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Friday, January 27, 2012

Creating My Own Nightmares

Last night, I didn't sleep very well.  I kept having nightmares based around the novelette (though it may turn out to be a novella, I'm not sure) I'm writing.  In the room I'm sleeping in, there's an open door that looks right into the bathroom.  In the bathroom, there's an electrical outlet with a tiny red light on it, that happens to be right next to the mirror.  When it's dark, it looks like a pair of big red eyes staring right at me, so even when I could block out the scary images I had created for Reflections in the Window, I was kept company by the demon eyes that watched me as I slept.  Not comforting.

I'm not sure how I feel about the fact that my own ideas give me nightmares.  Danny says it's a good thing.  Of course, I've been living in my mind as Rachel for several hours a day, so it's been on my mind a lot while I try to create ideas to scare her.  Since I put myself in her mind, then what scares her scares me.  (Or is it vice versa?)

Either way, I'm pretty excited about Reflections in the Window.  I think it will turn out better than The Secret Room, and I think the novelette will become my forte.  (But I do have some novels planned, too.)


  1. Hey Stefanie,

    I consider these experiences to be inevitable for all (good ;) ) writers. It's our imagination that defines us - and we have to accept the side effects.
    By the way, I like your blog very much! Please excuse my linguistic mistakes - I'm a writer from Germany.

    Best wishes,

    1. Thank you, Lea! I think you are absolutely correct. I appreciate your comment and input.

      What part of Germany? I've got German roots- my grandma was 100% German (as her parents, and their parents, and so on), born in Wiesbaden. :) I plan to visit sometime and see the country.

      And I see no linguistic mistakes. :)

      Best wishes to you, too!

    2. What an amazing coincidence, Stefanie! Actually, i live in the same area, only about two hours away!
      Maybe - and I hope you don't consider this as a sign of impertinence - we could keep in touch!?
      I really love reading your blog - oh, this sounds like an officiously teenager ...

      But - nevertheless - i'm happy about your answer and i love incidents like that - they make my life exciting ;)


    3. Lea,

      It makes me so happy to hear that you enjoy reading my blog! I love writing it, so it's wonderful to hear that people love reading it. :)

      Yes, I would love to keep in touch. I looked at your blog, but I can't read/speak German (I plan to learn someday, though).

      Those little coincidences make life so interesting, don't they? :)


  2. I'm glad to hear that. I didn't expect you to read my blog - I just wanted to state "where I come from" =).
    I just watched "You've got Mail" starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan - in Meg's bookshop I spotted a book called "The Secret Room" and instantly thought of you ;) ... that was a surprising experience for me, because I'm not following your blog for a long time now, but it's already following me ... =)

    1. Haha, that's pretty amazing, what an interesting coincidence that you happened to watch that and see that book so shortly after finding my blog. I haven't seen that movie in a few years, but I'll have to watch it again and keep an eye out for "The Secret Room!" :)

      By the way, may I ask how you found my blog?