#EarperView with @chocolateyshell

Hello, friends, and welcome to finale week’s second EarperView! Today we get to know Shelley Scarrow, AKA the genius who brought us one of the most moving and entertaining episodes of television I’ve ever seen, “Jolene.” I am continually impressed by her writing ability, and when I met her and the other writers at EH Con, I told them how cool it was that it felt like someone could see inside by brain.

But Shelley isn’t just a writer. She’s one of the funniest people I’ve seen on Twitter (so says the Angela Lansbury gif exchange we had last week), and she is always down to talk about yarn. I had my wife crochet a hat for the writer’s room mouse that I brought to EH Con, and I was embarrassingly excited to give it to her. She’s also extremely supportive of the people around her, including random bloggers and recappers who just feel lucky =to be in her orbit. If you judge people by how they treat others, well, Shelley is the best of us.

After Lynn, of course.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

Just a small-town girl, living in a lonely world. I’m from farming stock in Southern Ontario, about an hour from Detroit.  My background’s truly blue-collar, so I didn’t know ‘writer’ was a job, even though I’ve always been word- and story-obsessed and spent my entire childhood buried in books and plays. I knew ‘actress’ was a job, if not always practical, but my family was very supportive and let me go to theatre school. That’s where I very quickly discovered that I was NOT cut out for acting, but I learned a lot about reading scripts and writing and producing — also how to build corsets and weld.  I still love all these things.

I’m married to another writer (don’t do this, it is a terrible idea) and we sorta alternate between writing jobs and looking after our sons. So sometimes I am full-time stay-at-home mom, and sometimes I’m on the crazy-demanding TV production treadmill for 80 or 100 hours a week. The contrast is dramatic but I don’t often get bored, and that’s a giant plus for me because I have the attention span of a Revenant.

(That was jokes about the ‘lonely world’ part. Who could be lonely when there’s all these Earpers around and I work in the FUNNEST WRITING ROOM ON EARTH?)

How did you come to write for Wynonna Earp?

The first professional writing job I got was on Degrassi. It was through that job that I met Brendon Yorke, and we worked together for several years. He’s so funny and a really great friend, and I met Emily through him, just at parties and all that. Then she got hired at Instant Star (starring: Tim Rozon!), which was produced by the same company. We did a season on that together and just became really close. After we left those shows, we would try to get each other on whatever we got hired on. Because a) it was fun and b) I think our brains play really well together.  Being sympatico is big, intangible part of the job. I like to be on a show where I feel like I can read the showrunner’s mind at least 75% of the time – and be utterly shocked the other 25%, and that’s where I’m at with Emily.

I wrote a freelance script on the first season of Wynonna and I would tell anyone who would listen that it is the most fun I’ve ever had writing anything. When Emily asked me about Season 3, I said yes before she could even finish the sentence. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.

How does the Wynonna Earp fandom compare to any other shows you’ve worked on? Is it the same level of involvement, both on your part and on the fandom?

I think you guys have to know that there is NOTHING like Earpers. But I guess I have to answer anyway. 😉

During the early years of Degrassi, there was a bit of fan engagement but they were really only interested in the cast. The writers were just people who were messing up their favourite characters (and they would gladly tell us so at any opportunity.) I actually began to stay away from fan engagement and continued it on other shows, because lots of times the people who are posting just want to complain or mock. It really gets into my head, and it gets harder to write instead of easier.  You feel restricted by the horrible things you can hear people saying about the words before they’re even written.

But this show, thanks be to Peacemaker, is the COMPLETE opposite, I feel like the fan excitement and love is fuel for the creative process, rather than a harsh brake on my creativity. I love to think about how we’re going to get people fired up/disbelieving/excited/turned on/throwing Cheetos at their screen every week.

What is your favorite fandom memory? What is your favorite con memory?

They’re the same. Definitely watching Episode 304 at EH Con this summer. As a TV writer, you so often get ZERO reaction back. But there I was, sitting in a hotel ballroom, coated in boob/flop sweat from doing the panel, with hundreds of INCREDIBLE fans. They were laughing and cheering and booing and so excited. And it was so exciting! We writers just kept punching each other in disbelief. I would love another opportunity to watch with fans. It was an unbelievable rush. 

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

I love live-tweeting every Friday night! It’s like a huge party to look forward to, only you don’t necessarily have to put on pants. Plus I like to do themed snacks (nerdity-nerd-nerd-nerd.)

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Love.

For Emily and Brendon and Noelle and Caitlin and Matt and Christin. For the bold stories we get to tell. For the amazing cast who makes Every.Single.Line.Better! I have no idea how they do that. For the dedicated producers and directors and crew who go WAY above and beyond for every episode.

