Some dream jobs are obviously symbolic--finding you're a slave for example. Or an archeologist--dreamworkers do after all dig up odd truths about themselves and others, sometimes valuable, sometimes dangerous--if not inherently, then because someone wants them left buried! Dreams of being an explorer, a detective, a spelunker, a medium or psychic can all carry similar implications.
That said, some dreams of odd careers may be literal suggestions. I reject Freud's theory theyíre all mere compensation for dull or demeaning lives--if that's all, why not just dream of a nice vacation? And this form of supposed compensation gives you no compensation!
So if you keep dreaming of a new job you like, why not live it? If you did the job asleep, canít you do it awake? Isn't that the standard theory, that the waking state is so damn clever? If you can perform brain surgery while drunk you can probably manage it sober, yes? (No, that one WAS a metaphor. Kids, do NOT try this at home! Untie your little brother, drop the vodka, put DOWN the scalpel--)
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|THE AMBASSADOR PRO TEM OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1993/3/1, a dream about dreams.
The Ambassador of Dreams was moonlighting, so I had to fill in and explain things to the waking world...
|ANNIE, GET YOUR GOWN!: by Wayan; 1988/9/14, a comic dream.
I'm Annie Oakley, sharpshooter, facing something scarier than gunmen: a formal ball introducing me to my new husband's family--Austrian aristocracy! What's an American gal to do?
|ARAGORN'S LIVER: by Wayan; 1983/1/29, a nightmare.
I'm a hobbit in Silicon Valley, stalking Ring-wraiths down El Camino. But one of them's stalking me...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, MADNESS
|ARCHANGEL: by Wayan; 1997/10/19, a dream-farce--or is it?
Sure I've been through hell, but how the hell did that get me elected archangel? And why's my butt itch?
CAUTION: ITCHY BUTT
|THE ARRIVAL: by Elizabeth Gibbons, 2014; a spiritual dream about dreams
I'm a priestess from an island of women; I meet an angel who charges me to harvest all the dreams of the world...
|ASTRALNAUT: by Wayan; 1994/7/30, a reverse ghost dream.
I have amnesia. Plus, I'm dead. On the other hand, I have this great NASA job! Only there's a saboteur...
CAUTION: SNOTTY ABOUT CHRISTIANS AGAIN
|BEFORE BED: by Mary Ruefle, ca. 1995, a dream-poem on stewardship
In the cathedral, before the nation, I solemnly crown someone with my own detached head...
|BILL COSBY'S WIFE: by Wayan; 1994/5/5, an insulting dreamtale.
I'm Bill Cosby's wife, finding it hard to cook for him without a stove or fridge...
CAUTION: SLANDER, I HOPE
|BLESS MY PHOBIA: by Wayan; dreamed 1992/8/15; story + silk painting.
I was Eve's guardian angel the second time round, and I blew it again. But this time, it came out right....
CAUTION: BREASTS AND BEASTS
|BOND: by Wayan; 1981/10/31, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
I'm James Bond, fighting a plot by the fiendish Eight. But I'm captured and questioned. Of course I lie to the enemy: the senators of the Committee on Intelligence Activities. Till I see myself through their eyes...
CAUTION: SPY SEX, SPY MENTALITY
|THE BOSS'S GUTS: by Wayan; 1993/6/3, a dream on health-sabotage..
Flu. Ow, cramps! But that night I dream of a miner's rebellion against our fat-cat boss. Which side am I on?
|BROWN DRESS: by Wayan; 1984/2/11, 9-page digital comic of a sexy healing dream.
A champion swimmer tells me how she turned a sexual humiliation into excitement and liberating power...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, SHAME, PSYCHOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY
|BUTTERFLY WOLF: by Wayan; 1982/8/15, poem and paintings of a dream job--and dream lover?
I help run the Dream Hotel, a giant mushroom with grand forest views. It's the off season, and our only guest is this lovely butterfly-wolf girl...
CAUTION: NUDE WOLF
|CANARY COAL, MOLE-OWNED SINCE 1873: by Wayan; 1981/11/7, ink/digital, a nondream piece on chemosensitivity.
No more token canaries--the all-canary workforce, that's us. Let's see if these products are toxic...
|A CAT AND HER GIRL: by Wayan; 1979/5/15, a deep little dream.
I'm a doctor in the future, trying to heal the neurolink between a girl and her cat...
|CENTAUR QUARTET: by Wayan; 1980-84, a dream-series on shamanic families.
Can our interracial ranch-family survive? Not just bicultural. Bispecies! Our instincts clash around sex--and incest...
CAUTION: SEX, INCEST ISSUES, DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY
|CHAPLIN: by Wayan; 1974/5/22, a dream on loneliness.
I'm Charlie Chaplin doing magic tricks with the Ring of Power. And I don't even WANT power, just love...
|CHEAPSHIP!: by Wayan; 1996/8/6, a nightmare on my own stinginess.
I'm a crewman on a ship that's falling apart, and I do mean that literally...
|CHEETAH: by Wayan; 1978-86, a poem on turning dreams into art.
I'm a cheetah working as a baker in Coconino County, Arizona, haunted by Krazy Kat...
|CHELSEA AND THE PRESIDENTIAL COMPLEX: by Wayan; 1999/12/25, an odd political (?) dream.
I was hot tubbing and flirting... so how'd I end up as Chelsea Clinton running for office?
|THE CIRCUS HUMANS' DESERTION: by Wayan; 1988/2/19; a holy dream.
