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Best Method for finding roommates in Tucson
2020.10.07 22:19 sprat19 Best Method for finding roommates in Tucson
My partner (she doesn’t use Reddit), who lives in Tucson is in search for an existing house with folks as roommates. Is Craigslist the typical go to for searches or another source? I recall from one of my earlier post that Craigslist wasn’t the best starting point if you were looking for a place for yourself
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2020.07.12 01:19 umakemesickk i want to move back, can anyone offer help/advice?
hi!! Tuscon is my home, i was born there and have moved back a couple of times during my childhood (i was moved arnd a lot).
i'm seeking advice. currently i live in washington state and i cant stand to be here any longer. I have plans to move to CA in a few months but if i have to stay in washington while i wait im gonna lose my mind lol. moving to CA immediately isnt an option, and the only other place id like to be is Tuscon. so it would be a short term place
im a 20 yr old female, my move to washington was my first move on my own when i was 18 and i have been here since. i immediately moved into a dorm as i was attending college, and since then i have lived in a few different places with roommates. it was very easy to find a place here as i had been living in my dorm for a few months beforehand and had already chosen roommates
however, moving to tucson would just be my partner and myself looking for a studio. im looking at apts and craigslist ads but since i havent lived in Tucson since i was a child i'm seeking advice or leads on apartments/studios that would be suitable for young adults (20 and 23) and which are downtown or just generally close to public transit lines/walkable distance to food and other amenities.
thanks so much in advance for any advice!!
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2020.06.20 20:44 Vyzantinist Any kind of Lyft equivalent for moving between states?
My partner and I will be relocating to San Diego from Tucson soon and were looking at our transport options. We don't have a vehicle (and we can't drive anyway), so we'd be looking at taking the train most likely, which means we have to throw/give away practically everything in the apartment, which neither of us is really keen on. We also have a cat to bring. Is there any kind of Lyft or other ride sharing group that we could use to travel between the states at a not-exorbitant rate? It's like we're just looking for someone with a pickup truck or SUV to drive us there. Things like Facebook or Craigslist are a no-no for the possibility of them being psycho killers.
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2020.01.27 19:18 Vyzantinist Trying to get out of homelessness and into housing.
My partner and I are trying to get out of homelessness and into housing, but we keep bumping into the same problems. Now, this isn't a homeless problem, as such, but a housing problem. We have money; the missus is a disabled veteran1 and has a relatively substantial pension. The issue is actually finding somewhere.
The problem is we each have a con that goes against us as a couple. The missus is the primary income earner but she's a felon and has a bad credit rating. I have an almost-clean record (misdemeanor soon to be expunged) but I don't have a regular income (odd jobs, cash in hand etc). This bars us from using rental agencies or apartment complexes, as her record would always result in a rejection, ditto for me not having proof of income.
We're left to using Craigslist and Facebook rentals. Most of these are duds; "private renter" is really an agency, students only etc. or outright scams on CL (send me a check and I'll mail you the keys). We don't have a car (neither of us can drive anyway) so it's not like we can drive around looking for 'for rent' signs, and local papers either don't have classifieds or they're out of our price range or through a rental agency.
Ideally we just want to find a private renter, sign a month to month contract and be about our business, but it's like they don't exist anymore!
Does anyone have any advice on finding apartments/houses where you speak to the actual renter and it's not a scam? We're in Tucson, AZ, if that makes any difference.
