Last night I wrote a story (in a dream)

Last night I wrote a dream— or dreamed I wrote a story. When I got to a pit stop and stumbled to the loo it occurred to me that I was in the middle of a dream. The dream had a title (as so many writers’ dreams begin,) completely mundane: Last night I wrote a story. I kept repeating those words. as I crawled back in my bed to continue dreaming.

In the dream story it was well organized: and I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget. Sure, there’s a notebook and pencil there (somewhere) but finding it would require wakefulness, and being awake would ruin the dream stream. I wanted to use words like reverie, and gossamer, and thought about my new Thesaurus to find new words that would preserve my frame of mind. I knew that if I succumbed to sleep…enticing as it was…the dream would fade, or disappear altogether.

A train. That’s what the dream was about: writing a story about a train–and my thoughts were consumed with writing the outline of the story about the dream on paper, or sending it from my brain to my keyboard.

47 thoughts on “Last night I wrote a story (in a dream)

  1. Put the paper under your pillow when you are done writing. That way you can find it in the the morning. The thesaurus never goes under the pillow. Too lumpy !

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    1. I just flipped over to do an email and here you are. I am interested in how you are doing the free books. I read them electronically then bought all of them (in paper) except Vokhtah long ago, Oddly, I don’t recall the technical description of Miira’s transformation. I’ll send an email….

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      1. lol – the wonders of the digital world! I remember the first time we ‘spoke’. It was such a thrill to meet someone who had read the story and liked it. You and Dawn are my special friends, and curiously, both of you are creatives too. I really do believe like calls to like. -hugs-

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      2. Yep, I believe that too. I guess its pretty obvious that I wouldn’t try to engage in a friendship (digital or otherwise) with anyone that had completely different views of major matters. That’s why I miss Dorothy so much, I only befriend other political left-wing radical liberals like myself. (bleeding heart liberal ideas optional but no racists. ) I could call it FOP rules… friend of pat 🙂

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      3. I don’t know if I have a paper copy of Vokhtah. I do have hard copies of Miira 1, Godsend, the third one, The Egg. I love paper books and have a small collection of hard copy books of several writers I know or knew personally to some extent…Well to “sort of”

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      4. Yes, there should be. I haven’t checked in a while and sometimes Amazon does strange things. Let me have a look…Oh my god….none of my paperbacks are ‘currently unavailable’????

        Thank you for alerting me to this. ALL of my paperbacks appear to be ‘currently unavailable’. I had no idea. Grrrr…..

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      5. KDP? I have no idea whatsoever how Amazon publishing works. Kindle just launched some kind of rewards system for readers who buy and/or read Kindle versions of books. I thought it was a joke or a kid-contest. I do read Kindle editions, and get the free sample, but if I like the book and/or decide to read the whole thing, I pay for the Kindle edition. Also, when its a book I want to add to my personal collection I will buy a regular edition paper or hard copy.
        I buy a lot of books through Amazon dealers such as myself…Amazon is my main source of sales as well as purchases.

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      6. Gah! Sorry Pat. KDP stands for Kindle Direct Publishing and I should have written that instead of the acronym. Habit. 😦

        Amazon has a thing called Kindle Unlimited which is basically a subscription service. For a monthly fee, you can read as many ebooks on your Kindle as you want. Kind of like Netflix with movies. You don’t own the books and if you stop subscribing you won’t be able to read them again.
        The other downside of Kindle Unlimited is that not all authors join KU. Many, like me, only sign up for a limited time when we want to do a free promotion. To be able to offer my books free for 5 days, I have to be exclusive with Amazon for 90 days.
        That isn’t necessarily an issue if Amazon is the only place you sell your books but it is an issue if you ‘go wide’, meaning sell with other distributors.
        Anyway, that’s probably far more than you wanted to know! lol

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      7. not at all, its good information for a writer to know. Kindle has some kind of thing now where the more kindle books you read the more badges we can get. ummm I wonder if the next prize will be a magic decoder ring…I lost mine a long time ago.

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      8. Okay, now I have no idea. Badges? Is this part of Kindle Unlimited maybe? I’ve never subscribed so I’m totally ignorant of KU other than as an ‘outlet’ of sorts.

