According to ChatGPT what foods are considered to be Nerdy?


We asked ChatGPT to tell us what foods are considered to be Nerdy and here's what it spat out:

When it comes to nerdy foods, there's a wide range of options that often pay homage to popular culture, video games, movies, and other aspects of nerd and geek culture. Here are some foods that are often associated with nerdy themes or events:

  1. Space-themed snacks: Alien-shaped cookies, rocket-shaped popsicles, or galaxy-inspired cupcakes.

  2. Fantasy-inspired foods: Dragon-shaped cookies, Hobbit-style pies, or Game of Thrones-themed dishes like "Direwolf" bread.

  3. Sci-fi snacks: Star Wars-inspired treats like Wookiee Cookies, lightsaber pretzel rods, or Death Star-shaped cakes.

  4. Superhero-themed foods: Spider-Man pancakes, Batman-themed burgers, or Avengers-themed desserts.

  5. Gaming snacks: Pixelated cookies, Tetris-shaped sandwiches, or Minecraft-themed cakes.

  6. Anime and manga-inspired foods: Themed bento boxes, sushi shaped like popular characters, or ramen noodles inspired by Naruto.

  7. Potion drinks: Colorful drinks resembling potions from fantasy games or movies, such as Harry Potter-themed Butterbeer.

  8. Pop culture desserts: Doctor Who-themed cupcakes, Pac-Man cookies, or Zelda-themed triforce brownies.

  9. Board game treats: Candy or snacks shaped like popular board game pieces, like chess pieces or Monopoly houses.

  10. Geeky cocktails: Drinks inspired by geek culture, such as a "Jedi Mind Trick" cocktail or a "Sonic Screwdriver" drink from Doctor Who.

Remember, the nerdy aspect often lies in the presentation, decoration, or theme associated with the food rather than the food itself. These ideas can be a great addition to themed parties, gaming nights, or any gathering where nerdy culture is celebrated.

What is the Nerdiest music of all time?

What is the Nerdiest music you can think of?

It isn't Weird Al Yankovic. He's too close to the mainstream.

It isn't Classical music, because lots of non-nerds listen to classical music.

It is fantasy music bands like Rhapsody. And we're not talking about the soundtrack from "Lord of the Rings" or "The Hobbit" films. No, no, no!

We're talking about Rhapsody or those bands which are similar to Rhapsody.

So what is Rhapsody???

Rhapsody (aka Rhapsody of Fire) is an Italian symphonic power metal band... And all of their music is fantasy themed. So beyond nerdy. Super nerdy.

And it should be noted that Rhapsody was so successful that the band split into two, with a second band being amicably created called 'Luca Turilli's Rhapsody'. So now it is two separate bands creating fantasy music, both effectively known as Rhapsody.

There are other bands, less well known, that are similar to Rhapsody and producing their own brand / style of fantasy music, but honestly... When it comes to longevity and sheer nerdiness, Rhapsody is the king of nerd music.

Metalocalypse ranks up there too, as a TV show, but honestly Metalocalypse was basically inspired by Rhapsody (and bands like Rhapsody).

Don't believe me? Listen to two of Rhapsody's albums below. This is just a taste however. Rhapsody has over a dozen albums available and has been producing new music from the 1990s to the 2020s.


Exploring the Epic Fantasy World of Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" Series

Step into a world where prophecy weaves the fabric of destiny, where magic and power shape kingdoms, and where an epic battle between light and darkness unfolds. Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" series is a monumental fantasy saga that has captivated readers for decades. With its richly detailed world-building, complex characters, and intricate plotlines, this beloved series has left an indelible mark on the genre. In this blog post, we delve into the extraordinary realm of "The Wheel of Time" and why it continues to enthrall fans around the globe.

