Conn8d is a researcher and analyst who was more into John Williams Star Wars film scores than Star Wars itself until she was coaxed into seeing The Force Awakens. After that, she was hooked, got caught up in the galaxy far, far away and joined the fandom. Her first “Star” loves were actually of the “Trek” and “Gate” varieties. Conn8d has interests in both narrative structures and storytelling, but also in reporting on the economic and social scientific aspects of pop culture, media, and fandom. She serves as Senior Staff Writer and Web Analytics Lead on the Shadow Council.