Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Amazing Subconscious Mind

Ok, so this morning I did some exercises recommended by Holly Lisle to get information out of the right side of the brain. I wanted to come up with something new - an angle I hadn't used before, but that I was familiar with, and that might work for me. Then, I took a nap.

I had a strange dream that I was reading a magazine which announced that J.R. Ward and Tess Gerritsen were the same person (they are not, in reality).  I woke up wondering what THAT was all about.  I've never even read one of Tess Gerritsen's books (though I hear they're good). I have read several of J.R. Ward's books, and she writes about vampires, angels, and demons - I wasn't sure what Gerritsen wrote.  After a few moments, I thought I remembered reading that Gerritsen wrote medical thrillers. I looked it up on the web to be sure, and yes, she did. Then I downloaded one of her short stories to my Kindle to see if I could figure out a connection, but I still couldn't see a one--other than both write rather darkly--so I wasn't sure why I would dream they were the same person. 

Until it hit me. The link was medicine, and in particular, hospitals. Gerritsen writes medical thrillers - J.R. Ward used to work in hospital administration. And where I have I worked for the past 10 years... in hospitals.

So, don't be surprised if you see a hospital pop up in my work in the near future... :)

Have you ever had your subconscious mind make a connection for you that was unexpected, and were you able to use it in a story or to solve a problem?


  1. Definitely weird how such connections are made. Lana likes to try to figure these things out in dreams. I don't do it very often but on occassion I do and it can be fun.

  2. Good for you. I don't think this has ever happened to me. Although I can't be completely sure, since I don't remember dreams very often.

    I wish I could find the time just to let my mind wander without direction again.

  3. Charles - you have posted some pretty interesting dreams yourself on your blog.

    Travis - I understand about the time issue!


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