I don’t know if other writers of fiction have a similar experience, but I tend to have very detailed, very complex dreams. Generally I chalk it up to an extremely active imagination, without which there would be no fiction.

Everyone here, especially during the A to Z Challenge, is creative in some way…does this happen to people with creativity in a different direction? Do some of you writers never dream at all?

What strikes me about dreams is no matter how solid they feel, how firmly rooted in that reality I am while I sleep, when I wake up, it all flutters away to nothing.


Entire networks of people, established relationships, neighborhoods, tasks, vanish with the opening of an eye. Well, two eyes.

But you get the idea.

Fleeting has wistfulness built right into it; it’s a monument to impermanence. That which was all-encompassing is, in the breath between seconds, gone.


Sometimes it surprises me, when it all melts away, and here I am, still me, and those people never existed at all. Like characters I didn’t have to create, I didn’t have to shape or round.

Though my characters kind of do that themselves too, so it might be a bit of a theme with me. What do I know, I just live here.

Still, there’s something so engaging in it, tantalizing when nothing but snippets remain.


Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

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21 thoughts on “Fleeting

    • Thanks! Yes, exactly that, all of it. I’ve definitely had some recently I was very relieved to leave; this morning, I was more along the lines of confused, but so go mornings!


  1. debscarey

    I didn’t have any dream recall for years, something to do with a deficiency in one of the B vitamins. But it’s back now. When I’m pantsing, there’s no dreaming of my stories. But not that I’m planning, I’m dreaming about the story … in fact it’s now part of my process. It’s most odd.

    A-Zing this year at:
    Normally found at:

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    • That’s really interesting on the B vitamins…maybe I should take a supplement and then not have to make anything up…let my subconscious do the work!

      That’s a really cool part of your process, I think!


      • debscarey

        I believe it’s B6 only. I actually cannot take a B complex as it send me totally loopy (hormonally speaking). But do look in to it, especially to see whether you can simply boost it through your diet. Could have an interesting impact 😉

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  2. I would hate to have my dreams analyzed. They are always so stupid. Sometimes I wake myself up laughing because even in my sleep I know it’s stupid. Who could think such stuff when wide awake?

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