Q: What the heck is that thing in your avatar?!
A: That is my guinea pig, Clementine. She is probably wearing something, though I mix that up periodically. Unfortunately, Clementine died a few years back, so this is my way of honoring her memory.
Q: You're a guy, right?
A: Nope. I'm a girl.
Q: Do I have to call you Icarus, or can I give you a nickname?
A: You can basically call me anything you want as long as I know you're talking to me, and it's not offensive. Some of my current nicknames are Ic, Icky, Ica, Icas, Port, and Porty, but you can also call me The Most Excellent and Awesome Mod, or anything else you think up.
Q: I have a character I want you to make a Lego of, will you do that?
A: I'd love to, but I can't. I need to find new paints before I can try making any more Legos.
Q. WHY can't you make me a Lego?
A. I developed an allergy to the paints I used. I need to find new paints that are easy to use, dry quickly, don't run, and stick to plastics. I was using Sharpie Paint Pens before. If you have any suggestions, let me know!
Q: Do you read [insert series here]?
A: IDK because this is an FAQ post, but I'd be happy to talk about it with you.
Q: Will you comment on [insert thread here]
A: Yes, unless it's offensive or in the battle forum.
Q: Will you help me with [insert Quest here]
Q: Who are your RPG characters?
A: Here's a handy-dandy list! YAY!
Q: Will you help me learn to RPG?
A: I'd love to, but if I'm busy I might not be able to...no harm in asking though!
Q: You promised you'd do [insert thing here], but you didn't...why not?
A: Because I either forgot, was busy, was feeling sick, or a combination of the three.
Q. You're always sick.
A: Well theoretical questioner, that is not a question. Also, I am always sick because I have health issues. I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which basically means my autonomic nervous system doesn't work properly, so I can't regulate things like pulse or blood pressure. As a result, I feel tired, dizzy, nauseated, get migraines, and sometimes other symptoms. This also exacerbates any other bug I might have picked up so if someone gets the sniffles I get the flu. I have some other health problems too, but that's the main one.
Q. How do you become a moderator?
A: Always be kind and courteous to others, follow the CV rules, contribute to as many areas of the site as you can, be helpful, and find a way to make yourself stand out. Also spend an outrageous amount of time online.
Q. WYH WUZ I BNANED U ^%#TARD?
Q. Gentle moderator, might I kindly request to know why I no longer have the capabilities to post? I have truly seen the error of my ways, and have found the light.
A. Well, thank you for being polite hypothetical banned user! I need to consult with the other moderators before I can unban you, but if you hang tight I can talk with them to see why you were banned, and if I can unban you.
Q. What should I do if I see you walking down the street?
A. Yell 'ICCCAAARRRUSSSS' and give me a hug. Obviously.
Q. May I send you presents?
A. YES YOU MAY HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONER. OF COURSE.
Q. May I have your Facebook so I can friend you?
A. I'm afraid I don't accept friend requests from people I don't know (with VERY rare exceptions), but you may have my special Comic Vine Facebook page
Q. May I see your Deviantart?
Q. What about your Tumblr?
A. I don't know why you couldn't have asked for all those sites at once, but yes you may have a link to my Tumblr. If the link isn't working, I probably changed my URL and forgot to change the link to it here. Just shoot me a PM and I'll fix it.
Q. May I talk to you?
A. Heck yeah! I love chatting. Send me a message any time!
Q. Who are your favorite writers/artists/characters/bands/movies?
A: I keep all that information in my 'about me' section on my main page...which also links back here because we all know my blog is secretly Inception. A lot of information is also kept in my lists...though some of them are admittedly a bit out of date.
Q. You called me dude....you know I'm a girl/don't identify as male, right?
A. I call EVERYONE dude. Or bud, or buddy, or friend, or some permutation of your username, or your username's initials. If I'm talking to a group of people, I WILL call the collective 'guys' regardless of gender. If you have a problem you can let me know and I'll try to use your pronoun of choice, but just don't take this personally....you could be a three-legged gender-neutral space squid, I would STILL call you dude.
Q. Will you recommend me [something]?
A. YES!! I prefer recommending on a personalized basis, so I don't have any up to date ready-made lists right now. But if you want suggestions for an ongoing comic to read, a trade to read, a webcomic, novel, movie, TV show, food, anything else that's legal, I would LOVE to give you some recommendations.
Q. I know you're just being friendly, but I'm getting kinda fed up with you messaging me all the time.
A. Just say so. I'll leave you alone. But I need to know I'm bothering you so that I can stop. I won't be offended, PLEASE just let me know. I like chatting, I like being friendly, but I understand that some people might find that annoying/overwhelming.
Q. Can I talk to you about my problems?
A. Absolutely. I'm always here to lend an ear, and if there's anything to do to help I'll try my best. I'll also keep everything confidential unless you're at risk for harming yourself or others, or unless it's illegal activity. But if you've had a bad day, or you don't feel well, or something's gone wrong, feel free to come talk to me.
Q. I have a serious problem with you, which I've been telling to anyone who will listen.
A. Well, instead of talking behind my back, why don't you message me and we can talk things out.
Q. Why do you use >these< dumb things to denote actions? Are you some kind of noob?
A. It's a habit I picked up from my best friend when we IMed in middle school. I was never really able to shake it. If I'm doing any sort of serious RPGing I'll use italics or just describe stuff (depending on the situation), but if I'm fooling around or not in character >these things will be everywhere<
Q. How many alts do you have?
A. 130 if I counted correctly. Not including things like team pages, or this account. Also please note that some alts have more than one character associated with them.
Q. What pets do you have?
A. At the moment, I have a dog and two guinea pigs. The dog is Calypso, the guinea pigs are Blini and Onigiri.
Q. Didn't you used to have more pets?
A. Yes...I used to have other guinea pigs, and my sibling had a hedgehog that I often took care of. Unfortunately they passed away, and I miss them very much. The guinea pigs were Marzipan, Tater Tot, Clementine, Peapod, and Sweetpea, and the hedgehog was Dobby. I also had a Beta fish named General Grievous, but I don't think I've ever mentioned him here before.
And you might be thinking of Charlie the Capybara, who isn't mine but who I played with when I was on a school trip in Peru.
Q. Did...did you really just say 'gosh darnnit', 'okey-doke', or 'coolio'? Or some other thing like that? Also, why do you include things like 'um' when typing, you don't need that.
A. I type like I talk. And I talk like Mr. Rodgers if he used horribly outdated slang.
Q. Why do you use $@&% or something like that for cursing? You could just take out a letter or substitute ONE symbol or something.
A. See above comment about Mr. Rodgers. I don't curse in real life either. It makes me uncomfortable to do so online.
Q. When are you usually online?
A. Schooldays, I'll usually check in a few times between 8 am and 1:00 pm (depending on when I get breaks), and then I'll be online off and on between about 2pm and 11 or 11:30pm. On weekends and holidays, I'm online off and on between about 12:30 pm and some ungodly hour between 1 and 3am. EST by the way. Recently I've been banned from being online past about 10:00 pm on weekdays and 12:00 am on weekends though.
Q. You're cranky today, what's your problem?
A. I'm probably sick or tired. Either one of which can make me a bit grouchy. If I get less than four hours of sleep I don't function very well...and on a good night during the week I get about five and a half.
Q. Was this blog REALLY necessary?
A. No. But I wrote it anyway.