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Twitch Streamer Series – Part 54

Twitch Streamer Series – Part 54

Another fabulous streamer and one I am happy to call a friend of mine is this next wonderful lady who is a gamer and a creative streamer who definitely puts a smile on my face. And she tries to put smiles on everyone’s faces too. She is actually married to another streamer who I had the honor of interviewing- Cyb3rDragon. They are a funny couple who’s streams are fantastic. And her theme for her channel is Alice in Wonderland. How cool is that?   But now let’s get to know AAsendent shall we?

 

1. What is your twitch name?
                  AAsendent but everyone calls me Sendy.
2. Is there a reason why you chose that name?
                  It is from one of my many TV show obsession Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda. Admittedly it is spelt slightly wrong but we will pretend that was intentional haha. My bot RomDoll is also from the same show. I planned on integrating the show into the channel more but realized many people are unaware of it so best not to for now.
3. Why did you become a Twitch Streamer?
                  To be honest, I only ever joined Twitch to support the hubby Cyb3rDragon but after a little while it was suggested as a joke that I tried streaming myself. Naturally after the first few streams I was hooked haha. I am glad I did though as I love interacting with people in chat, to the point where sometimes I forget I am meant to be playing a game lol.
4. Why did you become a streamer for Twitch?
                 As above really, I have never really entertained the idea of using a different platform.
5. How long have you been a streamer?
                  I think its been about 6 months on and off, I took a break for a couple of months due to stuff at home. I am off for a few weeks now as on holiday but I will be back at it as soon as I am home again.
6. Do you only stream or do you have another job? And if you’re comfortable saying what, what is your other job?
                   Job title: Ring leader to the newly name Spawns of Sendy. (aka Mother of 3…4 if you include Cyb3r)
7. What are your favorite games to play?
                   My favourites change so often as I generally obsess over things for months at a time and then not touch them again for a while. At the moment FFXV, Crash Bandicoot, Sims, Overwatch and most recent is Fortnite. There are others I want to really play but until I have more monies they will have to wait
8. What are your favorite games to stream?
                  Any form of the Sims for sure, its a pretty chill game to stream so I can keep up with the chatting while doing so. We have a lot of fun with the story line aspects on the game and I am looking forward to starting Sirens Asylum in the next month too. Crash is another favourite but that is purely down to the amount of rage that game induces. Once I am back from Holiday expect to see Fortnite for a bit too.
9. Do you have any games you’d like to recommend to my readers to play and why?
                  Crash Bandicoot remastered…EVERYONE needs to feel that rage! lmao
10. Was it hard to talk to your viewers when you first became a streamer? How long before you became at ease with streaming?
                   It was a little but a lot of my viewers I talk to in other channels so it was just like talking to friends, some days it is harder than others and I still get stupid nervous before starting stream or taking down the setting up screen from time to time.
11. Would you like to tell my readers anything else about yourself or your channel?
                Hey guys! Why not come join us some time, don’t worry we wont bite..to hard haha
Want to meet this fiery woman yourself and have some fun while we all laugh and chat together while she plays games or even once in a while gets creative? Then you will want to follow her at her channel: https://www.twitch.tv/aasendent
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Twitch Steamer Series- Part 53

Twitch Steamer Series- Part 53

Everyone has their own way of doing things and making things that they love. And I know that these creative streamers are here to hopefully entertain you as well as possibly inspire you as they mold things with their hands.

 

1. What is your twitch name?

    Name is Matrixovershock

2. Is there a reason why you chose that name?

Most people think I chose my name because of the movie the matrix, but it’s actually due to the movie Hackers. Loved the names of the characters; CrashOverRide, AcidBurn, LordNikon. So I went with the theme with my old AOL account and now today it’s my handle.

3. Why did you become a Twitch Streamer?

  I became a Twitch streamer because I enjoy talking with people and just be genuinely entertaining. When I first found out you could entertain people through gaming I knew I was hooked.

