About my Upcoming Novel “Koh Kaaf”

Note: I will be using several of my dreams that I had over years as well as stories of hauntings that I have heard or researched to create a fiction novel called “Koh Kaaf”—perhaps, I will change the name of this novel later on. Most of this book will be based on several lucid dreams that I had over years. I have been documenting all of my dreams because I feel that these dreams show my creative side. Although I have a very preliminary first draft for this book, I won’t be sharing it here because it needs a major revamp. However, I will share with you some of my least scariest and fun lucid dreams that I plan to use in this novel.

My very first scary dream occurred around age six, I think. It recurred only once when I grew older. As a child, I used to sleep with my mom. My brother would sleep in the other bed that was right next to mine. One day, I woke up because someone was pulling my hair. There was some space between the two beds so I used to let my long hair fall in that space. As I woke up that day, I felt several distinct tugs on my hair and turned around to see who was pulling them. I thought that I was wide awake and not asleep. That’s when I saw this entity. It was the size of a gnome, really brown and hairy, and had really long and sharp nails. It said to me in some language that I somehow understood—perhaps it spoke in my mother tongue, “Hey! come here, I want to be your friend. Play with me.” It laughed and its really long and pointy teeth became visible. I felt very scared and said, “Let go of my hair or else I will wake my brother up.” It laughed and looked towards my brother who was sleeping peacefully. I looked as well and was surprised to see my brother’s really ghostly figure—perhaps it was his soul—sit on the bed. He turned his head towards me, looked at me for a bit, and then he went back to sleep. Now, I got even more confused because this entire scenario did not make any sense. I mean why would my brother ignore my pleas for help? I looked at this creature again as it kept begging me, “Be my friend, let’s play.” Its voice was hoarse, insisting, and freaky—I think that it wasn’t quite talking but I could hear its thoughts. Then, it pulled my hair again. After hearing its pleas several times, I started considering its request while feeling very frightened. As I battled inside my mind about its request for friendship, I developed a stronger sense of the entity in front of me. My mind said, “It is deceptive. It will attempt to be your friend and then it will hurt you somehow. Don’t make friends with it no matter what.” So I decided to ignore it. Then, somehow I went back to sleep again. After that I woke up. During the state that we refer to as being awake, I named this entity “Bagarbilla.”

My lucid dreams matured and intensified when I became an adult. I saw this one when I was in my late twenties. In this dream, I flew out of my body and became aware of it afterwards. I saw myself standing at the edge of my bed. I also saw someone really tall stand near my bed while facing me. It looked like a shadow and I couldn’t see its face. It held and hugged me; then, it pushed me (my soul or mind) back on my body. I started feeling very peaceful as it held me; I knew I couldn’t fly away even if I wanted to. At the time it held me, I started praying to God. And, then it pushed me on a bed filled with roses. At that moment, I started thinking that something is really weird about this scenario because there were no roses on my bed. I witnessed the rose petals scatter around rather wildly as I fell back in my body. Then, I woke up.

In another dream, I was talking to this dark-skinned, tall woman who had really long nails and plump lips. She chided me about something and then she forcibly held my arms. Upon her touch, my arms started burning. Although I couldn’t feel them burn, I still somehow realized the pain as I saw my skin slowly crack and burn. Then the woman left the scene, and a new segment of the dream started. Then, I woke up.

In yet another dream, I came to my senses after I saw myself hovering over a bunch of trees—I think this was my very first lucid dream where I learned how to control my body movements. I was a bit surprised to see myself suspended in the sky on top of so many trees. The fresh air brushed against my ethereal form as I saw the dark green trees rustle. I willed myself to go up, and I moved up and above the trees. But, pretty soon I started falling down towards the trees. This is when I started feeling scared but a voice said, “Don’t feel scared. Try to fly.” I believed what the voice said so I continued to will myself to fly high above the trees. Pretty soon I forgot that I was flying and started enjoying zooming forward, backward, upward, downwards, and sideways. The atmosphere of this dream was very electric, fresh, and animated.

