Badass Babe of the Week: Carol Pinchefsky

Carol has been a freelance writer of geek culture and technology for twelve years ( She is a contributing editor for Syfy Wire, and has written for the New York Times, Time Out New York, PC Gamer, IGN, Geek & Sundry, and many others. Two career highlights were interviewing Adam West and Leonard Nimoy, her lifelong geek crush. Her favorite films are Star Wars, Alien/Aliens, The Terminator, The Martian, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Galaxy Quest, Shaun of the Dead, and The Mummy (1932), (which she fell in love with during a Universal Monsters Marathon at age 7). Her favorite television shows are Classic and Next Gen Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Firefly, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and Life on Mars (UK).  Her favorite books are Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart, Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clark, Dune by Frank Herbert, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Beauty by Sherri Tepper, the Culture series by Iain M. Banks, and the Felix Castor series by Mike Carey. And her favorite characters are Dana Scully from The X-Files, because "she’s intelligent and rational", and Chloe Sullivan from Smallville, because "she’s a writer who loves chasing facts." Carol is wildly in love with her husband after 16+ years of marriage, who she describes as brilliant, funny, and compassionate. "He always makes me think, and the way to my heart is through my brain." I am a hopeless romantic so that fun fact made my heart melt.

Carol is what I refer to as an OG Little Petal customer because she bought the second ever Batman inspired convertible dress. The interview she did with Adam West was in it, which she has always told me is one of her professional career highlights- not realizing that is also a highlight of mine. I don't know if my customers realize just how excited hearing things like that make me. Carol shoots me a message every once in a while of some geek fashion related event she thinks I should do. Carol is also who wrote the Geek & Sundry article about me, and is therefore responsible for my fundraiser skyrocketing in donations and reach. She views herself as fact and logic driven, but based on our conversations, I would say she's also extremely heartfelt with stances that align very clearly with mine. When I asked her to send me some fun facts about herself, she said "I’m a professional writer of geek culture. For the most part, I’m the person I wanted to be when I grew up." That is the goal. And reading that sentence was so inspirational.

Thank you Carol for helping me raise money, always supporting my company, and for taking the time to make sure I know someone thinks what I am trying to do is important. Being told that you can see that I am compassionate and feel the world's pain is more healing for me than you realize. I will probably never write a book about myself like you advised, but I'd certainly let you!