A Day in the Life of an Imaginative Insomniac

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Fantasy forest background 2 by *indigodeep (DeviantART)
Church bells Santorini sunset by ~YiansiRoo (DeviantART)
Church bells Santorini sunset by ~YiansiRoo (DeviantART)

The Phantom Toll-Bell

A bell tolls in the distance just as I'm about to sip essence of immortality from a diamond-encrusted gold goblet. The sudden overbearing sound of the bell startles me, causing me to drop my goblet. Drat! Oh well.

My white horse grazes nearby, underneath the purple and pink ribbons of sky. A gentle breeze blows the remaining evening - or morning - clouds away.

I pick up my goblet, now empty and walk away from the large tree house that had been giving me shelter. After effortlessly climbing up onto the back of my beautiful white mare, I tuck the goblet into my sack and the bell tolls again. This time the sound is louder, startling my mare... who doesn't seem to have a name. Oops. Okay, um... let's call her Angel just to give her a name.

Angel here, reels on her hind hooves and I hold on with all my might not to be thrust off the horse's back. Just when Angel settles on all four legs again, that irritating bell tolls again. Sheesh! How often is that blasted bell supposed to ring anyway?

My so-called angel of a horse throws me off her back - but I don't feel a thing - and rides off into the setting - or is it rising? - sun. The sky darkens, looming above my head like an omen. The grass beneath me feels suddenly plush but there's a tremour beneath the plushness.

Darkness is coming all around me. I feel my body pressing harder into the plushness that can't possibly grass. The tree house ceases to exist, the darkness turns to brightness.

I open my eyes and LO AND BEHOLD! I'm lying on the carpet, my phone on the bed above, loudly blaring for the world to hear. There's no grass, no horse, no tree house, no sky - unless you want to count the ceiling.

I grope for the cell phone on the bed above and hold it close to my face, squinting to see the time. 12: 17 PM. Oh man! Not again! Well... there goes my morning!

House gnome (foundus.com)
House gnome (foundus.com)

Household Gnomes and Arachs

Gripping the bed, I pull myself up and settle on the disheveled sheets. It seems that little house gnomes were messing with my bedding again last night! For once I would like to wake up with the sheets still on the bed. Stupid, imaginary creatures! Why must they torment me so?

What's that noise? I look up. There's the little critter. So cute, so small, so BAD. She is known as Xena - no, not the warrior princess - the warrior PUPPY. Get it right. You see, naming an animal can be just as important as naming a person. First you have to consider the first thing you should consider. Then you consider the second thing, whatever that is. Got it? So that's how I named my puppy.

So now Xena is whining. Why? Because the gnomes messed up the bed again, that's why! Allow me to give you a brief history of house gnomes. They usually live in their own small houses in forests and they sneak into human houses to disorganise things and cause mild chaos. It's their idea of a prank. Very funny guys! But I'm on to you.

Then there are the arachs - eight-legged creatures that creep along the wooden floors of my house, waiting for the moment when I'm lying there reading a book to descend right atop my glasses and shout "boo!" Well, I exaggerate a bit. The Arachian race doesn't shout. I doubt they even make sounds. Now, their counterparts, the flying incectiod makes annoying buzzing sounds in your ear but their domain is mainly the kitchen area where they await human food.

A Song of Hubodia

2 PM. Have I eaten breakfast yet? No. Aww, man! Don't tell me that sly elvin from Yonderland hypnotised me with another Hubodia song. It always makes me yearn to stay on HubPages for the entire day. Seriously Mr. Elf, I'm heading back to school soon, that hubodia song has got to go... at least during the week days.

Still, I'm all Hubmanic as usual... here on the computer reading tales galore and expanding my knowledge base so that I could impress Senor Owl when I return to Younderland.

3:20 PM. Okay, my mum is going to be home soon and and I'm still all hubmanic. Today that hubodia song had a lasting impact on me, turning me into a couch potato - or rather a bed potato. I can't seem to take my eyes off the computer screen. For crying out loud! Release me you vile charm! *sigh* Why bother?