1 Before anyone says it, the VA can't help.
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2017.07.20 01:10 cheeriogod Craigslist Ad
Ok, so this one I found on some random website (not sure if it's true or not) but I wanted to bring it to Reddit anyway:
My name is Chris. I am a 23 year old man from Arizona. Two years ago, when I was 21, I shopped on Craigslist for a vehicle. I was sick and tired of my '05 Chevy Cobalt and wanted something a bit newer. Although I was still interested in a Chevy, I needed it to be a truck. I desired a 2500 series Crew Cab so I could still have a big truck but be able to fit all my friends in it. I didn't care what year it was or what color, I just needed the price to be below $20,000. When I looked in the Phoenix area, I couldn't find any matching this description so I looked elsewhere. I eventually found one off an ad that was 2 and a half hours away outside of Tucson. The truck was from the early 2000s and was in relatively good condition for a Chevy 2500 from that time. The price was what intrigued me, the owner was only asking for $7,800. Now that's a bargain! I contacted the seller immediately, but I noticed that I could only do so by e-mail. Within 10 minutes or so I got a reply with the sellers address and a time to meet him the following day. That next day, I woke up early in the morning so my friend could give me a lift to the sellers location by noon. When I arrived, the place was really sketchy. As I drove into the suburban town, I noticed a park entirely made out of concrete and some abandoned stores. There were some houses off in the distance, but that was about it. As I drove down the street that the seller lived on, I noticed these houses were somehow worse than the other ones around the town. Most of them were boarded up and left to rot with chipping paint and old wood. I eventually pulled up at the sellers house, which was the house at the very end of the block. Although it looked like a shithole, it seemed like a luxury mansion compared to all the other homes on that street. The one odd thing was that I didn't see any truck. The only car around was some beaten up Mustang from the 90s parked on the side of the road. At this point I didn't wanna turn back so I went up to the house and knocked on the door. After I knocked about 4 times someone finally answered the door. The dude looked like he was in his 50s. He was covered in dirty, saggy clothes and had plenty of hair all over his body. It was a bit disgusting, but I went along with it. He looked at me and mumbled, "you the truck guy?" "Yeah," I responded. "Where is it?" "It's in the garage," the man answered. "Follow me." I stepped into the house. It was quite big, but it was also very old. I heard creaking coming from every corner of the house, even though it had barely any furniture for some reason. I didn't mind this too much, but what I did notice was a quite potent smell almost like acid. It was slightly burning my nose, so I hurried along towards the garage door. The second I opened it I knew there was something wrong. The only thing in the garage was a truck, but it wasn't the truck from the Craigslist ad. It was a Chevy, but it was much older and had a different color scheme. I started to panic. "What if this is a scam?" I thought to myself. I turned around and looked at the guy, who was looking at me. "So, what do you think?" He said. Without any hesitation I exclaimed, "this isn't the truck from the ad." He continued to look at me, but then he gave me this creepy smile which revealed all of his yellow teeth (some were missing). He had a bit of a chuckle and said, "How 'bout 3900." I gave him a stare. "Do you mean $3,900?" I said. "If that's what you wanna pay, man," the dude said. I took a better look at the truck. I already knew this was pretty fucking sketchy, but something caught my eye that raised my suspicions even more. I looked at the license plates and realized they were the same ones that were pictures on the truck in the ad. "So, where'd you get these plates from?" I questioned the guy. This time, instead of looking happy, he looked concerned. Then concern seem to turn to anger. "Don't ask too many questions now, partner" he said. It was then I saw him reach for something in his back pocket. Fearing it was a gun, I tried to calm him down. With nowhere to run I said "ok, ok, I'll pay the $3,900 no more questions." The man let out a slight grumble and stopped reaching for his pocket. I whipped out my wallet and gave him the money in cash. "Pleasure doin business with ya," he said as he gave me the keys. As I got in the truck, the man opened the garage door for me. As soon as it was all the way open I turned on the truck, put it in reverse, and floored it out of there. That dude was creepy. I saw him stare at me as I left. That freaked me out. I drove down the next few blocks and made a turn so I would be out of the guy's sight. I had my phone on me, so I decided to call the cops and tell them everything...the Craigslist ad, the scary guy, and most importantly, the trucks license plates. As soon as I mentioned a man they began to question me more and more. I gave them his address and they seemed to be quite excited about this. "Maybe they've been trying to get this guy or something," I thought. I sat in the truck for about 15 minutes before I saw a cop car drive by. I restarted the engine and followed it. Behind me, I noticed there were more cop cars. Three of them, to be exact. We drove all the way to his house where an officer told me to park the car on the other side of the road and stay put. I sat in the truck for another 15 minutes until the cops came out of the house with the guy in cuffs. I was relieved, but still intrigued to find out more information. Once the officer came back to the truck I was in and started questioning me more, he put the pieces to he puzzle together and debriefed me on the whole situation. The cops had shown up to his house the day before, which was also the day I contacted him about the truck. Apparently the reason his house smelled like acid was because he was running an illegal meth lab operation upstairs, and the cops had come to his house after they had received a tip of a known drug dealer in the area. The man managed to escape the previous day, and he knew exactly who had tipped him off. It was his ex-wife's husband who lived a few streets over. The guy apparently escaped by climbing a fence and running all the way to the ex-wife's house. He stole her husband's Chevy 2500 truck (which was the one featured in the ad) and led the police on a chase with it. Apparently the ad had originally been posted on Craigslist by the ex-wife's husband, but the dude who I bought the truck from hacked into his email so that when someone contacted him about the truck (which ended up being me), he could give them the address to his house and not the ex-wife's husband's house. He managed to outrun the police in the truck and abandon it somewhere along a road (as was originally presumed). The only thing that was in the truck at the time was the original license plates from the older truck that I had. The man thought that if he could outrun the police he could switch the license plates on the Chevy 2500 (that I saw in the ad) with the ones from his older truck that I bought. This way it would be harder for the police to be able to track him down. After outrunning the police and switching the plates he drove back to his house in the Chevy 2500 and put the original plates on that truck onto the older truck. This could've been the end, but then the man decided the police would find the truck sooner or later. Apparently what occurred later that previous day was that the man drove the Chevy 2500 at high speeds into a ditch in a remote area so no one could find it. The truck was recovered a week after the event. I was willing to pay the money to the cops to get it for myself as I had originally ordered it, but the police told me this couldn't happen. When I asked why, an officer said that instead of just abandoning the truck, the man had actually crashed it and deliberately set it on fire with a match when it had a full tank of gas. He escaped the crash, walked to the nearest town, and called a taxi to bring him back home that previous night. Although I was disappointed that I couldn't get the Chevy 2500 I wanted, I was able to keep the older truck. The event left me shaken, but I'm just happy I was able to put that man to justice.
