The Three Lives of Lydia by Delilah S. Dawson
Lydia wakes up in a strange place. She’s naked, but there are clothes and wigs. She gets dressed. She leaves just one of her tattoos showing, the sparrows, near her collar bones. She tries to find out where she is at. She knows it’s a carnival of some sort, but all the wagons are in a circle and there’s nothing inside.
A very nice man soon comes to meet her. He likes her right away. He’s also a vampire she soon finds out. He introduces her to his world. It’s a world of imagination, mystery, and danger. The man who runs the carnival says she can stay. She’s got enough tattoos to show off. They’re all over her skin. She has pink spiked hair beneath the wig. She can handle this. When Lydia is attacked, things swirl and go grey, but she doesn’t wake up where she expected to.
What I liked
This was kind of one of those stories within a story kind of things. I liked it. Lydia has this part of herself she thinks of as herself, but it’s not the Lydia that everyone else knows.
What I didn’t like
I kind of get this. Lydia has this fantasy self she thinks about to get away from her real life. This happens when your real life sucks so bad that just about the only thing you can do to cope is to imagine yourself as different. Maybe you can keep a few of that other you’s qualities as you move forward in life, or maybe it’s just a coping mechanism that’s temporary. I have spent many, many, many hours daydreaming when I was in crappy situations. Now that I’m not in crappy situations, I don’t have to spend extraneous amounts of time daydreaming that I’m someone else, somewhere else, and with someone else. Lydia is doing exactly the same thing. You’ll just have to read the story to figure out if she makes it out of her daydream.
Daydreams are fun, but you can get sucked in.
Have you used daydreaming as a coping mechanism for a crappy life?
If so, did you find that daydreaming helped?