Dating ain’t like Breathing: Geeks Need Love Too
A geek at heart? A socially awkward extrovert? Well most of us geeks fall somewhere between those lines. So for all the lovable geeks out there who need a little loving we thought to put together a fun and helpful list of sites, ideas and words of wisdom to help along a little nerd love.
What are the best ways to meet the nerdy-minded?
Well funny you should ask, but if you're feeling in the need of nerd company than go to dating sites you would enjoy. OKCupid seems to have a high average of geek goodness. The amount of gamer loving on GmerDatin seems like an easy choice.
It really does matter what you like to do in your free time. Don't just go on a date knowing you will hate it, no one will enjoy themselves because no one will be being themselves. Keep the first date easy and simple to plan and play. Start with an easy, fun dinner nothing too formal just a laid back evening together. Try to remember, even if you're a bundle of nerves, that the conversation and your manners should be that of friends. There is no need to interview your date or try to sound so much better than you are. Be yourself and enjoy getting to know somebody you may end up loving or at least (and hey for online dating this is good) not hating.
I Citizen continues interviewing writers from around the world in our series. The world of publishing has changed so much and hearing the voices of authors gives us readers a little better insight into our favorite characters, worlds and genres.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I can’t pick just one, but my favorites are horror, crime, historical, and action/adventure.
Did you write as a child?
I made up stories all the time as a child, but I was more likely to act them out or draw them than write them. I started writing some when I was a teenager, though not seriously until I was in my thirties. I think I had to grow up and get over some of my embarrassment before I could really write.
What do you feel are your earliest influences on your writing?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve liked horror stories. When I was 8 or 9, my favorite book was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. I wanted to tell stories like that, ones that gave my classmates bad dreams. When I got older, I started reading Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, and Anne Rice.
What do you think are your most recent influences on your writing?
Probably my biggest influence is Quentin Tarantino. He doesn’t write books, but his movies are amazingly well written. The dialogs are brilliant! As far as books go, Janet Evanovich and Diana Gabaldon – they have stories with strong female leads and fun action.
Tell me about your recent writing? Do you prefer short stories, novels, novellas?
I love writing anything. Lately, I’ve been focusing on my next novel, Don’t Kill Norman, but every month I write a short story for my writing group. Most recently, we all had to write a story with the same first sentence and the same last sentence. It was cool in the end to see what everyone did with it.
Do you find the writing community online to be helpful?
I’ve met a few other writers online, from all over the world. It’s nice to find support from people who understand what you’re going through. It makes you realize that you’re not alone out there.
What would you most like to do, which you haven't already, that would help with your writing?
Shoot a gun. I don’t like guns. In fact, I find them creepy. However, my characters often use them and I don’t know the first thing about them. I think it would be good for me to have that experience. When I was writing Hashimoto Blues, I got to fly an airplane. That was crucial to understanding my narrator and how she felt while she was doing her job. Not that I try everything my characters do.
Any great lines you would love to have written?
There are a lot of lines out that that I love, but they’d sound false and I wouldn’t like them as much if they had come from me.
Do you have any blogs or websites that you think are great and want to share?
I have a list on my own website, www.sarahdupeyron.com. How’s that for self-promotion?
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