About

I’m a software QA engineer from the Bay Area where I live with my two cats, Sabin and Edgar. A lifelong love of fantasy books finally culminated in me giving writing a try a couple years ago, and I fell in love with that as well. I have a particular interest in non-human characters, and you can be sure most of my stories will feature at least one or two – my current project is an urban fantasy told from the perspective of a dog. Other then writing, I enjoy gaming; both competitive games like StarCraft 2 and single player games like Dark Souls. I’ve played the piano since kindergarten, though only recently began taking lessons again. When I get sick of the cave-like ambience of my apartment, I’m known to find a friend for some ping-pong or to spend some time at the driving range.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. NJC says:

    Dear sir,

    You write in a way that is timid and it reminds me of how I structure thoughts when I think about myself. I am always worried that I am acting arrogant, and am concerned that much of the time I am talking would be better spent shutting up and listening. I spent a long time reading your blog tonight, and it has made me feel better about myself. Not because it has inspired any revolution-y feelings (I always say ~I’M GOING TO BE MORE LIKE THIS~ after I read something thrilling, but I never change); instead, realizing that the way you confront stuff isn’t that far off from how I confront stuff, and then realizing that I like you and your voice, brought me to the conclusion that I am allowed to like myself more than I do, because I like your voice, so mine is hopefully less grating than, like, something really grating. Metaphors are hard.

    I found your blog through a Reddit post about Sean. Your most recent post in which you talk about your relationship with him was very sweet. I do not have any friendships like that. No one around me is like you or Sean (not to sound ungrateful for the friends I do have, though!). Between the two of you, though I like Sean and I like watching the Funday Mondays very much (even as a doomed-to-bronze-league-whenthefuckdidtheygetthatmanyunits sort of player), I do not understand how he can be so upbeat all the time, and sometimes it sucks to see positivity and know you’re cut off from the majority of it. So here’s a true thing: I have found as much solace in your less-than-sparkly stories as I did in Sean’s ‘My Life of Starcraft’ vid. You should know what you do is extremely important.

    Whenever I post things like “Never give up!” on my friends’ bluer Facebook statuses, my advice rings hollow to me. Not sure why. But even if the chipper attitude we adopt can be a farce, it doen’t mean that the sentiment that motivates us to write that stuff is a lie. So, I mean it: keep it up, stay classy!

    And thanks,

    Your Almost-Friend,
    NJC

    • I’m happy to know you found something useful here, NJC. I have a similar experience with that kind of “It’ll be okay” advice, where it feels stupidly hollow. Negativity exists, internally and externally, and it always will. But what does it get us to give in to it? Nowhere. Positively framing things, even when that framing seems contrived, is just a way to fight that. It’s a way to help keep the brain, which for some annoying reason loves to wallow in that negativity, to keep things in perspective, to be properly self-reflective and to say, “okay, this is lame, but I’m not going to let it stop me.” If I can advocate one particular point in this blog, it’s that we need to keep going, to keep improving, to keep trying to be good people, and that we won’t let negativity stop us. Sean’s positivity is one technique to deal with that. For me, analyzing the negative issues after the fact is another. Hard to say what will work for you – honestly, you need to experiment.

      • NJC says:

        “okay, this is lame, but I’m not going to let it stop me.” I think this all the time! Nearly word-for-word.

        & I’ll keep reading as long as you keep writing.

        Thanks again!

  2. Dan Andrews says:

    Hi Tristan,

    I really enjoy what you are doing here on your blog. Your latest post about your writing projects certainly struck a chord with me. The fact that you are an avid SC2 fan and friend of Day9’s is just icing on the cake.

    I am currently authoring a memoir which should be published this December if things keep going according to plan. I would love to send you a copy once it is released either for your personal enjoyment or review.

    If this is something you would be interested in or have any questions about please dont hesitate to shoot me an email at danandrews1991@gmail.com

    Thanks for your time and if I dont hear from you I wish you all the best and hope you keep up the good work.

    • Hi Dan

      Glad you’re enjoying the blog!

      I don’t read memoirs, so I don’t think I’d be comfortable reviewing one. Still, I wish you the best of luck with the project.

      -Tristan

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