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#SoCS – Bizarre Bazaar


One of the books I’m reading right now is The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. I remember the first time I looked at the title, I wondered if he was talking about bizarre bad dreams because these two words cause a glitch somewhere in my noggin’ that makes me not know which is which. Or which has which meaning. If I think about it for a few seconds, I remember which is witch; I’m sure people all over have those words.

Did you see what I did back there? It was deliberate. Honest.

I wonder if it was some kind of witchery that made whoever came up with the English language (or any language?) invent words that sound the same that are spelled differently. You know, just to confuse us. Someone who, one day, was at a bazaar maybe and picked up a clementine and a tangerine and thought, “Well that’s bizarre. Two fruits that look the same and taste almost the same but have different names. I can come up with a language that’s that confounding!” And so English was born. From a little orange. Which is something else altogether.

And that’s the sort of post you get from Linda when she’s tired. πŸ˜› Because really, she loves making up stories. They just sort of … fall out. Or leak out through her fingertips. Why the hell am I referring to myself in third person all of a sudden? It’s like I’m not me. Sometimes when I write fiction, I’m not me. I disappear and stuff comes out of me. Bizarre, isn’t it? Stuff of words and language and characters and sometimes it’s like I’m being taken over by something outside of me, something that guides me. Sounds scary, but it’s not. It’s freeing.

I wonder if this is how horror writers write. To think up something that we’d never do takes a certain je ne sais quoi. I know this because I write horror, but when I started this paragraph, I was thinking about Stephen King, who started this whole idea for a post in the first place. Damn it, Stephen! Yeah, I know it’s not his fault, but what to do?

But back to the whole “how am I able to come up with horror ideas that I’d never do in real life” question. I think it comes from fear. Fear of having things done to us by others who are capable of them. And with a vivid imagination comes a lot of fears, I’m afraid. Ha! I’m afraid. Get it?

Probably time for bed.

This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Click the following link and join in! And while you’re there, check out some of the other posts in the comments.


Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

38 thoughts on “#SoCS – Bizarre Bazaar

  1. I love all of this, your post and thoughts plus the conversations taking place here in the comments.


  2. I haven’t read a Stephen King book in way too long. But you know what’s coming out in two weeks!! Dark Tower will be a movie!!


  3. This was a fun read. I often wonder about homonyms too. Etymology is good stuff.

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  4. I love the complexity of the English language. I know it can be confusing and annoying, but it can also be great fun with so many words to play with!


  5. I like the way you flow, Linda. I am hoping to remove the rod which is in my mind’s butt as a result of participating in your SoCS🀞🏾 My mind is so analπŸ˜’πŸ˜†


  6. Homophones…. gotta love ’em….


  7. I like tired Linda writing. My worst words are desert / dessert – I almost always have to look them up. I don’t know who came up with English, but if I were in his army, I’d desert.

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  8. I love the Bazaar story as the birthing English… The most bizarre language ever also confused by American and Canadian not to mention Australia and New Zealand… I dare not go on !πŸ’œπŸ€


  9. Love this Linda!!!
    English is a truly confounding language. Whoever thought it, and all its nuances, up, was obviously high!!!


  10. We love playing with words in our house. And a clementine is a tangerine! πŸ™‚


  11. Haha it’s no wonder we love writing stories as they just “fall out” of our fingertips as you say, Linda. I worked on a short story today and the guy turned on me. I thought no he’s turning bad.. my fingertips demanded something darker for him.


  12. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to consider the English language as originating from some bizzare moment in a Bazaar.

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  13. I have not actually gotten to start Bizaare yet! I have it in my reading to do list and I can’t wait to crack the spine and read it. I love King! He is one of my writing idols and writes some of the most amazing Horror stories. I wonder what he’s thinking when he’s writing! I would love to know!


  14. Very streamy. And clever, too! Fun to read you when you’re tired. Now, time for bed, she said to herself. πŸ™‚

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  15. I like what you did there haha


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