jack: Lillian, thank you so much for granting me this opportunity to have you help in Breaking Down the TWC Wall project that Wolfie started.
Lillian: I am very honored to be asked Jack, especially by you.
jack: You’ve been the person I’ve followed the longest here on tumblr, it only makes sense to me to ask you. You’re one of the “Legends” in my eyes (that’s meant as a compliment).
Lillian: I’ll take it as a compliment and choose not to argue.
jack: Being one who has been around these parts for a while, you’ve seen quite a bit. Tell me some of the things that you’ve enjoyed seeing develop while being a part of tumblr.
Lillian: I think my favorite part of being a part of this very unique community is watching writer’s flourish and find their voice. I love knowing that they are giving us a piece of them they normally don’t offer to anyone else.
jack: I really enjoy that as well… It’s almost like they are maturing right before our very eyes.
Do you mind me asking how long you’ve had your blog?
Lillian: In March it will be 3 and a half years!
When I joined we had different legendary writers at the top and there wasn’t featuring, we each had a voice and got to recommend one person each week.
jack: What’s been your secret for staying so long? There have been a few writers who have deactivated for one reason or another… You’ve made it for almost 42 months… What’s the draw?
Lillian: Let me tell you that I am a very sensitive person. Tumblr taught me taught me how to have a thicker skin through all the negative and anonymous hate. But I’m flawed in the way that I always believe the best in people, I want to see the good in them.
jack: Do you get a lot of anon hate?
Lillian: Not as much as I use to. When I played a much more active role in this community, I did.
They were sometimes echoes of words I would hear from other people in my life who made me feel worthless. They voiced my worse fears. I never wanted to be seen the way they told me.
But I had learned that words hurt. But I had the ability to bury them.
jack: Were those voices a reason why you stepped back a little?
Lillian: No. I moved and life got a bit crazier for me. I started to feel the air in tumblr change too. There was a shift. It’s not the same tumblr I had fallen in love with.
Don’t get me wrong, tumblr is still home, probably always will be.
But it’s like getting new furniture in worn walls that have carried my confessions.
jack: Let’s move on to a new subject, one not so introspective…
When I read you and your words, to me, I really feel a sense of spirituality and hope. I read you as the eternal optimist. How long have you been writing?
Lillian: I fell in love with poetry during high school. My junior year my English teacher told me i had a voice. but I never realized what she meant. I took a poetry class in college for fun. I still hadn’t discovered my voice. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon poets on tumblr when I discovered what writing really felt like.
jack: Do you believe that everyone has a voice?
Lillian: Definitely. Everyone just has a different way of expressing it.
jack: Who is one of your favorite voices? Who do you like to read?
Lillian: On tumblr?
Lillian: garnetportrait, callingupneptunesdaughter are the first two that come to mind.
most of the people that really influenced me in their writing are long gone.
tiredfoxes is another one i love.
oh and sunyoungwrites.
jack: Those are good people.
Ok, now the inspirational/influential portion… Who has inspired you or been an influence in your maturation as a writer?
This does not have to be tumblr exclusive.
Lillian: Jordan Kit, who no longer posts on tumblr, he would go in both categories.
I guarantee you will see real stuff about him in the future.
Carmen, who previously was myhiddendesire, was a huge influence and mybutterflydreaming
jack: Ok, lets talk about this “Wall” in the TWC… Do you think such a thing actually exists?
Lillian: No. I honestly don’t.
I will explain.
jack: So, you don’t think that young writers like myself could be intimidated by people like yourself?
Lillian: I completely understand feeling intimidated by the “people like myself” but we’re people too. Just because we’ve been around a lot longer, we started out here too. I remember feeling intimidated by some of the elders in tumblr, but then I interacted with them and commented on their pieces and asked how they were, they need that too. Sometimes some writers don’t have time to really build relationships but doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy the interactions and encouragement. You only find a wall when you yourself build one.
jack: Good answer.
So, would you say the TWC is much like real life where you get out of it what you put into it?
Lillian: definitely. they are people behind those words and computer screens. there’s real drama, real feelings.
jack: Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way… Who is your favorite secret celebrity crush?
Lillian: are we talking tumblr or real celebrity?
jack: Oh snap, you just opened the tumblr door…. Now you gotta answer for both.
Lillian: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
jack: JT got nothin’ on me…
certainly not in the beard catagory.
I heard a rumor that he was bringing sexy back. Can you confirm?
Lillian: he didn’t have to bring sexy back. because he was always sexy
jack: My dog’s name is sexy. She ran away two weeks ago. I asked for his help. Are you telling me that he’s not helping me out?
Lillian: probably not dear
jack: Is my dog never coming back?!?
Lillian: my tumblr celeb crush… wearemostaliveindreams
jack: Do you read while eating breakfast cereal?
