When I was in highschool, there were plenty of *nerds, but back then we didn’t know that. Oh sure, the Audio/Visual boys were always referred to as “geeks;” back then, the word “nerd” hadn’t really become a “thing.”
Years later, I realized that I too am a nerd; I read books all the time, and I write stories as much as I can. So I am a writer/reader nerd; big deal!
But at this stage of my life, I finally get it about us nerds—we are are simply passionate about what we love. It doesn’t matter if you live to play games (on or off computers), if you love sports, if you can’t live without watching Doctor Who (if so, then call me a certified Doctor Who nerd!); we love what we love.
All during my growing up years, I always had a book to read. Every Saturday I walked to the library and loaded up books to take home. I loved climbing trees and I often took a book up with me. I read to my heart’s content, safe in the arms of tree limbs. Later on, I started writing little stories and poems. I found I just couldn’t help it; they just came to me and demanded to be written down.
This is how I began writing children’s books. Years ago, my mother and I wrote “Shopping at the Ani-Mall;” a rhyming book about animals. Recently my children’s book, “Lulu’s Book of Children Stories,” was published, and my next book, “Jelly Bean Jones,” is almost ready for print. So I guess I’m a writer nerd. But that’s ok; that’s who I am and what I love.
If you too are a nerd, embrace your nerditude! Some of the best people in the world are nerds, and their nerdiness can often enhance our own lives. As I always like to say: “wave your freak flag proudly!”
“A nerd is a person seen as overly intellectual, obsessive, introverted or lacking social skills. Such a person may spend inordinate amounts of time on unpopular, little known, or non-mainstream activities, which are generally either highly technical, abstract, or relating to topics of science fiction or fantasy, to the exclusion of more mainstream activities. Additionally, many so-called nerds are described as being shy, quirky, pedantic, and unattractive.
Originally derogatory, the term “nerd” was a stereotype, but as with other pejoratives, it has been reclaimed and redefined by some as a term of pride and group identity. However, the augmentative terms, geek and dork, have not experienced a similar positive drift in meaning and usage.”