I join a circus, but soon all the best carnies sail off to the Blessed Isles. The circus animals pitch in and carry on--clumsy, lonely. Then a herald arrives from the Isles--Donald Duck! He says...
|CLONE BREAKUP (illus. text) or CLONE (5p. comic): by Wayan; 1994/2/27, a psychic dream on the need to stand out.
I model with ten blonde clones. They want to be seen as individuals, so it's their last fashion show before they...
|CLOTHES MAKE THE HERO: by Wayan; 1995/4/9, a dream on the power of tackiness.
I always laughed at those silly superhero outfits. But when it's my turn to fly, I find out why...
|A COLONY IN THE HOLLOW HILLS: by Wayan; 1997/8/14, a dream of responsibility.
Hong Kong's not devolving to China, but to Faerie. As governor, I have to defend human rights, so...
|CRIMECON 90: by Wayan; 1990/3/27, a dream about capitalism.
I did what I love. The money didn't follow. So now I have to guard a crimeboss at a theft convention...
CAUTION: INEVITABLE CHEKHOVIAN SHOOTOUT
|CRITTERS IN THE RIFT: by Wayan; 2013/7/18, a weird dream job
I'm the receptionist for a research group of small animals who sniff out the answer to any question in an Icelandic rift...
|"CRY, BABY!": by Wayan, 1985/8/17, dream-farce with a warning.
The only man in the Miss America Japanese Tea Ceremony Swimsuit Pageant, I learn a tearful lesson...
CAUTION: DYSFUNCTIONAL FLIRTING
|CURSE HER IN THE OAK: by Wayan; 2009/9/28, a short dream poem with sketch; Dreamverse #56
I'm a girl in rural Victorian England working as the county's magical protector. I have my hands full: a gang of thievish orphans has holed up in an invisibility tree! Showdown at the oak...
|THE DEER'S FIRST DEED: by Wayan; 1984/10/8, a dream of gratitude.
A man teaches literacy to the wild deer. But with no hands, how can they give him anything in return?
CAUTION: IF YOU GOTTA ASK, YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW
|DEYUPPIFIER: by Wayan; 1985/11/6 a gleeful dream fable.
I built a sex-maze to reprogram businesspeople, but I only grasp its meaning when I fuck City Hall...
CAUTION: SEX, LANGUAGE, POLITICS
|DINO TREASURE: by Wayan, 1996/9/1, a treasure-hunt dream.
At the Psychic Faire, I'm a deer-man in a gang hunting treasure, led by a rough tough dinosaur...
|DRAMATIC PARASITES: by Wayan; 1995/6/28, a dream on fear of success.
I project I'll make a lot more money soon. Good, now I can support all my lazy friends! Wait...
|THE DOG PILOT PROGRAM: by Wayan; 1981/4/23, a dream of doing the impossible.
I get a job in China teaching bus-driving dogs how to fly. I don't know how. Luckily, the dogs...
|DOME: by Wayan; 1999/1/31, a dream peeling off a lie.
I'm actress Nicole Kidman, clinging to the dome of City Hall like King Kong, ripping it to shreds! Why?
CAUTION: VANDALISM, REVERSE SEXISM, EXHIBITIONISM
|DON'T WANT HIM TO SOAR: by Wayan; 1991/4/18, a dream of sabotage.
I'm a mechanic helping a visionary build the first plane in a parallel world. I don't want him to crash, but...
|DOPPELBRUDER: by Wayan; 1985/5/9, a dream of a self at war over... labels?
Lured to a parallel, feudal world by a marriage-vow, I'm trapped in my double's arrogant, twisted mind...
|ECCENTRIC: by Wayan; 1990/5/17, a two-page dream-comic.
I'm a small planet in an eccentric orbit: a one-day summer, a two-day winter. Rest and hibernate, or...
CAUTION: SLACKER ETHIC
|THE EGG PROBLEM: by Wayan; 1990/3/2, digital painting of a magical dream.
I was an intellectual ballerina trying to stop zombies hatching from stone eggs...
|EGG RIVER: by Wayan; 1992/6/1, a dream parable.
I have to care for two gigantic eggs. But I'm at a party where people crack eggs for Slime Races...
|EMBER IN THE BRAIN: by Wayan; 1983/3/31, a dreamtale on anger.
I'm the Incredible Hulk, forced to do emergency brain surgery. And the patient's burning from within...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE AND UNLICENSED MEDICINE
|EMISSARY: by Wayan; 2000/3/22, an astral dreamtale.
I signed a prenatal agreement for weird, uneven luck to turn my life toward art and spirit. I want to broaden it, but I've lost the contract! So my spirit wife Silky sets out to find it...
|EMPEROR OF THE GALAXY: by Wayan; 1988/1/31, a political dreamtale.
The Emperor of the Galaxy can't publish his anti-slavery book as himself, so he quits to become a slave...
|EXECUTE ME!: by Wayan; 2014/1/27, a harsh revolutionary dream
I'm condemned to die for fighting a regime that's killed my minority with impunity for centuries. I have no regrets. They'll hesitate now, knowing they too can die...
|FAMILIARS: by Wayan; 1986/4/2, a dreamtale on the dark side of reading.
I'm a slave in ancient Britain as Christianity moves in... bouncing through centuries, but never free...
|FERRYGOAT: by Wayan; 2009/8/15, a dream warning what I was becoming; Dreamverse #48
That levitating bear's not tightrope-walking--she rides a goat strung like soap-on-a-rope. A goat that's me! I'm eating...
|FISHERGIRLS: by Wayan; 2.6M, 42 illus.; 1996/7/15; a sexy dream epic.
