|Jude the Wordsmith|
Author has written 5 stories for Horror, Politics, General, and General.
Hi. I'm Jude Conlee. Well, it's not my real name, but I'm nearly universally known as that. I've also answered to Bonzo, Pippin, and Javert. (Yes, like Lord of the Rings Pippin and Les Miserables Javert.)
I go to an arts school for creative writing, which may explain my presence on this site. Surprisingly, I really like school, probably because mine, unlike most high schools, is actually awesome.
I actually spend most of my online time on(link takes you to my profile). I do a lot of visual arts, too. The stuff I write varies fairly widely. I do songs (which I also record and sing), some poems, short pieces of prose, and I try to write novels. The novels usually feature whichever characters happen to be inhabiting my mind at the time. I've had a good many of them, and my mind's like a big hotel where they all live, with few permanent residents - most of them leave after a while. A few stay. It's always chaotic there, but it's usually exciting and fun chaos. Usually.
Thematically, my writings all seem to keep along similar lines. There's always some kind of dark element to what I write (such as addiction, murder, insanity, intolerance, etc.) My longer works also always seem to have a little bit of humor in them, too. Usually it's somewhat dark humor. I like to play with experimental forms with shorter works (I can't pull them off so well in longer forms). I sometimes channel the idea of writing through the lens of madness, and my characters are always at least a little out-of-the-ordinary. I like to torment the characters I love the most, thus fueling my theory that I harbor sadistic tendencies.
Incidentally, the presence of dark elements is why my writings here are all rated K+ - even though nothing's stated or written so that it's really family unfriendly, the subjects themselves tend not to be particularly pleasant and could have been written in a more mature/adult/[insert word meaning "family unfriendly here"] manner. (Essentially, it's what I think would have technically been appropriate for when I was between the ages of eleven and thirteen and, of course, older.)
Favorite literature (in no actual order) includes Brave New World, The Great Gatsby, Walk Two Moons, The Outsiders, The Chronicles of Narnia, William Shakespeare's work (especially Hamlet), and Kurt Vonnegut's work (especially Cat's Cradle). Favorite movies (again, no order) include Pan's Labyrinth, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Children of Men, My Left Foot, Yellow Submarine, and Disney and Pixar movies. I also like the musical Les Miserables (if the fact that I answer to "Javert" didn't make it obvious.)
When people ask what my favorite bands are, I tend to say, "Uh...the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Weird Al, Bowie...I like these obscure bands called Unextraordinary Gentlemen, and Man Man, and Legendary Pink Dots...I had a teacher who had a band called the Internal Tulips, and they're pretty good...Oh! And I kind of like the Who and Led Zeppelin and Bauhaus and...stuff..." That's actually how I speak. I guess it's true, because if I couldn't have any albums but theirs, I'd be fairly content. If I could have Calexico's "Spoke" album, Harlequin Jones's work, and some Elephant 6 stuff, that'd just make it complete.
I keep a quote book, but it's mostly full of what the people I know have said. I like TVTropes, especially "Nothing Is Scarier", "High Octane Nightmare Fuel", and "Arson Murder And Jaywalking". I channel "Arson Murder And Jaywalking" regularly. I like the words "channel", "idiocy", "theoretically", "loon", "fool", and "goon". "Crud" is my expletive of choice (and I know it's not really an expletive). I like hats, psychedelic art and music, dystopic literature, non-mainstream fashion design, economics and government theories, dressing up for no good reason, saying "comrade" even though I'm not a communist, absinthe (well, as an interest, not actually to drink), cosplaying, and hamsters.
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