How can I get in touch with you?
Here’s the e-mail.
Here’s the Twitter.
Who are you?
My name’s Eric. I’m a writer and a Java developer. This blog is more about the writing aspect of my life although, really, I comment on whatever I want to. Lots of talk about video games, movies, and irritation at people who use the word ‘irregardless’.
I am 6’0″. My sign is Taurus. My blood type is O positive.
When and where were you born?
I was born in Minnesota in 1981, lived in the Twin Cities metro area until I went to college in Eau Claire, WI. Then moved back to the metro area.
What kind of video games do you play?
I used to be a Nintendo man up to the FFVII era. Then I was a Playstation man up to Kingdom Hearts II. Now I’m a PC man, though I have a Nintendo Switch and Wii U.
Who are your writing influences?
Why do you write?
On a lot of writer’s blogs, you’ll find common reasons for writing. Why do you tell stories? they’ll ask themselves. They’ll respond because I have something to say. Because I want to inform the stupid reader. Because I feel compelled to write–if I don’t write, I’ll go crazy. I want to spread my message–political, social, or otherwise. I was deigned by God. To stop my racing thoughts. To make money. Because I can’t paint. I need validation that I am good enough. I want to be remembered. I’m getting back at all the people who snubbed me in my life. These are all valid reasons to tell stories, and many accommodate my central motivation.
I tell stories because I have no stories of my own.
I live a dull life. I don’t travel often. I’ve only been out of the country a few times and always to vacation/resort/tourist destinations like Cancun and the Caribbean. I haven’t even been to Canada, and I live in Minnesota. I’ve never lived anywhere but the Twin Cities. My parents are still together and love me very much. I have one younger sister who is “interesting”, but otherwise normal. I’ve only kissed one girl, had one girlfriend, had one sexual partner, and one wife (these are all the same person incidentally). I have two children who were born by C-section without incident. They are healthy and normal and smart.
I have no tattoos. I’ve never smoked. I’ve never used any drugs. I have never been arrested. I’ve never been in a fight. I have never switched schools or majors. I finished college in four years, maintaining the same degree throughout (software engineering). I’ve never even been stung by a bee.
So when I get to parties, I have no amusing anecdotes to tell. I end up listening to those of others. My life has no drama or adventure (not that I want it to–I don’t do well with drama and adventure), but there’s still that desire to experience a different life. To escape into another’s realm, without the inherent dangers and risks. I have no stories to tell, so I make up my own.
Where can I find your writing?
What are your favorite books?
- Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah & James Howe
- Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- On Writing by Stephen King
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J.M. Barrie
- The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower #7) by Stephen King
- Jumper by Steven Gould
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
- Butcher Bird: A Novel of the Dominion by Richard Kadrey
- Tigerheart by Peter David
- Darkness of the Light by Peter David
- The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day
- Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath
- Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
- Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart
- The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) by Scott Lynch
- Alice in Wonderland
- Animated GIFs
- Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra
- Back to the Future
- Bad horror movies
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel
- Disney Princesses (especially Ariel, Rapunzel, and Elsa)
- Drawn Together
- Dungeons & Dragons/Pathfinder
- Epic Rap Battles of History
- Dwarves (esp. female dwarves)
- Game of Thrones
- Good books
- Gravity Falls
- Hannah Hart
- Harley Quinn
- Harry Potter
- Homestar Runner
- Horror musicals
- Imaginary monsters
- Jessica Jones
- John & Hank Green
- John Scalzi
- Left 4 Dead
- Les Miserables
- Lindsey Stirling
- Magic: The Gathering
- Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Mega Man
- Monster girls/Monster Musume
- Mortal Kombat
- Movie posters
- Movie trailers
- My stuffed seal, Skruffy
- Nagas/lamias (snake-women)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Orange Is the New Black
- Orc females
- Red-haired girls
- Resident Evil
- Saturday Night Live
- Singing in the car
- South Park
- Star Wars
- Story criticism/analysis
- Stranger Things
- Taco Bell
- Talking animals
- Tattoos and tattoo stories
- The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Tina Fey
- Tiny silverware
- Tony Goldmark
- Unlikely animal friendships
- Video game music
- Video games
- Walt Disney World
- “Weird Al” Yankovic
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Wonder Woman
- Network TV
- Calling people on the phone
- Boring books
- Kids with stupid modern names (like Ryann the girl)
- My kids interrupting each other or me or anyone
- Food that’s too hot to eat
- Car alarms
- Nose piercings
- Celebrities whose only talent is being a celebrity