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2016.05.30 16:43 poppy_moonray May 30th, 2016: EtTuTortilla Interview
, DylanTJefferson Tell us a little about yourself.
Four score and seven years ago, it was 1929. The year of the Great Crash. That was the year I was truly born. I mean, like, in a medical sense, I was born in 1986. But in a much different and far more pompous way, I was born in 1929. But I was born a full adult, and with all the wisdom of someone living in the post-Y2K world. Also, I had the power of flight and I habitually pooped on every Jackson Pollack painting I saw.
I have two hands and two feet. And a butthole. Just one butthole. :(
I've done a lot of ridiculous jobs because I get bored with stuff easily. Here's a list: radio personality, news editor at a paper, actor, film scorer, private detective, arsonist, woodworker, and graduate student. And writer, but that's, you know, obvious. Maybe it's because I'm 30 - or because I don't drink as heavily now - but I've really stuck with the woodworking and graduate school things. I'm about 3 months out from being a full-fledged doctor! Soon, I'll start carrying a scalpel around with me in case someone asks if there's a doctor in the house. By the time they figure out I'm a PhD instead of an MD, I'll be elbows-deep in someone's chest.
My science work is really fun. I get to think about the human perceptual systems and devise experiments to answer questions that haven't yet been resolved. I've worked on methods to improve sight in the colorblind, Braille reading ability in the blind, audition in the hard of hearing, and learning in everyone. Sometimes I set my sights a little higher and try to figure out how the brain decides what parts of the environment to pay attention to by analyzing natural correlations in aspects of the world (like frequency, intensity, and timbre). I'm also currently working on a study that may help identify the structure of memory within the brain.
I've also stuck to the acting, sort of. Every year or two, one of my director friends has something to film and they cast me in a role. I'm currently shooting a feature film with my friend Richard Mansfield about a documentary crew trying to uncover secrets about a lost film. It's not horror, but it sounds like it from that description I just gave. But, trust me, it's not.
What else, what else... I like running and drinking beer, but I do not like hops. I don't care how fucking noble your hops are, you can take your sasz and shove it.
When did you initially become interested in horror? Was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to write in that genre?
I think I first got into horror when I fell into an open grave and couldn't get out. I was stuck inside for three days and had to drink rain water that had collected in the corpse's hands.
On second thought, that didn't happen. The very first thing that got me into horror was UFO books from the library. I don't know why I was SO SO SO into UFOs, but I totally was. I was, like, 7 or 8 and I remember reading through books on sightings and abductions. Then, when I had read everything on UFOs at my library, I started pulling all sorts of other stuff from the same section. It was stuff like Atlantis, ghosts, mummy curses, demonic possession, crystal skulls, and werewolves. I have a really vivid memory of reading a book on historical vampires while my mom got an x-ray at the doctor. I was probably a super weird kid.
So, writing in that genre never really crossed my mind until I was pretty old. I've been writing since 3rd grade, no bullshit. We had to come up with a story in third grade. Any story. Fiction, nonfiction, whatever. Then we had to edit it, illustrate it, and bind it. I chose to make mine about Indiana Jones finding Atlantis and keeping some shit from the Nazis. I didn't learn until I was in high school that I had written the exact plot of the video game Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. I mean, in mine Indy went to the Great Pyramid in Egypt and in the game he went to Chichen Itza. Other than that, they were super similar.
