Body Bells??

Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I will wake up and think I have a great idea for a book, or a good line I want to use on the blog, or a necessary change in my book, and this is why I always keep a notebook and pen by my bed. Although, it would probably serve me better somewhere else because these ideas are always zany and never make sense to me the next day.

Body bells: Um….I’m really not completely sure what this means. I think I know what I meant, and I vaguely remember the dream that inspired it, but to be honest, at best it’s a weak metaphor for the feeling you have when you’re in love. At worst it’s complete codswallop. “Body bells” was scribbled in handwriting that didn’t even look like mine and underlined about 10 times in my notebook when I woke up the next day. Apparently, sleepy Be A Lifehacker thought it was a brilliant idea.

Mmmbop as a metaphor for binge eating: No clue why I wrote this down. No clue where it came from. I’m beginning to get scared about what I’m actually doing when I think I’m sleeping.

Bejiggity: I’ve used this word before in many different instances so I can’t be sure how I wanted it to be used in this case. Fun word though.

Does her shoe size make her a bitch?????: This really had 5 question marks in my notebook. I have some vague memory of waking up suddenly and writing this down but I can’t recall the context or the logic behind it. It is an interesting question. I think next time my girlfriends are raging about another girl, I will ask this question, if they begin to fawn over what a genius I am, I’ll know I’m on to something, if they look at me quizzically (as per usual), I’ll know they’re probably going to steal my question to impress their other friends.

Alliteration: I definitely didn’t make this up, but I’m completely baffled as to how I wanted to use it in my writing. I really do love alliteration. Maybe I just wanted to write it down to remind myself to appreciate it more and tell alliteration how much I love it on a daily basis.

Give peace a piece of pizza: Well, clearly, that one is self-explanatory.

Yahtzee! She said disparagingly : I don’t even care what this means, I just can’t believe I wrote the word “disparagingly” when I was half asleep.

I really don’t know whether to be very concerned for my well-being or very proud of my obviously genius unconscious mind. Does anyone else write in their sleep? Is this a thing?

66 thoughts on “Body Bells??

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  2. I can’t say I’ve ever written in my sleep before, but I am henceforth putting a notebook and pen right next to my pillow and giving it a shot. I must thank you heartily for the wonderful idea :)

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  3. WAIT. I just remembered to keep a pen and paper next to my bed — the funniest thing is, I had that idea last night, but I forgot it in the morning, and now, in the daytime, you just reminded me!

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  4. Oh my god, I should leave my notebook next to my bed, too. I think of all sorts of wacky and exciting things while I’m about to fall asleep, but I never get the chance to write them down because, you know, I’m about to fall asleep. It goes something like this.

    “Man, I can’t sleep…”
    (silence)
    “OMG, I just thought of a really complicated and interesting plot that will allow me to write an award-winning novel and earn millions of dollars! All i have to do now is write it dow-”
    (morning)
    “Ugghh… what was I thinking about last night?”

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    • Just think, by keeping a simple notebook by the bed you could become a millionaire.

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  5. I used to have crazy dreams that I wrote about in the morning … I could make a children’s fantasy book with them …

    Unfortunatelly, since my therapist asked me to try to remember my dreams to tell her about them, my unconcious mind has decided to stop remembering … I hate that …

    Altough if I dreamt of alliteration, pizza for peace and mmmbop as a methaphore I’d be delighted … Jealous!!!! :)

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    • Thank you! Sometimes, I’m a little scared about what I’ve written down in the morning…. :)

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  6. This cracked me up! I do the same thing! Oh and I Absolutely Adore Alliteration.

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  7. Wow, your dreams sounds about as interesting as my own. Although not quite sure what to make about the shoe size or hanson theories. I may just have to listen to the song again. I tend to keep a pen and paper by my bed because you are absolutely correct that we never know when a good idea may arise. Excellent post – thanks for sharing the inner workings of your subconscious. Cannot wait to see when and where they will pop up =)

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  8. I’m wondering what would happen if you started using a recorder instead of pen and paper. Would you elaborate? Or would it all be just gibberish out loud?

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    • I’m almost afraid to try. ;) I don’t own a recorder but I might have to invest in one, this could end up being pretty hilarious.

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  9. I love writing too, and am feeling extremely motivated to do sleep-writing. I find all your night-time ideas amazing!

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    • Thank you! At the very least, sleep-writing will give you a good laugh in the morning.

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  10. I use the word bejiggity and had to explain it to someone else, so i’m glad you would at least know what I meant. lol..

    I also write all the time in a note book that sits on my nightstand and I also have one in my bathroom (a memo pad) because I also get poems flowing while I am in the shower in the morning. No idea why. What I really regret is when something sounds awesome, and I am too tired so I don’t write it out, and the next day i can remember what an awesome poem it was, but not a single word. That is infuriating.

    My husband thinks I should write a poetry book and call it On the cusp of Dreams. I thought it was a cool title if nothing else ;)

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    • I think that’s an awesome title! You should definitely do it!

