About Anika, by Sam
If Anika were a fictional character, she’d be the little girl who gets lost at the beginning of the fairy tale but by the end is the hero who saves everyone: Alice or Rey or Arya or Baby Doll. But in real life she’s a blogger, a recapper, a geek, a feminist, and a mother. She loves fashion, dancing, all the stars (Treks and Wars and the Hollywood kind, too), and is really good at making everyone realize that broken people are beautiful. She’s pursuing a Master’s degree, is raising two daughters, and, even though this is real life, she’s probably still going to save the world.
About Sam, by Anika
Sam is an angry, but joyful, butch lesbian nerd. She’s Jewish, and yeah, it matters. She wants more and better representation of all things LGBTQIA+ in all her media and no, she won’t stop talking about it. Sam loves to read comics, play games, watch romantic comedies, and parse the U.S. Constitution. She doesn’t pay attention to society’s gender roles or rules except to rail against them. Slytherpuff, Sith, House Greyjoy. Looks up to Superman and Xena. Ships all the ladies. Has all the opinions. Loves her dog.
About Sam and Anika
Sam and Anika met roleplaying on livejournal. Over about five years they wrote collaborative and interactive fanfiction for a variety of fandoms including Marvel and DC Comics, Star Trek, Once Upon a Time, House MD and The Spice Girls. About a month into their first collaboration they started chatting online and haven’t stopped yet. About a year into chatting Anika needed to get to Baltimore Comic Con and Sam was heading that way so she offered her a ride. Fearing Anika could be an axe murderer, Sam’s mother and sister tried to talk her out of it but Sam played the odds and although Anika did bring a mace with her, it was part of her Hawkgirl cosplay and both hollow and plastic. Flashforward seven years and you get this blog.
About the Site
Sam and Anika believe representation matters behind the scenes as much as, if not more than, on screen. They actively seek stories written by marginalized people and will encourage you to do the same. But they also love and will cover big budget mass market blockbusters, and event television, and New York Times bestsellers, that are currently still overwhelmingly written by not-marginalized people, and they’ll complain about that even as they celebrate. Criticism is not negativity. Positivity is not devoid of critique. And inclusivity is key.
State of Flux is named after the first season episode of Star Trek: Voyager in which Seska is unmasked as a traitor, and a Cardassian. Sam and Anika both love Star Trek, and Voyager best of all.