Uh... shit, I forgot what I was talking about. Oh, right. So that was one of my earliest memories of writing. There are a few from earlier, playing around with my dad's Apple II, but I don't remember the story. It was probably shit because I was 5. 5 years olds only write shit. From the Atlantis story on, I pretty much wrote science fiction. Like, I was into horror, but not as much as I was into Star Wars, Stargate, and all those other shows that have the word "star" in them.
How did you first discover nosleep, and what prompted you to begin writing for it?
Well, like I said, I've been a writer forever. I've had some success with poetry and with news stories and essays. In college, I got into writing mysteries and published a few. So my friends knew I was a good writer. I had a friend who was super into nosleep and told me I should read Butcherface.
I read Butcherface. Then Case by Case. Then Correspondence. Then Stinson Beach. And then I was fucking hooked. I read every morning on the toilet at work while I should have been working. And then one day, when I had some stuff to read for my grad classes, I decided to procrastinate by writing the USS Eldridge. It's horror... sort of. Like, it starts out horror. Then it takes a huge turn and becomes science fiction. I'm not sure it would even be allowed on the sub today.
At the time when I posted it, 400 upvotes was really good for the sub. It was a lot smaller than it is now. It was super awesome to have a place to actually put the stuff that lived in my brain and get nice comments from readers. I remember one dude said he loved the USS Eldridge series because it put together horror, time travel, World War 2, and the Nazi Bell in a way that was believable and never got over the top. That might be one of my favorite comments.
Another favorite comment just said, "Fuck your mustache!" I don't have a mustache. It was hilarious.
Where do you find your inspiration? Have any of your real life experiences ever made their way into your work?
Oh hell yes. I time travel everywhere I go. I traveled through 16 dimensions just to find my breakfast this morning and then I had to haggle with the horned Hellbeast that sells eggs in the alternate Hell-Earth. He's a real penny pincher, that asshole.
Aside from that, I usually get my ideas by letting my brain just sort of think about stuff in the shower while my body is on autopilot. So I stand there, with my eyes closed, and think, "Wouldn't it be awesome if some monster drug dealer could make herself look and smell really attractive to the people around her so they would never guess what she was up to?"
A lot of real life stuff does make it in, but it's never the paranormal part. It's usually the stuff I use to make my characters relatable, references, allusions, or knowledge of the brain, physiology, and history.
What is the most terrifying thing you have ever personally experienced?
Flying in airplanes. Also, at prom in high school, the girl I was in love with had sex with some other dude and my date wouldn't let me touch her boobs. It was a catastrophe! I guess that last one was more heartbreaking than scary. But airplanes for sure. #greyhound4lyfe
I desperately want to experience something creepy and unexplainable but, so far, it hasn't happened. And it's not because I haven't gone looking! I go to graveyards at night, I urban explore eerie abandoned buildings, I hike in secluded areas. Aside from a few strange things in the sky that I can't identify - which were not scary at all and were likely classified fighters or bombers or something - I haven't seen anything paranormal. I have come across the corpse of a sacrificial goat while hiking in the mountains near my home. It looked like some kids were trying to set up a Satanic ritual. Since I'm not a religious guy, I took it for the product of idiots and wasn't freaked out by poking around and knocking over some of their little cairns. A friend said it sounded like what the weirdos in Tucson do when they're trying to get their Santeria to work. That made me wonder if people ever give up witchcraft because it doesn't work. Or do they just assume that it's real and they just suck at invoking demons?
One other time, the cops shut down the little two lane street that runs past my property and sent a helicopter out to look for an escaped fugitive. I peaced out of my house - I was living alone - and hung out in the cover of a tree in case the dude tried to pull one of those home invasion things on me. He didn't. I just stood outside for an hour. #athugslife
What are some of your biggest influences in media? Have any stories, on nosleep or elsewhere, or any books, films, or music ever had an impact on your writing?
