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December 2015

Some Nerd Girl 2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for Some Nerd Girl!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Colony One is On Sale for the New Year!

Happy New Year Everybody!!

I wanted to ring in the New Year with a deal on my latest book Colony One! You can download this first-of-three novel at Amazon for $1.99 (normally priced at $4.99).

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The special offer will last from December 31st – January 4th. If one of your resolutions is to read more, here’s your chance to get started on the cheap!


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Eve is the founder of Some Nerd Girl and the author of urban fantasy novel Children of the Fallen and science fiction novel Colony One. She has been writing since the age of 13 and has been flying her nerd flag for the past 16 years. Fandoms include Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. Basically if it has ‘star’ in it, she’ll give it a shot.

Resolutions – We Have Them!

It’s December 31st – and we all know what that means. Late night boozin’! Also… those resolution thingies. It seems as though making resolutions has waned – it felt like a MUCH bigger of deal when I was younger. Now people appear to prefer to hedge their bets and forego making goals. Not here at Some Nerd Girl! We have some very specific goals for the upcoming year!

Feel free to share your resolutions in the comments – we want to hear them!

 #1 – Get back to our nerdy roots

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Be it playing long-ago packed away video game systems *coughRogueSquadrononN64cough* or, as Claire intends, getting an old raiding crew back together for Final Fantasy 14 to finally clear the Coils of Bahamut and rediscovering her Magic the Gathering roots. Speaking for myself – I distinctly recall drifting away from my beloved Star Wars video games because they were seen as ‘time wasters’ that ‘normal’ people thought were geeky.

Well, it’s the golden age, mothafrakkers! I do what I want!

Also thank the Gods for eBay because I couldn’t find my old gaming systems. Soon I’ll have an N64 AND a Gamecube!

And then there’s Julia, who is resolved to let her nerd flag fly high and proud this year!

 #2 – READ MOAR!

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Some of us, like Sandy are taking on a 20 Goodreads Reading Challenge, others like Rose intend to read every book on her bookshelf (all 100 of them!), and Barb, is setting out to read more non-fiction to add to what is already a pretty impressive mental encyclopedia. We also are looking forward to reading more sci-fi and finishing series that are long overdue to be finished!

 #3 – Fitness For Nerdy Reasons!

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It’s no secret some of us, like Rebecca are motivated to get in and stay in shape for Cosplay reasons. Others, like Heather, want to get her Zombie Run on with the added bonus of being in prime condition for Cosplay. For myself, I’m resolving to cycle at LEAST 520 miles this year – ultimately making the ability to rock Starbuck at DragonCon that much more likely!

 #4 – Fully Commit and Finish Our Projects

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Rose is set on finishing her 2015 NaNoWriMo story, Tessa wants to get an original work of fiction on paper as well as learn Python. For myself, I fully intend to publish my 2015 NaNo novel ‘Unforgettable’ and write the sequel to Colony One. And of course, we want to continue providing awesome, original content for our followers here at Some Nerd Girl!

 #5 – Catch up on all that TV Show Goodness

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A lot of amazing content came out in 2015, and it shows no signs of slowing in 2016. Therefore, many of us have resolved to get up to date with our beloved TV shows, lest we slack and they get *gasp* canceled!

People are relying on us! It is our duty to re-commit to our watching duties! Miranda has agreed to take up the first charge!

 #6 – Connect with our Fellow Nerd

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Last but certainly not least, we would like to resolve to connect to our fellow nerd – be it our long-time friends, new friends, friends we have yet to meet, or possibly even those special more-than-friends connections – we want to ensure these relationships are nurtured and cherished throughout the year. Community is a big deal with us nerds – we stick together and share so much passion for so many things. That sense of togetherness is just one of the many perks of being a nerd.

So say we all!


Eve2Eve is the founder of Some Nerd Girl and the author of urban fantasy novel Children of the Fallen and science fiction novel Colony One. She has been writing since the age of 13 and has been flying her nerd flag for the past 16 years. Fandoms include Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. Basically if it has ‘star’ in it, she’ll give it a shot.

The Life and Times of Being a Professional Nerd

I’m a professional nerd. I get paid to be a nerd, to be the nerdiest one in the room, and to be the most knowledgeable nerd in the room.

