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01-15-2008, 08:34 AM
Imagine you went to sleep one day and suddenly woke up in the middle of the world you created. Or inside the house of your MC.

What would you do?

01-15-2008, 08:49 AM
I would try on all my MCs shoes.

(Oh... wait... they wouldn't fit me.)

Hm. I'd find the keys to her BMW (because I'd know where she keeps them) and go for a drive around Boston.

01-15-2008, 08:53 AM
First: Freak out. Second: Grab the nearest sword and brace myself...

Hapax Legomenon
01-15-2008, 08:55 AM
I would try to go back to sleep. Usually that triggers waking up. Right?

01-15-2008, 08:56 AM
Make a move on my main character!:D

01-15-2008, 08:57 AM
If I woke up inside the house of one of my contemporary fiction protags, I'd probably be happy as a clam. One is in my home town and the other is a sprawling mansion. And I'd like to sit down for a nice chat with either of them.

If I wound up in the middle of my medieval fantasy, I would immediately dress myself as a man, steal a horse, and head... AGH! Where would I go? The entire world is a nightmare of war and theivery! No way would I want to be a woman in that world.

If I ended up in either of my sci fi epics, I would head for a spaceport ASAP. I would be in heaven among the stars. Although I would probably go pretty heavily armed.

01-15-2008, 08:58 AM
Make a move on my main character!:D

Oh, ditto. (I thought that went without saying. ;))

Shady Lane
01-15-2008, 08:59 AM
Life as usual.

I'm not all that observant.

01-15-2008, 09:08 AM
I'd freak out, then I'd look for the donut shop. Those things are legendary... XD
Then I'd poke my MC.

Gray Rose
01-15-2008, 09:15 AM
Admire the art collection while I am waiting to talk to my MC.

I guess I could be frantically trying to figure out whether I have magical abilities and therefore social status, but it would not be polite.

01-15-2008, 09:15 AM
Oh, ditto. (I thought that went without saying. ;))

Me too. Actually several characters.

01-15-2008, 09:28 AM
Well, my characters live in my hometown, which is where I am right now, so I don't know if I'd notice right away. Unless... am I their age, too? Ack! I don't want to go back to high school.

I've already had that dream and it sucked royally.

01-15-2008, 09:50 AM
Try to bargain with one of my MCs by trading information on future plot points for sanctuary. Of course, first I'd have to convince him (and others) not to lynch me based on what's occured in the story so far.


01-15-2008, 09:55 AM
I had this dream when I first started working on this novel. I was observing things and just watching people until an angry mob came to me demanding to know why I was telling the story. They accused me of breaking a law of some sorts....that I can't write about history because its a spiritual crime (or something wierd like that). I was freaking out then my MC started to defend me. When I couldn't get away from the angry people he just took my hand and led me to a different dream. It was pretty distressing, I woke up having a panic attack.

So, if I were to fall alseep and find myself inside the story again I am pretty sure my body would have a violent reaction and I'd wake up. Hopefully :e2cry:

01-15-2008, 11:10 AM
let's see. If it were Cursed Blood, I would make sure it wasn't Donna's birthday first of all. If it was, I would run. If not, I would hang out and enjoy.

For Stolen Identity, I'm not sure what I would do lol. There would be a lot to explore. First of all, the home is really nice so I would explore it and raide the fridge lol. If I heard some moaning, I would quietly check it out lol. That one is more real so I may be lost in that one.

As for some of my newest stories, it would really depend on the scene I found myself in, I mean really depend. Mother of the Dragons would freak me out and entice my imagination at the same time. I would hope I had magical powers if I were in the scene from Peterson Estate. So really it would depend where I was lol but I would be so fascinated at the same time regardless.


01-15-2008, 11:11 AM
I'd probably smile, say "Sweet," and then pray I was telekinetic.

If I wasn't... I'd probably off myself. No sense in goin on at that point.

01-15-2008, 11:26 AM
Life as usual.

I'm not all that observant.

This is me, too. lol

I'd notice something was off, but it'd probably take me a little to realize what, exactly.

After that it wouldn't matter much...unless I was taking the place of one of my MCs. Then it'd be an issue...

01-15-2008, 11:29 AM
Oh, I know what I'd do. If I woke up in the mansion from Ghosts, I'd run upstairs and open the locked doors. I never did let any of my characters investigate, so I'm pretty curious to see what's up there.

01-15-2008, 12:07 PM
I'd be really annoyed that I started both my fake world, and my journey through it, with the cliche of waking up.

01-15-2008, 12:28 PM
I would certainly have a time of my life. Of course, that would depend which world I woke up on. I would not enjoy it if I woke up on the primary antagonist's homeworld and have them plant a little machine in my brain...

But, if I woke up on the world that is my primary setting... And, meeting my main characters... I wouldn't want to leave.

Hmm... This gives me an idea... ;)

01-15-2008, 01:26 PM
I would probably start cleaning up after him. I have a husband and two sons, I'm used to it in the real world.

