Al Stewart's song Time Passages seems to go hand-in-hand w/this idea I've been discovering while reading Stephen King stories, as well as stories from a number of other writers. In fact, I think it's only been in the last year or two while reading others that I began to take note of it. What I mean is the manner in which a character in a story will let his mind go drifting into time passages...to borrow a phrase from Stewart's song. It's a haunting melody. Check it out. While the context of his song doesn't necessarily apply to what I'm trying to convey that buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight seems to apply. Okay...the subject: I find it fascinating when a writer has a character imagine things. I've been reading Elmore Leonard...have about 30 of his titles complete. I've discovered time passages in at least three of his stories now, Out of Sight, The Big Bounce, & Bandits. In Out of Sight, Karen, one of the main characters is driving down the road and she has an extended and imaginary conversation with her old man. In The Big Bounce, story I'm on now, there's a lady who is in her hotel room and imagines scenes with Jack, the bad boy of this story...a scene that isn't quite a sexual fantasy, although that lies at the root of it...the idea of that fantasy explains what I mean by time passages. The thing of it is, I've not seen it often...even though I think scenes like this bring the story to life. Who hasn't imagined long drawn out scenes...maybe the police knocking on the door, maybe a loved on in an accident, and who hasn't has a sexual fantasy. But the thing about these time passages is that they have all been varied, different, and that scene in The Big Bounce is the closest to a "sexual fantasy" of all of them I've come across in recent reads. In Look Homeward Angel, Wolfe has his protagonist, Eugene, reading a story, several pages of it...and following the story, Eugene begins to imagine more and that goes on for some pages. In another scene in The Big Bounce, Jack imagines a scene unfolding...this is what would happen. I've been keeping a kind of record of them, shelving some of these reads under the heading time passages. King has been great at this, too...and how much can I write without pizzing someone off because they think it's a spoiler? To me a spoiler is knowing if someone dies or not, not whether or not Father Callahan got on the bus. Anyway...and this is part of the dilemma...that in reading King, I didn't take note of what I've come to call time passages. They do exist, say like in Dreamcatcher, the back room of the mind, the file drawers...know what I mean if you read it? Or more recently in Doctor Sleep...a similar scene, similar description...a character imagining something. Or take Danny in The Shining. Or say like Jake under New York...or earlier, that cave of voices. King has a wide variety of time passages in his stories. What I'm wondering is why don't more writers use the tool? We all imagine things...long extended scenes that unfold in our mind, we all imagine, what, the cop knocking on the door. That seems to be a favorite one of mine. Call the police. Quick quick quick. Better not get side-tracked here. What instances in either King's work or in the work of other writers do YOU recall where a character imagines things? I can post some more instances from my reading later on if you are interested. I'm interested in what you have discovered, if any, as the stories where I've found them I've enjoyed maybe more so than where they do not exist. Thanks!