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5 Fandom Friday: 5 Times I Totally Fangirled


Welcome to another round of "5 Fandom Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

Today's topic is Five Times I Totally Fangirled. To clarify, here's the definition of "fangirl" (v), via Urban Dictionary:
v. 1. the reaction a fangirl has to any mention or sighting of the object of her "affection". These reactions include shortness of breath, fainting, highpitched noises, shaking...
So basically it means to geek out over something you geek out over. (Yes, I realize that's a bit circular...)
Here are some of my fangirl moments:
  • Marvel Marathon: In May 2012, when the first Avengers movie premiered, a local theater hosted an epic movie marathon where they played each of the individual superhero movies, leading up to the Avengers premiere. My husband and I took the day off from work, and let the kids play hooky from school to spend the day geeking out as a family. It was so fun to spend the whole day immersed in superhero-ness, and sharing the experience with an entire theater of other aficionados. I was pleased to see that AMC is planning another epic marathon for the second Avengers premiere - more than 24 hours of movies!


  • Chicago Comic Con: For my 40th birthday, I told my family I wanted to celebrate with a family trip to Chicago. We told the kids we were going site-seeing, and had a great time tooling around on Segways around downtown Chicago. But we didn't tell them the real reason were there - for Comic Con. We wanted to surprise them by just showing up on the day of the show. Unfortunately, I planned ahead a little too much, and listed some panels I wanted to attend in Google Calendar, and my daughter happened to see the calendar while we were in the hotel room the night before. Still, remembering the looks on their faces when they realized what we would be doing the next time never ceases to make me smile. They were the ones fangirling at that moment! I love remembering how excited they were, and how they couldn't text their friends fast enough to share their excitement. The next day we saw Sir Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Lou Ferrigno, Christopher Lloyd and the DeLorean, and Felicia Day. Plenty of fangirling there, for all of us.
  • The Flash: We've been really enjoying the CW's The Flash TV series, and it's one of my current weekly geekouts. Each episode offers ample opportunity for me to fangirl, from appreciating special effects, to recognizing some cameo from the 1990s Flash TV series. I also marvel over the depth of my husband's knowledge of Flash lore - the Flash is one of his favorite comic book heroes, so I am always quizzing him about how things are the same or different in the comics. So each week I get to fangirl over him being a fanboy. Win-win.
  • Meeting scrapbooking pioneers: Stepping outside the superhero/sci-fi fandoms to wrap things up, back in the day when I was teaching scrapbooking, I had the opportunity to attend my share of scrapbooking conventions and trade shows. I loved them so much, seeing all the new products and hearing about new techniques, but what I loved most was meeting such interesting people. I had the good fortune of being able to meet and spend real time with some of the most amazingly creative people, who were and still are true pioneers in the crafting world: Stacy Julian, Rebecca Sower, Lain Ehmann, Heidi Swapp, and Molly Newman, among so many others. I tried to keep my fangirling on the inside at those moments, but it was hard not to gush when meeting people I had admired only on the pages of magazines.

 So what are some of your fangirl/fanboy moments? Go ahead and geekout in the comments!


Nicole R (@AlwaysReiding)

Long time reader. first time poster. And now I am doing the meme, LOL.

I love that you wrote a star trek book, I'm geeking out a little bit about that. And I am still trying to think of a way to hit up the 24 hour movie marathon in anticipation of the Avengers, if that isn't silly enough.

I think if I met Amy Tan or Shimelle, I would probably go crazy. I've only ever gone total 'OMGosh, I can't believe it's you' and that was to David Sedaris, who is a very small man.

I posted about geeky related people I've met, including Nicholas Brendan, Tom Savini, Stuart Gordon, Peter Beagle and Mike Grell... Woot!


Small world - Shimelle is actually a friend of mine! She lived in Kansas City before moving to the UK, and we had dinner with her when we went to London in 2000! She is just a doll and one of the most creative and enthusiastic people I know! Thanks for sharing, Nicole! :)

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