Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meet Claire Addison!

Happy Tuesday! It's time to meet another featured geek. This week we're meeting Claire Addison, an iggle that has been nominated by the person that she nominated before XD And I can promise you, Franny made her nomination before she knew the person who had nominated her, which I find amazing :)
"Claire is just an awesome person. She is always positive and helping you to see the bright side of things. She will bring a smile to your face and makes you believe that you are special. She also organizes the Fabulous Sticker Swap for the IGGPPC. She is a great iggle friend and always has a kind word when you are having a bad day. She is definitely a TERRIFIC iggle to know." - Franny
Thank you so much for your nomination, Franny. Now it's time to meet Claire!
TWW(s): As of right now, what are your Top 5 Geek Loves?
Claire: 1. The Maze Runner Trilogy
2. Grandville (Graphic Novel by Bryan Talbot)
3. Illustrations by Chris Ridde;l (Goth Girl, and The Edge Chrinicles)
4. Castle
5. Cats [obviously ;)]

TWW(s): If you had to describe yourself in 5 words, what would they be? Why those words?
Claire: 1. Adorkable - I'm adorable but a dork.
2. Loyal - I will go to the ends of the earth to make sure my friends are happy.
3. Supportive - good in a crisis, and for any project. If you need someone to talk to, I'll listen.
4. Tolerant - This one came to me at work this afternoon, I get asked the same questions over and over at work, and I still manage to keep a smile on my face.
5. Feline - I like to nap and sit in the sunshine.
"This hedgehog has a message to share... (Thank you @MartelloMicah it's super cute!)"
TWW(s): Describe a typical day in your life. Where do you go? What do you do?
Claire: A normal day begins with me being woken up by the cats in some way, either a paw to the face or standing on me. In the morning I do my messages [something that my great-grandmother called errands . . . it's a Scottish thing]. I go to work, I run a business with my other half Alex - it's an independent gaming store selling card games, board games and table top games of all types. In the evenings we run a variety of gaming sessions. After the gaming session is done, the evening is for relaxing with the cats, reading or catching up on my shows.

TWW(s): Working at an independent gaming store sounds amazing! Do you have any funny/cool/geeky work stories you can share with us?
Claire: The name for my blog comes from one of my favorite stories about work. Just after I had started, 4 years ago, the shop used to be in a little upstairs shop above a barbers shop. This was not a particularly classy establishment, and often the customers would come upstairs and loiter in my shop being cheeky and asking stupid questions. The game group of lads saw me walking down the street one day and they pointed at my and shouted, "Hey, that's the girl from the nerd shop."
Also, around Christmastime we start to get loads of deliveries everyday, when the shop is busy it's really hard to keep on top of them and get them unpacked quickly. We ended up making the counter into a box fort so we had a little bit of space we could see out and the rest was a solid wall of boxes.
TWW(s): I think I need to see pictures of this awesome box fort XD
"@iggleswaps 3 bracelets today! from Helen, Shellie and Pamela. Beautiful! #iggppc"
TWW(s): Reading any good books right now?
Claire: I'm devouring books at the moment, this week I read both Goth Girl books [by Chris Riddell, such pretty things!] I've also just finished The Scorch Trials [second Maze Runner book]/ I loved it, you can never tell who to trust, I'll be picking the third in the series up really soon.

TWW(s): What would you say is the #1 most exciting thing in your life right now that you can't help but gush/fangirl over?
Claire: The thing I am fangirling the most about at the moment is Fables [by Bill Willingham]. I know it's been around for ages, but it's new to me and I'm loving it.
TWW(s): It's new to me too! I just started reading the graphic novels this summer, I'm loving it so far too. I also loved playing The Wolf Among Us and I can't wait for the second season.

TWW(s): If you could travel anywhere, real or fictional, where would it be and why? A foreign country, the world of your favorite novel, sky's the limit!
Claire: In the real world I would go to Hong Kong. It's where Alex grew up and he has so many stories to tell about the places he went there. So it'd be nice to be able to see some of those places for myself.
As for a fictional place, I would go to the sprawling mansion that Goth Girl lives in [book by Chris Riddell] some of the parts of the house are just so wonderfully silly, like a secret garden, with an even-more-secret-garden hidden inside it.
"@HowPeculeah kitty caught on reading mountain"
TWW(s): Tell us anything you'd like about your cats :)
Claire: My cats are really spoiled. The first Christmas we had them they got more presents than the rest of us combined . . . and they would still rather play with the wrapping paper.
Now that the cold weather is setting in, they like to curl up on the bed at night. They're also allergic to really random things. Noodle is allergic to mice and Floss is allergic to parakeets!

TWW(s): What is your favorite tabletop game?
Claire: I'm loving Tokaido right now, it's such a fun game. You journey from one side of ancient Japan to the other . . . collecting souvenirs and visiting spas. It's very relaxing as far as games go, and all of the pieces are super pretty.

TWW(s): When did you first become an iggle, and how did you first hear about the IGGPPC?
Claire: I found the IGGPPC in June 2013, I was at work one afternoon, and it was quiet . . . so I Googled "cool geek girls" and one of the top hits led me to our wonderful community.
"I love this colour @HowPeculeah cc @iggleswaps"
TWW(s): Tell us about any pen pals you've met through the IGGPPC :)
Claire: I've only signed up for one round of pen pals, most of the people I write to on a regular basis I've met through various swaps that I've taken part in on the site. I've been writing to Franny, Micah and Bekki for a few months and I just sent my first letter off to Mel, who I met through the IGGPPC Camp Care package swap.

TWW(s): What is your favorite part about being an iggle?
Claire: My favorite part about being an iggle is the people I've met since joining. My twitter is full of supportive, kind, wonderful people who always know how to make me smile. I love being part of something, it's oddly empowering, being part of a group of people that are really proud of who they are and want to share their geeky loves with the world.

TWW(s): When did you start to self-identify as a geek?
Claire: I started identifying as a geek the year that I finished university. After I handed in my dissertation I really focused on the books I loved to read and the shows that I liked. The signs were always there . . . I thought that discovering my love for fantasy novels occurred then, but the signs were always there. I loved books about magic best when I was growing up [books like Harry Potter, The Divide, The Edge Chronicles].
"@Raindrop487 I'm always doing weird mouth shapes"
TWW(s) Take a look at the Iggle Manifesto and tell us your favorite line from it, or the line you'd most like to apply to yourself, and why.
Claire: I'd most like to apply the line "I will not doubt myself" - it's so easy to try to second guess the outcome of every single thing you do. But that takes up valuable time that you could spend doing the things you love. I've come to a point where I don't want to do that. I don't need to doubt my choices. I love the things I do, and if you don't - then that's fine with me.

Want to get to know Claire?
Tweet her & tell her how awesome she is!
Or check out her blog www.girlinthenerdshop.co.uk!


  1. "since joining. My twitter is full of supportive, kind, wonderful people who always know how to make me smile."

    I cannot echo this enough. I know I tweeted a few weeks back that my timeline has completely changed since filling it with Iggles. It is now full of positivity instead of being a negative suck-fest. It is so nice to login and see what all these other people are up to and converse with others who share similar interests.

    My twitter feed is now about 95% positivity and upbeat. The other 5% might be someone having a bad day, but I've noticed that Iggles are quick to respond and offer hugs and good vibes, which makes my feed 100% awesome.

    Claire is awesome and I'm glad she was nominated. I'd love to get to know her more.


  2. Thank you for your interview with Claire. I too have been following her and she is perky and bubbly. I hope to get to know her better too.