Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"I" is for...

IMAGINATION!

We, as writers have oodles and gobs of this, right? Sometimes it might not feel like it, but we do!

The imagination is a marvelous place. It can create new worlds, new people, new situations, and new species. And that barely touches what you can do with your imagination.

My imagination terrified me as a kid. I never got in and out of bed normally. I would always jump in and jump out! Yes - I was afraid Freddy Krueger was going to reach out and grab my feet and pull me under. EEK! Or if it wasn't him, then it'd surely be some horrible monster with razor sharp claws!

I was also scared of going to the bathroom. Our shower was right by the toilet and the curtain was always closed. I always had my pants up and I was ready to run before I flushed because I knew something would jump out of the shower and grab me. The kitchen got all of my hand washing action. Ridiculous, right?

 Tell me something about your imagination - scary or otherwise!

36 comments:

elizabeth seckman said...

I would bolt from the bathroom after I flushed, like somehow that vortex was going to suck me in!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I can scare myself going to the bathroom at night, even now. It's on the ground floor with a big window - before I even get to the room, I start thinking, what would I do if I saw the outline of a person. And then, I'm scared I will see an outline. I'm old enough to know so much better!

Rachel said...

I used to hear people calling my name from the radio in our bathroom when I was a teen. And no one else would be home, and the song was not about a Rachel. CREEPY!!
I was a weird kid but I used to wish for weird/creepy/scary things to happen to me from books (lol I used to pray for an alien invasion)..

Great post, Leigh. Today I'm talking about my Work in progress story/novel at my blog. and Christian Slater lol

Kyra Lennon said...

I used to be afraid of going upstairs in my house alone when I was a kid, but I genuinely cannot remember exactly why. I'm sure it had something to do with ghosts, which is pretty weird because - as far as I know - my house was not haunted!

Jack said...

My imagination has given me the opportunity to visualize what I want out of life, in addition to the vast, and beautiful stories I've created! Visualize, in the sense of picturing what life will be like in 10 years and striving for that goal. I found this technique is called Positive Visualization. I didn't know it, but it's helped shape the life I now have. Er, anywayzzzzzzzz :) My imagination has also spawned meat-hungry zombies that spew out green goo when shot in the head by an over-zealous zombie hunter, looking to cash in on the latest rush bounty for the heads of the undead! LOL

inluvwithwords said...

Oh, I had lots of imagination as a kid. Had to check closets, under beds, behind shower curtains. Ugh! I guess that's the downside of imagination.

Kittie Howard said...

One really hot summer when the AC didn't cool enough on the third floor of our townhouse, I slipped down to the basement, ahhhh, so cool, but awoke hours later in a sweat, convinced something lurked in the darkness. I flew out of the room, the cats racing me up the stairs.

Linda Jackson said...

Leigh, thanks so much for sharing that. I fuss at my girls every day about not closing the shower curtain. Now I know why they don't. I won't fuss about it again. :)

Sarah Pearson said...

I have no blind at my kitchen window, and my computer sits next to another window that faces it, so at night, I have to keep checking nothing is pressed up against the glass staring at me.

Morgan said...

But the therapy is helping? ;)

Shallee said...

Ha, imagination is fun and scary! As a kid, there was an abandoned house in my neighborhood, and we were all convinced it was haunted. We thought we saw things moving in it one day, and it freaked us all out! lol

Joshua said...

I wasn't afraid of someone coming through the bed or out from under the bed or out of the closet. I always thought someone was going to reach out from under my car with a knife and cut my Achilles Tendon so I couldn't get away and then run me over with a car.

I think I saw that in a movie once when I was WAY too young, and that's where that came from...forever. Dark outside, or in a parking garage... Keyless entry is a blessing. Now if they could just put a button on the key fob that swings the doors open for me, I'd be set for life.

Judy said...

I used to scare myself all the time when I was little! Maybe that's part of why the paranormal now is so fascinating to me!

Susan Roebuck said...

Imaginative children do get scared more don't they? I still do LOL. The nasties that live under the bed, in the wardrobe...yikes, I'm sleeping with the light on tonight. I also love to write paranormal - must be why I don't sleep well. (Popping in from the A-Z)

Jenny S. Morris said...

