On the Shores of Dream Lake

9 thoughts on “On the Shores of Dream Lake”

  1. Wow. Hm. Okay, the house, table, angry wife *waves at Fal* represent the deterioration of your home because of being out of work and the fear of failing your family. The lake is your subconscious, wanting to work through issues that are holding you back, but afraid of what you might “catch.” Skirting the edge of your subconscious is causing problems, i.e. muddy feet.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts. I’m sorry you’ve been feeling bad. I’ve been a bit migrainey myself, so here’s hoping we both have a clear stretch of health hereafter. 🙂

    Lord, it’s been AWFUL! Two straight days of radical temp changes and more to come. I’m not sure what’s in store, but I feel one building now. It’s not a headache yet, but … *shudder*

    Thanks for all the time and effort — both you and Kreestee did an amazing analysis here — and for your insights, sweetie!

  2. I agree with Sherri about the table, house, angry wife representing the deterioration of your home yadda yadda yadda. However, I have a different interpretation of the lake.

    I think the lake represents your writing. You want to fish (submit pieces) but are afraid of what you might catch (hmm… rejection letters? fame and notoriety as an uber awesome horror writer?). Wondering if there are even fish in that pond = should I even bother casting my reel (submitting pieces) because who knows if there are even fish in there (editors who will even read my stuff before filing it in the trash can or are even soliciting open applications from an unproven-to-date author)?

    I think the mud is your self-apprehension that you’re not good enough. You see someone fishing in the lake (admiring all the writers who have made it big (King et al)) but you hide in the shadows instead. Your wife wants you to get pieces ready to submit (right, Fal?), and you know that by not doing it that you’re risking her disapproval. Not that she would ever do that… she’s just kicking you in the right direction 🙂

    So yeah, that’s my amateur psychoanalysis of your dream. Do with it what you will 🙂

    Interesting. Both of you have interesting ideas, and here I sit scratching my head just wondering if it was a drug-induced hippy-style dream. 😀 Thanks for all the effort and thoughts, hon!

  3. That is a very atmospheric dream. I love the initial scene, with the mushroom chair, the soft ground, and the smell of water. You are a fancy dreamer, you – I can’t recall ever smelling anything in a dream!

    Well, thanks! I think my dreams become more vivid as I get older. Well, the ones I remember anyway. There’s always a lot of setting. I’m waiting for the day when I can read in my dream, though. I’ll have something then. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I tend more toward nightmarish versions of the not so savory parts of my past growing up in an abusive atmosphere. Or, I find myself in dream versions of past employment which is funny since I haven’t worked at that hospital since 1994 yet those are the people/places that populate my dreamworld most often. Worked for another health related institution for about the same number of years and that was my last job, yet only once in awhile do any of these people show up in my dreams.

    That’s funny. I grew up in an abusive atmosphere too, on a lot of levels, but I don’t dream about them. My Lord and King has been merciful in sparing me from being too haunted by it, though I know my past creeps out through me sometimes despite my best efforts … which aren’t all that good, I guess.

    I feel for you with the migraines, I get them too and have to worry about having too much cool air in my face as well as the barometric changes effecting me. Sinus migraines suck so bad. My daughter inherited this from me and they have increased for her since she got pregnant so unfortunately she is suffering. No morning sickness at all but headaches, yep.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter. I was 28 or 29 before I ever found out the best way to control my migraines; for all the years before that, I had to deal with them. Now, I can usually stop them if I catch the sinus problems in time. But the weather changes so fast here — SO FAST! — it’s not always possible, especially when I’m not at home. So please pass your daughter my sympathies. 😦

  5. Knyt

    Huh!!…..See that you have a bad headache and you dream well and write a great story…how about that….hope you are feelin better…zman sends

    Thanks, much appreciated. 🙂

  6. Great stuff and dare I say just a little Lovecraftian? In the sense of his dream vs reality style stories like my beloved POLARIS ( http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/polaris.htm ) As I said before since my writing went into full speed ahead mode I haven’t had many vivid dreams. (well there is one… but I am still mulling it over)

    In fact when I had my last bout with the damn fever I kept having these recurring dreams of going in to work but not being able to find my desk because the office had doubled in size.

    The dream would get going, then a chill or stomach cramp would wake me up. I would twist around in bed, nod off again only to find the dream has restarted but the office has doubled in size since the last time.

    By the 4th or 5th time I gave the Hell up and decided to eat too many damn cookies and watch the sun rise.

    Interesting dream, Al. I know a lot of people ascribe meanings to them; I personally can’t, but I enjoy them when they’re as strange as mine was this time.

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