I’m a neuroengineer turned teacher/tutor and stay-at-home mom after realizing the traditional engineering environment was not for me.

I still harbor a passion for engineering, neuroscience, nanotech/nanofab, and many other science-geeky topics. But now I express those interests via teaching, fiction, and building.

I wrote a sci-fi novel about robots and a whole trilogy of fantasy novels. I’ve got another sci-fi work in the planning stages. These books are available for free and there’s a reason for that…

Favorite Nerdy Shows: Buffyverse/Whedonverse (Dollhouse is so underrated), Star Trek (TNG and DS9), Futurama, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Miraculous Ladybug, Game of Thrones, Psych, probably more… I might watch too much TV.

Favorite Video Games: Katamari Damacy, Elder Scrolls (Morrowind especially), the Sims, Shaq Fu (the original – don’t have the remake for the Switch yet). I still have my original NES and SNES from childhood, semi-functional

Favorite Tabletop Games: Dominion, Settlers of Catan, Dune, Ticket to Ride, Battlestar Galactica and basically any cooperative game

Favorite sci-fi/fantasy novels: ASOIAF, Wheel of Time, Use of Weapons, Dune, Dresden Files, Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries (it’s like candy for your brain)

The other nerdishfam players

I live with my two kids and my husband.


My husband is currently completing his residency for child neurology. He’s our family’s OG Pokémaniac and loves anime and all things Japanese, except their idea of a work-life balance. He’s the one who originally got me into the Wheel of Time series and is currently on a huge Tolkien kick – books, movies, games, everything. Also loves Renaissance history and art and Beethoven.

Favorite games: Civilization, the Sims, Europa Universalis, Ocarina of Time, Chrono Trigger.

My Gal Friday

My daughter is 5 and I will be homeschooling her this year for kindergarten. She’s obsessed with Pokémon and is getting into Harry Potter, including running around in a cape, waving a stick like a wizard. She loves My Little Pony, Hello Kitty, Disney movies, and anime including Sailor Moon, DragonBall, and the more kid-friendly of the Miyazaki movies (particularly My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo). Her dad got her into Star Wars but I fully expect to convert her to the Trek side here in just a few years.

Favorite Pokémon: Pikachu, Chansey, Charizard, Litten, Bulbasaur, and Mewtwo

The Young Wolf

The baby doesn’t have much nerd cred yet, but he does like to watch the screen any time Pokémon is on (A+ parenting) and he loves to chew on his sister’s stuffed Pikachu when no one is looking.