by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
Paranormal Underground e-Magazine
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It is the blessing – or curse – of the writer that we seldom get a good night’s sleep. Or at least, that is the case with me.
I go to bed with stuff in my head. Writing stuff. It takes a while to quiet down all of the words and the ideas competing for my attention. Often I wake up in the middle of the night with new stuff in my head. You’ve got it – writing stuff. I learned long ago that thinking, “Oh I’ll remember…” and going back to sleep causes me to lose some of the best ideas ever. Or at least they seem like the best ideas ever at 2 a.m. to my sleep-addled brain.
So, I keep a little pad next to the bed. If I wake up, I surreptitiously turn on my little book light, using my body to shield it from my slumbering husband, and quickly write whatever thought has popped into my head.
Here’s what I’ve discovered. I’m only occasionally brilliant at 2 a.m. I love those mornings when I wake up and there is something a) legible, b) understandable and c) usable on my little bedside pad. Unfortunately, those mornings don’t occur terribly frequently.
More often than not I wake up and see something scribbled like, “write story on belly button lint,” “what if a hot dog got married and had a family,” or my personal favorite of all time, “a day in the life of porridge.” I’m not certain – but I don’t think that is what I meant with the last one – but it is how it came out. Go figure.
This morning, I woke up to a good one. It actually held up in the light of day and didn’t involve the anthropomorphization of food. All good things. I’m working on it now, and I’m happy to report that I think it’s going somewhere. Probably tonight, I’ll go to sleep with it in my head. And then, inspiration will strike at 2 a.m. Tomorrow, I may have my ending. I’m sure of it. “What if sausage did somersaults?”