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Come help me find just the right title…
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

We writers get asked all the time: “Where do your ideas come from?”

The answer to that is easy or hard, depending on your POV, the time of month, whether you’ve had your daily infusion of coffee… Okay, so they come from everywhere, and sometimes, from mysterious dream demons.

Can you tell it’s 2:42 in the morning after I dosed myself with Tramadol for a killer backache? So, I’m suffering from insomnia and a hazy fugue. I was lying there in bed, thinking about inspiration, and wishing my mind would just stop working because I really need to sleep, but this idea I had today wouldn’t leave me alone. Why today, you ask? Because I was invited to be part of a box collection with a very short deadline, and adrenaline works wonders for stimulating the muse!

I’m rambling. I know it, but right now I don’t care, because the idea I had wasn’t a new one. It was an old one I stalled on and killed over a year ago, but which now feels alive and well. Ready for another SEAL story? How about a SEAL helping a woman with PTSD? Not a soldier, a cop.

She dreams about her dead ex-partner every night, and wakes up after having experienced a change to the memory of that horrible day she lost her love. She can’t move past it, because it feels fresh every time she closes her eyes.

So, what’s a girl to do? Screw a SEAL. Well, of course, it’s not quite that easy—well, she is, because she just doesn’t give a damn and wants to feel something again. Plus, maybe if he exhausts her she’ll get some sleep. Okay, so maybe my needs and my PTSD-suffering cop are getting confused here. I really should try to go back to bed.

The only thing I know for certain is that I want to use this photo as a backdrop forย the cover. Because hey, a girl can only move on if she goes island-hopping, right? Again, maybe I’m confusing my needs with hers.

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So, want to help me with a title?

I thought “In Dreams” would be nice and very relevant to the story, but that’s been used quite a few times.

Then I thought, “In Her Dreams”, but again, it’s been used a time or two and very recently. So, no.

I started thinking about songs with “dreams” somewhere in the title, and came up with “Dream a Little Dream”—but it’s too sweet, too used, and now I have that Mama and the Papas song playing in my head.

This story is the next in the Uncharted SEALs series, following Watch Over Me, Her Next Breath, and Through Her Eyes. I did think about “SEAL in Her Dreams”, but I didn’t use SEAL in any of the previous titles, and hell, SEAL this and that has been used-used-used! And I guess for very good reasons!

What do you think? Should I chunk “dreams”? Do you have an idea for a title? Don’t be afraid to just put something out there. You may have the perfect title, or your title might spark an idea!

16 comments to “Come help me find just the right title…”

  1. Sabine Honig
    · October 6th, 2015 at 3:36 am · Link

    I need to think of a name of my craft blog and now I have SEALs on my mind instead – LOL!! Not sure if any of these have been used before, but they were what came to mind!

    SEAL Of My Dreams
    SEAL In Her Dreams
    Dreaming of a SEAL
    SEALed In My Dreams
    Dreams of a SEAL

    Good luck with the title search!


  2. Judy Rushing
    · October 6th, 2015 at 5:20 am · Link

    His and hers dreams

  3. Elizabeth Andrews
    · October 6th, 2015 at 5:43 am · Link

    If you’re using an island backdrop, there’s water, yes? Why not Wet Dream(s)? ๐Ÿ˜†

  4. Virginia E
    · October 6th, 2015 at 6:03 am · Link

    Perchance to Dream
    Dream On

  5. Angel Shaw
    · October 6th, 2015 at 8:30 am · Link

    In Her Bed

  6. Delilah
    · October 6th, 2015 at 9:01 am · Link

    Sabine! Thanks for the excellent suggestions!

    Judy! Nice! But now I’m thinking of his and hers towels and orgasms. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Elizabeth! Shame on you!! LOL

    Virginia! Now, I have Steve Tyler in my head. Thank you.

    Angel! Hmmm….

  7. Cara
    · October 6th, 2015 at 9:48 am · Link

    The only thing that springs to mind is A Chance to Dream – from Hamlet’s To be or not to be speech where he speaks of dreaming: “To sleep, perchance to dream- ay, there’s the rub.”

  8. Delilah
    · October 6th, 2015 at 10:30 am · Link

    Cara! Very nice!

  9. Pat Freely
    · October 6th, 2015 at 11:49 am · Link

    Dreams Remembered. This is my guess.

  10. Pat Freely
    · October 6th, 2015 at 11:51 am · Link

    Or how about ” Sealed Dreams “.

  11. Elizabeth Andrews
    · October 6th, 2015 at 7:43 pm · Link

    lol Not at all ashamed, Delilah. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plus, hey, he’s a SEAL, right? They do spend a lot of time wet. lol

  12. ButtonsMom2003
    · October 6th, 2015 at 8:54 pm · Link

    Oh I like what Elizabeth said! How about Her Wet Dream? ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sharon Chalk
    · October 6th, 2015 at 10:09 pm · Link

    hell I wished tramadol worked to put me in a fugue state,it don’t do nothing specially relieve the pain lol all I could come up with was night dreams oh and Im mad at you cause now I can’t get that dam song out of my brain,its looping thru my brain,good thing I love your books so much or I wouldn’t be able to get into a good book with that song going thru me,of course if she had PSTD you could always call the book nightmares or dreammares and damm you are right its hard work to come out with a title lol if I get inspired tonight while reading Ill send ya another comment lol I like Virginia’s and Pats suggestions also

  14. Delilah
    · October 7th, 2015 at 4:46 am · Link

    :mrgreen: Thanks for all your suggestions. I’m still not sure. Guess I better write the book first and see if something jumps out. But I am kind of leaning toward, “Dream of Me” even if it has been used before. I can hear the hero saying that…

  15. Elizabeth Andrews
    · October 7th, 2015 at 5:43 am · Link

    I like that one, too, Buttonsmom2003! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Virginia E
    · October 7th, 2015 at 6:12 am · Link

    Sorry about that, I wasn’t thinking about Aerosmith. The Oakridge Boys did a song titled Dream On. The lead is sung by Richard Sterban, their bass singer. Try this link instead:
    If nothing else, it should get Stevie out of your head.

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