To the dozen wonderful folks who may be reading this , I am making a very personal reveal. Here it comes…
I am a nerd.
That may not come as a surprise to those who really know me, but I wanted to make a public declaration for reasons that will become clear.
But when you get down to brass tacks, what is a nerd? The meaning and connotations have changed over the years. In the 80’s-90’s, anyone who used a computer for reasons beyond word composition was a nerd. Remember Saved by the Bell? Those nerds were portrayed as the smart kids who wore pocket protectors and couldn’t play sports. They usually had trouble speaking. This was the same flavor of nerd (gross!) from the Revenge of the Nerds movies. I would wager that those movies (all 50 of them) were responsible for establishing the geek archetype. Booger was an interesting character because he resembled a sex trafficker more than a nerd. We all wear multiple hats, I suppose.
Over the years, these social classifications (nerd vs. jock vs. preppie vs. emo (still a thing?)) have blurred with the proliferation of technology. There are still purists for each group, but mostly people are a blended cocktail. You can be smart and play football. Athletes like video games. Nerds watch the NFL. It seems like everyone loved The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones (science fiction and fantasy are no longer the exclusive domains of the nerd).
If I had to define nerd, I would say a nerd has interests that are outside of the mainstream and not considered cool.
That being said, there are certain things in life that are categorically nerdy. Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Star Trek: The Next Generation, anime, comic books. This list is not exhaustive.
How does that relate to me? I was in a Dungeons & Dragons group through most of high school. The Group met every Friday. I will not publicly out the other 6 members (well, one of their names rhymed with Smat Ward). However, I will say that these weekly sessions count among the best times of my life.
So, let me turn the bus around and bring it all back to something relevant to this blog. I love reading all genres, but I am partial to science fiction and fantasy. It’s nerdy stuff. Sometimes, it’s super nerdy. I am going to write about some nerdy things. Not like cringe nerdy, but the short story I am working on takes place in a sci-fi setting.
However, it is no worse than The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones or any other mainstream genre fiction. In my opinion, characters and plot make a story work, whether it is in Narnia or somewhere else.
I finished the outline for the short story this week. In fact, I even re-wrote the first scene.
Well, that’s it for now. I hope to type at you soon. When those thoughts pile up in my head, I put Pen to Keyboard.
[cue outro music – Space Oddity – David Bowie]
P.S. – I found this article which proves that nerds will always be better than hipsters. GET YOUR OWN THING, HIPSTERS!