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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

Fandom Friday: A Marvelous Monday

The Fangirl Initiative has started a new link-up titled Fandom Friday! Thanks to this link-up, we get an opportunity to gush about our fandoms every week. This week, we get to gush about our favorite fandoms!

I'm sure it's no secret: my favorite fandom--well, one of them--is Marvel. It's not perfect, but it's still my problematic fave. And hey, no matter how you slice it, I'm a huge fan of superheroes. Whether they're found in the pages of comics, discovered in a movie theater, or located on Netflix in the comfort of my own home, I love them all (well, most of them). 

Especially this guy.
If you asked me to pick a favorite, I'd say Tony Stark. He's been my favorite since I discovered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2012. However, in the five years since then, I've discovered so many more. Comic Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. Kamala Khan. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters. Steve and Bucky. Bruce Banner. T'Challa. Peter Parker. Natasha Romanoff. Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock. Sam Wilson. I could go on and on. Every single one of them is so dear to me, and I love them. I'm grateful that I've gotten the chance to know them through fiction. I don't think I'd be the same without each of them or the lessons they've taught me, specifically how to try to be like each of them in my own way. And in addition to that, they've provided me an escape when I've needed it, a reminder that not everything in the world is bad. I have so many thoughts and feelings, but suffice it to say: these heroes are the bomb. (A time bomb, that is. Ayyy. *finger guns*)

And now I'm curious, what's your favorite fandom? G'ahead, go link up with Fandom Friday! You know you want to...


  1. Ooh, fandom Friday sounds fun! I have a few I can think of... Ok, maybe not "just a few". Maybe "just a lot". :P


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