Dreamcatchers and Writing

There are a few things going on in the life as Louise Charles. Firstly, I’ve been working on a new look for the website. It was time for an update and I’ve recently discovered I have a passion for dreamcatchers.

Dreamcatchers are an ancient tradition that originated with Native Americans. One story is that the idea came from the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe, and that the Ojibwe word for dreamcatcher, asabikeshiinh, actually means “spider,” referring to the web woven to loosely cover the hoop. The legend goes that the Ojibwe tribe considered spiders to be symbols of protection and that a Spider Woman was the spiritual protecter of the tribe, and particularly young children. But as the tribe grew and developed became more dispersed she found it difficult to protect them all, so she developed the dreamcatcher.

The dreamcatcher, hung above the bed, is designed to catch and filter out bad dreams and nightmares as one sleeps. The good dreams get passed down through the feathers and down onto the sleeper it protects while the bad dreams get caught up in the circular web to be emptied or destroyed.

For me, the dreamcatcher symbolises my process of writing, where it captures ideas – both good and bad – and I attempt to pick out the bits that I think might work in a story, a setting or even just a character. I find the concept an extremely powerful one on a personal level as it fulfils my free spirit and that’s why I chose it to represent me, as an author. I hope I do the concept proud.

And so, what else is going on? Well my alter ego over at My Writer Within has taken up a 52 week challenge of Self Discovery. As well as the usual posts and quotes the Friday posts will blog to a set prompt about… well My Writer Within. I’m not expecting to set the world alight, but it’s bound to have some interesting bits, to me at any rate. ????

And over at The Good{Expat}Life I shall be sharing some Penny and George scenes, free to all. The first is the beginning chapter of The Good[Expat]Life Part 1 which was published a couple of years ago, but future stories will be new material…

Until Later,