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I'll write my ten facts in the comments a bit later.


My ten questions:

1. What is one dessert you can't live without?
My diet consists of lentils, beans, potato, fresh fruit, vegetables and the occasional gorging at a cheap pizza buffet.  There's a lot you can live without.

2. What would be your ideal holiday or vacation spot?
Vacation, when you've been barely employed for years everyday is a vacation.

3. Favorite fandom? If part of no fandom, favorite movie or book?
Not a movie or book but Calvin and Hobbes had a pivotal influence on my life.

4. How do you feel about Christmas, if you celebrate it?
I like all the lights and decorations but the only time of year I personally get excited about is Halloween.

5. What is the best part of drawing, writing, or both?
The feeling you have when you sit there laughing uncontrollably about something you've just written.

6. Should parents encourage their children to believe in Santa Claus, for as long as possible?
To be honest I decided Santa wasn't a logical concept in 2nd grade so I don't know if I could even teach a child about Santa.

7. What is your best holiday memory?
Working in a haunted house and scaring the crap out of people during Halloween.  I can't think of anything more touchy feely off the top of my head.

8. Favorite song at the moment?
Cult of Personality by Living Color

9. What are the qualities of a true friend?
Honestly a true friend is anyone who gives you a fair shake even if they don't have a reason too.

10. If you write or draw, what is the strangest or most unique response you've gotten from a fan?
A younger MLP fan was upset with a particular cartoon I had done about Princess Celestia.  I politely explained why I did it, why other people enjoyed it, acknowledged they were upset for valid reasons but also told them in this situation the best thing to do was simply to ignore my work and move on to things that made them happy.  It was a very civil exchange between two individuals of different viewpoints.  They seem to have quickly learned a valuable life lesson at an early age that I still haven't been able to pound through my thick skull.
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JayaLaw Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Totally agreeing with number five (thank for doing this) and happy New Year. :)
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Choppywings Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jeeesssus Christ, I just read your discussion with that MLP fan. I don't understand how anyone can get so revved up about a fictional character being made fun of. And I can't believe all those other people who complained about it, I mean seriously, it's not a big deal. I'm sorry you had to deal with all that.
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MontyRohde Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Well there a three different conversations over the same thing with very different people, one learned something, another agreed to disagree and a third was kind of a jerk.  Twice.  There's nothing wrong with people complaining if they are reasonably polite.  Everybody has a right to express themselves.  Honestly when they complain they are usually doing one of two things: 1) Expressing a general frustration in life.  2)They are upset because they don't get it.

The conversation I am referring to in particular is the individual who just couldn't see Celestia being anything other than a benevolent friend.  They just didn't have the life experience to find the idea of Celestia being a jerk authority figure funny.  The whole Trollestia concept was just stressful for them because they couldn't make the connection.
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Choppywings Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You definitely have a more understanding view of their opinions, You were patient and that's a good quality to have. I avoid online debate however possible, I have no problem with expressing myself in real life, but the fact that it's anonymous online and that the opposition has no social responsibilities makes me anxious. 
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MontyRohde Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Artist
Oh I don't think I deserve to be put on a pedestal.  I can get pretty snappy, but acting that way over something like MLP is grossly immature.  Politics can be a manner of life and death, but not ponies. MLP is just something I watch for fun because I admire the work of the creative team most of the time. Second  I'm thirty years old interacting with a fanbase that covers a very wide range of ages.  The vast majority of people are far younger than me.  Getting upset over something unimportant with someone who is between half to two thirds your age is pretty mean and self absorbed.

To be honest arguing with anonymous jerks is generally a waste of time.  However it can be a good learning experience in an odd way.  It is possible to learn composure, self control and develop a thick skin when communicating with trolls so long as you don't get too invested in the interaction.  Just as a troll can act like an anonymous jerk online, you can anonymously learn to train yourself to be a better individual.  Anytime you find yourself getting too upset you can simply just walk away and remind yourself it doesn't matter. Being able to hold your ground, maintain composure, while not losing perspective of the situation is an invaluable ability to have.  Conflicts are a part of life, its easier and less painful to learn how to deal with them in situations that don't matter.

I'm not saying this is something you should do personally, but this is what I've done from time to time. 
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Choppywings Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, and I think just witnessing and sometimes being a part of all the trolling and bullying online has made me realise some things are really not worth getting upset over. 
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