What I'd like to do there, though, is go for a beer with MC and his best friend. They'd be fun.

01-15-2008, 01:50 PM
Cry. Growing up in a world without Clay Aiken would be un-good.

01-15-2008, 02:09 PM
Pray I had magical abilities. If I was markless, life wouldn't be nearly as much fun.

Likely I wouldn't be able to speak the language, though. I don't speak High Cairdic. :)

01-15-2008, 02:10 PM
Panic. Then get myself under control and find out if I'm still in Chapter One. If I am, I try to talk my MC into moving a little faster and join him in fleeing, because wearing these clothes in a medieval setting (jeez, I might not even speak the language!) I'm probably going to be thought of as a spy, and, man, the inquisitors are not nice people!

At other points... I'd try to save whatever character I'm with the agony they're getting involved in and flee east, where people aren't so excited about disembowling each other, then try to figure out how I was going to get back to this world. I do not want to live there. Like they say in Timeline - "The only thing worse than dying here is living here."

Man, that'd be terror incarnate, even with the advantage of knowing what happens. I don't even want to dream about that.

01-15-2008, 02:19 PM
Panic. Then I would do my damnedest to avoid being lynched. I'm sure my characters could find some reason or another to be angry at me. I imagine it would be a lot like what would happen to Jesus if he came back tomorrow.

"Why didn't you make life happy and perfect?"

I'm getting a headache already. :P

01-15-2008, 03:12 PM

Then panic some more.

In WIP 1 (South-Asian-rainforest setting) I would die pretty quick, because I don't have any resistance to their diseases.

And in WIP 2 (Proto-Steampunk Holland) I would stick out like... well, like an Indian in 17th century holland!
And freeze to death.

So I guess: Panic, panic, die.

01-15-2008, 03:43 PM
I would panic because I have very violent battle scenes in my books so I would be afraid of being impaled on a lightning bolt by a certain crazed god who might have a bone to pick with me for not giving him a soul mate.

01-15-2008, 03:46 PM
Imagine you went to sleep one day and suddenly woke up in the middle of the house of your MC.

What would you do?

I would find a way inside the walls and see what's really happening back there.

01-15-2008, 04:14 PM
>Imagine you went to sleep one day and suddenly woke up in the middle of the house of your MC.

What would you do?

Curse not-too-fluently, but still curse in awe and apprehension. Ask for a drink, hope I'm not gonna be in the middle of a fight, learn how to handle a sword, brush up on my archery, and make nice with everyone so I live to the end of the book.

01-15-2008, 04:16 PM
Right now? I would probably be upset and scared. My protagonist is now in a Japanese internment camp.

01-15-2008, 04:33 PM
Hide. Quickly. In any of my novels.

01-15-2008, 04:50 PM
I'm sure once I got over the initial panic I'd think it was pretty cool.

Until I remembered about the lack of electricity, indoor plumbing, and coffee.

01-15-2008, 05:09 PM
People aren't considering the implications of waking up in your own world. Doesn't that mean I come with knowledge of the minds and motivations of everyone in it? I could set myself up as a 'psychic' for income, then set about systematically blackmailing every politician in my world for power. "What do you mean Senator, that you've never had intimate relations with a goat? Well you have now!" And *poof*, he remembers he has.

In short I think I'd go mad with godlike power.

01-15-2008, 06:05 PM
It's a fantasy world, but not a medieval fantasy. Which means it isn't grubby, disease-ridden or unrelentingly violent. Certain people -- my main characters -- go through some pretty harrowing experiences, but for most everyday folks my world is a pretty decent place to be since the Dark Years ended. And it's a world of great opportunity, on many levels. I think I'd get along well there.

01-15-2008, 06:29 PM
Head into the brewery and drink a mug of ale.

01-15-2008, 08:07 PM
I would probably start cleaning up after him. I have a husband and two sons, I'm used to it in the real world.

What I'd like to do there, though, is go for a beer with MC and his best friend. They'd be fun.

Oh, and I'd also look in the mirrors to see if Ernest Hemingway was standing behind me or had anything important to tell me while i was there.

01-15-2008, 08:19 PM
Well, it would all depend on whether or not I had money, wouldn't it? LOL! In Victorian London, I could live quite happily for a while on one of my biweekly paychecks and have enough time to set up investments to boot and get started on a writing career, so I wouldn't have to become a charwoman or move down to Whitechapel. I could even have a typewriter in 1888. I'd probably make my hero's acquaintance, might become friends, but he's not the jumpable type of man and doesn't really swing my way anyway.

Be interesting, but only if I could stay in the better parts of society.

01-15-2008, 08:20 PM
I do live in my MC's world, but if I could talk to her, I'd tell her to leave her husband and read her teenage daughter's diary.

01-15-2008, 08:21 PM
Hmmm...well, I think the first thing I'd do is walk up to my MC, say "Oh, by the way Aleira, you're the god who created this world." and then I'd hide. A lot.