4. Why did you become a streamer for Twitch?

Out of all the streaming platforms, Twitch has the best community hands down. Very supportive.

5. How long have you been a streamer?

 Heavily for around 3 years now. I first started with gaming, but once I discovered creative that changed my whole stream. Now I make marionettes. Puppets live for people to see.

6. Do you only stream or do you have another job? And if you’re comfortable saying what, what is your other job?

I do have another job. But since I have received my affiliation I’ve been able to cut back the work there and devote more time to my stream.I don’t mind mentioning. I work for a marina warehouse in the shipping department.

7. What are your favorite games to play?

When I do stream games its usually ones that challenge the mind and are creatively fun to play. Lots of sim games, Minecraft, Starbound, and Terraria. This answer would also go with question 8. because when I do stream them, these are my favorites to stream.

8. What are your favorite games to stream?

See Above For Answer

9. Do you have any games you’d like to recommend to my readers to play and why?

I really don’t know of to many. Always try to stay current with the games. Or form a good bond with a old titles community. No matter what, just make sure your having fun. True supporters to your stream will stay and watch no matter what.

10. Was it hard to talk to your viewers when you first became a streamer? How long before you became at ease with streaming?

For me it was a natural feeling to talk to people. I have no problem getting up in front of a crowd to talk. physically or digitally. This comes from many years of doing school plays and just being a very out going and positive spirit.

11. Would you like to tell my readers anything else about yourself or your channel?

 So my channel is known for several things. Our mascot is my eldest ginger cat, Cinder, who frequently bombards the stream and takes it over by laying on my desk and preventing work. Speaking of work, I make puppets. Well, marionettes. Stringed Puppets and other paper clay/ paper mache sculptors. I also paint and have been learning how to draw. you gotta start somewhere. Lastly, I’m known for smashing a cupcake in my face during my streams. Its something that happens if certain criteria are met. We call it the #Sacrificialcupcake.  :)

This guy works so hard on his projects and from what I have been able to catch when I lurk in his channel is that they are amazing. And he has so much fun doing what he does. Maybe you will catch the cupcake smashing of Cinder taking over the stream. So go show him some love on his channel at: https://www.twitch.tv/matrixovershock

Twitch Streamer Series- Part 51

Twitch Streamer Series- Part 51

I am sorry for my absent but I am back and ready to jump back into my series of all these wonderful Twitch streamers. So let’s jump right back in with another awesome creative streamer and keep going from there.

  1. What is your twitch name?

                          My Twitch name is CraftsUntold

2.  Is there a reason why you chose that name?

                     I chose it because I already had an Etsy account with the same name, and I knew that I was mostly going to be streaming Creative. So I went and checked if I could have CraftsUntold on all the social media, then created the Twitch account. Brand Unity!

3. Why did you become a Twitch Streamer?

                  It seemed like a good way to work more crochet and knitting time into my day. It was also suggested by my boyfriend since I was watching other creative streamers.

4. Why did you become a streamer for Twitch?

             I wasn’t aware of any other platform to stream on besides Twitch. I knew people did video blogs and posted them on YouTube, but that’s not live. So, that’s why I’m on Twitch! Also, the streamers I was already watching had created very positive communities.

5. How long have you been a streamer?

           I started streaming in May of this year, so almost 3 months now?

6. Do you only stream or do you have another job? And if you’re comfortable saying what, what is your other job?

I have a full-time day job besides streaming. I have a general office type job. I’m an administrative assistant.

7. What are your favorite games to play?

                I like to play Final Fantasy XIV and Don’t Starve Together. Tetris, Guitar Hero, the Sims.

8. What are your favorite games to stream?

           I stream crochet and knitting. I create mostly amigurumi (crochet dolls) of video game or comic book characters. Sometimes I work on fancy things like beaded shawls or knit socks. Sometimes I create a pattern, sometimes I use a pattern that I find online. I haven’t streamed any games yet, I may stream FFXIV in the future. Who knows?