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      9. I used to be a Girl Scouts of America (GSA) back in the day.) The scouts wear sashes, upon which were affixed little round embroidered patches. The patches were earned for various activities… camping, swimming, reading, etc. I was reminded of that when I got the email from Kindle, or Amazon or whoever it was.

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      1. -giggles- yeah, I didn’t ‘do’ much during the first couple of years of marriage. I was having too much fun. That old ‘honey moon period’. But that in itself is interesting because everyone assumes that when a soldier’s family is deployed somewhere, they automatically have to assimilate into the culture. I know I was really surprised when you first described that time.

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      2. Our military dependents live in US military housing in places like Germany. Right after WWII the economy was pretty much in literal piles of rubble, so “on the economy” housing was barely adequate. Long story maybe a blog post?

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      3. Pat. Just start writing. Don’t think about length, just tell it as it was. You can always turn it into a series of blog posts once you’re done. Do it! 🙂

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      4. lol – it’s a lot harder to take our own advice, isn’t it? I’m struggling at the moment too. It’s hard to focus on fiction when the real world is consuming all your attention. Let’s hope we have a period of boredom coming up!

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      5. I promised myself years ago that when tRump was finally gone and grownups were in charge of the world again I would give my brain a break and slow down on the News Glut. But yesterday I spent ALL day surfing the ‘net. I guess that’s the Historian in me.

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      1. lmao – mine wants to GO too! Every minute I was researching things about Japan, I kept thinking how much I wanted to see everything for myself instead of relying on second hand sources and photos. Ah well, maybe one day.

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      2. i wish I would have gone to Australia when I had the stamina and money. But I did’t know anyone there when I was traveling, now I know you, Cousin Greg, assorted other kin , the Tarot lady Linda Marston, and various others…mostly through the ‘net.

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      3. Yeah, things have changed a lot. As my circle of real world friends has shrunk, my circle of online friends has expanded into almost every country on Earth. The internet has been a double edged sword, but the good bits and very very good.

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      4. Funny you should say that. I’ve been thinking for a long time that many of the abuses of the internet are down to anonymity. It seems to bring the worst out in a lot of people. If we all had /one/ online identity that was unique and 100% secure, like a passport or something, a lot of the bad stuff would disappear because people would have nowhere to hide.
        Of course, those who really wanted to be bastards would just go onto the dark net. 😦

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      5. It’s weird how these people go on the net with abandon, without a clue that they are very easily found by anyone that really wants to find them. It seems these idjuts that participated in the insurrection are proud ot it, bragging about what they did and even providing photos. Our FBI has located so many of them already that they may have to weed out the really bad from the stupid to decide how to dispense justice.

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      6. Yes! It’s as if they think that what they say online is like a private conversation instead of a shout through a megaphone. But they’re not the only ones. I know Facebook is supposed to be /for/ families, but I always cringe when I see people posting pictures and other highly personalized information about their families. All of that info is mined and used to create profiles of people. Most of those profiles are used for advertising, but apparently your ex POTUS and our current PM used a company called i360 to help win both elections. It’s manipulation using info we give them for free. 😦

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      7. I am, vaguely, but hell, I get in enough trouble. Last week I made a cute remark to something my sister posted. One of her followers was offended (of course,) and declared that I am uneducated, uninformed, and a believer that tRump was actually God…. naw, I made up that last, but it was the gist of the thing… Anyway, my sister’s reply is unknown to me, but the next post from the follower was apologizing for “dissing your family,” and offered to take all of her remarks down. Sister Jean said oh hell no, and asked me if I was still a college professor. (Never was but I was a college instructor.)
        Another time I posted a link about monkeys in India taking virus samples from scientists who were taking them to the lab. I remarked to my friend/nephew “…this is interesting. It has to be true, it was on the internet.” A woman I never heard of had a fit…said something like “lady you are an idiot. etc.” I commented that it was none of her business butting in on a little joke with my nephew. I thanked her for commenting.” LOL…I love jerking these people’s chains.

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      8. say what? you said “1360…wow” … I think you were talking about the Russians or tRump or something.

        I’m still laughing my fool head off about the facebook idiots. ROTFL Also I’m starving to death. I would order a burrito from Chipotle, but I have yet to figure out how to use the app… last time I ordered I was like crawling across the desert hungry…..

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