For me, PretenseAndPoison has a few distinctive personal attachments. When I was a youngin', I went through a lengthy phase where I wouldn't tolerate dishonesty in any form (which got me in plenty of trouble indeed). Truth be told, literature had a profound effect on my life. Reading, language skills, and creative writing were basically the only thing that kept me interested in learning at all, which made me work harder to ensure that those privileges weren't taken away. In the end, it was literature that preserved my life- specifically, philosophy. Camus' debate with Kierkegaard, to be even more specific.
When I commit to the written word, I feel a much different attachment than I do with vocal conversation. Assigning something visual permanence that detaches from your own being, yet still represents you- it's just heavy. Potentially, especially in the modern age, anything you write down or type will inevitably outlast you. The truest representation of yourself is the words you choose- and language is the most intimate picture of your circumstances. Accents, dialects, colloquialisms, slang- the way you interact with words is a vast and colorful topography that shows those who care to see who you are. And in that web of vibrant hues, the mortar betwixt the bricks that lay your verbal (I just love the word 'verbal', btw- to define speech as the action in which you project a word) foundation, there is another rainbow of complexity. Lies.
Lies, in the end, are just words with different context. To serve their own purpose, yet be perceived with a shroud of distrust- that a lie is considered a toxin within your representation of self is an idea that I was brought up on- a predisposition that shaped my ability to perceive that which ignited my most beloved passion. To me, lies had always seemed exclusively a poison- but I've since grown past that pretense.
It's also my Town of Salem username, which was the first place I ever combined those ideas to an elegant moniker. When I joined this forum I was rather excited at the prospect of scoping out the RP threads, and since fiction is a form of playful lie, that username came to mind.
As for my real life name, that also has an interesting story with similar elements. This post is pretty long, though, so I'll leave out the soul-bearing and drop a TL;D(Say)- My birth name was intended to be Crystal, wound up something else because of a last-second surprise, and that name has long since died, remaining only for paperwork while other paperwork is filed.
I also have never watched Gravity Falls, but I was in close enough proximity to their fandom that I really should go scratch that nagging curiosity. Oh how I love puzzles and lore...