A Wild Ferret Appears! Michelle

Ferret Michelle claps gleefully upon realizing she will get to smash coins on a train track.

This is pretty much me in a nutshell.

Name: Michelle

Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (Guardian/Protector)

Favorite beverage: Tea, wine, or beer. Tied with Eris as the alcoholic of the group.

Favorite genres to read: Romance, fantasy, and science fiction.

Favorite place to read: Curled up on the couch under a fleece blanket with a mug of tea and my cat.

Things you do when you’re not writing: Working out (especially yoga), reading (obviously), baking or cooking, watching movies, reviewing both books and movies, playing video games, cursing CSS and/or PHP.

Favorite genres to write: Fantasy.

Writing tool you can’t live without: My giant HP laptop decorated with Doctor Who stickers. This baby is also big enough to handle all my development needs. I call her Vera.

Random question:

Serena asked: 5 fandoms I go nuts over

I do not actively participate in fandoms (as in, writing fanfiction or reblogging OTP porn on Tumblr), but there are a few that, if you mention them to me, the resulting fangirl squee will be legendary.

Lord of the Rings
This is the one that, frankly, will always make the top of this list. I watched the movies eleven times in theaters alone. The whole reason I started reviewing movies was to get a chance to see Return of the King early and review it. It’s pretty much the reason I have a minor in Film & Video Studies from OU. A lot of fandoms get me excited, but very, very few have truly influenced my life the way that The Lord of the Rings has.

Doctor Who
I own 5 Doctor Who T-shirts, my favorite color is TARDIS blue, and my laptop has K-9, the TARDIS, and a Dalek on it. I dressed up as the Ninth Doctor for Halloween one year. I have been involved in an epic dissection of the modern Who series with one of my friends for the past YEAR AND A HALF. I might have a problem.

This one almost didn’t make the cut. Then I heard the noises I made when Adam Baldwin (Jayne) guest-starred on Castle and realized…yeah. I’m a Browncoat. My brother and I used to have epic quote battles via text message after we both chain-watched the entire series in college, and also created a Firefly drinking game that ended very, very poorly. (When one of your rules is “Take a drink every time Zoe is insubordinate while still saying ‘sir,'” you know you’re on your way to alcohol poisoning.)

The Marvel universe
I consider this my first fandom, as I remember getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch the ’90s X-men cartoon with my brother. We had books and board games, comics and video games, not just of the X-men but also Spider-Man and the Avengers. (To say I’m a little thrilled about the current crop of Marvel movies is putting it mildly.) Marvel is what put me on the road to geekery, and I will be forever grateful.

Final Fantasy
I have played and beaten FFI, FFII, FFIII, FFIV, FFV, FFVI, FFVII, FFX, FFXII, and Tactics. To this day, the only character I’ve ever cosplayed as is Irvine Kinneas from Final Fantasy VIII. (I bought a long coat for the sole purpose of doing so.) I even own the game scores for at least two of them. Plus, Final Fantasy games have given me so many story ideas it’s not even funny.

And…1 I can’t stand

50 Shades of Grey
I have my problems with Twilight, but 50 Shades of Grey is my least favorite fandom. For one, I am uncomfortable with how popular a fanfiction where someone essentially did a find/replace for character names has become. And for two, I am tremendously uncomfortable with how much people are glorifying an abusive relationship. Plus, the fans tend to be a bit…rabid, and not in the normal way.

Short bio:

By day, I’m a web developer. I primarily speak CSS and HTML, but I’m learning PHP and JavaScript. Code fascinates me. I would say it’s unhealthy, but because I get paid for it, I imagine it’s very healthy, actually.

(This also means I spend a lot of my spare time looking at websites going, “WHY DID YOU DO THAT?”)

By night, I write, usually fantasy. My degree is actually in professional writing, and as such, I’m something of a structure fiend. I love breaking a story down into its building blocks and seeing how it all comes together.

I also review movies and books over at my blog, The Barenaked Critic. The name comes from a column I wrote in college for a website called Hollywood Elsewhere, which I kept going for the better part of three years.


5 thoughts on “A Wild Ferret Appears! Michelle

  1. jmbauhaus says:

    “This also means I spend a lot of my spare time looking at websites going, “WHY DID YOU DO THAT?””

    *snerk* This is me, all the time. And as a freelancer it’s always followed with, “How can I find a nice way to say, ‘Your website sucks. Please hire me to fix it for you.’?”

  2. gah! i only have four doctor who shirts! (and it’s very brave of you to admit your alcoholic ferret status. i think admitting it is the first step…not that you should change it!)

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