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blog 16. Another case of the symptoms of low and uncontrolled blood glucose levels.
This time I thought I would record in this blog, about my trials and tribulations of my disruptive sleep patterns.
And the weirdness of what happens when you are consistently hyper then hypo, through the hours that you should be spending fast asleep and dreaming of such nice things that you can never remember!
However, the title could be a bit misleading, not totally, but it is called a teaser, to get your attention, so that you keep reading.
As you know, if you have my other blogs, that during my dark days, I suffered with a whole host of weird dreams, that, had my head spinning and my body sore, well since diagnosis, things have gotten better and the dreams have abated, even though now and again I have the usual recurring ones.
This one is right out of fiction.
It begins with a dream that I had many years ago, it has all the hallmarks of a historical dream that I have occasional, but because I have so many through my life, this was stored away with the others that have been either forgotten or half remembered. This dream as I said was quite a few years ago and what made it stand out was the fact that I was telling the story just like a documentary.
This narration was unnerving to say the least and it in itself is not remarkable, but the dream didn't end at one occurrence or one dream.
What transpired is a singular recurring themed dream.
Let me explain, my first dream in the sequence was of Greek soldier of the ancient Spartan, Athenian era. Not sure but it reminded me of Troy, who knows, the second was of a dark ages battle, typically, knights charging and arrows flying through the air, you know what I mean! The third is of a huge fire in a massive temple like building and people in Egyptian clothes running around like headless chickens. The fourth is of expansive gardens like you see at stately homes but more Mediterranean and water courses and waterfalls of the ornate type, the gardens were terraced and the canals, tributaries where running through it all.
Through this fourth dream a recurring mention was that a voice was saying, 'it's not babylon!' Obviously referring to the wonder of the hanging gardens of Babylon.
As I stated, these dreams meant nothing individually, but together as I was to discover, was mind blowing.
It was sometime early in 2014 that I was searching for a book for my kindle. I am an avid reader and I have read and own hundreds of books in my house and on my kindle, there's nothing like, listening to my music and reading, especially in the garden in the sun! (Not much this summer!) And I was looking for free books, as often for not, you can pick up a good read for absolutely free. As I say, I was scouring the free book section and a title really intrigued me.
It was by a new author, Jodi Taylor. It was a first book in a series that had been published only recently. It had been given nearly a 5 star rating and the reviews were very praiseworthy and glowing in the reviewers opinions.
You see because of my boyhood dreams and my favourite subjects was history. And the fascination I have with history, is consuming at times. I'm watching Napoleon, a biographical documentary now on beeb 2.
So I read the reviews and decided to buy, as it I was free. I usually don't buy series of books, but I was persuaded.
The theme is about a newly installed historian, (our heroine) coming to grips with going through time and visiting important periods of time. I got engrossed and read it in one reading. It was just my cup of tea. Oh yeah, they drink a lot of tea, as do I! The title was 'One damned thing after another'.
How appropriate to my life story!
I loved the story and I couldn't wait for the next instalment. I was hooked, and wrote a review on Amazon in total praise of the concept and storytelling.
There was something else that nudged my memory, even though at the time, I dismissed it as a mere coincidence!
I couldn't quite get to think what had piqued my interest and my excitement was exuberant.
The second of the series was published and I once again devoured it and read it in one sitting. The story rolled on at a pace. And as it unfurled, the characters and the shenanigans, with the history, had me enthralled and every other descriptive adjective you could think of. There was something about the way the author told the story that had me hooked!
Book 3 came out and as I had pre-ordered it, able to read it, as quickly as I could. This was the book that didn't let me read it in one sitting.
This time our heroine travelled to Agincourt, then to Troy! I had to re-read it over and over.
It was like a real bad case of revisiting my dreams, it was like finding deja vu in a book, it was my dreams wrote by a stranger, in a book!
Wow! I thought at first I was living in the dream. That I was dreaming, and it was my old dream! How could this be?
How can I dream of living in a book or I was narrating the book before it had been written, my dreams were many years before it was published?
It was mind blowing, I had to do lots of things to check I wasn't dreaming. You have to remember at that time, I was quite ill, and wasn't at my best! I was all over the place really! My symptoms were making my life hell!
This was like a jolt of electricity, the wife thought I was taking hallucinogenic drugs, never have, never will!
It would have explained it all to be on crack or LSD! But no drugs, no nothing!
The fourth and fifth books gave me the other dreams that I had and even a couple more that until I read them, it came from somewhere deep in my subconscious.
Of course all this could be coincidence! It could be that I'm making two and two making something other than four. I could be making this all up.
So ok, I know already that book 6 is on its way, and no doubt more after that, the series is in the top 100 ebooks on Amazon and every volume is rated 4stars and above. The demand for more is insatiable.
So what I'm going to write is a dream I had about a few certain time frames and see if the author puts them in her next books.
The first is about A Napoleonic battle, the second is about the American revolution., the third is about the French revolution, the fourth is English civil war. I will probably by elimination get one right.
I would put the American civil war but that recurring dream has been covered and I'm not certain it's the same type of narrative dream. It is completely different type of dream.
Let's see what happens! The next book is due in August.
Okay, to recap, why I know these dreams are linked in some way in my subconscious to the books is described in the book, nearly as close as could be. The one that put it all together was the fourth dream about the gardens.
'Re 'it's not Babylon!'
In the book, our heroine travelled to not Babylon, but to another place, which is not Babylon where legend has us believing that the hanging gardens are there, but after reading and watching a documentary. They have discovered that the gardens where never in Babylon. This same storyline is depicted exactly as my dream foretold.
This dream was in my teenage years, and the book brought it all back.
How , what, why is it all about?. I don't know! I really don't know! Why do I have these weird dreams? How does this author write my dreams so exactly? This is more than deja vu! I know I'm weird, but this is taking the pies out of weirdness!
If you haven't and history is your cup of tea, then read the books, they are brilliant!
Update to this blog, the next new novel is to be published on Christmas day 2015, on the front cover is a depiction of the, I think, battle of Waterloo! Go figure!
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