Category: Ali


Catching up on reverb10.

December 7 – Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

I have never really been great at joining online communities. I had one, once, that I will forever be deeply connected to. A group of rpgers I met when I was about 12, four of whom (Fae, Kitty, Ali and Lea) are some of my closest friends. That’s the last time I was really in the loop, so to speak, when it came to an online community.

All of my attempts to join communities since then, be it the NaNoWriMo forums, 20 something bloggers or Tumblr have all fallen flat. They’re always already established and I always give up before I find my niche. So instead I become an occasional spectator, or manage to find a few friends from the community and stick with them (like Eleni, Seb and Lisa who I met through 20 something bloggers.)

I am currently in love with a site called Smart Bitches Trashy Books which is a hilarious blog/community about romance novels. So I’ve been trying to comment occasionally, but I guess I just never feel like I fit in.

That being said, I’m quite good at forming communities of friends in person. I always have a close group of friends, it’s always been a really important part of my life.

I like to think that all of my online relationship luck went into meeting Fae, Kitty, Ali and Lea. And that’s fine, because I love them all dearly and I never seem to lack for friends wherever I live.

Kitty, in Australia, on Skype with me, Fae and Ali in Baltimore

Geek break!

We now take a break from our scheduled programming to bring you a special segment on Geekery.

I got a blog award! And not just any blog award, but a Geeky one. And not just any Geeky award, but a girly one, too. So great!

Eleni, my awesome geeky friend over at RPG Called Life, awarded me this the other day:


Which makes me so happy, because 1) Eleni is an awesome geeky girl whose blog I love and 2) I am a geek and proud of it!

The rules:
List ten geeky facts about yourself and…
Pass this award onto your favorite female geeks!

1. I met four of my best friends online, through various RPG clubs based on the Tamora Pierce books that I read when I was a pre-teen. I was obsessed with these books and spent a lot of my time writing and talking about them with Fae, Ali, Kitty and Lea. I wanted them to be real. Hell, I still want them to be real. And Fae and I still write using characters that trace back to those books original.

2. I speak a bit of Quenya (a Tolkien Elvish language) with Fae. We used to know more, because we wrote characters who spoke it. Now we just speak it to each other - our conversations, emails and letters nearly always end with “Namaarie melamin vanima” (”Farewell my love, beautiful [Fae]“) or “Amin mela lle”(”I love you”).

3. I can recite the entire Rent soundtrack from beginning to end. I’m obsessed with musicals - particularly Rent, Wicked, Spring Awakening and Aida.

4. I am a huge Diablo II freak. I love that game and have spent many, many nights playing multiplayer with my friend Kaitlyn. I also loved Neverwinter Nights, but my computer wasn’t good enough to run it. I recently became obsessed with Fable II. I love fantasy rpgs.

5. I correct people’s grammar and spelling constantly. In person and on Facebook. Also, one time I was bored an took a red pen and corrected all the sentence structure errors in our local newspaper. It was appalling. There are few things in life that make me as happy as a red pen and someone else’s hard work.

6. I watched all ten seasons of Stargate SG-1 and all five of Stargate Atlantis between September and December of last year.

7. I’m a huge history Greek. I’ve studied Greek and Latin (albeit poorly). I’ve read most of the Greek and Latin authors (Homer, Ovid, Seneca, Aeschylus, Plautus, Herodotus, etc.) I can go on for ages about mythology.

8. I was a huge Pokemon fan as a kid. Enough said.

9. I once had a conversation with Chandra about the Julio-Claudian dynasty as we were getting ready for the day, before 9am. I know this is similar to #7, but it’s too good of an example.

10. My favourite part of working in a museum was dressing up in the period costumes. I firmly believe that I was born in the wrong time period. I also love Renn Faires and anything else that involves dressing up and pretending.

And now I want to award this to:

My friend Kitty, who I mentioned in #1, who is a fellow fantasy geek and classicist.

The Chris from Always Standing, who plays WOW, among other geeky things.

My Faerie, fellow Elvish speaker who loves all the geeky things I do, plus comics and more video games.

Also, if you haven’t read it yet, read why I think Geeky girls are so awesome: Top Ten Reasons to Love a Geeky Girl.

Weblink Wednesdays: Alternate Lexicon

If I had my way, every person I know would have a blog, so I can find out what they’re thinking about at all times. And so I have something important to do while wandering through the internet.

I met Ali the same way I met Fae, online through geeky RPG groups. I’ve known her just as long, though I don’t know her anywhere near as well as I’d like to. That’s why when I clicked on the link to her blog last night, I was so excited to catch up on her life.

What I found both surprised and inspired me. I always knew Ali was brilliant, but her blog surpassed my expectations. It’s a personal blog, but it talks a lot of Ali’s recent self diagnosis with Asperger’s and her thoughts on autism and the autistic community. It’s thoughtful and so damned smart that it made me feel very inferior.

So I thought I’d feature it on my Weblink Wednesday in hopes that you all check it out too!

Alternate Lexicon

Sing the Four Quarters

So, at heart I’m a huge fantasy geek. I used to read all fantasy, all the time, when I was teenager. I haven’t read a pure fantasy novel in a really long time, so I really enjoyed getting back into the very predictable genre again.

The Tanya Huff books, though I have never read them before, are actually what drew me to fantasy. When I was about 11, I was wandering around the bookstore and I saw the Tanya Huff books and really loved the covers. I took one to my mom and said “I want to read this!” and she told me it was too old for me, so we went into the Kids section, and found another fantasy book. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce. Which led not only to my obsession with fantasy, but also to my friendship with Fae, Lea, Ali and Kitty.

Given all this, I figured it was time for me to actually read a Tanya Huff book. As far as fantasy books go, it was pretty typical. It included the perfect characters, the fair government, magic, and more than the occasional typo. But how can I complain about a book with magic, a sexually open and promiscuous society and ridiculous attractive characters whose names I can’t pronounce?

Thoroughly enjoyed.