In which Eefje gushes about an author in a slightly creepy way

You know how sometimes, you read a book and fall entirely in love with it? I had that happen with an unexpected book recently, Moranthology by Caitlin Moran. It’s a collection of her columns, and I just LOVE IT SO MUCH. I have had How to be a Woman on my to read list for a while when I found the Dutch translation of Moranthology in the take-if-you-like-it pile at work. I figured, hey I’ve been wanting to read something by this author and it’s free, even if I would have prefered to read it in English.

And it is just a book that matches me entirely. Caitlin Moran is one of the few people who I can now add to the list of ‘people who I want to be when I grow up’. (The list includes Neil Gaiman and my Nana.) Her writing style, her way of looking at life, the universe and everything, her feeling about hairstyles and hanging out with awesome musicians. Her feminism, her great love for Doctor Who and Sherlock and the way she makes fun of Downton Abbey. All of it. I may be vaguely creepy in my love for this woman I have never met but I aboslutely adore her. I am a part of the Caitlin Moran fandom now and it is glorious.

I also want to mention the translator, Petra C. van der Eerden, who did an excellent job on the Dutch edition. Moran’s voice come through loud and clear and there wasn’t a moment where I felt like I could ‘see’ the English behind the phrases (something that always makes me want to read the actual English edition and is often the mark of a not-so-good translator), not even in the column about Sherlock in which quotes from the show are mentioned. I do instantly remember the actual English dialogue obviously, but in no way did that disturb my reading-enjoyment.

I can’t wait to read Moran’s (I keep wanting to call her Cate, which she mentions in the book is the name people who actually know her call her) other books, How to be a Woman and How to Build a Girl. I am going to enjoy ferociously consuming anything she puts out in the world.

This is the Goodreads page for Moranthology, and here is Caitlin Moran’s twitter.

I got back into making videos for my youtube account. This is something I was thinking about several months ago, and I have been planning this video for a long time but only actually made it now.

It is the first time I wrote a scrip (for the voice over) so the message of the vlog is a lot clearer I feel. I’m still not very good at speaking as clearly as I want to be, but the script did help. I don’t know how having a script to read would work with me actually being on camera though, I’ll try that sometimes in the future.

In other news, yesterday I went to a nerdfighter gathering in my home town in Utrecht and it was awesome. Over 80 (!) people showed up and it was great spending time with all of them. The best thing about nerdfighters is that everybody gets accepted and everyone is curious to get to know each other. The one thing I think we all have in common is how unabashedly we can get excited about fictional things. We all appreciate fandom because we understand what it’s like to be a fan. Get excited! It’s good for you.

A lot of nerdfighters are also video bloggers on youtube. Every gathering there are always people filming and we get why so we don’t give each other weird looks like ‘why is this person filming? That is not normal I must judge them’. The way most people on the street always seem to think you filming (yourself or something in public space) has something to do with them.

I also filmed a bit, though not a lot because I was busy talking to people, and I will try to edit it into a cohesive vlog sometimes later this week. (Giving myself a deadline, though a vague one.)

Anyway, I would love for you (hello person stumbling onto my blog!) to watch the video above and to let me know what you think in comments!


So Pottermore is finally open to the public. When it was announced last summer I got really excited, and then a little disappointed that I didn’t get into the beta. But I though that waiting three months wouldn’t be so terrible and that I’d get to try it soon enough. And then it kept getting pushed back and I sort of forgot about it, because there was no set date any more and beta-testers were getting a little frustrated with the problems it still had, some people didn’t really like it at all.

And then word got out that it would open in early April. Which became mid April. And now it’s really here.
I think hearing the disappointed reactions from some of the beta-testers really helped with me enjoying it now. Not having high hopes means I don’t get them dashed, instead I am really enjoying it. Getting the extra back stories on some characters and all the extra world building J.K. Rowling thought up but didn’t put in the books is incredibly  awesome to know and read about. I wish there was even more then we get now. I get that once I’m done with going through the first book it stops because the other books aren’t on there yet, and that’s not fun for people who’ve been waiting for new content almost as long as I’ve been waiting to get onto Pottermore. But what we do get is quite rewarding to me. I like the way it’s presented and so far, I also like brewing potions and duelling which will hopefully stay fun even when I’m done with the first book. Of course, everything is all shiny and new to me now, so I can’t say whether I will still be enthusiastic about it in a couple of weeks time.

I quite liked the kind of questions that determined what kind of wand I would get (a surprisingly swishy rowan wand, 13 3/4 inches long and with a unicorn hair core), but I feel the sorting questions should have been a little bit more different, and there should be more of them to get a better accuracy as to what kind of person you are. Just because I like watery things like rivers doesn’t mean I’m a Slytherin, it just means I’m Dutch. Although getting sorted into Slytherin is okay with me. I’m getting used to the idea and I am liking it. Which house I’d be in isn’t a big thing for me though. I have always been able to see a little of myself in each house, so I was never very certain one way or the other. I would have liked to be a Hufflepuff, because I dig the underdog position, I like badgers (more than snakes!), and it’s rumoured that the Hufflepuff common room has a hobbity feel to it and I dig all things hobbit. On the other hand, I like water and the Slytherin common room has aquarium windows that look into the lake. Different tests place me in different houses, depending on the site I’ve been in all four of them, so let’s just see what Slytherin-Eefje is like, shall we?

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