Friday, March 28, 2014

In Which I Am Earnest About the Barns

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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

My GoatDay, In Photos

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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)
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