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#SoCS Nov. 5/16 – Novel Ideas

November 5, 2016

for Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt: novel


It’s been months (June) since I’ve had any novel ideas, meaning ideas for new novels. After a major mental smack-down in June and a fogged-up brain since (thank you, psych drugs!), I’d pretty much given up on ever thinking up something new to write again. It wasn’t as if I were lacking in material. I have science fiction, noir-mystery, and vampire pieces I could be working on, and various horror tales I could write. Yes, all of that could keep me busy for months and months to come, but I am accustomed to story ideas popping into my brain on a constant basis. I have a notebook filled with story ideas, projects that could fuel my writing for a decade or more, but since June, not a single new idea has burped from my brain.

Until a week ago, that is. I will confess, I have been off of my psych meds now for three weeks. I shouldn’t be, but I am. It is just the nature of the beast. And it took two weeks for my brain to start functioning again (normally it would take months, but I’ve only been on these meds for four months). I was half-in and half-out of consciousness when I suddenly heard Catharine’s voice. You cannot imagine how joyous it sounded! My sweet muse was speaking to me again. She tends to go away because of the meds, as do Evelyn (my other muse) and Stefano (my animus) – as do the wicked voices, but we don’t want to discuss them right now. Catharine! Yes, her words came in a low whisper, a gentle nudge. I rolled over and tried to open my eyes, but I still wanted sleep. She became persistent and before long, she was yelling at me to get up and write down her words. Finally, I obeyed.

That mid-morning wake-up call has resulted in a new novel idea – Seeing You – which is unfolding daily over at my other blog, A Whispered Wind. So what about my other endless projects? I am still doing the Zanzibar story here on this blog with Keith Channing. And for as long as I can ride this wave of mania from getting off of my drugs without my demons attacking me again, I will try to work on each of the other projects as well. For now, I am just happy to be receiving novel ideas again – two more came through today and are in the notebook!


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One Comment
  1. Deb permalink

    OMG…I’m have been on some meds since June too and my creativity has been nowhere near me! I hadn’t even related it to the meds!
    Congratulations on getting your creativity back.

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