For the Love of Language

 

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My recent research in college education has led me, as it has many times, to my one of my biggest passions: Language. Throughout my K-12 years I bounced around with what I wanted to study due to the fact that I have many interests. East Asian studies, art, veterinary medicine, animal behaviorism, graphic design, and English have made up the main bunch.

Even so, I always seem to make a loop and end up at the same conclusion. I love language; particularly English.

Language is what sets us apart. It is a fundamental aspect of our lives. We speak, write, and read language. It is what allows us to express ourselves in the most profound ways. It is interesting how many people might say, “Well, yeah,” as if that’s just a fact of life and there is nothing fascinating or extraordinary about language. Yet when you give it thought, imagine what language means to us.

One facet of language presents to us an escape from our lives by letting us delving into created worlds. That is reading.

My relationship with reading began well enough. I was fascinated by stories, but as a child it was visually appealing. Who didn’t love those picture storybooks?

Late elementary into middle school introduced an entirely new type of reading. No more pictures? I have to use my imagination? As a kid that grew up on Disney movies and vibrant picture storybooks, this was not how I wanted it to go. So, I decided that reading and I didn’t suit each other. Silly me.

It wasn’t until late middle school when I was roaming idly around the library that the spine of a book caught my eye. It depicted a horse, and I’ve always loved horses. As I looked at it, I read the title, “Wild Magic”. Horses, wild, and magic? What was this enticing sorcery? I checked out the book that day and was hooked.

Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic kindled my love for reading. This was the kind of reading that provided that wonderful escape from reality; the type that grips your mind and heart.

Mark Edmundson (The Ideal English Major) described it so well:

“There are people who read to anesthetize themselves—they read to induce a vivid, continuous, and risk-free daydream. They read for the same reason that people grab a glass of chardonnay—to put a light buzz on. The English major reads because, as rich as the one life he has may be, one life is not enough. He reads not to see the world through the eyes of other people but effectively to become other people.”

“Real reading is reincarnation. There is no other way to put it. It is being born again into a higher form of consciousness than we ourselves possess.”

It was through these kinds of experiences that I developed a love for language and so a love for writing. After all, the three facets of language are all interlinked.

It’s why I am writing to all of you right now, and why I plan to pursue a degree in English.

I completely geek out over language!

It’s a dream of mine to have a career where I can indulge in my passion for language (reading, writing, speaking), and to reach others through my work. I’d like to publish at least one book if not more, and I will forever to encourage others to love language.

Here are some of my favorite books/series that I recommend:

The Sevenwaters TrilogyJuliet Marillier

Heart’s BloodJuliet Marillier

The Maze Runner trilogyJames Dashner

The Immortals quartetTamora Pierce

Dragonriders of PernAnne McCaffrey

 

Britney

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“You’re a wizard, Harry.”

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It’s July! Harry Potter month! I’m always excited when this time come around because I get to read about everyone’s different experiences with how much they love H.P. Harry Potter has always been a special series for me because it allowed me to have an escape and the characters weren’t that far off in age from me. They seemed to be going through very similar things that my friends and I were going through, with out the magic of course. (I’m STILL waiting for MY Hogwarts letter.)

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Every book in the series allowed me to escape what was going on around me and let my imagination flow as free and as wild as it wanted to be. I did keep it a secret that I was reading the books because I didn’t want to be branded a “nerd”…even though I was already teased in school for other stuff.  But I loved reading these books in the privacy of my own room. I could read them for hours and hours on end.

While some people choose not to read the books, I do recommend them. They’re timeless, full of adventure and also deal with everyday problems that young kids and teens deal with.  I do think these are great books for kids and teens to read. Hell, I’ve read them SEVERAL times already as well as watched the movies SEVERAL times. I love, love, love this series!

You can expect us girls at GeekynGirly to have a few more Harry Potter posts to come soon. I may post one more and get a little crafty because I’m a Potterhead.
Also, check out how the cast of Harry Potter has grown up!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/harry-potter-cast-then-and-now

Whitney

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Happy Birthday Harry

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As you all know or should know out there in the geek world today is Harry’s birthday as well as his creator’s J.K. Rowling so I wanted to take today to discuss this series which is very dear to my heart. I first began to read Harry Potter in elementary school and finished at the end of high school so essentially I grew up with this series. I related to Harry so much I had a troubled home life was bullied quite a bit but I got through it all with the help of great friends. Britney was my Ron essentially lol she was always there for me and we were always in it together no matter what it was. These books aren’t about trying to impress anyone or any of the other things young impressionable girls would normally see. No these books were about friendship and standing up for what you think is right. Being brave even when everyone else stands against you and sometimes you have to do things on your own. Reading the Chamber of Secrets in the 5th grade and meeting Dobby for the first time I never thought many years later I would be a young woman crying over that wonderful brave little house elf.

