Sunday, July 16, 2017

Another Dream and a Review at Angie's Desk

Two posts in two days! It's like old blog-time again around here. I definitely wanted to mention a review for Write With Fire over at Angie's Desk. I hope you'll check it out. Thanks Angie! Angie has been a staple of the blogging community for a long time and her lists of open anthology calls are must sees for anyone trying to sell short fiction today. Check out her own work too.

I also had another monster dream last night. Two of those in two days too. In this case I was camping out in a forest known to be inhabited by bigfoot. The whole dream had a kind of Boggy Creek vibe until I actually saw the creature. It was the horned monster with the striped shirt from the book Where the Wild Things Are. That was my son's favorite book as a kid. If I were to try and interpret this one, I'd say it meant that I needed to stop being so afraid of things, that maybe issues that I'm facing are not the monsters they seem to be on the surface.


23 comments:

David Cranmer said...

I always liked that book as a kid. I think most youngsters can identify with the theme.

Angie said...

Thanks for the rec. :)

Believe it or not, I've never read Where the Wild Things Are. It was published the same year I was born. I guess I was too little for it at that point [grin] and, although I had a lot of books as a kid, I never got that one. And then I was too old for it, I suppose. I've always wanted to read it -- it sounds like fun, and I'd probably enjoy it even now -- but have never gotten around to getting a copy.

Re: the dream, I like the symbolism for reexamining your fears and finding they're not scary after all. Something I could definitely stand to remember at times.

Angie

Cloudia said...

Thank you for sharing insights we might find useful too, Charles

Charles Gramlich said...

David, I bought a copy for myself just to have around.

Angie, I don't remember when I discovered that book. I know I read it to Josh hundreds of times.

Cloudia, glad to do so.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad it veered away from Boggy Creek, because that would've meant you were trapped in really bad movie.

Charles Gramlich said...

Alex, lol

Shadow said...

I like your interpretation of your dream, it fits. Why do we let our fears rule us so, we are mighty beings I keep telling myself when I find myself frozen on a spot... ugh!

^.^ said...

Me not much afraid of anything no more, friend Charles Graemlich ... as I have seen much so far ... anyway ... Love, cat.

^.^ said...

I misspelled your name again, Charles Gramlich ... apologies ... can go a long way ... Love, cat.

Erik Donald France said...

I wonder if, in addition to all of the above, your eye caught wind of the fact that a "new" Sendak book will soon be published? If not, it's synchronicity:

"Lost Maurice Sendak Book Uncovered, Will Be Published Next Year"

http://jezebel.com/lost-maurice-sendak-book-uncovered-will-be-published-n-1796822452

Riot Kitty said...

I love that book. Interesting dream interpretation as always...cool about the review, too.

sage said...

I never thought about that book being a catalyst for nightmares!

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

I read Angie's fine review of "Write With Fire." I definitely need to read it so that I CAN write with fire. I like reading about a writer's thoughts on writing. There is so much to learn from experienced and published authors like you Charles.

oscar case said...

Sounds like a good interpretation to me. What's-his-name wrote that dream interpretation book, and I haven't had a good dream since. I'll check out Angie's.

Charles Gramlich said...

Shadow, I'd like to think I'm mighty. Who knows.

Cat, at least "cat" is easy to spell.

Eric, wow, no I didn't hear that. at least not consciously. Cool.

Riot Kitty, Thank you.

Sage, maybe I'm just prone to nightmares.

Prashant, thanks, man. I appreciate the kind words.

Oscar Case, you mean Freud?

^.^ said...

I have monster dreams a lot, but before they become monsters I can stop them by telling them that it's just a dream ... It takes a lot of training and self discipline at first, but it works, friend Charles Gramlich ... Love, cat.

Charles Gramlich said...

Cat, It depends on the dream. I sometimes become the monster in my own dreams.

^.^ said...

i had one of those a few years back, friend Charles Gramlich ... i am a peace loving animal, but dreamed of killing my peace loving neighbours via hatchet ... and after i was done the floor was not blood red but green ... go figure ... Always, cat.

Charles Gramlich said...

Cat. it's a good dream when you remember it, I think.

Snowbrush said...

"If I were to try and interpret this one, I'd say it meant that I needed to stop being so afraid of things..."

I would interpret the fact that you're striving to make progress in life rather than having become discouraged that you're simply trying to survive as a good sign.

Charles Gramlich said...

snowbrush, I think I'm struggling with that right now, deciding whether to fight back or just accept.

Snowbrush said...

"deciding whether to fight back or just accept."

I don't know but what accepting something that we disapprove of about ourselves isn't the best way to get through it. It feels more manly to fight toe-to-toe against what we perceive of as a personal failure and weakness, but when our efforts fail, our former perceptions in intensified. You know about my upcoming knee replacement, but you probably can't imagine how afraid I am to go through with it. I know my fears aren't altogether rational, but looking at statistics hasn't helped because bad outcomes do occur, and even if things go well, I'll still be disabled for a few months. I feel about this surgery like Peggy and a lot of other people feel about flying. She knows that the most dangerous part of the trip is the drive to the airport, but it doesn't help. There's simply no way she can make her fears go away, but she can use her two legs to walk herself onto that plane. Of course, maybe what you're talking about isn't functioning as you would like to function despite your fears, but rather giving up the attempt to function. I've thought about that in relation to this surgery, by which I mean canceling it and continuing to live with the pain. I guess what it comes down to is whether the result of not even trying to function is in reality easier than making the effort to function and maybe meeting with failure. I know that route in relation to my writing. I always thought I would get it together to produce something worthwhile in the commercial marketplace, but my fear of failure combined with advancing age isn't looking good for me even trying. I actually see my ability slipping away, and I think that, well, I'll surely be dead in less than 20 years and then I can at least stop feeling badly about my failure to try.

roth phallyka said...

I'd say it meant that I needed to stop being so afraid of things..."

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