“What the efff” by the Collective was started in 2021 as a rebirth of The Collective Blog (2013-2021). In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our creativity suffered, but our love of pop culture did not. Like a phoenix, we are rising from the ashes, because not even a plague can keep a good fangirl down! Our objective is to represent fandoms, express our nerdiest feelings, embrace intersectional feminism in geek culture, and to boldly go where no fangirl has gone before.
Meet K: Writer, Owner
K graduated with an M.A. in Muggle Literature, and as a proud member of Slytherin House, she emerged victorious in the 2012 Intellectual Hunger Games. In 2015, she completed another M.A. in Advanced Arithmancy. Currently, she attends literary salons by day and by night, she’s the writer your parents never wanted you to read. Follow K on Twitter and Instagram.
Meet Nina Martin: Writer, Co-Owner, Photo Expert
Nina Martin hails from the ethereal realm of Dorne. She has one too many college degrees that she would willingly exchange for a letter from Hogwarts. She suffers from fernweh, and longs to be a travel writer who can churn out a best-selling novel now and again. Until then, she survives via fanfiction and blogging. Follow Nina on Twitter and Instagram.
The Nerdling: Staff Writer
The Nerdling was born in the majestic land known as Texas and currently resides there after several years of journeying through Middle Earth in a failed attempt to steal the one Ring from that annoying hobbit, serving the Galactic Empire for a time, and then a short stint as a crew member on the Serenity. Since moving back to her homeland, Nerdling flirted with a hero reputation. Saving children from the dangers of adoring domineering, sparkly vampires (champions with souls are the only vampires worth loving) and teaching normals the value of nerdom, all while rooting for her beloved Dallas Stars. Then came the Sokovia Accords and her short spell of saving others came to an end. With Darth Vader’s reputation rightfully returning to badass status, Nerdling is making her way back to the Empire. They do have cookies, you know. You can find her on Twitter @nerdlingstale.
Noemi Arellano-Summer: Staff Writer
Noemi Arellano-Summer is an arts and culture journalist currently working in the Boston area. She has experience as a writer, editor, copy-editor, photojournalist, and arts critic. She is passionate about arts, history, culture, entertainment, film, and literature. You can often find her roaming through a bookstore or working on her novel at a cafe.
Occasionally, we will collect writers to pen a witty text or edit down verbose posts. Interested in writing for “What the efff”? Email us at admin(@)acollectivemind.com or to.the.nerd(@)gmail.com.
The (Collected) Canadian: Contributing Writer
From a village that’s still known as a village today, surrounded by Saskatchewan prairies, this neighbor to the North was collected by the Collectress. She’s since relocated to California, where she survives on classic films and dark-roast coffee. You might find her somewhere throughout history with The Doctor, feeding her interests in antique cars and pin-up fashion. Follow her on Twitter @TheCollectedOne for more maple madness.
Nerdy Donut: Contributing Writer
Nerdy Donut is part-academic and part-fangirl. Since her Hogwarts letter never arrived, she earned her PhD in Humanities where they call it a job letting her research and write about the Disney princesses and Harry Potter. When she is not dealing with muggles, she can be found reading young adult fantasy and binge-watching cartoons.
Zelwing: Contributing Writer
Lady Zelwing is probably drinking tea by the shores of Eldamar with her half-elven, dragonslayer husband and smol loaf doggo. To master the Waves of Melancholy, she soars between myriad nerdy diversions while adding to her fine craft beer collection. When she’s not flitting between crafting, painting, and dressing up like imaginary heroes, you can usually find her hunched over her beloved home built computation machine trying to beat all the vidja games. She also really loves birbs. Come hang out with her on Twitter and Instagram.