9. Do you have any games you’d like to recommend to my readers to play and why?

             Oh, Don’t Starve Together is so much fun. Definitely that one.

10. Was it hard to talk to your viewers when you first became a streamer? How long before you became at ease with streaming?

              It was, I was having flashbacks of the first couple times I had to stand in the front of a classroom and talk to students. I am not a naturally outgoing person, I have to fake it until I believe it. I am a hardcore introvert. But it does get easier as you get to know your regular viewers, and as you get to know your fellow streamers who stream similar things or who are on your stream team if you belong to one.

11. Would you like to tell my readers anything else about yourself or your channel?

              I hope you will stop by some time. I take commissions, so some of the projects I work on will be commissions for viewers. We recently got over 200+ Followers and have had a few giveaways, so we do fun things on streams for milestones.

If you are interested in a laid back and fun creative stream, then I would definitely stop by and hang out with CraftsUntold. She is really a great streamer! Here is the link to her Twitch channel so that you can go check her out :  https://www.twitch.tv/craftsuntold

Twitch Streamer Series- Part 23

Twitch Streamer Series- Part 23

Painting isn’t the only amazing project that streamers love to share with their viewers. This next streamer loves to do so many crafts that I doubt anyone would get bored with what she does. And the best part is she has her own Etsy shop to sell what she makes. Allow me to introduce you to her now.

 

  1. What is your Twitch name?                                                                                                                     MissLelli
  2.  Is there a special reason you chose that name?                                                                                  My sister is 7 years younger than me and she couldn’t say my name properly when she was little so she called me Lelli. It’s always stuck and my mom still calls it me now.
    I use it as my gaming name and online profiles and added ‘Miss’ if the name was taken.
  3. Why did you become a Twitch Streamer?                                                                                               The creative community on twitch is truly amazing. Pretty much everyone I’ve met on there has been so supportive and encouraging to everyone. It really does make you want to give streaming a go.
  4. Why did you choose to stream for Twitch?                                                                                                I’ve been watching twitch since about 2013 ish. At first it was to watch league of legends tournaments but when twitch creative got announced, I became a lot more active on the site. I like that twitch has multiple categories, it’s nice to have everything in one place instead of having to go to one site to watch gamers and another site to watch artists.
  5. How long have you been a streamer?                                                                                                        I did my first stream about a year ago but due to life getting in the way I’ve been very inactive. I’ve only done a handful of streams this year so far but now we’ve just moved to a new house, I’m planning on doing a lot more again once things have settled down.
  6. Do you only stream or do you have another job? If you are comfortable in telling my readers, what is your other job?                                                                                                                 I’m actually a weird ‘mature’ student in University full-time. I’m about to start my degree in applied arts, which is a fancy name for making shizz. I also have a small Etsy store where I sell my handmade horror creations. Props, decor, key chains, accessories etc. And I stream the making and the progress of these items.
  7. What are your favorite games to play?                                                                                                 I used to be big on mobas and mmorpgs but lately I’ve just been kicking back playing chill games. I love Stardew Valley. I was watching Concerded Apes blog since the game was in the very early development stages. I used to love Harvest Moon but Stardew is my number 1 game to play on steam. I also really enjoy playing the Nintendo switch, my favorite games on there are Mario Kart and Arms and I can’t wait to play Splatoon 2.
  8. What is your favorite thing to create on stream?                                                                                   As a huge horror freak, I must say that’s it’s got to be anything that I sculpt for my Etsy shop. I do also crochet as well as other crafts and forms of art but sculpting is my favorite. I mostly use super sculpey for my sculpts as I get more details in the piece. I like to get a reaction from people with my horror art even if people come into the stream and ask about my projects then say it’s gross, I’m happy because after all horror isn’t supposed to be pretty.
  9. Do you have any games that you would like to recommend to my readers to play and why?                                                                                                                                                                 Stardew valley is the game I recommend the most. I just simply love that game! There’s farming, fighting, fishing, friend and family making, all the Fs you’ll need. Mario Karts has been a firm fave of mine since I first played it on the snes and the newest one doesn’t disappoint. Other games I love are – Fantasy Life on 3DS, Arms and Splattoon are both fun friendly competitive games on Nintendo, Fran Bow and Year Walk are two really cool horror point and click games on steam and then last but not least, Recettear and Chantelise are by the same company, on steam and so rock solid. They make Lelli rage / cry in a corner. They are fun, check them out if you like RPGs.
  10. Was it hard to talk to your viewers when you first became a streamer? How long before you became at ease with streaming?                                                                                              Yes, I’ve suffered from anxiety since I was a young teen and the idea of talking to people, I don’t know scares, the crap out of me. But the community in twitch creative is so welcoming and after 10 mins of streaming I forget why I was scared. It still happens now and again for me, if I over think about going live I end up making myself sick. The first time I had a big host, the lovely PrendorianCrap came over with 50 viewers and I completely buggered it up. I didn’t know what to do or say and I felt guilty for being a wasted host for her. I just froze. But you live and you learn and like I said there are some awesome people on twitch who have really made me feel more comfortable with it and confident about my art.
  11. Would you like to tell my readers anything else about yourself or your channel on Twitch?                                                                                                                                                           If you haven’t ventured over to the creative side of twitch yet then you definitely should come and check us out. After all, most of us there are just gamers/geeks/nerds/what have you that are showing off our creative sides. I know my art isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but there’s so many talented artists on twitch, it’ll be a shame to not pop by and say hi to at least one you like the look of.