I had a spectacular dream one night, that lasted many days in dream-time--a true other life. It wasn't Earth, and we weren't human.
I was a teenage lemur, sailing with two friends into unknown waters--a rite of passage. I woke on deck deep in the night, my friends curled around me, and realized I didn't WANT to pass the test, be declared a grown woman, marry and have pups. I loved my girl friends. In a world lacking the very word, I was groping toward queerdom. Sailing into unknown waters! "Here be dragons," the old maps say. And they were right...
If 2600K is too big to load, try it in parts: 1: HOME, 650K, 2: VOYAGE, 1200K, 3: BACK 750K.
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, QUEER TEEN ANGST, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
|FIVE HEARTS: by Wayan; dreamed 1989/1/11; sexy psychic unicorn dream-comic (text only: FIVE HEARTS)
I'm a nurse pulled through a glowing well to a world ruled by a five-hearted unicorn, who wants me to...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX FANTASIES, LONGING, MELANCHOLIA
|THE FLASHBACK: by Wayan; 1985/11/28, a dark dream-farce.
I'm a monster working in a shopping mall in Stockton, California, when I smell smoke...
CAUTION: FILM NOIR SEX
|FOOD CAME BETWEEN US: by Wayan, 1993/4/25, a tasty dream epic.
The terror of Navy breakfast, the joy of filterfeeding, how to marry pudding, and a sniper lunch with kisses...
|FOSSIL BARBIE: by Wayan; 1978/9/27; a dream of non-teamwork.
I dreamed our Medieval football coaches all blamed the ugly Potato Person for all evil...
CAUTION: NUDE POTATO
|FRANCHISE!, (comix, 770K; small screen? FRANCHISE text w/pix, 170K): by Wayan, 1995/10/12, a funny dream with a serious warning.
I was the first woman made High Commissioner of Baseball. One day a team of mutants begs a franchise...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, BAD TEAMWORK, HORNY BEES
|FREDDY KRUGER'S POLITICS: by Wayan; 1992/8/20, a dream of... ambition?.
Freddy has plans for me and Telly Savalas's daughter... but what can he lure us with? What do we want?
|FROG ORDERS: by Wayan; 1986/7/4, a dream on piety.
I'm in medieval England on a mission from God, but I meet a Priestess on a mission from...well, we argue.
|A FRUGAL GHOST: by Wayan; 2000/3/12, a financial-advice dream.
A Scottish ghost leads us on a treasure hunt, but insists we stop to pick up small change. But it adds up...
|GAFTA: by Wayan; 1996/5/9, a pro-sabotage dream.
The aliens offer us a Galactic Free Trade Agreement, but my friends and I think it's a disastrous deal...
CAUTION: MORAL AMBIGUITY
|GAMESTERS: by Wayan; 1990/8/31, a dream on slavery.
Forced to turn gladiator, I learn these slaves think our free world outside is just another game...
|GARGOYLE GO-BETWEEN: by Wayan; 1996/11/22, a Hogwartish dream.
I'm odd kid out in my wizard school till gargoyles raid us, and I puzzle out their tongue, to become...
|GIANT'S HANDS: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/12/23, a split-consciousness nightmare
I was a giant carefully, guiltlessly flattening San Francisco--just following orders to recycle it! While my mind inside the giant's mind was appalled...
|GIRL WITH A PROBLEM: by Wayan; 1997/4/12, a surreal dream.
I date a girl with a mysterious syndrome, but soon I become a monkeyfaced con-man. And SHE becomes...
|GIRLHEAP, OR CHOICE?: by Wayan; 1998/10/29, a dream on initiative.
I'm on a women's sports team, and I should be in paradise. But I want more; not love exactly, but...
|THE GIVE-AWAY: by Wayan; 1982/6/7, a career nightmare.
My parents pray for my success, and arrange a great learning opportunity for me. Really.
|GIVE TRAVIS ONE MORE CHANCE: by Wayan; 1980/10/13, a desperate dream.
I'm Travis McGee's girlfriend, and my novel is nearly done. Doomed! Plus, I'm a robot.My solution may be drastic...
CAUTION: HARD-BOILED HANDGUNS
|GLASS EATER: by Wayan; 1982/12/10, a dream on managing ESP.
I live in an asylum for fragile psychics. When one man over-uses his talent, he compulsively eats glass...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
|GOD'S DANCE CLUB: by Wayan; 1995/5/2, an apocalyptic dream.
God's dance club, the Universe, is shutting down. God broke his promise that we staff could get on stage...
|GOD-SHIELDS: by Wayan; 1990/8/21, a confusing dream of growth.
I'm a fat guy hired as a temp by some unethical gods. Or are they trying to teach me something?
|GOLD EATER: by Wayan; 560K, 9-page comic of a 1993/1/15 dream.
I'm an orphan shapeshifter enslaved by a gold-eating monster. But I meet a cat-girl with a hammer...
CAUTION: BAD FOSTER-DAD; CAPITALIST MONSTER; VIOLENCE TO INNOCENT VENDING MACHINES
|GOSPEL GIRL: by Wayan; 1986/11/17, a stubborn dream.
I'm a girl in a desert who God tells to preach a new gospel. But the locals, unlike ancient Rome, have guns...
