One of my happy memories from childhood was my mom reading to us from A.A. Milne. Winnie the Pooh was a perennial favorite but we also enjoyed the poems, such as IN THE DARK, about Christopher Robin going to sleep.
“Here I am in the dark alone, / What is it going to be? / I can think whatever I like to think, / I can play whatever I want to play, / I can laugh whatever I want to laugh, / There’s nobody here but me.”
I love this poem because it talks about the freedom we have to dream big in those moments we lay still before we fall asleep. In my busy life, this time may be the only time all day that I am at rest, not rushing to one thing or another, baby in one hand, briefcase in the other. This twilight time drifting between awake and sleep is magical. You can pretend whatever you like, and no one will ever know. I like these brief moments because I can let my imagination run free.
“I’m lying in a forest… / I’m lying in a cave… / I’m talking to a Dragon… / I’m BRAVE.”
For me, I usually imagine knights in armor, warriors in kilts, smart heroines, and lots of adventures. The easy part is keeping these stories to the soft hours of the night. The risky thing is bringing these stories into the light of day. It’s fun to be brave in my imagination at night, but in the reality of the morning my courage often slips. Yet in order to be a writer, one must be willing to share. So I wrote out one of my favorite stories.
The Highlander’s Sword is a about a war-weary knight and his smart but shy bride. Aila was intended for the convent until her brother’s death leaves her an heiress. Her life gets turned upside down when she is married off to MacLaren, a wary Highland warrior. My dreams always have lots of adventure so I added a few obstacles in the path of love, including a kidnapping, a devious traitor, a band of enemy knights, and a joust. And somehow through all of that, they fall in love. If you enjoy fast-paced historical romance with adventures, a little mystery, and a bit of humor, check out THE HIGHLANDER’S SWORD buy link
Where do you go when you let your imagination run free?
IN THE DARK by A.A. Milne, found in Now We Are Six, E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1927.