 

Yes, please go say hi and check out her channel at twitch.tv/misslelli to see her creative side. And if you ask her nicely, she may give you information to her Etsy shop.

Twitch Streamers Series- Part 22

Twitch Streamers Series- Part 22

Art is another way to one’s soul whether you make art yourself or if you admire it at an art gallery or even while watching and supporting a Twitch Streamer. Here is another wonderful streamer who loves to create art with her hands as well as enjoys the art of game playing.

 

 

  1. What is your Twitch name?                                                                                                                       greeyzone (yes all lower cases – that’s important)
  2. Is there a special reason you chose that name?                                                                                    Mainly, I happen to grow up with two nationalities – not by law, but I was joining a foreign community from kindergarten on and during school. So I learned another culture while being with my own at home. That has since the age of 12 or 13 made me question my identity ever since. Am I the one, my parents taught me – Or am I the one, which I have been included in? I speak both languages fluently and I know both cultural traditions. But where does that place me? It places me in a grey zone of things.                                                                        As you move on in life and evolve with age, I figured a lot of other things fitted into this name as well. I have always been the awkward kid in school. I always wore my own idea of fashion, which never fitted into the current one. I always was the weird social one, who just randomly mentioned something off-topic from the deepest of my mind. Haha, I caught a lot of weird looks in my life so far – so to say.                                                                                                          Also I am the middle child, I have two brothers. Anyone, who’s the middle child knows, how invisible you can get sometimes. I got away with a lot of trouble.                                                                                                                                                    And that’s where my nickname basically comes from. Oh yes, and when I first made it a long time ago, long before Twitch, the simple “greyzone” was taken, and instead of it turning into “greyzone2” I still wanted it to look neat. So I basically stretched the E. And it has proven to be quite unique nickname through platforms. Xbox, Twitch, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Steam, Gmail, Snapchat… I am pretty sure if you find a greeyzone somewhere, chances are high, that it is me 🙂
  3. Why did you become a Twitch Streamer?                                                                                              I have been following a lot of creative people on YouTube and I am also fascinated by some Vlogs. One of my favorite YouTuber’s at that time was streaming on Twitch. And I was so truly fascinated by watching her paint and interact with her audience – LIVE! She was talking so much about stuff I am used to hear in vlogs – and more. So after that I just explored the Creative area of Twitch and saw so many other artists showing their traditional art skills in front of people and having a good time. Some focused on the art itself, some focused more on the community. You can basically do whatever you want.            And the Creative Monster in me was always knocking on the door, asking to get out. So Last year I decided, I am going to start streaming Creative myself to keep me practicing and keep my creativity flowing all over the place. Also I wanted to be among like-minded people, I wanted to practice art, to talk about it and to watch other people doing art. And I haven’t regret it since.
  4. Why did you choose to stream for Twitch?                                                                                            I didn’t really know any other streaming website at that time. YouTube has not launched their live-feature either and Twitch has been creative only – there wearing all the great browsing options that you can find today. I really liked the community and I was in panels, where we could discuss Twitch Creative development and features with some of the Twitch Staff. I felt heard and I felt seen. I felt like my opinion mattered and made an actual impact.          I have had so many viewers visiting my stream since I started, who had a locked up Creative Monster as well and dared to let it out. They either started streaming themselves, or they kept me up to date with their creative progress. It is really loving to see all this shared interest of ours.                                                             I feel like the Creative community on Twitch is very supportive and respectful too. We barely have “trolls” or “haters” coming around, like they do in the gaming area. It gives you a lot of confidence with your art progress or what you paint. No one ever said to me on Twitch, that my produced art looks like shit (other than myself.)
