When The Reverie Breaks

Things I think about when I'm not thinking of other things.

Month: May, 2015

Mermaid Dreams

While walking the dog this morning, I smelled the ocean.*

I thought, “I wonder if I’ve been having mermaid dreams again…

…or if I’m a mermaid having human dreams?”

As I walked with Vinny, I wondered about the paucity of mermaids as opposed to the plethora of humans. Then, because I live with a scientist (a biologist, among other disciplines) I began to wonder about population ebb and flow, breeding cycles and hibernation…and if that is the reason we don’t see mermaids anymore.

In the era of sailing ships and long voyages at sea, sailors used to see mermaids – if not regularly, at least enough for the legends to persist. Manatees, dolphins, whales, in uneducated and possibly scurvy-ridden, hallucinating minds, yes, I know the theories, but what if?

What if the beings of legend and story are real? What if, as we evolve and progress, the legends sleep? Humanity develops and regresses in cycles. Perhaps, as we become more enlightened and science clarifies the world, we need our myths and legends less, then, as the mysteries unravel, we need them ever more.

Or maybe they need a rest from us. Humanity is demanding, after all. Maybe they need those long years of sleep to recover from our needs, our desires, our expectations.

Perhaps they’re all asleep, deep beneath the waves, or in caves, or ancient, crumbling castles. Sleeping, and dreaming of us, so that we dream of them. And when we’re aware again, when we start writing and dancing and dreaming again of all the “myths” that are gone, perhaps then they’ll wake up and the world will be refilled with wonder and magic.

So, listen for a song on the wind, or the soft footstep behind you in the dark. Watch the phases of the moon, and look for wild-eyed girls in the hurricane waves. They may be out there. We just have to wait for them to wake up.

*No, we don’t live anywhere near the sea. We live near a park with a pond, but it’s not saltwater.

Blue Mermaid e-painting, one of my own; I've always loved mermaids.

Blue Mermaid e-painting, one of my own; I’ve always loved mermaids.

Wattpad is Live!

In the interest of giving myself ever more projects to work on, I’ve opened a Wattpad account. I intend to serialize a YA novel I wrote years and years ago, well before Harry Potter revitalized YA into the wonderfully viable genre it is today. While the book was cute and fun way back then, it does need some refreshing. I’ll be doing that for the Wattpad version.

The plan is to post a chapter at a time, and I hope to manage a monthly update. We shall see how that works out, since I’m also in the process of job-hunting. Securing full-time employment will cut down on the time I have to devote to my long, ever-growing list of projects. Good thing I can be quite good at time management. I have a feeling I’m going to need that skill.

Also, my writing partners and I have opened a Wattpad for our Perfect Coven series here. We’ll be posting short bits, stories, outtakes from the books. We may continue to publish these simultaneously on our blog, but we are considering some Wattpad exclusives down the line. Again, more projects for the list, so we’ll see how and if that comes to be.

To finish, here is the cover for the novel I will be publishing via Wattpad:

Starshine-on-the-Nightlilies a/k/a Vlad, The Unicorn Starshine and Elizabeth are typical teenagers. Their parents misunderstand them, disapprove of their personal choices, many of their peers don’t share their interests, and their worlds are too small and confining. There is one major difference between Starshine, Elizabeth, and other teenagers. Starshine is a unicorn. Beth is a vampire. When the two meet, and realize how much they have in common, mayhem ensues. Join Starshine (nicknamed – by himself – Vlad) and Beth as they defy parents, explore new ‘verses, break curfews, and build a friendship that will last through the ages.

Starshine-on-the-Nightlilies a/k/a Vlad, The Unicorn
Starshine and Elizabeth are typical teenagers. Their parents misunderstand them, disapprove of their personal choices, many of their peers don’t share their interests, and their worlds are too small and confining.
There is one major difference between Starshine, Elizabeth, and other teenagers. Starshine is a unicorn. Beth is a vampire.
When the two meet, and realize how much they have in common, mayhem ensues. Join Starshine (nicknamed – by himself – Vlad) and Beth as they defy parents, explore new ‘verses, break curfews, and build a friendship that will last through the ages.

My Morning, in Tweets

Well, here I am. Still looking for a job, without much success, and coming up with even more projects. At this moment, I have so many projects in the works that I’m getting up a half hour early every morning to get some work in on one of them.

So, six a.m. rolls around, I stumble out of bed and into the guest room where I have my laptop set up for writing. I’m going to spend a half hour each morning working on Perfect Coven 2: Cursebreaker’s Dance, because I need a completed draft by the end of the month.

Oh dear gods. That’s really…soon. Eep.

I boot up, open my files and am going merrily along and then…!

@Sid_the_Redhead
So, got up 1/2 hour early this morning to do some word-making on the #perfectcovenseries, only to have Word crash. Lost it all. #amwriting

@Sid_the_Redhead
Rebooted, rewrote, only to realize new words written were for a previous, already finished, scene. #perfectcovenseries #amwriting

@Sid_the_Redhead
Also realized Chapter 8 needs to be restructured. Completely. Upsetting, but it will be stronger. #perfectcovenseries #amwriting

@Sid_the_Redhead
Went to husband for sympathy. Unexpected response? “Welcome to the writing life.” My reaction: ⁉️ Hm. #perfectcovenseries #amwriting

@Sid_the_Redhead
Made him breakfast anyway. #perfectcovenseries #amwriting

@Sid_the_Redhead
Also, this tweet series has gone much smoother than PC2CBD this morning. 😩 #perfectcovenseries #amwriting

Yeah, and that’s how my day began.

So, today’s grand total for PC2 was 108 words that apply to the scene I should have been writing. There were more actual words written, but see above. Yeah. Still, there’s tomorrow, which is Skype-&-Write Wednesday, so there will be more actual writing done, unless I spend the entire time on the restructure. I hope I won’t; I am going to attempt to rough it out ahead of time, so I can just go in and plaster the holes. I also hope that some of what’s in there already that has to go can be moved to another chapter instead of trashed. We will see, I guess.

In other news, I have a Wattpad account!

This is another project. I’m going to begin serializing a novel I wrote years ago, before Harry Potter, when no one was buying YA. I got some interest, and good feedback, but always with the caveat: “We’re not buying YA, it doesn’t sell.” Well, it does now, thank you J.K. Rowling! I’m uploading the cover soon, and then I plan to upload a chapter each month, shooting for uploads on or around the 15th. I hope you’ll check it out.

We also have a Perfect Coven Wattpad. We are going to put up short stories, outtakes, that sort of thing. We have been featuring those on our shared blog LINK. This may or may not continue, depending on how the Wattpad readership is/responds. These uploads won’t be as regular, unless, like I said, there’s enough readership to demand it.