  1. The World of "The Wheel of Time":

"The Wheel of Time" transports readers to a sprawling and meticulously crafted world known as Randland. Here, the Wheel of Time turns, weaving the threads of fate and influencing the lives of its inhabitants. From the lush forests of Two Rivers to the grandeur of the White Tower in Tar Valon, each location is intricately described, immersing readers in a tapestry of diverse cultures, political intrigues, and fantastical landscapes.

  1. The Characters:

At the heart of "The Wheel of Time" are its multifaceted characters. From the determined and enigmatic Rand al'Thor to the wise and charismatic Moiraine, Robert Jordan's cast of characters is vast and unforgettable. Each character possesses their own distinct personality, motivations, and story arcs, evolving and facing both inner and outer conflicts as the series progresses. Their depth and complexity have resonated with readers, fostering a deep investment in their journeys.

  1. The Power of Magic:

Magic, known as the One Power, is a prominent element in "The Wheel of Time" series. It is wielded by both men and women, though in different ways. The intricacies of the magic system, the Five Powers, and the tenuous balance between saidin and saidar (male and female halves of the One Power) create a captivating framework for the narrative. Jordan's exploration of magic's influence on individuals, societies, and the world itself adds depth and intrigue to the series.

  1. The Wheel of Time and Prophecy:

Prophecy plays a significant role in "The Wheel of Time" series. The concept of the Wheel of Time, a cyclical pattern of ages, sets the stage for the central conflict between the forces of light and darkness. The prophesied Dragon Reborn, destined to either save or destroy the world, drives the overarching plot. Jordan expertly weaves prophecies throughout the series, creating an aura of anticipation and mystery as readers decipher their meaning alongside the characters.

  1. Epic Scale and Storytelling:

"The Wheel of Time" is renowned for its epic scope. Spanning over fourteen books, the series weaves a complex tapestry of interconnected storylines, intricate plotting, and a vast ensemble of characters. Robert Jordan's storytelling prowess shines as he expertly balances action, political intrigue, and introspective moments. The series explores themes of destiny, power, love, and the human capacity for both good and evil, offering readers a profound and immersive reading experience.


Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" series stands as a monumental achievement in the world of fantasy literature. Its intricate world-building, compelling characters, and epic storytelling have captivated readers for years, and the legacy continues through the final books completed by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan's passing. Whether you are a seasoned fantasy reader or new to the genre, "The Wheel of Time" invites you on an immersive journey through a richly detailed world where destiny and magic collide. Brace yourself for an adventure that will leave an indelible mark on your imagination and a longing for the turning of the Wheel once more.

British English Vs American English in Publishing

I generally prefer to publish my works in Canadian English, but I will sometimes try to manage British English instead (or both, if possible, by avoiding words that are spelled differently in the two languages). As a Canadian, I feel this is a good option for me... But as a Canadian I admit that I frequently encounter British spellings that contradict the type of English I was raised with.

This is probably hampering my ability to sell books in both the USA and the UK... But internationally it might not matter so much because there's also a lot of potential readers in other English speaking countries who may not care about spelling issues.

Populations of English speaking Countries (ignoring the USA)

New Zealand        4.99 million (2019)
Australia        25.4 million (2019)
Canada            37.3 million (2019)
Ireland            4.9 million (2019)
U.K.            67.0 million (2019)

Non-USA Total            139.59 million (2019)

USA            330.4 million (2019)
So yes, when you compare populations of the major English speaking countries you really can't ignore American English as it is quite literally the biggest elephant in the room. But when you look about globally it is a different matter...

Globally 1.6 billion people speak English, although many of them speak English as a second language. Thus many of them are not necessarily my target audience when it comes to publishing my books in English.

It should also be noted that while the USA does have a large population, not all Americans speak English as their first language, and that many Americans don't read books regularly, many don't read fantasy.

Thus to me, publishing for a global audience, it makes sense to use British English instead as that is acceptable worldwide, and American readers can get by just fine and understand British English, so is it really that big of a deal???

Well... What are the big publishing companies doing with respect to this topic? Let's ask ChatGPT...

