Dream Hopping: Who said it first?

This morning I received a letter from a fan telling me she had just watched Netflix’s new series, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and wanted to let me know they were using a term I frequently use in my Haunting Danielle series—dream hopping.

My definition of dream hopping is when a spirt enters your dream. He or she might also pull another spirit or another dreaming person into your dream. I first started using this term in my books back in 2014, when writing The Ghost Who Wasn’t, which was published early 2015. Dream Hops have become a familiar element in my series.

The concept of a spirit entering your dream is nothing new. However, I thought I was being super clever coming up with the term ‘dream hop,’ but apparently, I wasn’t. As it says in Ecclesiasticsthere is nothing new under the sun.

I did a little Google search on the term. Back in 2017, two years after I published The Ghost Who Wasn’t, some guy registered the domain, dreamhopping.com, and he claims Dream Hopping is a trademarked term, but when I did a trademark search, it didn’t come up. I am not suggesting he lied; something might have been wrong with the search engine I used.

As I continued to search, I found other people using “Dream Hopping,” even a recent SpongeBob episode. When Googling the term, I found it scattered all over the internet, yet none coming up before I used the term.

But then I found a post from 2005—a decade prior to the publishing of The Ghost Who Wasn’t. It was on a dream forum I had never heard of before or visited. Member issaiah1332 wrote a post entitled “Dream Hopping,” and then went on to ask if it was possible to hop into another person’s dream. 

His or her question was not about ghost dream hopping. So, while I obviously can’t claim I coined the term, was I the first to use it when referring to a spirit visiting us in our sleep? Probably not. 

Hello, are you out there?

A few weeks after the pandemic was officially declared in the US and many of us went into lockdown, I decided to give an AuthorTube channel a go. It’s basically a YouTube channel aimed toward other authors and curious readers.

I had no aspirations of becoming the next YouTube star or influencer. My reasons for starting a channel were pretty basic. I needed an outlet during this time of isolation, and I wanted to pay it forward by helping aspiring authors.

It’s probably a good thing I had no grand dreams of YouTube stardom, considering my views have been minimal. But to be honest, if someone wants their YouTube channel to rack up views, they have to consistently make new videos. In the beginning I uploaded a new video each week, but it’s been about a month since I posted a new one.

I’ve enjoyed making the videos, and I am not quitting, but I won’t be making another one until I feel there is something I really want to share with other writers or my readers.  Fact is, my writing keeps me pretty busy, and when it comes down to it, that’s my number one priority.

I’m currently work on Book 26 in the Haunting Danielle series, The Ghost and the Witches’ Coven. I normally have more down time between books, but I charged right into this one, which is another reason, no new AuthorTube videos. I’m having fun writing this new book, hope my readers will like it.

I know many of you have been getting back in the world—I see those photos on social media of people with friends or at restaurants.  But I am still living the reclusive life, because of our household’s medical concerns. Hope you are all doing well out there, and if you are getting out in the world again, please be careful and take the necessary precautions. 

“One Nation under God”—what does it mean to you?

The words “under God” were added to our pledge of allegiance in 1954, during the McCarthy red-scare era. The original pledge was written by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy in 1892.

So, what do those words, “Under God” in the pledge mean to you?

Does it mean just the God YOU worship? Or is it a generic term, and can mean one of the many gods people might worship? According to Wikipedia there are over 2,000 different gods worshiped around the world today.

Considering our First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” the law of our land states each of us has the right to worship whatever god (or goddess) we may believe in.

Recently there was hullabaloo about the DNC forbidding the second version of the pledge at the convention. That claim was soon disproven when numerous videos were posted showing various people reciting the second version of the pledge, with the God included.

A second claim followed, basically saying, “Well maybe they didn’t forbid people from saying it, but some people at the convention left the ‘under God’ out when they said it!”

I am not going to bother fact checking that second claim, because frankly, why is that a problem? They still said the pledge—the original version—so why would anyone have an issue with that?

Maybe they are atheist, something that is perfectly legal in this country. Maybe they are not hypocrites and don’t want to pledge to something they don’t believe in.

Maybe they believe in a god, but maybe not the god mainstream America believes in, and they feel the verbiage is too unclear—which god?

Maybe they believe in a goddess, not a god, so the verbiage in their mind is inaccurate.

Or maybe their religion forbids them to make such a claim.

For example, in Mathew 6.5 Jesus said, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.”

There very well may be Christians who see this addition of God as turning the pledge into a prayer, which in turn might be a violation of their faith to recite publicly.

My point being, when people complain that there are people trying to take God out of the pledge—or God out of American, whose god are they talking about?

Remember, we have the right to stand proudly and say the Pledge of Allegiance and say “One nation under God”—but we don’t have the right to force others to say it. That is one thing that makes America beautiful, we all have the right to our own faith.