The Mary Sue Post: The Walking Dead Recap

We’re one episode away from the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, and last night’s episode was CRAZY. We finally got our answer to THAT giant question. I’m talking about it all over at The Mary Sue. I hope you’ll join me there, and let me know your thoughts about the episode in the comments.

Spoilers ahead! 

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…back at Alexandria, things are bubbling just under the surface. Ron is continuing to get his sketchy gun lessons from Rick and Carl. I don’t think there’s a soul in the fandom who thought Ron was learning to shoot to aid in home security and walker defense, and the fact that Ron stole ammo, followed Carl with a gun in hand, and appeared to have the intent to shoot Carl. Of course, there was a significant event that derailed Ron’s plans, but we’ll talk about that in a moment. Suffice it to say that it seems our worst fears about Ron were most certainly true. I’m incredibly concerned about Carl’s safety in the weeks to come, but I do think that Carl could certainly hold his own against Ron. We’ll have to see how that plays out.

Arguably the largest problem Alexandria was facing—apart from the inexperienced citizens, the naive leader, and their faulty walker defense plans—was Morgan and his insistence on upholding his “all life has value”. All life, including the lives of the Wolves who attacked Alexandria and killed countless citizens. All life, including the Wolf Morgan has imprisoned, who promised to kill every person in Alexandria should he survive. All life may have value, but the threads are starting to unravel in Morgan’s plan for pacifism. Is Morgan really valuing life by saving the lives of killers? Are you valuing life by keeping killers in the midst of your family and friends?

Rick approaches Morgan about the three Wolves who attacked and nearly killed him in the RV—Wolves that Morgan let escape from Alexandria…

Read the rest at The Mary Sue!

 

The Mary Sue Post: Walking Dead Recap, “Now”

I’ll be honest, y’all. Yesterday I took a vacation day, and I had BIG plans to get All the Writing done, and it didn’t happen. Turns out I really, really needed a day to recharge my batteries and do nothing other than play Ocarina of Time. Because of that, I didn’t even link to my recap of Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead. Fail for me.

Still, I wanted to be sure I linked to it because Sunday’s episode was filled with some solid character development, a big announcement, and still NO WORD on that certain character for which I’m still holding out hope of his survival. Here’s an excerpt (spoilers ahead, obvs.):

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…Deanna was not doing well after losing her son, her husband, after the attack on Alexandria, and then Rick leading a twenty-deep herd right to the city gates. It’s been a rough week for a woman who has essentially been riding out the apocalypse in a gated community. She spent most of the episode walking aimlessly around Alexandria and getting yelled at her drunk son.

As she’s processing the horrors she’s seen, Aaron confesses to the group that the Wolves found Alexandria after he and Daryl fell into a Wolves trap while out recruiting, and Aaron lost his bag—which led the Wolves right to Alexandria. Rick shoots Aaron a glance that I had a tough time reading—I’m not sure if it was one of anger, frustration, or understanding. Either way, he says they’ll talk about it more later, so we’ll have to see what comes of Rick and Aaron’s relationship. Regardless of Rick’s feelings towards what happened, it’s obvious that Aaron feels personally responsible for all of the death in Alexandria, and is looking for some way to try to make amends….

Read the rest over at The Mary Sue and let me know your thoughts on Sunday’s episode in the comments! 

The Mary Sue Post: Walking Dead Recap, Episode 3 “Thank You”

There will be MAJOR spoilers ahead in both my linked Mary Sue recap and in this particular post. If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of The Walking Dead yet, TURN BACK NOW.

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Alright, let’s continue.

This has been an AMAZING season of The Walking Dead. Every single episode has left me breathless. This week was no exception, certainly, but this week also reminded us that while The Walking Dead is full of gore and zombie thrills, it’s also a terrible, gut-wrenching, soul-destroyer of a show. This week was rough, you guys, and while the actual amount of roughness is still a bit ambiguous as we don’t know if Glenn is alive or dead. He was notably missing from Talking Dead‘s weekly “in memoriam” (though they did end that section with “Please don’t be true. Please don’t be true. Please don’t be true.”), and he wasn’t an infamous “surprise guest”. Scott Gimple released a statement that Chris Hardwick read on the show that, well, really told us a whole lot of nothing.

