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A Writer's Dream Life
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I enjoy playing with what I suppose should be considered my own internal fan fiction. Typically this involves taking a character of my own invention and trying to fit them into the world of Buffy or Stargate SG-1 or Fringe, or whatever I'm currently obsessed with at the time. I never write any of these inventions down. Rather it's a sort of mental puzzle that I enjoy trying to work through, because I often can't incorporate the my character into the world without corrupting the structure of the world building or messing with the chronology of events. It think it's a typical writer thing, and can be a good way to toy and practice with plot structures.

Last night, I finished reading Tithe*, by Holly Black, and then tuned into the premeire episode of Being Human** (because I happened to be actually at home when it came on) -- both of which I enjoyed.

I noted this to myself before, and it became clear once again last night, that I have to careful what fantasy story lines I read and/or watch before going to bed because it will often invade my dreams. Last night, my brain decided to play my fan-fic puzzle game with me while I was trying to sleep. It kept trying to incorporate the faery realms into the world of Being Human and kept trying to see what the characters, especially the werewolf would do in the face of this faery threat. (A short version is that the faery queen wanted to make the werewolf her pet, so that she could use him as a guard and a weapon against anyone who would threaten her. Yeah.)

My brain kept wanting to puzzle this story line out through some very odd dreams, which meant that my sleep was restless. I kept tossing and turning and wanting to fall into a deep sleep, but also a part of me didn't want to loose the thread of this storyline that my mind was inventing, because I kind of liked where it was going, too.

I woke up very tired this morning.

*sigh* Sometimes, I wish I could turn my writing brain off.


*Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale follows the story of Kaye, a girl who follows her nomadic mother quest for fame through dive bars in Philadelphia. Kaye is grateful when their nomadic lifestyle comes to an end, however, and they are forced to return to her grandmother's house, offering her the opportunity to reconnect with fairy friends both human and faery. It isn't before long, however, before she finds herself entangled in a political and dangerous intrigue between the faery courts. The faeries in this book are tricksy and deadly throughout, just as they ought to be. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read with enough adventure and well-wrought surprises to keep me excited. I'm definitely looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.

**Being Human, apparently based off of a British version, is about a vampire and a werewolf, who are tried of feeling and behaving like monsters. So they decide to become roommates in order to look out for one another and keep each other out of trouble. It's not the most original story around, but it has enough story and character going for it that I'll stick around watching it for at least a few more episodes. Besides I love Sam Huntington (from Detroit Rock City), who plays the werewolf. He's that geeky, awkward cute that I just love.

[Cross-posted to my website. If you feel inclined, you can comment either here or there.]

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Reading your entry is fascinating. For me, I don't dwell too much an alternate endings or a separate fan-fiction when it comes to books, movies, TV shows, etc. And when something resonates me strong enough, then yes, I do have mental puzzles. Most of the time though, I have mental puzzles when I have a phrase or a line of a poem and I play with them the entire night. Next morning, I'm exhausted. lol

Hope you get some sleep soon!

If I have a line or series of sentences stuck in my head while I'm trying to sleep, I usually grumble myself into getting up and finding a pen and paper, so that I can write it down. Usually once I get the phrase down, I know it's safely recorded and so I can go to sleep.

And, yes, I slept much better last night. Thanks! :)

Unfortunately, sometimes I compose entire poems during deep sleeping periods like during REM, so I won't be able to wake up. Hehe. Once I wake up, I know I've written something in my sleep the night before, but I don't remember what it is!

Argh! That would make me want to beat my head against the wall.

Glad it's not me. (^_~)

lol. Well, it's in the mind of a poet, I guess. It's too bad because I know those poems would've materialized onto LJ or Twitter.

One time I composed an entire symphony piece as if I was Bach or Mozart during my sleep! I remembered the melody but I'm not musically oriented or skilled enough to play it! :(

I'm sure some of what slips away in your dreams comes out subconsciously in your waking writing, so all your nightly efforts are not totally lost. :)

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