D is for Dinosaurs

They DO look like birds!

Let me gush about them: dinosaurs. I have always been a dino-freak. Known in some circles as “Tarasaurus” (a nickname earned in 7th grade), my first published work actually appeared in “Dino Times.”

Dino Don really liked my question about the difference between the velociraptor and other species.

Just about every kid likes dinosaurs, and they aren’t necessarily a geek thing. However, this crazy raptor-attachment is totally something I share with many of my geek friends. The first time my friend Jawa Scott said “clever girl” in front of me last year, I laughed with glee. I mean, who else likes Robert f*ing Muldoon as much as me? Many geeks, apparently.

When I was a teen and read/saw “Jurassic Park,” I totally wanted to be Dr. Ellie Sattler. My mom was pretty happy when I decided to be Ellie for Halloween since the costume was pretty easy, too. I totally wanted to be in love with Dr. Alan Grant, too.

If paleontology didn’t involve so much digging and math, I’d probably be a paleontologist right now, searching for fossils and complaining about my skin’s inability to tan in the middle of the desert somewhere. Alas, I’m a writer. I probably make the same income as most paleontologists (not a ton) and get to work in a comfy, air-conditioned cafe. Still, part of me wonders…what if?

Do you have an interest in dinosaurs? Talk to me! Leave a comment below.

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About Tara M. Clapper 274 Articles
Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles, nordiclarp.org, LARPing.org, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at: tmc.pressfolios.com.


  1. I’ve always loved dinosaurs since I was a little girl. I remember in 1st grade my school had a book sale, and one of the books available was about dinosaurs and can with little glow-in-the-dark figurines. I HAD to have it, even though it was more than what my parents decided was my spending limit. So, they allowed me to buy it and earn the extra cost by doing little chores around the house. I loved that book so much I took very good care of it, and now have passed it down to my own children.

  2. I love dinosaurs and apparently when I was a toddler I used to have my mother dress me as Ellie Satler and my older brother and sisters would have to be dinosaurs and Dr. Alan Grant. I haven’t read the books but loved the Jurassic Park films and used to have a computer game where you’d have to build and manage your own park on an island.

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