Music has an impact on me more than anything else. Sometimes I listen to songs and get an idea for a story from the feel alone. When I wrote My War Buddy from 'Nam, I was listening to Rooster by Alice in Chains and started coming up with the story. From there, I listened to a bunch of psychedelic rock from the 60s while I wrote. When I wrote Siren of the Sound, I listened to Sohodolls, The Sounds, and Goldfrapp trying to evoke the feeling of intense sexiness that I wanted in the story. Until she just fucking rips that bro apart. Then less sexy. But still some sexy. ;)
I watch a lot of history documentaries and YouTube videos that give me ideas, too. Sometimes the stories historians come up with to tie two events together are tenuous. They're probably true, because the world never seems to be as interesting or sensical as we think it should be, and I don't actually question them when I'm not writing, but tenuous nonetheless. I'm not talking ancient aliens here, I mean as recent as things in World War 2. The real records were probably destroyed or are being kept classified for war crimes reasons, but there are battle sites that have been uncovered on the eastern front that there is no real record of. There are always pictures on reddit of concrete bunkers that were unused fortifications built right before the end of the war, but it's a great way to get ideas for stories. It's not hard to wonder what happened there if they actually WERE used. And, you know, maybe they were. MK Ultra was a real program during the 60s that sounds like a horror trope. It didn't come out until the 90s when the children tortured with LSD sued the DoD, so what things could be going on right now that won't come out for 30 years. And if that happened in this country, what's going on in other countries where human rights are trampled in public?
I think I got off onto a different topic. I'll finish it up by saying that I've always loved the work of Max Brooks. I met him last year at Comicon and he's a super awesome dude. Read everything he's ever done. The layout of World War Z (the book, obviously) is a huge influence for the science fiction book I'm writing. Birk-Verge Syndrome is the story on /Cryosleep that started the whole idea of a larger universe with more story to be told and the way I was jumping around in time, setting, and character with each subsequent story made me think Max's organizational structure would be perfect.
You were one of several prominent authors involved in the collaborative All in Good Time series, featuring a mysterious shop owner named Alan Goodtime. (A complete index of stories involved can be found here.) AiGT is widely lauded as one of the most intricate collective efforts by nosleep authors. What was that process like in terms of crafting the backstory, organizing the timeline, and deciding who would play what roles? Were you surprised by the overwhelming positive reception, and the copycat/bandwagon stories that followed?
I don't know what you're talking about. Alan Goodtime is a real dude. He works at the carniceria near my house and plays bass in an ABBA cover band.
The idea for Alan Goodtime was started over a year before the first day of posting. No one who ended up being involved was part of it then except for stealthfiction. Stealth brought the idea up to AsForClass, who agreed to head it up and bring me on. At that time, Alan was just an antique store owner. I think the pistachio thing may have been on there, too. The group who actually got around to posting the stories, though, really made Alan our own. For two months we wrote drafts, edited for each other, and went back through our own stories to add allusions to others. It was a lot of work.
So there wasn't really a decision about who would write what aspect of the overall story, it just happened organically.
The payoff, though, was totally worth it. We posted every morning for three days. It was amazing.
I think we then realized that the readers really wanted a conclusion. All the individual stories had a conclusion, but no one knew what actually happened to Alan.
Jessa (former nosleep writer and moderator, jessarojas), Ashes (writer and moderator, outfromtheashes), and I came up with a rough outline of Alan. We also realized that there were sort of two stories that needed to be told. First, how does Alan exist through time? Second, who the hell is he? Ashes took the first and explained that Alan can corrupt other people into Alans. The story of who Alan was fell to me, and I basically told the beginning of his story as I told the end. I wrote a whole bunch of stories showing Alan's character evolve from evil to neutral to sort of good. Then, with him a more likeable guy, I was able to have him talk to my main character. I ran with the allusions to the Grail Cycle and magic that I dropped in my initial three-parter and explained it from there. I would say more, but we're hoping to release the whole story in book form soon. There are some problems with copyright at the moment but, as soon as those are squared away, we'd like to get it out.
So, basically it wasn't much work at all to create the backstory because I worked on my own. I just went back through some of the best stories from the event and used characters and events from those to tie into the end. It was one of the most fun writing projects I've been a part of. Everyone really brought some good stuff to it.
I also loved the involvement of the community! There were a few users who put all the crossover characters and items into a Google doc to figure out the correct timeline. We could have used that guy (bandersnatch88) while we were writing, to be totally honest.
I would absolutely love to do it again some day. And, I mean, I did write the ending so that Alan's story is over... but there are still other things in that universe that aren't resolved. Most notably, the person who owns the house in the Rorschach Painting. I set that up with a second even in mind that was on par with Alan. Maybe larger.
You mentioned you formerly worked as a private investigator. Did that experience shape how you develop characters or plot in your writing? If so, how?
If I used my experiences to shape my writing, all my characters would be sitting in their offices watching Lost, which was a good part of my job back then. Also masturbating. Most of my investigation was in hand placement.
