Monday, January 17, 2011

Make dreams come true-ish?

So I was going to do a long, elaborate post today about all the new covers for the Shade series in 2011. Most of you have already seen them, but I was planning to do a little commentary on each one. It was going to be cover-licious! (And it's been on my to-do list for eight weeks.)

Then I made the mistake of checking Twitter and learning that today is supposedly "Blue Monday," the most depressing day of the year--and not just for fans of the Patriots, Ravens, Seahawks, and Falcons (there is a lot of shame to go around after those games, sniffle). And then I went to YouTube and dug up this video from 1999, Orgy's remake of New Order's "Blue Monday."

Then author Myra McIntyre posted her Blue Monday cure, Cute Overload's Top Ten Photos of 2010 (can I get an AWWWWWWW?). Hoverball Cat was my one of my ten favorites out of the ten:

And now I only have fifteen minutes left in my allotted blogging hour before I have to go do real work. So I decided on a quick post to ask your opinion on a creative matter:

Last week I dreamed that I should give Dexter, the vampire dog from the WVMP Radio series (pictured here on the cover of Bad to the Bone) a girlfriend in the series' final book. Not a girlfriend-girlfriend, mind you, although I've never mentioned specifically whether he was neutered. But a companion. At the end of the series, my plan is for all the characters to be really happy, and not just because they survived the brutal climactic battle scene without getting staked or decapitated (though that would be considerable cause for joy).

But by the morning light, I thought maybe giving Dexter a fellow vampire dog friend-who's-a-girl might be a little cheesy. What do you think?

(Keep in mind, that same night, I dreamed that Pam and Jim from The Office broke up because Jim fell in love with Michael Scott.)

A lot of writers say their stories came to them in a dream, but it's never happened to me. What about you? Do your dreams ever make it into your stories, either in pieces or as a whole? Or are they just too off-the-wall, like mine? And is it really bad taste to be talking about TV-and-book-related dreams on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, or did I dodge that bullet by not titling this post "I can haz dream"?

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If I was a writer, I am pretty sure my dreams wouldn't be a lot of inspiration. The other night I got a cell phone that was also a camera and a chainsaw. :-D


P.S. I think Dexter needs a friend! No pet should be without a companion. BUT have you thought about it not being another dog? How about a ferret or a cat?

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 1/17/2011 10:12 AM

The dream made me laugh. A girlfriend for Dexter sound a bit cheesy but I would have said that a vampire dog sound bad before I read your books and now I adore Dexter your guts!/unhelpful

Posted by: Anonymous Jade at 1/17/2011 10:15 AM

Katie: That is a very cool dream! Maybe your phone came with the Chainsaw App? ;-) I like your idea about it being another animal. He did get along well with Antoine the (real) cat when they lived with David.

Jade: LOL, that actually is helpful! I'll see if it dovetails with another plot point in some way before I decide if it's right.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/17/2011 10:51 AM

Every animal deserves a companion to keep them company whilst their slaves *cough* I mean owners are away :)
I say trust the dream. But I do love the idea of a vamp-cat! Perhaps in your next series? XD

Posted by: Blogger cegluna at 1/17/2011 11:35 AM

I once had a dream for an awesome book, and got up to write it all down. In the morning, though, it didn't make much sense!

Posted by: Blogger Andrea Coulter at 1/17/2011 2:33 PM

Y'know, when I read your tweet about this, I thought you meant Showtime's Dexter -- and I thought "that might be a little much."

As for Ciara & Shane's Dex, I suggest making them star-crossed lovers in counterpoint to C&S -- in this case, both vampires, but she's a Macaw.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 1/17/2011 4:31 PM

But by the morning light, I thought maybe giving Dexter a fellow vampire dog friend-who's-a-girl might be a little cheesy. What do you think?

Does it have to be a vampire dog - can it be a zombie dog instead? If so, then bring her in! If not, then I'd prefer she didn't exist.

Crikey, I must've woken up on the wrong side of the bed today. Sorry, lass!

Posted by: Blogger Tez Miller at 1/17/2011 6:54 PM

I say go with your dream. Admitidly it does sound a little cheesy but I'm sure you would write it in a way that wouldn't be. I think it would work considering how Ciara always helps rescue dogs so it is definitely plausable.
Maybe one of the other vamps keeps the dog and Dexter is always happy to see her.

Posted by: Blogger Karen at 1/18/2011 10:35 AM

i think you should give dexter a little companion. though maybe not a vampire-dog, maybe a non-vampire dog. that certainly would be interesting!!! :) <3

Posted by: Blogger Jennzah at 1/21/2011 12:02 PM

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