And after ‘Jolene’ aired, I’ve been sent so much love from people who saw their own mental health struggles reflected, and I’ve felt tremendous waves of love for people who are still fighting their Jolenes. It’s been both scary and the most gratifying writing experience I can think of to share those very personal things.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

I was so hopped up and excited at EH Con that I forgot to take many! But here is Noelle and Emily drunk in an elevator and that sums a lot of it up.

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And here are some photos from when I did the Fangirl Fun Run, which was a huge treat for a running AND Earping nerd.

Here are some pictures from the writing room, including my bulletin board, my work coffee mug, and a lineup of drinks I often have in front of me.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

I was working on a show in Northern Ireland not that long ago. (NI is my ancestral homeland, though I’d never been before.) I ordered the vegetarian lunch from the catering truck, and then added some sides of whatever and sat down on the crew bus– and then realized that my plate had five different kinds of potato on it. Potato stew, mashed potato, potato salad, potato rolls, and (blush) maybe even a few chips.

And what I discovered is that this is the EXACT RIGHT AMOUNT OF POTATO. So – all the potato, all the time.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

87.6428.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

Contractually obligated to say it isn’t BUUUUTTTTT…

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

Well, it’s still to come! It’s in Episode 311, at the end of the first act, and you’ll know it when you see it. Wynonna pulls out a quote from her shitty dad, one that I heard a lot in my own childhood. The truck’s in the scene.

That was my favourite one to WRITE anyway. There are too many beautiful ones to pick from otherwise, though I am partial to the moments Waverly and Wynonna had with Alice in the Season II finale, when they were a fierce little all-female family for only the tiniest moment. It was so stuffed with emotion that I was really REALLY mad at Emily. In the best way.

How have you Earped your life?

I really like seeing all the clever stuff that fans make, and shopping Earpily is my second favourite Earper activity. My backpack is COVERED in pins, my office is full of beautiful stitches and other crafts from talented fans.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

Freaked the fuck out when I met Dom and Kat. I was very sweaty and scattered and they were so huggy and nice and pretended not to notice that I was stammering like a loon.

What Revenant murder would Karen and/or Georgia choose to cover on MFM?

I think Karen would deep-dive into what is arguably ‘the original sin of Purgatory’ and do the whole murder of the Clootie boys at the hand of Wyatt Earp. I’ve always wanted to know more about the Clootie boys, especially now that we’ve seen Bulshar, and I think she’d dig up some cool shit on who they were.

I think Georgia would choose something more recent historically and ‘stickier’ dramatically. Maybe the barber with the blade who can be in the mirror, or Mama Olive? I feel like she always loves a good solid horror element?

What does each person in Purgatory choose to do when it’s their turn to pick craft night?

Okay. Now this is all I ever want to talk about.

Waverly is easy. She picks something new and exciting every single time. The one constant is that there is always a glittery or sparkly component. The projects are always elaborate and seasonally themed and nobody else ever finishes theirs. This month, she wants to do a hand-painted Halloween cookie jar. Hers would look like a wise owl with star-shaped purple sparkles in his eyes. Most everyone else’s would just have an obscene phrase painted on it. I think fate might get in the way of this plan. Somehow.

Wynonna, in contrast, keeps trying to convince everybody that layering shots beautifully counts as a craft. It doesn’t, but her nights are always really fun.

Doc is surprisingly cool – did you know that cowboys and sailors were both really interested in small handcrafts? Long nights of travel are conducive to making. He’s a decent hand at tooling leather, so he’s pulled that skill out when pressed to contribute to craft night. Jeremy still sometimes wears the personalized cuff he made at Doc’s night. Doc can whittle too (fastest hands in the west) and he’s keeping that skill in his back pocket in case somebody makes him do another night. He’s thinking about wooden spoons.

Nicole is the queen of the outdoorsy Scout-style craft and can whip up useful paracord bracelets in a flash, as well as campfire starters and lanyards. It’s efficient; she’s always got the right amount of supplies and clear instructions.

Jeremy’s love of science is very real, so he’s had everybody mixing up custom lip balms and scented bath bombs.

And Kate is actually very skillful with a needle due to her aristocratic Hungarian upbringing. If called upon, she can whip up a set of rose-embroidered dowry linens with your initials embroidered in each corner. She likes to add little obscene touches to keep them from being too pretty – a liver, or a corpse beetle in the corner.

Mama Earp’s turn involved everybody decorating bras with googly eyes and tassels and went from humiliating to raucous hilarity in less than five minutes.

Nedley’s granny taught him to crochet dishcloths during the summers he spent at her trailer, but nobody’s managed to pull this knowledge out of him yet.

Um. I could keep going but I’m not sure my speculation on Bobo’s ability to make beautiful hair wraps is interesting to anyone but me.

