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pillow people, or dreaming things that shouldn’t be.

There’s this anime that I absolutely adore – Mushishi – and in the fourth episode, The Pillow Pathway, Ginko meets this guy whose dreams are prophetic (or come true, and there is a distinct difference between the two thoughts, as you will see if you ever watch the show. (Watch the show, it’s amazing.))

In one scene the guy destroys his pillow because it’s the repository of his soul (and dreams). The concept, very loosely, is that you spend half your life on your pillow, dreaming, and so it holds your soul, kinda. I love this. It is one day going to work its way into a story that is ready for it.

So yeah, with that little story in mind, I present to you the sight that greeted me when i went to go tuck the Younger Spawn into bed.

Ignoring the fact that she is moving on artistically from paper to cloth, that is one disturbing pillow demon thing. I…do not want to know what goes on inside her head. Interestingly, she claims not to have done it, that it was done by Mr Nobody. (*shakes fist* Damn you, school curriculum, for doing that poem).

And it’s things like this that give me ideas for new stories. I mean, how can I look at that, and know the little folklorish bit of soul/dream/pillow stuff, and NOT want to write something?


I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front.

I have 20 pages left on this round of revisions, so there’s why. Generally I find writing and revising all kinds of terrifying. There are just so many potential ways for me to fuck up, and I hate fucking up.

So instead of actually committing words to screen, no matter how shit they might be, I sit and gibber at a blank page and IMAGINE how shit they’re going to be.

This is all kinds of productive, I know.


I’ve been taking baby-steps, breaking the edits down into chunks, and just…working on one line at a time. it’s the only way I can deal with this sort of thing.

Now things are looking a bit more doable, and although it feels to me like all I’ve been doing is making up skipping-rope rhymes, I’m almost certain that I’ve done more than that. The book’s a slightly different shape now. *cocks head* yup. definitely has a changed look to it. I think it’s the hairpins.