February 01, 2013

Geek of the Week: Meet Nina

What's your name?

Where are you from?
A little spot in the 'verse called Stockton, CA.

What does it mean to you to be a geek/nerd?
Despite what the dictionary may have to say about geeks and nerds (studious, boring, unfashionable, socially inept—I am the latter, but not the former!), to me, being a geek/nerd means that you are extremely passionate about all the things you’re interested in whether it be movies, television, books, comics, fashion, etc. Geeks/nerds don’t feel the need, but want to explore and learn as much as they can about the things they love so dearly.

And here’s a quote from John Green that I feel is completely relevant:

“Because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.’”
Ed. note: That is a most excellent quote!

Ed. note: Nina, does Nathan know you have this? That's an awfully derpy face! #blackmail

What are 2–5 things you're particularly passionate about?
- Disney
- Crafting
- Fashion
- Reading
- Writing

Why are you passionate about these things?
I was raised on a heavy diet of Disney as a child and as cheesy as this may sound, Disney helped shape me into the person that I am today because they taught me keep my inner child intact, to celebrate it, and to stay curious—in other words, Disney taught me how to be a geek. :)

The rest of my passions have also stemmed from my childhood in some shape or form and they all seem to connect somehow. I always frequented thrift stores, flea markets, book stores, and department stores with pretty clothes when I was a kid (and I still do!). With each place I found objects that helped feed each passion whether it was the latest book from The Babysitter’s Club series (Claudia Kimshi forever!), a toy of my favorite Disney character, a piece of jewelry, a Batman hair ribbon, etc. And each thing I’m passionate about allows me the freedom to use my imagination and be creative, whether I’m making a necklace with an upcyled toy or an image of something nerdy I like, writing a story (which I admittedly haven’t done in a long while—worst Creative Writing major ever), picturing a far off land in my head from reading a book, or putting an outfit together.

I could seriously go on into great detail about why I am so passionate about each thing, but it might turn into a novella. So I’ll stop here!

Do you have any special or hidden talents?
Um ... no. How sad! Unless me being able to rap along to most N*E*R*D songs and having double jointed thumbs is considered a talent. :/

What was your favorite book/movie/TV show/other from 2012?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is not just my favorite book from 2012, but OF ALL EVERS! I needed to put it down a few times because the hurricane pouring down my face made it impossible to read. On a lighter note, Moonrise Kingdom was such an adorable movie! I think it’s probably my new favorite Wes Anderson film. :)
Ed. note: Sad to say, I've neither read nor watched either this book or this movie, but I've been meaning to! I've heard nothing but good things about both.

What book/movie/TV show/other are you most looking forward to in 2013?
I’m a Whovian through and through, so obviously I’m stupid excited to see what’s in store for Doctor Who as this year is the show’s 50th anniversary! New companion, new adventures! Vwooop-vwooop!!!! And I’m really looking forward to Oz: The Great and Powerful (even though I just found out something super spoilery by accident. Stupid internet!). I’m a fan of The Wizard of Oz (movie and book), Return to Oz, and I looove Wicked, so it’ll be interesting to see yet another re-telling of the land of Oz. Plus I’m going to get to see/hear Zach Braff’s voice come out of a monkey in a bellhop outfit. That alone is exciting enough for me!

Do you have a "go-to" karaoke/Rock Band song? What is it?
Oh man. This feels like such a loaded question to me just because I grew up in a house that had a laser disc karaoke machine and a Magic Mic (I’m talking about a microphone that rates your performance of a song on a scale from 1-100, not that Channing Tatum movie). Um… I’m just going to go with “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Did you know that Jon Bon Jovi originally didn’t want to release it as single because it was too hard to sing? Those high notes hurt! But it’s still fun to rock out to.

What are three websites you like to visit every day?

Do you have a blog/website/Twitter name/etc. that you'd like to share?

Any additional comments or thoughts?
HUFFLEPUFF FOREVER and DFTBA (don’t forget to be awesome)!

