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Janet Gershen-Siegel

Jespah (Janet Gershen-Siegel) has been a fan of Star Trek since probably the first set of reruns of The Original Series. She has an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, a JD (she practiced insurance defense law for a few years in New York and is a lot happier since she retired from that in 1990), and a MS in Interactive Media, which is a real-live social media degree.

Along the way, she has about a decade and a half of data analysis work under her belt and currently works as a blog coordinator for a high-end wedding blog and also as a blogger for hire (topics include diverse subjects like ad retargeting but also the nursing job market), and has a shingle out to work on social media presence, with a focus on independent authors as she is also a published science fiction author. Plus, she has been a community manager for a large Q & A website since 2002, which is before that existed as a job title.

She was raised on Long Island so, when she is riled up, the accent gallops back out and she can sound like Fran Drescher with a law degree. She lives in Boston with her husband of over 20 years and more computers than they need.

She can always be bribed with pie.

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This glossary is not intended to be a substitute for a good dictionary. It is being provided solely to assist you in reading some of our blog posts and in listening to our shows.



Nightwing is a DC Comics property and is the natural evolution of Robin from the Batman franchise.


One Direction

Even boy bands’ fandoms can sometimes spark fan fiction and other types of fan adoration more often seen with IPs. The English-Irish pop band is the subject of perhaps thousands of fan fiction stories on Wattpad alone.

Organa, Leia

Sometimes called Princess Leia or General Organa, Leia is one of the best-known characters in the Star Wars universe. She is twin sister to Luke Skywalker, daughter of Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader), ex-wife of Han Solo, and mother of Kylo Ren.



One of the better-known villains within the Batman property, the Penguin has been played by Burgess Meredith and Danny Devito.

Powerpuff Girls

Sugar, spice, everything nice, and Chemical X! The Powerpuff Girls are a trio of cartoon superheroes named Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. The property was originally developed for the Cartoon Network.


Quinn, Harley

The Joker’s sometime girlfriend is a villain in her own right, in the Batman property.



Robin is a part of the DC Comics universe and is Batman’s sidekick.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The cult classic film and stage show inspired cosplay before cosplay was even a word.



To ‘ship characters means to imagine them in relationships. Often these are relationships which are not canon.

Skywalker, Anakin

Also known as Darth Vader, the best-known villain in the Star Wars universe is father to twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, and husband of Padmé Amidala.

Skywalker, Luke

Possibly the best-known character in the Star Wars universe is the twin of Leia Organa. He is also the former brother-in-law to Han Solo and the uncle of Kylo Ren.


Comes from Kirk/Spock and refers to a gay ‘shipper pairing of the two main characters from the original Star Trek series.

Solo, Han

The smuggler character from Star Wars is ex-husband to Leia Organa and father to villain Kylo Ren.


A spoiler is a major plot point which either gives away the ending or takes the wind out of a surprise or limits some readers’ or viewers’ enjoyment of a property.

Star Trek

Originally developed by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek is probably the best-known of the ‘space opera’ types of franchises.

Star Wars

Originally created by George Lucas, Star Wars is a family saga with a science fiction/fantasy look and feel.


Iconic and often reinvented, Superman is one of the stalwarts of the DC Comics universe.

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