CAUTION: VIOLENT MARTYRDOM AND A KID WHO DOESN'T KNOW WHEN TO QUIT
|THE GUARDIAN ANGEL COURSE: by Wayan; 1984/9/29, a long-term predictive dream
I get bored with crime, so I take a course in finding my Guardian Angel. But my test results are strange...
CAUTION: WEIRD ANGELS
|GYRLFALCON: by Wayan; 1971/11/26, an early dream of love and battle.
I'm a Gyrlfalcon in a theater, fighting the Wolverine and his Morlocks with my lover the Green Lion...
|HALF SHAMAN, HALF STATESMAN: by Wayan; 1986/4/21, an illustrated dream: Chapter 6 of UNICORN TAG, and the full story behind the painting HALF SHAMAN.
I get a scholarship to Shaman U. Some of my classmates are Terran, but I still don't fit in, because...
|THE HEDGE KING: by Wayan, 1992/6/14, a gender-bent dream epic.
I change sex to infiltrate a sinister castle, unaware its Lord can spot a shapeshifter--being one himself...
CAUTION: A DISTURBING BEDSIDE MANOR. I MEAN, MANNER.
|HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR: by Wayan; 2 illus., 1994/2/18, a comic nightmare.
I'm an organic almond grower who's solved the Luminous Snail problem. But my neighbor has an agenda...
|HERMIT IN THE PIPE: by Wayan; 1999/5/2, a dream of the end.
I'm a holy man sneaking into a sewerpipe at the beach, to pop anxiety pills in shame. Do they even work?
CAUTION: CHEMICAL CRUTCHES
|HERON HAREM: by Wayan; 1981/6/14, a dream with a moral.
I'm a heron working in the Civil Service. I want to blow the whistle, but then how would I support my...
|HIS DEER WIFE: by Wayan; 1995/7/9, a dream of love in a parallel world.
I'm a slave, a scribe in the house of a Captain of the New Aztec Empire, when he brings home a wife...
CAUTION: SLAVE SOCIETY, SEX, SPOUSAL ABUSE/NEGLECT
|HIS MINE: by Wayan; 1985/12/2, a wild dream epic.|
I'm a hobbit seeking Henry Fonda's haunted gold mine. End up in a showdown at a shamanic saloon...
|HISTORY CHANGES: by Wayan; 1994/11/22, a dream of an alternate life.
I'm the token Chinese guy in a jazz band in backwoods Brazil, in the old colonial days, when...
|HOBBIT SNIPER: by Wayan; 1998/10/13, a dream on strategy.
I'm a sniper in a desert battle of men against hobbits. Guilty for not fighting openly, but that'd be suicidal...
CAUTION: MATH AND WAR
|THE HONEST INMATE: by Wayan; 1997/5/8, a dreamfable on truthfulness.
I'm a psychopath in a prison for the insane. But I fall in love, and change. Blunt honesty fuels the change...
|A HOTEL ODYSSEY: by Wayan; 1994/2/21, a Borges dream.
I live in the Infinite Hotel, but the other guests in my wing are no fun. It's time to set sail...
|HOW TO BE HAPPY: A FABLE BY TOLKIEN: by Wayan; 1994/6/16, a dream, not by Tolkien.
I'm a librarian in an English village hit by waves of new philosophies and lifestyles. And I learn what works:
|HUBRIS EGGS: by Wayan; 1981/6/11, a short defiant psychic dream.
I'm wrapping my heavy-metal eggs too slowly, so the Judges sink my car! I set out to get revenge...
|HUNT OF THE UNICORN: by Wayan; 1989/5/18, an overlooked psychic dream.
I marry, just to get into a clannish world where I'm seeking symbiotic unicorns. But I end up hunted too...
|HYDROGEN INITIATION: by Wayan; 1981/1/6, a shamanic nightmare.
I'm a novice in a Sung Dynasty monastery. But I have no idea how far the hazing can go...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
|I AND I, or, RENTADATE: by Wayan; 1983/6/18, a dream of ego-loss... or multiplication.
After the revolution, I rule. But I get out of touch. So I throw a party and invite me, myself and I...
|I THOUGHT HE LIKED ME: by Wayan; 1994/8/16, a dream of rejection... or worse.
I join the Seattle Tribal Council, which of course means marrying them all. The guy I'm to sleep with on our collective wedding night SEEMED to like me, till he pulls that practical joke...
|I WANT MY INHERITANCE: by Wayan; 1989/12/18, an obsessive dream.
My relatives call me a blonde bimbo and won't give me my inheritance, so I take drastic steps...
CAUTION: MORAL HAIRSPLITTING
|I WAS A SEX SLAVE: by Wayan; 1994/11/20, a dream on isolation
I'm a slave dancer. I run for it, and make it over the border. But my owner comes looking for me...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SLAVE SOCIETY
|I WAS AN ELEPHANT HANDLER: by Wayan; 1989/4/3, a genderbent stagestruck dream.
I was an elephant trainer longing to be a star--to win the girl on the flying trapeze. Who's probably straight...
CAUTION: FLIRTING LESBIANS, OR POSSIBLY ELEPHANTS, OR MAYBE LIBRARIANS
|ICK! DOGS!: by Wayan; 1990/1/3, a Star Trek dream.
I'm Jean-Luc Picard, and my Enterprise has been taken over by a pack of brilliant, paranoid wolves...
|ILLUSIONISTS DON'T RULE: by Wayan; 1996/8/26, a dream on the strength of logic.
I read 'The Closing of the American Mind," and dream I'm a pilot who suspects an illusionist in my plane...
|I'M A VESTA, NOT A MAN!: by Wayan; 1980/1/6, a dream of when it's over.