Well, it's time to take the warrior pup out for a walk and when I return, back to the magical world through my computer screen I go. I'll whip up another chapter of a story in 20 minutes. Or maybe today will be an editing day. It's about time that 10-year-old book got published. What am I waiting for? Oh, that's right. I'm waiting for the King Bookworm to grant me with some moolah so that I CAN publish the book. Maybe when I get to Yonderland I'll ask Speckles - a very smart fox - to review my book. That sounds like a plan.

pixies by *Lepas (DeviantART)
pixies by *Lepas (DeviantART)

Faddle Pixies and the 5 to 8 Daze

Well, between 5 PM and 8 PM, the Faddle Pixies put me in a daze. I simply can't remember what I do between 5 and 8. Had I gone to Yonderland? I don't recall. Well, I think I did some housework, yup. That's what I did. I had to clean up after those meddling house gnomes. I wish I can find the little pests and teach them a lesson once and for all.

Stay away from my bed so I wouldn't have to make it up every morning and stop tossing clothes and books around my room. Because then I'm left to clean the mess up. Oh and the dishes! Why must they always use the dishes and who has to wash them??? That will be mum - yelling at me to do the dishes! Ugh!

Oh, I think the Faddle Pixies' daze spell is wearing off because I remembered what I usually at seven. I feed and walk the warrior pup and then endure spontaneous moments of pouncing and nipping on her behalf. It's not all vicious though. The tough little pup has some playfulness in her... if her example of good fun is leaving puncture marks on my forearm!

books' autumn. by *m0thyyku (DeviantART)
books' autumn. by *m0thyyku (DeviantART)

Pre-Twilight Time

Pre-twilight time. No, not the vampire book series, MY Pre-Twilight Time - starting at 9 or 10 PM. It's time to re-fuel my creative juices. Time for the Magic Moving Picture, a.k.a. the television, endearingly called Telly. Telly provides me with sparks of ideas that radiates from its electric core to my not-so-electric core. Since I don't HAVE any basic cable or anything similar, movies are my companion. They never let me down.

What will it be today? Deja Vu? Courage Under Fire? Freedom Writers? Harry Potter? 2010? Pursuit of Happyness... why is this title spelt wrong? That annoys me. Sorry - I digress. Fantasy, action, drama, romance (eww)? Hmm... Maybe I'll just get back to my writing or read a book! Reading a book sounds splendid! So reading a book it is!

"They say a book in the hand is worth two in a tree" - hence the photograph to the right of this text. Surely you've heard of the saying. Very popular. Very true...

Neverland by ~sheepDesigns (DeviantART)
Neverland by ~sheepDesigns (DeviantART)
Mind Games by *KennelwoodDesigns (DeviantART)
Mind Games by *KennelwoodDesigns (DeviantART)

Finding Yonderland

Midnight and after midnight is when my creativty really peaks. Listening to the forest nypms chirping outside my window provides the perfect level of serenity needed for my me-time. This is when I get the most writing done. Between midnight and dawn I've composed a few books - of course not all in one midnight-to-dawn sitting but hopefully you catch my drift.

My me-time used to last until 2 AM. Now I find those Dree Pixies have gotten lazy. They used to get me to sleep no later than 2. They're slacking I tell you.

8 AM the Dree Pixies are literally trying to push me into bed, calling for back up from the Faddle Pixies. The house gnomes are cross because they didn't get to do their daily pranks, seeing that this insomniac was still wide awake reading and writing, adventuring into La La Land instead of the Dreamy Yonderland.

Well, 8 AM was my limit. Then the Dree and Faddle Pixies gave up on me. The Arachs dozed longer than usual and Angel was neighing at the back of my mind, calling me to Yonderland. At last, my computer burning my legs, birds chirping beneath sunny skies outside, I fall down the hole that is sleep and into Yonderland.

I pick up the diamond-encrusted gold goblet that contains the immortality water. I need that water because at the sleepless rate I'm going, I'm probably bound for a fast aging process but again, the bell tolls and I'm back in the crazy world called life....

I wrote this Hub 2.5 hours after taking this picture

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Ha! I am SO a night owl, but it's gettin' ree-deek-a-lus! Here it is 4:00 a.m. and I'm still up. I'm going to turn off my computer now. yes...I'm really gonna do it ......as soon as I.......