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  11. Sparks of genius and imagination at it’s finest :-) You never know what it’s good for until you need it ;-)

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      • That’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ;-)

        “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
        Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
        All mimsy were the borogoves,
        And the mome raths outgrabe.”
        (Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass/Jabberwocky)

  12. Yep, we all do this…either just mentally or actually writing it on the notepad on the nightstand. Too funny.
    Jeanni

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  13. Amazing what happens in our half-awake brain, isn’t it/ Great post, please keep them coming.
    CD at Sea

    http://wp.me/1umSv

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  14. Oooohhhh brilliant! I love this. I’ve half hearted started to try and write something but I’m not sure whether 2 or 3 lines constitues writer’s block or a complete inability to produce anything remotely entertaining for people to read!

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    • I’m sure people would be entertained! I think you’re fabulous so I can’t imagine your writing not being the same. Xx

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  15. In re: “bejiggity”:

    My adorable niece invented a word when she was about 4. “Scrambalous.” I think it means the same as “bejiggity.”

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    • That is an excellent word. Your niece sounds like my kind of girl.

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  16. Ive had a notebook by my side in the bed for quite a time. Ive written a book full of weird things and questions and words. And some things i dont even know what means or what it says. I have like 400 different ways of writing and sometimes its just a mess. I do not always remember what i write. And the meaning behind it. But i like it. Its funny.

    Maybe i should do a post like this… Interesting topic :) i enjoyed this very much. I enjoy every post you post. and i cant resist reading everything you write.

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    • Thank you so much! You should definitely write a post about your random writings!

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  17. I don’t think I’d dare have a note book next to my bed. I’m scared just thinking about what thoughts would find their way to that book…

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  18. I think bejiggity is my personal favorite. I’ve heard people jot things down in notebooks while they are half asleep. I’m not sure I would remember to do that. I’d probably flip over and pick up the pen and notebook. In the morning I would awake in my own pool of pillow drool, notebook knocked to the floor and the pen still in my right hand.

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    • Hahahaha! I don’t always remember doing it but the next day I will have a notebook filled with crazy scribbles on my bedstand. I assume it’s me but maybe I have some sort of mental fairy godmother who does it for me.

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  19. This is definitely a thing. I do it too, except sometimes I don’t have a pad of paper so I just write the line inside some book I have (my book shelf is the head of my bed). Basically, I wrote “a thousand sparks in a light, a thousand lights of a spark” in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. In the hugest sharpie I could find.

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    • Just when I thought I couldn’t love you any more than I already do…..

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  20. That’s it. I’m totally going to start writing in my sleep. Awesome. Who knew your ideas would actually end up in the blog? See? They worked!

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    • Oh my gosh! They totally did!!! Well, then it’s decided, from now on, I only write about what I write about in my sleep. :)

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  21. Glad to know I’m not the only one who does this; it’s even more interesting and confusing if you had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner!

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    • True that! I’m sure at least a few of these were aided by a little vino. :)

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  22. Oh its a thing all right. I just haven’t gone to the point of writing any of it down. The other night I had this amazing idea for a story, and kept telling myself I needed to remember it as I was falling back to sleep. Or maybe not, I could have been dreaming.

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    • Whew. Glad I’m not the only one! The line between dreaming and waking is a lot blurrier (at least for me) than many people would suspect.

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  23. I’m impressed. I often wish I could remember to write down my dreams. Unfortunately, I’ve heard you need to do it the instant you wake up, and I’m usually jerked awake by a spud or a blaring alarm clock by then *fwyp!* it’s gone.

    Yes, I used the word fwyp. I thought of using bejiggity, but I wasn’t quite clear on the precise meaning,and I didn’t want to be considered uneducated….

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  24. i don’t write in my sleep, but honestly, there are nights that i dream entire symphonies, or complete songs that i’ve never heard before and in the dream i say to myself, “i have to remember this tomorrow”. a notepad wouldn’t help me, as i’ve never written down a complete scored symphony while awake, so i doubt that i could do it in a semi-conscious state. but no, you’re not alone with your inventive creative process as you dream. there are, i suspect, lots of us. that was a fun piece, girl.

    bejiggity……..great word, btw.

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  25. The rest of this post requires further reflection. However: “MMMBop” is one of the finest pop singles ever recorded.

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  26. Hey, your headline got me to read this post….That’s half the battle!

    I’m impressed with your semi-conscious vocabulary.

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    • Thanks! Body bells might be something I want to keep as a good idea……

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  27. I have a notebook filled with batasscrazypants notes for posts or stories. A friend flipped through it one day and asked if I’d been sniffing glue lately.

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    • It’s a fair question, even I have to admit that. :) So glad to know I’m not the only one who writes spills her insanity onto paper.

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  28. Glad I’m not the only one who thinks of these things! And I used bejiggity at the doctor’s office the other day when I was explaining how I felt on a new med. She laughed.

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    • If you had said that to me, I would have known exactly what you meant. ;)

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  29. Lol… Hanson.

    Really talented kids, but what leaps to mind immediately is the fact that my Daughter was convinced she was going to marry Taylor Hanson when she grew up. Even named her cat after him :)

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    • I think we all thought we were going to marry Taylor Hanson at some point. :)

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