#SciFi Women Interview: Patty Hammond

November #SciFi Women Interviews’s guest is Patty Hammond. I had the pleasure of meeting her thanks to the Star Wars community on WordPress and Twitter. I am glad that she accepted my invitation to participate to this series.

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Patty Hammond

Patty Hammond, @PattyBones on Twitter, is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan who has a disguise as a mild mannered data analyst for an advertising firm. She is the creator and administrator for The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl blog, everydayfangirl.com, and monthly contributor to The Cantina Cast blog, theCantinaCast.net.


NG: How were you first introduced to Science Fiction?

HAMMOND: I was introduced to Science Fiction through my Dad, who loved watching Star Trek and Lost in Space and sharing these with me as I was growing up.

NG: What place does Science Fiction have in your life?

HAMMOND: It is one of the ways I escape from reality. It is also one of the best ways I connect with my friends and family, especially my husband, who is a big Science Fiction fanboy.

NG: What are your top three favorites for Science Fiction books, TV shows and movies?

HAMMOND: My top three favorites are The Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold, Robotech and of course Star Wars. I would also include Star Trek, Babylon 5 and Doctor Who as runner-ups.

NG: What is Science Fiction’s responsibility in diverse and inclusive representation?

HAMMOND: Science Fiction needs to include everyone because the future is not built by just one type, but by all types of people, or aliens, or creatures. I believe that including everyone will make a better story and help readers and viewers think about topics in a whole different way.

NG: Do you think that Science Fiction has an educational value?

HAMMOND: Yes! We need to teach all kinds of Science Fiction in our schools from short stories to novels, from classics like the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov to modern works like the Vorkosigan series. These stories all have literary forms and ideas that can be dissected, discussed and debated at a various stages of educational life and beyond.

NG: How did you get the idea to create Everyday Fangirl?

HAMMOND: Many years ago one of my author friends, Cathie Linz, encouraged me to start writing about what I was passionate about. I was not too sure about writing a novel or short story.  However, I was passionate about my love of various fandoms and my support of those writers and creators who work with various fandoms and genres. As time went on, this grew into what is now The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl Blog. This gives me a forum to not only perfect my writing skills, but to share my passion of the many different fandoms and genres that I love as well.

NG: Do you think that fangirls are an expression of feminism?

HAMMOND: Fangirls are an expression of fandom just with a female twist and not necessarily an expression just of feminism. To me, being a fangirl is just an expression of my love of being a fan, as a female. However, depending on how this is looked at, from a certain point of view, I can see where some may believe that being a fangirl is nothing more than being a feminist.

NG: How do you think fangirls can change media industries?

HAMMOND: Fangirls can make great changes to the media industries with their wallets.  Just look at what fandom was like before female specific science fiction clothing was a thing.  Many fangirls, like myself, were only able to find fan related clothing in boy’s or men’s styles. Thanks to those of us that used our wallets to show that female specific style fandom clothing and accessories would sell, we are starting to see this become more mainstream.

NG: Do you have other current or future Science Fiction related projects?

HAMMOND: I am a monthly contributor to TheCantinaCast.net blog and bring a fangirl perspective and passion for Star Wars and in turn Science Fiction to this audience.

NG: What are you most looking forward to in the future of the Star Wars franchise?

HAMMOND: I am really looking forward to all the new content that Disney is bringing to us fans, especially the recently released novels, like Lost Stars, the upcoming movies, The Force Awakens and Rogue One, more episodes of my new favorites television series, Star Wars Rebels and of course Star Wars Land at the Disney Parks!

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Fangirl: Doin It for Herself – A Writing Journey

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When I was in fourth grade, my class did a creative writing unit. It was a lot of fun. We were assigned to write a series of fiction pieces, and for one of them, our teacher showed us how to make clothbound books. Our stories were each printed on special pages and made into keepsake books. Then all of the students voted on their favorites. I could’ve done without the voting part, but I kept my book for years until one of my siblings accidentally ruined it.

My first idea for that project was a He-Man and She-Ra fanfiction. He-Man and She-Ra were conceived as half-hour (or 20 minute, given commercials) programs where each episode had a self-contained story. The stories were one offs, for the most part, but they did have a loose continuity. That sense of continuity was built up and enhanced by storylines that intersected, reference events that happened “before” the series, and eventually by recurring guest characters.

They did suffer from a lot of continuity errors and gaps. As an adult who appreciates solid continuity and has a good memory for details, those things annoy me. As a kid, they drove me absolutely batty. There were extended family members who would appear once, make reference to various kingdoms that they came from, and then never show up again. The episode The She-Demon of Phantos establishes that Eternia’s moon is its own kingdom, all of which gave me the impression of a huge kin network ruling over Eternian city-states. Then there’s an episode of She-Ra where Eternia has TWO moons, so I started wondering why the second moon wasn’t always visible and whether it was inhabited.

Another thing that bothered me was the way that Filmation utilized stock footage and basically recolored character models to create different minor characters from one episode to another.   The shows aired at a time when there was little if any concept that a television program could be recorded and watched again. So, “episode continuity” wasn’t that important, and the idea of a full-season, serial story arc hadn’t been explored much. The same thing can be seen in Star Trek or any number of popular old live-action shows. I didn’t understand that when I was nine, and I would spend hours creating back story and tie in arcs for different minor characters so that He-Man and She-Ra made sense.

