I had written a story, and given a copy to a friend to read. She came to my house. I said to her, “What’d you think of the story? It’s crap isn’t it?” in the way designed to elicit the reaction, “Oh no, it’s great!” . Instead she said, “Yeah, it’s crap.”

Then I was standing in the kitchen, and there was a huge long line of coffee cups on the bench. Every coffee cup was different from every other: some were big clunky mugs, others were delicate china things on saucers. Each cup held a different quantity of coffee: some were spilling over, some contained nothing but dregs, and every gradation in between was represented in some cup. Some of the coffees were freshly brewed and piping hot, while others had clearly been made days ago and were perfectly cool.

I went along the line of cups, staring down into each one in turn. As I went, each coffee cup communicated to me one of my friend’s criticisms of my story.

The end.

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4 Responses to Dream

  1. Joff,
    Do you ever try to interpret your dreams? Its a hobby of mine, actually, and I’ve been known to be quite accurate. If you’d like me to give this one a go, I’d be happy to.

  2. red6 says:

    Ohhh! Please do…

  3. Okay, here’s my stab at it-
    To write a story in your dream represents your creativity and imagination- in this case, probably your actual writing itself.

    To see a friend (but not someone specific) generally signifies an aspect of your own personality. In this case a very critical part, I’d say, from whom you seek validation but don’t get it.

    Your house represents your own soul or self.

    So, in the first paragraph, I’d say that you are wanting to write a story, but certain parts of you are convinced it will be crap, so why try? You lack confidence and aren’t getting the internal validation you seek to take the risk.

    A kitchen is a place where we get sustenance- where we are fed and nurtured. Alternatively the kitchen, represents a transformation- where things are created though a combination of ingredients.

    To dream that you are drinking or need your coffee, suggests that you need to gain some insight and knowledge before making a decision or tackling some project/relationship. But I think the variety of coffee in your dreams is really interesting. If we take it back to the story issue, it may mean that you are being exposed to all kinds of story “possibilites” or ideas or forms, and you are looking into each one.

    And as for the cups communicating your “friend’s” criticism- that may mean that even as you are exposed to all these new story ideas and possibilities, your inner critic is whispering in your ear that it will all be crap, so why try.

    I think this dream is mainly about your inner critic- an internal part that every writer has to master before they can get over fear of failure and just write anyway.

    Cool dream really, and I’d suggest asking yourself (right before you go to bed) to dream about how to handle your inner critic so you can write better without fear. You just might get a dream that will help your subconscious break through your inner critic’s barriers.

  4. Em says:

    Awesome interpretation. Go Joff – am right behind you dude!

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