Q&A

Answers, and the questions nobody ever asked.

What does prejudice and politics mean?

I believe that no matter what the situation is, politics always comes with some kind of prejudice and bias. Relationships between countries are shaped by history and are usually complex and multi-dimensional, and some of those dimensions are unpleasant–sometimes there’s bitterness and distrust and pain. I’m not here to say whether that’s right or wrong or whether any of it is justified or not. But it’s there, and it’s hard to separate it from international relations.

What are the countries’ personalities based on?
Mainly, how their government behaves toward other governments.

Isn’t this just stereotyping?
Stereotyping is based on sweeping generalizations about a country’s people. This is about painting a picture of a country’s personality by interpreting the actions of its government.

How do you decide which countries are girls and which ones are boys?
It kind of just happens. It’s never a political statement, it’s just what it is.

Why do you like North Korea?
I find its history and political culture fascinating.  It’s a country with a very strong and distinct personality.

What do the characters (the countries) look like?
Anything you want, baby.

Do you share any of the political views with the characters?
Assume that I don’t.

How come you aren’t writing a more diverse cast of characters?
The stories will primarily focus around North Korea, America, and all their international relationships. So, you’ll see a lot of Canada, China, Russia, Japan. Right now that’s what I’m most comfortable with, but as I learn more about the world I’ll eventually expand my cast and break out of my comfort zone.

I spotted a factual error in your writing!
I’m 100% open to corrections on factual things about politics, history, government, culture, and so on. As long as you’re respectful and mature when approaching me about it, I’ll happily listen to whatever you have to say.

I don’t like your opinions.
Everyone has a slightly different interpretation of history and political events and that’s freakin’ rad. But it also means some people aren’t gonna be happy with my interpretation of them. And that’s okay. All I can do is try to be as respectful and tactful as possible given the fact that these short stories are often written in satirical and tongue-in-cheek context.

Are you open to discussion?
Come at me. If you throw a message my way, I’ll respond. I love discussion, and I’m happy to talk about anything from pizza to video games to politics. I also love the idea of connecting with fellow IR enthusiasts.

Are you a communist?
Nope! I’ve been asked this before so I wanted to clear the air.

What’s your favorite beverage?
Pepsi.