I'm the animal guardian of a deep crater, but when a human girl rejects me, I set out to leave...
CAUTION: ORAL SEX, UNREQUITED LOVE, SPECISM
|ISHI AND SNOID: by Wayan; 1993/8/4, a dream of stretching.
I'm a California Indian wandering through time, keeping the secret of time-travel from the reckless...
|A JOB WELL DONE: by Wayan; 1981/3/2; a dream-farce.
The tale of a fawn named Fawn and her mom, a bank-robbing hippopotamus...
CAUTION: GLAMORIZES THIS ALARMING TREND
|JOIN THE WOLVES LATER!: by Wayan; 1980/9/4, a dream of false but useful fear.
Shepherding a group of cityfolks through an alien wilderness, I need a werewolf's help. So why do I lie?
|JOKE PILOT: by Wayan; 1995/7/15, a dream of defiance.
Among aliens, humans are jokes. Fragile and blind, we can't fly starships. Unless we build our own...
|KIBBLE FROM HEAVEN: by Wayan; 1986/10/13, a dream on love and money.
I'm a dog princess, on a world where kibble falls from heaven. When I meet our species' guardian angels...
CAUTION: DOG NUDITY, LAWYERS
|KICK HER: by Wayan; 1994/8/9, a gameshow nightmare.
I'm a blonde gameshow bimbo. Each week, I'm beaten up. Ha ha ha! But my bruises are real. At last, I...
CAUTION: GAMESHOW FROM HELL
|KINGMAKERS: by Wayan; 2000/2/21, a dream of mediation.
I'm a political aide to the leader of a hot-tempered, clawed, fanged alien people. And then my boss dies...
|KIOSK: by Wayan; 1994/5/1, a 4-page dreamcomic on the power of song (or illustrated text version)
I'm a sexy singing beast, the Krelkin, trying to lure the Reading Man out of his Moral Kiosk...
CAUTION: NUDITY, INTERSPECIES FLIRTATION
|THE LEMON SEA: by Wayan; 1982/2/22, a dream warning.
I wake up as someone else. I go through her working day, till Captain Kirk comes to take me to...
|LILY OXYGEN: by Wayan; dreamed 1984/1/19, drawn 2000; a strong psychic dream.
I'm Emily Dickinson reborn in 2100 as a breeder of hydroponic lilies, till my dad drafts me as an Arctic energy-prospector, where I meet a ghost, a fiery Beast, a new me, and the girl of my dreams...
CAUTION: QUEER-POSITIVE, NUDE PROSPECTORS, GNOMIC DICKINSON QUOTES
|THE LIMP: by Wayan; 1986/7/18, a dream on difference
I was working for a London architect. His son thought people shunned him for his limp, but...
|LION-MEN: by Wayan; 1995/7/9, an eye-opening dreamlet.
I'm a traveling Zen warrior talking to a circus girl in a barn. Four guys enter--and my life changes forever.
|THE LITERAL EMPIRE: by Wayan; 1997/11/17, a dream on flexibility.
I join the alliance against humorless humanoids who are invading funny-animal planets...
|LOVING A COP: by Wayan; 1981/5/5, a dream on initiative.
I'm a cop's wife, having trouble with his need to protect me. He's hurt if I take too much initiative...
|MAELEN AND ME: by Wayan; 1972/5/1, a transmigrational dream.
I'm a psychic circus animal who's just managed to teleport my humanoid girlfriend. It's for our act, but...
|MAGIC SCHOOL: by Wayan, 1982/1/26: a waking event and replying dream.
Phyllis Schlafly, killer of the Equal Rights Amendment, provokes a dream of being Captain Kirk trapped in a magic school with no way out but the graduate exam... Can I learn the lesson of the tree?
CAUTION: POLITICAL JOURNALISM BEFORE THE DREAM. OH NO!
|A MAMMOTH FIGHT: by Wayan; 1996/2/26, a dream of another life. A tacky other life.
I'm a fight promoter whose biggest deal ever is maybe too big for me. How'd it become a four-way bout?
CAUTION: CRASS ACT
|MARINE GEOLOGY'S NOT IT: by Wayan; 1984/6/2, a dream farce.
After finding marine geologists in my chocolate pudding, I'd rather be a Frenchman and insult my wife...
|THE MER BUILDING: by Wayan; 2001/2/23, a dream of a double life.
Iím a puma with a night job as a cellist. But my day job with The Architectives is the bizarre one...
|MORAL MINNOWS: by Wayan; 1992/9/15, a dream of deep politics.
A dream explaining why everyone with any moral vision gets filtered out of politics now...
|MY WILDCAT WOUND: by Wayan; 1994/7/8, a dream on gender trauma.
I'm a wildcat in a cat/fox team led by a woman who wants us to merge with a man/wolf team...
|NET PROFITS: by Wayan; 1998/7/14, a dream of family values and Web credit.
At a family picnic, my sisters and I fish for scholarships and grants. They put down my art, my website...
|NEW LEVEL!: by "Julian"; 2006/5/22, 3 gamelike dreams in one night, two of them epic
My mom and I road-duel an alien beetle, then investigate a deepspace Marie Celeste; then I spy for the Angevin Empire to protect the Crown Jewels...
|NICHE: by Wayan; 1990, a poem on crashing your computer.
