Name: Morgan Pynn
Tell me about your family: I live at home with my parents and two siblings
Tell me what you like to do for fun: I watch a lot of youtube, specifically, Sims 4 play throughs, I sing and play guitar every now and then, and obviously I love to write, that’s why I’m here.
What are your goals? My goals for right now are just to enjoy life more, do more of the things I like, and actually try some of the things I’ve been meaning to try.
What are your dreams? I used to dream of having a New York Times Bestselling Novel, or being a New York Times Bestselling Author because I wanted the fame to go alongside with the writing, but I don’t want to focus on the fame anymore, when you focus on the fame you forget to focus on the quality, and the quality is what really matters.
Reba McEntire Favorites Quiz:
Song: It used to change every day back when I was younger and “obsessed” with her, but I don’t listen to her all that often anymore. Even then I could never pick just one song as my favourite, I always loved Somebody, there was one that I found on youtube at one point called That’s Love To Me, and I really liked that one as well, and I could listen to Wrong Night on repeat for hours. To make it easier, I always did gravitate toward her ballads, especially the ones that were never released as singles to radio. For some reason with most artists that usually ends up being the case.
Album: I couldn’t pick a favourite album if I’d tried, so I’ll just say her 1996 album “What If It’s You” because that’s the year I was born.
Movie: My favourite movie that’s she’s been in will always and forever be Tremors. I first watched it because she was in it, but she’s not the reason I love it. I really enjoy the fact that this movie is so cheesy and so funny. I’m not a huge fan of crude or vulgar humour and it’s neither. It’ll always be hilarious to me.
TV Show: Well, of course my favourite TV show that she’s done is going to be her first sitcom Reba. Reba is what got me started writing, it’s what introduced me to all of these lovely online friends in the first place. I was writing fan fiction for the show before I had ever met anyone online. I treated it almost like a business where I’d write a chapter and wait for some feedback and then do it over and over again. After a while I got to talking to some of my reviewers and realized that they were pretty cool people.
Decade: The 1990s, it’s my favourite era of country music.
Get to Know Me: Past
How Old Were You? I was 14 or 15 when I met these lovely people.
Occupation: I was in high school
Where did you live? I live where I’ve always lived. In a small-ish town in Alberta.
Favourite social media: My favourite social media was twitter for so long, but that was when we had more time to waste online, but we all have lives and jobs now and nobody’s on there quite as often anymore.
Get to Know Me: Present
How Old Are You? I’m currently 20 years old.
Occupation: I started a new job about a month ago working as a custom framer at Michaels.
Where Do You Live: I still live where I’ve always lived, same condo, same town, here in Alberta.
Favourite social media: I don’t really have a favourite social media that I use daily besides YouTube anymore, but even then I don’t post videos, I just watch them.
Where and When Did You Meet?
Alison: We met back in 2011 shortly after Christmas, if I recall. I had gotten my first iPod touch that Christmas and I knew that Reba had an app (that no longer exists) and downloaded it and met a lot of really great people. The app was very active for a long time, and then we realized that we all had twitter accounts.
Chanelle: If I remember correctly, I met Chanelle through twitter the summer of 2012. My very first message to her was an autocorrect. Great first impression, I know.
How Long Have You Known Them? If my math is correct, and it probably isn’t, I’ll have known Alison for just about six years and Chanelle around five.
How Close Do You Consider Yourselves: Acquaintance, Friend, Close Friend, Best Friend, Family? I do consider these wonderful ladies best friends. We don’t talk as much as we used to anymore, but that friendship is still there when we do.
Is it like a normal friendship? Well, it’s as normal as any other friendship. I just don’t get to see them in person.
Do you consider it to be normal? Of course, why wouldn’t it be normal? It’s normal to keep in touch online when a friend moves away, so why would meeting online and keeping in touch the same way be any different just because you hadn’t met in person?
Could you imagine life without internet friends? No, most of my closest friends are friends I made over the internet. They’ve gotten me through a lot of hard times and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.
What would it be like if you’d never met? I definitely wouldn’t be quite where I am today. I wouldn’t be as open-minded, or as understanding. Having friends online introduces you to all walks of life, different opinions. I would never have started writing if it hadn’t been for an online friend whose writing I used to review. They’d come to me personally urging me to give it a try for myself, and I did. So, here I am.
Do you know others this way? Absolutely. I’m closer to and know more people through social media than I do in “real life” honestly.
If yes, how many others and did you meet them the same way? There’s almost too many to count. I don’t talk to them all nearly as frequently, there’s a few I’ll send an email or a private message to every now and then when they cross my mind. There are two or three still over at fanfiction.net that I never did learn more about than a first name in their personal life. They’re still just writing buddies. Kind of like pen pals. There’s five people I talk to almost regularly, and everyone else I follow on most of my social medias. We don’t necessarily talk, but I’m always rooting for them in life.
