I’m Back!

Flying the Falcon

For those of you who’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing the past year, it can be summed up in just a few words.


I finished in September and my life got really full after that. After a bananas end to 2017 and a high-flying start to 2018, I’m back, and hopefully more consistently.

Things you can expect from me this year?

  • Movie Reviews – I’m the proud owner of a Movie Pass card and have gotten the opportunity to see several great films this year. I’m planning to write about what I’ve seen thus far this year, highlighting my favorites.
  • Cosplay – One of the things I started doing consistently around the middle of August last year was exercising. Partly to take better care of myself (self-care is not my forte), but honestly, my main motivating factor was to be able to cosplay as Brienne of Tarth from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Brienne is my favorite character in all of fiction (for reasons that will take me an entire post or two to fill) and I absolutely adore Gwendoline Christie as both an actress and a human. I plan to eventually cosplay all of Gwen’s characters. I will never be as tall as Gwen, as she’s literally a foot taller than me, but I could be buff, and so my journey to better health has begun. I’ve lost around 30 lbs. and built more muscle than I thought I could have. I feel myself getting stronger every day and I’m very happy about that. I’ve already started cosplaying Gwen’s characters, dressing as Miranda Hilmarson

    Miranda Hilmarson–this one also got liked by the Top of the Lake Official Account

    from Top of the Lake: China Girl for Halloween (which was Gwen Approved–she liked my tweet with my costume pics) and having jokingly described myself as “Modern AU Brienne of Tarth” as I carried around my replica of Oathkeeper at the Renaissance Festival and to Geek Girl Brunch. BOLO for more descriptions of my adventures in cosplay this year.

  • Book Reviews – I have been a very, very naughty writer and am horrifically behind on reviewing author friends’ works. I am lucky to have very forgiving friends. I’ll be catching up on those this year too.
  • Speaking Engagements/Podcasts/Interviews – Now that I am done with my M. A., I want to talk to you about all the cool things I learned getting there–I already have had the privilege of speaking about Harry Potter to larger audiences. I also now specialize in a lot of other things, namely Stranger Things, adaptation, and geek culture as it was the topic of my M. A. thesis. Basically, if you want to hear me geek out about just about anything, I’m your gal. If you’d like me to come speak to your group, on your podcast, or guest post/be interviewed for your blog, please hit me up on the contact form.

Thanks for sticking with me. See you around!

Modern AU Brienne of Tarth

About The Nerdy Blogger

Ashley Thomas is The Nerdy Blogger. She holds a B. A. in English Literature from Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee (c/o 2007) and completed her M. A. in Literature and Language, concentrating in Imaginative Literature at Signum University in Summer 2017. Ashley blogs, reads, writes (for fun and for hire), and spends time with her husband, Ryan, and their two cat-monsters, Luna and Oliver. She and Ryan reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with a large quantity of board games, comic books, and polyhedral dice. She would like to be Brienne of Tarth, Leslie Knope, and Hermione Granger when she grows up.
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