#5FandomFriday: Fandom Deaths We're Still Upset About - GIANT SPOILERS AHEAD!

Welcome to my attempt at 5 Fandom Friday, where I try to contribute to a weekly meme but usually forget. This fun weekly postathon is hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. If you’re interested in joining up, check out future posting topics here.

Way to start off the weekend with a depressing subject, #5FandomFriday. I could honestly do a much longer list just from people who died in books that left me scared for days, but I’ve decided to go by a different criteria. These are the deaths that, whenever I start to think about them or talk about them, I still tear up, no matter how long ago these deaths happened.

So let’s all commiserate together about these painful deaths because they still hurt for me. Of course, MASSIVE CRAZY SPOILERS AHEAD FOR:

-        Serenity/Firefly

-        Supernatural

-        Lost

-        Feed by Mira Grant

-        Something Strange & Deadly series by Susan Dennard

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#5FandomFriday: Real Life Geeks That Inspire Me

Welcome to my attempt at 5 Fandom Friday, where I try to contribute to a weekly meme but usually forget. This fun weekly postathon is hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. If you’re interested in joining up, check out future posting topics here.

For some reason everyone that came to mind initially (besides Misha Collins) were all television and pop culture critics who have podcasts or blogs that I really enjoy. But does writing about pop culture actually make you a geek? So I dug a little more and found a more diverse list of awesome geeks who I really would love to have lunch with one day. We’d have lots to talk about!

I know a lot of people this week are posting people they know in real life or are other bloggers that write about geeky things. Unfortunately I am terrible at making friends, whether it’s online or off, so I’m sticking to more public figures.

Misha Collins, Master of World Domination

I have done ridiculous things for this man. My entire immediate family attempted to fly a Christmas tree using only helium balloons during the Thanksgiving holiday during the first GISHWHES event. I’ve met geeks from around the world through his annual scavenger hunt and become closer to local friends by joining forces for this madness. He’s the best kind of nerd, who loves everything and everyone. His kindness and support of fans is thoroughly noted, and I wish I could be a little more like him in day-to-day life.

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Joanna Robinson, writer for Vanity Fair and podcaster

I suppose it depends if you think being a cultural critic is criteria enough to be considered a geek. Joanna is a writer for Vanity Fair online, but she’s also the co-host of a podcast called The Thought Bubble, where she discusses comic books and comics with Dave Gonzales. What I love about this podcast is that Joanna is more of a novice to comics like I am, so she makes the show really relatable for me. She also does some Game of Thrones podcasts too, which I don’t listen to, but Fernando loves. She just seems really relatable and she responds to my tweets, so she’s obvious a super cool person.

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Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe from Gilmore Guys podcast

I have become addicted to this podcast over the last month, starting from episode one and listening to a little bit each day. I’m still way behind where they currently are (somewhere at the beginning of season 5, whereas I’m mid-season 2), but their thorough analysis of each episode, guest hosts, songs, bits and craziness are a welcome listen during my long work days. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to stifle giggles at work because of their iTune review raps or their obsession with Ms. Patty. Gilmore Girls is better watched with friends and I feel like Kevin and Demi have become two of my favorite viewing partners.

Noelle Stevenson, author and artist of Noelle and Lumberjanes

She started off her career by doing fan art for Lord of the Rings, so I’m assuming she’s a nerd. She also did fanart for Supernatural, which I have, Sherlock, Doctor Who and much more. I wish I could be her because she seems so very cool despite her young age. I love her humor, her ability to deal with haters, and her ability to just be all around incredibly awesome. I’m intimated by her, so I’ve never taken the chance at Comic Con to meet her, but maybe one day I’ll get the courage to approach her. She’ll probably be too famous by then, but whatevs…

Zachary Levi, actor and Prince of Comic Con

I will adore him for the rest of time because of Chuck, but he’s amazed me even more through all that he’s done in the nerd community. Nerd HQ raises thousands of dollars for charity each year at Comic Con, and he’s one of the celebrities that seems to truly care about each of his fans. He wants them to be happy and enjoy his events. He’s also just a huge nerd with passion for videogames, comics, movies and film. Hopefully the Heroes reboot will be worthy of his immense talent and bring him onto my television on a more regular basis.


So which real life geeks have inspired you or just give you happiness on a regular basis? Share in the comments!

