Dreeeeam, Dream Dream Dream…

I have been having a bit of a rough time of it lately, just with one thing or another, but the thing that has shaken me the most in the last month, is having dreams about needing to go to the toilet, finding one, but it isn’t private.  This seems to be a recurring dream for me, and rather disconcerting.  So I decided to do a little investigating.  Courtesy of a lovely little site called Dream Moods.

Determined to find the answer to my strange dream, I looked up going to the toilet… unfortunately it didn’t come up with anything… not that I expected it to.  But Toilet came up with some really good interpretations:

Toilet
To see a toilet in your dream, symbolizes a release of emotions. You need to get rid of something in your life that is useless. Seeing a toilet in your dream may also be a physical manifestation brought about by a full bladder. The dream is attempting to get you up and to the bathroom. If you are cleaning the toilet, then it means that you are starting to shed your outer wall or lose your inhibitions.

Mmm, interesting.  Ok, what about the privacy side of things, I can’t seem to find a toilet that is private (don’t ask, I really don’t know why toilets are so out in the open in my dreams…)

Privacy
To dream that you have no privacy, suggests that you are feeling exposed and unprotected. Perhaps there is something that are you trying to hide. To dream that you have privacy indicates that you are repressing your emotions and not allowing them to be fully expressed. You are worried that others will see the real you and criticize you.

OK.  So to summarise:  I need to get rid of something in my life that is useless and that I am  feeling exposed and unprotected.

Strange how true that probably is!

But dreams can also be really good ideas for stories too.  A lot of my ideas have originated from dreams, the Ice Planet for one the origins are from a dream – the start of it anyway, the rest is pure imagination.

What I suggest you do, is next time you have a strange dream, keep a note of it.  Maybe do a bit of an interpretation and see what comes up.

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Creativity Workshop – Review of this week

Wow, this week has been rather intense, in more ways than one.  We got started on our ideas, with a brilliant workshop from Merilee on how to generate ideas and three picture prompts.  I had a lot of fun doing that and it was posted on Friday if you want to check it out.

As for this week:

Writing

I started on my first goal this week, which was to write a gothic story.  I have some great ideas, but I can’t seem to bring them together in one short story.  I am thinking that what I might do is try and do a 4 part short story, where each idea is dealt with and work from there.  I did manage to write 450 words the first day I wrote, and my plan was to write around 500 words a day, but so far, that has not happened.  In the end I got 2,500 words on it, which isn’t a bad effort, but I have no idea where the story is going.

I have worked one of the words into the short story, which was great.  I have plans for the other three, but you should see the ones that have come in this week!  Very interesting!  🙂

Health

I went to the Doctors on Wednesday, and while we are no closer to the bottom of my lack of energy, we did discover that my body wasn’t prepared to give up something that was inserted 5 years ago.  The result, very bad pain and the prospect of having to have it removed in hospital – BUGGER!

This week has not been too bad, I am wondering whether it is just the increased exercise, but not corresponding that with increased food intake, and having experimented a little bit this week, I am beginning to think that this might be the problem.   I hate being like this and  it was affecting my writing and I hate when I have no enthusiasm for writing. 😮

This week, I am hoping to:

  • continue on with my Gothic Story – write part II if you will
  • try and add another 2,500 words this week
  • work out where I want the story to go
  • enter another element of a Gothic story to it – start making the story darker, start revealing a secret or two
  • Use 4 more words into the story, which funnily enough, makes the story seem more Gothic (go figure) – because they are unusual and strange words (and a website I visited a long time ago about Gothic culture advised that you should learn complex words and include them in your vocabulary!!!)

That should keep me entertained for a while!


Creativity Workshop – Idea Generator…?

Merilee gave us some wonderful pictures and asked us to use her ideas workshop to generate some starting points for stories.  Some people have posted their main ideas, but I thought I would go with how I came up with my ideas too.

The first picture

First impressions – horrified, stressed, angry, annoyed, frustrated, embarrassment, hostility

Second impressions –

  • something horrific has happened behind him, while it wasn’t too traumatic for her (waxing legs perhaps?),
  • the fish was this big?,
  • focusing only on him – he is exasperated as he walked home from work – losing his mind? (woman is an innocent bystander),
  • she is his wife and just told him she is leaving him for another woman

Third impressions:  (The What If’s)

  • What if it was an accident and he could not handle the scene,
  • What if she had had a really bad day at work and her husband didn’t want to know about it, the start of a fight?
  • What if he had a migraine headache and moments later his head blew apart?
  • What if he was running because a bomb was about to go off, but she didn’t believe him.
  • What if she wasn’t really there… only he could see her?
  • What if he was wearing casts on his arms and they were permanently in that position?  Why? What happened?

