Hi everyone, Mod R here.
I don’t really understand what Moderator R function is. What do they do? P.
Way to trigger a girl’s existential crisis. Just kidding hehe, I have fully embraced that I’m more of a girl moss than a girl boss, thank you P. for your question.
A few of you have asked me throughout the years what I do here and it’s understandable, because although I’m one of the most visible parts of the team, my contribution is by far the most modest. Here is a breakdown of all the things the authors’ agency accomplishes, for example- on top of which House Andrews also have more qualified consultants for things like the comic adaptations, and newly, for marketing.
But back to my purpose: unsurprisingly, I moderate the Ilona Andrews blog. Which means I read all your comments, answer any questions I know the answer to, and football the others to House Andrews. I keep a running list of your questions and blog prompts for HA to peruse when they need inspiration for posts, and keep track of newsletter replies and contact forms issues. Also for when the BDH are about to break the comment limits on the server- which happened on several occasions during online serials! (I think we’re up to 1k now, but if I know the Horde, it’s a limit meant to be broken.)
From time to time, I have to hide a comment when I think there’s potential for tension, derailing the topic or other things mentioned on the Blog rules page. For anyone who needs them, contacts that can provide qualified assistance during a mental health crisis can also be found there. I mostly remove bot comments, like Doctor Babalooba’s miracle love potion and the (niche, but I assume very lucrative?) proofreader hot-tub business that assiduously tries to advertise on the blog.
Sometimes I get to do other fun fandom-related things, like chat with the focus group for the selection of a new audio narrator or tell Graphic Audio what the fan favourite scenes of Kate Daniels are. No, you can’t have my job, it’s mine, all mine!
I know a lot of you are also curious what it’s like to work with House Andrews and, again unsurprisingly, the answer is: a dream. Well, for me. I torture *them* almost weekly mwahaha.
It’s actually a running joke in my group of friends how many times my bosses ask me if I want days off, whether I need a holiday, or send me emails where the subject line or first sentence is “Please do not work today“. I just checked, the tally for this week is already 4, and it’s only Tuesday. In exchange, they get Sonic the Hedgehog memes at 1 am, random “Roman rules, Augustine drools” messages (I’m marking territory!) and emails that begin with “Sorry to wake you up with boobs“. How they put up with me, I’ll never know, but I’ll always be grateful!
I have done some very weird things for money in the past and been spectacularly bad at them. I think my defining Darkness of the Soul moment, if there ever was a Mod R: The Movie, would pan on me looking up and cursing at the raining sky, whilst on the terrace of the Ritz Hotel penthouse in London, back in 2017. There was a party inside, which I had arranged for my then-boss, an upper-crust, old money, British millionaire. One small snag: the 6’5 priceless antique map that was supposed to be the surprise present during the festivities, and which I was meant to keep out of sight, had arrived unwrapped from the auction house. It survived 500 years, but wasn’t going to make the day, because of my incompetence. Or at least that’s what I heard when I got fired later that evening. I was very beaten up by this type of career failures at the time, and didn’t really feel like I belonged anywhere, at least not without permanent masking.
Around the same time, I stumbled upon a place online- which just happened to be an Ilona Andrews fan group- where I felt I could express my passion, and behave without too much self-censorship. Being unapologetically myself led me to become the moderator of that group and, after a while, drew the attention of House Andrews, who offered me this job. Wouldn’t you know it, my parents were wrong, doing what you like *will* actually put food on your table hehe. Delicious baskets of goodies that Ilona and Gordon send me every year for my birthday and Christmas, even.
So if you take anything today from my ramblings it’s this: it feels really, really good to be appreciated for who you truly are. Take a chance, and show the world what you love!