A couple of my blog friends made comments about my snake dream and what the interpretation might mean. Here is what Eliza wrote: ” A snake is a symbol of the unconscious. Snakes or serpents indicate you’re in the process of healing and resolving issues The snake is a symbol for an untamed part of yourself or an untapped resource.
Snakes could represent your intuition or spiritual aspects of yourself; your instinctual drive, what moves you from the depths of your soul. Snakes or serpents tend to show up in dreams in times of transition and transformation.”
Now, sometimes a dream is just a dream, and sometimes it is something more. After reading what Eliza wrote, I thought more closely about the dream, which was, in fact, different from any snake dream I had ever had. (In my previous blog post, I mentioned that I had reoccurring snake dreams.)
Usually, in a snake dream, I am on the ground among the snakes, and this is not a happy place for me to be. In the dream I described in the previous post, I was high above the snake, and with admiration as well as some trepidation, I watched it move rapidly across the field. So fast! Then, into the woods it went after its prey.
The striking thing about this dream was that I was not as terrified as I usually am when I dream about snakes. I won’t say I was completely fear free—that would be going too far—but I was not terrified. My fear was well under control, and I could even admire the beauty of the snake. When I reflect back on that snake dream, I even feel exhilaration.
I am indeed in a time of transformation and transition as I go out into the world with Maya and the Book of Everything. I am working on a presentation for an author talk, and I’ll be going to the University of Maine at Orono for my first talk. Speaking in public is very difficult for me, but nowadays it’s what you have to do to promote your book, especially if you’re an Indie Author.
To borrow again from Eliza, onward, ho!
And many thanks, Eliza (and Akuokuo) for making me look closer at my dream.
31 thoughts on “Snake Dream Addendum”
I felt it was about the book, too. Also noteworthy, was that the snake was quickly moving away from you. A runaway bestseller??? 🙂
That would be nice! Again, thanks for your insight. It really did help. A lot.
Glad to hear it. 🙂
Wouldn’t THAT be fun!?
Well, fun isn’t exactly how I would describe it, but onward, ho 😉
Good luck giving your talk, I’m sure it will go well. I usually enjoy public speaking, I find small talk in social settings to be much more difficult.
Thanks, Jason! My husband is like you, but I am exactly the opposite. Nevertheless, I must learn to do presentations and promote my book. Nowadays, writers can’t just sit back and wait for the world to come to them, no matter how much they might like to do so. Self-promotion is a necessity, and that’s just the way it. Luckily, Maya lends itself to a good presentation. The theme ill be “Threads of Realism in Fantasy.” Or something like that.
So how did it go?
I’m going in March, and right now I’m busy, busy with the presentation. I’ll be sure to let you know.
I am also afraid of snakes to the extent that if I dream about one it probably doesn’t symbolize anything. The fear alone is authentic enough. 🙂 Good luck with your talk- so exciting to get the recognition!
Thanks, Betsy! Onward, ho!
What an exciting time for you! There’s nothing like pushing your limits to make you into a fuller person. I am so proud of you for all you are doing! I wrote a novel when my twins were toddlers (they are 19 now) and I think when I realized all the self promotion that was needed is when I lost my steam. (Because who can do that with toddler twins???)
I love to see you forging ahead! BTW – My little sticker should soon arrive so I can make my copy of Maya into a SIGNED copy of Maya. : )
Thanks, Jodie! Yes, pushing my limits, that’s for sure 😉 Oh, how I hate speaking in front of a crowd. But, nowadays, even with a traditionally published book, self-promotion is a necessity. I wish this wasn’t the case. I would like nothing better than to spend most of my time writing and not have to worry about self-promotion. And you are right, with toddler twins, there would be no time for self-promotion. I’ll be looking for your sticker, and I’ll send it back signed lickity-split.
It’s funny – on the envelope I wrote a few descriptives that i thought applied to you. One of the was ACTIVIST. Then I saw your recent post. Nailed it!
Enjoy your time in Orono. What a great place to start! In terms of the snake you could also look up animal totems. See if that rings true for you.
Dreams are amazing, aren’t they! I like Eliza’s insight. Congratulations on your book!!
Dreams are certainly amazing! Many thanks.
The realism in fantasy approach to your talk will interest many and you will likely be great because you’ll be speaking from your heart about something you believe in and care about immensely. Try not to put undue pressure on yourself to perform, just be yourself and they’ll love you, and Maya too 🙂
Thanks so much, Melissa. Strange to write this, but the snake dream and my blog friends have given me confidence.
You have every reason to feel confident. It’s funny to say, but reading your book, I feel I know you better. Amazing talent you have. I know everyone is more than their blog and this is a pleasant reminder. Xx
Aw, thanks so much! Yes, there is a lot of me in both Maya and Andy, and central Maine as well. And you’re so right about people being more than their blogs, which are just one aspect of a person’s life.
I had a dream about a month ago that I was getting into my car and saw Johnny Depp sitting in the back seat with a giant albino rattlesnake. (?)
Try to remember that lots of famous people, including the well-known actors, writers, musicians, have to promote their own work, too, and I bet they aren’t crazy about it either. I remember reading a Johnny Carson interview where he said that he was often sick to his stomach before he went on the air. So, don’t be hard on yourself. If it made him nervous after all the years he was on television, you will be happy to know that you are completely normal!
Oh, those dreams! An albino rattlesnake? Johnny Depp? Thanks for the kind words of encouragement, Ginene. Onward I will go, to promote “Maya and the Book of Everything.” With its message that “Facts do matter,” it couldn’t be more timely 😉
LOL – Yes – that Johnny Depp/Albino Rattlesnake story needs clarification. lol
A most interesting post, Laurie. Congrats on your “book tour”! It’s an exciting time.
Thanks, Cynthia! I’m thinking it will be more like a library tour, which is dandy with me 😉
Fascinating insights offered by Eliza. I had missed that original post about your dream. So true that sometimes dreams are just dreams, and sometimes they are something more. Best of luck on your public talk! Focus on your breathing, it helps! (Slow, deep breaths) 🙂
Yes, indeed! Thanks for the advice about breathing. Speaking before a group people is not easy for me, but I know must do it for my book. Gone are the days when a writer can sit in her snug, cluttered office and just focus on writing 😉
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