  5. How long have you been a streamer?                                                                                                    I have been streaming Creative since 1st of April 2016 and recently added some gaming too, I think since February 2017. But my main focus will always be Creative.
  6. Do you only stream or do you have another job? If you are comfortable in telling my readers, what is your other job?                                                                                                                I started streaming, when I was unemployed after University. But since then I got a full-time job within IT, Marketing and Communication. I started out streaming 3 times a week, but could feel it was difficult to maintain after I got a job. Now I am only streaming Creative on Sundays and my community knows that.
  7. What are your favorite games to play?                                                                                                      Well, since I am quite new to the gaming part I can say I like Ark, Minecraft, Destiny, Far Cry Primal. I still appreciate the game’s creative work, sometimes I enjoy Indie games too.                                                                                                       When it comes to Art I started out with painting acrylic paintings and have now evolved a big interest in watercolors too.
  8. What are your favorite games to stream?                                                                                              Well I always appreciated the social aspect of gaming, when it comes to streaming. I would always prefer a game that I can play with others in Voice more than playing only me. Even Minecraft, which might be quite boring to watch, can be quite exciting, if you have the right people around for entertainment.
  9. Do you have any games that you would like to recommend to my readers to play and why?                                                                                                                                                                Oh yes, I love this little Indie game “Leo’s Fortune” (which is the only game I ever played through) … The graphics are really nice and I like the puzzle-effect it has in each level to move on. Also the story is quite funny.                                      Same goes for “Unravel”, that game is really really pretty. And I like the gameplay and navigation of it. You are basically a yarn-bundle who has to find the way back home. And you use the yarn to hang, swing or jump around and things. It is really cute.                                                                                                              Then there is “The Cave” where you have to solve puzzles too, while a main Voice comments how retarded you are – it is really hilarious.
  10. Was it hard to talk to your viewers when you first became a streamer? How long before you became at ease with streaming?                                                                                          Oh god I remember…. I think when I first started streaming, I was streaming a couple of days in a row. And I barely talked for the first 10 hours until someone actually approached me in chat and asked stuff i could answer. To this day today I am still a quiet creative streamer. But when the chat runs, I can talk a lot. I feel the “empty-talking-to-noone” is easier in gaming. There you basically can think out loud of your in-game choices and experiences. But in Creative it is also okay to stay silent for a while, when painting or being creative in other ways.
  11. Would you like to tell my readers anything else about yourself or your channel on Twitch?                                                                                                                                                             I am a creative gentle soul and very helpful. Come stop by on Sundays 4 pm CET and chill out with me. If you need help with some things, if it’s creative or technical I am always around to help out and to share my experiences. I am very aware of keeping peace in my community and trying to get everyone along with my vision. I don’t care about gender, nationality or age. If you want to just paint or draw with me, I am delightful to help u out or see what u have been working on. Since starting streaming and letting my Creative Monster out I have been through a lot of trial-and-error of bots, settings, art supplies, paper choices, drawing techniques (the list is long)… I am still learning (and sharing all my knowledge if you like it or not) and also open for new suggestions.

