eternal-sighs said: ....I am just so petrified of the future, the unknown, death, the afterlife, the big picture. I'm scared of being a failure and I'm scared of making it big. I don't know why I feel this way and when I ask for advice people give me generic answers like, "You just need to exercise more." I lay awake at night for hours on end, my mind racing, my chest feeling like a black hole. This keeps me from achieving so much. Have you ever felt this way? How do I stop myself from being fearful of life itself?
Write a story wherein everything you fear comes to pass. Then make it worse. Then, keep making it worse. Exhaust all your worst fears on the page. That works for me. Then… if you can actually sell it you’ll really conquer your demons. Eventually, as you write, you’ll even begin to laugh at those terrors. Trust me. It works.
Clean house. Easy day tomorrow. Family safely in England. Enter operation chill. Fruit Toast in bed, engage.
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eilataneam said: My brother passed away in January out of the blue at 29. I started reading his books, which were mostly yours. It gives me comfort he had been exposed to ideas surrounding death, and the philosophy of it all. No one really talks of it like you do. So, thanks for making entertaining material for my beautiful brother, sir.
Please accept my condolences. As people in my family began to die I wished I could wear Victorian mourning clothes so no one would approach me with small talk and cheerfulness. I wish a challenging project for you, to occupy your mind, because only time seems to resolve the pain.
So I’m not going to pretend this didn’t happen.
Anonymous said: Chuck, any advice/ jaded anecdotes for a working class English 18 year old kid going to Oxford and wanting to have a career in writing? I must choose my wording carefully as I understand that the only way to become a writer is to write. However, I am going to read for a degree in Philosophy and Comparative Theology. Also, does your surname piss you off at book signings? I must know.
Please study sociology and anthropology, particularly Victor Turner and his ideas about liminal and limnoid events. Almost all my work depicts limnoid events —the seeds of future culture. Study how various religions occasionally invert the power hierarchy. This is the laboratory wherein the future society is created.
who wants to hire me as their maid i’m not gonna clean im just gonna wear a cute maid outfit dust like 6 things and bend down a lot