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We’ll have to wait until next week to find out what really happened to Glenn (PSA: Next week’s episode will be 90 minutes). I, for one, choose to believe he’s alive, but we’ll see what fresh hell next week brings us. It’s worth noting that on next week’s Talking Dead, there will be a “surprise guest”.

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Somewhere in the distance Chris Hardwick is screaming, “A SURPRISE GUEST DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING!!!”

So while we wait to see what comes of next week, let’s talk about what went down this week over at The Mary Sue. Here’s an excerpt of my recap:

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…the group ultimately decides to split up to help their people in Alexandria and deal with the herd. Sasha and Abraham stay in the car, directing as many walkers as they can, Daryl breaks off to head back to Alexandria, Rick goes off by himself to get back to the RV, and Glenn and Michonne take the rest of the group back to Alexandria. From there, Glenn and Nicholas (boo, hiss) break off to set a fire to draw the attention of the walkers.

Michonne really has a pretty rough job. She’s got to protect one Alexandrian, Annie, who has a sprained ankle, Scott, who was shot in the leg, one bitten by a walker (and offering his super sweet post-apocalyptic love story as the virus slowly destroys him), and Heath, who was super skeptical about Rick, Glenn and Michonne. Michonne manages to lay a serious truth bomb on Heath, shutting down his doubts against Rick and that entire group, proving that Alexandrians don’t understand the reality of this new, harsh world. Heath gets to see this first hand when all but one of his fellow Alexandrians met a grisly end at the hand of walkers, and finally starts to understand where Michonne was coming from. Though Michonne’s group isn’t wholly safe just yet, they seem to be the group in the best situation out of everyone.

Rick, on the other hand, is in a seriously sticky situation. He’s badly injured his hand while he was hacking through walkers, was attacked by the Wolves Morgan let go in last week’s episode—Wolves that Rick promptly killed—and is now stuck in an RV that is not working as the walker herd closes in…

Read the rest over at The Mary Sue! Let me know what you think will happen to Glenn (and Rick, as he’s in quite the pickle, too), and let me know your thoughts on the episode in the comments. 

The Mary Sue Post: TWD Recap, JSS

Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead was INTENSE, you guys. The episode started off deceptively slow, and then kicked things into high gear and didn’t wind down until the credits rolled. After my meh reaction to Fear the Walking Dead, I’ve loved that the first two episodes of the show ran at fast pace with tons of action. But, I’m breaking all this down over at The Mary Sue. I’d love it if you’d join me over there and let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments! [spoilers ahead, obvs]

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Lennie James as Morgan Jones – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

This week’s episode of The Walking Dead was intense, and sent us on an hour-long adrenaline rush. Before we jump in, be warned that there will be spoilers ahead, and be sure to check out the recap of last week’s episode if you haven’t already.

Essentially, this week’s episode can pretty be much be summed up with this single gif:

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Starting a tad bit before the honking that diverted the walker herd being led by Daryl on his bike, this week’s episode started out pretty slow—some might even say it was a bit boring. Jessie and Ron were fighting over Ron’s behavior and whether or not Rick is a good man. Eugene and Tara were meeting the new Alexandria doctor, Denise—who, though she went to med school, was actually a practicing psychiatrist prior to the walker uprising. Maggie and Deanna were talking about planting crops. Carol was meeting with some of the other Alexandria women talking about pasta makers and quitting smoking. Carl was offering to teach Father Gabriel to fight and getting a little sad because Enid was cozying up to Ron. Carol pops a casserole in the oven, she starts the timer, looks out the window to see her friend smoking …

… and then watches her get hacked to death by a strange man with a machete…

Read the rest at The Mary Sue, and be sure to follow me on Twitter so we can live tweet together during the show!

The Mary Sue Post: Walking Dead Season 6 Recap!

I am SO excited to have The Walking Dead back in my life. I missed that show so very much, and after checking out the spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, I only missed Rick and the gang that much more.

