It’s not right, it’s not fair,
Everything is up in the air,
Leaving for greener pastures,
Leaving behind many fractures,
There’s much that needs to be done,
So many battles not yet won.
Who will take up the mantle, the sword and the shield?
Loss too great for one heart to feel,
Shared now by millions at the reveal,
The year is reaching its annual last post,
Taking much and leaving many a ghost,
There’s still much left for us to do now,
Let the sweat collect now on our brow.
We will take up the mantle, the sword and shield.
The mantle to bear together is heavy,
A weight that may yet break any levy,
The sword a sharp point ready to slash,
Flaming and ready to burn any enemy to ash,
And the shield to guard and withstand assault,
All three together a fierce and unstoppable gestalt.
It is her legacy we all now must stand and wield.
Mantle, sword and shield.
For Carrie, a general of impeccable skill and devotion. We salute you and we will carry on with what you began.
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is a nonfiction anthology of comics and prose written by female authors, artists, creators, gamers-basically female geeks of all kinds. And I mean all kinds. The women who have shared their stories are bisexual and asexual and transgender and Asian and black and Canadian. There are stories about finding love and losing love and falling in love with fictional characters and not needing love at all.
Reading this book I felt as if I was getting an intimate look into the personal lives of these woman-many whom I admire. The stories are deeply personal and yet felt in some ways universal. I might not have had the same experiences as half of these writers, but the way they used pop culture to tell their stories helped me relate to them and understand them in my own way. (There’s even a comic about just that called “Pop Culture Metaphors” by Fiona Adams with art by Jen Vaughn.)
So many times while reading these essays I was hit with the overwhelming sensation that someone understands me. Someone else has been there too. Someone else has cried over a fictional character (when Sirius Black died in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix I was depressed for a week), someone else has found a connection with people they’ve never met anywhere but online, someone else has stressed out over what to say in a text message to a guy they really like.
It is inspiring to think that there are people, creative, wonderful people, in the world who think as I do. People who feel too much and who are passionate and desire, and in many cases have found, a love that is the same.
In literature, there is no feeling more powerful than the feeling that you are understood.
And these stories don’t finish on paper. Upon reading several I rushed to the internet to find out the rest of the story. Sure the writer may have ended up with her love in the story, but did it stay that way? What did the writer and her partner look like? What is the write like on Twitter?? It is the ability to find the answers to these questions that makes this book even that much more special. These are real women, these are their real stories. And many of them have happy endings IRL.
“Minas Tirth” by Marguerite Bennett
“URL> IRL” by Gita Jackson
“Read: 1:19 am” by Jen Aprahamian
“A Different Kind of Fantasy Role-Play” by Brandy Dawley, Leslie Doyle
“There’s Nothing Wrong, It Must Be Love” by Diana McCallum
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