Hey guys; there are separate threads for the topic of gender neutral and nonbinary pronouns, but I felt that I'd rather get some personalized advice. I'm writing a story right now with a cast of aliens, who naturally may not subscribe to the human notion of genders. To give some context, these aliens adapt and "reprogram" neural waves to make others with more malleable brains see them as whatever they need to be seen as, and most often adopt a consistent human form. My little crew were captured when they were young, so they can't remember their true form and stick with human bodies, blah blah blah. One of them, Aten, messes with their form so often that I can't bring myself to pin them down with a he or she. The other, Farkus, has been traumatized by a life of military upbringing and bring hirself to take any part of the human race; I've given Farkus ze/hir/hirself pronouns in order to help hir cope. I feel like both of their pronouns though are too awkward and bulky, and I feel like I'm somehow trying to force "diversity" or something into what's really just a little novel about aliens. Like I'm trying to appeal to the "Tumblr-crowd" or cramming nontraditional values into an area where they're really just unnecessary. Should I just give up with the whole thing? Or just leave it alone? Or try a different route?