The second picture was a lovely picture of some cottages on a beach

First impressions – summer storms, peninsula, isolation, salt air, steaming beaches, fishing stands, ocean, lakefront

Second Impressions

  • Houses haunted by a spirit or an idea
  • silent screams felt in the atmosphere
  • crying, loneliness, dessertion
  • the isolation of the place limits contact with the outside world (the isolation is deliberate)
  • the peace, calm and serenity drive people to want to stay at the popular lake front cottages

Third Impressions (The What Ifs)

  • What if the cloud patterns were actually created by UFO’s?
  • What if the isolation of the place drove him to insanity and he killed his family
  • What if the peace and calm hit a deeper and meaner spirit the house is haunted by
  • What if the sea levels rose?
  • What happens when the lake mists roll in over them?

The third picture, was one that I got the most ideas for – funnily enough.  It just appealed to the inner fantasist / child

First Impressions – galaxy, marble, shamrock, thought patterns, tunnel, hypnosis, smokescreen, laser pattern

Second Impressions – can honestly say I didn’t do this part, because so many fantastic ideas just lent themselves to this picture.  The more abstract and “limiting” the picture, the more I seem to be able to expand my ideas!

The What Ifs:

  • What if this was the pattern seen within a  dream machine used to hynoptise people to extract their dreams
  • What if this was part of a tunnel in an amusement park and people came out hypnotised (whoops, starting to get onto a similar theme here!)
  • What if this was a laser show within a nightclub?
  • What if this was a diagnostic picture of someone’s thoughts (modern ink blot test)
  • What if this was the symbol within a pack of cornflakes to indicate you had won a trip to the next nearest galaxy
  • What if it was a smoke screen that you had to come through to be reborn
  • What if it was a photograph / ultrasound of an alien being in the womb?
  • What if this is an ancient symbol recently discovered and it is sending signals into space, and it had originally been buried because of intergalatic communication in the past?
  • What if this was a photograph of someones thought patterns when they were given some sort of stimulus, like a picture of calm water?
  • What if this was a cell about to multiply?  What implications would there be?

I haven’t gone as far as adding the where and who, because at this stage I am not ready to use any of these as story ideas, but I did enjoy the exercise.  Just wish it would flow through to my gothic story!

Ideas are Made of These

Before Christmas, I was channel surfing when I came across a documentary.  That documentary has changed my life.  Not in a “My Goodness, I need to change” kind of way, but more a “Holy Crap!  I have to write that story” kind of way.

Sounds weird, I know, but we seem to pick up ideas from the strangest of places.  Mostly I get images in dreams that stay with me, and I use that as a basis for notes to a story, sometimes it is a piece of music – Genesis’ “The Brazillian” reminds me of a boat plowing through water, sometime a scene from a movie, a sentence in a book, any one of these can trigger a thought pattern, or an idea that has to go into my ideas notebook.  Oh yes, I do have one of those…

Ideas just seem to come up and smack me in the face and say “I’m here, now listen up!”  It is nice to have that, but then I have so many plans for storys, I sometimes wonder if I will actually get them all done or not. 

But then some are so urgent, you have to write them, like the documentary inspired idea.  It was about how Medusa (the serpent haired woman) became Medusa.  What a topic, it was so grand and visual, I just had to find out more, and the more I have researched, the more I have learned that there are so many different versions of events.  But that is the history of storytelling, each variation started from the same story, just someone embellished it somewhere along the line.

So, I am going to embellish it.  I have it plotted out, just still researching some of the finer points of Greek history to add to the depth of the story, and that will be my mission, at least for part of the year, which is also one of my goals, start and complete another novel. 

If you are struggling with writing, I would highly recommend watching a documentary or two, especially about anything historical, because you may surprise yourself and become passionate about something you hadn’t really thought of before.

New Year Goals – 2010

My husband and I gave up making New Years resolutions because we never kept them.  So we decided to just be happy instead.  Hasn’t always worked, but we have been happier because we haven’t broken any resolutions! 

But this year, instead of making a resolution, I thought about making some writing goals.  Now, goal writing isn’t something I do very often, I sort of blunder my way through life and are happy with my lot, but I want to really concentrate on writing this year and spend some quality time actually producing quality items.  So, my goals for this year (in no particular order):

# Get Chrystias finished off and start looking around for a publisher / agent for it.

# Get Kings Queens and Noblemen edited to the second edit – with a view to getting it finished by the end of the year

# Create more short stories and really start to focus on developing this skill further

# Get one short story published (in a magazine / e-zine) (something other than my own blog site!)

# Finish off some story ideas and start writing the next novel – the first draft to be completed before the end of the year (2010)

# Encourage some of my writing friends to get their stuff published

Six, that seems like a nice reasonable number.  Manageable, which is what I need, because I only have half a year to write, the other half is spent trying to keep my son entertained, and spending time with him, because he really doesn’t like it when Mummy sits at the computer and asks him to be quiet so she can concentrate, because sons are not meant to be quiet… are they?