The biggest problem for me was that He-Man and She-Ra left all my favorite characters’storylines unresolved. At the end of the series, Teela still didn’t know who her mother was. Adora was still separated from her family because the rebellion hadn’t driven off the Horde, and Queen Angela’s husband was still MIA. I wanted that stuff fixed, and since Filmation was no longer producing episodes, I figured it was up to me. It was a pretty tall order for a fourth grader. In the end, I had to go with a different idea for my class assignment, because I was never quite satisfied with my MOTU project. I held on to the story, though, and in post #5, I’ll share what became of it.


Rose B. Fischer is an avid fan of foxes, Stargate: SG-1, and Star Trek.  She would rather be on the Enterprise right now. Since she can’t be a Starfleet Officer, she became a speculative fiction author whose stories feature women who defy cultural stereotypes.In her fictional worlds, gender is often fluid, sexuality exists on a spectrum, and “disability” does not define an individual.  She publishes science fiction, science fantasy, horror, and biographical essays. To find out more, visit her website or her Amazon Author page.

Next Week on the Blog

After a busy week spent to tend to offline matters, I am glad to be working again on the upcoming collection of Sci-Fi Women Interviews (March 2016), as well as other projects.

Next Tuesday, Rose B. Fischer returns with the next installment of her Fangirl series; and the week will also feature more new Clairvoyance Chronicles posts. On Friday, #SciFi Women Interviews will feature Patty Hammond as November guest.

Have a great Sunday!


Clairvoyance Chronicles Update

This week, Clairvoyance Chronicles Volume One was released in both Kindle and paperback formats. The official announcement was published on The Story Reading Ape.

Then, on Wednesday, I was interviewed by Lizzi at Considerings. The interview even includes an original snipet in the Clairvoyance Chronicles universe!

I am so grateful for everyone’s support! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

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Fangirl: Doin It for Herself – A Writing Journey

Designed by Rose B. Fischer.

Designed by Rose B. Fischer.

I was the only geek in my immediate family. I have some geeky cousins, but we lived about six hours away from them. My sister is into some of the same things that I like now, but when we were growing up, our tastes were as different as they could get. Just about the only common ground we had was She-Ra. My mom read horror — chiefly Stephen King — romance, and westerns, so I was exposed to some genre fiction, but no one shared my interest in science fiction or fantasy.

At home, I read classic literature and a lot of my mom’s books. I got my scifi needs met through cartoons, Knight Rider, Star Trek, and Babylon 5.   I don’t think I knew the term “science fiction” until I was in high school. I found the scifi paperback section while working in our school library. That was how I realized that there were such things as science fiction books. I’m sure I picked up a scifi novel or two before that, but realizing that there was a whole genre full of them was mindblowing to me.

I wasn’t allowed to watch my TV programs very often because I was the only one in the family liked them. So, fanfiction started for me as a way of returning to familiar universes and engaging with the characters when I didn’t have access to the source material. As I got older and didn’t need my parents’ permission to watch what I liked, that pattern changed. There was still an element of “access to the sources material” throughout the 90s and 2000s, since it was before the era of streaming television. More often, though, fanfiction was what I did when the source material became unsatisfying. Sometimes there were hanging plot threads. Other times, There were questions left unanswered after a series ended, characters killed off for expediency or marketing, or there were just things that didn’t make sense. I guess most people would let those things go. I see a lot of fans who love to get together and nitpick about them, but I prefer to speculate and come up with my own answers. That’s where the majority of my fanfiction projects have come from.

To me, fanfic is as natural as reading. It’s the logical next step of engagement with a story. I guess that comes from having grown up without any encouragement to talk about stories or to share my enthusiasm for them. Even if that weren’t the case, though, I could still see myself engaging primarily through creative means rather than discussions or analysis. I just prefer to connect in a creative way. I realize that’s not the case for everyone, and it probably seems more natural to want to engage by discussing plot points and character arcs (or making memes? I don’t even know.) I usually feel out of place when I get involved in group discussions or even book clubs. I have little to say , though I can certainly analyze when I disagree with something  or I’m upset about a social condition. Maybe it takes me longer to articulate how I feel about things because I was never invited to do that when I was young. My fiction knows what I think and how I feel long before I do, so that’s how I engage with a fandom.


Rose B. Fischer is an avid fan of foxes, Stargate: SG-1, and Star Trek.  She would rather be on the Enterprise right now. Since she can’t be a Starfleet Officer, she became a speculative fiction author whose stories feature women who defy cultural stereotypes.In her fictional worlds, gender is often fluid, sexuality exists on a spectrum, and “disability” does not define an individual.  She publishes science fiction, science fantasy, horror, and biographical essays. To find out more, visit her website or her Amazon Author page.

Next Week on the Blog

After a quiet week here (but a busy one for me!) I am happy to say that next one will have a lot more going on.

On Monday, Clairvoyance Chronicles will officially be released on both Kindle and Paperback. This means some guest posts across the web that I’ll share here.

On Tuesday, Rose B. Fischer returns with the second installment of her new series Fangirl: Doin’ It for Herself – A Writing Journey.

Have a great weekend!

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