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MattLeo
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Did you ever have a cat that made you little presents of dead rodents and half chewed-up bird parts. That's how my subconscious likes to act. It keeps bringing me stuff I can't use.

This morning I was having a dream about a female assassin named Serene DeLeet. Seriously.

I woke up and while still in a hypnagogic state I said myself, "'Serene DeLeet' -- hey that's pretty clever!" Then I woke up.

Blech.

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Robert Nowall
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Cats do that because they see you as their leader---they're making an offering to you.
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I have had the same experience with dreams even though I don't recall ever being given a name.


But I did have a writing nightmare last night. I wanted to finish a story but couldn't. I tried twice maybe three times before I woke. I knew how I wanted to finish and I tried but when I stopped typing I had three more pages and no ending.


Oh, by the way very few of our cats have give us presents like that. Our current cat probably thinks she's the leader.

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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MattLeo, what if Serene DeLeet were a character in a book that one of your characters is writing?
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Ooh. Like Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout. Great idea, Kathleen!

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

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MattLeo
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It's always interesting when writers include a writer character -- at least if it's done for satirical purposes.

In the Lensman series, EE Doc Smith has his protagonist Kim Kinnison assume the persona of a pulp space opera writer who's an obvious parody of Smith himself. He even has Kinnison write a novel, of which he gives us a writing sample that's a hilarious send-up of Smith's own trademark bleeding-eyeball purple prose.

Many have mocked Doc Smith's prose style, it looks deceptive easy to do. But nobody mocked Smith more effectively than Smith himself.

I think one way to define a "master" of any craft is that he doesn't do things by accident. Smith obviously knew how silly his writing sounded when considered in cold blood. That wasn't an accident.

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Isn't it worse when you have an idea in your dream in which you connected all the loose ends and filled in all the plotholes in your WIP and you, in your waking moment, cannot for the love of all that is good and holy remember what it was?
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For just such occasions I make it a Law Of The House that my personal notebook is Not To Be Messed With. It's right where I can find it when I get up stumbling and half asleep to jot down those things.
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quote:
Originally posted by tesknota:
Isn't it worse when you have an idea in your dream in which you connected all the loose ends and filled in all the plotholes in your WIP and you, in your waking moment, cannot for the love of all that is good and holy remember what it was?

No, but than again sometimes a good idea at night doesn't look so good in daylight. [Smile]

As rc said some people do use notepads, I usually can't get myself to wake up enough to use one if I had one handy.

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And even if you're "awake" enough to write something down, it may not make sense to your conscious mind when you really wake up the next morning. #happenedtome

(Can you tell I've been on Twitter a lot lately?)

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My dreams sometimes involve my stories---not what they are but that I've somehow gotten them published. (Then there's the dream where I take a bite out of a manuscript or book---delicious!)
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