Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Day 3: Dream A Little Dream

Today Terri's going to psyche us out with a little dream interpretation. You may think twice next time you're ready to hit the sack.

In SLEEPLESS I explore the world of dreams. It’s a fascinating topic. Psychologists think our dreams are a way of rehashing a day’s events and sometimes problem solving. In other words, whatever is bugging us is apt to show up in our dreams in one form or another. Whole books and websites are dedicated to interpreting your dreams.

For instance, according to this cool online dream dictionary having your teeth fall out in your dream “forewarns that your health and/or business are in jeopardy. You may have uttered some false or foul words and those words are coming back to haunt you.”

And did you know that snakes symbolize fear, worry and sexuality? On the other hand, if you sneeze in your dreams that means a life of “ease and joy.”

When I was in high school I had this reoccurring dream where I was in this massive mall, riding up in an escalator with clear glass sides, but the escalator was filled with water up to the black rubber railing on the side. Hmm… a little research…let’s see…a mall means I was trying to make a favorable impression on someone, moving up an escalator means I was addressing emotional issues and clear water means I was in tune with my spirituality. Translation: I was trying desperately to overcome my shyness to get a boy’s attention. Wow! That really works.

Seriously though, dreams really are reflections of who we are and what we’re going through. If you think about it you’ll probably notice when you’re stressed or worried you have some kind of reoccurring dream or theme that shows up in your sleeping brain.

Want to know what terrorizes me in the night? What my reoccurring stress dream is lately? Numbers! (Confession: I hate math and numbers and calculations stress me out.) So what did the dream dictionary say? Numbers indicates unsettled or dissatisfied conditions in business. Hmm. Think that means I’m worried about my first book coming out? That’s certainly my interpretation.

When I asked my agent what her reoccurring stress dream was she said, “Going to my mother’s house.”

So, tell me, what do you dream about?

Tune back tomorrow when Terri shares her ten fave teen books.


TJ Brown said...

My dreams are bizzarre, but usually easy for me to figure out. Huge congrats on the launch. I finished Sleepless yesterday and it was fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I need to find a way to sneeze a little more in my dreams. GREAT stuff here, T!
-Nancy Viau

Brooke Taylor said...
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Brooke Taylor said...

I have really bizarre dreams--I had one where there was a killer alligator on the loose--it was a very graphic and gory dream. Not fun. No sneezes, sadly.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Teri. I can't tell you how glad I am you liked Sleepless.

Anonymous said...

LOL! I was thinking the same thing, Nancy.

Anonymous said...

Eek, Brooke! That's scary. Did you look up alligator?

Book Chic said...

I have weird dreams- the other night, I had one where I was a Charmed one and it was like a whole episode. I wish I could remember more but I can't now.

It's so weird cuz I'll have dreams involving TV shows I haven't seen in a while. Like with Charmed, I haven't seen it in like over a month or so.

One that I do remember was when I was reading the Remnants series by K.A. Applegate and I had a dream that a meteor was going to be crashing into the Earth. It felt SO REAL that when I woke up at about 5am or so, I actually went to my mom and asked her if there really was a meteor headed towards the Earth, lol.

Another book-related dream involved a cross-over between Aspen Brooks (from Stephanie Hale's Revenge of the Homecoming Queen) and someone else from another book. It was so weird that I think I told both authors about it, haha.

Anonymous said...

That is SO cool! I want your dreams. :)

Lynda said...

I have a recurring dream that my period will never end. Oh, wait, that's my freaking menopausal real life talking.

Hee hee hee.

No, I've had a recurring dream my whole life where I wake up and one leg is way, way longer. So I can't stand straight, can't walk. It's very disturbing when I'm having it.

I've interpreted it to mean that my life is out of balance--that's usually when I have it. But what do you think?

I also have the "I'm in college, but I forgot to go to classes for the whole semester, and it's almost finals, can't even find the ROOMS," stress dreams all the time.

But when I was a cop, I had the gun jamming stress dream all the time. (We all did--very common cop stress dream).

Anonymous said...

Lynda, the leg thing is just weird. LOL. But I agree that it means you're off balance. Here's what the dream dictionary said, "To dream that you legs are wounded or crippled, signifies a lack of balance, autonomy, or independence in your life. You may be unable or unwilling to stand up for yourself. Perhaps you are lacking courage and refuse to make a stand". Cool, eh? Interesting about the jamming gun.