Terrible Nerdery

The most terrible

Anonymous asked: I love you ♡♡♡♡

I love you too, Anon, but my love for cold brew coffee may eclipse any mortal love in my withered heart.

Anonymous asked: What are your favorite bands/ singers?

Depends on SO MANY THINGS. For example: imagine dragons vs bastille? ID live is amazing, so much so that their studio album just sounds…canned. Bastille handles their electronic elements better, I think.

Classic rock? AC/DC over Aerosmith. Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, a little NIN for grit.

For writing, I am a huge movie score junkie and John Powell is THE MAN. General epica is also great: audiomachine, two steps from hell, you name it.

It also depends on what I’m working on. One project may be all Guns and Roses, Horse Feathers, and Civil Wars. (*cough*devilsopera*cough*) Others? TRON Legacy, Iron Man 3, Glitch Mob, Mumford and Sons, and two steps from hell. Or Abba and DDR music.

I like a lot of good sounds!

Anonymous asked: Do you write poetry?

I did when I was younger. It was REALLY bad. Mostly about how EVERYTHING was SO UNFAIR.

Anonymous asked: What pronouns do you prefer? :)

This is a great question and thank you for asking it! The short answer is It’s Complicated But You Can Use Whatever You Want.

The long answer is this: I am cisgender, and I present as the gender I identify with. I’m also a creator who wants to tell stories that explore gender issues. I don’t want my gender to be a factor in how people experience, evaluate, and criticize my work. I don’t want to be given more benefit of the doubt for my gender any more than I want to be attacked for it. Those are both unfortunate realities if I do make my gender public.

However, right now I do plan on working under a gender neutral pen name. I’m not 100% decided on how gender neutral I want to remain online.

Why? Being cisgender means by default I am, to be blunt, ignorant of issues, aggressions, and micro aggressions that others face every day. It’s harder than I wish it was to notice bigotry when it isn’t aimed at you.

So I do worry that trying to take my gender out of the equation could be hurtful, even if I can’t really articulate why. The closest I can get is that my dice landed in a way that gave me specific privileges. Taking my gender out of the equation to make a point about creator genders seems like it could be disrespectful to everyone who doesn’t feel safe or able to present as their gender right now.

I really encourage folks to weigh in here too. I don’t like being ignorant! I hate acting ignorant even more.

Lunch break means I can answer a couple anons! (Hopefully.) apologies in advance for typos, textspam, and q’s I don’t get to in this round!

suicideandcheese asked: Chuck, what attracted you to minimalism?

chuckpalahniuk:

Long-ish answer, here.   As a beginner my conception of creative writing was that it involved complete freedom and experimenting with wild forms of expression.  Facing that, I was swamped.  Too much freedom dissipated any energy from my work.  What I needed were some hard-and-fast rules to hold me in check.  I could still depict wild things so long as I stayed within the distinctions of Minimalism.  The multitude of rules made me hyperaware of every choice I made in a story.  They kept me focused, and In workshop our teacher, Tom Spanbauer, would stop students mid-story to make them defend their use of a single word.  So you always had to have a sound logical reason for every aspect of your work. 

Since writing ‘Pygmy’ I’ve been experimenting with fancier language, but I still stay within the basic, rigid framework of Minimalism.  

In short, it works better.

Anonymous asked: HELLO I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY I LOVE YOUR ART AND YOU ARE THE HUMAN EQUIVALENT OF A DIAMOND OKAY THANK YOU SO MUCH YOU ARE A BLESSKNG BYEEE -flees-

ANON YOU HAVE MADE MY MONDAY BRIGHTER AND YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL UNSTOPPABLE DAISY IN A GLUMBLR WORLD. YOU HAVE A FACE LIKE SUNSHINE AND YOU SMELL LIKE PINE NEEDLES. DON’T LET ANYONE STAND IN YOUR WAY.

Anonymous asked: What's your opinion on Homestuck?

It’s really hard to read on a phone! So I haven’t tackled it yet. It looks like there’s representation for a lot of different relationship structures, which is cool, but that could just be fandom shipping for all I know.

Anonymous asked: Do you like Steam Powered Giraffe?

I wish I was cool enough to know about steam-powered giraffes. I wish I was cool enough to invent one.

Alas, the first time I heard of them was thanks to Hurricane Dashcon.