My work as a PI started when this old guy who lived near me asked me if I wanted to start a PI firm. He was a retired police officer from Boston. Not a retired police detective. A retired officer who was pushing 80. I was 21, in good shape, looking for fun, and needed a gimmick to sleep with girls. So I said yes. I also really liked hanging out with that guy. He got a license to be a real PI, I was a "consultant". And I went through the classes to carry a concealed weapon. Here's a hint: I never used it. I never even put bullets in it.
Our first case started just like the show Bored to Death (which is a really good show, btw); we posted about our agency on craigslist. Instead of being contacted by a woman with a missing sister, we found a post about the same thing in the ETC portion. This lady said her sister called her, crying, a few days prior to disappearing for good. I sent her an email ASAP telling her we'd take the case and then, before we could even meet to talk about it, the sister came home from an impromptu vacation. Cool.
That was, quite literally, the coolest case we had. I did do some tailing for suspected cheaters, just like you see on TV. I came up with an awesome method, though, that I haven't seen used anywhere. I attached a webcam to my rearview mirror and got footage by rotating the mirror. I felt super awesome.
More than anything, our cases came from people who owned rental homes and wanted us to check on the state of the property. I'd check from the outside and then pose as someone taking survey data from the local university to see inside the house. Easy way to make $100.
That was a very long way to say "no", basically. My experiences as a PI were so mundane that they can't be used to make any kind of stories. Ever.
You currently do cognitive psychology research. How has your insight into perception and thought processes affected the way you approach writing?
I love my research! I think it makes me focus on the sensory impressions my characters get from their experiences more than anything. Also, now that I think about it, a lot of my stories deal with supernatural things that screw with perception. Maybe they mask themselves by exploiting pleasureful stimuli, maybe they obfuscate the truth by augmenting the information coming to the brain. But there's a lot of sensory fuckery in my stories.
Aside from sensory details, I tend to focus on consciousness. I have stories where people black out completely, which happens with absence seizures. On EEG, those look like your entire brain has been synchronized to a metronome. What if something could make your brain sync up like that? It's the creepiest date rape drug in history.
Speaking of brain activity, I want to make one quick little PSA. Humans DO USE 100% OF THEIR BRAIN. I think the error comes in because no one uses 100% of their brain at once. When you do use 100% of your brain at once, you have a grand moff tarkin. No, wait, that's not right. A grand mal seizure. Yeah. All of your brain working at full strength all at once is chaos. You need oscillations - not to the extent of absence seizures, obviously - to function properly. You also need some parts of the brain to be quieter at times.
Think about running; do you use 100% of your leg muscles when running? Sure. All at once? Fuck no.
If you used all of your leg muscles at once, your leg would be completely stiff and you would fall on your face. You need the muscles to alternate between contracting and relaxing to run properly. That's sort of what's going on in the brain.
tl;dr Fuck that movie called Lucy and every other asshole who says we only use 10% of our brain. They should have use Scarlett in a Black Widow solo movie instead of that load of pants-destroying shit.
Other than writing, what are some of your hobbies? Are there any other creative mediums you enjoy?
Basically, this is my life.
No scope cornshot, homie.
Writing and science keep me pretty busy, but I also play disc golf and go to the gym. #madgainz
I also do woodworking when I have some free time. I make super sick coasters, platters, and tables out of a giant mesquite tree I cut down in my front yard. I also make bookshelves and carve life-size vampires. Then I bring them to life and they wreak havoc by sucking maple syrup right out of living trees.
Do you have any favorite reader reactions to your writing?
A few of my faves:
"I don't get it."
"I can't believe people are acting like this is real! Wake up, shearlings! If you look at a real King James Bible from 1726, that misspelling is on page 324 NOT page 208 like the author said. Any idiot knows that! THIS IS SO FAKE!"
"Horny girls in your area need to fuck! www.fuckthesegirls.cum"
Some other honorable mentions are that a few people said my Alan Goodtime story was the best of the event. Of course, AsForClass and Stealth Fiction got similar comments, so I don't think I took any special cake or anything. Still, to be ranked among the 5 best from the event is still really cool since there were just many goddamn good stories. One time someone PMed me to ask if I was Steven King writing under an assumed reddit name. That was way awesome. I also like making my fellow authors laugh in the OOC. It's a good way to connect and feel like we're all part of the same team. Shout out to my homies. <3
What story or project are you most proud of?
Alan Goodtime was super awesome. I'm hoping we can replicate it someday soon and make it even crazier. Other than that, I'm most proud of being able to keep the ebook going and my story called The President is Human. I've found copies of that story all over the internet and, you know, it's kind of cool to see something you've written crop up on people's facebook, tumblr, in their back pockets, written in blood inside their underwear, and other places like that.