 

Um, I think you’re wrong, Shelley. I would love to hear about Bobo’s ability to do hair wraps, and I’d take it a step further and say I bet it came about because of his relationship with Willa.

Anyway, thank you so much, Shelley, for playing along! We as a fandom are so grateful to have you as a writer for this show we love so much.

Everyone else, I’ll see you back here on finale day with the last EarperView of the season!

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#EarperView with @cbleighb

Hello, friends, and welcome to the first of this week’s EarperViews! Today we get to know Christin Hanly, the script coordinator and secret keeper for Wynonna Earp. Plus, we have her to thank for a lot of content in the Purgatory Case Files! I had the pleasure of meeting Christin at EH Con and stupidly did not ask her to take a photo with me, but we chatted a bit and watched a couple of panels sort of together, and let me tell you, she is just a lovely human being.

I don’t think I’ll ever stop being amazed at how lovely everyone associated with this show is. Christin is just as lovely in person as she is on Twitter, and she’s just so great on Twitter. She shares all sorts of behind-the-scenes photos with us and adds to the rich detail of this show that we all love. We are so, so, so lucky to have you, Christin, and I hope you feel that every single day.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

I grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (a tongue twister of a city), but have moved around quite a bit.  I’ve lived in NYC, Toronto, and now I live outside Calgary. I’ve been working in different aspects of film and television production since I was 15! (So… a very long time…)  I took a few years off a while ago to own and run a cupcake bakery but now I’m back doing what I love best – storytelling. In my down time, I like to cook and bake, garden, travel, and watch TV and movies.  I have too many cats (3) and they’re some of my favorite people.

How did you come to be the Script Coordinator for Wynonna Earp?

A lot of luck, some hard work, and the support of coworkers!  I moved to Calgary in 2014 and started working as a PA, then in Production Offices.  A few years ago I was coming to the end of a show and heard Emily needed an assistant through a coworker.  At that point I had seen season one and had even done a few days as a Locations PA on the season one set but had never officially met Emily or Brian Dennis (our incredible producer).  I sent in my résumé, called everyone I know that worked on Wynonna Earp to put in a good word for me, and then went in for an interview. From there, I started with a little light Script Coordinating and assisting Emily, and by the end of the second season I was writing the Purgatory Case Files.  

What exactly does a Script Coordinator do?

Script Coordinator is a fun job because I act as the go between for the writers and the production team.  Emily sends me a script and I track story continuity, track anything that will need to get cleared (like new character names), and format it so the Assistant Directors can make schedules and the crew can use the scripts.  It’s a lot of keeping track of things and helping. I’m also involved with the Art Department and Emily lets me do some of the writing you see on screen for things like blood contracts, diary entries, and memorial plaques.  It’s a fun mix of creativity and organization that I really enjoy.

How does the Wynonna Earp fandom compare to any other shows you’ve worked on?  

I have had the good fortune to work on a bunch of different shows and no other fandom compares to the Earpers.  They are such lovely, kind, genuine, and talented people. I’m so blown away by the drive to make this world a better place through kindness that this fandom has embraced.  My heart bursts every time I think of Earpers.

Is it the same level of involvement and interaction, both on your part and on the fandom?

Not even close!  I only work on the show for 8 months at a time, but I Earp all year round.  It’s so much fun to see reactions to the stories and the characters and I love that I get to be involved with that. Before Wynonna Earp, I didn’t really tweet and now I’m on more than I should be. The other really cool thing that I love about our fandom is how deep they dive.  They’ve opened up a lot of new perspectives on the show and are so thoughtful in their analysis. I also really love how diverse the fandom is. We’ve got people from all around the world who do all kinds of different jobs and have lots of really interesting hobbies.  It’s so cool to see what they’re up to.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

I have a few, but the first time I met Earpers will always be close to my heart.  I went to the Calgary International Film Festival last year for the Wynonna Earp panel.  I hadn’t seen Emily or the cast since production ended, so it was great to see them again and see how excited the fans were to be there.  I went with Paige from Seven24 [ Editor’s note — PAIGE!! ],  and we hid in the back and then I went to the Earper meet-up afterwards and met some really wonderful Earpers.  It was such a special event.

What is your favorite con memory?

EH Con filled my heart with so much love and joy.  I was nervous going there and didn’t know what to expect but was so blown away by the kindness of everyone attending and the thoughtfulness of the organizers.  I tried to meet as many Earpers as possible and really loved spending time with different people. It felt like such a safe space and I’m so very glad I went.