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Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Happily, we’re back, and this season kicked off with a bang, a generous usage of band-aids, a walker-parade, and helium-filled balloons. Weird, I know. BUT the episode was fantastic, and I’m over at The Mary Sue talking about it. I hope you’ll join me there to talk about it.

Oh, and remember:

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…when we arrived back at Alexandria in the season 6 premiere, we find Rick calling the shots, acting as hardcore as when we saw him in the latter episodes of season 5. This episode is structurally different than most, as it bounces back and forth through time, showing flashbacks in black and white. The flashbacks start essentially the moment after Rick pulls the trigger to shoot Pete, and end with a mysterious horn blaring to derail the group’s attempt to address the issue of an enormous horde barreling down on the faulty walls protecting Alexandria.

The flashbacks largely center around the tension back at Alexandria. Several Alexandrians are very unsettled with Rick’s new role among the community, especially after shooting Pete, and they decide that they need to develop a plan to overthrow Rick. The group of dissenters is led by a man named Carter, played by the one and only Ethan Embry. Carter decides that the only way to make Alexandria safe again is to take out Rick, and he leads a group of people to try to develop a plan to kill our favorite sheriff…

Read the rest at The Mary Sue, and let me know what you thought of the premiere in the comments!

The Mary Sue Post: FTWD Recap, “Cobalt”

SPOILERS AHEAD! If you haven’t seen the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead, read on at your own risk!

Image credit: AMC

Image credit: AMC

We are one episode away from the Fear the Walking Dead season finale, and I am more torn than ever. I want to love this show, I really do, but every time I see things start to pick up, the show seems to sputter to a start. After last week’s episode, I was certain the pace would pick up, I’d become more invested (or at least slightly begin to understand) some of the characters, and FTWD would become my newest zombie obsession.

While the action did pick up a bit in this episode with a torture scene, I had a tough time understanding why the character made such a HUGE jump from regular life to torture–the show tried to explain it to us, but that explanation felt rushed. Almost all of the character and plot development feels rushed. We’re staring down the finale, and if I really think about it, I can’t really think of a character that has got me invested in the story. I’m pretty torn. I love zombies, and my love for The Walking Dead has got me excited about a potential second story in this universe, but I’m not feeling like FTWD is delivering. Here’s an excerpt from my recap on The Mary Sue:

Over at the hospital, things are as bleak as we all feared. Nick is being held in a literal cage with a couple other men, Doug and my new favorite character, Strand. Doug is clearly not doing well, and is feeling a lot of guilt over leaving his family—a guilt that Strand plays on by assuring Doug that his wife’s looks will help her survive. Momentary disgust aside, we start to see that Strand is carefully playing each and every individual around him to ensure his survival.

We see him not only making deals with the guards to ensure his own survival, but he also makes deals with the guards to ensure the survival of his fellow patients—like Nick, for instance—to add to his list of people who owe him favors. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see a huge amount of Strand in this episode, but his keen sensibilities paired with his borderline slimy manner of manipulating the room officially makes him the most fascinating character on the show. His sass game is also hella strong. If he rejoins Madison and her family, he could really provide a strong backbone to the group. Fingers crossed that they don’t kill him in the season finale next week.

While the living conditions for “regular” patients like Nick are grim, we follow Liza into the inner rooms of the hospital to see the real story—where critical patients and patients with bite marks are taken. It is here that we learn that the soldiers and doctors are well aware of the most effective way to down a walker—taking out the walker’s brain—and they are also aware of the fact that a person who dies will turn in a matter of moments. This is, of course, a lot more than the average citizen knows…

Head over to The Mary Sue to read the rest, and let me know what you’re thinking about the series. Are you getting in to it? Will you be watching next season? Let me know in the comments. 

The Mary Sue Post: FTWD Recap, “Not Fade Away”

I’m back at The Mary Sue recapping last night’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead, and I’m happy to say that I finally, finally think the show is headed in a good direction! Sure, there were still some moments of questionable logic, but by the end of the episode, I found myself actually very excited about what next week would bring–and terribly, terribly nervous about the extreme blow it would be should this show not deliver on my expectations.

Are we finally getting the Walking Dead spin-off we’ve all been waiting for? Is the show finally tapping in to those exciting and troubling moral questions, the extreme survival, and the unimaginable odds?