#5Fandom Friday: Favorite Geeky Phrases

Welcome to my attempt at 5 Fandom Friday, where I try to contribute to a weekly meme but usually forget. This fun weekly postathon is hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. If you’re interested in joining up, check out future posting topics here.

This week’s 5 Fandom Friday is a subject near and dear to my heart: Fandom Phrases. I’m taking this to mean quotes from things of which I’m in the fandom that make regular appearances in my life. I could easily fill this 5 Fandom Friday with quotes from Supernatural that I use on a near daily basis, but I’ll try to expand a little.

“It goes ding when there’s stuff.” – Doctor Who

This is a line from one of David Tennant’s Doctor Who episodes. He had a doodad that went “ding” when there was stuff going wrong with the timeline or something. This is a common phrase in our household, said most often whenever we use the toaster oven. It sometimes gets cut down to simply a joyful exclamation of “STUFF!” when the toaster dings.

“Confetti! It’s a parade!” – Supernatural

So this is kind of a cheat because it’s actually from the Supernatural gag reel of season 5. Misha Collins says it after a bunch of papers float around his head during a practical effects sequence. Now every time I make a mess involving paper, I exclaim “Confetti! It’s a parade!” My former office mate once looked at me like I’d grown a second head after I said this phrase following an unfortunate event with a paper hole puncher.

“You just threw your pager into the Pacific.” – Alias

This phrase has no use in day-to-day life and I probably haven’t ever uttered it except when reciting lines from Alias, but that scene was the moment I fell into the Alias fandom. It also happened to be my first fandom, so it opened a door to a whole need world for me.

One that I do use fairly regularly: “That sound that you’re… you know, that ‘boom’? That’s my mind blowing.”

“Guys… I know kung-fu.” – Chuck

I also don’t use this one that much in real life, but it’s a pivotal Chuck moment that can be used in awkward moments to lighten the situation. Rarely do people know what I’m referring to, but that’s okay.

And finally – of course – “We’re not working for the mandroid!” - Supernatural

Does it need much explanation? You have to have the right slight Texas inflection though because Jared’s Texan really comes out on that one.

Runner’s Up: “We don’t have time for your blah blah blah blah.” Or “Bring me some pie!” Or “Saving people, hunting things, the family business!” Or "I don't understand that reference." Or “What kind of house doesn’t have salt?!” Or “What do you want to do, poke her with a stick? Dude! You’re not going to poke her with a stick!” Or a million others from Supernatural

I speak Supernatural pretty fluently.


What are some of your favorite quotes that you find you use often in day-to-day life? Share them in the comments and I might add them to my repertoire!

#Fandom5: Five Fictional Pets I'd Like to Adopt

Welcome to my attempt at 5 Fandom Friday, where I try to contribute to a weekly meme but usually forget. This fun weekly postathon is hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. If you’re interested in joining up, check out future posting topics here.

Two weeks in a row, guys! I might be getting the hang of this whole “meme participant” thing. But oh man, this week’s 5 Fandom Friday is another difficult one. The topic is Fictional Pets I’d Like to Adopt. I keep thinking of robots I want to “adopt”, which aren’t really pets (but but but… BAYMAX!). And yet that’s what I’m going to start with and see if I can come up with some actual animals as I go along.

K-9 from Doctor Who

So he’s a robot, but at least he’s in the shape of an animal, so that’s got to count for something, right? I would love to have a pet dog that could essentially take care of itself and didn’t need to be fed. Plus he could help me out in tight jams with the lasers he shoots from his nose. And it’s like having a link to the internet at all times with me.

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Abu from Aladdin

Ever since I saw Aladdin for the first time, I wanted a pet monkey. Abu is the best. He can get snacks and be sneaky when necessary. Plus he looks pretty spiffy in his little vest and fez.

Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender

I would never have to be stuck in traffic again!! I would just hope on Appa and fly to wherever my destination was. Plus he’s warm and cuddly in case I ever get stuck outside at night.

Gromit from Wallace & Gromit

If I were to have a real dog, I would want him to be a super smart inventor dog who could create things that would help me not have to do daily chores like washing the dishes. Gromit is the smartest of all smart animals and yet remains completely silent. We could compete on who has the best look of absolute disdain though…

Chewbacca from Star Wars

I don’t know how much he would appreciate being regulated to pet, but this was Fernando’s choice. It would be awesome to have a Wookie as my co-pilot in daily life, plus he would get the things off of tall shelves that even Fernando can’t reach on his own.

