About Nevillegirl

DSC_0129Hello there!

I’m nevillegirl!

(That’s my Internet alias, at any rate – my real name is classified information, I’m afraid.  You can also call me Engie. If you want.)

I’m nineteen. But a little part inside of me still loves to pull my old picture books off my shelves and reread them. #nostalgia

Speaking of books, I am a TOTAL BOOKWORM with no fewer than eleven bookshelves in my room. When buying a new purse I have been known to say, “Yes, it’s cute, but will at least two large books fit inside?”

My favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, dystopian fiction, mysteries, and LGBTQ+.

You can find me on Goodreads here.

This fall marks my first semester at the University of Iowa, where I’ve been accepted into the honors program! I plan to double-major in creative writing and journalism, with a minor in gender, women’s, and sexuality studies.

I’m a homeschool graduate! I was homeschooled for the last ten years of my primary/secondary education, and I LOVED it. Having a flexible schedule and more free time gave me so many opportunities to read, write, and spend time on my other hobbies!

Someday I’d like to be an author, a journalist/photojournalist, and LGBTQ+ activist!

I’m super super gay and you’ll see a lot of posts about LGBTQ+ topics (queer characters and their representation in fiction, LGBTQ+ issues in the news, and my personal experiences as a lesbian) on this blog.

I’m an atheist. I want to make that very clear, because a lot of people think all homeschoolers are religious. (There’s nothing wrong with being religious, of course, but it gets really awkward when people just assume that because of my schooling, I must believe a certain thing or belong to a particular group. Secular homeschoolers do exist!)

I’m very short – 5’0″ – with curly brown hair and absolutely terrible eyesight. Hence the glasses.

My home state is Indiana.

I am the queen of procrastination. I should be writing a story right now. But I’m not.

I’m INFP. Apparently. I also identify super-strongly with Slytherin, despite Pottermore’s insistence to the contrary.

I love many genres of music and will listen to just about anything but film scores are my favorite. I ADORE THEM.

I’m in a lot of fandoms! My favorites include Lord of the RingsSkulduggery PleasantDiscworldThe Hunger GamesA Song of Ice and Fire Game of ThronesSherlock Holmes, and many many more!

You can find me in a variety of other places online – my handle is typically “nevillegirl.”

I started this blog in October 2010 because I had a love for writing and this vague idea that blogging would be fun. It was fun, and I have since spent many hours updating Musings From Neville’s Navel. I am Gollum and it is my precious.

I don’t write about only one thing on this blog. I never have written about only one thing here. My posts talk about anything from books I’ve read recently and photos I took the other day to LGBTQ+ issues and “a day in the life of a homeschooler.”

Well, that’s all I have to say. If you have any questions or remarks, leave them in the comment section below! And thank you for reading my blog!

89 Responses to About Nevillegirl

  1. Elaine/Annaliese!!! says:

    I think that it’s cool finding out what you look like!
    Oh, and I’m Annaliese/Elaine/that person who talks with you randomly on NaNo.

  2. Liam, Head Phil says:

    I’m dragonfirehurts, from the NaNoWriMo young writers program. I’ve seen you on a couple of the forums, and dropped by your blog. All that is encompassed in the last sentence is probably fairly obvious by now.
    Anyway, I didn’t want to comment anywhere else because I haven’t read the Harry Potter series yet (planning to soon, just have to finish Modern Times). That would be rather awkward, but I was interested in making your acquaintance.
    Thank you, have a nice day, and stop by the concessions stand on the way out.
    Liam, Head Phil, aka dragonfirehurts

  3. Amanda says:

    I love your blog. You’re way cooler than I was when I was your age (and wow, that makes me sound so old!).

  4. I think you’re awesome!!! You’re like, so nice and if i knew you, you’d definitely be my friend, seriously!

    LittleBlackDawg 🙂

  5. Boquinha says:

    I am themagicviolinist’s mom and she told me about your blog. I have to say I’m impressed. And if you weren’t several states away, I think you and themagicviolinist would enjoy spending time together. You’re right (I’ve been reading your political posts) – most people assume homeschoolers are religious, conservative Republicans. That’s an unfair stereotype. You don’t fit it and neither do we. We started a homeschool group in our area that is inclusive — meaning all are welcome — because all that existed before were Christian groups, Catholic groups, Mennonite groups . . . you get the idea. It’s nice to have a group for “the rest of us.” Anyway, great blog! I enjoyed your posts about the election. Also? We’re huge Harry Potter fans, too, but I’m guessing TMV already told you that. 😉

    • nevillegirl says:

      Thank you! ^_^

      My family was also in an inclusive homeschool group because most of the other groups nearby were extremely conservative and Christian, which isn’t a bad thing, but they didn’t really want you there if you weren’t like them. I guess technically we’re still in the group, but we don’t participate much anymore because they don’t have many activities for high school students.

  6. Boquinha says:

    Er, “of,” not “or.” We’re a family of writers. Really.

  7. Hey, just wanted to say what an awesome bio this was! Made me laugh so much – and with school right now it was much needed. I especially love the Sarah Palin costume story 🙂

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  9. Pinto says:

    Hello Nevilllegirl!


    I’m going to read your blog when I get the chance.

    But I did this so I’ll be more likely to remember. XD

  10. Why, hello again, Nevillegirl! I have nominated you for a blog award here.

  11. orphu44 says:

    Hey, you changed it! You no longer look like Hermione… no, I’m not just going through looking at all the pages, what are you talking about.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Nope! I found an Eowyn picture for another post and was like, “Hey, I can use this somewhere else…”

      Ha ha, I do that too! Whenever I find a cool blog I obviously read some of the recent posts but I also look at the pages ’cause sometimes there’s cool stuff there. Have you seen some of the weirdness on Liam’s pages?