Okay, who am I kidding? I’m a science teacher. That’s even better than being a professional nerd. My job is to get 7th graders interested in science. Well, not exactly. 7th graders are naturally interested in science. My job is to teach them critical thinking, reading, and writing skills without ruining their innate middle school love of science.

The first step, as I teach my students, is to ask questions. Always ask questions. Where does electricity come from? Can a woman get pregnant while she is pregnant? Why don’t they put all of the money currently in fossil fuels towards researching more efficient ways to collect, store, and distribute energy from renewable sources? Why can’t I make a clone army?

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You can never have enough of them!

The second step is to learn how to answer those questions. Depending on the type of question, the answer can be found with a simple Google or Wikipedia search. When they reach high school and college, finding the answers will require more refined skills in internet searching, including the ability to determine the accuracy and validity of various sources. They will also learn to ask librarians, read textbooks, and eventually, seek out journal articles. They will read about past experiments and determine whether the scientist had a controlled study and a large enough sample size. They will understand the limitations in funding and participants, and the limitations in designing a perfect experiment. This doesn’t mean they will discount the experiments; rather, they will use their experience and education to determine how these limitations may have affected the data and how the experiment can be improved for next time.

Hopefully, they will reach the level at which they can no longer search for previously-discovered answers, and they will have to find the answers themselves. They will have to meticulously study all previous research and determine the best testable hypotheses to answer their questions. They will have to write grant proposals and design the best experiments possible with their limited resources.

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Paperwork is a necessary evil to achieve greatness!

When they have reached the last of their time or funding, they will collect the data, run statistical analysis, put it through Matlab, or find another way to create magical graphical and tabular representations of their work. They will realize that all the lab reports they wrote in middle school and high school (about which they complained, and complained, and complained) have prepared them for this moment, to finally put the finishing touches on their Masters theses and PhD dissertations and journal articles to submit for peer review.

I wear a lab coat every Friday. At first, it was an opportunity for me to reminisce about my years in the lab and to finish my last classes of the week strong. When students and colleagues smiled at me on that first Lab Coat Friday, thought about how nerdy I looked, it made me smile back, and I taught my classes with enthusiasm that I thought was lost earlier in the week. Since then, Lab Coat Friday has become an opportunity to show my pride in my nerdiness and to tell students about all the wonderful and lucrative science careers they can pursue after college, from volcanologist to field ecologist.

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In the meantime, I prepare them for internal and statewide assessments, because it is important that they have a foundation of science content knowledge so that they can be, well, functional human beings. They need to know how the human body systems work together, so that they know how to make better decisions about their health and know what questions to ask a doctor. They need to know how to understand a weather report, and when to stock up on supplies in anticipation of a major hurricane (or when it’s just media hype, and they should be ready for work or school the next day).

It is also important that they walk away from middle school science with good test scores. And so I read and reread state standards, write my own tests, and work backwards into lesson plans for over 180 days of school, over 180 individual lessons, each lesson building upon the last. Each lesson bridges the gap between what they know and what they should know, and then pushes them even further. I analyze test scores and student response data and make sure that when state testing comes, they are ready to go, #2 pencils in hand, still filled with the curiosity and enthusiasm for science that they had on the first day of school.

I want them to have good assessment scores so that people don’t see our students and think, Oh, they’re from that city. I want people to see the scores and say, Wow, those students are smart, and are outperforming students in much wealthier school districts. Wow, those students are opening up opportunities for themselves that they may not have had otherwise. Wow, those students are going places.

But at the end of the day, we show our students their state assessment scores on bar graphs and talk about percentages. We analyze our data together, because at the end of the day we’re all nerds, and we love to get our analytics on.

At the end of the day, knowing that I set the foundation for countless children to go on to think critically, make discoveries and contribute in meaningful ways makes being a professional nerd all that much sweeter!


Robin

Robin has been a professional nerd since 2011; that is, she is a 7th grade science teacher. She loves reading and watching science fiction and is working on creating her own young adult fantasy series. She prefers Star Trek to Star Wars because she enjoys the plot-driven social commentary, rather than fast-paced action sequences. She enjoys video games, but only those with graphic technology prior to 2003 because anything newer makes her dizzy.

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