So I kind of made a rod for my own back by saying that I would explain, or attempt to explain, what my little series of short ‘stories’ called Appearances have been all about. There have been eight of them altogether since I started in early July, and they turned out to be far more popular than I expected them to be. Not that I expected them to be popular…

Back in May, I was in the process of writing a blog post about dreams, called In Bed With Morpheus (click here to read it and be impressed that I’ve finally learned how to do a link!!!) While I was working on it, I had several conversations with a friend on the subject of dreams and she told me about a recurring dream she’d had as a child. In the dreams, she was always in a labyrinth beneath her parents’ house. Not a great deal happened there, and she was always alone, but it was made up of a series of rooms connected by corridors, and accessed by a ladder from the attic of the house. When she grew up and moved out of the family home, she never had the dreams again.

We talked at some length about these dreams, and I thought there was a lot of potential to build a story around them. So, we talked some more, and threw around a few ideas, and ended up with what sounded like a promising concept for a book. As challenging and time consuming as it is, I’ve always wanted to write a book. I had a couple of ideas in the past, but nothing really ever got off the ground. I focused on creative writing at university and ended up with quite good results, so in a way I think it’s something I should try to do, since I’m ‘slightly’ qualified.

All the fictional posts I’ve done on this blog (apart from Love On The Rockies) have simply been creative exercises I guess, as much for my benefit as for anyone else, so when my friend and I conjured up this story from her recurring dreams, I thought it would be a good idea to work some exercises around the concept, and see how it took shape. That’s how the Appearances came about. There was no discernible beginning, end, or even a narrative that linked them all together, simply the girl (based loosely on my friend) and the labyrinth. As they went on, I did start to hint at elements of the bigger story, but at the same time wanted to keep them separate and independent. I don’t quite know how well I did with that…

Anyhoo, basically that’s the story behind the Appearances. I’d still like to try and write the full length story, but it will take a lot of time, and more importantly self-motivation, to actually get it done. I will try. So for now, there won’t be any more Appearances appearing here, but with a bit of luck and a lot of perseverance, it may not be the last you hear of them. Without giving too much away, the mysterious ‘thing’ in the labyrinth is extremely old, and extremely important too.

One more thing… A couple of months ago, my friend went back to her family home and was there at the same time as her brothers. She’d never mentioned the recurring dreams to her brothers before, but decided to tell them then as it had been fresh in her mind. Spookily, they both said that they’d had the same recurring dreams when they were younger, and that the dreams had stopped when they moved out too. Imagine the mutual surprise! Very mysterious…

Next time, if I’m not too busy writing a book… Something about forks. Really!

Until then… ses x