  12. Ooh, you’re Eowyn now! Cool! In the picture you used, it looks like you’re about to scream ‘This is SPARTA!!!’. Or at least it does to me.

  13. Miss Alexandrina says:

    Hello, Nevillegirl! I just thought I’d pop over and thank you for looking at my blog. I’ve seen you over at Miriam Joy’s occasionally, but I’ve never come here myself. *Looks around casually* Nice place ya got here. 😉
    PS. High-five for Slytherin-ness!

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  16. HI! I found your blog on Nano…..*nodnod* Your cool!

  17. Hey Nevillegirl,

    I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out this link for more info:

    If you are interested, I look forward to your post. if not, no problem. Just ignore. I really enjoy what you do with your blog and can’t wait to see what you do in the future.


    • nevillegirl says:

      Thanks! I’ve actually been nominated for this award before (…a lot… idk why :P) but I’ll have to see what the questions are and I might do them!

      Eeeep. *blush* Compliments. IDK how to handle them. Thanks!

  18. Heya! Just wanted to pop in and say I love love love your blog, I really admire how you’re not afraid to voice your opinions on anything… So I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award right over here: http://thewordyandnerdy.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/exciteability-levels-have-increased-rapidly/#more-1168

    Have a fantabulous day! 🙂
    – Arya

    • nevillegirl says:

      Thank you!! *blush* I guess… I guess maybe that is me. I /do/ write pretty much whatever I think on here….

      Anyway. I’ve already received this award so I probably won’t do the post that goes along with it, but thanks for the thought!

      P.S. I’ve neglected reading your blog… I should probably get back to that! 😛 The last few posts that I just read were lovely.

      • My pleasure! And feel free to not do it, haha, I totally understand- I think you deserve the recognition, that’s why I nominated you 🙂

        In response to P.S. Oh dearie I’ve neglecting yours as well, I’ve been reading but not commenting so I must go back and do that 😛 And thank you!

  19. I nominated you for The Sunshine Award. I’m not sure if you’ve gotten the award before but I do really enjoy your posts. http://taratherese.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/the-sunshine-award/

    • nevillegirl says:

      I… actually don’t think I’ve gotten that award before, but I’m not sure if/when I’ll be able to fit the post for that in! Anyway, thank you so much! 🙂
      *blush* Aw, thank you! I really enjoy your blog too. 🙂

  20. Hi, Engie! (It sounds so cute!) Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. 🙂 Your blog looks awesome; I’m gonna stalk it now. 😛 I’m an atheist *high five* And I totally support the LGBTQ+ community.
    I love the title of your blog. So creative. Anyway, to wrap up my comment, super cool blog. Can’t wait to get to know you better!

    • nevillegirl says:

      (Ack, sorry for responding to this comment so late – I was at work all day today and didn’t see it until just now…)

      Ahaha, Engie sounds cute? *blush*

      Thank you!

      It’s nice to find other atheists. 😀 And people who support LGBTQ+, too. 🙂

      Thanks again! I can’t wait to get to know you, too!

  21. WAIT ELEVEN BOOKSHELVES??? How did I miss that part my first time reading this page? I need eleven bookshelves. I only have one. Which is very sad.

    *squee* I have been known to ask about the ability of a purse to fit books, too! 😀 *high-fives* Which is why it’s useful to have an e-reader, I guess, because they’re so tiny 😛 Although I do prefer actual books.

    This has been a nice break. Now back to doing homework (and why is my dog barking so loud?)

    • nevillegirl says:

      YES ELEVEN BOOKSHELVES. ELEVEN GLORIOUS BOOKSHELVES. (And… you poor thing! With only one! 😦 *patpat*)
      (And… I’m running out of room on my bookshelves, though. Oh noes!)

      I almost always have at least one book in my purse at any given time. 😛

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. xD

  22. Briar Eden says:

    Hi! It’s LilyBS123 from NaNo (though I’m not sure whether you’ve seen me around on the forums).

  23. Hi Engie! So nice to meet you. I think Paolini was homeschooled, wasn’t he?

  24. moosha23 says:

    Hey Engie! Don’t know if you’ve already received this one (wouldn’t be surprised) but I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award:

  25. riachl says:

    Hi (:
    Just wanted to tell you that I nominated you for The Liebster Award.
    (Rules and questions are here https://horsfeathersblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/the-liebster-award/)

    Rebekah (:

  26. hannwells says:

    Doctor Who!!! YES!!! do you watch Sherlock? 🙂

  27. hermionefowl says:

    Hi! Thanks for being one of my followers! To show how much I appreciate you, I’ve tagged you to do the A-Z About Me tag: https://victoriajaynesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/a-z-about-me/

  28. Carolyn says:

    Hi! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 Here’s the link if you wanna know more: https://ahundredthousandstories.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/versatile-blogger-award/

  29. booksoverpeople says:

    I tag you to do the Blogger Recognition Award 🙂

  30. I was rereading your about page and noticed that you are an INFP. Same here! *high fives*

  31. So lovely to find another non-Christian gay homeschooler alumni! 😀 I’m agnostic, bisexual and former homeschooler from Oregon. Your blog is super fabulous and I can’t wait to read more. 🙂

  32. You have SUCH a cool blog here and I am honestly in awe *picks up jaw from floor*

  33. I love The Lord of the Rings SO MUCH.
    And I think that glasses are awesome. 🙂

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