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Scary Dreams?

Today I was looking through books in my classroom during SSR for something to read since I had just finished my book. I spied a title I hadn't read (a pretty rare feat) and pulled it out. The cover was chilling and the blurb on the back was even scarier. I just couldn't bring myself to open it and start reading. All because I had a scary dream the night brefore. The book reminded me too much of that dream. It was one of those chasing dreams...the kind where you can't get away. Finally I did...by jumping from a high balcony. We all have different fears we face...some of them ordinary and others uncommon.

Recently I read Pat Murphy's book THE WILD GIRLS, which is a wonderful novel about two twelve year old girls who like to write. In the book, the girls find a wonderful writing mentor named Verla, who teaches a summer  program. She talks to the class about how to become better writers. As a writer, I found her words inspiring and had post-it notes on all of the sections where Verla is teaching the girls voice, perspective, honesty, etc.

One of the assignments Verla gives the class is to write about something scary. The twist is, she challenges them to write about something that might be scary just to them...something aside from common fears of spiders, snakes, or enclosed spaces.

So if you were given the assignment to write about something that scares you that might be a little out of the norm, what you choose as your topic?


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May. 21st, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
That officially scared me - I have a son and can't even make myself go there. Good thoughts are speeding your way!
May. 21st, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
being left alone
May. 21st, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
That has so many sad and disturbing twists that could lead someone to that position...very chilling.
May. 21st, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)

I have an unnatural fear of falling, not falling and hitting the ground, just falling. I was hurt badly on an airborne operation (parachuting out of a perfectly good airplane). My injury occurred while still in the air and left me determined to never jump again. I have been shot at a dozen times and that does not scare me nearly as much as the helplessness I feel when having a falling dream.
May. 22nd, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: fear
I wouldn't classify that as unnatural seeing as how you got ripped up pretty good from that incident. I think fear for me would come from either the jumping or the shooting! I'm just glad you made it home!
May. 22nd, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
my fear
I fear being in a large group of people.... I'm always afraid I'm going to say something really stupid or do something to hurt someone..... Margie..... you have inspired me to look deeper at what I am reading..... I Love you for that..... and there are many more reasons......
May. 23rd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: my fear
Fear in groups...
Even though my family laughs when I say this, I sometimes feel shy. Once, many years ago when I was a newlywed, I saw some good advice in a women's magazine. It was very timely, as we had been invited to a party where I wouldn't know people.

I now call it the Jay Leno technique...but feel free to call it the Oprah or Conan technique. (In the magazine it was the Johnny Carson Technique, which also dates me. haha)

Here it is: When you are in a large crowd - party, work meeting, etc. pretend to interview people when you are introduced to them. The first time I tried it, I was "interviewing" a dr. and his lawyer wife. They were both socially awkward, standing in the corner, so I thought they'd be the perfect prey, so to speak. I asked them how they met, questions about their little girl, how they were enjoying - or not - their new home. They had so much fun talking about themselves, I really didn't do much talking.

Note: Be sure not to use a sinister, creepy voice when asking personal questions! haha

I'd say I love you too, but I have no idea who you are. I bet I do, though!
: )
May. 26th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
you do.....
May. 26th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! It is YOU! I love you more than all the stars in the sky! More than Jim loves hockey...more than Brooks loves to clean...more than Shirley loves to cook! haha
May. 26th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
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