The differences between British English and American English have long been a topic of discussion and debate, and these variations also have an impact on the publishing industry. When it comes to publishing books, there are several issues that arise with respect to British English versus American English. Let's explore some of these issues:

  1. Spelling and Vocabulary: One of the most noticeable differences between British English and American English lies in spelling and vocabulary. Words like "colour" (British) versus "color" (American) or "centre" (British) versus "center" (American) exemplify this contrast. In the publishing industry, the choice of spelling and vocabulary depends on the target audience. If a book is being published for a predominantly British readership, British English conventions are typically used, while American English conventions are employed for books targeted at an American audience.

  2. Punctuation and Grammar: Although the fundamental rules of punctuation and grammar are generally consistent across both British and American English, there are minor divergences. For example, the use of single or double quotation marks, punctuation within dialogue, or the placement of punctuation marks in relation to quotation marks can vary between the two variants. These differences can create challenges for publishers when preparing a manuscript for publication, as they must ensure consistency and accuracy according to the targeted English language variant.

  3. Idiomatic Expressions and Cultural References: Language is deeply influenced by culture, and as a result, British English and American English contain unique idiomatic expressions and cultural references. Publishers must be mindful of these variations, especially when dealing with books that contain cultural nuances and references specific to a particular region. Translating and adapting these references for the target audience is essential to ensure the book resonates with readers and maintains its intended meaning.

  4. Market Reach and Sales Potential: When deciding on language conventions for a book, publishers consider the market reach and sales potential in different English-speaking regions. For example, British publishers may consider adapting British English to American English conventions for books targeted at the U.S. market to appeal to a wider audience and increase sales. Similarly, American publishers may consider adapting American English to British English conventions for books targeted at the UK market. These decisions are often driven by commercial considerations and the desire to maximize the book's potential reach.

  5. Editorial and Copyediting Considerations: In the editorial and copyediting processes, publishers need to consider the specific style guides and guidelines for British English and American English. Editors and copyeditors must be well-versed in the conventions of the targeted English variant to ensure consistency and adherence to the appropriate standards. This includes issues such as punctuation, spelling, hyphenation, and grammatical preferences.

Conclusion: The British English versus American English debate poses various challenges for the publishing industry. From spelling and vocabulary choices to idiomatic expressions and cultural references, publishers must carefully navigate these differences to effectively reach their intended audience and ensure a seamless reading experience. Adapting language conventions, providing accurate translations, and maintaining consistency are all crucial factors that publishers consider when dealing with the divergences between British English and American English in the publishing process. Ultimately, the goal is to create a product that resonates with readers and effectively communicates the author's intended message, regardless of the English variant employed.

5 Tips for Beginner Fantasy Writers

#1. Research what you are writing about, or better yet, learn it!

When writing fantasy beginners have a tendency to not research a variety of things and just make things up. While this might be acceptable to some, many readers will notice mistakes.


There is no such thing as an Alpha Wolf in a wolf pack. This is a complete myth. It is based upon shoddy research which has since been debunked because it involved a group of wolves, all males, which had been taken from different packs of wolves and forced into captivity together. They were not a pack, not even remotely.

Thus if you're writing a story about a pack of werewolves then you should know the leaders of a real wolf pack are actually just the oldest wolves. Male or female, doesn't matter. The elders are in charge. A writer who bothered to research the topic would know this.

Same thing goes if you're writing about swords, horses, archery, castles... Research the topic so you actually know the difference between an arming sword and a kriegsmesser.

In certain instances, like if horses play a very large role in your story, then you should actually learn how to ride and groom horses. Get lessons in the topic.

Why is this important? Because readers will notice mistakes and if you want to be a professional writer then you cannot just make it up all the time. Every time I see a book is featuring a so-called Alpha character I get annoyed and it immediately makes me dislike the author.

