BEHIND THE CURTAIN

Pay no attention to the small mammal behind the... oh. Too late. In that case...
Hi, I'm Chris Wayan, architect of the World Dream Bank. This is a small personal page with odds and ends not covered in the official pages of the Dreambank. Like:

  1. a site map
  2. frequently asked questions
  3. a mini-biography with (what else?) dreamlinks
  4. contact information

1: SITE MAP

The World Dream Bank is radial in design: a dozen doors access the pool of dreams from different angles, sorting for different things. The map below is clickable. To view all the dreams without any sorting, use the TITLE list.

A rough site map for the World Dream Bank: a ring of doors surround a sea of dreams.
The World Dream Bank stats as of February 2012
Pages: 3600 Images: 4400 Dreams: 2275 Wayan's dreams: 1470 Others' dreams: 805
Dreamers: c. 600 Topics: c. 540 Nondream pages: 1325 Files: c. 12,500 Links: c. 135,000
Main Side Projects
Planetocopia The Krelkins Marcia Pagels Memorial Gallery
Worlds: 19 Regional tours: 194 a surreal/dream band Pages: 21 Paintings: 208
Pages: 340 Maps: c. 440 MP3s: 8 Seeking: lost paintings by Marcia Pagels!
Email me at:
wdreamb@yahoo.com
Images: c. 1200 Seeking: species for Pegasia Songwriters: 4

2: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Come on, are these real dreams?
Yes. But I only posted the dreams I thought others might like--about one dream out of 20. But I've been writing my dreams since 1970 and had nearly 30,000 to choose from! They're edited and annotated for clarity--my raw dream-journals are hard to read, since I use lots of shorthand and abbreviations to get it all down fast. Some names have been changed for privacy, and dialog is often paraphrased since I often forget the exact wording of dream speech. But it's as close as I can get--I'm a reporter, not a novelist, and I do try to be honest with you! These are real dreams.

How can I have dreams like this? How can I remember dreams like this?
Here's what my dreamwork's taught me.

Can I add dreams, or dream art?
Yes! Here's how.

Is the art for sale?
Not at present; everything's free. There's still a catalog but it's way out of date; instead of trying ot keep comics and small-press books in print, I've been adding print-quality images so you can download everything free from the site.

What the hell is this site for?
I built it to mean several things at once--just like its subject matter. Trying to reduce a dream, or a 3600-page site, to a single simple point... misses the point. Dreaming's inherently complex, and so's a dreamsite. It's a...

Will you build my website? Can I afford you?
No-but, and yes.

How did you build the site, what software did you use, what is the site's architecture, etc... all of which really boils down to
Are there lessons here about building my own site?
Yes, there ARE lessons. Here's what I did and why. There are no other secrets. Simple tools plus readable naming equals happy site. Of any size. End of rant, and I do apologize. But I see so many people paying in both money AND LEARNING TIME for massive, ludicrous overkill.
3: ABOUT YOUR EDITOR

Wayan is the common field name for a shy, herbivorous mammal endemic to the warmer hill slopes of the San Francisco Peninsula. This graceful but timid creature is little seen, though it nests even in urban areas. Whether the species is native or a feral offshoot of the common western shaman is still uncertain.

Treated gently it makes a loyal, intelligent pet, but should be left to forage for itself, as it is ill-adapted to digest human foods. Its diet in the wild primarily consists of fresh-picked flowers, leaves, and seeds. The species is believed to spend two-thirds of its life sleeping, dreaming, drawing, and writing.

Someday I'll tell you of my nine lives and the issues that dominated each. For now, go to...

My life as a canary:
Environmental illness.
My life as a cheetah:
Anorexia.
My life as a dolphin:
Genius and child prodigies.
My life as a robot:
Autism.
My life as a wolf:
Furriness.
My life as a moss-Green slacker sloth, among you diligent Demoblican donkeys and Repucrat elephants:
Red diaper babies.
My life as a straight queer fairy:
butch and femme.
My life as a spirit:
Dreamer and shaman
My life as a unicorn:
growing up with ESP.
Hmmm. What else? An Interview with Wayan goes into my dreamwork. Creating/worldbuilding? The Planetocopia Interview!

4: CONTACT

I'm best reached at wdreamb@yahoo.com Response time: slow. But at least I read it.
Facebook? LinkedIn? I'm on them but NEVER check up. Email me.
Last resort: snailmail!

Chris Wayan
242A Prentiss St.
San Francisco, CA
USA 94110


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