Active Dreamland

Whenever I'm getting ready to go somewhere--especially when I have to do something important, I have bad dreams about everything going wrong.

This has gone on since I was a kid. One dream I remember is going to school having forgotten to wear my underpants. This was a big thing back in those days, because girls had to wear dresses.

When I'm flying somewhere I have dreams about the alarm clock not going off and the frantic drive to get to the airport on time. We always have to be at the airport by 6 a.m.

I dream every night, several times a night. I always wake up before there is any satisfying conclusion to the dream.

This weekend we're driving to Pasadena for one night because the next morning I'm on a panel about e-publishing and I don't think we're necessarily going to be welcomed. I've already heard negative comments about reading books on the Kindle etc. Much different from what I hear from all my fellow members of Epic. (Authors published electronically and e-publishers make up the membership.) Haven't had any dreams about it yet, but I'm sure I will. The panel is at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning--so I'll probably dream about not getting ready in time. Or not being able to work my new Kindle which I'm taking with me.

The following week we leave for Las Vegas and the Public Safety Writers Association's conference. I'm really looking forward to that one because I have so many good friends attending, several I haven't seen for awhile. It'll be a reunion of sorts. Always enjoy going to Las Vegas because my sis lives there and we always spend a couple of nights with her too.

I'm in charge of the programming, so no doubt my dreams will consist of not being able to find the room (last year they kept moving us around), someone not showing up when they were supposed to (last year I kept having to rearrange the schedule thanks to one fellow not being able to make it the day he was speaking), losing my cell phone (I did, I'd misplaced it at home but didn't know that.)

Because I always worry about what clothes to take, I'll probably dream about a problem with clothes. Spilling, not fitting, all those kinds of things.

Wish I could turn off the dream mechanism, but wild dreams have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

a.k.a. F. M. Meredith


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