It happens all the time.
Luke and I went out for a fancy dinner a few nights ago, and I ordered my drink to go along with my roasted brussels sprouts, chipotle hummus and kale salad. (It’s more amazing than it sounds. Wood & Vine knows how to do things right.) Another waiter brought our drinks and without blinking an eye handed my old fashioned to Luke.
Because girls don’t drink whiskey, you know.
I tend to be the odd girl out in a lot of conversations and a lot of movie nights too. I’m a sci-fi and girl-with-gun writer, so in everything I write, at least one car tends to explode. My Google history is full of searches like ‘places to hide a gun in a car’ or ‘biological warfare in the future’ and ‘fuel types for long-term space travel’. It also means that I’m usually the only girl in our group of friends who will happily go see Star Trek Into Darkness. Hell, I’m usually the one buying tickets and getting the group together. I write alien stories and time travel stories and futuristic tech stories. These are my people! These are my kind of stories!
But those are usually considered ‘guy movies’.
I absolutely love surprising people. I walk into meetings in my girly high heels and get into deep discussions about the repercussions of time travel and why my characters tend to work for MI-6 with a gun strapped to their leg. I can’t count the number of times new friends have read something of mine for the first time and come back with: “This is totally awesome! And it’s sci-fi! I had you pegged as a rom-com girl.”
FYI: high heels does not equal rom-com writer.
I started putting a red streak in my hair and got my nose pierced because when I walk into a room I want people to think “sci-fi girl” not “Oh, she must be lost…” (And also because — fire engine red hair and a nose ring??? I love it!) And you know what? I’m me. I’m always going to be me with my deeply held love of Doctor Who and cocktail dresses. I am a whiskey girl who’s going to cook you a fancy dinner with Mozart and Frank Sinatra playing in the background, then curl up and watch Alien. I subscribe to Fast Company and Wired and Real Simple and Relevant. io9 and the gallery of the Hubble Space Telescope and joythebaker.com are my go-to web browsing every day. My daily workout is ballet-based and killer.
I find my inspiration everywhere.
I fit in a strange space. I think we all do, in one way or another… the trick is to own it and not be afraid of it. I’m going to fit in places no one else will — and if I spent all my time worrying about trying to be someone else, I’m probably going to miss the places I’m actually meant to be.
My name is Lynn, and I am a sci-fi & girl-with-gun writer. Hear me roar!
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