Just a Dream

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Just a Dream

I was running, panting, and out of breath. I just couldn’t run anymore. He was behind me right on my heels. I had to get to the other side and quickly. I came to the end and I saw three Doors. I didn’t know which one was which. I had to get away and get away fast. It was eenie meenie miney mo on the go. I chose the door on the right. I don’t know why it just seems like that was where I supposed to go. I had this vibe, this intuition, telling me that safety was beyond that door. As I opened the door, a strong wind was whipping around the other side and trying to suck me in. The wind wasn’t colorless it was all different bright colors. I knew immediate death was imminent if I didn’t cross that threshold. The man with the ax had caught up to me.
“Don’t go through that door, young lady.” he growled.
“All you have to do is submit to me and this ax here doesn’t have to become your new best friend.” he slyly said with a half grin on his face.
I froze just from his words. I knew I had to make some sort of move.
I looked at his disheveled face and then noticed the blood dripping from the ax. With my hand on the knob I turned around and jumped into the whirling vortex of air with my eyes closed.
I said a prayer knowing this was my end. As the wind sucked me in, my whole body jerked like a seizure. My eyes opened and I was back home in my bed, panting and sweating. I looked at the clock to see the time and it had only been 5 minuted since I fell asleep. The clock displayed 2:17 and if you turn that number upsidedown it looks like LIZ. Elizabeth is my first name, but everyone calls me Liz.

Just a Dream

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It’s a start to a new week, hope everyone has an amazing day! Here’s your quote of the day…

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All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.

Federico Fellini

Celebrated Italian director Federico Fellini (born January 20, 1920) started out as a humorist of sorts. In the postwar period he started a business drawing caricatures for American soldiers—it was called the Funny Face Shop.

Words for befuddling blunders

Parapraxis
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“Would you like some butter on your bed?” Take the margarine off the quilt! You’ve simply stumbled across a parapraxis. From the Latin para meaning “beside” and praxis, Greek for “a doing,” a parapraxis is an instance in which you say one thing and mean your mother. . . another. The term is most commonly known as a Freudian slip and was deeply instrumental in the work of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud in determining his patients hidden intentions and desires.

Commonly confused pairs

Wreathe
reeth

A wreath is a circular band of flowers or leaves that can be placed on a door or a head. (Think Christmas or Julius Caesar.) The word comes from the Old English wrioa meaning “band,” and since that early origin, wreath has been a noun. To wreathe is to adorn something with a wreath or to encircle something the way a wreath does.

10 Things Writers should know

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There’s only so long you can coast on that first burst of writerly inspiration. Then, if you’re serious about writing, reality sets in — and the work begins.

For the novices, Michael Nye of The Missouri Review put together a list of things young writers should know from the start. For folks who’ve been writing a while, it never hurts to be reminded of these rules — as they can just as easily apply to experienced writers.

Check out the summary below.

10 things emerging writers should be aware of early in their career

1. Talent is overrated. Hard work and dedication are the keys to success.

2. Don’t be in a rush to publish. Anyone can write. Take your time and get it right!

3. Force yourself to be social. Even in the internet age, handshakes and in-person hellos are important.

4. Make the time. It’s not easy— but make the time to read and write every day.

5. Own up to your mistakes. Be honest with yourself about your writing. Don’t get defensive. Fix stuff that needs fixing.

6. Don’t waste time reading stuff that you hate. But DO throw the book across the room.

7. Build a network that is large AND strong. Your reputation matters. Connections matter.

8. You need at least 3 mentors. They will show you the way — even if you’re only imaging what their solution would be to a problem.

9. Imitate your idols — unless they’re jerks. This is another way of giving yourself creative options for particular writing or professional problems.

10. Read more books. Don’t forget what inspired you in the first place. Go back to the source.

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What rules would you add to this list? Anything you wish you could tell a younger version of yourself? Let me know in the comments section below.