My name is Katie. I'm not exactly new here in that I signed up back at the tail end of 2007, but I've never actually made any posts here before, I've just poked in looking for little bits of info here and there. So I'm still new as far as interacting and contributing goes! I'm a 22 year old History major from San Diego, CA. I'm hoping to graduate with my Bachelor's within the next year (year and a half at the most, hopefully).
I began seriously delving into WW2 history about 4 years ago and have been fascinated by it since. People tend to question my femininity over my love of the subject, but what can I say? When you love something, you love it! I have also found an intense interest in Germany and its rich culture and history. So naturally, Germany's war years are of particular interest to me. :) I've studied four semesters of German and am fluent by no stretch of the imagination, but I would love to continue my studies of it, as I don't want to lose the foundation in it that I have.
My boyfriend is also a bigtime history buff, and ww2 is one of his bigger areas of focus. He's trying to introduce me to the world of reenacting, but so far I haven't had the time to get involved. I do intend to give it a shot someday, though.
Since 2007, I have been writing a story that takes place during the second world war. It is fiction in the sense that the main characters are not real people, but I have been doing as much research as I can to make sure that all other details (location, historical persons mentioned, etc) are as accurate as possible. I plan to turn it into a comic (of all things) someday.
I would also consider teaching or writing military nonfiction someday. I may not be able to meet my heroes from the war because most of them have passed on, but maybe I can help to preserve their memory so that they aren't forgotten over time. If I get the opportunity, I would like to do that.
I never have been very good at introductory posts, so that's enough for now, but I look forward to really getting to explore the bevy of information here. :)