A poem linking the dawn of digital art to early, tinny phonographs, cranky film cameras...
|OPENING: by Wayan, 1992; incubated automatic drawing
Why don't I push for more art shows? I asked how I feel at shows of my own work, and this came out...
|OPHIDIOPHOBIA: by Wayan; 1986/2/12, a dream on race and religion.
I'm a therapist with a client diagnosed paranoid--are his doctors racist? He's not just black, but scaly...
|OR... IS IT YOU?: by Wayan; 1990 nondream digital painting on marginality.
When I was battered, I briefly lived on the streets. What struck me was how fragile most of us were...
|ORDEAL BY INFRASTRUCTURE: by Wayan; 1987/11/22, a Clintonian dreamtale.
I want to join the inner circle of America's political elite. But to do that I have to survive the Ordeal...
|PASTLIFE TRAINING TRACKS: by Wayan; 1981/5/5, a bikin' buddha dream.
I'm biking around a railroad switch-yard when I realize they're life-paths. People start following me out...
|PESSIMIST HELIX: by Wayan; 1996/6/9, a dreamtale.
I work the info desk in a futuristic library. But one question leads me into a DNA-helix, a tornado of doubt...
|PLANET CAT: by Wayan; 1995/11/12, a First Contact dream of love.
I'm the first man on Planet Cat, falling in love with my guide. And then I'm the guide, falling for an alien ape...
|PLESIOSAUR: by Wayan; 1985/9/5, a medical dream.
An itchy patient of mine insists he's turning into a four-headed man-eating plesiosaur. He left one thing out...
|POLES NOW, TROPICS LATER: by Wayan; 1997/3/27, a dream on the pace of change.
I'm a Martian revolutionary, making the glaciers grow. The equator's still dry, but change is coming...
|PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD: by Wayan; 2009/10/19, a dream poem w/sketch and map; Dreamverse #61
I get stuck with a one-year mandatory gig as President of the World just as Saudi Arabia collapses, and fools rush in...
|PRISONS AND STRIPES: by Emily Joy; 2007/10/4, a lucid dream.
In a museum full of spacetime-bubbles holding lost souls, the museum-goers are as weird as the exhibits...
|THE PROBLEM OF PAIN: by Wayan; 1984/5/15, a devious dream.
We sail to the Isle of the Blest, but God exiles me to Fargo, North Dakota. But God's up to something subtle...
|PRRL: by Wayan; 1997/1/17, a galactic dreamtale.
I'm in the Magellanic Clouds, an ambassador to the energy-beings who rule them. Or am really their... pet?
|PUNKZINE BALLERINA UNDERWEAR: by Wayan; 1995/4/25, a short dream with self-portrait.
Am I a punk dyke or a shy ballerina? Both! And they're complementary facets. Underwear never lies...
|QUIT THAT LAB!: by Wayan; 1999/5/2, a deductive nightmare.
I'm working alone in the lab at night, when the lab gear wakes up and tries to kill me...
|RABBIT WORLD: by Wayan; 260K total, 6-page comic of a 1990/9/26 dream.
I'm a telepathic rabbit defending our world from space-laser attack. We do, but do we modernize too much?
|RACK: by Wayan; 2006/4/4; a comic business-bondage dream
My friend Chris gets tied up at the office--thatís his job, looking martyred! But when the boss is away...
|REFLECTIONS IN THE POOL: by Wayan; 184K total, 2 panoramas; a 1994/7/2 dream.
Night. A mirror-maze of contradictory preachings. But in the secret mermaid pool, I find love.
Then... sphinx-angels war in the air! A war of riddles. Can I, a batwinged devil, make peace?
CAUTION: SEX, NUDITY, MEAN ANGELS, AND ONE HAPPY DEVIL
|(IN THE) REHEARSAL ROOM: by Wayan; 360 x 600, 1982. A dream on shyness.
I dreamed my fears faded like ghosts, as we made love in the rehearsal room. But invisible is not gone...
|A RENAISSANCE WOMAN: by Wayan; 1997/7/3, a dreamtale.
I'm an abused girl turning tricks to survive. But this is San Francisco: I join a prostitutes' co-op, and meet...
CAUTION: PROSTITUTES WITH SELF-RESPECT, OH NO!
|RING OF WHITE WATER: by Wayan; 1983/1/30, an epic astral dream.
I'm a raft guide on a circular river that may just be reincarnation. One of my tour group jumps ship: she's scared of the white water of rocky relationships ahead...
CAUTION: METAPHYSICS, SEX, WEAK SOULS...
|SALIA AND CHUR: by Wayan; 1989/2/25, a psychic Star Trek dream.
Our starship signs up a strange new woman whose quirks turn out to be fallout from slavery...
CAUTION: SEX, ABUSE ISSUES
|SAMURAI LIBRARIAN: by Wayan; 1982/10/20, a dream that dreamwork is samurai discipline
I wrote my dreams each morning no matter what--even if I was late for work. They thought I was spacy...
|SAMURAI MARE: by Wayan; 1993/2/23, a time-travel dream.
A feral mare will only let me ride her if I quit being a Japanese diplomat and become... a Samurai!
|SATYR: by Wayan; 1999/4/1, a frustrating wish-fulfillment dream (yes, both).
I'm a faun, the oracle for a Greek village. But my predecessor set up rituals I want to change...
CAUTION: SEX, PAGANISM, SELF-SATYRE
|SCALES: by Wayan; 640 x 400, 1992. Digital sketch of a dream scene.
I was on a terrace overlooking a waterfall, where a giant rabbit and a musical dragon told me...
|SEA MASSAGE: by Wayan; 100K, 1995/10/3, a puzzling dreamtale.