I have no idea, honestly, and at this point I’m not particularly invested in the characters, but the story has started to hook me–which is how the obsession started with Walking Dead, story before characters (though now if you try to hurt Carol, Glenn, Maggie, or Daryl I WILL FIGHT YOU). So I’m excited to see what the last two episodes of this season. If they continue travelling the path they set out this week, we might have another stellar show on our hands. BUT I get more into this and more over at The Mary Sue. Here’s an excerpt (spoilers ahead, obvs):

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This week’s episode jumped forward a few days, after the soldiers we met at the end of last week’s episode fully enclosed the neighborhood and cleared the immediate surrounding area of walkers. As we got the hint in last week’s episode, Travis is completely oblivious to the situation around him. He doesn’t want his kid to learn how to use a gun, he’s taking the trash to the curb like a good citizen, he’s getting his morning jog in, and he’s being super friendly and compliant with the super-sketchy soldiers—even calling them sir and acting as the community liason between the soldiers and the civilians. Travis is certain that now that the military has rolled in, things will only get better.

Oh, Travis. You sweet summer child.

Really though, Travis’ optimistic outlook on the future isn’t anything new. In every episode, he’s been blissfully naive and completely unwilling to journey into survival mode, despite all he’s seen. So the fact that he’s smiling and falling in line with his new, martial law-style life is not a huge surprise to me. Mercifully, it seems like we’ve seen the end of Optimistic Travis.

The unraveling begins when one of Travis’ neighbors, Doug, is pinged by the soldiers for his unwillingness to comply with the health check-ins. At the urging of the soldiers, Travis gives Doug a pep talk and encourages him to get the health check up and be strong for his family until life returns to normal. Though Doug does get checked out, the pep talk doesn’t exactly take…

Read the rest over at The Mary Sue and let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments! 

The Mary Sue Post: Fear the Walking Dead Ep. 3 Recap

You guys, can we talk about Fear the Walking Dead? I soooo want to love this show, but these characters are really making it tough for me to latch on to this story–and this is coming from a girl who loves nearly every zombie thing she interacts with.

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I want the characters’ actions to make sense, and they just don’t. For example:

  • Travis: Let’s escape to the desert to ride out this chaos in town. We probably won’t need more than an overnight bag and certainly no food. They’ve got McDonalds in the desert, right?
  • Madison: We probably shouldn’t loop our daughter in on what’s happening–especially because it’s not only happening in the world around her, but also probably directly effecting her boyfriend. I’m sure she’ll just let it go when she sees our neighbor attacked by a walker. Now then, why don’t we play some Monopoly? Nothing says apocalypse like a game that destroys families and relationships, right?
  • Alicia: Man, I wish my parents would let me know what’s going on and why everyone’s so stressed out. Did our neighbor just get attacked? Meh. I’m sure it’s fine.Oh, hey, Monopoly!
  • Nick: I encountered exactly one walker, and I happen to now be an expert in all things zombie. After all, it’s a well-known fact that all hardcore drug addicts are very lucid and knowledgeable about world-ending, reality-distorting, catastrophic events–especially in the heat of a detox. Score! Mom got out the Monopoly board!
  • Travis: Oh, look. It’s my neighbor. He’s eating a dog, and looks just like those other zombie-like creatures I’ve interacted with before. I wonder if he’s up for a quick chat. Oh, and hey, please no one teach my son how to use a gun. I realize society is crumbling around us and there are literally flesh-eating monsters about, but I don’t think that’s a reason to go teaching my kid about guns and stuff. We’re more of a melee weapon-wielding family anyway. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to put our trash on the curb. Trash day is Wednesdays, even in the apocalypse…

SERIOUSLY. These characters are driving me NUTS. I really, really want to see the slow dissolution of humanity and society as we know it, but I want to believe the journey they have me on. Right now, I feel like I’m following a family of idiots who make crazy choices that make zero sense to me. But, I’d love to hear what you think. Here’s an excerpt from my recap over at The Mary Sue:

It would seem the pace has finally, finally started to pick up on Fear the Walking Dead. After an episode of heavy family drama and light walker action, and another with disjointed action and ambiguous plans to escape to “the desert”, things have finally started to get real. Travis, his son, his ex and the rest of Team Barbershop are still waiting out the riots in while Madison and her kids are chilling at their house in the ‘burbs as they wait for Travis to return.

