Friday, 3 May 2013

THE BOAT DREAM



I dreamt last night that I was the skipper of a boat (this was my job). I had no training but I was doing OK, sailing along, with a full load of passengers. Until I went over a small waterfall and wondered, as the boat fell, if we would sink. We didn't. Then I was sailing around trying to find a pier or jetty, but it had been replaced by a dump, so I couldn't dock. The passengers were annoyed and I felt terrible. It was made clear to me that I would shortly be fired.

I dream vividly, every night, usually such nonsensical stuff that it can't have been inspired by anything real, anything I have seen or heard. So, mostly I would see my dreams as being unanalysable. But this one - The Boat - well, it strikes me that this is me writing my NIP (Novel #3).

I am in charge of a boat/novel but I don't feel like I'm in charge. The boat/plot regularly takes unexpected nosedives but it recovers. The passengers/characters are disgruntled; I am not doing right by them. I am two thirds of the way into the journey, so I am now searching for a dock/ending. Luckily, the only person who can fire me is me, so that part won't be happening, but, I guess, the threat of it is always there. Because even when the novel is finished, who is to say it will float at all?

In less unsettling news I signed the contract for Novel #2 yesterday and it will be out spring 2014. Title TBC as neither I nor my editor at New Island are particulalry attached to Highland. Watch this space :)

And, now, I must get back to my little boat and hope that all goes well on today's sail.

5 comments:

Rachel Fenton said...

Fantastic news - mega congratulations on your signing! Champion!

Last night I was looking for my son in an unfamiliar supermarket then trying to carry him and my daughter through steep brick alleys, away from a tsunami - hope that's not portentous....

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Ta, Rae.

Your dreams sound as nutty as mine. Maybe the tsunami represents the teachers (kindy workers) you mentioned before?

I have to say I love my dreams. Sometimes I wish I lived inside the good ones...

Rachel Fenton said...

Maybe...the loons. I wish I wasn't running in every one of my dreams, though - wake up more jiggered than when I went to bed.

Wishing you a wonderful conclusion to NIP #3, btw.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Thank you :)
Yes, I often wake up 'fizzy' as I call it from all the mad events of my dreams.

eimearryan said...

Yay, that's fantastic news! Go on, give us some plot hints ...

I rarely dream and when I do, they're usually unsettling. Maybe it's something to do with my epic cheese consumption?