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Why I took a break from Geekdom

Calling Time out on House Geek

I have never hidden my allegiance to House Geek. I am a proud Nerd Warrior Princess! But even a staunch warrior needs respite.

I had to take time away from everything: from my blog, (in fact I stopped writing altogether), from Twitter and finally from consuming any geeky-type content. Yes, you heard me correctly. Nothing! No television shows. No films. No comics. No books. I called ‘time out’ on House Geek.


Calling ‘time out’ on all things geeky

When boredom strikes

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.

Charles Dickens, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

I lost my passion for the geek stuff. I closed down my blog for eight months because I had nothing left to write.

The realisation hit me while watching an episode of Supernatural. I’m a hard-core fan but not even Dean Winchester’s handsome face could entice me to watch more than 15 minutes. I turned it off. Tried again a week or so later and again felt nothing but acute boredom.

It’s not just Supernatural. I still haven’t seen Age of Ultron. I tried to sum up real excitement about it, but all I could manage was a ‘meh’ shrug.

The Legend of Korra has been left unfinished. I’m only halfway through season two of The Originals. I gave up on Gotham and I couldn’t give a sh*t about Suicide Squad.

Geek burn out

The diagnosis? Geek burn out.

I have no idea why it happened, but I was over saturated and over-stimulated. There were too many shows to watch, too many books to read, there was too much of just about everything. And being around like-minded people on social media only made it worse.

After a while, I began reading non-fiction and crime novels. While on holiday, I read two chick lit novels in 12 days, while still managing to clock up a marathon or two of mileage on the streets of New York.

I barely watched TV, except for Pointless (I love that quiz show) and I cancelled my subscription to Now TV, LoveFilm (aka Amazon Instant Video – but that’s such a shite name for a brand right?) and my Netflix went unused.

Recently, I went to see Mad Max: Fury Road. I loved it, but didn’t want to write about it. I wanted to enjoy it as a consumer and a fan. I tweeted a few lines but had no desire to tweet again and again and again about the film.

I feel ready to (slowly) return to House Geek, but maybe not as the highly vociferous Warrior Princess, I was once was. Perhaps a Librarian?