The Geek’s Guide to Being a Newbie

As many of you know, recently my husband and I moved to Tucson, AZ. We’re lucky in that we have family here already, I’m close friends with my sister-in-law and their friends have embraced us like their own. I’m in a book club and a girl’s group, so it’s not exactly the “welcome to a new place, good luck” feeling I had, for example, when we moved to Illinois a decade or more ago.

But recently, while reading THE HAPPINESS PROJECT (Gretchen Rubin), I started thinking about the concept of Be Jesse. And I┬árealized there was still… something missing for me to be me. I missed my geeks. Seriously, if you haven’t guessed I’m a geek by now, you probably haven’t been here long. Or read my books, which are rife with geek reference.

Anyway, I had had friends in Illinois who could discuss Star Wars or zombies or gaming or… whatever. But here, I have lots of new friends, but they sort of stare at me blankly if I want to talk about the relationship between elf and orc. So after much discussion (and going to a Full Metal Alchemist movie that totally made me want geeks more) I decided to start a meet up.

Meet Up is a website where people who share interests can find each other and “meet up”. There are tons of groups in Tucson from people who want to hike, moms groups, groups for film enthusiasts, people who like jazz, really anything you can think of. And there are groups for geeks. But while there are 3 in Phoenix, there were none in Tucson. So I started one.

Life is so short. If I want to go talk about the dragons in Skyrim or why Christian Bale growls as Batman or how come I still love Princess Leia above all other heroines and still wish I could do that with my hair… I should. Otherwise, what’s the point of being alive if there’s no childlike wonder in the world. That’s one of my favorite parts of being a geek, after all.

  • Hello (Mrs.Miss? Ms? Ah to hell with it…) Hello Jessie,

    I didn’t want to post this on your Facebook page, because I don’t know if you know about it.

    My editor warned me about a site that is publishing some novels for download online, SANS the writers consent.

    Quite a few of my favorite authors work (including your own good self) is on there, specifically, they have “Eat Slay Love” for download. What tripped the “Oh Shit!” sensor in my back-brain, was that when I typed in your name? Nothing. But when I typed in the name of the book? 3 different ways to download.

    I don’t know if you know about (or authorized) this, but I felt I had to give you a heads up, just in case.
    I will not post the site here (again, just in case. don’t want to give them any publicity of they are thieving your work).
    I am on Facebook, my email is and I will supply you with the name of the website. I did try to contact you about this via your email at, but it does not seem to be working and I felt this was too important to wait until I found another way.
    Go Team David and Sarah.
    All the best.

    Shawn Durnin

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