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I can remember reading the 6th book when Kreacher comes to Hogwarts and Hermione speaks to him and he says under his breath ” The mudblood is speaking to Kreacher.” I laughed so hard I almost woke everyone in the house up. Word of advice don’t read at 2 am. Even though I still do. While there were many sad and absolutely heartbreaking moments it was filled with fun cheery moments as well. Fred and George always up to something. Ron and his gift of somehow embarrassing himself all the time. Hermione keeping Harry and Ron on their toes. The series wouldn’t have been the same if one of them was missing each one of them held each other up like true friends do. They also got into arguments which made them seem so real and like someone you know. Their characters were so relateable. I did like the movies as well although as they progressed I felt more and more was changed and left out. I thought why would they throw in something that didn’t even happen and leave out some incredibly pivotal points. Like in the 6th for instance (which was my favorite book) they threw in some bullshit scene at the burrow catching it on fire and running around outside seriously what the hell. That was there but where the hell was Dumbledore’s funeral. That was such a beautiful scene in the book with the centaurs at the edge of the forest and the mer-people. The cinematography for something like that would have looked amazing. Also in the fifth book when in Saint Mungo’s when Neville’s mom handed him the bubble gum wrapper and his gran told him throw it away and he put it in his pocket. That scene right there is what made me feel so much for him. I realize that not all things can be added but if things are going to be left out don’t replace them with things that didn’t happen. Why the changes are made to begin with make no sense to me because everything in the books is so wonderful and would have been great on film. Aside from that I feel the golden trio couldn’t have been cast any better they were perfect. Hagrid was perfect as well. I preferred the look of the second Dumbledore better I just didn’t like that he shouted quite often lol Dumbledore was quite soft spoken. Luna was done well and Neville was wonderful. I do wish Slughorn would have looked more like a walrus as described in his pajamas.

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On a darker note these books dealt quite a bit with loss and death and having to pick yourself up because you have to. Harry lost the one man he felt was family and showed him love. He like most had to carry on and go to school. Some feel it’s best to go on though life alone because then you won’t have loss and disappointment, but if it had not been for Ron and Hermione and all of his wonderful friends what would have been the point of anything he had done. With them in his own words he had something worth fighting for.

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Everytime abc family airs the movies I very annoyingly tell my boyfriend IT’S A HARRY POTTER WEEKKKKKEENNNNDDDD!!!! Yes I watch it everytime and usually crochet while watching. Those are the most relaxing days off. These books made me laugh, made me cry and made me grow up. They made me cherish my friends and family more. I love these books and I thank J.K. Rowling for creating these books so that that poor little girl that was me could escape to a wonderful world. I’m doing great now and will continue to do so and since I live in Florida I’ll hopefully go to the Harry Potter world at universal soon. Even though the series ended it will never be over as long as there are those that are loyal. Thank you for reading -Kelly

Why is there a Geeky Girl Stigma?

GnG would like to introduce: Who, What, and Why – Wednesday? Every Wednesday, Kelly and I will pick out of those categories and talk about a person, an item, or just a thought. Today, mine’s a “Why”?

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Time and time again, I hear geeky guys swear up and down that they’d like nothing more than be in a relationship with a geeky girl. This would be the type of girl who would play video games all night with him instead of complain about needing “us time”, and the same type to get all giddy when a new awesome anime series starts. The list goes on and on, really.

My beef with the geeky guys of society is, why don’t you talk to us? I’ve noticed that when I walk into a table top game store, a comic store, a video game store, ect. that the guys inside don’t talk to me. (Excluding the employees!) Now normally I don’t second guess that type of behavior. You’re in a store, buying what you want, and then you leave. I can understand that. However, when you’re in a store that also doubles as a place to socialize and play table top games there is no excuse!

I’m talking dozens of geeky guys. All of them are talking, playing games, cracking jokes, and shopping. It looks like tons of fun, until I realize that none of them even look my way a second time. It’s like I don’t exist. No looking, no eye contact, no talking. You’d think I was some kind of Apex predator about to eat them alive! It may not be direct, but we get shunned. I can be literally standing right next to one of my guy friends who is talking to another geeky guy and not be acknowledged at all by the other guy.

I’ve voiced these thoughts to friends, and I’ve had the guys tell me. “Well, they’re too shy and intimidated.” On some level, I accept this. Girls can intimidate guys, especially the introverted types. However, I’m here now to let everyone in on something. Geeky girls are going to be the easiest type of girl that a geeky guy can interact with! We’re into the same things, have the same passions, and keep the same hobbies. We are the girls of your dreams.

So speak up, geeky guys! Your wonder girls are in these stores, at these events, playing these games, and yet you don’t dare talk to us. No wonder geeky guys complain that they’re so lonely in the girl department.

I’m insanely interested in everyone’s input. Are you a geeky girl suffering the same neglect, or a geeky girl that hasn’t had this problem? Oppositely speaking, Are you a geeky guy that’s intimated, or maybe one that isn’t afraid to speak up at all? Tell me, tell me!

Britney

Happy Geek Pride Day!

Happy Geek Pride Day from the girls of Geeky ‘n Girly. To celebrate, we’ve both put together a couple of collages to display just some of our geeky merchandise. 🙂

The first collage is Britney’s and the second is Kelly’s.

We challenge all of our geeky followers to put together their own collages of their geekery too! We hope everyone will join in and look forward to seeing more collages.

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I’m a ____ Geek!

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Geekdom is defined by having a strong passion for one or many things. For me, it is many things. So out of sheer curiousity and a desire to get to know everyone better, I’ve made up this poll below to see what everyone else is all about!

PS: You can choose more than one, and If I didn’t list your type of geekery, fill it in in the “Other” section.

Comments are also appreciated! ~.^

– Britney