Thursday, April 16, 2009

What Dreams May Come... and go?

Every once in a while I wake up with a story in my head. Played out in a dream and beautifully original and fresh, it's all mapped out and ready to be written, or at the very least, the big ideas are lined up and I can make notes for writing later before I roll back over to sleep.

Samual Taylor Coleridge wrote on this concept regarding the poem "Kubla Khan." He woke from a dream *cough*opium*cough* with a gorgeous poem in his head and started writing, only to be interrupted by a neighbor asking for sugar. This neighbor stayed so long that when Coleridge returned to his writing, the remains of the poem were lost, and thus we only have 54 lines of the amazing epic.

Well, I normally keep a notepad by my bed with a pen or pencil to prevent such losses, but last night it wasn't there or I didn't think about it, or, for whatever reason, I rolled over on a dream for a short story.

It was something about a couple in a large house who had this business of selling dogs. And they were wonderful dogs, about any breed you could think of. Well, they go on vacation and this guy, Elsie (possibly Tovar was his last name?), is asked to watch the house. Turns out they make the dogs magically or something. Shrug, as I said, I lost the rest. The most notable things in my mind now are the image of the office/waiting area where they bring in the dogs to meet the buyers, and the fellow's name, Elsie Tovar(?). Yes, his name was Elsie, but I like it. I may end up using it anyway.

And if I do, you readers will be the only ones to know that Elsie didn't start as whatever he might end up being, but as a babysitter for dogs in a dream.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Redesign and Expansion of Site

Well, the past few days have been a lot of fun and energy poured into retooling the website. I think it looks great, thanks to my web-designer/agent/wife! Not only is there a new look to the site overall, but we've also added a new section of literature, as well as deeper pages of information on certain writings!

The new lit section is Poetry, which currently holds just a few poems, but clicking them will take you to the poem, so there's a little more actual content on the site now, which is nice.
The more exciting part to me, however, is in the novel section! Certain titles are now links, taking you to pages with more information and even character photos/bios! (I'd like to thank the developers of HeroMachine for allowing us to use their technology to help create some of characters shots.) More changes and developments will be coming down the pipe, and I'm very excited about the future of the site.

Just to keep you updated, we've not heard from Asimov's on Derek Daniels, nor Mundania regarding On Common Ground yet.