01-15-2008, 09:08 PM
I'd probably become a writer or something. Not the sense that God gave a goat.

01-15-2008, 09:25 PM
Lol. I'll make this analogy. If you could live in the Shire, Rivendale or Lothlorien, that would be great. But if they were soon to be attacked by Orcs, which is inferred in the story, would you still want to be there?

I love the places I created and they seem very real to me. So, yes, I'd love to live in this world, but that's only half the story.

01-15-2008, 10:43 PM
1. Freak out.
2. Blackmail the king of the fairies into doing whatever the hell I want because I've got all the dirt on him.
3. Ditto King Evenst, the Sultan of Hajara, the Evil Emperor and the feudal lords of the Icelands.
4. Have a party.

If I was transported into WIP#3, which takes place on Limbo, I would immediately get underground and stay there no matter what happened. And cling to the UBER SEXY male supporting character.

He's hot.

01-15-2008, 10:45 PM
I wonder if this is how Vonnegut ended up in Breakfast of Champions.


01-15-2008, 10:54 PM
My MC is homeless for most of the novel so I'd end up standing on a street corner downtown. I'd go for a piece of cake and a latte at my favourite dessert place (not being homeless or destitute myself at the moment).

01-15-2008, 11:00 PM
Mine are urban fantasy so I'm not sure I'd notice right away. Unless, you know, I happened to land in the middle of a werewolf brawl or something. I'd notice that. And run.

Outside of battle I'd be all over one of my shmexy side characters.

01-15-2008, 11:02 PM
I'd go to a nice restaurant and determine, once and for all, which marinade is truly the best for Death Chickens.

01-15-2008, 11:09 PM
It depends on where I woke up. Beside my main character? I'd be very happy. Beside my main character's brother? I'd be very afraid.

I have to join in with the consensus and say that I'd be all over a shmexy character or two, wishing I'd written them so they were single and free of all the muffed up situations they've gotten themselves into.

01-15-2008, 11:15 PM
I would hang out with Greg and watch him demonstrate the ghost machine for me. I'd love to see it actually work, since I've written so much about it.

That is, unless something catastrophic happens. Something catastophic and unexpected happens every time he runs the damn thing.


01-15-2008, 11:25 PM
I would:

Try out my MC's strength and agility.

Make out with my MC's love interest. (Is that wrong? Cheating?)

Hang out with her funny, lovable, dysfunctional gaggle of friends.

Track down MC's snotty older sister and give her a good smack.

Check my coffee pot for hallucinagenic substances.

(Good question!)

01-15-2008, 11:31 PM
Well, since my novel is in 1969, at Woodstock....I guess I'd light up a joint and enjoy the show..........

01-16-2008, 12:16 AM
First thing, look for some clothes. Or, if it's novel three, forget the clothes, invite Landi to join me. If novel two (after finding clothes), look for some gamblers. If novel one, try to keep from telling everybody why they're there, where they came from, and what they need to do now.

Actually, I did have a disturbing sequence of dreams once. I woke up, ready to start the day, to discover I was not where I was supposed to be. later, I woke up for real. Not so. The bathroom had turned into a ballroom, and I had no clothes. Still later I woke up again, to find a woman coming in the door to ask me about something I didn't understand. Then, I finally did wake up, nervous for some time that I would discover again that I was still asleep. It was weird, and I used the idea in one of my novels. Never happened again, thank god.

Danger Jane
01-16-2008, 01:20 AM
I'd be psyched--

would be my reaction. Ancient Greece, misogynistic as hell but COME ON SO COOL!

01-16-2008, 01:27 AM
meh. i'm GOD there... my world is me oyster. can do anyhting i wants coz i maketh it. yeah i'm it huh.

01-16-2008, 02:58 AM
Run as fast as I can in the opposite direction and get the you-know-what out of there. I know something that only the MCs and bad guys do.

Silver King
01-16-2008, 03:54 AM
Ever wonder what you'd do if a thread you didn't know existed suddenly appeared before your very eyes with over fifty posts?

You'd do what I just did and blink several times, then pour another glass of wine and join the discussion. :)

01-16-2008, 04:06 AM
Imagine you went to sleep one day and suddenly woke up in the middle of the world you created. Or inside the house of your MC.

What would you do?

Throw myself face down on the ground and beg the Great Spirit to let me stay.

01-16-2008, 04:16 AM
I'd eat one of my MC's aunt's delicious Italian meals. And I'd steer clear of the crickets. Especially the talking ones.

01-16-2008, 05:04 AM
Find out if Brian's apartment is as cool as I've imagined it. Invite myself over for a drink or six and turn on the TV. Not get up from the couch until dawn.

01-16-2008, 05:15 AM
It's not what I would do, but who...

And since I 'cast' my characters and know what they look like, I have several to chose from. :D It would be nice if I had a cool telepathic power like they did too.