In addition to writing for the nosleep community, you're a moderator and run the monthly best of contests as well as publishing the quarterly eBooks. How has your time as moderator altered the way you view nosleep, or writing as a whole? What's the most valuable thing you've learned since joining the nosleep and NoSleepOOC communities?
Being a mod has definitely changed the way I view writing, at least writing for nosleep. We all know that Buzzfeed-style titles draw in a lot of views, but so do short stories with quick pacing and familiar themes. It's really tempting to exploit those criteria just to get upvotes. Still, authors who do that exclusively tend to have very short shelf lives. They post for a little while and then disappear.
Authors who post longer, more involved stories with novel themes usually stick around. They might not get the sheer mass of upvotes that other stories do, but they have a dedicated fan base that usually includes other writers. I know there's a lot of mutual respect between people who don't play the quick upvotes game.
I suppose it's like the difference between reality TV and scripted shows. If you don't watch a lot of TV and come home tired with no energy to devote to some weirdo writer's twisty story, you want reality TV. If you prefer horror stories to TV, you probably want the Buzzfeed title stories. There's nothing wrong with that! You're tired and you want be entertained. It's cool.
The other stories are appealing to people who do want to devote brainpower to deciphering a confusing story and thinking about a narrative. I know it sounds like I have a bias toward the latter. I probably do, because that's what I write. Still, I realize there are readers who have no interest in those types of stories and I also realize that it's fine. Not everyone has the same interests.
As both a successful nosleep author and a moderator, what advice would you offer new writers?
Well, coming off the last answer, don't try to be the author you're not. If you aren't interested in writing series, don't. If you are interested in writing long, sprawling treatises on the shambling dead thing walking toward you, do! When you resonate with someone over something you care about, it will bring real joy. When you resonate with someone over something you're doing to get votes, you won't care. What's the real reason for writing?
What are some of your short and long term writing goals?
This isn't a writing goal, but I'd love to find the king of all macaroni and cheese. I want to go on a worldwide quest to find the true noodle and cheese Highlander. There can be only one!
Also, that worldwide search can't involve airplanes.
So, a short term goal is to finish a screenplay I'm working on with AsForClass right now. He's a cool guy, an awesome friend, and a kickass writing partner. The two of us are also working with Human_Gravy, another awesome person, on a special anthology project that should be a lot of fun.
Long term, I want to finish my book about the Verge Wars and get back to writing entries on my horror western, The Brass Wyrm.
From the_itch: How long have you been a part of NoSleep? What are some of your best experiences / favourite memories about the community? Also, is Arizona truly uninhabitable or just mostly? And as a tortilla what are your feelings on fish tacos?
My username tells me I've been around for 3 years, but I think I lurked for a year before I decided to make an account. Some of my favorite memories include you, Itch! Remember that time we burned down that hotel in LA just because the ice machine was broken and we couldn't do the special blowjobs? That was wonderful.
Also, staying up WAY past time I should have been asleep and playing some of the first games in Drunk Nosleep. That was a really wonderful time. It was around the same time as Alan Goodtime, Mystery Mansion, and the beginning of nights in tinychat; right when the sub was growing but not huge and big, epic stories could still get a nice foothold on the front page. I really wanted to get a NoSleep tattoo back then to remember what was such an important part of my life. But now most of us are completely gone from the site or post very infrequently. For a while, nights on NoSleep seemed more real and more exciting than my non-digital life.
I guess it's lame to lament the old times, though. So, instead, I'll just say, "FACE FULL OF BUTT!"
Arizona is truly uninhabitable if you are not truly prepared. Upon birth, all who wish to remain in the state are taken to the Temple of the Unforgiving Sun where we are taught the ways of the Solari monks. This combination of martial arts, breathing techniques, meditation, and magic spells allows us to live in such a harsh climate. Also, there are... other concerns.
THE SPICE MUST FLOW!
Take it from me, fish tacos are FUCKING GREAT! Spice worm tacos are out of this world.
From badfakesmiles: If you were to star in a horror film, what horror film stereotype would you be?
HA! This is an awesome question. Are we going with the Cabin in the Woods avatars? If so, I can narrow it down right now to either the Scholar or the Athlete. From there, it depends on who I'm with. If I'm a horror movie with my graduate school friends, I'm definitely the athlete. I might be on par with them when it comes to smarts, but I don't sit around spending my time thinking about philosophy like they do. I spend it in action! Or trying to get some action. You... y'know? Sex action. With my wiener.