My favorite memory from EH Con was watching the episode live with everyone attending.  Watching the reactions to the episode was so special and I don’t think anything will ever be as cool as that.  I heart Earpers so, so much.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Earping on Twitter.  It brightens my day to see so many lovely people interacting and generally being nice.  If you look at my timeline you would see kindness, humor, and people cheering each other on.  I love all the theories that fly around Twitter after each episode and have to try so hard not to say anything spoilery when people ask me questions.

I also really love posting my behind the scenes pictures.  I’m such a fan of all the thoughtful little details the different departments put into our show, and I’m really excited to be able to share it with the Earpers.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Family.  

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

A whole bunch.

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I loved seeing all the cosplay at EHCon. Here’s Christine (@tine_mclaren) killing it.
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This is Lindsay on her set visit.

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Christmas episode shenanigans with Paige (@seven24films).

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I love this picture Petra (@dutchstarbuck) took at EHCon.
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Cat Zimm (@cimzim) is the best of us.

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It was such a wonderful treat to meet Patricia (@PatriciaOgura) and Sarah (@Viking_Elf) at EHCon. They’re part of the Wormhole Whisperers and did some serious deep dives into the Purgatory Case Files.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Garlic parmesan fries with truffle aioli.  I know.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

Hard 10 but don’t tell her because I like my job. [ Editor’s note — your secret is safe with me! ]

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

Emily looks-for-the-best in all-of-us and inspires-people-to always-do-better.  

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

I just adore the love story between Wynonna and Waverly and there are some absolutely fantastic moments, so it’s very hard to choose.  In Season 2 when Wynonna finds out she’s pregnant and Waverly tells her she’s there. She doesn’t try to placate Wynonna; she just wants her to know she’s always going to be there for her no matter what.  It really resonated with me. I also really love in Season 3 when Wynonna has just given Peacemaker to Bulshar and she and Waverly are sitting in front of the fireplace catching up. There’s so much love and understanding, and we know they’ll always be there for each other.  I love that.

How have you Earped your life?

Wynonna Earp inspires me to dream bigger.  I am so inspired every day by Emily, the tea,m and the Earpers and it makes me want to be better and do better and encourage others to do the same. [ Editor’s note — I couldn’t agree with this more. ]

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

I turned my sister into an Earper.  Lindsay always makes an effort to watch the shows I work on but doesn’t usually enjoy them.  After Lindsay watched her first episode of Wynonna, she texted me to ask if she was supposed to like Doc Holliday as much as she did.  (Of course I said YES!!!) She devoured the first two seasons in a week.

During season three production, I asked if it would be okay to bring Lindsay for a set visit and was really excited when Emily and Brian said yes.  We don’t do a lot of set visits so it was really special that I got to do it. She came to set on the last day in the studio and we toured Shorty’s, the Homestead, and a few other sets.  I introduced her to the cast and crew that were there that day and she was beyond excited but played it cool as a cucumber. She watched as they filmed a scene and had so many spoiler-filled questions.  Being able to share that with her meant the world to me.

Now that she’s all caught up, she texts me after each episode to ask me questions and talk to me about the episode.  In our busy lives, it’s really nice to have something that we can share together.

If you could write any of the characters’ biographies, who would you choose and why?

On Season 2 I got to do some writing for the website so I actually got to update all the character biographies!  It was a lot of fun figuring out all the little details and changing the existing bios to reflect their growth through the seasons.

If I was to write a totally unauthorized biographical book for one of the characters… I would write one about Wynonna.  We know a lot about her from the show, but there’s still mystery surrounding her time before she returns to Purgatory. I’d like to know more about her adventures in Greece and what led her to be the person she is today.  Wynonna is so smart and strong willed and has been through A LOT but she’s still soft where it matters and that’s the kind of hero I want to read about right now.

 

Christin, thank you so much for letting us all get to know you a little better, and thank you for your part in this show that has come to mean so much for all of us.

As for everyone else, I’ll see you back here on Wednesday for another EarperView!

#EarperView with @cimzim

Hello, friends, and welcome to another EarperView! The subject of this week’s is Cat Zimm, and I was so happy when she agreed to join me for this (and maybe for another thing that is still a secret but that you’ll probably find out about someday). Cat is one of those people that I think I have probably been at all of the cons with but just recently got to hang out with and know better, and I’m so, so grateful.

Cat is the one of the rulers of Earper cosplay, and I wish I were 1/100 as creative as she is.

I think Cat’s superpower is that she can make anyone she’s talking to feel safe. Warm. Comfortable. As you may know, cons are a bit anxiety-producing for me, and I have benefited from Cat’s healing personality more than once. Also one time I live watched with her, and she didn’t get mad that I kept striking her in excitement, so that was nice. Continue reading

#EarperView with @drunkhaught

Drunk Haught is many things. A tiny spitfire. One of @nuutmeg’s wives. A Bunny Loblaw stan. But above all, Kelsey is an Earper, and is the true definition of that word.

