Hey there loves! As many of you know, one of the biggest “rules” that we are pushing is that we hosts must “know” you. A lot of you have asked what constitutes us “knowing” you, and that is a very valid question in this digital age! Basically, we want to have faith in those that we are allowing into our precious project. We want to be able to say, “Oh yeah, that is the girl who chatted with me about her search for a job as a Librarian.” Or, “She is the girl who was active in the hashtag despite not being able to join in on last round.” We look at your avi picture, we memorize your name, we make notations next to your sign-up in our spreadsheet. Full disclosure: when we go to our spreadsheet and one (OR TWO!!) of us has to notate, “no idea who she is, she doesn’t even follow me” we give some serious side eye. Are we looking for followers? Not in the least bit. Do we think that you ONE BILLION PERCENT should know who ALL THREE hosts are? OH. YES. We actually had a ridiculous amount of people this round thank two of us, not know that they were speaking to one of the hosts when we reached out to inquire about an issue, and so on. It is embarrassing for YOU when we bring this info back to base as the information on who we are is so readily available in a few different places. With that being said, we thought it would be helpful if we each wrote up a little “about me” so that you had some points to bring up when you chatted us up over the next month. HINT: THIS MEANS IT IS A VERY GOOD IDEA TO GO AND VISIT BRITT AND AMY’S POSTS, THERE MIGHT BE A QUIZ LATER. We put the question to twitter, and some of you had some things you just HAD to know, so let’s get goin’!
How did you get the idea for The Secret Sister Project?
To sum it up, I was having a rough 2014 and needed some cheering up and I remembered about this Secret Sister project that is put on at churches where my family attends. I brought this idea to Britt and Ame and we pondered if we could take this idea and put it to the test with our online community because who doesn’t need more cheer in their life? We launched a mini group as a sort of trial to see how it worked out and we were so thrilled to see how well it worked. I am always astounded and proud to see how well it is working and feel so lucky that this community is filled with such kind people.
How did the three of you meet?
Through the magic of the Internet. To be perfectly honest, it is somewhat hard to remember a time in which we weren’t friends as we have become family over the years. I do know that Britt and I bonded over The Princess Bride after she saw my reference in my Twitter profile and continue bonding to this day over our conversations that can be carried out by using only quotes from the TV show, Friends. I was lucky enough to be paired with Amy for my first year participating in The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa. I remember being floored at how perfect she is at picking out presents for me (something I am still thankful for to this day) and it wasn’t long before I realized that she was the best listener and kindest person I may ever know. Somehow we got a group chat going that now is a literal consistent conversation all day, every day. Fast forward through weddings, 15 hour road trips, tears, laughter that makes you pee a little and here we are – soul friends! There are few things that I am more thankful for.
What is your favorite (or most popular) blog post that you have written?
List a few things that anyone can mention to get you talking!
Neil Gaiman, cats, being a Librarian, Shakespeare, classic literature, Robin Hood, The Steelers, Wizard of Oz. Fandoms including, but not limited to: Harry Potter (Slytherin pride), Game of Thrones (Mother of Dragons), Sherlock, Gotham, Legend of Zelda…I give away a bunch on Twitter and my Instagram and am very easy to talk to so come on over!
Which FRIENDS character would you have dated?
Hmm as I am most like Monica I always think that Chandler would definitely be the one that I would date. Also, a guy who makes you laugh is imperative for happiness! However, Ross isn’t too far off the mark for me being that he is intellectual and let’s face it, very sweet.
Were Ross and Rachel really on a break?
NO. I mean, even if they WERE Ross legit slept with the girl from the copy place just because he thought that Rachel was sleeping with Marc. It was RIDICULOUS. Ugh. Still not over it. Also, hey Ross? “JUST SO YA KNOW, IT’S NOT THAT COMMON, IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TO EVERY GUY, AND IT IS A BIG DEAL!!”
What is in your Zombie Apocalypse Kit?
A LOT of explosives. Also, is there anything to like mask your smell? I feel like if we maybe smelled like other zombies then the zombies wouldn’t try to eat us? No? Things to make fire…I guess we should have food…I don’t watch zombie shows, am I doing this right?
Marry, Kiss, Kill: Loki, Thorne, Jamie Fraser:
Wow so you’d think that this would be an easy answer for me, huh? As much as it pains me, I don’t think I could marry Loki…but I would do all of the “kissing” if ya know what I’m sayin…I think marry Jamie because he has a lot of skills and then I would get to wear REALLY pretty knitted things so I guess that means I have to kill Thorne. THIS WAS HARD!
What genre do you enjoy reading the most?
Fantasy for sure! I am not a big contemp reader at all, to be honest I do not have much experience reading contemporaries besides books by Rainbow Rowell because I tend to stay away from the “real” stories. I love epic fantasies, dark fantasies (think Gaiman, and Brom) and historical fiction.
Do you have interests outside of reading?
I’m crafty! Well, I try…Pinterest is my friend…though I have had my share of Pinterest fails, usually involving baking. I like to knit and cross stitch and am TRYING to teach myself how to use my sewing machine. I also love watching football, binging awesome shows, drinking tea, playing video games (Zelda for always, Fable and The Witcher currently), doing puzzles and listening to podcasts.
What is your favorite standalone book that you have read lately?
Who is your favorite or least favorite character in literature?
I am a little different in my favorite character is the “trickster” character such as Puck from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Have you read The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long? Puck makes an appearance!
Who is your favorite author that you have met in person?
Neil Gaiman OF COURSE. Meeting him was one of the best moments of my life. He is gracious and overall just wonderful.
What upcoming books are you excited for?
I think the book that I am most excited for is The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh I absolutely ADORED The Wrath and the Dawn. It completely blew me away, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.
Favorite gifs for reference?
Favorite question. You guys are gonna see my personality summed up perfectly below…Also, not pictured for reasons is maybe my FAV gif of all so just Google “there’s no cure game of thrones” and you will see what I am talking about…