Before I get to the main point of this post, there’s some good news and some bad news I have to share with everyone. None of this pertains to any of you, but hey, we’re on my blog, not yours. So, bad news first: I’ve only written 2,000 words in my NaNoWriMo since Sunday! That’s an average of about 500 words per day. It’s okay, though, everyone. There is no need to panic, and I’ll tell you why. Now we’re on to the good news. I managed to write enough on the weekend that the 2,000 I wrote brought my total up to 14,100. Since today is only the 9th at my location on this planet we call Earth, I need 15,000 words by the end of today. That’s only 900 to get my goal for the day, so you can imagine my excitement when I realized this.
But, wait, it gets better! Today is a Friday so there is no school tomorrow and I don’t even work until 3:00 pm so I don’t have to worry about getting up early. Do you all know what that means? It’s going to be a day of writing furiously, which will probably extend long into the night. So, here’s hoping I can slam out 4-5,000 words this evening! I’m up for the challenge and the excitement (and really, I’ve got nothing else to do tonight anyway).
Well, I got that out of the way, so now to the purpose of this post. Earlier this week there was a comment on my blog about about someone wanting a closer look at my Star Wars memorabilia. I immediately thought that this would be a good idea for a post. I figure posts of my grumbling that I have no edited stories to post are getting rather boring, so I thought I’d post a little more about myself. Actually, I’ve planned a series of posts that will just pop up randomly throughout the next few weeks. I wasn’t sure about how to go about posting about myself, because I never quite know what to say. Then, when I was thinking about that comment, I had a great idea. I’m a very materialistic person…I love all of my stuff, which I think is a great part of my life. That’s when I thought, what a better way of showing you a bit more about me by showing off some of this stuff and demonstrating the types of the things I enjoy – basically, my hobbies and my passions. This is meant to give you a little look into my life and, hopefully, you’ll like what you see.
Now to address this title. My mother always calls me “The Collector”, because I like to collect things and I am never able to get rid of anything – even if it’s toys from my childhood. This may be a mild form of OCD, which is why I pray every night that when I get my own house it will be massive to accommodate all of my crap. Strictly speaking, though, none of this is crap. It’s all wonderful. But back to this collecting business.
I have a confession to make. I believe I’ve got a bit of a man-crush on the Man of Steel. I’ve idolized him for as long as I can remember, but it’s long passed that stage now. It really is an obsession that has become a part of my daily life.
So, what better way to start this series of posts than with my favourite obsession, Superman.
I always try to think about this. Why Superman? There was always something fascinating to me about the Last Son of Krypton and how he is an alien from another world, raised on Earth and eventually becomes a superhero. I love many other superheroes, mind, but there is a special place in my nerdy heart reserved just for the Man of Tomorrow (not to mention that Lois Lane is babe). I think it all started with the comics. As a kid, I used to go to the used comic store when they had a $0.25 special on certain comics. Superman’s titles were always part of that special, so I’d take $10 and be able to buy nearly 40 comic books. It was awesome. I think, then, it is easy to see how a healthy interest in comic books led to my passion for trying to collect them all. It quickly turned from a few small stacks of comics into a four-drawer, full-sized filing cabinet madness of nearly 1,000 Superman comic books.
As I grew up reading the comics and watching him on TV, he quickly became an icon of my childhood. I saw him as the coolest thing ever, and I wanted to be him. Now, in kindergarten my wish came true as I dressed up for Superman for Halloween (and for years after I wore that costume nearly every day around the house). This wasn’t enough though, and I wanted to wear Superman all the time. This is where my t-shirts come in.
There are more than twenty others where these came from (not including the ones I’ve out grown), and each one is unique.
Throughout the years I’ve picked up (or been given as presents) anything and everything Superman from lunchboxes, to action figures, books, toothbrushes, collector cards, bubble gum, and the list goes on. When you’re collecting, you don’t realize how much stuff you actually have until you decide to display it on a shelf that runs the width of your bedroom, and you realize that you have filled it so full there’s no room for any new additions. What would such a shelf look like, you ask? Well, how convenient I happen to have one just as I described. Granted there is one little LEGO Batman set and two Wonder Woman figures, but the rest is all Superman.
I’ve also got blankets, pillowcases, pajamas, sweaters, a wallet, and more, but that would mean like a hundred photos and that could get tedious. There is, however, one final thing I would like to touch on. It is the masterpiece of my collection, the pride and joy of my life, the greatest thing I have ever spent money on (don’t even think about calling me a Drama Queen).
What I’m talking about is the coolest thing ever! If you read my post “What’s On Your Bookshelf?” you’ll have already seen this. It is a 1/6 scale figure of Christopher Reeve as Superman. This figure is fairly big, comes in a sweet box (the display behind the figure is the box) and is not just a statue. It’s got something like 23 points of articulation, so you can put him in any pose you want. That just sounded like a sex reference, so I apologize. If you didn’t read that as a sex reference, you definitely will now. Please don’t misunderstand me, though, because I don’t have any kind of fantasies like that about my Superman toys. Really, I just get super excited because they’re super cool. That’s all.
Want a look? Well, take one!
That’s about all I feel was reasonable enough to jam into one post. If you have any comments, please share. If you have a similar collection of any kind, please let me know. Consider posting pictures on your blog and then I’ll definitely check them out because I love this kind of stuff!
What can I say, I’m a nerd.
Well, thanks for reading!
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.
- Astrophysicist ‘Discovers’ Superman’s Krypton (news.discovery.com)
- Clark Kent Quits ‘The Daily Planet’ In ‘Superman’ #13 (pinkisthenewblog.com)
- Action Comics #1 – The New 52 Reviews (comedicallywitty.com)