Thursday, October 3, 2013

Geek Girls Gab with The Baker Street Babe founder Kristina

I run the Baker Street Babes Podcast, which is an all-female Sherlock Holmes podcast, blog, and event thing. It's just over two years old and we've been on everything from The Today Show to the New York Times plus having run events in New York, London, and San Diego. Sherlock Holmes is king right now and we're enjoying the ride. Our podcast can be found on iTunes, Libsyn, and AudioBoo. We're on twitter, tumblr, and facebook.
The Nerdy Girlie:  What is your 1st nerd memory?
Kristina:  I was obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid. I knew all the names and had more books and plushies of the damn things that I can ever remember. I distinctly remember playing with a  stick in third grade, pretending it was a pterodactyl. Otherwise I was a HUGE Power Rangers nerd when I was in like first grade. I made my mother wait in line for hours to get the toys. I'm still a bit dinosaur enthusiast (I was originally going to go to school for palaeontology but didn't fancy going to Montana), but I've lost my love for Power Rangers and any sort of super heroes. Sorry Kimberly.
TNG:  How and why did you start blogging?
 Kristina:  I've always loved to write and I really liked the idea of writing for other people in a more casual setting. I tried having a blog while I lived in Japan, Curly In Japan, which was only sorta successful as I didn't update it all that much. When I started the podcast, I knew I needed and wanted a website to go along with it and as we became more popular, we started providing more content. We have a rather successful tumblr and we’re constantly building up our website with new articles and features. It’s constantly evolving and I’m learning every day.

TNG:  YOUR favorite blog?
Kristina:  I wish I had a less clichΓ© answer, but I just genuinely love Post Secret, which I don’t know if that necessarily counts as a blog. It’s cathartic to check it every Sunday and see how many anonymous people I connect with. I just really love learning about other people, which is why I love interviewing people. I’m a curious being and Post Secret satiates that in a very special way.
TNG:  What is your favorite thing/things to nerd out about?
Kristina:  Obviously Sherlock (and Sherlock Holmes in general) is pretty high on my nerd list, I think that goes without saying. I’m also a massive Doctor Who fan and nearly fell off my bed as I flailed when Peter Capaldi was announced as the 12th Doctor. Hornblower is incredibly close to my heart and I’m a hardcore Archie Kennedy fangirl (be still my heart baby Jamie Bamber). My more obscure nerdoms are foreign musicals. I love language, even though I suck at learning them, and while I’ve never been a huge music (or frankly, musical) fan, there’s something about foreign musicals that intrigue me. I kind of love not knowing exactly what they’re saying, but instead figuring it out for myself just through context clues and feeling it. My favorites are Elisabeth das Musical, Le Roi Soleil, Rebecca, and Mozart L’Opera Rock. I really recommend listening to them all and, if you can, watching. Mozart L’Opera Rock is a bit bizarre, but they’re all really pretty.
TNG:  Any tips for San Diego Comic Con?
Kristina:  You will never be ready for San Diego Comic Con.

No, seriously.

This was the first year I went and no matter how much I read or how many questions I asked, I was not ready. It was so mental and so insane, but in a great way. I was both ecstatically happy and horribly overwhelmed at the same time. I’m also insane because I decided my first SDCC was the perfect time to throw a giant Sherlock party. Thankfully SherlockeDCC was a huge success (with MANY thanks to Megan of course!)

My main tip is to make sure you have a few days to recover. I’ve never been so exhausted in my life as I was post-SDCC. It took me nearly a week to really recover.

TNG:  Girlie things you love?
Kristina:  Growing up I wasn’t necessarily a tomboy, but I wasn’t into any girlie things. After I went to London for my semester abroad in undergrad, I came back wearing dresses and skirts and I’ve developed a handbag problem. I also have five piercings in each ear and a nose ring so I’m really big on earrings and such. I own so many nerdy earrings and I just want more.
Thank you Kristina for answering our questions!  It has been such a pleasure to have her as a friend and bond through party planning!  I loved learning more about her through this interview and cannot wait to plan more epic parties together!  Check out The Baker Street Babes for EVERYTHING Sherlock and follow her on Twitter: @CurlyFourEyes.


Wimsey Productions said...

Nice interview! It's always great to come across fellow Sherlock fans! I'll definitely check out The Baker Street Babes!


Thank you for the comment, she and her entire team are great!

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