Hours have passed since Madison and Travis parted, and Madison and the kids are starting to worry—especially since they watched their neighbor get attacked by a walker. Despite the hours Travis has been away from his family, despite the next-door-walker, and despite the fact that Alicia’s boyfriend is at his house actively becoming a walker, Madison still refuses to let Alicia know what’s going on. Instead, Madison tries to distract her kids with Monopoly (a game known around my home as “The Friendship Ender”).

There were several unbelievable moments in this episode, but this was one probably the dumbest. I had a real hard time believing that Madison—a woman who had just witnessed a couple of actual zombies, a woman who is now scared to death that she’s lost her husband, a woman who is trying to help her son successfully detox in the midst of the literal apocalypse—would be up for playing a jolly game of Monopoly. ..

Read the entire thing at The Mary Sue, and let me know your thoughts about the episode and the show in general in the comments! 

The Mary Sue Post: Fear the Walking Dead Pilot Review

Well, it’s a new season of walkers, so I’m back at it at The Mary Sue, recapping! While we still have to wait until October 11 to catch up with Rick and the gang at Alexandria, we got our first introduction to our new group of survivors–or whatever we’re calling them–last night in Fear the Walking Dead‘s pilot episode.

I’ll be honest, I was kinda underwhelmed, but I do see a boatload of potential simmering just under the surface. I’m hoping they kick up the walker action in the coming episodes, and play with humanity’s evolution when society begins to break down–those tough moral dilemmas TWD has forced us to ponder that make the Walking Dead franchise more than just a zombie show.

Here’s an excerpt from my spoiler-filled review:

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We finally got our first look into the world of AMC’s hotly anticipated spin-off of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead. A spin-off of such a successful, unique television show is a daring adventure, and the expectations from the TWD fandom was HUGE. So did the show actually live up to expectations? Do we have another classic in the walker-run universe of Robert Kirkman?
Well, maybe.

Before we jump in, read ahead at your own risk if you haven’t watched the pilot of Fear the Walking Dead yet. There WILL be spoilers ahead!

The big difference between The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead is that while we were immediately thrust into the walker-run world in Walking Dead, and the show went from 0-100 straight out the gate, Fear the Walking Dead is a much slower burn. In FTWD, we’re teetering right on the precipice of the zombie outbreak—which means that the storyline is very … normal.

In the pilot, we meet Maddie and her family—a perfect daughter, addict son, Maddie’s loving and supportive partner. The meat of the episode is dealing with her son, Nick’s, severe heroin addiction. Nick sees a walker in the first three minutes of the episode, but isn’t sure if he actually saw a girl chowing down on the insides of another human, or if the drugs he took were laced with something funny…

Head over to The Mary Sue to read the whole recap, and let me know what you thought about Fear the Walking Dead in the comments! 

Book Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

I’m all about lady geek empowerment up in here, so when I had the opportunity to review Sam Maggs‘ upcoming book, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, I jumped all over it. I first met Sam through my Walking Dead recapping at The Mary Sue, and I was thrilled to see that her awesomeness had transferred over to the book world. Here’s a basic summary of what the book is about:

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes, including:

• How to make nerdy friends
• How to rock awesome cosplay
• How to write fanfic with feels
• How to defeat Internet trolls
• How to attend your first con

And more! Plus, insightful interviews with fangirl faves, like Jane Espenson, Erin Morgenstern, Kate Beaton, Ashley Eckstein, Laura Vandervoort, Beth Revis, Kate Leth, and many others.

Fun fact: Female Geek Blogger G+ group co-founder, Fandom 5 co-inventor, and Nerdy Girlie herself Megan Gotch is also featured in Sam’s book!

