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09 November 2010 @ 10:05 pm
Writing & Dreaming, But Not At The Same Time...  
My icon is apropos to nothing, but I love his squishy face. /sigh/

So, last week I decided to write 500 words/a half hour everyday. I lasted three days. Not so good.

However - 500 words a day for seven days is...3,500 words. And I actually ended up writing 4,222 words in total.

So not a stellar week, but far more than I have written in one week in ages.

I'm going to call it a thumbs up.

So I had this dream...

I've been watching an episode of The West Wing every night before bed. I'll post about that later - because First TV Fandom-Love needs its own post.

But anyway, I dreamed that myself, CJ, Josh, Toby and The President were at a hospital. We were there for some reason I can't remember - (in reality, it is because I am plotting out sick!Chad-fic in my head, thus hospital - but idk the reason in the dream-world). Anyway, we are waiting on the elevator from the parking garage and the ground starts shaking and the walls start cracking and we realize the whole building is going to go down. So we are running along the stairs with a crowd of people and Josh is trying to guard The President - (Martin Sheen for those of you that don't know this show). We get outside and it is a mad rush of people and we realize that the whole ground is opening up and swallowing people - (think "Earthquake 10.5" and omg, now that I say that, wasn't Dule Hill in that movie? WTF. Okay...)

So, now we get reports that it is happening all across the country, the ground opening up. And we are running and CJ is holding my hand and yelling at me, "Don't let go of me." To which I reply, "I'm not a toddler in a department store." She doesn't even look at me to answer, "You'll get trampled to death there, short-stuff." Okay fine, I am five foot tall and CJ is well over 6 feet, whatever.

Then the big black helicopter lands, filled with Secret Service guys who are for some reason dressed in black ninja Swat team outfits. Toby and Josh are pushing their way through to the get The President on the chopper and The President turns around and yells, "We have more room, we have room for more people." (Honestly, stupid, the crowd would have rushed him.)

So I turn to the crowd and see a young woman with a couple small children clinging to her and I grab her and shove her towards the chopper, yelling at her to get on. Then I grab some man with a baby, and two guys from the first daycare I worked at who are carrying daycare kids, and start shoving them towards the helicopter.

Then Josh hollers, "That's enough! Go!" and shoves me towards the helicopter and I realize there isn't enough room for Josh & CJ & Toby, the senior staff isn't coming, so I try to pull away and I am all, "I'm not a kid, there is room to save two more kids."

And Josh just gives a look to the Secret Service man in his black ninja swat outfit behind me, and I feel the guy's arms come around me from behind and I realize too late that they are going to put me on that helicopter - (mind you, I would get trampled in that crowd and I would fall over if the ground were opening up under me, but whatever...I was so indignant.) I look at Toby and reach for him, because surely Toby will understand my outrage at being saved with, you know, old people still on the ground, except Toby gives me the sexy Do-as-I-say stare. I'm screaming at them, "No!" and the helicopter guy is hollering, "We have to go!" and the giant gaping hole in the ground is getting closer and bigger...

...And I wake up.

Most exciting dream ever.

In Sum: I also had a dream where I was at an Adam Sandler concert and I was so excited to be there and just hanging out with my guy cousin. Adam played a thoroughly rockin' song which he said was titled "Bad Omen", after which I realized that Adam Sandler isn't actually a RockGod and can't really play like he is AC/DC, and thus my logical brain sussed out that it was a dream.
 
 
 
Menel: SPN - Sam (B&W)menel on November 10th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
I used to have a similar rule. Not 500 words a day (too ambitious for me!), but just write something every day, even if it was just a paragraph. Those were the days before I began teaching or my M.A., fandom was shiny and new, and my life was still my own. Yeah, those days are loooong gone.

Every now and then, usually during the holidays, I tell myself that I'd like to go back to that and I try. I really do. And it should come as no surprise that the 'write-something-every-day' rule lasts just as long as the holidays do. :-(

But go you! 4222 words sounds very productive to me. *g*

(And I didn't read about your dream because I have no clue when it comes to The West Wing. Maybe I'm not as geeky as you think I am.)

Btw, there's an icon meme going around that I expect to see up on your journal soon. I plan to do mine tonight. Well, ideally. I might just crash instead. Ho-hum.
dodger_sister: smallville-lexsmile-oxoniensisdodger_sister on November 11th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
I used to have a similar rule. Not 500 words a day (too ambitious for me!),

Well, I sat down and wrote the first day for a half hour and I was able to write 800 words - so I decided 500 words was not too ambitious. Except, this all proved to me that the real problem isn't getting the words out when I sit down...it's the actual sitting down. The days I did manage to start, I wrote triple times what my goal was. But I only wrote on three of the four days, so...you see my problem? Still, I'm going to keep trying for this every week.

I don't know, once again, why you have to go to work and can't just stay home and write me fic all day...I mean, write fic all day, not always for me. Okay...

Yes, thanks, 4,222 words makes me happy.