I finally met her in person at EH Con, and she really is one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet. One of the things that impresses me the most about her is her unwavering support of her friends. She’ll defend them, fight for them, and broadcast their goodness to anyone who may be listening, and she’ll make it so loud that those who aren’t listening can’t help but to hear. She’s a true, genuine, good person, and the Wynonna Earp community is lucky to have her.

I mean, she’s not the best of us. She’s not Lynn. But she’s pretty good.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

By day, I work as an account analyst for a customer-experience data vendor. I spend a lot of time working on analysis and data requests, and then formatting them into presentations. Basically, that’s a fancy way of saying I spend approximately eight hours a day being Microsoft Excel’s personal bitch.

Beyond that, though, I’m honestly like not that exciting of a person. I spend a lot of time shouting dumb jokes into the void of the internet in the hope of receiving validation through the form of a tiny heart shaped button. I love sports a lot, which is ironic because I’m so bad at sports. I’ll watch all of them, though, and get super into them. Honestly one time I spent like an extra forty-five minutes at the gym because I got particularly into a lacrosse game that was on the TV at the time. This does not apply to baseball, though.

I spend the rest of my time watching musicals and movies I’ve seen 100 times, as well as watching a bunch of reality docu-series about murder because I’m complete Investigation Discovery trash. I also eat a lot of Taco Bell.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I was fresh off the Lexapocalypse and it was a dark, dark time. Fun fact about me: I’m at pretty much all times either 0% into something or 7000% into something, and I was 9000% into Lexa and Clarke. So, as you can imagine, I was a sad gay and really needed something else to throw my whole entire heart into. At the time, I was a 25-year-old gay who had a tumblr account, so of course I kept stumbling across Wayhaught gifs. It took me a bit to really give it a shot (WTF is Purgatory are they all dead is this some weird ghost sci-fi show), but as soon as I did, a bitch was HOOKED.

Around season 2, I was doing a lot of tweeting about Wynonna Earp. I noticed around like late June that I was starting to lose followers on my account, so I tweeted something like “maybe I should make a separate Twitter for my Wynonna Earp stuff ‘cause you guys keep unfollowing me” and it was like my most liked tweet. Thus, Twitter user @drunkhaught was born. It was supposed to be a side account but now I never even go on my main account anymore. Y’all are my mains now.

Is this your first fandom?

Yes and no. Yes in the sense that it’s the first fandom I’ve ever really, like, legitimately participated in. Every other fandom experience I’ve had was as a bystander, save for a few middle school posts on a General Hospital message board (shout out to all you Robin Scorpio fans out there. No? Just me? It’s chill.) [ Editor’s note — Robin Scorpio was a great character. ]

I was very passively involved in the 100 fandom, but I was terrified to actually, like, be active in it back then. It was easy to get active in the Wynonna fandom because everyone was just chill AF.


What is your favorite fandom memory?

I assume since the next question is con related that this one should not be con related. I have a lot of really solid memories tied to this fandom, so it’s really hard for me to pick just one. Since this is my EarperView, though, and I can pretty much do whatever I want (right?), I’ll talk about a few.

Probably one of, if not my singular favorite, memory was the first time I went to Los Angeles. I’ve developed a really bad (re: expensive) habit of just jumping on a plane and flying across the country to hang out with Earpers because someone says “do it.” Kat Jetson said “hey come to LA” and I was like “lol sure,” even though she was pretty much the only one I really knew out there at the time. From the time I touched down in LA to the time I left, I was surrounded by Earpers and every single one of them was so cool and friendly. I was already pretty fandom-involved by then, but I think that was one of my first real experiences of how special this fandom felt live and in person. By the time it was time for me to leave, I was ready to move to LA.

I’d also say one of my other favorite memories is driving to Chicago for an Earper meet-up. This was right around the time that Earper meet-ups started really popping up, and a Chicago one had popped up. My groupchat, shout-out to the Chili’s Staff, were all like “hey guys… what if we just… went?” Please note that literally none of us live in Chicago. I think I was the closest one and it was like eight hours away. We were all just like “fuck it yeah let’s go” and either drove or flew into Chicago for it. When Cat Zimm heard we were coming, she messaged me and was like “hey is this true?” I told her it was, and she was immediately like “alright, you guys are staying at my house.” Which was SO BOMB. A few of us had met this girl literally one time at DragonCon and she was like “sleep at my house bitches this is a chill thing that just happens now”

It’s lit. Earpers are so fucking cool, man.

What is your favorite con memory?

Remember when you asked for one? Lmao here’s more than that.

