In Which I Solicit Your Opinions On Fandom

Guess which fandom I belong to

More specifically, passing beloved fandoms down to youths (or, conversely, failing to do this! What happens when your fandoms just don’t TAKE? How does that make you FEEL?)

 

 

 

From my Facebook plea:

Friends! Nerds! Countrywomen! (and also dudes i ~guess~) 😉

 

I’m writing an article for The Learned Fangirl on passed down fandoms, and I wanted to know if you’re interested in being interviewed! Doesn’t have to be your kid, just has to be *a* kid — your little sibling, your cousins, kids you babysit for. I’ll take any and all fandoms (right now I’ve got people for Doctor Who, Marvel comics, and Star Wars, but I’m into duplicates) and I just wanna know things like

 

  1.  How did you get into this fandom (how old were you; if it’s a fandom that’s been around for a while, did someone you looked up to get you into it?)
    2. What was your padawan’s initial reaction to the show/movie/comic book (you see what i did there)
    3. How do you address the more ~problematic~ elements of a given fandom with impressionable young minds, particularly from a feminist standpoint? (Moffat’s fuckery on DW, the Leia slave girl bikini thing; the dearth of diversity and representation in general, WHY ISN’T THERE A FEMALE DOCTOR YET)
    4. Does experiencing your fandom with a newbie change things for you?
    5. What fandomy things do you do together? Cosplay? ComiCon? Do you write fan fiction together? Or write your own comics?

PLZ AND THANK U

Reach out to me at christinatesoro@yahoo.com if any of this appeals to you!

I interviewed Monica Byrne about The Girl in the Road

9780804138840_custom-2db3dd196e9404af7d78ed7129bbccff56252bf3-s1200-c15Way back in January, era of cold snowy misery, I read The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne, and it blew me away. You may remember me flailing about it here. Well, it seems I’m getting kinda good at this being-a-working-writer thing, this leaning-in, pitching-like-a-shark thing, because when I learned that one of my friends, Laura, actually grew up in the same town, instead of feeling awed and shying away, I said “Hey! I’d love to interview her.”

And, readers, I did.

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NYC May Be Getting A Dog Cafe

Here’s a cool interview I wrote for This Dog’s Life. 

TDL: I think you’ve said before that one of your main motivations behind starting a dog café was realizing the difficulty of having a dog in the city. I’m sure there are a lot of people in the same boat, and this will definitely fill that space for them.

Maggie: Exactly! To substitute for my lack of a dog, I volunteered at a few animal shelters– one of those being Bideawee. Recently, I’m a volunteer of Animal Haven andNew York Cares. New York Cares includes various volunteer projects, and there are many for dog walking. We know that many people live in small apartments which restrict them from getting a dog. Through our cafe, these people will be able to experience the joy of having and playing with dogs.

Take a look, and maybe consider donating?