When I'm facing a not so great situation that may have a good or bad outcome, my imagination always explores the bad outcomes. To where I may seem like a worry wort, but I HAVE to think of all the possibilities before my brain can settle on the more logical ones.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

The monster under the bed had me going prior to age seven or so. I do remember being terrified at night thinking there might be something under there.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I saw Jaws in the theater as a kid and was worried I'd find sharks in the toilet.

Cristina said...

my imagination gets me into trouble. It always takes that extra step that crosses the inappropriate line, LOL

Tracy said...

hah, my imagination is so strong and prevalent when I am doubting myself...I imagine all the bad that could happen or when I'm worried, then of course every bad thing or horrific experience happens at this time...not a good thing I might add!

L.G.Smith said...

My imagination still won't let me watch scary movies. Really, I'm still freaked out about JAWS all these years later.

J. A. Bennett said...

lol! That is hilarious! I never really got scared about stuff like that, but I did often create fantasy world where I was unicorn with special powers over the wind. Yeah, I was awesome.

Hope Roberson said...

Same here! I still have that fear! When we watch a scary movie, my husband loves to see how I can't walk to the bathroom afterwards, I have to run! And then I leap back on the couch/bed cause whatever was in the scary movie is waiting for me underneath!

Suzi said...

I was never afraid of the imaginary things--like Freddy Krueger or Jason--which was maybe why I loved horror movies. It was the real life rapists or murderers that I worried about, which was silly considering I lived in a state where typically we have 1-4 murders a year at the most.

Carrie Butler said...

Hah! I was like that too, Leigh! Only I would run in and punch the shower curtain, just to be sure. ;)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I once had nightmares for a long time because of a Popeye cartoon. I kid you not. But I was also scared of the basement and the fact my parents and sister's bedroom were waaaaay on the other side of the house while I was all alone at the front... Gulp!

Angela Brown said...

Okay, so part of the reason I can't read or watch a really scary movie is because my imagination will turn everything into whatever I read or saw. Like, when I saw The Grudge, I had a big problem glancing at shadows in the corners because I just knew they would flutter and form some demon thing sent to get me.

Yeah, why, I dunno lol!!!

Cassie Mae said...

I always bolt up the stairs, or swim way fast from the deep end of the pool. Yes, these are both on my fear A to Z posts. :)

And bathrooms... yeah. I whip open the curtain to make sure no one's in there. :)

Tara Tyler said...

my imagination loves when hub goes out of town, it tries to convince me there's someone downstairs at night! i dont sleep so good those nights...

Jackie said...

Seeing the movie Poltergeist scared me so bad! I was SURE a clown-doll lived under my bed.

S.P. Bowers said...

I can't even tell you how many times my imagination got me in trouble. I remember one time I was walking home from school on a lovely sunny day. There was a cloud shaped like a man. So I imagine what kind of man he was. only he was a giant and he wasn't nice and he was going to come down from the sky and eat me. Well, I started to cry. When I got home and my mom asked what was wrong she was pretty exasperated when I said I was crying because I made up a story about a cloud.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Aliens were my worst enemy from the time I was six years old to this day. I don't let myself dwell on them very much, because my imagination will take over and pretty soon every little sound in the house makes me jump. Imagination - to be used for good or for evil!

Tobi Summers said...

Ohh, I totally have an overactive imagination. It's why I still can't watch horror movies, particularly supernatural ones. I can do psychological thrillers because I can understand the logic behind every action. But I can't do occult creepy, like the Ring or the Exorcist or any of those. If I can't explain it with facts, my imagination takes over and then proceeds to blow it wildly out of control.

Mark Koopmans said...

It was scary to see me laughing at Mini-Leigh scampering out of the bathroom... too cute :)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I am in my 40s and on nights when my husband isn't home I can STILL imagine I hear burglars breaking in, animals in the attic, strange scratching noises on window that are too high to reach so the noises must clearly be made by ghosts - what's with that? i never hear a thing when he's home! :)

Betty Alark said...

Sounds a little like myself.

I use to watch horror movies a long time growing up; however haven't watched any in years and won't.

My mind is very vulnerable; I am very selective as to what I will allow to cross my mind; since my mind really will take a thing to the extreme and practically bring a thing to life.

Being a very visual person, my mind will take anything visual and have a field day with it; so , I'm very careful.

I positively won't watch murder movies, horror, anything that involves killing, or that has hostile connotations.

When I was teaching, I was noted for my ideas, and creativity! Writing poetry is something that I enjoy since what is imagined and visualized is positive and I enjoying bringing it to life!


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