Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Dream Girl and Writer's Block

Ever see anything weird when you're falling asleep? I sometimes do. I've seen patterns, fractal-like structures and, occasionally, very silly things, like the picture above.
It's odd. In they daytime I'm racking my brains trying to come up with a good premise for a short cartoon (and drawing blanks), yet when I tune out and fall asleep I get a sideshow of possibilities.
Too bad I forget most of these "visions."
I'd like my cartoon to take place somewhere unusual- an island, planet, alternate universe etc..
I haven't come up with a good plot yet, but at least I have one inhabitant.


Sally said...

great image, great potential character! I think if you read back through your blog you may find stories there just waiting to be stretched around into something quite new.

Sally said...

However, having a character like that as your main character could mean more details to be animated than you might like.

Namowal said...

Thanks, Sally.
I'll have to check out my blog for ideas.
I agree that this character would be tricky to animate. She'll only have a bit part.

Linda said...

It's so weird. My best ideas seem to come between 3:30 and 5:30 am. So I take a spiral ring notebook and a ballpoint pen that clips on to the open blank page to bed every night. Ballpoint so in case I fall asleep while writing, the sheet won't be entirely COVERED with ink! Of course sometimes in the morning it's a little hard to read my writing. Stray used to use a pen with a built-in flashlight.

Namowal said...

Hi Linda,
I've scribbled a few illegible nightime gems myself. I like stray's flashlight idea. I wonder why the most original stuff rolls in when we're half awake?

stray said...

I'm always awake between 3:30 and 5:30. My pen finally burned out (drat), so now I try to drag myself into the neighboring bathroom where I can turn on the tiny light over the tub and not disturb Pat too much while I make lists to empty my head so perhaps i might get back to sleep.

Namowal said...

What is it about us being bounced out of dreamland between threeish and fiveish each morning? This happens to me too.