What’s On My Mind?

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Crazy Quilt, 1884, Brooklyn Museum. Image from Wikipedia.

This week, our resident hound asked whether or not we’ve included specifics of our daydreams into any of our stories.

I’ve been doing a lot of quilting lately, and when I saw the topic of daydreams my mind immediately went to the image of a crazy quilt. In a crazy quilt, there is no pattern at all, and the seams are often embellished. That’s sort of how my mind works. There is no rhyme or reason for the things I think of, and often at the end of the day those thoughts have often been embellished beyond recognition.

I always thought that daydreaming was when we imagined ourselves in another place or time, like when I was seven and thought I’d become a famous actress someday. I was certain I’d live in New York or Hollywood, wear designer clothing, and have servants around to take care of everyday drudgery. In the evenings I would don a designer gown and attend the latest premiere or party on the arm of a gentleman in a tuxedo. Sometimes I’d wrap a tablecloth around my waist and twirl around, picturing myself as the Belle of the Ball. I suppose you could say that in some of my historical romances, my dreams of wearing lovely gowns and attending dances and dinner parties morphed into the activities a few of my characters. Except, of course, those women probably had to wear impossibly uncomfortable corsets.

But after I looked up the word, I realize that daydreaming includes what some people would call wool-gathering. Wikipedia says: Daydreaming is the stream of consciousness that detaches from current external tasks when attention drifts to a more personal and internal direction. (Retrieved 16:03, June 28, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Daydream&oldid=902701342)

Now, of course, when my mind wanders, I’m thinking about what needs to be done, how I’m going to do it, and what the end result will look like. As I wrote this blog post, I was also thinking about how to word the Acknowledgements page on a re-issue of Two Tutor Doves, answering email questions from members of a committee meeting organizing a writers workshop in August, sorting out why various websites keep locking me out, and I’m making notes to remind myself to send out cards for two of my friends. I’m also working on a birthday giveaway for next week. Will I put these thoughts in a story? Possibly. Perhaps not the exact issues I’m preoccupied with, but maybe about the frustration and worry of getting everything done in a timely manner. I did once write about a young lady who, like me, made lists each morning to make sure the various tasks she needed to do that day were completed.

I’ve always had difficulty sitting in one place for an extended period of time. Other than when I’m performing in a concert or teaching a class, my mind is always wandering. I’m not sure I’d want to include my jumbled thoughts in a story, but who knows? Maybe someday I’ll write something in which four or five different things are happening at the same time. I know that parallel plots are nothing new, but if I were to write that I’d have to really concentrate on getting all the stories coordinated. And I’m not certain I’d be able to do that.

What types of story-worthy daydreams have you had?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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9 Responses to What’s On My Mind?

  1. Most of my writing does come from a daydream or two, here and there. If I think it might make a good story element, I put it in my “Future Stories” notebook. The “What if” factor is the main reason. And I always have more than one person’s story progressing throughout my main story line. Usually a sidekick to one of the main characters. It gives a reprieve from the drama in the lives of the main character’s.
    It’s not that hard to keep track of other story lines if it connects in a direct way to the main character’s story. That’s why I do an ongoing outline of each chapter and make extra notes in the character’s bio I’ve written. I generally jot down what page a certain action is taken, and by whomever, on the ongoing outline and mention the character at the beginning of the note. It’s easy to find that way.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I like the idea of a “Future Stories” notebook. My problem would be trying to find it when I need it! And yes, I have more than one person’s thoughts and multiple story lines going. But my problem is that my jumbled thoughts are so disconnected that it would be difficult to coordinate into a single plot line. Thanks so much for weighing in!

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      • It’s not hard at all. You are still working on the main plot line, but adding another minor story to it. In my current book (about to be released), I have the main story, but the female MC has a roommate who finds her true love. He happens to be one of the deputies working the case involved in the main story. See what I mean? We follow her romance through the eyes of my heroine and watch the romance unfold. The minor character starts out concerned for my heroine and her love life, meets the deputy, falls in love with him, and worries about him while he’s on this case. Eventually we see the end of that line as well as the ending to the main story.

        As far as the “Future Stories” notebook, I keep that right where I can reach it at my desk, along with all my other writing tools/books.

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  2. I will jot down ideas that come from daydreams so that I can come back to them later when I have the time and energy to write the story.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’ve done that, too! I’ve learned to keep them in a digital file, since I have difficulty organizing my “stuff.” But then I need to remember which file I put things in!

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    This is yet another example of me not remembering what I had in mind when I proposed this topic. LOL.
    Oh well.
    I love your phrasing:
    ” There is no rhyme or reason for the things I think of, and often at the end of the day those thoughts have often been embellished beyond recognition.”
    This is another case of your brain and mine seeming so similarly attuned that I could easily write those same words to describe myself.
    Often, when Facebook shows me the posts I made 6, 7, or 8 years ago, I can remember that the CORE of what I wrote actually occurred… but that in many cases, I tweaked the dialog or the order of the events to make a better story. Problem is, after all those years, I can’t recall which part I tweaked and which portions were literally true as written.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Ha! It’s part of being a writer, I guess. We take what really happened, and change it up enough to make it fiction. But who knows what was real and what wasn’t?

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Lots of my daydreams end up in my writing, and like you where my thoughts go has no rhyme or reason.

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  5. I am sorry that my comment did not ‘stick’ again;I guess that I should always come back and make sure that it ‘takes’.
    Actually, with as much daydreaming as I do, I was certain that my stories had to be off-shoots, but…well, even I can’t understand how my mind works! So by Friday, maybe I can have an answer for this.


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