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Saryan

“Saryan” is a young adult mystery fiction. It is centered around four students and some professors of the University of Utah (I will change the name of the university later). Saryan, one of the female students, is the only person who knows that the fire inside Professor’s Hughes lab was purposedly started by a student. In this novel, Saryan attempts to solve this mystery with the help of her closest friend Pearson and her brother Obed.

So far, I have completed only 16 chapters. I halted this work in 2011 because I was concentrating on my studies and career. I am planning to relaunch this project this year.

Here are two excerpts from the first draft. It is unedited so please pardon any errors.

Excerpt: Pearson saves Saryan.

Saryan was awake but she felt as if she was in a coma. She couldn’t move. She couldn’t breathe. She was bleeding from her forehead and her vacant eyes were fixated at the window. She was in her wash tub and there was a wire around her neck. Her beautiful skin had peeled off from several places on her face and arms. Her night clothes were ripped and some of her pretty nails were broken. It seemed as if she had been in a struggle with an offender. Saryan could see buckets of blood oozing out of the tub as it trickled into the crevices of the floor.

“Ma’am is somebody in there? Is someone in there…,” a faint male voice urged cautiously.

Saryan tried to scream but was unable to make any audible sound. Her eyes welled up with tears as she tried to stand up but felt completely paralyzed.

“What’s wrong? What’s wrong? What’s happening?” She felt that her pulse was dying slowly as she stared into the dark abyss. “I can’t breath! I can’t breath.

Oh my God! I can’t move. God, please help.”

All of a sudden Pearson came into the washroom and held Saryan close to him.

Saryan woke up only to hear the wailing of the ambulance.

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Status of Upcoming Novels

Originally Published On: Dec 25, 2016

I am creating this note for myself because it helps to go back and review what one has written so far. This is actually a proven technique that has helped me move forward by allowing me to reflect on accomplishments and goals. I suggest that you write something like this for yourself as well and refer back to it whenever you are ready to move forward with your projects.

Here is the current status of my upcoming novels. Its going a bit slow because I am in the middle of an intense career hunt and development phase.

Novel 1: Saryan

This novel is about murders that take place in a university and how a young woman decides to solve the crimes with the help of her friends.

Completed Tasks

  • Finished around 15 chapters of the first draft and an outline of the characters
  • Registered for a course in “Crime Fiction”
  • Wrote and recorded several snippets about possible endings or incidences
  • Received the first set of reviews by the young adult audience

Action Items

  • Review the course on “Crime Fiction”
  • Review and type the recorded material
  • Put together all the snippets I have written so far
  • Edit the final copy
  • Publish
  • Market and Sell

Novel 2: She: The Mirror

This novel is about women abuse and how it is caused by society, peers, friends, and family. I will attempt to emphasize Abnormal Psychology and societal trends as well as domestic abuse.

Completed Tasks

  • Finished review of some real cases of women abuse
  • Reviewed societal trends regarding women abuse
  • Recorded snippets that will be placed in this novel
  • Decided on the format of the first draft

Action Items

  • Review the remaining articles and memorize trends
  • Review and write the recorded material
  • Put together the snippets I wrote
  • Create the first draft
  • Create the final copy
  • Edit the final copy
  • Publish
  • Market and Sell

Novel 3: Regency Romance (I haven’t decided on the name yet)

This novel is about how a poor and destitute woman is chosen by a Royal and is finally wed to him.

Completed Tasks

  • Completed the first draft by using visualization techniques (I saw images of characters acting inside my mind)

Action Item

  • Take a course on “Romantic Fiction”
  • Rewrite the first draft
  • Create the final copy
  • Edit the final copy
  • Publish
  • Market and Sell

Novel 4: Koh Kaaf

This novel is about how two humans are taken from this world to the world of the Jinn because one of the Jinn has fallen in love with the woman. It is based on my lucid dreams.

Completed Tasks

  • Completed some of the first draft
  • Created a dream log that contains all of my dreams
  • Bought books about spells, myths, illusions, and dreams
  • Enhanced my lucid dreaming ability and practiced how to get creative lucid dreams

Action Items

  • Take a course on “Fantasy Writing”
  • Create the first draft
  • Create the final copy
  • Edit the final copy
  • Publish
  • Market and Sell

Copyright © 2010 by Arzoo Zaheer. All Rights Reserved.