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So I have this dim memory today of waking up in the wee hours of the morning from a dream about Hamlet and vampires. "That was awesome!" my foggy brain thought. "Don't forget that - it would make a bad-ass YA book!" And then I immediately went back to sleep.

Now that I am fully awake, I have no idea what made it so awesome. I am left with vague impressions of pale, beautiful people in period clothes speaking in a pseudo-Elizabethan kind of way, and doesn't that describe a lot of vampire books already out there?


I need to be one of those people who has a handy, dandy little notebook to write sudden bits of inspiration down in. Because I find myself spotting inspiration all over the place. Like the other day, there was this SUV in front of me at a red light that had all these Jesus fish on the back - two big Jesus fish, with three little Jesus fish swimming along behind, which indicated to me that they were supposed to be a little family of Jesus fish. But there was an outline of a fourth small Jesus fish that wasn't there anymore, and that got me wondering. What happened to that fish? Did it die? Was there some big fight within the family resulting in the little fish being disowned and his/her decal being pried off the tailgate? Did it just fall off because of exposure and the Mama and Daddy fishes hadn't gotten around to replacing it yet? I became really invested in figuring this out, which I guess is what writers do.

So I guess I really do need to get a notebook. And either get back to writing poetry or start experimenting with short stories, because otherwise, I'll never get around to using a lot of this stuff.


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Aug. 29th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
I've gotten into the habit of bringing a small notebook with me wherever I go and it really is SO helpful. I used to keep paper by my bed just in case. But the couple of times I jotted down the "amazing ideas" I'd dreamt up during the night, there was nothing all that amazing about them in the morning. Oh well... :-)
Aug. 29th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
I had a dream like that once, convinced myself it was the most fantastic idea and it even came in complete plot form, never been able to write the thing.
Aug. 30th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I keep a notebook too at all times.

I love the Jesus fish story, I want to know what happened!
Aug. 31st, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
My cell phone, which is a Palm Treo (for over-organized people, aren't you surprised?), has a memo feature, where I can type notes, and even make voice memos, which I find terribly useful. And since I already carry it everywhere, no extra little notebook needed.

An informal survey revealed that several other phones have similar features. See if yours does.

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