There are more than a few things going on in my life at the moment, and depression is one of them. It’s been weighing sort of heavy on me the last couple of weeks, and yesterday, after returning from work, it was on of the first times that I fell asleep in my recliner for about thirty minutes, and when I awoke I sort of lay there staring out the window for another twenty minutes. Really sucky, let me tell you.
And when that happens in your life, it’s sort of hard to kick start the writing engine and get your butt in gear. Last night I had a bit of cleanup work to do, changing what I knew to be an incorrect work into the correct phrase. How long does something like that take? Well, I went through a seven minute song twice before I’d completed the task, so there you are. Then I set about changing the names of some of the scene in Chapter Fifteen, because after a while they aren’t making any sense, so you gotta switch thing up, right?
That was done and out of the way.
As you can probably see if you’re examining the above graphic, I didn’t write a lot. In fact, this scene is short, really short. Probably not the shortest I’ve ever written for a story–in my story Echoes there is a chapter that runs right around seven hundred and fifty words–but this has to be one of the shortest scenes ever written in this series. But, you know, that’s okay, because you write what’s needed and move on.
And what is happening? Annie’s trying to dreamwalk. Let me tell you, when you’re trying to image how something that’s never happened before in real life actually works, it’s a pain in the butt. That’s one of the reasons one, it took me about two hours to write five hundred and twenty words, and two, why the scene is so short. What is there to say? You imagine how Annie is crafting the spell and you put that down in the document.
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
She understood the concept: in order to dreamwalk one needed to place themselves in a proper meditative state of mind and then, visualizing their surroundings within the dream realm, use magic to fall asleep and transport their consciousness to this tiny subsection of the Astral Realm.
Like all magic the process, as described, appeared simple. The practice was something completely different. Not only was Annie trying to perform magic designed to make her fall into sleep, but she was attempting to project her magical essence into a realm which she’d never seen. She’d read a much as possible about the Astral Realm, but imagining herself there was difficult, and it was one of the reasons Dreamwalking wasn’t taught until students were at least D Levels and had found some success with Astral Projection.
Only Annie had never performed Astral Projection, so trying to craft the spell for something she’d never seen made visualization that much more difficult. Not that this dissuaded her from doing her best . . .
Yepper Prepper, Annie doing her best is usually a hell of a lot better than nearly everyone else at school. After all, she’s a very methodical girl . . .
She took one final breath and held it for a few seconds before releasing it, purging it and her thoughts from her body. Annie’s eyes shifted behind now-closed lids as she concentrated her willpower upon the image and sensations in her mind. As her body relaxed she wrapped her willpower around the other two elements of her spell and pushed with the last remnants of her consciousness mind as she slipped away into peaceful sleep . . .
And where does this lead us? Well . . .
The first image has most of the answers.
It’s like searching for something in a dream, let me tell you.