Posts Tagged ‘geeky’

Here’s the truth. I’m a big fan of . . .

As a kid, my family never saw a Star Wars movie. Dr. Who was literally followed by a question mark because no one knew anything about him except to turn the channel when the weird logo and music popped up on PBS. We didn’t own an Atari or have cable tv. My dad was sure Betamax would win out over VHS. In short, my family did not excel at anything geeky. We chose James Bond over Obi-Wan, Skipper and Little Buddy over Battlestar Galactica, and the escapades of singing siblings over Superman.

An unspoken requirement to marriage was that I needed to at least have a vague understanding of Star Wars to keep up with conversation in Ryan’s family. (And also watch one one John Wayne movie, but that’s another story.) And, as it turned out, I liked the movies. A lot.

Next, came the easy move to video games. For months, Doom and Wolfenstein would win out over TV. The Baron of Hell and I became late-night buddies on the computer. My fandom began to insidiously grow.



noun: fandom; plural noun: fandoms

the state or condition of being a fan of someone or something.

  • the fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture.

Now, I can proudly boast that I have very high levels of “geek” in my veins. I’m hooked on anything from Marvel to Harry Potter or Dr. Who to Game of Thrones. (Please don’t even get me started on how much I love subtitled Kung Fu movies . . . ) Basically, if any book, movie, or tv show has a trace of science fiction, fantasy, superpowers (and/or Benedict Cumberbatch or Jackie Chan), I’m all over it. (We have a small Dr. Who themed Christmas tree. Yes, I really did that.) 

I seriously love being a fan. I love the mini-fig tchotchkes in my office. But, don’t be deceived—all this is for more than just complete entertainment and personal amusement. I figured out that my fandom has a real-life benefit: My fandoms help with my job!  

My fandoms encourage creativity. As I absorb creative ideas and stories, my grey matter is creatively fed, my thinking expands, and the more creative I become. Ergo, I have new ideas. As I learn about  stories of magical other worlds, unbelievable super powers, sprawling kingdoms and deep recesses of space, I’ve got more ideas to nurture and mull over and put to use. These stories inspire new thinking and creativity.

My fandoms help me keep up with trends. Everyone can see how much space licensed toys take up on toy shelves. Understanding the stories behind the toy is necessary in order to be able to design for them if we need/want to.

[Me to Ryan: I think we might need to buy this Thor action figure to see how his hammer slamming mechanism works. Ryan to me: Yeah, we probably do. *secret fist pump that I got another Thor for my office*]

So, whenever the master license for Fortnite gets assigned and toys need made, Gigglicious is ready to design courtesy of the hours and hours devoted to game play by our younger employees. They are smack on top of that trend.

Making and taking time to get off auto-pilot. For Gigglicious to creatively move forward, we frequently need to step out of the routine in order to spark new thinking. Ryan tends to finds inspiration when he’s vacationing and away from the studio.  My spark comes from filling my brain with all kinds of stories, so I am always on the hunt for new things to absorb and draw upon. Sometimes just physically being in the library gets my brain moving.

What can you take away from my story today? Here’s my answer: You just never know when what you do, what you read, what you watch, and what you love can become the inspiration for something much, much bigger if you are open to it.

I have frequently indulged in all sorts of fancies for hours together, and at times when people thought I was very busy. I am sensible how detrimental this is as regards loss of time; yet without some such “fantasy-cure,” I should have never made it to this age. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799)