Welcome to this week’s installment of “On a Geekly Basis,” a feature that profiles awesome geeky people and things! This week we want to introduce you to Megan Patterson and Vanessa Di Gregorio from Paper Droids, an amazing geek culture site for women!
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Megan Patterson, Science and Tech Editor
Vanessa Di Gregorio, Sales & Marketing Assistant
Do you consider yourself more a geek or a nerd?
Megan Patterson: I’m not really entirely sure what the difference is, but probably a nerd.
Vanessa Di Gregorio: A geek! Though I am a huge book nerd.
When did you first know you were a geek or a nerd?
MP: Definitely as soon as I started school, and realized that the things that I was into were not really the same thing that most of the other people I went to school with were into. I didn’t realize that playing Super Mario Bros. was a weird thing for a girl before then!
VDG: Sometimes I think I was born a geek! I was raised by my parents on Star Wars and Willow, and my brothers and I owned almost every single video game console growing up. But I think I truly realized I was a geek when everyone in elementary school outgrew Pokemon (except, of course, for me!).
How did you get into blogging?
MP: I didn’t really start getting into blogging until after university, because my writerly energies were pretty much consumed by school before then. I used to actually be more of a fashion and beauty writer, and I still do that sometimes, but it wasn’t until we started Paper Droids and I became the science and tech editor that I really started to see myself as a blogger and writer in like, a professional context.
VDG: Before I fell in love with blogging, I taught myself to code websites and was wildly obsessed with graphic design. So I created a bunch of sites on the now defunct geocities platform devoted to all of my fave video games and anime shows. And then in the beginning of 2010, I joined a group blog on writing and books called Let The Words Flow – which has reinvented itself and is known today as Pub(lishing) Crawl. So that satisfied the book nerd in me… but what I really wanted was to be able to geek out with other people the way I had back when I was hanging out on message boards/forums online. I started out with a Tumblr, and then in 2012 I joined Paper Droids as a writer.
What is your favorite fandom?
MP: My favourite video game fandom is Dragon Age and Mass Effect, and everything else: Game of Thrones.
VDG: I can’t choose just one! But it is probably a tie between Kingdom Hearts or The Legend of Zelda. Or Harry Potter.
What project or projects are you working on?
MP: In addition to being a Paper Droids editor, I also pretty recently got involved with Dames Making Games, a Toronto-based organization for women who want to make games. So I have been working on my own game projects, mostly in Twine. I have a demo for a larger game project that I’m working on already out, called Long May She Reign, which is a game about the decisions you have to make as a queen after you’re married to the king of a foreign nation. I want to eventually make it into a visual novel, but right now it’s just a Twine.
I also just finished another Twine as part of a Twinethology with Soha el-Sabawwi and a bunch of other much more talented game devs and writers than me. The theme is “destruction” and we all wrote Twine games based on that theme. Mine is a satire of post-apocalyptic game tropes called The End of the World (As We Know It). It should be coming out sometime this spring!
I’m also just starting another Twine series called Misandrist Fairy Tales (basically feminist retellings of classic fairy tales), the first of which will be The Little Mermaid. I haven’t had time to actually start it yet though.
VDG: Come July, I’ll be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in the hopes of writing a novel (or a good chunk of one). But right now, I’m a part of Pub(lishing) Crawl and Paper Droids – which keeps me plenty occupied, let me tell you!
If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be and why?
MP: I wouldn’t want to meet any fictional characters, because I’m too afraid they might be ruined by meeting them!
VDG: Okay, this was NOT an easy question to answer. There are so many that I would love to meet! But probably Terra Branford from Final Fantasy VI. I mean, she’s a vital part of my one my fave games of all time, but she’s also mixed – and I can relate to that. Sure, one of my parents isn’t an Esper, and I lack crazy cool powers, but as a mixed kid myself, I feel like we would just connect.
Tell us about yourself. (Please include any links to social media!)
MP: If you want to keep up with all my writing and projects and what games I’m currently mad at (sometimes I even like them!), you can find it all on Twitter, @mk_patter.
VDG: Well… I’m a gamer, geek, and writer. And a feminist. I read a lot of books (mostly fantasy and some science fiction, and often young adult) and work in the publishing industry. I love anime, have a not-so-secret soft spot for k-dramas, enjoy comics (Saga being my current fave!), and own an impressive collection of tapletop/board games. I still miss the Dreamcast and SNES consoles. My closest friends as a teen were a bunch of guys and girls that I played Phantasy Star Online with. Oh, and I like to write. And of course, I can’t forget to mention that I met my wonderful husband while we were working at a video game store together. I tweet a lot over at @vanesdigregorio (mostly pictures of my direwolf… err… husky puppy), and occasionally remember that I have a Tumblr blog called Something Geeky.
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