On the Nature of Dreams

Do you remember your dreams? I’ve heard that most people don’t. For me, remembering dreams is a choice. It requires real mental work.

Dreams are fleeting, evasive fireflies that blink in and out of our senses once we wake. For me, like words that disappear from the tip of my tongue, sometimes the harder I try to reel in the glimpse of memory of the dream, the more palpably I can feel it disappearing from my mind.

Sometime though I can catch a scrap of the dream, sometimes on purpose, sometimes just because a bit pops into my head. If I can get that much, usually I can work out enough to remember the majority of the dream. At that point the memory is concrete, and I can revisit it if I so choose anytime I want.

But if I don’t try to remember the dream I won’t, and it will be lost forever. Like many things, the more effort you put in, the more reward you get out.

I don’t know what the purpose of writing this down was supposed to be, but oh well.

Words You Shouldn’t Say

Did I mention the book I wrote? It is a parent humor picture book entitled, “S***, D***, F***, and Other Words You Shouldn’t Say.” It’s about what happens when you accidentally swear in front of your kid, and the inevitable moment when they repeat you at the worst possible moment.

Anyways, I’m pretty excited to say my kickstarter is at 40% funded. There are 13 days left I think, so it could still happen. If anyone has any promotion suggestions I’d be happy to hear them!

The idea came about in a moment where I’d done something, maybe stubbed my toe or something, then swore in front of my toddler. (Or, I don’t think he was a toddler yet.) Of course I followed it up with, “Oh! Don’t say that!” It happened a few times and my sleep deprived brain thought it sounded like a refrain from a song or children’s book.

“Don’t say S***, it’s not polite.

Don’t say S***, for it’s not right.”

I told my hubby, and he encouraged me to write the book. While this was going on I became aware of parent friends around us talking about this very topic, accidentally swearing in front of their kids. It was like when I bought an orange car years ago and suddenly I started noticing that a lot of drivers had orange cars.

We still let the occasional swear slip. The Boy is old enough that he has started parroting it back to us, so that’s just wonderful. Lol. I have anxiety about him walking into our church and sharing his fun vocabulary with all his classmates. It hasn’t happened yet though. (Not to say he hasn’t found other embarrassing things to share with people at the church.)

So what about you? What are your experiences with kids and swearing? Funny stories?

And if you are interested, below is a link to my kickstarter.


Blog ABC Challenge

I saw something neat while browsing other blogs. In attempt to make my posts more regular, I am going to start the ABC Blog challenge. I intend to work my way through the alphabet, blogging about a topic starting with a different letter every day. Feel free to leave topic suggestions!

I’ll post A today, once I, ya know, write it.

Writing prompt:

Guess what? You just became a character in a dystopian novel. Who are you and how do you cope?

Guest Blog: How to use your experiences to write a book by @readtosurviveB

Hello, my name is Klaren O’Connor, I live in Italy, I am eighteen years old and at the age of sixteen I was in the hospital.

One night I woke up to get a drink and I felt weird, I kept seeing dark and then yellow, but for a reason I didn’t think much of it and was like: “It’s just the pressure, always happens when I get up in a rush from my bed.” But then I don’t remember anything just my mom calling my name.

I thought that she was waking me up because I had to go to work (I was doing an internship in the district of my town), and thought that she got scared because I didn’t respond to her quickly, but when I woke up I was lying in the floor near the toilet door.

She was calling for my dad in order for him to help her but then I got up and asked her what was wrong with me she said that I passed out and that it was not the usual passing out but I was trembling so hard.

She had no idea what was going out but I immediately knew I had a seizure.

I was scared to have epilepsy.

I went to the doctor the next day, and he gave me some tests to do, I did the tests and week later I received the results and they came out negative for epilepsy, they said that I was dehydrated, and it had given me a seizure.

All this thing happening to me got me the best idea I have ever had in my life.

I was looking at the doctor that did the test on me and I was admiring him so much, I was like: “Wow, he studied 12 years to get here.” and he was handsome too, he inspired me my first book.

After a month of brainstorming I started writing it. There are a lot of people that have a disease but just don’t go get checked because they be like “I have nothing.” that’s what happened to my uncle who died from cancer because it was too late, and that’s the same thing I was almost doing, I was so scared to hear the doctor telling me that I had epilepsy that I didn’t want to go, I didn’t want to know.

I was lucky, but the protagonist of my book won’t be as lucky as me, my book, ‘’The last beat’’ (it’s not available in English but it will be the 20th of may.) tells about this, my protagonist will have a problem and just a person will save her.

Always take care of yourself and it’s better to be checked even if it’s scary.

Thank you for the opportunity that you have given to me, to talk here.

If you want to hear more from me this is my blog: http://www.readtosurvive.com

Here is my Twitter: @readtosurviveB

Writing Prompt

“Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me
I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed

All Star – Smash Mouth

Tell me your story! What is one event in your life that changed you and made you who you are today?

And Now For Something Completely Different

I think today I want to simply leave a writing prompt and see what you all come up with. Let me know if you like the idea and I’ll start posting a daily prompt in addition to blogging.


A meteor is heading to Earth. Create an unlikely superhero to save the day (or not). Can they do it without revealing their identity?