Thanks to Bookstooge for suggesting this post (sort of).
Have you been to the about page on our website? Useless, right? Utterly useless. You were probably hoping to find some information about these so-called Mrs and Mr NW folk who are supposed to be running this site, but nope.
We’ve been holding out on you, our dear readers, so in celebration of 100 followers, we’ve decided to let you in on some of the details.
Now if you’ve been following along closely you will have picked up a couple of things:
1. We are married [I really hope this isn’t a surprise to anyone – the Mr and Mrs thing is kind of a major giveaway].
2. There are little NWs – two in fact – let’s call them Mr Mini NW (aged almost 4) and Miss Mini NW (2).
3. We are based in New Zealand, in the shakiest city, Christchurch.
4. Mr NW absolutely loves science fiction and fantasy, whereas Mrs NW is a bit of a skeptic.
Now you may be wondering how the very cool 😎 Mrs NW, who has slightly poor taste in books, came to meet the rather nerdy 🤓 Mr NW. How were we even in the same social circles?
And this is where I have to share my terrible secret with you, dear lovely followers. You see we are not the “Penny and Leonard’s” of this world. We are the “Howard and Bernadette”.
That’s right. Mrs NW is very much just as nerdy as Mr NW. Mr NW is probably a little bit geekier, but we are definitely equal on the nerd front.
How did we meet? We were studying the exact same degree. A Master of Science in Biochemistry. We bonded over the Krebs cycle, oxidised low density lipoprotein and amyloid fibrils. Before we even went on a real date, we had study dates. See, it’s all suddenly starting to make sense.
But why such different tastes in books? I’m very much a realist, a practical person. Mr NW is a bit more of a dreamer, he’s more creative. I know he secretly plans out his own fantasy worlds complete with maps (even if he won’t show them to me). I want to escape in a book, so I thrive on thrillers and mystery and Bill Bryson (who should be his own genre).
Mr NW made the sensible call to get out of the science game early on. He’s settled into the exciting world of insurance. I got out for a bit doing a stint in earthquake demolitions before getting sucked back in.
The perfect time to start a blog is right in the middle of your PhD thesis write up, right? The best form of procrastination ever. But seriously, why did we start this blog?
A couple of reasons:
1. It’s nice to do something together. It’s not like we can go out a lot and really we are both introverts so this suits us.
2. It’s nice to “meet” and hear from likeminded people. When I first showed Mr NW some science fiction/fantasy blogs he was surprised how much he could identify with them. Mr NW likes to take books to work to read at lunch time and occasionally someone will ask what he’s reading. Serious conversation killer. I’m sure there is a group of people in New Zealand who share his passion but he’s yet to have the opportunity to meet them.
3. It’s fun. Or at least so far.
So thanks to everyone who has supported the blog so far in our first month. We love reading all your comments. I think it’s great we have people commenting with a diversity of views. Having that community is really what blogging is about.