 

Definitely show her your support by heading into her channel at twitch.tv/greeyzone and have a great time.

Twitch Streamers Series- Part 21

Twitch Streamers Series- Part 21

I can’t wait to introduce you to the next streamer, who does play games in her free time but her streams are AMAZING and of her drawing and painting. As I had said before, Twitch isn’t all about gaming, they are also about creative streams, music, talk shows, and other great channels. And I get to introduce you to one streamer who is in one of the other channels.

 

  1. What is your Twitch name?                                                                                                                     PixieAtLarge, at your service, madam curtsies That’s actually my name pretty much everywhere online.
  2. Is there a special reason you chose that name?                                                                                   Well… The Pixie part is something my mom used to call me. She said I look like one, and I’ve always had a bit (okay a lot a bit) of a mischievous nature, so when it came time to name myself, seemed an obvious choice. The At Large part.. well. Pixie is always taken. And when I’m on-line, I feel a lot freer, like I’ve escaped from a very small world into a bigger one. So, I’m at large.
  3. Why did you become a Twitch Streamer?                                                                                             Accidentally! It wasn’t planned. I didn’t join Twitch and think “oh, I can totally do this, yeah. I’m going to be a Streamer.” In fact, although I tend to be an outgoing person, I feel a bit uncomfortable in the spotlight. BUT, I started showing my art to people, many of whom wanted to know how I did the Things. A surprising amount of people suggested I start streaming, and while I wasn’t totally comfortable with the idea, I would LOVE to make a living strictly with my art, one day. So, after some thought, Twitch seemed like a good way to start going about that.
  4. Why did you choose to stream for Twitch?                                                                                         It seemed the obvious choice. I’d made a lot of friends on Twitch before I started streaming, and I was a well-known regular in a lot of cool people’s streams. For whatever weirdo reason… people seem to like me.
  5. How long have you been a streamer?                                                                                                   4 months. I’m pretty newb still.
  6. Do you only stream or do you have another job? If you are comfortable in telling by readers, what is your other job?                                                                                                           I have all the jobs. I work full-time as a cook in a fairly upscale restaurant, I take a lot of art commissions on the side, and OF COURSE I am a mother to two wonderful sons. I… don’t sleep much.
  7. What are your favorite games to play?                                                                                                    I have a soft spot for indie games of all sorts, and fun casuals I can play with friends. I guess I most often play non-horror survival games and story driven RPGs.
  8.  What are your favorite games to stream?                                                                                                ART. I don’t stream games. No one needs to see my trash game play… tho my commentary can be pretty funny.
  9. Do you have any games that you would like to recommend to my readers to play and why?                                                                                                                                                            Anything by Bioware. I’m Bioware Trash, fight me. Other than that? The Long Dark and Seraph are two of my favorites. The Long dark is just you and your wits against the Canadian wilderness in the dead of winter, and I like that. Seraph is just pure fun. You flip around shooting hoards of demons in the face… what’s not to love?
  10. Was it hard to talk to your viewers when you first became a streamer? How long before you became at ease with streaming?                                                                                             Not at all. I’m GOOD at talking. It’s one of my fave things to do. It also helps that the majority of people who stop by my stream are people I know well, and who want to see me succeed. Streaming art also helps, because I’m not trying to add to pre-made content, I’m creating content from scratch. So if I have nothing to say, there’s still the art, and it does a pretty good job speaking for itself. To be fair though, I’m still not completely comfortable streaming, even though it’s been a very positive experience, so far. It’s a bit nerve-wracking knowing people are… watching you.
  11. Would you like to tell my readers anything else about yourself or your channel on Twitch?                                                                                                                                                         Welp. I do a variety of art in a variety of media, there’s always something different! And I’m always happy to help out beginning artists with advice and support. It’s a chill, supportive place, and we love new faces! ALSO, that they should check out the Oxymorons streaming community for actual awesome people. Mostly game streamers, but all super cool!

