Introductions are so awkward ...

Hello people of the internet, sorry but no Jordaina this week, she’s agreed to take the week off so I can introduce myself to you lovely people. So hi, my name’s Rhian. I am what I like to call a writer in progress, meaning I’d like to call myself a writer but I’m not quite there yet (I’m currently writing my first novel though so that’s got to count for something, right?). Unfortunately it’s still very much a work in progress at the minute, so it won’t be out until next year, but I can give you a hint to what it’s all about – twisted fairytale, kind of Buffy meets Disney, if Disney was directed by Tim Burton. But that’s all I’m telling you for now. Mwahahaha (that’s my evil author laugh, just in case you didn’t guess), but maybe, just maybe, if you lovely people are nice to me (and I’m asked back to do another blog post) I could even give you some little sneak peeks, a few little spoilers. Just don’t tell my characters or they might get mad at me and refuse to give me their storylines.

One of the many pictures discovered on Pinterest, Harry Potter and a cute dog – what’s not to love?!

One of the many pictures discovered on Pinterest, Harry Potter and a cute dog – what’s not to love?!

So, I have to admit, I find this a bit difficult, there I said it! I mean, yes I consider myself a writer but am I the only one who finds it a bit awkward to introduce themselves? I mean, unless you already know me *hi friends!* then sometimes I can come across as a little strange. Or, there’s that horrifying moment - when something I write as a joke, doesn’t actually come across as a joke . . . but we’ve all had them moments, haven’t we? At least I hope it’s not only me. I also tend to confuse people; you see I’m a big geek. I can usually be found in my natural habitat, which usually comprises of a comfy armchair and snack food within easy reach, wearing some kind of fandom top, reading some kind of sci-fi novel, searching for the latest Marvel/Game of Thrones spoilers online or scrolling down Pinterest for fandom memes; if you’ve never been on Pinterest I’ll warn you now, it’s addictive, you’ll be on there hours without realising. In addition to being a Marvel loving geeky girl, I am also a big American football fan. Now, when people find this out, I’m usually met with quite amusing looks of surprise or confusion, as I’m a girl, apparently (judging by the reaction I get) not a lot of British girls like the NFL. Who knew? I also sport (sport – get it? See what I did there?) a lot of multicoloured hair, this month’s choice blue and pink, and of course, we can’t forget the geeky fandom top ;) So I get that appearance-wise I don’t really conform to the usual sports fan look. But who cares? While boxes are great for storage, they’re really not great for categorising people.

So this September, when the NFL season starts, I’m going to be sat there, rocking my blue and pink hair, wearing a top that will probably say something like ‘The House Elf Liberation Front’ (3 points to Gryffindor if you get that reference), and I’m going to enjoy watching my favourite team play. Because at the end of the day, we shouldn’t be afraid of being different: we should embrace it.