we are not lost

Aubrey; also Birdie.
Fantasy writer. Polyamorous and really gay. Mentally ill and disabled.
Local queen of cait sidhe. Powered by caffeine, anxiety, and spite.

mortalcity: Text: "There is no 'isolated self-destruction' in the word 'team'." (text | no isolated self-destruction)
[personal profile] mortalcity
Maybe some day I will stop giving basically every protagonist ever some variety of crippling anxiety. ...but it's definitely not going to happen on this story.

Plus, you know, I don't think I have a single friend who's not mentally ill in one way or another, so whatever. So what if all my characters reflect that? Like with queer characters, at a certain point I just... yeah, straight people exist in the world. So do neurotypical people. And someone else can go write stories about them, because I don't care.

(This post brought to you by a lot of second-guessing myself, because wow, Birdie, that is the third main character in a row with anxiety maybe reel it in a little there. BUT NOPE I REFUSE.)
Date: 2016-03-07 01:37 am (UTC)

balsamandash: James Watson (Sanctuary) with his support machine exposed, fiddling with it (san] what is it that runs through you?)
From: [personal profile] balsamandash
Yeah, screw that. There need to be more protagonists with well-done anxiety problems. Give it to them all.

(On a semirelated note every time you mention FSMG I just get Fairies Stole My Keys stuck in my head. Even though it has nothing to do with anything.)
Date: 2016-03-07 01:54 am (UTC)

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Date: 2016-03-07 02:18 am (UTC)

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Date: 2016-03-07 04:22 am (UTC)

auto_destruct: a pepto-bismal-colored cat grinning eagerly and with many sharp teeth (motivational face)
From: [personal profile] auto_destruct
This is absolutely something I have to do to myself. "No fuck you, invisible dissenter-man, I WILL MAKE EVERYONE AT LEAST PARTIALLY GAY IF I WANT!" (Strangely, I've never had the flail with mental illness even though literally everyone I have ever written is in some way. o.O)

Also I realized writing Angelspeakers that this is the second main character I have written who is both non-binary and mute, and side-eyed myself a little bit there before kanyeshrugging and carrying on. (In my defense, otherwise the characters are totally different.)

So yes. Carry on with All The Anxious Characters! Anxiety is also something that's so underrepresented in fiction anyway, even when other mental illnesses are around, because it's So Unromantic. So anxious characters done well? Bonus!
Date: 2016-03-07 04:49 pm (UTC)

silveradept: A kodama with a trombone. The trombone is playing music, even though it is held in a rest position (Default)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
Baaaaah. Stories need more diverse protagonists, including those with anxiety. Write what works for you, yeah?
Date: 2016-03-10 05:02 pm (UTC)

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You mean you write stories about people like me? NEVER STOP.