Friday, March 28, 2014
Here is a confession about the Barns:
No, let me back up.
I started writing The Dream Thieves back when I was 19 — I know I told everyone I began writing The Raven Boys when I was 19, but really, it was it was DT, Ronan’s story. It was only later that I realized I needed to begin with The Raven Boys. Like Ronan, I had (have) recurring dreams and visceral nightmares, but unlike Ronan, I found out that if I wrote them down, I wouldn’t have them again.
I used to go to the Barns in my dreams — nearly every night — and it was precisely as it appears in The Dream Thieves and the later books in the series. Everything Ronan feels about the Barns is how I felt about it.
When it came time to give the Lynch family a kingdom of their own, I knew I was going to give them the Barns, but I also knew that to write it down was to exorcise it from my dreams. Nightmares and dreams really work the same way — the only difference is that you’re afraid of one.
And I was right. I’ve not been back to the Barns since I first wrote it down. Well, not when I’m sleeping, anyway. I guess what I’m trying to say is that every time a reader is pleased to visit the Barns, it makes me feel better about my decision to give it away. So thanks for that.
Here is the music I listen to while writing the Barns:
“She Is Like the Swallow" - Lucia Micarelli
“Through Your Bones" - Lost Lander
“Da Pacem Domine" - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
“Exile" - Enya
“Taimse Im’ Chodladh" - Planxty
If anyone has any other suggestions for the OP, please let me/ them know! Anyway, here is my confession about the Barns: I miss it, even though there were almost always monsters in the shadows.
(here is the link to my Tumblr).
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The story of my day was like so:
1. We head to goat farm to procure two more goats. Two. More. Goats. Please note, however, how the world presents us with Many Goats to Choose From.
2. Lover: no I don’t really want this extra goat even though my face says oh please extra goat
3. BrotherAndrew: this goat is also excellent, did you notice?
4. Thing 1 & Thing 2: these goats so great
5. Thing 2: In fact this goat is my spirit animal she has bonded with my soul and so therefore if we leave her you ask me to roam this earth a fraction of a man is that what you really want?*
6. I think there is a goat licking Brother Andrew’s car — oh. I see it started with this side.
7. Four is the same number as two, surely.
8. Lover’s goat and SmileGoat.
9. A portrait of the author posing with the two goats she went to get in the first place.
*Thing 2 has since named his goat Ranger Danger. In case you were wondering.
(larger photos on the Tumblr)
Posted by Maggie Stiefvater at 2:19 PM