 

Her art is definitely beyond amazing!!! Please do go and watch her streams and see for yourself how talented she is at twitch.tv/pixieatlarge. You won’t be disappointed.

Burning The Midnight Oil

Burning The Midnight Oil

The phrase, burning the midnight oil, has always fascinated me whenever used not because it talks about a time before electricity is being used for nightly chores, especially writing, but because of the imagery that the phrase provokes. In my head, I see a small roughly made desk with an uncomfortable chair set in front of it for the one who wishes to sit and to use it to write. Sitting in one of the corners is a glass lamp with oil sitting at the bottom and a thick wick floating in the oil and protruding up at the top with a delicate glass protectively cupping the part that would be lit first. The glass is already slightly blackened at the bottom and around the very top from being used so often. Late at night, someone will enter the room and make their way to the desk, sit down in the hard chair while they pull out a match, strike it, and light the distinguished oil lamp, the light causing shadows to bounce around the room as the person opens a drawer and pulls out paper, ink, and a quill.

It then makes me think about how far we have come from those days of literally burning candles or oil lamps for writers and others to use so that he or she can see their paper as they write letters or their future books or paperwork that hadn’t gotten done while at the office to notebooks, inked pens, and computers sitting on beautiful wooden desks with a comfortable chair and ceiling lights or lamps that sit on the desk that uses electricity in order to light the room and the screens or notebooks. No more oil lamps or burning candles, just a light bulb with electricity flowing through it in order to shine light on our projects as we work deep into the night and early mornings.

And as all of these thoughts race through my mind, I pick up my cell phone and grumble as the numbers show me that it is either late at night or super early in the morning and that I have been tossing and turning yet again. My mind begins to think of the strangest topics when I should be asleep, plaguing me so much that I can’t sleep until I either get up and fix the issue or get out of bed to do something to take my mind off of these bizarre random thoughts. Whether my mind makes me think of old sayings that provoke creative imagery like the one I had described earlier or about a new story idea, an old story idea that I have been working on, or one of the thousands of other ideas that run wild in my head. Or if my mind decides to torment me with how the day went and could have gone better or how I could have changed something that I had done or said in the past. Maybe my mind has decided to cause my sleep to travel further away from my grasp because of everyday stressors that haunts us all and seems to haunt us even more so in the wee hours of the night. Whatever the topic, many a night I have found myself wide awake beside my husband as he snores away and while my daughter sleeps peacefully in her room that sits across from ours while my mind races from one topic to the next quickly, sometimes even faster than the Flash himself.

I lay in bed, squeeze my eyes shut, and I try to quiet my mind by creating a “dream” that I would love to be apart of but only sometimes will this help me calm my mind down enough for me to be able to fall asleep and enter a dream, whether the one I forced my mind to think of while I tried to fall asleep or a different one all together. On those nights that this strategy doesn’t work, I will quietly climb out of bed, close the bedroom door so as to not disturb my husband, quickly check on our daughter, then head into the living room and turn on the light to sit on the couch to either read a book, watch something on Netflix while I work on my story (I write my stories all out in a notebook but I’ll talk about that in another post), or I will go into our office and type up one of the stories that has been waiting for a while to get into the computer. I may not have an oil lamp while I am working but I can definitely say that I am burning the midnight oil.

What are some of the ways that help you combat these late night/early morning thoughts that keep you from attaining sleep? Do you rise from bed and do other tasks to help tire yourself out? Do you burn the midnight oil?