I can fly and breathe water. So I fly into art-rich mansions, though not to steal--I earn plenty from undersea massage...
|A SEAMY REALITY: by Wayan; 1999/10/21, a semi-psychic dream.
Sharp seams between realities cross Silicon Valley; I end up in the Dark Castle of the Oracle. When I wake...
|SELL THE GODS, AND RAISE HELL!: by Wayan; 1994/1/26, a dream riddle.
Reactionaries smash a paper. To rebuild, the editor must sell tiki carvings! But gods don't LIKE being sold...
CAUTION: MORAL QUANDARY
|THE SHAMAN INSPECTOR: by Wayan; 1996/7/31, a dream on core values.
My work as a federal shaman inspector involves judging a rainbow of traditions by a few basic principles:
|SHARK SENSE: by Wayan; 1988/12/9, a diagnostic dreamtale.
I'm a circus tiger, then a performing shark. One day, I block my human partner's high dive... Why?
|A SHELLFISH EPIPHANY: by Wayan; 1996/6/14, a spiritual dream.
I'm a Japanese pearldiver; our family's cast away on a coral islet. One day, lonely, scared, I cast away fear...
|THE SHIP'S BOY: by Wayan; 1996/12/1, a dreamtale.
Dinosaur people demand to take our Ship's Boy with them. But he knows them! They RAISED him?
|SILK PINS: by Wayan; 1992/5/13, a self-mocking dream.
I'm a trade rep for Terra, on a new world. But an old rival, a rep from another world, arrives, and...
|SILKY'S REVOLUTION: by Wayan; 1995/9/4, a historical dream.
I'm in an alternate-history American Revolution with Silky, a black mare. We sail for Europe as diplomats...
|SINK JOHN: by Wayan; 1981/5/25, a dreamtale on "when in Rome..."
My friend has an alien john. Ugly, but that doesn't bother me--it's how he likes to eat bits of himself...
CAUTION: SEX, RECREATIONAL CANNIBALISM, PROSTITUTION, THE KITCHEN SINK
|SIPHONIAN QUARTET: by Wayan; 2010/4/10, four baffling parallel-world dreams
Purple squid saboteurs flood our cliffhouse; my oyster-ranching girlfriend has a snotty aunt; I wake in a stranger's bondage dream and hate it; shepherds watch for gliderwolves on the ocean floor...
CAUTION: EMBARRASSING BONDAGE DREAM
|6-MONTH TOMBSTONE, 17-YEAR CABINET: by a California model, pre-1961, and by a Texas maid, 1945; 2 predictive dreams compared
Predictive dreams rarely hint how far they've peered ahead; they just place you in their foreseen future...
|SKEPTIC AND DRAGONFLY: by Wayan; 1988/1/28 and 2/8, twin flying dreams.
Big Blonde and her officemates don't believe in flight; but the dragonfly-girl I meet hatched in mid-air...
|SLAVES DON'T DANCE: by Wayan; 1999/8/1, an epic Shakespearean dream (17 illus.)
Stolen by the Fairy Queen, I'm made nurse to her great project: creating life! But her synthetic baby is...
|SLAVE MARKET: by Wayan; 1998/9/10, a dreamtale on freedom.
Business solved the problem of cheap foreign labor: slavery's legal again. So our firm buys cheap losers...
|SLAVES ON RED MARS: by Wayan; 1999/8/15, a dreamfable on will.
As Mars demands independence from Earth, Jovians enslave us all! Now freedom-fighting is personal...
|SLEAZE: by Cecy and Wayan; 1991/7/28; subtle shared dreams.
Our ranch has arsonist neighbors who call the cops and blame us for it! Meanwhile, my friend dreams...
|SOCK PUPPETS OF THE GODS: by Dee and Wayan; 100K, 1994/4/14. Parallel shamanic dreams!.
A dance classmate asks a bizarre question that haunts me. That night I dream I'm suicidal--nearly kill myself. Then I'm shown the flow of human development--the same pattern, from souls to civilizations! Eddies and knots recur, but each time, the challenges get more spiritual. I wake up stunned. Then I learn what a shaman I know just dreamed--and now I'm unsure whose dream this is.
|SNOW STALLION: by Wayan; 1994/6/4, a tangled political/spiritual dream.
I'm a peace terrorist trapped in Squaw Valley, herded like a mare by a huge stallion made of snow...
And then the dream shifts and I blurt out the truth behind our idiotic waking world! And wake believing it...
CAUTION: MERMAID AND HORSE NUDITY
|SOUL-BOARD: by Wayan; 1989/1/12, an illustrated dream poem.
Africa. My horse trusted me as we faced lions and fire, but to face the Soul-Board, he must trust himself...
|SPECKLED EGGS: by Starvibes; 2008/6/16, a dream of intrigue.
I dreamed of speckled eggs, Caribbean drug traffickers and of almost drowning near a sinking boat...
|SPILL SPELL: by Wayan; 1995/9/30, a mini-dream.
I'm a Lapp boy in northern Finland, studying shamanism. So why do I pour coffee down a driveway?
|SPIT DOOR: by Wayan; 1997/9/7, a flying dream.
I have a job setting up secret doors to other realities and creating paths through our world between them...
|SPLAT!: by Wayan; 1995/12/11, a science-fiction dream.
Our physics project is top secret, but a stranger strolls into a meeting and opens a can of green light...
|STARHAWK THE WITCH: by Wayan; 1983/8/19, an epic dream.
