Podcasts have become an essential part of geek culture. For most geeks, it is not enough to read the book, watch the movie or watch the latest episode. We must talk about it! We relive the best moments, laugh and worry over the problematic ones, analyse, speculate, conjure up history and context, evaluate artistry and tease out philosophy. In short, we take the media we are given and we go beyond! A single episode of Star Trek: TOS or Classic Doctor Who still regularly generates hundreds of podcasts. Geeks are rarely content to skim the surface of the world. Thanks goodness for that!
This is the story of one of those podcasts. In the words of its creators:
“Once upon a time, three friends started a podcast to explore the deeper side of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and romance, along with popular art and culture. We were tired of literary snobs telling us that our writing and reading preferences didn’t count as art. Our podcast style is casual, and we love to geek out about the things we love! We’re readers, writers, and consumers of culture who believe mass-market writing has something for everyone, not just ‘those nerds.'”
“Beyond the Trope is hosted by Michelle Graham, Giles Hash, and Emily Singer. Michelle is a copywriter, proofreader, and blogger by day and, well, pretty much the same thing by night. Her head is full of fairy tales and shiny things, which is especially useful for writing YA fantasy. Giles is an aspiring YA Sci-Fi author with a passion for stories that entertain first and make readers think second. His career has taken many turns, but Beyond the Trope is by far one of the best paths he’s chosen on the road to publication. Emily is a speculative fiction author-in-training who loves diverse stories and totally unique premises. When she’s not reading, writing, or podcasting, she’s haunting the local comic store, brushing up on Doctor Who trivia, or gushing about other super-nerdy things.”
At Grey Havens Group, we know that, like the TARDIS, the imagination is bigger on the inside. Now, one of our resident artists is helping to show the rest of our community!
Donna Clement, creator of the Grey Havens logo, t-shirt designs, our amazing hobbit hole and more, placed her entry in the Longmont Shock Art contest. Shock Art, an initiative of Longmont’s Art in Public Places, has the mission of adorning the city’s many drab switchgear boxes with stunning art by local artists.
Donna’s design is titled “Windows on Other Worlds.” It features gorgeous views of the Shire, Hogwarts Castle, the TARDIS interior and an image from the Enterprise viewscreen that any geek would weep to behold. Grey Havens, Grey Havens YA, Godric’s Hollow Group and other GHG affiliates have demonstrated the power of geek pride in our community. We know that multiple fandoms are passionately represented here. Now, it is time to let the City of Longmont know by casting a vote for geekery in all its glory!
If you are a Longmont resident, you are eligible to vote. Can you imagine what it would be like to drive past a former eyesore and, instead, get a glimpse from between the shutters of Hagrid’s hut or through the round, green door of Bag End? What geek’s day would not be brightened by an experience like that? I predict that fans from miles and miles around will make a special pilgrimage to Longmont just to see “Windows on Other Worlds” but, more importantly, our own hearts will be lifted every time we pass that wonderful street corner that takes us to the vistas of our dreams.
Voting has already begun and lasts until June 11. All you have to do is stop by the Longmont Museum at 400 Quail Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Check out all the scale models then vote for your five favorites. Donna’s submission is #12. Voting only takes a moment but it can bring Longmont worlds of joy!
Fandoms unite! Spread the word! You can’t stop the signal! We CAN bring magic to Longmont!! VOTE FOR #12!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: You do NOT have to be a resident of Longmont to vote. If you are in town, swing by the Longmont Museum to show your support for imagination and fun!