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Why I took a break from Geekdom

Calling Time out on House Geek

As a proud Nerd Warrior Princess, I have never hidden my allegiance to House Geek. But even the staunchest of warriors need a break.

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.

Figurative image of me turning my back on geekdom

Yes, you heard me correctly. Nothing. No tv shows. No films. No comics. No books. I called ‘time out’ on House Geek.

When boredom strikes

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

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom… we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…

Charles Dickens, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

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 wasn’t just Supernatural. I tried to get excited about Age of Ultron, but all I could manage was a halfhearted ‘meh’.

The Legend of Korra has been left unfinished. I’m only halfway through season two of The Originals. I gave up on Gotham and not even the promise of Harley Quinn’s film debut tempted me to go and watch Suicide Squad.

Geek burn out

The diagnosis? Geek burn out. 100%.

I have no idea why it happened but I was oversaturated 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.

I began reading non-fiction and crime novels. While on holiday, I read two chick-lit books 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 it) and I cancelled my subscription to Now TV, LoveFilm and my Netflix went unused.

Recently, I went to see Mad Max: Fury Road. I didn’t write about it after. I tweeted a few lines but had no desire to tweet again and again and again about the film like I usually would.

A slow road to recovery

I’m slowly returning to the House of Geek. Not in the full battle armour of highly vociferous Nerd Warrior Princess, I was once was. How about a Giles-type librarian instead?

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