T.G. Swenson

A Tumblr with no central theme except to share things that amuse or interest me.
26 years old.
2 cats.
Iowa native.
Living in Eagle Lake, MN (right outside Mankato, MN).
Writer of fantasy fiction - hoping to one day be a published author.
Enjoys reading, writing, comic books, anime, manga, video games (PS3, PS Vita, 3DS, & PC), Sci-fi and fantasy, 90s cartoons, and hockey (Minnesota/Iowa Wild, St. Louis Blues, and Buffalo Sabres).
Who I Follow


Rocket and Groot

I loved these two and their relationship so much. They’re a modern day Han and Chewbacca.

(via rabblerowser)

My 3 characters in the Destiny beta.
The female awoken is a warlock and my main.
The male exo is a Titan.
And lastly, the male human is the hunter (really wish I could change his voice actor to one with a heavy Russian accent).
Loving the game so far and can’t wait to upgrade to the ps4 and get the game in September!

Huzzah! Finally thought of a perfect name for our Wi-Fi. Wonder if any of our neighbors are fans of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Reading Marvel’s Runaways and I am really enjoying it. I am especially liking Bruiser. 

The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.
Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings
Mr. Gaiman, how important do you feel the study of the more technical side of writing is? (Like formulaic sentence structure and learning what things like predicates and articles and prepositions are.) Is it essential to being a good writer? Respectfully yours, idontknowifishouldmajorincreativewritinghelp
tgswenson tgswenson Said:


I think it’s a hundred times more important to know what something is than to know what the technical name for it is. (I can never be sure that I remember what litotes is. I think it’s using a double negative for purposes of dramatic understatement, eg “He was not unattractive.” Or zeugma, which I hope is making a verb do two or three things at once — as in “She drove away in a heartbroken condition and an elderly Ford truck.” “He lifted his spirits, his hat and her hopes.” I’m not even sure that I’ve spelled them right. And I’m not checking, because the point isn’t whether or not I’ve spelled them right, the point, if there is one, is that I know what the things being described are, and how to use them.)

How good does your knowledge of grammar have to be? Good enough to write something that’s obviously clear, understandable English. Good enough to know when you’re breaking the rules and to win an argument when you need to. 

There are great musicians who can’t read music. There are great musicians who cannot tell you the names of chords. There are songwriters and composers who need other people to come in and tell them what they’ve been doing technically, but just because they do not know the names of things does not mean that they are not doing them, or that their work is inferior to that of a different composer who does know exactly what a diminished fifth is.

Me, I’m the kind of person who reads Fowler’s Modern English Usage for pleasure. I like English, like writing in it, like understanding how it’s put together. And mostly, as I said before, I like knowing what the rules are for when I break them, because I can quietly win arguments with editors or copy editors that way.

Staying up much later than I should playing this:



If you could shapeshift don’t even deny that you would shapeshift into a subtly hotter version of yourself over time

uhm no i’d be a dragon

(via bookwormblondie)

Made another portrait for my library in Animal Crossing. This time I went with one of my favorite fantasy authors, Jim Butcher! Author of the fantastic series The Dresden Files and Codex Alera.

P.s. Please return to Codex Alera.

J.R.R. Tolkien photo made into an Animal Crossing: New Leaf design. Enjoy!

The former Houston Aeros are officially the Iowa Wild! Here is a look at the new jerseys. Thank you for bringing the the AHL back to Iowa Minnesota Wild! Condolences to those fans in Houston. I hope you get a team back - And when you do, they get the Aeros team name again (kind of wish they kept the name because that team logo is amazing!).

Minimalist wallpapers for the Minnesota Wild and the defunct Minnesota North Stars. Link with more. 
Also, hooray for moving the Wild’s AHL team to Iowa! Need more hockey here.

As an Iowa resident, hell yes!