Friday 4 June 2010


Dreamfest: day dreams and night dreams and nightmares? How did I nearly miss this?

Amalia T is holding a Dream Sequence Blog Fest today over on her Blog: Good To Begin Well, Better To End Well.

I love how dreams show us our deepest fears. They rarely answer any questions but they help us ask a lot.

This section is  Jess' dream in NEAR EDGWARE   (YA paranormal romance)

I must have slept because when I moved again my heart was racing. My hands and forehead  were soaked in perspiration. The dream that looked, and smelt, and felt so real, had been played out in a strange orange half-light from the evening sun and blood red moon. 
Dogs crouched low but pulled away from the circle where we gathered. A cat, with back arched and claws digging deep, hissed from the branch of a tree. But the crowds, dressed in rough woollen tunics, were the least human creatures there. Mercilessly, they threw stones at a bloodied dog where it crouched, tethered and defenceless in the centre. 
I stood to one side of the crowd quivering with a rage I didn’t understand. My foot rolled a bloody, wooden club in the dust. But the movement had made the hem of my skirt, sticky with blood, slip coldly across my skin.

Now I'm off to go and read some other dreamy posts ;)


  1. Wow. Not only am I intrigued, I MUST know what this was about. Like now.

    <3 Kelsey Leigh

  2. Hi Larry - I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm going all economical!

    Hi Kelsey and Leigh
    Thank you for your enthusiastic response. *blushes!
    I loved the idea you were writing together. My daughter, the most picky Beta a person could ever find, says she'd be happy with co-author status too.

  3. Ooo, nice. I wish there was more. What an interesting picture you paint, with the animals on the outside watching as the humans act like animals. Why are they stoning a dog? So many questions. I love when snippets have me asking questions.

  4. Creepy, but it drew me in. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Brutal. I like how the humans were the least human-like creatures in your scene. Human beasts.

    - Eric

  6. Hi Charity
    Thank you - the dreams make Jess ask the questions too.
    Al and Eric
    Brutal and creepy in something so short? Yeah! :)

  7. Oooh, what a teaser you are. I really liked this. I want to read more. Why is the person all bloody?

  8. Interesting scene. I wish it was longer. I'd like to read more of this.

  9. Hi Elizabeth and Sarahjayne
    Thanks for your kind thoughts and comments.
    Brief dreams, shocking in their intensity, haunt Jess. I think, in dreams, unless some outside force is interfering, everyone is at the mercy of their subconscious.

  10. Well that dog had it coming.
    Nice teaser!

  11. This is short and chilling! I love that the humans were the most monstrous. I really like that you kept it brief--it made it that much more powerful an image. Thanks for participating!!

  12. It was creepy and enthralling at the same time and I normally don't do creepy but I want to read more. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hi Andrew, Amalia and Hayley
    It was a subconscious ripple for Jess and, I hope, made more people than her question what it could all mean ;)

  14. intriguing, disturbing ... everything that makes me want to turn the page. well done.

  15. Short and sweet. To the point while leaving questions behind. Have no idea what's going on or the character but there's bound to be something interesting from this dream.