Welcome To My Subconscious

My friends dream of their teeth falling out, of their cars being stolen, of them going through their daily routine…and then waking up only to actually go through their daily routine. I have those mundane dreams too. Sometimes.

But usually…I have dreams where I’m pregnant and the baby is writhing and screaming inside me, where my sweet grandmother skins the face of her best friend and turns it into a slipper, where my brother’s eyes are stolen by an enchanted lion.

Though I make it a point to tell my family, friends, and coworkers all my bizarre dreams (because it’s my job to creep them out), I feel like I should widen my audience.

And who knows? Maybe someone who analyzes dreams will tell me what they mean, though I don’t particularly believe they mean anything at all. But if I can get some free therapy out of it, I’m all over that! As a writer, I wish I could tap into that creativity when I’m awake. And so I’m going to use these dreams as writing exercises. 

I once mentioned to my boyfriend that I should keep a dream journal. His response: “Charming. One day that journal is going to gain sentience with all the messed up dreams you’ll write in it. And then it’s going to make all those dreams reality.”

Here’s hopin’ I infect the interwebs with my messed up dreams instead.

Do you keep a dream journal?

  • I think a sentient dream journal would be awesome. Write a book about that!

    I do NOT keep a dream journal. Usually my dreams are not coherent enough to record. Unless I’m pregnant, then they are terrifying. Horrifically realistic dreams of horrible things happening to people I love. Several of them happened years ago and I can still have a small panic attack thinking of them! I much prefer my normal incoherent ones. 🙂

    I see from your sidebar you’re reading Sara J Maas. Do you like her stuff? I read the first one and I liked it ok. But I never seem to LOVE the books everyone else really loves. So, review that one for me when you’re done, will you?

    • I’m considering using the dreams about my grandmother (who passed away a couple years ago) to write a MG with a young boy protagonist. I’m thinking something maybe like ParaNorman? But I’m not sure if I’m emotionally prepared to write it.

      Those are the worst, when you dream of something happening to others. The one with my brother losing his eyes…that one messed me up for quite a while. Also the one where I euthanized him.

      I finished Court of Mist and Fury a couple days ago. I have difficulties writing reviews about books that I like, so I’ll just tell you now that I really liked it, and I’m SUPER excited for the next book. I wouldn’t say her writing is the best in this series; the characters kept purring and drawling. But I really, REALLY enjoy Rhysand. I want his fictional babies. And the story took a twist I wasn’t expecting, so I’d recommend it.

  • Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

    Your grandma dream reminds me of this great song by one of my fave bands – ‘Skinned’ by Blind Melon 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCHd3VCu47M

    • That is a catchy tune. lol, love it!

      • Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

        Interesting story behind it: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4876

        • Ed Gein. Yeah… Lotta loonies come from Wisconsin. Makes me nervous since I’m right next door.

          I had that dream with my grandma a few weeks after I watched Silence of the Lambs for the first time. I think I woke up and laughed.