Delving into Stream of Consciousness
Did that happen? Chapter Six, “Sweet Dreams” takes readers on a wild ride of the unconscious dreams of the characters of “Time After Time.”
As a writer, I’m used to making transitions so much smoother, and while I reflected over this chapter – a lot – it’s still choppy. Peder is deteriorating physically and has been thrown into high-stakes situations continuously. While he has paranormal abilities, he’s not a Mage with The Nightshade Guild. The reader sees this unraveling, but the dreams … showcases it.
Peder’s experiences contrast directly with those of Serena. Without dishing spoilers for the reader, her dreams take on another aspect and delve more into the realm of astral projection and divination.
From LitCharts, a definition of stream of consciousness is: “Stream of consciousness is a style or technique of writing that tries to capture the natural flow of a character's extended thought process, often by incorporating sensory impressions, incomplete ideas, unusual syntax, and rough grammar.”
At the end of the chapter, the reader questions WTH happened, and how the information should be interpreted. For Peder, there is an irony in his dreams. Can the chaos truly be described as sweet? We are left longing for more … or less.
Readers will either embrace it or reject it. While I primarily read and write romance, my background is heavily influenced with the master’s in English. The classics, literature and poetry and related influences sometimes bleed through.
Time After Time
By Louisa Bacio
What’s old is new and what’s new is old.
After a good deed goes wrong, Serena and Peder tumble through time, landing in Hollywood during an ’80s musical revolution.
The paranormal duo navigates the concrete waters of the past to find a way back to the future. Without the aid of modern technology, other members of The Nightshade Guild, or their dwindling energy sources, they must rely upon each other.
Maybe other “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” but Serena wants to get back home with her love.
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