Weird & Wonderful
My whole life I've been a bit of a weirdo. I didn't like playing with other kids because I was busy building my own worlds with my figurines. As a teen, I hated shopping and reading girly magazines. As an adult, I not only decided to undertake a PhD, but I think research, data, and writing papers is fun.
I've had a TV in my bedroom since I was 8 and constantly re-watch my favourite series & films. I'm a sucker for witty comedy, clever science-fiction, fast paced adventures, or anything with a sustainability message.
My favourite film (and book) is Jurassic Park, which spurred my unyielding love of dinosaurs. I'm also a big fan of the MCU and Star Wars franchises. Some of my favourite TV series include Rick and Morty, Game of Thrones, and anything with David Attenborough. My favourite author is Matthew Reilly (I highly recommend the Jack West series), who was also a source of inspiration for my writing style and for never giving up on my publishing dreams.
In 2014 I was lucky enough to meet a man who's "weirdness matched my own" (in my dad's words). He was equally obsessed with TV/movies, loved dogs, had a thirst for knowledge, and questioned most social norms.
Our mutual love of movies even led to one of the most unique weddings of all time.
Instead of flowers, a white dress, and a big guest list, we opted for a small cast, a film crew, and a script. We were married in secret, carefully crafting a 20-minute "Wedding Movie" that paid tribute to our favourite films through reenactments, songs, and borrowed quotes. Then, three months later, we screened our "Wedding Movie" to an unsuspecting audience of our friends and family at a beautiful art deco cinema - followed by more movie themed shenanigans.
If you want to see our "wedding photos", or if you like pop culture (and dogs) follow me on Instagram.
In 2021, it was time for my next big project. By that stage, I had ticked most 'big ticket' items off my bucket list - buying a house, marrying 'Mr Nerd', publishing my first novel, and completing a PhD. While I knew wanted a small human to call my own, the thought of growing and raising one was (and still is) utterly terrifying.
But we took the plunge anyway and set out on the biggest adventure of our lives. Of course, I had to announce the news to friends and family (including Mr Nerd) the only way I knew how - with a movie-style poster that paid homage to the Alien franchise (due to my expectation of what pregnancy would feel like).
The good news is that pregnancy has not been as horrendous as I expected (so far). Although we still have a few weeks left for things to go wrong. Our little "Shrimpy" is due to arrive in March 2022 so there's a good chance that this will be my last website update for a while.
At the end of the day, I just hope our little dude is happy and healthy . . . and that he loves dogs and dinosaurs and science and pop culture.