My how I’ve grown to love Fridays! First things first: For the past few weeks Megan and I have been working hard to figure out a better system for linking all the 5 Fandom Friday bloggers in one place. At first I was adding links as they were sent to me but it ended up being really challenging because everyone posts at different times throughout the day and some people don’t even publish their post on Fridays at all (which is totally fine!). I tend to publish my posts between 6 and 7 am because I have a full time job and it’s not blogging. So, not being able to update my post with links until Friday evening or the next morning while the links kept building was becoming overwhelming pretty quickly. The entire purpose of 5 Fandom Friday is to meet other bloggers, make new friends and find some new sites to read in the process which I’m so happy to have done so far! I’ve added SO many new blogs to my Feedly and made so many new Twitter friends in the process that I’m totally satisfied with the experience so far and I hope you are too! So enter, ~the new system~. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a little blue button which allows you to enter the link to your post if you want to share it here (and I certainly hope you do!). I think this is going to be great and work better for everyone involved. Also, I just want to thank everyone who reached out to Megan and I with kind and supportive words last week when we were being harassed online. We both can’t thank everyone enough for your support<3
Now, to my post intro! This is the first week of 5 Fandom Friday that I’m choosing to use a variation on the topic Megan and I decided upon. The original topic is Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast but I decided to write about the authors I would love to invite. I’ve been on such a huge reading kick for the past 4 years (which I suppose classifies as more of a lifestyle choice now?) and there are so many fascinating authors that I would kill a turkey for a chance to dine with. Plus, I’m really truly thankful for each of the people in this list because each has written something that’s affected me in its own unique way. So, here they are!
1. JK Rowling – If I wouldn’t immediately burst into tears the moment I would be within personal bubble range of JK Rowling, I would have SO many things to tell her I’m thankful for. Harry Potter has and always will be my number one fandom as I’ve stated repeated online and IRL. I have formed strong opinions on every single character in the series whether I want to kiss them or send them infinite death glares but no matter what they each make me FEEL something which is so important for writing to do. Maybe these feelings have stuck with me for so long because I grew up with the characters and my impressions began forming at a young age, but OMG I would be fangirling uncontrollably if JK were sitting at my table.
2. Neil Gaiman – The first time I met Neil Gaiman I babbled incoherently until he interrupted me and asked if I needed a hug. When I met Neil yesterday I immediately went in for a hug and told him how excited I am to see him again and I like to think that the third time is a charm and should I cross paths with him again I would be able to interact like a semi-normal human being. I find it confounding that Neil Gaiman has the exact same words to work with as everyone else does yet he manages to arrange them in such a captivating manner. My only tattoo is a symbol from one of his works, my boyfriend and I began our relationship conversing about our mutual love of him, and I have more copies of the same titles of his books than any other author. Plus, THAT VOICE! So so so many thanks to Neil for existing and creating a better existence for all of us bibliophiles.