Why would that be? Is anyone here good at dream interpretation?
This has been going on for a couple of years. Some of the dreams are very vivid. The night before last I had one in which a female vampire had injected some kind of pure alcohol into her veins, then crashed through a big round stained glass church window and lay bleeding to death on the Church floor, surrounded by shattered stained glass. It was a disturbing image, but also very vivid. It was night outside and everything was very blue/black, but in the church, it as all color, including the bright blood.
A few months back I woke up after a series of these kinds of vivid scenes with an idea for a novel in which it main character is an ex-priest and the vampires are all rabid religions converts, and he gets approached all the time by members of their group who want to be cured.
no sh*t! I dream about vampires too well more like zomibes. What is weirder is that just two nights ago I had this dream that somone with a riffle and a vest a tall man shot Obama in the face. And I went to stop this guy from shooting him but I couldn't do anything. Then Obama's face shattered like glass.
Where are you in the dream? Are you the vampire? Or are you watching from the sidelines, not involved in the action at all?
I'm always watching. It's exactly like watching a movie, and very vivid too. It feels very real.
I'm never a character in the dream.
Write the novel. There are probably all sorts of unconscious analogies to current events; the infusion of new blood Obama brings to the country (in a conscious full-frontal attack on established republican tradition and the right-wing church elelment) might be a focus for your worry (will s/he be able to survive this?)
Ok, so I'm extrapolating political issues --
What would the rabid vampire religious converts want to be cured from? Their religious bent or their vampirism (which is worse -- being a blood-sucking fiend or a religious convert?).
Now that I've probably totally misinterpreted your dream, does this help you focus on what the real interpretation might be? Only you will know.
Vivid dreams like this are fascinating.
Any attraction to blood after the dreams? LOL. I remember dreaming I was a vampire after reading vampire novels.
Kidding aside... Write that book before the idea slips away...
"The night before last I had one in which a female vampire had injected some kind of pure alcohol into her veins, then crashed through a big round stained glass church window and lay bleeding to death on the Church floor,"
Has a resemblance to a scene in the movie Twilight... and another scene in Delicate Dependencies and another in Underworld.
Hi Theresa & needfulthings,
Maybe I saw a clip from "Twilight" and just forgot it and it was replaying in the dream. But I do think it's something about the general mood here in the U.S. right now. In the dream about the ex-priest that I thought would make a good novel the idea was that the religion and the vampirism were kind of the same thing--you know, eternal life and all but at the price of your soul and sworn allegiance to the horde forever--and the priest was a kind of antihero. In leaving the Church and accepting death and damnation he also gives himself a quieter saner life, albeit one with an endpoint--so now and again one of the vampires is attracted to that. There's a dark side to being a vampire, even a Christian one. It's not all fun and games. LOL!
But then, things go wrong (as they always do when you're an expriest being pursued by religious vampires). I'd have to outline what happens to insure the book had an actual plot. I'm great at throwing myself into novels I never finish because I have the tone and the imagery and the characters but no plot. (Something has to happen Pam!)
I've always been fascinated by vampires, and lately I d feel kind of like we live in a whole country full of them and religion is making it worse, not better.
Maybe it's no more complicated than that.
Thank you for your taking the time to share your thoughts!
This is interesting Pam. Those types of dreams where you are the observer always kind of creep me out because it seems/feels like I'm being shown something that is very significant in some way.
When I think of vampire, I think of anything or anyone that sucks the life out of a person. For example, have you ever been around a person that for some reason leaves you feeling exhausted when he/she leaves? It's almost like they have a vacuum cleaner hose hooked into you sucking all your energy out or something. Then sometimes events in life can suck the vitality out of you as well. Just a thought. Maybe someone else has already mentioned it.