Lillian: Oh, usually I don’t have time to sit and have breakfast, I wake up last possible minute before having to rush down to get in my car. I’m a night owl and cursed with a daytime job lol
jack: That’s just like the rest of us. I think you can’t have a tumblr account unless you are a night owl with a daytime distraction called employment.
jack: What is the name of the last good book you read?
Lillian: This is All by Aiden Chambers. It was so remarkable, I underlined several parts throughout the book. I’ve never done that before. I laughed, cried, screamed, sighed, melted, and found so much likeness in the character
jack: I’ve taken up a lot of your time asking serious questions, but you aren’t completely serious, are you… Can you tell me a joke?
Lillian: A young brunette goes into the doctor’s office and says that her body hurts wherever she touches it.
“Impossible,” says the doctor. “Show me.”
She takes her finger and pushes her elbow and screams in agony. She pushes her knee and screams, pushes her ankle and screams and so it goes on, everywhere she touches makes her scream.
The doctor says, “You’re not really a brunette, are you?”
She says, “No, I’m really a blonde.”
“I thought so,” he says. “Your finger is broken.”
jack: Ouch. You can’t tell by my beard, but I’m a blonde.
WAIT, You’re a blonde!
Lillian: exactly ;)
jack: That was funny though….
Right now, without looking, do you know where your car keys are?
Lillian: hanging up on my hook next to my door
jack: Nope. I moved them when you were Googling that joke.
Lillian: hahahahaha. it’s my favorite joke
I have them saved in a document.
i’m really weird like that
jack: You have your keys saved in a document?
jack: Are you an over the roll or under the roll kind of toilet paper girl?
Lillian: I’m a “whichever way I put the roll on the holder” kind of girl
jack: Well that’s convenience for you.
jack: Have you had the lettuce wraps at PF Changs?
Lillian: what’s PF Changs?
jack: Next question… *there goes my hopes for an endorsement deal*
jack: Last time you were at the library, did you actually use the Dewey Decimal System or just wing it?
Lillian: The last time I was in a library… was in college… the library close to me (downtown) is rundown and creepy.
jack: I just have a few questions left…
Do you prefer Ice Cube when he was in N.W.A. or Are We There Yet?
I haven’t even seen Are we There yet
jack: How many salt shakers do you own?
Lillian: lol. just one. the disposable kind
bouncy balls are another question tho
jack: How many disposable bouncy balls do you own?
Lillian: too many for one person
jack: Alright, enough silliness…
Who do you find to be an intimidating writer here on tumblr?
Who do you find to be an inspiring writer here on tumblr?
Is there anything else you’d like to talk about to close this interview?
Lillian: I think sunyoungwrites is an intimidating writer.
republicofthebees is the most inspiring writer
And my favorite thing about the writing community in tumblr, is we do what we love for others to read and relate. we open doors to understanding, to be seen as human and flawed and people get that. and we all come from all over the world with different backgrounds. tumblr reminds me of a dandelion though, full of wishes but can be gone with a single whisper. And I mean that in the sense that although the people in tumblr are incredibly real, they also will pack up and move out as fast as they moved in. That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to create The Collective. I wanted a piece of tumblr forever with the people I love and looked up to and inspired me.
jack: You’re going to have to back up a little bit and explain The Collective…
Lillian: The Collective: Inkstains & Heartbeat is a selfpublished book with 231 pieces “Let this book be a time capsule of the words we shared together in a time period we will not forget – one that allows us to remind ourselves why we love and create our art. Let it become a small illustration to never forget who we are and our niche in this creative world. Thank you for sharing the small pieces of who you are with strangers from across the world.”
jack: And that is available….
jack: Ok Lillian… I appreciate your time with me here… Is there anything else you’d like to say before I close this up?
Lillian: I think I’ve said everything I would like to say :)
jack: Really? You’ve hardly said any swear words at all…
Too late now!
jack: People of tumblr… Take notice now that Lillian is a very nice writer who is extremely down to earth and won’t bite if you try contacting her. So do it. Go do it. Right now. Talk to her. Just like I did. I’m sure she’d be more than happy to share a blonde joke or two with you.
Lillian, thank you. I appreciate everything you give to the TWC.
omg <3 I love everything about this. And not just because I’m mentioned ;)
My handsome man has begun making Beard Oil (as well as other all-natural products) and we’d like you to check it out!
Lee Price creates realistic oil paintings, that show women and food in their intimate and private settings. The pictures are self-portraits of her, getting excessive with food that is considered indulgent, forbidden, or comforting. Her works addresses the intersections of food with body image, addiction, and unabating desire.
I love this. if I could be in a bath or bed all the time I would
Fine, we’ll do it your way!
not going to be tagging my pieces for a while. you know where to find me.