Being a Nerd & Accepting My Weirdness

“Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.” – John Green, Harry Potter Nerds Win at Life, Vlogbrothers 2009

When I sat down to write this blog post, I immediately started in on an “On Writing” subject, which sent me into a frenzy of “Holy Crap, I don’t know how to write about myself…” which lead to “I’m not interesting…” and of course “THE MANUSCRIPT… Nope, not quite ready.”

Anyhoo, and I’ve known this for quite a while, I have a one-track mind and it usually always leads to writing. All aspects of it. From publishing news and the latest YA releases to supporting other writers on social media and plotting my next novel. It’s a total obsession, which hasn’t exactly won me a lot of friends. Half the words that come out of my mouth are either in regards to my works-in-progress or the writing process.

And don’t even get me started on my urge to reference a book like it’s a popular TV show. The phrase “I feel like Brimstone conjuring kymera” may have come out of my mouth at one point when describing my book-plotting process. If you’ve read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor, you’ll get the reference. If not, go read it!

Point is I’m a crazy person, utterly engulfed in my passion for writing/storytelling. And I’ve started to realize that it’s not something that I should or feel like I should apologize for. I’ve attempted to be “normal,” but what’s the fun in being normal when I can have unadulterated passion and excitement for enjoying/creating fiction?

On a side note, it’s plausible that most of these personal musings posts may include quotes or tweets from authors/people who inspire me. If you have a quote or inspirational message, please put it in the comments below! I’d love to see what all of you use for motivation.

Till the next time!

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3 thoughts on “Being a Nerd & Accepting My Weirdness

  1. I have an entire wall full of inspirational quotes from top to bottom. Actually no, make that three walls. The idea is that even if I don’t read them consciously every day they are there and my unconscious picks them up. Works like subliminal advertising but this is the kind that helps me move away from negativity and my usual doom and gloom states. Funny also how just yesterday I wrote about some core life affirmations and mantras I use on my blog: https://auraeadon.space/creativity-and-inspiration/life/life-affirmations-and-mantras/

    I also want to mention that I totally hear you about the concept of normality. One of my favourite books is an autobiography by Jeannette Winterson called “Why be happy when you can be normal” and describes her life-long battle with the various concepts of normality and how overrated they are. I know people who have always wanted to be “normal” and have always managed to be “normal” and have always complained about how dull their life is. To me that is an oxymoron that exists in our minds in the form of fear: we are scared of moving away from the flock and be branded as different. And yet everyone is unique and the quest of trying to make everyone the same is ridiculous.

    I think we need to rejoice in our uniqueness and strangeness and weirdness and celebrate it. Apologise for who you are? Nope, the people who want you “normal” need to apologise actually. As for being a nerd, meh to all labels. It’s passion. It’s passion that drives our lives and our creativity. People who try to degrade it call it names but to me the passion is the only thing that matters. 😀

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    • Aura, I love the idea of an inspirational quote wall! And I agree, we do need to celebrate what makes us special. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but I’m still young, still learning. 🙂

      I know I thank you every time you comment, but I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support! I’m so incredibly grateful to have people like you following my blog and encouraging me along. It keeps me [semi]sane and motivated. THANK YOU!

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  2. You’re welcome, my pleasure to read your words. As for being sane, it’s much like being normal: overrated. I’d rather stay creative, finding continuously new ways to express it. Bliss. Who cares about sanity? 😀

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