My first favorite was DragonCon, where the Drunk Haught persona was like really truly born (because I was drunk, Monica. I was so, so very drunk). I spent like 100 bucks on alcohol, got an iconic Wayhaught photo, hit on a Power Ranger, might have cat-called Michael Eklund (I swear I don’t remember this part but people insist it happened)… it was a time.

Also I’d say, like, all of ClexaCon was so lit. I brought an entire entourage with me for my Emily autograph to watch as, while Emily gave me her autograph, I also gave her mine. That was also when Emily told me I was funny which I have on video. There was another epic photo op there, too.

Then, of course, there was EHCon. Canada in general is just amazing, but couple that with being surrounded by nothing but Earpers? Pure magic. EHcon was a fucking blast. Also shoutout to Andrea Higgins for being a literal gem of a human and probably one of my my favorite parts of my favorite con.

I have to say overall, though, the best part of cons isn’t even the con. Like, the panels are cool and the cast is lit and the crew is dope… but the best part of cons is Earpers. There’s nothing better than being around Earpers, man, con or no con. TBH I’ve actually considered going to cons and not buying tickets to the actual cons, just hanging out with Earpers around it.

So, my favorite con memory is Earpers. Final answer, Regis. Does that reference still make sense to people? [ Editor’s note — this is the correct answer. ]

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Besides dropping hundreds of dollars to fly across the country and party with them? Earper memes, man. They’re top notch.Y’all are so goddamn funny. It’s the best. Other people being funny makes me funnier, and the Earper fandom always has me on my goddamn toes (which makes me about 5’ even)

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Lead with your heart and the rest will fall into place. It’s what they did to make the show, it’s what they do on the show, and it’s the way I want to live my life. Any time I try to describe this show to someone, I find myself saying “heart” a whole fuckton. The fans are the same way; all heart, man. It’s so hard to describe to people that aren’t experiencing it.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

Oh man… Leggo!


Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

I’m not a potato discriminator. All potatoes are good potatoes, man. I once gave a speech on the potato being the perfect food, and I was fucking right.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

  1. 800. 900. Wait, we’re talking about Katy Andras, right? No? Emily? Oh like 6 I guess.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

The difference is she adores us back (I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS FOR SO LONG MAN)

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

I’m going to have to go with the season 2 finale scene with Waverly, Wynonna, Rosita, and Peacemaker. Listen, season 2 was very important to me and a big reason for that was the journey that we went on with Waverly all season in relation to her identity. Being an Earp was her gift and her burden all through her life, but she had held on to it so tightly. Season 2 saw that slip away from her, and we saw her reeling from the loss. Some of that reeling saw her slipping away from Wynonna, but the scene with Peacemaker served to show us that no one believes in Waverly Earp more than Wynonna Earp.

Plus, there’s nothing more Waverly and Wynonna than each of them telling each other that they are the best of us… and man, they’re both fucking right.

Also, the “Do chicks?” moment, which is still one of my top moments in television history, but that’s more of a Waverly thing.

How have you Earped your life?

I mean I’ve gone to like five new states in the past year. I’ve spent almost every bit of my PTO this year on Wynonna Earp related events. There’s a fuckin’ ScaryKrystal mural on my wall. I have a fandom shirt drawer. There’s a Megan stitch wall in my bedroom (right next to my bed, exactly where she deserves to be.) Vic fuckin’ drew me. It’s a lot man. How haven’t I Earped my life?

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

Probably the Earpiest thing I’ve ever done was convince someone that I had only met in person for a day to move across the country and live in my home because I needed a roommate.

Hey Mikaela. What’s up. Wanna watch The Last Five Years later? Cool.

What alcoholic beverage best corresponds with each of the characters in Wynonna Earp?

Lol I bet you asked this question like “haha this is cute I bet I’ll get something simple” WRONG FAM I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT FOR W E E K S [ Editor’s note — I did not expect something simple. You delivered, DH. Thank you. ]

Wynonna Earp – Moonshine. Listen, let’s face it; Moonshine is fucking rough. Even just saying Moonshine can cause people’s faces to contort. “Ugh,” they’ll say, “Moonshine? Seriously?” It’s got a bad history with the law which left it very rough around the edges. For a long time, moonshine was a big fuck you to The Man, but running on the other side of the law left it pretty unrefined. Moonshine is absolutely not for everyone. If there’s Moonshine in your glass, though, it’s gonna get you where you need to go. It’s strong as fuck, too. Holy shit, Moonshine is so strong. Moonshine makes no fucking apologies for what it is – you know exactly what the fuck you’re getting into when the moonshine comes out.

