#EarperView with @WynonnaFans

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the last in the week’s series of podcast-themed EarperViews. We wrap up the week with @WynonnaFans, AKA Bonnie.

For those of you who don’t know, Bonnie was a huge part of the fan push for season 2. She led the Earpers who came up with amazing #NoChill ideas — contacting and tweeting at Syfy, Twitter power hours, theme weeks, RTing the most creative and funniest tweets from all of the Earpers — the list goes on and on.

Bonnie has always said from the beginning that all Earpers are always welcome, and I think that’s the difference between our fandom and others. No matter who you are, where you are, how you are, or what you do, if you like Wynonna Earp, you are part of the shit show.

Tell us a little about your Non-Earper alter ego.

I always wanted to have a lot of children, and now I am a mom to 5 amazing kids — and, no, that’s not too many. For me, it’s just right! I am originally from New Orleans, but since I turned 18, I have lived in Alabama, California, and Missouri! I used to be a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse until I got pregnant with my fourth child. Then I decided to stay home to raise my kids and reinvent myself. I started freelance writing and now I run a successful writing business from home! When I’m not writing, momming, or Earping, I write songs, play piano and guitar, and go to kickboxing!

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

In a lot of ways, it felt like “if you build it….they will come.” I started the Wynonna Fans Twitter account before I had even seen a single episode. I had seen an Emily Andras tweet in the summer of 2015, and I got very interested. I kept watching as they filmed season one, and by the time March 2016 rolled around, I was ready to fall in love with TV again. Something inside of me just KNEW that Wynonna Earp was going to be great. I put my faith in Emily…and she did not disappoint. Just the opposite. This show completely changed my life. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how much. So, I guess you could say I got on the bus very early on — before it even left the station. Hahaha.

Is this your first fandom?

For the most part, yes. I found the Lost Girl fandom right as the series was ending. So, yes, this is my first real fandom going this far down the rabbit hole.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

For me, my favorite fandom memory was, in fact, the three weeks of “No Chill” we did prior to getting a season two. I was so afraid that we weren’t going to get renewed and that this whole amazing, beautiful ride was going to come to an end. So we embarked on a pretty remarkable three weeks of No Chill, and it was amazing. To see everyone get involved and send Syfy their letters and their serenades, and tweet their hearts out was so inspiring. We did a Power Hour one day during the No Chill weeks, and Earpers sent over 24,000 tweets that hour. I had chills and goosebumps because I realized at that moment just how special this fandom really was. We were a force to be reckoned with…and we moved mountains.

What is your favorite con memory?

Hearing those words from Melanie at SDCC that she ate a burrito…and that we “GOT A SEASON TWO” was incredible. To know that all of our hard work paid off and to hear the cast say that they heard us and that we made a difference. I will never forget that moment. In life, it’s easy to walk around feeling invisible — feeling unheard by everyone. And in that moment, to know that our voices were heard and that our voices MATTERED…was an empowering moment that I will never forget.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp activity?

I love all things Earp, but I absolutely love the Whiskey and Doughnuts hangouts. I love getting to talk about the latest episode with cast members and other Earpers. Seeing various Earpers come on the hangout is a blast, and I love all the endless theories. Whenever the hangouts are done, my face hurts from smiling and laughing so much.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Light. This last few years have been rough for the world, our country, and humanity in general. Wynonna Earp represents the light in all of that darkness. It is a constant reminder that there is goodness in the world. I see it every day in this fandom.

Are there any pictures you would like to share?

Widow Beth or Widow Mercedes?

Widow Beth — I always love the ones you don’t see coming. We overlooked her quite a bit in the beginning of the season, and in the end she was a force to be reckoned with.

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

What’s a Fandras? Just kidding 😉 Don’t we all Fandras at least a 10? I think that I Fandras just the right amount. I respect the hell out of Emily Andras as a writer, a creator, and as a person. She fights for the things I believe in fighting for and she does so with humor, grace, and kickass bootcut jeans. I will always be on whatever bus she is driving — happy to be along for the ride, passing out snacks, and playing Prince music at full blast.

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

‘Cause she’s bringing sexy back.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

“No, Wynonna…you’re the best of us.” That moment broke me…especially as Wynonna was giving up her baby at that moment.

How have you Earped your life?

I’m Wynonna Fans…hahaha. Wynonna Earp IS my life. No but seriously, I wear a Fangirl t-shirt that says Wynonna Earp on it at least four out of seven days a week! So my life is pretty good and Earped. Also, most of my kids know the “Tell that Devil” theme song!

Whats the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

Probably cosplaying as pregnant Wynonna at Dragon Con in front of Melanie Scrofano. It was a hot Atlanta day, and I cosplayed in pregnant leather gear. So I’m pretty sure that may have been the Earpiest thing I’ve done.

What is Gus’ truck’s backstory?

Maybe I will get around to writing this fanfic one day (hahahaha) but in my mind, the truck was Mama Earp’s truck and it is very good at getting Earps out of trouble. Originally, however, Mama got the truck from Juan Carlo. He posed as a mechanic (like he does) and told her someone had donated the truck. So Mama took it and fixed it up in the barn. But the truck wasn’t an ordinary truck.  I think that the truck is sentient. Think Kit in Knight Rider. It was the truck that drove Wynonna home from the hospital when she was born and the truck that helped find Waverly. Together with Peacemaker, it makes the ultimate Earp weapon. We’ve only scratched the surface of the truck’s greatness.

Thanks so much for playing along, Bonnie! I’ll see you all next week for another set of EarperViews.

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#EarperView with @WynonnaEarpPod / @kbachelder

Continuing with our podcast theme for this week’s EarperViews, who else is a perfect fit but this guy, am I right?

