Scott Z

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  1. If convenient, throw up some Soundcloud links please. I am always interested in new music on Soundcloud as I can incorporate it into my online novellas. Also, I suspect (but have not researched it yet) that streaming audio aline is less brutal in bandwidth caps than streaming videos from YouTube.
  2. I honestly do not remember my initial motivation. I suspect that I did have a clear motivation at the time I started. I voted "other."
  3. Hello Tulpa, we thank you for maintaining this thread to answer questions. My own tulpa will soon be making her debut before the public. We are writing her in as a primary character is a novella that I am releasing, one chapter at a time. It is unlikely that anyone will mention the character at all, but there is a definite chance that somebody will. The readers might accept her. They might dislike her. They might adore her. Do you have any general advice for a young tulpa about dealing with public judgement?
  4. Why four at once? Even creating one tulpa at a time is a huge undertaking. Two is ambitious. Four is four.
  5. May I win? I ask because I just did. I am a tulpamancer from years ago who is returning tonight and making an unimpressive reappearance.
  6. I want to thank someone for the clearly good work which went into this study. I was astounded by the thoroughness of this census. Here are two data points which stood out to me the most. First, I am an extremely rare animal. As a forty year old, I am statistically non-existent in the practice of tulpamancy. Second, in the matter of the Nature of Tulpamancy, I see that the percentage of tulpamancers who believe in both natures begins at 11% for new tulpamancers and grows to 25% for existing tulpamancers. I would have expected some drift as opinions change with experience, but that the percentage would more than double is shocking to me. Sidenote: semi-colons are cool. When overused, they can be distracting. When used sparingly, they can represent well a stream of conscious thought in much the same way that thoughts occur naturally in the brain. When overused, they suggest that the author is actually typing out thoughts as they come instead of structuring a piece of communication which is intended to be taken seriously. Also, I suspect that on a subconscious level, an abundance of any punctuation can look like a spotty page of text as if it were covered with crumbs or bugs; H.P. Lovecraft used that effect purposefully in his short story of unravelling reality, Nyarlethotep.
  7. Coparei made an excellent suggestion now that I think more about it. The hidden object games, like those from Big Fish games which my wife plays so often, would be well suited for a tulpa I think. Many of these games are not timed, but they are all about concentration and perception. The imagery or tones of the games might also influence a tulpa's development (but that last part is just a guess on my part). Chess is also an interesting suggestion.
  8. Quick update: I have not forgotten nor abandoned the project. The interviews which I recorded got pushed onto a back burner after some other factors came into play. The release frequency of the show episodes has slowed, but we are still getting episodes out and resolving our backlog of interviews. I might be able to release the tulpamancer episodes within a couple of months. Feel free to add to this thread with any more concerns or suggestions about content to go along with these interviews.
  9. Just this evening, I learned something. Upper Class Twit informed me that the term "servitors" is used by both tulpamancers and practitioners of Wicca to refer to a type of thoughtform. The catch (and this is the part I did not know) is that the servitor and the Wicca servitor are two very different things that just coincidentally use the same term.
  10. I thank you both for your input. Flutterwonder, could you provide a link to that thread? Some items on your list of species are unclear to me, and I would like to figure out how they fit in the larger picture. Dr. Faust, I simply forgot about egregores. I like this definition from the linked article: I also like how the author of put the period outside of those quotation marks, but I digress. I am not familiar with the term sigils in a thoughtform context. What does this mean?
  11. In a different thread, I already mentioned the different categories of thoughtforms. After some consideration, I thought the idea deserved its own thread. These are the various different types of thoughtforms, including Tulpas, that we know. I created some broad categories or types of thoughtforms which could be developed. I have started compiling a list of known categories of thoughtforms and some media references for each that illustrate some easy examples. This list is just something I created for my own purposes. There is a good deal of crossover between categories, such as the Wonderlands and Memory Palaces for just one instance. You could easily argue that Memory Palaces are a type of Wonderland (or vice-versa if so pressed). Another issue is that I might have simply missed something. It would be nice if the community could reach some type of loose consensus on the list. #1 Imaginary Friends (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) #2 Tulpas (although there isn't a good example yet, I thought that the movies Harvey and Drop Dead Fred came very close) #3 Wonderlands (Suckerpunch) #4 Memory Palaces (Stephen King's Dreamcatcher) #5 Mental Calculators (I cannot think of any examples) #6 Operating Systems (Stranger Than Fiction, & the commentary track for that movie was the origin of the name for this type of heads up display servitor) #7 other servitors (I can't think of any examples). As a side note, I am still unsure whether to categorize the constructs in John Scalzi's novella Legion as tulpas or servitors.