Waverly Earp – House Margarita (preferably flavored. Even more preferably, mango.) When someone orders a margarita, a lot of the time, people will roll their eyes. “Oh, look at this kid and her fuckin girly drink.” Margaritas have a history of being an immature kind of drink, and because of that history, people will immediately cast a Margarita aside as being less-than. Here’s the thing, though, those people are only judging a Margarita based on the assumptions that they’ve made up in their heads. They have no fucking clue what’s in that glass. Give them a margarita and watch it knock them on their holier-than-thou asses faster than you can say “Drink tequila, tequila drinkers.” You don’t fuck with Margaritas.

Nicole Haught – Martini. Gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. You know what you’re getting with a martini. It’s a strong, reliable staple of any bartender’s wheelhouse. A lot of people will blow a martini off for being waaaaay too boring. That’s where people are mistaken, though. The martini is far from boring. In fact, the martini has a storied history that goes way, way back. The martini is the fucking staple of being cool. James Bond, right? Shaken, not stirred? What a fucking badass. Just because the martini is reliable doesn’t mean that it’s not fun.

Doc Holliday – Whiskey and coke. As long as we have had mixed drinks, we’ve had whiskey and coke. Whiskey coke is a fucking classic, my friend. When done correctly, whiskey coke is super smooth a little bit smokey, and very very hard to deny. It’s a strong, reliable kind of cocktail. At the same time, though, whiskey coke can be a bit volatile. I mentioned earlier that it’s smooth and smokey when done correctly, but that’s not always the whiskey coke that you get. Sometimes, your proportions are off and your drink can be overpowering, your whiskey harsh, and it can leave a bit of a bad taste in your mouth. Yet even when that happens, you know that you’ll order another one, because when it comes down to it, whiskey coke is your most reliable drink.

Kate – A Long Island Iced Tea. Anytime I see a Long Island Iced Tea on the menu, I’m pretty stoked. I’ll let you in on a little secret, though… I have literally no fucking clue what the fuck is in a Long Island Iced Tea. It’s a legitimate mystery to me. I think there’s some cola in it, but fuck, I don’t know, man. I don’t know what I’m getting when someone hands me a Long Island Iced Tea… but here’s the thing, I know it’s gonna fuck me up and I’m gonna love EVERY GODDAMN MINUTE OF IT.

Xavier Dolls – Fireball, straight. It burns a lot and I’m probably gonna end up crying by the end.

BONUS*** The writers – Shots of tequila. Here’s the fun thing about tequila; when I start drinking it straight, I’m either gonna be a lot of fun or I’m gonna sob. There’s very minimal in-between.

 

I started this EarperView series not knowing if anyone but my friends would read them, and not all of them have turned out great ( because not everyone takes a lot of time and care to answer the questions). But then ones like this happen, and it reminds me of how lucky I am to be in the Earper fandom with people like Kelsey.

See you next week for another EarperView, friends.

#EarperView with @HaughtDoc

Hello, friends, and welcome to this week’s EarperView! Today’s is extra-special exciting for me, and I’ll tell you why. A couple of months ago, some top-shelf Earpers did a fundraiser for RAICES, and there were prize drawings for people who donated. I jokingly offered an EarperView, thinking no one would actually want one, and Jill and Sarah took me up on the offer. Much to my surprise, it was not the last one chosen!

I started these as a way to get to know people in the fandom and began by strong-arming my friends into agreeing to fill out my stupid survey questions, and it just is such a wonderful feeling to know that people enjoy reading them.

Our lucky winner was @HaughtDoc, AKA one of the Merediths. I had the pleasure of meeting her at EH Con, and she was just a lovely human being, and all of her cosplays were amazing. I wish I had that level of creativity in my brain.

Anyway, Meredith, thank you so much for choosing to be EarperViewed!

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

I am born and raised in Virginia, leaving briefly for college. I went to the Naval Academy and majored in Oceanography. I was in the Navy for 5 years before leaving due to bad knees. If you ever see me walking around a con you will see my bulky knee brace but there are pictures out there where I am totally Maverick in my officer’s uniform. I then went to law school and now I am a prosecutor in a small county at the Southern edge of Virginia. I live with my fiancee, two dogs, and my cat. In another life, I played roller derby under the name Hofosho and was a NCAA D1 rower in college. I am an avid soccer fan (Orlando Pride) and am the biggest Boston Bruins fan on the planet.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I followed Dorothy Snarker on another Twitter account. I saw she tweeted a lot about this show Wynonna Earp and its positive LGBT representation. Then I saw that the first season was on Netflix and convinced my fiancee that we should check it out. I think we binged it in two nights. Luckily, it was right at the beginning of the second season, so we jumped right in.

Is this your first fandom?

No. Actually I was pretty active in the Rizzoli and Isles fandom. I made a bunch of friends on Twitter through that fandom and they are my original Twitter family. They are now getting into Wynonna Earp, which makes me super excited, except for they don’t follow my Wynonna Earp Twitter so I have to switch back and forth. I actually met my fiancee when she commented on a Rizzoli and Isles fanfic I wrote. I proposed to her at the spot that inspired that fanfic. [ Editor’s note — why is it raining on my face? ]

What is your favorite fandom memory?

