Hello my geeklings and welcome to November! In places that aren’t a desert, you are in the middle of a lovely, chilly fall, and I am deeply jealous. Congratulations on making it most of the way through the year, and brace yourselves for the winter—and the holiday season—ahead. Depending on where you live and how crazy your family is, it could go either way on which is more stressful. So take a nice deep breath of fall and let’s make November happen!
November 1: NaNoWriMo begins
November is National Novel Writing Month if you live in Nerdfighteria—celebrate by writing a novel! You can also alter it for wherever your creative sensibilities may lie– for example, a whole novel on my schedule just isn’t practical, so I’ll be writing a script for a short or two. You can also take a photo, draw a picture, make a sculpture, or make a new sidewalk chalk mural every day. While not everyone’s passion is writing, everyone should be able to enjoy an excuse to create. Seasoned writers, who want a +5 difficulty, might try incorporating a new medium by writing a novel by hand, painting it on a wall, or writing it in icing on a cake. A really, really, big cake. (If you do this, you must share the cake with Geek & Sundry.)
November 5: Marty McFly goes 88 for the first time
If you have a heart and/or soul, Doc Brown is someone you invited into your home and family pretty regularly. This is the day on which Marty McFly, after thoroughly disturbing Huey Lewis (which is fairly impressive on its own) travels back to 1955 and tries very hard not to engage in romantic relations with his mother.
Celebrate this auspicious day in Hollywood history by locating and driving the nearest Delorean at 88 mph for as long as you can without being pulled over, listening to Earth Angel, and dumping manure on people you dislike*. A movie marathon is another option, but it really should be accompanied by at least ten “Great Scott!”s to random strangers. This has the added benefit of giving you ten opportunities to meet people who enjoy having random strangers shout movie references at them. Back to the Future: bringing people together, before and after all these years.
*Geek & Sundry is not responsible for any arrests and/or traffic violations resulting in the celebration of this holiday
November 28: Thanksgiving
Some choose to celebrate Thanksgiving as Hanksgiving, which is an all-day marathon of Tom Hanks movies (ignoring Bosom Buddies) accompanied by turducken and pumpkin-flavored everything. But that’s not your only option.
Geekifying Thanksgiving isn’t hard—give thanks for the geeks and the fandoms in your life: everyone has that one that rearranged everything. Gather your friends and family, go around the table, and share them. This holiday is about being together and bonding, making memories. Whatever that means to your family, do that. Maybe no one in the family can cook anything but cereal. It’s cool, just go out, and then come home and play video games together. A golden-brown turkey fresh from the oven does not a Thanksgiving make. What really makes the holiday is, when the next generation of your family is celebrating their Thanksgivings, you all can say “hey, remember that time when…?”
So, tell me: what things, geek or otherwise, are you thankful for?
By Catie Lau