Wits Aimwell is a skillful writer who has regularly competed in the Size Riot competitions since GrowthJuly18. His entry in that particular contest won first place in the “Which Growth story hooked you immediately?” category. Furthermore, his entries in GentleApril19 and Cocktober19 placed in multiple award categories. Wits also signed up for the upcoming GentleApril20 contest! Those lucky folks at SizeCon20 who grabbed a copy of “the small print,” a collection of several stories compiled by Taedis, will find inside a submission from Wits entitled “Ghost Story.” You can also follow Wits Aimwell on Twitter.
#1) Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
Hi! I’m a very nearly thirty-year-old guy who currently lives in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. I usually say that I’m originally from Florida, but that’s not technically true. I spent most of my life there, but my earliest memories are of my childhood in western Canada, and going back further, I was born in Texas. I’ve moved around a lot, I guess. In normal life, I’m a senior analyst at an accounting firm, which is technically true but means almost nothing. My job is actually all about keeping track of systems engineering projects as they go through development. It’s pretty fun, but then again, I’m a bit of a professional nerd and I might be biased.
One critically important thing to know about me is that I have very strong opinions on what makes a good fried chicken tender. Absolutely critical.
#2) Given this time of quarantines and social distancing due to the worldwide spread of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), are there games or films you could recommend for those people stuck at home?
I’m very lucky that I can (more or less) work from home, but that means that I’ve spent the better part of the past week figuring out how not to distract myself. That said, there are a couple of movies that I’d recommend based on their motifs of extreme isolation and of working together for the good of people in need: “Apollo 13” and “The Martian.” (“The Day After Tomorrow” and “Contagion” could also fit that description, but one of them is wildly unrealistic and the other is… uncomfortably close to home. One guess which is which.)
And I’m definitely open to recommendations, too; being under quarantine is rough.
#3) What are a few of your favorite size fantasies from other creators? I know this is a difficult question and your answer, like everyone else’s, can change over time. Nonetheless, I love to shamelessly include this question because it serves as awesome feedback when other creators read that folks they respect like their work.
I’ve always loved JamesMason0’s artwork, since he frequently hits on some of my favorite elements of the fantasy — for example, woman using jewelry as bondage for shrunken men — and since he’s also clearly very, very good.
I haven’t always been into the specific fantasies he’s presented, but I’ve been blown away by the quality of Taedis’s writing. I’m not even sure exactly what it is about his stories, but when hits a groove it’s like the story feels more real than reality.
#4) How would you describe your own stories?
I think, with one exception from 2012, everything I’ve put out for public consumption has been through Aborigen’s Size Riot contests. Without those contests (and Aborigen’s saint-like willingness to host them — many, many thanks to him!), I wouldn’t really have any stories to describe.
As a result, all of my stories are extremely short. Within that limit, I try to make sure that the characters feel like real people, and that there’s a solid climax, in the narrative sense or, you know… in the smutty one. Some of my stories (okay: most of them) are simply size porn with only the thinnest veneer of plot, so I hope I’m at least writing characters worth catching in flagrante delicto.
#5) What would you like to see during 2020 in the size community? Or to put that another way, what are your hopes for the rest of this year?
Given that the size community is mostly a creature of the internet already, my hope is that we can use our experiences in building virtual but real friendships here and put them to broader use while we’re all going through social distancing together. That’s a little more earnest and sentimental than I’m usually comfortable with saying, but… 2020 is going to be a rough year for everyone. I hope we’re able to make it just a little smoother for each other.
#6) Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention?
“Upcoming” is such a strong word. I’ve had a few ideas for longer-form science fiction stories, but it would take me a while to conduct the right amount of research before I’d be comfortable writing them.
On the other hand, the Gentle April 2020 Size Riot contest is coming up. I suddenly have a little more time to kill next month than I expected, but one silver lining to that is that I should be able to participate after all. This would make two solid years’ worth of Size Riot stories for me. It’s exciting!
Thank you for doing this interview!
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