Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you all are feasting well and enjoying this day with friends and family around you.
For Thanksgiving, the Talk Nerdy With Us team decided to thank our personal favorite TV characters (from shows that are have aired or still continue to air right now) which have impacted our lives in some way.
I’m thankful for the Doctor. He has been an integral part of my life since my then-boyfriend (now husband) introduced me to him. We even each included references to Doctor Who in our wedding vows (without the other knowing!). I love his depth of caring for species not his own. The show has spunk and heart and elicits so many emotions. My favorite quote from the show has to be one from my favorite Doctor, the Eleventh: “Nine hundred years of time and space and I’ve never met anyone who’s not important”
I’m thankful for Sam and Dean Winchester. I’d watched the show for a while before I realized what a huge and dedicated fandom existed. I signed up for Twitter on a whim and began tweeting my favorite Sam and Dean pictures daily. Before I knew it I had over a thousand followers and talked to some of the same people daily. We formed a small group, Lusty Fangirls and were soon planning to go to the 2015 SPN con in Vegas. During the planning I began talking to @scoutiegirl1 who has become one of my closest friends. Denise encouraged me to write fan fiction after she read a letter I wrote to my younger self as therapy homework. I’d written when I was younger and had had a story published in a now defunct magazine called Cemetary Dance but a bad marriage and a lifetime of low self-esteem kept my writing a well kept secret. Last fall I wrote a piece called Flesh for an open call at Greg Matter Press for an anthology called monsters. It did not get chosen, but my goal had been submission and that I achieved.
Our small group bought the lustyfangirls domain name and at first everyone was behind it. I interviewed Nicki Aycox, Rachel Miner, Briana Buckmaster, Ruth O’Connell and Ryan Curtis. Those interviews are still up. There was little support from the others and the site is dormant now.
Nicki and I remained friends and she published my story Flesh on her blog and Tracy Miller read it and reached out to me. We chatted and tweeted through the summer. Tracy encouraged me to send samples of my work to Talk Nerdy.
So, I am here today, writing regularly, meeting interesting people who work for TNWU or work with TNWU.
Sam and Dean changed my life just by existing and Jared Padalecki changed my life by being the kind and giving person that he is. Without J2, Sam and Dean I would have missed meeting some of the best people I know. I will always be grateful for the opportunities and experiences that they have led me to. “Family don’t end with blood.”