Three Things.

“Some colors exist in dreams that are not present in the waking spectrum.”
~Terri Guillemets

Cool: I have always been one to have crazy dreams – elevators that drop a hundred stories, career changes that involve a foray into producing reality television, airplane flights that go cross-country in a half hour – but last week, my subconscious journeyed to a place I’d give anything to experience. Even though the specifics are fuzzy, as is often the case when night turns to day and dreams fade into reality, the main gist remains clear. I was in Georgia instead of Pennsylvania, going about everyday life as normal, but there was one major, exciting, OMG-I-love-it! difference. That everyday life? It included Sofie, Brandon, Ellie, Aubrey, and all the other characters from my book(s). It was as though their story had literally sprung alive, as though I was living in their world and weaving myself into the tapestry of their tale. And it was AWESOME. It was like seeing with my eyes everything my imagination has envisioned, and it may sound strange, but that made me feel even more connected to these characters who have truly become like friends over the past year and a half.

Very Cool: I went to a concert with Sara and Latia two Fridays ago, and though the singer wasn’t anyone I was familiar with, one song he performed instantly stood out. Why? Because its title is the same as the one I decided on for my current work-in-progress! It’s been a couple months now since the name popped into my head – one of those “aha!” moments where you just know something feels right for your characters and their story – and so it was a really, really awesome coincidence. What are the chances, right? It immediately gave me a zap of happiness and I’m choosing to take it as a sign that good things are hopefully ahead.

Not As Cool: Question for y’all – have you ever stopped reading a book in the middle? Been tempted, for one reason or another, to set it aside before finding out how the storyline resolves? It is very rare for me to feel that way – I think, as a writer, I’m always inclined to want to see how things tie together and how the author helps their characters grow – but every now and then, it happens. Even when it does, though, I keep reading. Something makes me see it through. In twenty-eight years, there’s only one novel I can remember not finishing. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I persevere, because I know that sometimes the conclusion of a story can be its most special, inspiring moment.

Do you always read every book until the last word? Have you had any interesting dreams lately? Found yourself pondering any cool coincidences?


8 thoughts on “Three Things.

  1. Hi Shari! I can only think of once or twice that I didn’t finish a book. Usually, if I start losing interest, I’ll skim the scene or scenes until I get to something I like better. As far as dreams go, I rarely remember mine. Since I was young, I’ve always had terrible dreams and so I think I’ve blocked out trying to remember them. I wish I had fun dreams like you!

    • Oh, I WISH my mind was able to block out the terrible dreams. Most of the time, those – or the completely off-the-wall ones – are what linger even after I wake up. Somehow the happy ones always seem to fade. That needs to change, ASAP!

  2. There have been books I can’t finish and set aside. Either the story moves too slow, or the writing just does not resonate with me. It happens, and I move on to the next book on my list …

    • Hi – and thanks for stopping by! :) Can’t wait to hear what you think of Catching Fire! I know some people didn’t find it as compelling as The Hunger Games, but it’s my favorite of the trilogy. Getting such a glimpse into Katniss’s introspection is awesome, and there are SO many twists & turns!

  3. What a fun dream to have! I’ve had a few dreams about my characters, but none as vivid as it sounds like yours was. My favorite, though, are the flying dreams. They’re rare, but SO cool.

    Oh, and I actually abandon books all the time. I used to finish every single one, but I’ve become so picky that it’s hard for me to get into every book now. Plus, honestly, I have so many books on my TBR list that it’s not worth it to me to power through a book I don’t like when I could be reading something I DO like. There’s no time to read them all, so why not read the good ones? That said, I think I’ve learned a lot from reading bad writing, too. Shows me what not to do. :-)

    • SO FUN. I actually had a conversation with my main character (okay … that feels kinda strange to type … ) and it was beyond neat to hear her voice because it was exactly as I imagine when writing. The whole group of characters already seems so real to me, but that just took it to another level.

      I need to start following your lead. I still feel compelled to finish every book, but that’s not helping my ever-growing TBR pile!!

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