#2. Worldbuilding is a Necessity

Fantasy stories are often set in imaginative and vivid worlds that are different from our own. To make your world feel real, it's essential to create a rich and detailed environment for your characters to inhabit. Think about the history, geography, food, culture, and magic system of your world, and how these elements interact with one another.

Use sensory details and vivid descriptions to bring your world to life for readers. When describing something many beginner writers only talk about the visual appearance of something, but you should also sometimes mention the sounds and smells (and possibly tastes and textures) of the thing so that the reader can more readily immerse themselves in the world.

When researching ideas for worldbuilding I recommend watching tourism/travel videos. Eg. Rick Steve's Europe is quite good if you want a mixture of history, architecture, art, food, culture, local festivals, etc.

#3. Character Development

Your characters are the heart of your story, and it's crucial to make them three-dimensional and relatable, despite the fantasy setting. Give your characters strengths, flaws, and unique quirks that make them feel like real people. As you write your story, ask yourself what motivates each character, and how they will change over the course of the plot.

One of the things I like to do is to give my characters short term goals and long term goals, which may fluctuate and change over time.

You don't have to do this with every character, obviously, but you shouldn't skimp on the minor characters either. Even a minor character should have a description, demeanor, and a short term goal. Eg. The city guard's short term goal might be to finally get off duty and go drinking, so he keeps cracking jokes about drinking and is in a rush. For more depth he might even start singing a drinking song, in which case you get to write a drinking song and that adds to the feel of your story.

Minor characters can be given more time and attention if you ramp up dramatic tension too, giving you more time to talk about their mannerisms, appearances and actions.

#4. Plotting the Story

Fantasy stories often have complex plots, and it's essential to have a clear sense of the story you want to tell before you start writing. Develop a strong outline that details the main plot points and subplots, and use it as a roadmap for your writing. Think about the pacing of your story, and how you can keep readers engaged with twists and turns in the plot. Remember to tie up loose ends and resolve conflicts by the end of the story.

For example you can plot your chapters in a way so that you can use cliffhangers at the end of chapters which end up encouraging the reader to keep reading and saying "One more chapter!" even though it is late at night and they need to sleep. (GRRM does this and it is annoying because his chapters are usually about 5000 words long.)

Also sometimes you should beware of subplots becoming too cumbersome or possibly annoying. You shouldn't be afraid to scrap a subplot if it just isn't working.

Avoid using dramatic cliffhangers at the end of a book. They can annoy readers, especially if there is a large delay between when the next book is coming out. You can tantalize the reader a bit, but if there is a huge cliffhanger then some readers may just rage quit if they have to wait years for the next book to come out.

Looking at you GRRM.


#5. Avoid Common Fantasy Tropes

While there is nothing wrong with using fantasy tropes such as elves, dragons, or magic, relying too heavily on them can make your story feel cliche and unoriginal. To make your story stand out, try to put your own unique spin on these classic tropes or come up with entirely new concepts. Challenge yourself to think outside the box and create something truly original that will captivate readers. Additionally, if you do use classic tropes, make sure to give them a fresh take, and avoid stereotyping characters based on their race or species.

So for example I kind of regret including elves and dwarves in my fantasy kingdom Korovia. Thankfully I have made them nuanced and different in my own way by making them more realistic. Too many fantasy books, in my opinion, create this stereotyped / idealized version of such characters in which they are the perfect archer, have a certain type of personality, frequently look like Legolas, and have flowery names.

If you read my book "The Demon's Sacrifice" you will note that the elf Grier doesn't have a flowery name, that he is an archer, but the archery is realistic, and his personality is a bit stand offish.

I am also exploring other fantasy races like gnomes and minotaurs (which are under represented in fantasy books), but they allow me to explore those tropes whilst making significant changes. Eg. One of the big differences is that my minotaurs are vegetarians, and they each have an interesting / almost philosophical view on life.

And if a minotaur is NOT a vegetarian, well then there is likely an interesting story behind that... Something nuanced that I can play with.

Happy Writing!

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