One problem solved; another noted.

1. I had a dumb frustration dream last night: went to the grocery store, couldn’t find a cart–that sort of thing; nothing worth blogging about. But there was one memorable line in it. A bunch of guys were standing around in the cart area and one of them said, “Bowling. That’s my stimulus plan.” It sounded pretty plausible at the time: save the world economy through bowling. Crazier ideas have been proposed, so I say we try it.

2. Am I the only person who, when seeing news of the approaching green comet Lulin, thinks of the green meteor shower that began The Day of the Triffids? It’s fairly obvious that soon giant walking carnivorous plants will be feasting on our innards. Anyway, that’s one more thing to worry about, since there don’t seem to be enough problems to go around these days.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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12 Responses to One problem solved; another noted.

  1. It’s interesting that your dream had to do with shopping carts since they’re very sexual symbolism in the way they stack, one enters the other from behind. Also that a group of guys was standing around it.

    • JE says:

      Well, I’d say it’s your interpretation that’s interesting in that regard.

      • My interpretation is an objective Freudian psychoanalytic one that any analyst would tell you. Despite how Freud has been castigated by the modern pharmaceutical dominated education system even they can’t deny that his work on dreams was groundbreaking and accurate.

        According to Freud every dream represents a wish. Sometimes the wish is clear, but most of the time it’s disguised through subconscious symbolism. This is how your id lets go of those thoughts and desires you repress during the day.

        Here’s some other things I notice about your dream. The men are talking about a stimulus plan, which is itself often used in conjunction with two words. “Inject”, as in we’re going to inject this stimulus plan into the economy. And it’s also referred to as a stimulus “package”. What else does injecting a package make you think of? Also, the game of bowling has just as many sexual connotations as the shopping carts, since it involves a long tube with gutters, which imply that it’s a dirty tube. What else is a dirty tube?

        • JE says:

          There’s no such thing as an objective interpretation; every interpretation entails taking a point of view. Your choice of interpretation is pretty revealing.

          To be blunt (parse that however you want): your interest in my sex life and sexual identity is creepy and unwelcome. Drop it.

  2. al_zorra says:

    Maybe we can turn the carnivorous plants into food.

    Love, C.

  3. brownkitty says:

    In Soviet Russia, vegetables eat you?

    • JE says:

      I suppose in a quiet way they’ve been doing this forever, in graveyards etc. It was only a matter of time until they branched out, so to speak.

  4. Your defensiveness about my interpretation points to it having has some degree of accuracy.

    Dreams are usually about things the conscious mind won’t allow itself to acknowledge, therefore when you decode the meaning of someone’s dream (and I think this one is pretty obvious) usually people get upset.

    I have no interest in your sex life or identity. I’m not asking you questions about either, am I? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say what I’m implying is creepy and unwelcome?

    In any case, I’m sorry if I’ve made you uncomfortable. As I’m sure you’re aware you can unadd me at any time, although I’d like to think you’re more intellectual minded to unadd someone on livejournal based on their expression and application of a theoretical school of thought.

    • JE says:

      There’s nothing particularly creepy about same-sex relations among people who like them. There is something creepy about someone who insists on making sexually-themed remarks to a stranger. That’s you, “friend.”

  5. Yeah I can see your point. Even though the remarks were of a scientific nature trying to interpret your dream.

    I’m glad you didn’t remove me. I like your book Blood of Ambrose, that sounds so cool. I’ll get it if I ever see it in a store.

    I also fully recognize that I might be wrong in the interpretation. Even Freud himself said sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Part of a dreams imagery is the hardwired subconscious symbolism that is shared by everyone, but the other part is the personal imagery that’s taken from your unique waking life and associations. So without knowing that half and doing the free association I can’t expect to be accurate in it.

    • JE says:

      Well, I’ve never banned anyone and I didn’t want to start with you.

      I hope it doesn’t sound preachy, but I’ll add two more things: psychology may be a science, but psychoanalysis isn’t. If it works at all it’s a long-term, private, trusted interaction between a patient and a therapist. That’s not the sort of thing that’s going to work on a LiveJournal.

      The other thing is that you may take Freud too seriously. Einstein wasn’t the last word in physics and Freud can’t be the last word in psychology.

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