(And I didn't read about your dream because I have no clue when it comes to The West Wing. Maybe I'm not as geeky as you think I am.)

You're a total geek and you know it. Though I just had someone else tell me to go watch Spartacus, so...

You should read about my dream - it's really about me saving people in an apocalypse! Dream-Me is an action hero!

Btw, there's an icon meme going around that I expect to see up on your journal soon. I plan to do mine tonight. Well, ideally. I might just crash instead. Ho-hum.

I saw it! I want to do it, but I currently, um...am in the middle of a very OCD icon overhaul project, so um, yes, I'm an OCD dork. Plus, it wants you to pick your favorite and stuff. But if I pick a favorite icon, then all the other icons will be sad. :( Also, I'm lazy. ;)
Jojo: Puppy 'n' Glassesjojothecr on November 10th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
I figured that Mini Na No Wri Mo is a damn wonderful thing for that. My limit is 150 words per day. Together, in the last three days, I wrote over 8,000 words. Which is like... more than I wrote in a few previous months together. The quality is questionable though.

Go you! Anything is good. :)

Where do you get dreams like this? O_o

The only dream I remember was a few days ago. It was weird and uncomfortable and I was stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere where the closest town was a few hundred miles away and next bus was about to arrive like twelve hours later. I was scared and bored... and then I decided to wake up. So I did.
dodger_sister: smallville-lexsmile-oxoniensisdodger_sister on November 11th, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
8,000 words!! HOLY HELL!! I keep seeing that your updates show you getting way over your goals, but wow. I'm not sure it all has to be perfect when we write it first off. We can always tweek it. I think it is, at least for me, the practice of getting back into writing as a whole, even if the stuff takes a while to start sounding like anything.

Go you! Anything is good. :)

Thanks! It's seriously more than I've gotten out in a long time. I think I'm just disappointed because I still have so many unfinished pieces.

Where do you get dreams like this? O_o

I don't know. Honestly, I ask myself that all the time. I have always had vivid dreams that I can usually remember. I thought they might get less frequent without all the drug-induced hallucinations, but no...this is just how I dream. I remember dreams I had as a kid even. One involving Magnum PI and She-Ra's unicorn. I swear.

It was weird and uncomfortable and I was stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere where the closest town was a few hundred miles away and next bus was about to arrive like twelve hours later. I was scared and bored... and then I decided to wake up. So I did.

That sounds like a horrible dream. But at least your mind is in control enough to snap you out of it.
ranua: pastel g.a.ranua on November 10th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to write a little everyday too. No where near as ambitious as you though. 4,000 words is damn good. I'm lucky to get a paragraph or two down. Then feel blessed if they make sense with anything else I've been working on.

Oh, Dodger! Your dream, it is the bomb! That is a totally kick-ass action adventure movie of a dream. I can't remember the last time I had one that awesome, I'm jealous.
dodger_sister: smallville-lexsmile-oxoniensisdodger_sister on November 11th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
I've been trying to write a little everyday too. No where near as ambitious as you though. 4,000 words is damn good. I'm lucky to get a paragraph or two down. Then feel blessed if they make sense with anything else I've been working on.

But if you are writing every day, you are still doing good, because that's my problem. Once I start, word count is easy. But getting started is not so easy. As long as you keep doing it a little bit at a time, it will keep your creativity going, I think at least. Are you working on any Chris/Steve/Eliot porn, by chance? heehee

Oh, Dodger! Your dream, it is the bomb! That is a totally kick-ass action adventure movie of a dream. I can't remember the last time I had one that awesome, I'm jealous.

I know!! I woke up and had to play out what I thought would happen next. Last night I dreamed I was running a summer camp and Martin from "Without A Trace" showed up to take me on a date. It very romantic.

EDIT: Did you ever watch "Without A Trace" at all?

Edited at 2010-11-11 05:37 am (UTC)
ranuaranua on November 11th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Are you working on any Chris/Steve/Eliot porn, by chance? Actually, I'm working on the build up. Got the porny bit pretty well mapped out just gotta get them there.

Last night I dreamed I was running a summer camp and Martin from "Without A Trace" showed up to take me on a date. Your brain must be an epic place to hang out! lol
ranuaranua on November 11th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Just saw the edit. That's the one with the guy who played Vin Tanner on Magnificent 7, right? I don't believe I've ever knowingly watched an ep.
dodger_sister: smallville-lexsmile-oxoniensisdodger_sister on November 12th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Yes, Without A Trace is the one with Vin from Mag7 - lol I watched Without A Trace for all but the very last season, so like 6 or 7 seasons...and all I heard on the groups were people going on about Vin Tanner and so many, many Without A Trace/Mag7 crossover fics and I was at a loss for what they were talking about. I have Season One of Mag7 now though, so I am an educated girl. I kind of love Mag7. Without A Trace was not that good from a procedural crime drama viewpoint, but Martin and Danny were so my boyfriends, and each other's boyfriends, there were boyfriends all around.