Monday, July 19, 2010

Our Guest ~ Valerie Ipson

Valerie Ipson is an aspiring author and member of both Authors Incognito and the American Night Writers' Association.

You can visit her blog by clicking here.

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I have a recurring dream that has baffled me for many years and its become increasingly more disturbing. In it I have a baby. Always at least one, but sometimes two. So in the beginning, it was good--babies showing up in dreams is often delightful--but now in the dream where I have an infant, I realize with horror that I have not been feeding the it.

I have been neglecting my baby, and it is barely alive. I immediately rush to feed it and hold it and thankfully, it lives.

But why?

Why am I having this dream?

I was excited to come upon this in a book titled One Year to a Writing Life by Susan M. Tiberghien. After relating Maya Angelou's recurring dream, she writes, "I also have a recurring dream . . . " and then she proceeds to describe MY exact dream about the baby--including not caring for it and the rushing to feed it and finding it's still alive. This is what Ms. Tiberghien says, "The child is my creative self. I realize that, yes, I have been forgetting my own creativity, my inner child, but that now I am paying attention. The child is still there, still alive."

I was thrilled with this explanation. I've been neglecting my writing baby for too long. It needs my attention, it needs to be fed, but yes, it's still alive.

I've had several baby dreams since I discovered Ms. Tiberghien's interpretation, including one where I even named the baby--definitely a good sign when you consider the baby being my creative self--and another where I actually gave birth to the baby. That one got me excited. It meant I had come so far--no longer was I finding a baby neglected and barely alive, but I actually gave birth to it. I was giving life to my creativity.

I really wish I had written down all the dreams because it's been quite the baby/creative-self journey.

The two most recent installments had totally different tones, though. The first was wonderful. I dreamed I brought the baby in and set it in a bassinet. It barely fit, but the baby seemed okay. The latest dream, though . . . not good. I had to change the baby and it was making huge messes all over. I couldn't do anything to stop it.

I guess these last two indicate where I'm at in my creative writing journey. I've nurtured the baby/creative-self by writing my novel. Now I'm in revisions.

And it's a mess.

Anyone else have crazy recurring dreams that have you scared?

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Thank you, Valerie, for being our guest!

Next week, we are excited to have Christine Bryant as our featured blogger.

If you would like to be our guest, email Ali for information.


Evelyn Campbell Curtis said...

I had never even considered such a thing! But here it is, yes I have had very similar dreams! The one that I can remember most clearly happened a week or two ago. I dreamt that I had a new born baby, and it was the size of a six month old! I too realized that I hadn't fed it, and rushed to do so.

My novel is more than half way completed, and I think it has HUGE potential, but I have not written on it in more than a month due to school work, and being tired from actually being pregnant. Maybe I'll tend to my creative self, and work on getting it back in my routine. I always feel better when I do. Thanks for sharing! Great post!

Angie said...

Wow. Great post. Revisions sure can be a mess, but I'm glad the baby is thriving!

ali said...

I've had these dreams too Valerie! And I've never before considered that they could represent the creative side of me.

I love the book The Artist's Way. It's all about nurturing that inner child, our creative self. Maybe it'll help you feed your "baby"!

Thanks again for being our guest today!

Peggy Urry said...

Thankfully I have not had any 'baby' dreams. The last 'child' dream resulted with me actually giving birth and that will be five years ago in September. So, baby dreams scare me! Love your blog and that book and can't wait to read it start to finish! Should I bring you a box of baby wipes? Aah, good times!

Valerie Ipson said...

Thanks, Ali, for the chance to guest blog. I've been gone on vacation, so this is the first chance I've had to check the blog. Plus I forgot to announce on my own blog that I would be guest blogging here. I'll remedy that tomorrow.

I'm always interested in other's baby dreams. I guess I should only be concerned if they STOP re-occurring.