To Dream by Day

I think it appropriate to begin my blog by explaining the name of my blog.  At least in my mind, there was no other name I could use for a blog which I hope will give glimpses into my mind, my processes, and my life.

“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” -Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora

I remember when I read this quote the first time in high school.  The words of that whole paragraph really stuck with me (I am doing a little editing to demark the parts that my mind highlighted at the time):
I AM come of a race noted for vigor of fancy and ardor of passion. Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence-[…] They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in awakening, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. In snatches, they learn something of the wisdom which is of good, and more of the mere knowledge which is of evil.

I might be ok if I had the sort of mad genius Poe had.  I certainly strive to live my life being cognizant of the dreams which escape only night-dreamers.  Creativity with a little madness in all aspects of my life.  It is why I am passionate on many topics today that tomorrow I will have no interest in.  There are a few things I always am strongly vocal about and I will take no shame in them

  • The ethical treatment of everyone- a topic too long to go into for my first post
  • That everyone believe in something AND can explain why they believe in it (or at least not just say “well, I never thought to question it” in any variation)
  • Books. Personally, I prefer holding the physical book in my hand but if digital is your dish, we’re still cool.  It’s the “I don’t like to read” people I struggle to relate to
  • Family & friends. I know not everyone in the world gets along with family and I am very blessed in that fashion. I also believe friends are the family you choose.

On all things I seek the dream and then try to meander my way back to reality.  How to implement the dream is less fun, more difficult, and more costly (I mean really, in the best dreams there is no cost!).

Currently I am looking at turning my dream of publication into something closer to reality.  It terrifies me. The reality will take a lot of work.  I love writing, I can spend hours writing terrible manuscripts I’ll never let anyone else read. Writing something which I don’t mind letting others read… that is a different and terrifying dragon in the room. Then we look beyond that to the self-publish/indie publish/big publish markets and I just want to go hide in a corner. They each have aspects which I find daunting to the point of sometimes insurmountable. First and foremost being that I am not good at self-promotion. I never have been.  Hence I’m trying to blog… this is my earliest/first attempt to self promote. So I hope my day dreams amuse, excite, and provoke.