Runner Up: Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon

Apa bumped him from the main list because Apa can fly me around with a little more security than Toothless, but dude, a DRAGON! A FRIENDLY dragon too! Who doesn’t want a friendly dragon as a pet?

So those are my picks for fictional pets. Which ones would you love to have waiting for you at home each night? Are you more of a direwolf person or a dragon person?

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#Fandom5: Five Spinoffs I'd Like to See Get Made

This is my first stab at a 5 Fandom Friday, despite being a part of the Female Geek Bloggers page on Google+ (where it was originally introduced) for over a year. No matter how hard I try, I just seem to always suck at planning ahead on Working for the Mandroid. In an attempt to turn over a new leaf, here’s my first attempt to contributing to 5 Fandom Friday with the five spinoffs I’d like to see get made.

The Supernatural Prequel Show of My Dreams

The Powers That Be over at Supernatural attempted to create a spin off last year. It was an epic disaster of the most monstrous variety. Rather than actually do a spin off with a character or event that had previously been mentioned on the show, they tried to do some weird Romeo & Juliet story with characters that completely destroyed the rules and mythology developed in the many years of the show. Instead of that disaster, I want a prequel show either set in the time of Rufus and Bobby learning to fight monsters or even John learning the ropes of hunting while baby Sam and Dean are stuck in motel after motel (though a show about that sort of child abuse might be difficult to make work). It could be a western set in the time of the Colt being developed or even about the first hunters or how about how Mama Winchester great up in the hunter life and decided to give it up. It’s a rich universe with many potential spin off options, but Bobby and Rufus would be my favorite.

Hawkeye – the Fraction/Aja version

Let’s give Hawkeye his own film, but instead of the quiet serious Hawkeye from the current Avengers movie ‘verse, let’s have the down on his luck Clint from Matt Fraction and David Aja’s current comic run. I would love to see him and Kate Bishop try to figure out life without superpowers in a world with cosmic monsters and magic. It would be full of one liners and sarcasm, plus, of course, boomerangs.

Batgirl & Nightwing

I don’t care if it’s television or a movie, but I need Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson being awesome, in love and kick ass in some visual medium. They are my big untouchable ship, and I want everyone in the universe to see why. If it were up to me, Batman would stay far, far away and it wouldn’t be a grim and gritty Nolan-esque version. I want fun and adventure and adorableness, thank you.

Lord Akeldama’s Adventures in Society

From the Soulless Manga series

From the Soulless Manga series

If you are unfamiliar with Lord Akeldama, he is the fabulous society vampire and advisor to Alexia Taribotti, the most wonderful heroine of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series of steampunk novels. His are some of the best scenes in the series, and like Cassandra Clare did with Magnus Bane, I would love a series of short stories about the many adventures he’s had in high society throughout the years.

How Furiosa Became a Badass

I wasn’t a huge fan of Mad Max: Fury Road, partly because it made me car sick and partly because it had no plot. Going from Point A to Point B and back to Point A is not enough plot for me. I wanted to know more about the characters rather than just have them be ciphers or stand-ins for more developed ideas. I want to know Furiosa’s story, how she grew up, how she learned to take care of herself, and how she became the driver of a war rig. And don’t tell me to read the prequel comics. Those don’t exist. They were also burned in a fire I started with my mind.

Waiting on Wednesday: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

Heir of Fire
Sarah J Maas

Bloomsbury USA Children
Releases on September 2, 2014
565 pages

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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

First of all, this is a gorgeous cover. Second of all, I keep wanting to call this book Heir on Fire, which would mean something totally different. And finally, CHAOL! While I didn't feel my fellow bloggers obsession with Throne of Glass, the second book in the series beat me over the head repeatedly until I admitted that I kind of loved it and want to spend as much time in this world as possible. Also, CHAOL!

Waiting on Wednesday: Lock In by John Scalzi

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

Lock In
John Scalzi

Tor Books
Releases August 26, 2014
320 pages

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A novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern SF

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselvs “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people “locked in”...including the President's wife and daughter.

Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.

This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse....

I haven't read anything by John Scalzi before, but I've always heard great things about his work. This was on io9's list of genre books they were most looking forward to this summer and it sounds fascinating. It has the sci-fi element and tons of ethical dilemmas that make for great drama. I normally avoid a lot of sci-fi involving plagues or vast sickness because it makes me paranoid, but it sounds like this will focus more on the results rather than the illness.