This book is a great read. It’s fun, it’s easy to get through, and it is empowering. Even better, it’s got some great artwork. Check out the cover:

Fangirl Cover…and check out the dustjacket/hardcover:
Fangirl coverEvery inch of this book has design in mind, and it’s awesome. Still, the content is what makes this book shine. Sam takes the time to talk about all the different areas of fangirl-ness, and she takes the time to explain and validate all of them. I saw my own fandoms represented incredibly well in the book, and I was able to learn more about fandoms I’ve heard about, and some I didn’t even know existed. Even cooler, she offers her readers tons of ways to get involved in the geek girl community, and gives readers tons of resources to get involved in the geek girl world in whatever way they’d like.

In short, Sam Maggs’ The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is a celebration of the female geek, it’s an explanation to some of those new-fangled fandom terms you’ll find on the interwebz, it introduces various fandoms to readers, and it helps readers take their knowledge and make some friends IRL. This book is truly a fangirl’s guide to the galaxy. I highly recommend this to any geek girl out there, or anyone who has a geek girl in their life that they love and want to understand better. Her book hits stores TODAY, so you should go and buy yourself a copy!

Of course, with a book as rad as this one, no book review would be complete without a chat with the author. So I shot a few questions Sam’s way, and she graciously took the time to answer them. Here’s what she had to say:

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Kendall: What inspired you to write Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy
Sam: I really wanted to write the book I wish I’d had when I was 15 and liked comic books and video games and felt like I had no one to talk to about it! I hope that this will make some other girls feel more confident in who they are and what they like.
K: You are a pretty prolific blogger. What drew you to turning Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy into a book rather than a blog series?
S: I actually had never considered writing a book before my agent approached me! She found me through Twitter and liked my writing, and asked me if I had any ideas for a book project. Fangirl’s Guide came to mind right away!
K: What are some of your favorite parts of geek culture? 
S: I love the passion, and I love the sense of community. It’s great to be able to be unapologetically excited about the things you love with other people who love them too!
K: Who are some geeky women that inspire you–women that are alive and shaking up the geek world today, women of the past, or even fictional women?
S: Felicia Day is a huge inspiration to me as someone who blazed her own trail in the geek community. Amanda Tapping is a wonderful role model for women as an actress and director and mom, too! Hayley Atwell is my current favorite – she’s so eloquent about women in Hollywood and in history.
K: What is the best piece of advice that you’d give to young women pursuing some sort of a so-called “geeky” career. be it something in tech, writing, games, comics, or anything else? How would you advise them to stand out in an often male-dominated field, and have their voices heard?
S: Never let anyone tell you that you can’t because you’re a woman. You can. You should. You will.
K: Because you’re vocal on the internet and you write for The Mary Sue, I’m sure you’ve gotten some hate on the interwebz for your intersectional feminist ideals. How do you deal with that?
S: For me, the number one thing is to keep yourself safe. If you feel like you can fight back and still keep your mental health and your safety, then you absolutely do it. For me, the block button is my best friend.
K: If readers only takeaway one thing from reading Fangirl’s Guide, what would you like it to be? 
S: Be who you are, and if the people around you don’t like it, there are a million other people out there who will.
K: What was the most surprising thing you encountered, moving from blog writing to book writing?
S: The back-and-forth process of working with an editor! Blair Thornburgh, a full-fledged geeky girl herself, edited the book, and constantly improved upon my writing and though of creative new ways in which to organize the book. It was such a positive and exciting experience.
K: What advice would you give to young writers–bloggers or future book authors–on how to succeed in this field? 
S: Be prolific! You don’t have any of the barriers to success that we used to have, because of the internet. Put your writing on a blog, put your art on Tumblr – before you know it you’ll be making your own books and comics too!
K: For all the awesomeness, there can also be some awful stuff that happens to women in the geek world. What advice do you have to offer women on combating it? 
S: Find a supportive community, either in person or online (or both!). It is so helpful to just be able to vent to people who understand you and have even had some of the same experiences you have.
K: Where can we find you online? 
Y’all, Sam has crafted an awesome book, and it’s definitely a must-read for any geek girls, fangirls, and young nerds. It celebrates the awesome diversity of the female geek community, and it helps bring us all together. If you haven’t done so already–and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for–head over to the Quirk Book website to buy yourself  a copy from your favorite retailer!