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

LOL. Well, here I am responding to your comment at 5:18 AM. I feel a headache coming on and I'm still forcing my eyes open. :-)


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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

wow if it werent for my job id be just like u. only i would sleep wayyyyy past noon. sleep all day, stay up all night. I love it. but unfortunately i have an 8 to 5 monday thru friday job, ugh hate it. but i still dont get to bed till late. just not that late unless i go out and im having fun and idc wat time it is cuz im drunk and having fun, ill just be tired at work the next day lol but it gets harder to do that the older u get. and i havent been wanting to go out so much lately... oh and cute puppy btw. adorable. haha xena warrior puppy. i like that.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

You are very creative indeed! What a unique take.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello Nikki. Yeah this is my summer vacation schedule. Once I go back to school the Faddle Pixies would put me in a 7 am to 6 pm daze. ;-) Then the Dree Pixies will knock me out on the train ride home and while I'm studying. But that's another story.

About my puppy, thanks. Everyone laughs when they find out her name (if they're familiar with Xena). Thanks for commenting!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Gee, thanks Fred. I'm glad you found it creative indeed. :-) thanks for commenting!


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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

thats a long daze lol haha i think its a cute name for her


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I know! It IS a long daze, right? I like the name Xena. She was named that by accident. Thank goodness for that incident!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

Wow, K,

You would get along with my mom. She's a 'night owl' too. I enjoyed your dream at the beginning. It was very vivid and unusual. You always have the best pictures too. I love that one with the books clipped into the trees. :-)


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poeticColor22 6 years ago from The Coast

Hello kindred spirit.

This was a delighting read and I can greatly relate to the insomnia :}


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I used to be a night owl but now I'm a 10:00 p.m. girl! Just can't do it anymore - but I start work at 5:00 a.m. so that's probably why!

You make it all so fascinating to go through though - I think my Patrick is an insomniac!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

AC, Your mom's a night owl too? Cool! Its a bad habit though. As for the pictures! I think I do more work looking for pictures than actually writing the Hubs. Thanks to the artists on DeviantART... I love the pics too!

Thanks for commenting!

~Hello poeticColor. I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub. Technically, I don't have insomnia. I don't really have trouble getting to sleep. I have trouble stopping what I'm doing so that I could go to sleep. Is there a difference? Anyway, thanks for commenting.

~Hi Ms. Audrey! Starting work at 5 AM definitely requires a 10 PM retirement to bed! I should probably go to bed now because I actually have to work tomorrow. :(

Does your Patrick sound like me. If so, then he's an insomniac. Hehe. Just kidding.

Thanks for commenting!


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I feel you, I do my best writing after 11pm but I have to be up at 7am so I either do not write long or I go to work tired (I usually opt for the sleep and do the bulk of my writing on the weekends - weekdays are good for blogs, editing and publicity stunts).

Good luck getting your book published. If you submit it to publishers it should only cost you the price of the paper and stamps. I want to try some of my short stories first to get a feel for the publishing world.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Yeah, I'm going to have to start getting up early too so... (sigh). Weekends ARE good for writing but somehow I always end up busier on the weekends. I do a lot of writing on Fridays.

Thanks and good luck to you with publishing!


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

Peeling back the onion can sometimes reveal some interesting traits. I am glad I am not so caught up in Hub Pages that i trade sleep for the time to write. I want to enjoy it, but I know others would suffer if I followed your lead and stayed awake during the dark hours. I must pass on this shift.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha, it's not HubPages that keeps me awake. It's writing and reading (period) that keeps me awake. Before HubPages I used to be awake the same hours - only during break; not when I have school, of course.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Dobson.


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marvalousnj 6 years ago from Central Jersey USA

Kalto, productive Insomnia is fine.....but yes you have to adjust for school. This article was nicely done. Quite captivating I must say.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Productive insomnia? Ooh, great term. I may just have to borrow that one. Thanks!


uteddikeHok 3 years ago

My partner and i used to acquire high on life although lately I have established the opposition.


Futamarka 3 years ago

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Mylindaminka 3 years ago

Другое дело – внешность. Телефон выглядел деловито (серебристый корпус) и скрывал в себе изюминку, являясь «полуслайдером». Иными словами, двигается здесь блок с клавиатурой, причем даже в закрытом состоянии он оставляет половину экрана видимой. Как в раскладушках в закрытом положении нам приходится довольствоваться маленьким внешним дисплеем, так и здесь большой экран одним движением руки становится миниатюрным. Решение эффектное (особенно для 2003 года), нетривиальное, больше подобного я не встречал. Правда, особой практической пользы от него маловато… Да и присутствие внешней антенны изрядно огорчало.


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