Midsummer Dreams

Dreams are weird and wonderful things. They can disappear the moment we wake or linger in the mind for days. Sometimes we dream the same thing night after night. Other times we consciously try to re-dream something and it doesn’t happen. Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

I’ve had one dream recur intermittently for many years. I dream that exam time is looming but I’ve done absolutely no revision. However hard I try to find time to revise, it doesn’t happen and I go into the exam totally unprepared. But I always wake up before I turn the exam paper over and read the questions.

This probably says something deep and meaningful about my waking life.

A bit of internet surfing, brought up a list of the Top 10 Common Dreams and Their Meanings. Number 6, ‘Failing a Test’, correlates most closely to my dream and the meaning given is, “…you are feeling tested in some way in your real life. You may feel that you are unprepared for something or playing the wrong part in life.”

That does tie in with my waking life, I like to be in control and ready for whatever life might throw at me.

Unsurprisingly, the most common dream listed is ‘Falling or Sinking’ and I’ve had that one too, where you always wake up before hitting the bottom. The explanation is, “…  you are overwhelmed in life and feel ready to give up.” Maybe I need to get my life in order and then I can have some sweet dreams!

One person who’s put dreams to good use is romantic novelist, Alison May. Her latest novel, Midsummer Dreams, is published by Choc Lit today. Here’s the enticing blurb:

Four people. Four messy lives. One party that changes everything …
Emily is obsessed with ending her father’s new relationship – but is blind to the fact that her own is far from perfect.
Dominic has spent so long making other people happy that he’s hardly noticed he’s not happy himself.
Helen has loved the same man, unrequitedly, for ten years. Now she may have to face up to the fact that he will never be hers.
Alex has always played the field. But when he finally meets a girl he wants to commit to, she is just out of his reach.
At a midsummer wedding party, the bonds that tie the four friends together begin to unravel and show them that, sometimes, the sensible choice is not always the right one.

So Midsummer Dreams promises to be a sweet experience even if your own dream life (like mine) leaves something to be desired!

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  1. #1 by juliathorley on June 12, 2015 - 8:08 am

    I’m always rather wary about telling people about my dreams in case I reveal something I shouldn’t; but yes, they can inspire some decent stories. I once edited a chunky volume on interpreting dreams and the more I got into it, the more I concluded that everything we dream can be traced back to real life. Dreams are NOT premonitions.

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on June 12, 2015 - 4:19 pm

      Thanks, Julia. I’m sure dreams are a manifestation of all our psychological hang-ups and fears – probably best to keep them secret!

  2. #3 by susanjanejones on June 12, 2015 - 11:23 am

    Looks like a good book, Sally. I have funny dreams sometimes.

  3. #5 by Keith Havers on June 14, 2015 - 10:33 am

    I have several recurring dreams. Hate to think what they all mean.

    • #6 by Sally Jenkins on June 14, 2015 - 7:18 pm

      Probably best not to know, Keith. Might give you a psychological hang-up!

  1. In which Midsummer Dreams is out today and there is much dream-related blogging going on « Alison May

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