The Dreams of Summer

I have had two dreams about Better Midler in recent weeks. These dreams occurred on different nights, and didn’t seem to be connected to each other thematically (other than the fact that they featured Bette Midler). I don’t remember the first dream very well, and I only remember bits and pieces of the second dream.

I loved Bette Midler as a child. I think this was mostly because of the films in which she acted. For instance, I LOVED the film FOR THE BOYS. I know it’s odd of me to have loved this film as a 10 or 11 year old child, but I did. I think I loved it mostly because I knew there were grown-up things about it I didn’t fully understand, but I also loved the music and the complicated relationships the film portrays. I loved the history. Hocus Pocus is another Bette Midler film that I adored. Big Business and Beaches were also pretty delightful. I used to play with my Barbies (yes, I admit I played with them well into Jr. High and possibly even High School) and I’d have them sing Bette Midler songs on a Fischer Price tape player I had that came with a microphone that was not to Barbie’s scale at all, but imagination can compensate for such things when we’re young.

Anyways, my most recent dream of Bette Midler had the two of us lazing around with nothing to do. I think we were just watching tv, talking, drinking tea, lounging, etc… There was a casualness to our interactions that felt unusual for the fact that we didn’t actually know each other – even in the dream.

However, at one point, I said something complimentary of Bette Midler, and she took it as something that anyone would say to her because she’s sooooo famous, and she told me that she distrusted the compliment’s sincerity. I decided that meant that I needed to gush to her about how wonderful she actually is… I reminded her that no one but her could have been such a touching and sentimental last guest for Johnny Carson AND made a joke upon receiving a Golden Globe Award that went something like, “I’ll show you a pair of Golden Globes…”

Bette Midler was rather impressed with my knowledge of her career, and thanked me for the compliment, realizing it wasn’t coming from just any old fan.

And then I woke up.

What does it mean, I wonder?


Ten Minutes

I don’t have any ideas about what to write right now, so I’m going to time myself and just give you whatever comes out for ten minutes. I know of some other bloggers who’ve done this, and while I may generate a bunch of really bad writing, there is also a chance that I’ll come up with something surprising and awesome that makes me famous.

  • I’m sitting in Starbucks right now, and there’s a guy sitting in front of me who just opened up his laptop. His wallpaper is a really big picture of a gorrilla and it reminds me of Cocoa. Cocoa was this adorable creature some lady taught how to communicate using sign language. My sister and I had a book about Cocoa when we were little – with big pictures that made me really happy.
  • A long time ago, I promised to give you a new narrative with visual aids, and I want you to know that I feel completely sad and sorry that I haven’t done it yet. My excuse is that the pics are really time-consuming and not at all as fun as you’d think they’d be to create. But I’m still working on it and will post it for you soon. Also on my mind for future post topics: Bette Midler (my favorite from age 7 – 14), Annabelle (because I love my beast a lot), Shane and Beth (my cousin Shane is sincerely one of my heroes. Also, I’m pretty sure Beth has subscribed to the blog and is next in line for a narrative), Eucalyptus Biscuit (because she’s an amazing roommate who I love), and something about the sovereignty of God (because I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately). Unfortunately, I don’t have much energy right now to write about any of those things. I’ve obviously lost all of the momentum I previously had going with being more than a day ahead on post drafts, and now I’m having to resort to ten-minute freewrites that aren’t even edited before being published.
  • On the fiction front, life just keeps kicking my behind, and I think it’s about time that I give up on a timeline for the book. I’ll finish this round of revisions whenever I finish. I’ll send the manuscript to Reader Mike and finalize my query template and stalk agents a bit . Then I will revise again while sending out queries. Whenever that happens, it happens. No more pressuring myself. I think I’ve driven myself into insanity with working full-time, meeting with friends and ladies from church, keeping up with the blog, and revising the manuscript every day. Oh yeah, and I was training for a half-marathon. Tonight, I think I’m going to do yoga in an attempt to exercise without being exhausted.

And my ten minutes are up.. three minutes ago.

So thank you for checking in. I love you all very much and love so much how you’ve commented and supported me in recent distresses… even those of you who’ve never met me in real life have been AMAZING!