So, the page where I have to start writing all about myself and who I am…
Well, my writer’s name is HJ Street, although to my friends and loved ones I’m simply plain old Heidi. Might try and persuade them to call me HJ, I think it sounds pretty cool.
I was nineteen years old, and in my final year of college when I decided to start writing this here blog. I was studying a BTEC in Film and Television Production, which I hated at this point. Therefore I was very excited when I got my place at university to study Creative Writing, where I am now, studying to become a proper writer!
So, why Geeky Scribbles?
Simply because I am a serious geek. Not one of those people who do the ‘geek chic’ with over sized glasses with normal glass rather than thick prescription lenses (I am very short sighted and have to wear glasses/contact lenses) and the stupid ‘geek’ and ‘nerd’ tops that have recently become popular. I have been the geeky girl, the one with nasty NHS glasses and the hand me down clothes that either didn’t fit or looked old and faded or simply stupid, with horrid velcro shoes and a seriously scrapped back pony tail with a black scrunchy that looked like a dead rat was sat in my hair, clutching a thick, battered old book. I was also the one who happened to be diagnosed with rather high functioning ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) as well as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder, which I was diagnosed with in my first year of university). And I was bullied for it, for being a geek and a smart arse. I was called Hermione (You can tell I’m British!) by the more creative bullies, and just ‘teacher’s pet’ or ‘clever clogs’ by the ones that couldn’t be original with the insults. It got better and worse when I got to my last secondary school, I excelled in academics, but I failed socially, because I wore my uniform properly and didn’t wear makeup to school. I was lonely, although people did talk to me.
College did kinda get better, and I made some friends, and met my now ex-fiancé. I’m still slightly clueless about what is fashionable and what is not, but I don’t mind, I like being who I am. And I’ve met more geekier people than myself, and it made me realise that I wasn’t alone, and that it was OK to be who I want to be.
So, I’m a geeky writer, with funny little habits such as dipping frazzles (bacon flavoured maize snacks for those who don’t know) into curry flavoured Pot Noodle. I knit and sew, I am a budding stand-up comedian and a filmmaker. I’m messy as hell, and sometimes I can be a bit too shut off to the world, which annoys those who love me.
I’m disabled, an abuse survivor, bi/pansexual, mentally ill and feminist. When I’m not writing, I’m mixing cocktails, wandering through bookshops and the liquor sections of the supermarket, or sat outside, with a glass of wine in one hand, pen and paper in the other.
But I’m me, and that’s all that matters.
I hope you decide to follow me on my misadventures into the world of writing and geekdom, as well as life. I failed both Camp NaNo attempts in 2013 due to the fact that I had no laptop at the time, but when I got one in September 2013, I decided to have another go at NaNoWriMo, which is going much better than expected! Also, look out for various posts about other shiz I get up to, like with feminist/ableist activism and interesting stuff like that!
So, let’s have a lovely cup of tea, glass of wine, or a cocktail, if you’d prefer, shall we?