February 7th, 2010

Sam Tyler

Writer's Block: Superbowl madness or sadness?

If you're in the U.S., will you watch all or part of the Superbowl? Do you have a favorite team? If you're not American, what do you think about Superbowl Sunday?

I tune in to the Super Bowl every year mostly for the music and entertainment from the commercials, and to watch the show after the Super Bowl.  I try to watch the mass entertainment shows on the networks like the awards shows and sports finales since I'm interested in the media and sharing a common experience with others.  It's also a time when I can watch with family or friends and sometimes have a party.  In my library class we heard about phrases that come up around sports like, "Who Dat" associated with the New Orleans Saints, and who should have ownership over those words.  

I was non-committal about which team I preferred though I heard more about the Saints than the Colts from friends.  The teams I support are usually the ones in the Bay Area, like the San Francisco 49ers or the Oakland Raiders in football, or the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's in baseball.  Since I have family in Philadelphia, the Phillies baseball team is also one of my favorites especially with their recent World Series win.

Writer's Block: Educated guess

How has your education prepared you for your current or intended career? Do you wish you had taken a different path academically? Would you consider transferring or going back to school?

I originally got a degree in English Literature two years ago and I also went back to school for a library science program at community college.  The classes I took in college have been useful to inform my writing now, whether it is fiction or non-fiction.  I was able to study different media in class, like books, television or films, and choose subjects I was interested in the most.  These included science fiction, fantasy and western genres.  Another interest I have continued throughout my school career is music, since I've done singing, played the recorder, flute and guitar in and out of school.  While I'm writing I usually have music playing on the radio, records or CDs.  The career I'm looking at now is in libraries or data management.  I volunteer in the library of the high school I graduated from, as well as the Sierra Club in San Francisco, while I'm in classes.

Writer's Block: Collector's piece ...

Do you collect anything? If so, describe your favorite collection (past or present).

I have lots of collections like stamps and coins (especially the 50 states and US territories quarters that have been releasing the past few years.  Recently I've been collecting action figures from my favorite series: Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who and Torchwood.  My favorite collection is of Torchwood items: books, DVDs and some of the action figures.  It informs my fanfiction writing, so I can find out more about the TV show characters, and also makes great decoration for my room!  (the models I have of the Doctor Who TARDIS Police Box and console room are also cool!)