Friday, September 5, 2008

Nightmares


Hex Appeal has to do with Jazz unable to get a good night’s sleep. Except her problem isn’t insomnia. More like magickal nightmares that makes the monster in the closet seem like a fluffy teddy bear.

After all, would you want to go back to sleep if you dream the vampire you love is tearing out your throat? Or you dream of a world that’s dark and dangerous where your life was threatened every step you took?

What about you? Have you had insomnia where even counting a million sheep wouldn’t work? Warm milk doesn’t do a thing. Lavender only makes you sneeze and that glass of wine meant to relax only woke you up more.

Or the kind of nightmare where you want to turn on all the lights, check inside all the closets and sit up with a baseball bat at hand?

Have you woken up to see a figure standing at the foot of your bed? Or see a shadow at your window that shouldn’t be there? Or what about noises loud enough to wake you up and have you fearing the worst?
What do you do?

Do you face that dream monster? Or do you look outside to see if anyone else is awake in hopes they’ll hear the screams?

Linda, who probably watches too many horror movies






13 comments:

  1. OOooooo Linda you gave me the willies. I am a pro at freaking myself out and have been prone to night terrors (which almost always involve some shadowy figure lunging at me in the dark). Why our brains do this to us, I do not know, but I admit there is a certain thrill to it, when all is said and done. I imagine that Jazz's nighttime troubles are a much bigger threat than my own. Looking forward to seeing how she copes.

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  2. Aren't nightmares the weirdest? I agree with Christina--why our brains do this to us I don't know! I hope Jazz gets her nightmares figured out :)

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  3. You can't scare me, Linda! Right now, even if a vampire was ALREADY standing by my bed waiting to rip my throat out, I wouldn't care. I'm beat and my feet are killing me! I'm going to bed!!!!
    ARRGGGGHHHH!!!! What the devil is that??!!!!!!
    Linda, help......please....I see dead people...

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  4. Fortunately my dragon-slaying, vampire-hacking, monster-defeating dh is always right next to me. He always whips those guys into submission.

    Most of my worst nightmares involved things I forgot to do, or things I did badly, and for those I simply have to wrestle with my conscience by myself. lol

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  5. Insomnia and strange sleeping patterns are a dear friend of mine. I have worked 12 hour night shifts for close to 20 years; talk about messing up your biorhythms! Nightmares not so much. More disturbing dreams along the lines of getting a horrid review or not being able to finish my work or something stupid like that, which just leaves me more exhausted!

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  6. I don't usually have nightmares, but I've had some recurring dreams in which the scenarios came to fruition. Truly un-nerving, that!

    My new series that my agent is pitching is based on a work related incident plus a dream that I had, and one my nine year olddaughter had, that was frightengly similiar to mine.
    Once this baby sells, I'll tell ya all about it. Just don't want to jinx myself, or bring about bad karma.
    But dreams are really both so fascinating and scary!

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  7. I sleep like the dead except when I'm in the midst of a book. Since I can only write at night, it is sometimes hard to shut it off when I'm on a roll. Not that that has been an issue lately, but that's another blog!

    Charlotte, best of luck with the submission. Keep us posted!!

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  8. Lucky me, I inherited my dad's weird issue of having a brain that sometimes does not entirely shut off dreams upon waking. I've awakened my poor husband I dunno how many times, babbling semi-coherently about this or that floating around the room. Or sometimes I just run into the bathroom, terrified, then wake all the way up and feel like an idiot. It was always funny listening to mom's crazy stories about dad thinking there were snakes or an extra leg in the bed...until I realized I had the same problem!

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  9. Mine comes from years ago when I woke up and saw someone standing at the end of my bed. A man wearing clothing from what I'd have to say were ancient times and even though I was 14 at the time I knew something was very very wrong. I was too scared to scream and he disappeared within minutes. I slept with a light on for many a night after that.

    And has always been a basis for any nightmare scene I've written.

    Linda

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  10. I have long, rich, colorful dreams with complex story lines, and occasionally, a narrator. I also remember them in all their Technicolor detail on awakening.

    In self-defense, I had to train myself not to have nightmares.

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  11. I picked up a gorgeous dreamcatcher and it's by my side of the bed. Knock on wood, I haven't had any bad nightmares since I hung it up there 18 mos ago.

    Although it seems my nightmares can find their way into my books, so it's not as if they're not handy. They're just not fun.

    Linda

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  12. My nightmare was actually a reality-mare, so nothing I can dream has been worse. When my kids were little and hubs was travelling on business, someone tried to get in our house. Luckily I had (wussy) dogs (who suddenly re-grew a set) and scared the guy away. But the fact that he tried, and we were that vulnerable replays itself every so often in my subconscious - THAT is terrifying. I'll take dreams of vampires any day over reality.

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  13. Judy,

    How horrible for you! And something that can creep you out. We have sensor lights out back and there would be times I'd wonder if it was a cat or oppossum in the back yard or something else.

    Plus, with our imaginations it's always too easy to imagine the unthinkable.

    I always have the oddest dreams during the full moon.

    Linda

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