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by Monique O’Connor James

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A Web of Dreams

I don’ know about you, but dreams have always been of huge interest to me.  Maybe, it’s because as a child I suffered from night terrors and nightmares.  That’s probably where I gained interest in delving into those visions and finding out exactly what was going on in my brain.  Then when my son was born, he followed in my footsteps and not only awakened us with night terrors, but also became a chronic sleepwalker. 

It’s fascinating the way our subconscious takes everything that has occurred within a given time frame and dumps it into a dream.  The dreams seldom make sense and usually run together further confusing the meaning.  The idea that our mind comes to terms with our experiences through dreams has been of such interest to me that I wrote an entire novel about it.  In Jamais Vu, Darby struggles with the idea that by tweaking her dreams, she can alter her reality and bring back the dead. 

I thought I’d share with you some of the more common symbols in dreams and provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your own night visions and what they mean.  Hope you enjoy.

1.  Animals – Instinctual actions and emotions.  The personality traits that come to mind when you think of the animal in your dream may be ones that you are repressing.

2.  Blood – Emotional upheaval.  You probably feel like there are people in your life who are black holes of need, who suck the wind from your sails.

3.  Cars – Freedom or being in control.

4.  Death – Death rarely represents someone dying.  It is usually the reflection of some change in your life or the lives of those around you.

5.  Fire – Arousing passion or sexuality.  Fire can also represent a cleansing of emotions.

6.  Naked – Suggests feeling vulnerable or perhaps afraid some action you were trying to hide will be exposed to others.

7.  Ocean – The subconscious itself.  If the water is calm so is your mind, but if its turbulent you may be under stress.

8.  People – usually projections of ourselves and in them we see aspects of our own personalities.

9.  Tree – A symbol of knowledge and learning

10.  Weather – usually the weather in your dream reflects your general emotional state.

Have you ever researched the meaning of a dream?  Have you ever had the same dream more than once?

Dreams play a huge roll in our mind’s ability to come to terms with our problems and goals.  Next time you are off in your own dreamland, try to make note of the symbols and see if you can figure out what they mean about your life and the current state of your emotional well-being.


Monique O’Connor James

Author of:  The Keepers, Jamais Vu, The Mulligan Man all available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Coming in Early 2012:  Deja Vu;  Coming Summer 2012:  Becoming Jolie

Bringing Back the Dead

Perhaps it’s a little soon after Christmas to go morbid on you, but I really enjoyed writing this one.  Hope you get a giggle.

One of the biggest reasons I think I have for writing paranormal fiction is the fact that I can so easily bring back those who have gone into the afterlife.  I really didn’t realize my fascination with this concept until I had completed a few manuscripts.  In The Keepers, there are angels who have the ability to jerk someone back from the edge of death, Jamais Vu is about a girl who can alter her dreams causing the dead to return, and even The Mulligan Man is about a character who has been dead for years.

If I went through each of my manuscripts and pointed out the similarities you would see my fascination with this subject goes deep. Of course, for me I think the recurring theme is partially a tool I have used in dealing with the death of my mother.  What if I could bring her back?  I’ve often said, I’d do anything for one more hour with her.

We get attached to characters in the same way we bond with humans sometimes, at least the dorkiest of us do.  It’s easy to be drawn to the fact that in the paranormal world, they can die and not be gone forever.

For fun, I thought’ I’d list some reasons not to bring back those who have crossed from this life into the next.  Let me know what you think and if you have ideas of your own:

1.  The dead never come back the same – In movies and books alike, the dead usually undergo a major personality change making them less likable than they were the first time around.

2.  They will try to kill you – Let’s face it, in the world of the Walking Dead and vampires, humans are just lunch…or dinner.

3.  Death is contagious – Ever seen the movies where those who cheat death are then stalked by it?  Ever notice everyone they know soon dies?

4.  Sometimes the dead want to be dead = wouldn’t it really stink to spend time learning a complicated ritual to bring back your best friend, only to find out she was quite comfy in her spot on the other side? 

5.  There will be another sequel – Sometimes we should just let sleeping dogs lie, just so we don’t have to read about those dogs again.

I had a blast making this list!  Add to it and let me know what you think about the dead and their return to our world.


Monique O’Connor James

Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu & The Mulligan available on Kindle and Nook.

Coming soon:  Deja Vu and Becoming Jolie