Friends, I was so excited when Kevin agreed to do an EarperView. With starting up Buffy Earpers, I thought this was the perfect time for all of us to get to know more about our favorite podcaster.

I met Kevin for the first time at ClexaCon, though I had heard his voice long before. Even before Tales of the Black Badge, he used to call in to Drinks at the Dal, my go-to Lost Girl podcast. I had the pleasure of having a long, long discussion at ClexaCon about Buffy with him and Heidi. We basically tried to convince her to watch it, and though I don’t think we were successful, it was still a great convo.

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Amsterdam, Day 1

Here’s the thing about day 1 of Amsterdam. A lot of it was spent sleeping, on a plane, or in the airport.

We got up at 2:00am to drive to the airport, after about an hour of sleep. Happily, I slept on the flight. Chris wasn’t so lucky. We ate lunch at the airport because check-in wasn’t until 2:00pm, and we made our way to the hotel. After my Atlanta debacle, I was a little gun shy about picking a place to stay, but it turned out well. They let us check in a half-hour early, upgraded our room, and gave us a voucher for free drinks since we are celebrating our 2-year anniversary, which was truly lovely of them. Even if they did wake us up to give us that…and wished a happy anniversary to me and my husband. 😶

After naps and showers, we looked around Amsterdam a bit, and it was a little terrifying. Bike culture is a big deal here, and unlike in the US, it seems they always have the right of way, regardless of lights, crosswalks, pedestrians, etc. We are both cyclists and fully support bike lanes, cyclists, and everything that goes along with that, but here it’s intimidating and not what we are used to. And someone yelled at us because we crossed in a crosswalk and he came barreling around a corner and got mad at us. I mean, sure, right of way. But there’s no need to be a dick about it.

We had a mediocre doner kebab near the train station and a spectacular holiday drink at a Starbucks that was built in an old bank. We collect the city mugs and were able to add to our collection. There’s just one more that exists somewhere that’s on the list. Fingers crossed!

The canals are lovely, especially at night. One of my favorite views.

Iceland, Day 4

Our last day! We had a bit of a lie-in because of our long day yesterday. First we headed to the Phallological Museum and got some souvenirs. Like queer ladies do. Then we went to Hallgrímskirkja church and looked around a bit. I always love seeing churches in different countries. We climbed to the top of the tower for a spectacular view.

We walked through a park and saw some geese, ducks, and a rainbow!

We grabbed hot dogs again for lunch, and it started to rain…and then hail. Did I mention it’s from an outdoor stand? Still, totally worth it.

13/10 would recommend this jacket, btw. LL Bean rocks it. Stayed super dry and warm!

We wanted a break from the rain, so we went and had a coffee and a dessert. And a nice view.

We spent the rest of our day shopping, and Chris found a yarn store. She got supplies to make a hat and a scarf, plus this surprise cool reusable bag. The symbol on the bag is for the Hand Knitting Association of Iceland.

We had dinner at a place that touted its raclette and fondue, and I was STOKED. We had had raclette before, on our vacation to Germany and Austria, but had never had it in a restaurant. I’m not sure if our experience was…normal or not.

We ordered our food, and then we were moved to a different table so the raclette machine could be set up. It heated up, and about 10-15 minutes later, the waitress brought a plate of cheese, four spatula trays, a bowl of potatoes, and two plates of meat and vegetables. And left.

No explanation.

And little did we know, we wouldn’t see her again until we were done.

So, as you can see, we figured out what to do, but we had no clue. I panicked.

So I googled “order raclette in a restaurant,” and I learned we broil the cheese below and grill the other stuff above. We think the machine may have been defective, though, because the cheese didn’t get super hot and bubbly like usual. But maybe that’s an effect of the machine instead of an open flame.

Remember our waitress? Us too, barely. Over an hour passed. Nothing. No water. No asking if we are okay. No “any questions?” 1:12 from “I don’t know how to eat this” message to her asking “was it all right?” “Mm-hmm” was my answer, barely conscious as I slowly faded away from dehydration.

Oh, and the menu said it came with cornichons, and THERE WERE NONE. Also, no bread also promised on the menu.

And the bill came, and despite it not being clear on the menu the price listed was per person, we were charged double the price on the menu. I wouldn’t even care about that — because it wasn’t surprising — if it weren’t paired with the other stuff.

The food was good. I just have no idea if we prepared/ate/etc. it correctly. But I guess it doesn’t matter?

Now we are all packed and my alarm is set to wake up in…2.5 hours. Damn. Guess I should go to bed.

Tomorrow, Amsterdam!

Iceland, Day 3

How has it been three days?!

Today we put our rental car to the test and went from Reykjavík to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon — a 5-hour trip one way.I hardly slept last night so, to no one’s surprise, I was a little grumpy. But Chris took the wheel after an hour, and I got a nap. And then some lunch. And then my mood improved. Oh, Monica. How does she put up with you?

Our first stop was Reynisfjara, which also happened to be the wallpaper in Chris’ computer for two years. Bucket list item for her.

Next we stopped at a crazy diner/gas station/mini mart that I dubbed Icelandic Sheetz. We had delicious lamb soup and a lamb burger.

Our last stop was Jökulsárlón, a lake that had bits of glacier bobbing in it. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

One of the best parts of the day was the scenery along the way, so here’s some of that.

Also, our first task of the day? Getting gas. It’s 6am and 3 degrees Celsius outside. I pay with my credit card, and it asks for a pin.

But…I have no pin.

It’s freezing, I’m exhausted, and we are in Iceland. I shrug and enter the pin to my debit card, thinking if I ever set one up, that was probably it.

Bingo.

Oh, and I thought I locked us in a bathroom for 20 seconds before Chris saved the day.

Tomorrow’s our last day here! So much lamb soup, so little time.