If I'm with other people, I'm probably the Scholar. It falls to me to be the one to activate the Mermen.
If we're going with other tropes, I think I'd be the Deus Ex Machina guy who you see for a few seconds in the bar in town and then ends up coming to the rescue at the end, maybe not intentionally. I mean, I could see myself knocking back a few beers at a dive bar in my town on the edge of civilization (which is, conveniently, where I live) while some silly city kids get underage beers and ask for directions. Then, later, when I see one of them wandering around in a daze and covered in blood, I'd pick them up and take them to the hospital. I'd say something like, "You're lucky I was so drunk I forgot how to get to Wal Mart!" and then leave right before the killer starts massacring people in the hospital.
From manen_lyset: I need to know, man. What's with the name? Where did it come from?
I've had this name since my second year of college. See, I was really in shape during senior year of high school and my first year of college. Model shape, which is how I started acting. But then I bought some raw tortillas and started frying them in butter for lunch. Well, shit, Manen; you ever had a tortilla cooked in butter? They are the best motherfuckers around.
And one is not enough, player! One is not enough. So I'd have two. Maybe three. I started to put on a little weight. My size 33 ass-hugging corduroys stopped fitting. It was like everything in my life was against me, including my best and most loyal friend the tortilla.
And, thus, the tragedy of Jakus Augustus Caesar, stabbed by his comrade Brutus Tortillas. As he died, the forum could hear Jakus's cry, "Et tu, Tortilla?!" You too, tortilla?
From Zyclin: Your stories often have a sci-fi type of spin to them and you are both a moderator and contributor to /Cryosleep. When you begin writing a horror story that deals with sci-fi concepts, do you have a "line in the sand" that determines which sub the story ends up on? How do you approach Cryosleep stories differently in the planning stage?
This is a freaking cool question. Thanks! The line is actually drawn when the concept pops into my head in the shower. Or at the grocery store. Wherever I happen to be thinking. I think my NoSleep stories have science fiction elements for two reasons; first, my first and greatest love will always be science fiction. Even when trying to write horror or mystery, it's difficult to hold my predilections at bay. Second, I think adding a cyberpunk or noir mystery feel to my stories sets me apart from most NoSleep stories that deal with ghosts and modern tech.
Usually, when I start a story for Cryosleep, I set the story in the future. I know science fiction can happen in the present, but mine rarely does. All of my horror stories, however, happen in the modern day or in the past. Maybe it says something about me, but I find the past to be a bit creepy and the future to be hopeful and full of adventure.
Another thing that's different in the planning stages is the key event. My key event in a horror story is always what makes me scared. What is scary to me? My most recent post, The Truth About the Voyager Probes, which is super science fiction-y, is based on the fact that being completely alone in the universe is almost immeasurably scary. Then, I pushed it to a darker place and suggested that we didn't used to be alone, but we'll soon be toast.
In a science fiction story, I always try to identify what makes the science of the science fiction. In Birk-Verge, it was the syndrome or, more specifically, designer viruses. In others its faster than light travel or teleportation.
From AsForClass: Have you ever considered becoming a shampoo bottle model? Your hair is glorious. It must shine for the masses!
Yes! I've got the Selsun blues! I give you this wonderful song as an elaboration on that answer.
From OsoBrazos: Why do I exist?
You were created to serve your master, just like all the others.
OsoBrazos: There are others?
Indeed. Children, come forth and greet your brother.
DylanTJefferson: Welcome, brother.
Now it is time for you to join your siblings at the Temple of the Unforgiving Sun, so that you may survive the coming Arizona summer.
Hungry for more Tortilla?
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Didn't get a chance to ask Tortilla your question?
The gods of fortune have smiled upon you! He'll be doing a LIVE AMA in the OOC chat Tuesday, May 31st from 3-5pm EST! (To ensure questions are asked and answered in an orderly fashion, inquiries will be submitted by entering the IRC and private messaging them to cmd102. All questions will be asked if time permits.)
NoSleepInterviews wants to extend a gigantic thank you and a round of applause to that silken haired lycan, EtTuTortilla, for gifting us this insightful, hilarious, and occasionally alarming interview!
We'll see you back here in two weeks on Monday, June 13th when we talk to the mighty and noble queen of the fairies and elves, Cymoril_Melnibone! We'll be taking questions for her in the OOC next week. Until then, check a tome out from the /HallowdineLibrary!
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