Have you met them in real life? Out of the two I’m doing this series with, I’ve only met Chanelle so far. But I have met three others in person.
Do you want, wish, or hope to meet in real life? I’d absolutely love to meet each and every friend in person. I used to say that all us Reba fans should do a cruise or something together. It’d be fun.
The easiest and best things about long distance/social media built friendships: I find the entire thing very easy. It’s a friendship, so of course you’re going to have disagreements, but friendship is always worth it. I love how instant it is.
The hardest and worst things about long distance/social media built friendships: I used to find the distance very hard, but as I’ve grown as a person, it’s gotten easier. It’s just something that comes with the territory of online friends. You might never meet them, and you have to understand that. Sometimes the time differences are a little inconvenient, especially now that we’re all out of high school and we have jobs and things.
Outsider Questions (Alison’s Parents)
How do you keep it real? How do you go beyond and beneath the fake, superficial social media aspect of it?
I took a chance. I took all the scary things about the internet that I’d been told all through school and by my parents and tossed most of it out the window, honestly. It couldn’t really be that bad out there. Maybe because the generation before us didn’t grow up with it left them misinformed. Who knew? While still being cautious, I realized something, a lot of these people were just like me. We didn’t fit in with the people around us, the people we grew up with. Those aren’t friends you “pick” for lack of a better term, those are friends by association. When I branched out and found other fans of celebrities/actors/singers I liked, I found people who had similar interests to me other than just the person they were a fan of. Of course everyone is different, so you won’t find a carbon copy of yourself, but sometimes it comes pretty close. The friendships are almost more genuine, because it rarely happens that one friend is excited about something and the other doesn’t care because you’re both excited about the same thing. It’s very positive. You don’t feel annoying for being “obsessed” with something. I can’t really tell you how it first went beyond and beneath the superficial social media aspect. It progressed, just like when you first meet someone in person. You start with names, find things in common, you “hang out,” you ask for advice on a personal issue without being too personal, and pretty soon there aren’t any boundaries at all, and it’s beautiful. You have a companion in the palm of your hand, and everyone has a phone, so your companion is always there almost instantly. You don’t have to wait for someone to have free time to spend with you because a text takes no time to send. When I’m actually out with someone, I usually try to keep off my phone for the sake of being polite, but there’s lots of times when I can be talking face to face with someone, while having two or three other text conversations, all the while being productive with something in my life as well. It’s about balance.
What differences are there?
1. Legal Drinking Age: Here in Alberta it’s 18.
a. permit age: 14
b. license age: 16
2. Voting Age: 18
3. Currency: Canadian Dollar.
4. When and what holidays are observed, and celebrated? What traditions does your family have for each? Our holidays pretty much align with the US, except that Thanksgiving is in October, and we have Canada day instead of Independence Day.
5. What’s the weather like throughout the year? Man, I don’t even know, it’s all over the place. The summers are usually somewhere between 25-35 is degrees. And our winter is a whole other ballgame. Sometimes it’s -20 by Halloween with snow all over the ground, and sometimes it might be well above zero. Right now, it’s -22 and snowing really lightly. A week or so ago it felt like -30 something with the windchill.
6. Is there any words or phrases that you know are different? We spell things with a “U”. FavoUrite. NeighboUr. HonoUr. I’m from Newfoundland, and there’s way too many to even mention. I don’t use a lot of them because I grew up in Alberta, but sometimes they sneak out. Here’s a link for a laugh if you’re really interested, haha.
8. What’s the deal with Canadian Bacon? Uh, well, I know that it’s also called back bacon, but I don’t really like a lot of meat, so…*googles it* “Back bacon is a traditional British cut of typically unsmoked bacon sliced to include both the pork loin from the back and a bit of pork belly in the same cut.” There you have it. Canadian Bacon.
Favourite memories? Pulling all-nighters to stay up and talk, or watch episodes of Reba together.
Is there anything significant that you say or do for each other? “I love you to the moon and back,” I call everyone Chicka when a conversation first starts pretty often, lol. “Sup, Chicka?”
Who’s the tallest? Definitely Chanelle.
Who’s the shortest? Lol, Alison.
Who’s the oldest? Chanelle.
Who’s the youngest? That would be me.
Do you have nicknames for them? We call Chanelle “Chan,” Alison used to be “Son” for a while, I think there were a couple more, but it’s been so long, I can’t remember (I’m the forgetful one remember…)
Do you have a nickname? For me, personally, I get quite a lot of them. Morg, Morgy, Mogy, Mo… but I can’t recall ever really having either of them calling me by any of them on a regular basis. Morgan isn’t really a nickname-y name, haha.