Nina's bonus questions:

You have an awesome fashion sense. What (or who) are some of your biggest fashion inspirations?
Aww, shucks. Thank you! I get style inspiration from all sorts of places and things—I once put an outfit together because it made me think of objects you'd find in a thrift store, but I find that I get inspired most from the costumes worn by characters from my favorite movies and TV shows. Of course Carrie Bradshaw from Sex & the City is a huge influence, but I started wearing dresses and developed an obsession for floral prints because of Chuck from Pushing Daisies, and started wearing denim minis with cowboy boots and bomber jackets because of Amy Pond (I refer to my brown bomber jacket as my Indiana Jones jacket though). And a few months ago I bought a super adorable pair of gold fork earrings because they made me think, "Ooh, fancy dinglehoppers for my ears! Ariel would approve"—I make nerdy connections to almost everything in my closet and jewelry box. Oh, I must also give my thanks and praise to Mister Rogers because he showed me that cardigans make everything better. I should also mention that Audrey Hepburn has always been a major fashion inspiration—it would be blasphemous of me to not mention her!
Ed. note: This is the best list!

You mentioned that you were a Creative Writing major ... if being a writer isn't your current career aspiration, what is it?
Honestly, I've really been struggling to try and figure that out since I graduated from college. My dream job would still involve writing, only it would be about nerdy things and fashion, and covering the fashion-y side of conventions like Comic Con—so basically what I already do with my blog but on a level that helps pay the bills and then some! I highly doubt that'll happen, so I'm on the hunt for any 'ol job right now that can help support my blog, Etsy store, and other hobbies. *cough* shopping *cough*

Ed. note: That little dude with Nina in the picture is Rory, named after Rory Williams Pond. Too cute!

Thanks, Nina, for being a Geek of the Week!

If you'd like to be a future GotW, please email me.


  1. So I'm curious, as a professed fan of Wicked, have you seen the musical and if so what did you think? I really loved the books (still haven't read the last one though) and Gregory Maguire's style in general, but I was super disappointed in the show. It felt like they took some parts of the book and put music to them without understanding what was actually happening in terms of the story.They totally missed the subtlties and some of the major plot points. It felt like a different story with similar characters. That's my opinion anyway. Maybe you disagree and I need to just lighten up about it.

  2. I love the musical! I was actually referring to it in the questionare (I forgot to differentiate whether I loved the book or musical -- mah bad), but I did read the first book years before I watched the show and I enjoyed it very much, but I have to say I liked the musical more. I'm a sucker for musicals though (and I liked the ending), so... yeah. I think they did the best they could to translate the novel into a musical since it contains some heavy content, plus the creators were probably keeping children in mind so it could be a family show -- Wicked's setting is taken from a popular children's series, but the novel isn't exactly for children. That's my opinion anyway :)

  3. Thanks for having me as Geek of the Week, Mandy! As for the Nathan Fillion picture, he's the one that took it! He even looked at my camera's screen to see the picture and handed it back to me. We both look pretty derpy though, so I guess we're even. That was taken at Comic Con in 2009 or 2010 when I stalked him because I was tired of coming home from Comic Con with no pictures of me and cool nerdy famous people on my camera. So thanks to Twitter, I followed him all the way to the Browncoats booth and then bam-said-the-lady I got my picture!

  4. Fair enough. I'm not mad at the musical or anything, I was just expecting it to be closer to the book, but I'm sure you're right about them having to make it more accessible. The book covers a lot of ground and is pretty dark thematically which left me wondering how they were going to convert it in the first place. I'm hit or miss on musicals in general and I didn't hate the music, the show just wasn't quite what I was expecting.

  5. This is a fantastic Nathan Fillion story! And John Green quote. And hooray Babysitter's Club! Nina, you are too awesome and I'm running over to check out your blog right now :DD

  6. I absolute what you said about being, "too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness" That is me to a "t" and some people can't understand how I can be so enthusiastic about life and I just say, "Hey, I'm a geek, I'm allowed to be!" Awesome interview and I will be checking out your blog right now! :)

  7. So glad you wanted in on the fun! :D And that's hilarious. I'm so impressed by your moxie.

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