Wednesday 23 September 2015

My Journey

Dear Listener,

Here's episode 36 - a number that is pleasantly divisible - so we're bringing you something slightly diffrent: a little of the tale of how 'Stories from the Borders of Sleep' was born. It's personal and autobiographical, but I hope you like it. I trawled this up from some material I wrote about three years ago when we started the podcast.

Here's your direct link to the MP3. Check out the archives page for the back catalogue.

The gentle music in the background is from a firm favourite, Cari Live.

May your dreams be sweet!



  1. Dear Seymour and team,

    I discovered your podcast a couple of months ago and found it so whimsical and soothing that I've now been through every story here! I do hope you'll start making them again soon, but if not I wish you well in whatever you are all doing now.

    ~ Rebecca

  2. I so wish you still made these podcasts! I'm a huge fan and love these stories so much!

    1. Dominique - thank you for leaving a comment and saying how much you enjoy the stories. I am writing more; I promise!

    2. Greetings from across the pond! Although I am grateful that there are already so many phenomenal stories to enjoy, I am so very glad to hear that more stories are underway! I regret not having commented on much I have enjoyed them sooner.

      I found The Borders of Sleep about a year ago and have been nodding off to your wonderful tales ever since. There are some nights that I just don't think I would be able to catch a wink without them. Not only am I able to fall asleep but am able to do so quickly because of these masterfully produced audio tracks.

      I really can't express how meaningful these stories are to me! I even listen to them for hours on end to get me through long, lonely drives when I have to travel great distances. I find tremendous peace and comfort while listening. I even find thrilling adventure when the need arises.

      Thank you dear heart for sharing these gifts. They are an absolute treasure! I am so looking forward to experiencing new tales. Until then, I will enjoy theses stories over and over again.

      A fan, forever yours in that place between awake and asleep,


    3. Elyse!

      I'm catching up with so many lovely comments left on the podcast and so sorry I seemed to miss this one.

      Thank you so much for commenting and letting me know what the stories mean to you. That's what it's all about for me: I'm thrilled that these tales come to play a positive part in the lives of listeners and this encourages me to keep going.

      I'm just emerging into a new season of creativity and I hope I will finally get round to publishing more tales this year.

      Thanks for listening and I wish you the sweetest dreams!


  3. I also am a very recent discoverer of this podcast and your stories. They are so imaginative! I love the stories, your voice, and the cool music. I look forward to more of them, whenever that happens. Thank you for these... They get a fair bit of replay when I have downtime to relax.

    1. Hi, Songstress.

      Thank you for your comment. It amazes me that people want to listen to the stories more than once but it's high time I added some more from those that have been churning round in my head.

      Knowing that so many people listen sometimes makes it harder to write: there's an audience, so it's not just me fooling about. It was always my intention to just keep adding stories week by week, though.

      Thank you so much for your appreciation!

      Sweet dreams to you!


  4. Hi, I too have recently discovered your podcasts, before then I lay awake for hours with things going over & over in my mind.
    Now, every night I pick a story, set my iTunes podcast to stop in 30 minutes and to my own amazement I rarely hear the whole of the first story!
    My favourites are: night of the nipperquins, the other side of the hedge, actually I think they're all great!
    I too would love new stories and don't be too hard on yourself you've already got us hooked!

  5. Hi Seymour,
    Thought I'd finally leave a comment as I hope to find new stories on borders of sleep sometime soon!
    Discovered your stories years ago. I've recently re-heard some of them. One of my favorite is Tale of two pots. Also really enjoy Tree and stream.
    It's been great to experience some of the many unique things about story telling through this website.

    Thank you for sharing your stories!


  6. I love your stories so much. They remind me that beauty and compassion still exist in this world so full of suffering, loss, and hatred. They help me find peace when there is so much stress all around. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. (from Carlyle)

  7. Hi, this one touched me deeply, and again, brought something magical through that thin veil between fantasy and daily life.

    There's this brutal truth at the beginning that describes almost everyone's experience of conversation and interaction - 'really listening to my own thoughts about what you're saying and not really listening to you,' with people looking to 'fuel' conversations (often to avoid awkward silences) or 'saving' scraps of knowledge that they can regurgitate to others at a later date, to impress them and make ourselves feel knowledgeable (I know you didn't say this exactly, but it has all too often been my own experience)......and then one is led through some pleasant life experiences to arrive at an almost prophetic dream which turned out to be the seed of all....that we have here.

    Well, I gotta say, your pen is a beacon and one that, for me, brings the spiritual down to earth. Thanks again, stay well...

    1. Phil! I'm glad to hear this sparked for you and delighted that the stories often seem to do what's needed. Really I'm just watching this stuff play out in my mind while I try to scribble down what I see ... I hardly feel I have the right to call the stories mine.

      Great hearing from you again and I hope you stay well.

      Sweet dreams,