Tillie Elvrum is a wife, mom, music lover, volunteer and education advocate, slightly nerdy, and all-around Superwoman.
The Music Maven: My first nerd memory…I guess that would be always getting to be Princess Leia during kindergarten recess – that was in 1978/79. I guess you could say I’ve been a lifelong Star Wars fan. We would reenact Star Wars at recess and I was the only girl with long, dark hair. I could rock the Princess Leia bun hairdo. I was also into comic books when I was a kid – my dad bought me a new one every weekend – wish I had kept all of them! My other big obsession was the Indiana Jones movies. They had trading cards and I had them all.
TNG: How and why did you start blogging?
The Music Maven: I don’t really consider myself a blogger – more of a contributor to The Nerdy Girlie. It’s a family affair – I write and geek out about music, and my son, J.D., writes the game reviews. But Megan gets all the credit – she’s the brains of the operation and I love seeing all the great topics she covers.
TNG: YOUR favorite blog?
The Music Maven: The Nerdy Girlie of course! Megan is my authority on all things San Diego Comic Con. I also love her Everyday Cosplay – she does a great job at paying tribute to her favorite fandoms through fashion.
TNG: What is your favorite things to nerd out about?
The Music Maven: MUSIC. I love music – it’s my constant companion. I love listening to music, discovering new artists, reading about it, talking about it, going to shows, and now writing about 'What We're Listening To' for The Nerdy Girlie. It makes me so happy to have someone tell me they started listening to a new band because of my recommendation. I love supporting musicians that make the soundtrack to my life. As for my more nerdier pursuits…I love Star Wars and Indiana Jones. I am a Star Trek: Voyager fan – Kathryn Janeway is MY captain. Love Firefly and Serenity…will be cosplaying as Kaylee at SDCC. Don’t bother me when The Walking Dead, Vikings, Defiance, or Grimm is on. I’m also a HUGE Twilighter – I know most nerds despise my favorite fandom, but it is the fantasy world that I love to get lost in. I’ve been so lucky to visit the real Forks, La Push, various sites from the movies and to be able to attend a Twilight SDCC panel. I’m not ashamed to say I’m Team Edward.
TNG: Any tips for San Diego Comic Con?
The Music Maven: I’ve only attended one SDCC but it was definitely a learning experience. My tips: good walking shoes, bring snacks, ALWAYS have a Sharpie in hand – you never know who you’re going to run into, and just relax and enjoy. You won’t get into every panel, but there is so much going on that there is always something exciting and interesting to do. Oh, and respect the lines and be nice to people when they ask you “What’s this line for…where does the line start…where does the line end?”
TNG: Girlie things you love?
The Music Maven: I am most comfortable in my jeans and sneakers. I like the idea of dressing up and being girlie but it’s soooooo much work! I like reading about fashion and window shopping but when it comes down to shopping or dressing myself I usually have a nervous breakdown. I’m that person that finds a shirt I like and I will buy it in five colors so I don’t have to shop anymore.