13,18,46 please! ❤️
13: What’s your favorite writing quote?
This is my go-to quote for all things inspirational when it comes to being a creative person. It’s from Neil Gaiman and it’s a little long but I think it works.
Life is sometimes hard.
Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.
Make good art.
I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Somebody on the Internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art.
Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn’t matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art. Make it on the good days too.
And Fifthly, while you are at it, make your art. Do the stuff that only you can do.
Here’s the whole speech, which is great and you should listen to when you need some advice from Neil Gaiman.
18: How do you feel about love triangles?
Okay listen that thing with Phaedra, Taedren, and Rahan doesn’t count! Because they could totally be an OT3! TOTALLY! THEY COULD MAKE IT WORK!!! There might even be an OT3 in Shilohverse (if I can ever get breathing space from T&K to work on that some more.)
Eh-hem. Excluding this one particular grouping of characters, I’m not such a huge fan of love triangles because I always feel terrible for the one left out!
How horrible is it to see the love of your life skipping off into the sunset on the arm of another person knowing that they don’t love you as much as that other person? Knowing that no matter how much you love them, no matter how much of yourself you would give to them, it would never be enough.
That you are not enough.
How does that not break a person? How does that not crumple up every last bit of your self-esteem and fling it into the firey pits of lava that make up Mustafar?
How do you live with that?
And why would you do that to your characters, ON PURPOSE??
I’M LOOKING AT YOU RIAN JOHNSON, JJ ABHRAMS AND DAVE FILONI. I don’t come from the school of thought where I look at my characters and go “What is the absolutely most difficult and hellish thing I can put you through?” and hope they make it out okay. I put my characters down on the ground and tell them “Go play!” and then they come back ten minutes later with twenty new AUs, a plot twist for After the End and five new ways for Obi-Wan to murder Palpatine because that’s how I roll.
Also, they have lots of dance parties. LOTS of dance parties.
46: Describe your perfect writing space.
I would like a sunlit, gauzy attic room, with white painted shiplap, stunning views of the forest/ocean beach/the mountains with a comfy chair, a cool breeze and absolute stillness. The cats can be sleeping in another overstuffed comfy chair and the faintest hints of wind chimes blowing in the breeze can be heard. To my right is a vase of artfully arranged riotously beautiful wildflowers, hand picked by Ewan McGregor himself as he wandered through the garden. On my left is a crystal clear and deliciously cold glass of water hand carried by Hayden Christensen from a Canadian glacier somewhere that his adorable child has renamed as Elsa’s House. My desk is hand carved by Nick Offerman and made of reclaimed barn wood from the tiniest forgotten barn in the Midwest that once housed a colony of rare baby bunnies that only ate heirloom tomatoes and lettuce.
And behind me @writegowrite cackles like a lunatic as she rolls around in a kiddie pool full of that sweet-sweet Disney money we got for penning the screenplay for the Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology movie.
Because that’s totally going to happen. XD
Hey! A fishy can dream can’t she? XD