My dreaming brain astounds my waking brain on occasion. This is why I have several dozen stories started. Sometimes I have a dream that is just so vivid, so lifelike, and so interesting that I absolutely have to write it down. And writing it down engages my waking brain, which is always asking 'why'; answering those whys very frequently creates the bones of a story.
Yesterday, in my effort to be productive without spending money, I worked on various projects at home while listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Stuff You Should Know. I'm really behind on all my podcasts, so I was listening to October and November episodes. One episode on antimatter got me thinking about a fantasy story I have in progress (on the laptop that is still comatose), and how antimatter might help solve a technical issue in the story--I like even my fantasy stories to be scientifically feasible where possible.
And last night I attended Fiddler rehearsal where we worked on tightening up the wedding scene.
My dream last night was initially intriguing to my waking brain because it was mostly in Yiddish. And I don't speak Yiddish. But the more I thought about it, the more enthralled I became. My brain had incorporated bits and pieces of several different podcasts (none of them having to do with antimatter) into a Jewish wedding scene, added some hand-to-hand combat (I won), a mysterious person named Crispin, and a cryptic message. It was like I was watching a good movie and woke up just before it got really good. And now my caffeinated writer's brain is nearly bubbling over with whys and whos and wherefores and wows.
So today I am going to try to get some housework done amidst making notes and sketching structures.
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