After taking two weeks off for some personal reasons, I am finally ready to get back in the swing of blogging. And what better way than with a post sharing my origins as a geek? The ever awesome Mickey from Nerdily came up with the idea of sharing our geek origin stories, and I just had to get on board (even if I’m a little late!) And be sure to check out all the other awesome lady geeks linked at the bottom of this post!
My geek roots lie in gaming. I started out playing computer games in DOS with my brother and dad when I was about five – things like Gorilla Basic and Snake. We also had an Atari which I loved to play – Centipede was my favorite!
As I got older, I continued to game with my brother on PC and eventually on consoles as well, starting with the Sega Genesis (Shenobi and Sonic were favorites!) But it wasn’t until age ten or eleven that I felt truly solidified as a geek.
When I was ten, Pokemon was THE big thing. I loved the games, and collected the cards like mad. I met my best friend because of Pokemon cards. (16 years later we are still BFFs!) This was also the year I discovered Sailor Moon, played Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, AND Final Fantasy VII. It was a big year for me. Ocarina of Time and FFVII blew my eleven year old mind to pieces. Between the phenomenal gameplay, story, characters – I fell utterly hardcore in love with gaming because of those two games.
Sailor Moon changed my life in ways I never expected, or even really realized at the time. It made me fall in love with art, and I began drawing SM fanart obsessively. It also opened the doors to so many other animes. At first, just the Toonami lineup on Cartoon Network (Reboot, Tenchi Muyo!, Cardcaptor Sakura) but eventually I sought out more on my own. As an avid reader already, it also opened my eyes to the world of manga, which I became obsessed with as well. I also can attribute my internet love to Sailor Moon. Not only did I love seeking out images to draw from online, but I also made my very first website because of it – a Geocities Sailor Moon fan site. Oh yeah. There I shared my own art, had galleries of images, and even wrote some (terrible) fanfic.
As I grew older and started high school, I moved away from anime a bit. In terms of art, I wanted to focus more on drawing realistic portraits. And I watched less and less TV and became much more immersed in games and reading. The original Halo consumed my life, along with games like Super Smash Brothers Melee. I had a pretty large group of close friends in high school, and since my house was in walking distance, we all gathered at my place each day after school and gamed together. I also started the Harry Potter series in high school, a bit late as I didn’t start until book three was already out, and fell completely in love with the world and characters.
Because I had a great group of geeky friends, I was never bullied in high school, despite how I dressed (we were the goth crew, wearing all black + Tripp pants with fabulously dyed hair; all rather cliche goth) or the fact that I was a female and into gaming. I come from a small town (graduated in a class of 90 people) and by high school, there really wasn’t a lot of drama. I didn’t care what people thought of me, because I had the support of my friends who were also huge geeks. It definitely gave me confidence to embrace being a geek as I got older, even after losing touch with most of that group.
College was an equally great geek experience. I don’t know if it’s because I went to art school, but pretty much everyone was a giant geek. I camped out for my WiiU in the freezing cold with my roommate! And going to school in a city, there were shops everywhere – comic shops, anime shops – it was great! I got into reading more comics and graphic novels in college.
I definitely consider myself lucky in that I have had very little negative experience in being a geek. My family has always swayed toward the geekier edge. My parents are both huge sci-fi/fantasy fans and bookworms which they passed on to both my brother and myself. My father is an artist and he definitely encouraged my own art. He also introduced me to Farscape, one of the first shows I fell hardcore in love with, along with things like The Fifth Element and The Matrix (both of which I was obsessed with.) But really, both my parents are geeks in their own right, and have always encouraged my geekiness!
As an adult I definitely game less than I used to, but still live a very full geek life. It’s really the only life I know! 🙂 Be sure to check out the origin stories below from some other lovely ladies!
Mandy’s Story – TrueUFO (Coming Soon!)
Dina’s Story (Coming Soon!)
Geeky Brunette’s Story (Coming Soon!)
GamerWife’s Story (Coming Soon!)
Sadie by Design’s Story (Coming Soon!)
Lydia’s Story (Coming Soon!)
Princess Eevee’s Story (Coming Soon!)