I love vampire novels, so write yours!
here is my interpretation of said dream:
alcohol in her veins, her power over us; Lilith our fears/dreams
church window; your haven of refuge the art of it, she spoils it
Your life in the 'church': again reality of your art and life
outside that reality that you have made for yourself it is colorless/lifeless
you are worried you will lose this wonderful life you have made creating wonderful things, that's good because it keeps you on your toes. Not to worry, you'll be fine
anyway, that's my idea
You hit on something here that does ring true to me--the art and the refuge I take in that art from a colorless outside life. That did kind of hit home there. Lilith--that is interesting too. I've been thinking a lot lately about how creative power so often comes from the shadow side of a person, the side that is least appealing to think about, look at, acknowledge. So it comes kind of from the Lilith side more than the Virgin Mary side--that's been on my mind consciously for a number of reasons. You've given me some really good stuff to work with here. Thank you.
Interesting that C.C. interpreted you as being an extension of the church, and I interpreted as you being an extension of the vampire...
Hi Pam--Thanks for commenting. Yes, I think I will write it. Might as well--I'm sure as hell not going to find a 'real' job up here!
Don't write it as a novel, write it as a movie script! It sounds great!
Although I enjoy dream interpretation, I don't know if I'm any good at it. There are strong symbolic images in your dream, though, so here's my attempt:
I don't know about you, but to me vampires represent power and unapologetic sexuality. Add into the equation the pure alcohol, which represents freedom from inhibitions. So here is an image of power, free of societal restraints. Vampires don't hide who they are, and they don't apologize for giving in to their urges.
The Church is another powerful symbol. To some it represents forced hiding, conformity to the rules, and denial of human nature. (Pam, I don't know if this applies to your feelings or not.) The vampire and the church are at odds with each other, and in your dream, the church is winning, as the vampire is dying because of the church's structure.
This doesn't necessarily have anything to do with religion. My interpretation is that you feel some sort of restraint on who you truly are. Something is forcing you to hide your true thoughts or feelings, and that is hurting you. The physical bleeding of the vampire represents the emotional pain you feel, consciously or subconsciously.
Even though you yourself are not the vampire in the dream, you are still seeing the vampire as an extension of yourself.
(I'm a frustrated English major. I haven't been able to analyze symbolism in a long time. So take this with a grain--or a hunk--of salt.)
LOL, I ain't no church and I ain't no dr. funny though ain't it, dreams that is. i of course was speaking in tongue-in-cheek, you should know me by now. i think maybe you do. lol
Pam, your love of creating is sacred to you. get it? let it flow, do with it you ain't gonna lose it, you're good and your well isn't going dry
Wow, you guys are deep! lol!
No, seriously, I think Pam & CC are right on with this. Whoa. I guess when ya asks ya better be ready ta receive!
Amanda, I so wish I knew how to write a screenplay. Sell one of those and you can kick back for a couple of days!
Thank you so much. You should all get jobs doing this. Most excellent!
Writing a screenplay is actually quite easy. There's some annoying formatting stuff you have to learn, but it's not really any more annoying than, say, HTML, and there are software programs designed to help ease the annoyance. Industry standard is Final Draft, but I use an open source one called celtx for my occasional dabblings in the medium.
Sadly, if I learned one thing from the WGA strike, it's exactly how much the networks and studios do to screw over the writers, actors, and crew. ~sighs~
Thank you kerryg and knolyourself--I'll check it out. I appreciate the links.
BTW kerry--love the new photo on your profile. I know lots of people are nervous about posting photos of themselves, but I like to see what people look like. I find I get more work and more hits with a photo too.
Thanks. I am VERY nervous about posting a real pic, but figure the smallish size and the movie star sunglasses will help. *g* Maybe I'll get up the nerve for something clearer later.
I love a good vampire story, so I hope you do consider turning it into something. Twilight came from a dream, you know, and look how well SM did for herself!
No doubt! You never know what will be the next big deal.
If it makes you feel any better I've had my pic up over year and basically nothing bad has ever come of it. I think sometimes people worry too much about the dangers of the internet. If you think about it, REAL life is WAY more dangerous!
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