirls are the best! I’ve got a great enthusiastic team of volunteers. My attendees have been wonderful, offering to help in whatever way they could. You know, when fangrrls get together -we can do anything!
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane while creating this event?
One day at a time. I just deal with what I need to get done and try not to get ahead of myself. There’s enough small practical details to keep me busy every day. I’ve been working in Events (Box Office or Film Festivals) since 2009 and attend a lot of cons, so I have a pretty good handle on what we need to do. The contracts and venue rental aspect is new but I was lucky to find such a fabulous venue with a very fandom supportive owner (she’s a Whovian!)
What kind of research did you have to do before you created this event?
I’ve had to go through dozens of film submission and figure out a screening block that makes sense. I’m still working on scheduling. I had to look for someone to handle Nerd Karaoke, but again I got lucky with my friend James Hinsey who offered to bring the gear and manage the tech aspects. I had to check the venue for a/v specs and figure out how to set up panels, screenings and performances as smoothly as possible. I’m lucky to have a niece with years of experience as a Stage Manager who walked me through the venue.
Is there anything else you would like to share about SqueeCon not already mentioned?
Please come and bring your friends! It’s going to be a blast.
How can readers of EverydayFangirl.com find out more about the event?
For more information, please visit: https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon or one of the following links:
Submit films https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon
Buy Tickets https://filmfreeway.com/SqueeCon/tickets
For vendors SqueeCon offers a great opportunity to deliver their content to their core audience. Applications are welcome for small tables ($25) and large tables ($50). Write to: firstname.lastname@example.org before November 25.
Advertisers can book space in the program themed around Riot Grrl fanzines of the 90s in the following sizes and price levels: Full page ($40) for 8.5 X 11, Half page ($20) for 5.5 x 8.5, and Quarter page ($15) for 5.5 x 4.25, in Color or B&W and PDF format.
For ads and more information, please email: email@example.com
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