People will just flat-out post these amazing filthy headcanons and I’m sitting here like “HEY YEAH I have all these ideas but if these characters were standing next to me they wouldn’t want you to know so I’m just going to, uh, goodbye.”

posted 3 hours ago @ 24 Apr 2014 with 4 notes
xseriously go to bed chel xchel irl
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tinysciencecow and I are making a pact of asking each other about our characters every so often so we can check in with them even if we don’t write anything that day. Today’s question was “What did your characters eat for breakfast?”

She told me about hers and I told her about my original characters and then I started to break into the unoriginal characters and I was like “Will Graham just had black coffee this morning” which sent me into a whole flood of associations about where he was and why he only had black coffee. That’s the point of this exercise, but it also left me feeling kind of embarrassed, because he wouldn’t want me sharing those things with the class.

Anyway, tl;dr, feel free to tell me what your characters had for breakfast this morning! It’s a good way to do the checking in thing I described in this post.

posted 3 hours ago @ 24 Apr 2014 with 7 notes
xchel irl xi should probably go to bed

theres-a-crack-in-my-blog:

Stop what you are doing and watch this.

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xhannibal xJUST PRESS PLAY
makokitten:

Have you guys ever seen me with glasses? No? I’m going to fix this immediately.

This selfie got more notes than expected so I’m going to call it

a success.

makokitten:

Have you guys ever seen me with glasses? No? I’m going to fix this immediately.

This selfie got more notes than expected so I’m going to call it

a success.

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xmy face

lapislazulilong replied to your post: Have you guys ever seen me with glasse…

They make you look younger.

Yeah, I think so too!

posted 4 hours ago @ 23 Apr 2014 with 1 note
xlapislazulilong
Have you guys ever seen me with glasses? No? I’m going to fix this immediately.

Have you guys ever seen me with glasses? No? I’m going to fix this immediately.

posted 4 hours ago @ 23 Apr 2014 with 98 notes
xmy face
Anonymous said:
Hi! I was wondering how you designed your mind palace, and how you placed the characters in there so you could interact with them?

Hey! Unfortunately, my answer is that I didn’t really design it; it sort of happened by accident. I’m rereading Red Dragon right now and there’s a quote from the forward that really struck me:

You must understand that when you are writing a novel you are not making anything up. It’s all there and you just have to find it.

It feels kind of like that, like discovery instead of intentionality. For me, it starts by knowing a character really well, I think, whether they’re original or not. Spending time with them, learning what it’s like to be in their skin, until they’re their own person to you, like they could walk right out of your brain through your ear canal. Then it’s as simple as checking in with them from time to time, visualizing them.

The space I have for them is sort of built around and for them, and I didn’t start getting in touch with it until a few days ago, when I realized they lived somewhere. I don’t know if that’s the emotional stuff catapulting me creatively, but there you go. The main space is the kitchen, because everyone has to eat, and everyone has rooms, and there’s a library—which I only knew existed because the camera lens followed Will Graham there. I’m a very visual person; this may just be how I think.

I’m also going to point out that I didn’t do this so I could interact with them. I usually try to leave them alone, so the only time we “have conversations” (and that’s just me talking to parts of myself, after all) is if they approach me. This is just part of knowing them, of being able to look in on them and see where they’re at, emotionally. Knowing the spaces they inhabit, or would like to inhabit. Knowing their habits. So, this is where I get to know them, and where they linger when they’re not out on other adventures.

answered 4 hours ago @ 23 Apr 2014 with 5 notes
xadventures in headspace xanonymous xask

makokitten:

How badly do I want to take a late-night walk across campus to the library so I can check out and reread Red Dragon, on a scale of “one” to “where the hell did this thirst for Hannibal Lecter come from?”

Update: guess what I found on my Kindle?

I owe you one, past me.

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xchel irl

How badly do I want to take a late-night walk across campus to the library so I can check out and reread Red Dragon, on a scale of “one” to “where the hell did this thirst for Hannibal Lecter come from?”

posted 6 hours ago @ 23 Apr 2014 with 24 notes
xchel irl