My favorite fandom memory is probably when we went to Boston Pride this year. It was just a whole weekend of amazing times with some great Earpers. Talking to people on Twitter is great but then actually getting to meet them and laughing, dancing, stealing light bulbs, accosting people near the bathroom to spread the gospel of Earp, and just having an amazing time is something that can’t even compare.

What is your favorite con memory?

There is a tie for my favorite con memory. The first one was at DragonCon. I was lucky enough that I got the opportunity to win a ticket to Emily’s writing workshop. We were all waiting outside when they called all the winners to come inside to meet Emily. That meant so much to me. Then while we were standing there, Melanie Scrofano walked in and we got to chat with her as well. I then hit the trifecta because I got the chance to brainstorm writing ideas with Sensitive Pigeon, who is brilliant.

The other great con memory was at Clexacon during Cocktails for Change. I have bad social anxiety so I tend to not engage with people until I am comfortable. But the other Meredith (@beerandcrosswords) wasn’t allowing that. We met up beforehand and walked around the whole time going up to different actresses saying “Hi, we’re Meredith.” I don’t think I will ever forget the confused look on Dominique Provost-Chalkley’s face. That’s also where I earned the title of Emily’s Favourite Meredith. Her words. Not mine.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

I don’t know if I can pick just one. Meet-ups, talking on Twitter, cosplay, conventions, my wood burning, and writing/reading fanfiction are all activities that have brought me so much happiness.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Love, friendship, and acceptance. My favorite show moment that sums up the whole fandom is the season 2 finale when Jeremy tells Nicole he stayed because he doesn’t fit in, but no one asked him to. He’s allowed to be him. Well, that’s me. I’ve never really fit in. But this fandom doesn’t ask me to. I can be my weird self and it’s ok.

Are there any pictures you would like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

I usually hate taking pictures but here are a few I don’t hate.

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These are from the Boston Pride Earper meetup, me being a total goober with Emily, Cast photo at DragonCon complete with me in cosplay as Doc and my fiancee (Tim and Michael totally stole the guns out of my holsters for this picture), and me and Meredith with photo evidence that I am the favourite Meredith.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Definitely Yukon Gold. I am a pale Irish girl who loves her potatoes.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

I wanted to say something witty about these going to 11 but that just doesn’t seem to sum up my level of Fandras. Let’s just say my blood type is Fandras positive.

Describe why Fandras is a thing is 7 words or less.

Because it is. Don’t question it.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

I would have to say my favorite Earp sisters moment is the entire first episode. The relationship between Wynonna and Waverly often reminds me of me and my older sister. She’s definitely the Wynonna. She never ran with the Bandidos, but she has been less than perfect in her past. I’m the nerdy one that got over educated and most people in our hometown like me. But I still love and look up to my older sister. So I love the interaction between the Earp sisters when Wynonna returns. Doesn’t matter where Wynonna was or what she did, Waverly is happy that she’s back.

How have you Earped your life?

I spend my free time writing about Wynonna Earp, burning wood in Wynonna Earp themes, getting ready for conventions dealing with Wynonna Earp, tweeting with Earpers, making Wynonna Earp themed cosplay, and watching Wynonna Earp. So not really Earped that much. Although I do wear a hat that say Haught on it everyday and the people at work often talk to me about “that show I watch”.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

The Earpiest thing I’ve done is probably bought a last-minute plane ticket to Boston so I could hang out with a bunch of Earpers. Either that or spend about a month building a suit of armor out of foam so that I could cosplay with a bunch of other Earpers as the 12 Days of Haughtmas at Clexacon.

If time and material weren’t an issue, what is the ideal Wynonna Earp woodburning project you would like to do and why?

Have you ever seen Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey? (If not you aren’t really missing anything.) At the end they realize that they are still horrible musicians and can’t play their instruments. So they use the time machine to do a 6 month intensive training (which does not match with the rules of the first movie but I digress) and they come back able to play ‘90’s KISS. Well if time and money weren’t an issue I would do that first. My family is very science and math oriented so we never were really encouraged in art. I really wish I could take the time to better learn to draw. After my 6 month Bill and Ted course, though I would love to burn the entire cast in wood. I have started trying some and have done a decent Doc, but would love to do the rest at a level that I actually felt comfortable showing people. I love wood burning and I love Wynonna Earp, so I would love to do something really detailed to show my love and appreciation. I’d also like to do something for an Earper who wanted one.

Thank you so much for playing along, Meredith! Enjoy your day, everyone!