I'm forced to become Time Pilgrim, warning history of the dangers of community--indeed, of unity...
|STAY GROUNDED!: by Wayan; 1988/2/27, an unexpectedly grounded dream.
I'm playing poker with a dragon. But we barely dare move: we're both crackling with thousands of volts...
|HER STINGY DAD: by Wayan; 1998/7/29, a dreamtale on ambitions.
A single dad loves his daughter, but is so pathologically cheap he's teaching her an unintended lesson...
CAUTION: CHILD NEGLECT
|THE STUTTER: by Wayan; 1995/9/7, a religious dreamtale.
Half our religion-founders were just one guy coming back till he got it right. Well, practice makes perfect...
|SUPPORT TEAM: by Wayan; 2005/6/6, a dream-comic on what creative leaps need
I'm a married couple--the cook and laundress for an English observatory in 1948. Why are we testifying to a Labor Party committee that we WANT to be servants? Well...
|SUSHI CIRCUS: by Wayan; 1982/2/17, an illustrated psychic dream.
To avoid being stabbed, I flee the Psychodrama Circus. The place explodes! But it's the sushi that really upsets me...
CAUTION: CANNIBAL MAKI
|TAHOE TAROT: by Wayan; 1988/4/13, a silly mystic flying dream.
My sister and I are playing cards in the air high over Lake Tahoe. Playing for the world. But we cheat...
|THE TAO OF DENNIS THE MENACE: by Wayan; 1986/4/17, a dream of a wise mentor.
Chased by purple squid from Jupiter, I seek refuge with a guru the Goddess recommends for me...
|THEY FEED THEY LION: by Philip Levine; late 1960s; a dream-poem
A phrase spoken by a workmate triggers two dreams, the parents of this poem; it emerged a few days later as you see it...
CAUTION: POLITICAL RAGE, SURREALISM
|THE THIEF OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 200K, an illustrated dream-play, 1996/11/29.
I was a mermaid trying to find Count Coyote's stolen dreams, so I could marry my human girlfriend...
CAUTION: GAY MARRIAGE, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
|THREE-EYED WOLF: by Wayan; 1993/12/14. Digital comic of a dream, done movie-poster style
A 'toon liberation dream. I cartooned a new self and slowly she grew realer, until she ran Disney...
CAUTION: FRANK SINATRA SWEARS
|TIGER TALL: by Wayan; 1992/7/3, a marathon dream.
I'm a tiger from Planet Cat, visiting Earth to run in San Francisco's "Bay to Breakers" race. I knew racial tensions were high, but why is William S. Burroughs out to kill me? Oh. Because...
|TIMEDOORS OF THE GODS: by Wayan; 1998/2/17, a mysterious initiatory dream.
I'm mortal but I'm offered a residency in the Commune of the Gods along with Xena the Amazon Warrior and... Little Red Riding Hood?
|TOP-DOWN FREEDOM: by Wayan; 1984/7/19, a dreamtale.
The government quietly ends all taxes and services in a small town just to see what'll happen...
|THE TOWN THIEF FEELS CHEATED: by Wayan; 1993/7/27, a dreamtale.
Long ago he cut a deal with the cops. But town's grown, and one victim fights back. Our thief is outraged...
|TRANSFUSION by a New York woman; 1950s? (over a 5-year span), three predictive dreams
I dreamt of the Du Pont lab where I'd work, then the hospital where my sister-in-law would need a transfusion, then my of neighbor's coffin...
|TREFIL, ON SCIENCE: by Wayan; 1994/1/26, a rant on dreamwork as science.
In an oneirophobic society, it's easy to forget that when you do dreamwork, you're doing basic science. No funding, no team, no lab coat? Can't be science! Unless they mistaught us what science is...
|TRUMP ON THE RUN: by Wayan; 1990/3/8, an illustrated dreamtale.
The manhunt is on for Donald Trump, rich sociopath. But he too is pursuing something: happiness...
|TWO BISHOP APPLICANTS: by Wayan; 1984/11/21, a surreal but mercilessly logical dream.
My mind and my soul both apply for a job in Stanford Cathedral. Their rivalry grows to a shamanic duel...
|THE TYRANT'S WIFE: by Wayan; 1980/6/9, a dreamtale.
In our plot to kill the Tyrant, we used his wife. Or... did she use us? She goes mad, but--she's HAPPY...
|UNCORK A SUB GOD: by Wayan; 1998/8/11, a cryptic warning dream.
Exploring a sunken sub, my buddies salvage a something ticking. Toss it back, but it won't stay sunk...
|AN UNDERCOVER TROLL: by Wayan; 1994/7/6, a dream of personal growth taken too far...
Disguised as a literary troll, I spy on the Neo-Nazis, but my disguise can't last: I ate a magic herb, and I'm growing...
|A VALLEY NEAR HOPE: by Wayan; 1984/10/17-19, an epic dream.
I'm lost in a valley where unicorns love cyborgs but fear giant ants, who adore unicorns but hate cyborgs, who think ants are cute, but dread unicorns! And while the Three Tribes love and hate, cave-monsters sculpt them all. I set up peace talks between these four vertices of my tetrahedral soul, but what if I get what I want? Peace, love... transformation? What if those aren't cute and New Age?
CAUTION: SWEARING, DRUNK LIONS, CYBORG SURGERY, AND GOGGLE-BARFING
|THE VIDEOGRAPHER'S APPRENTICE: by Wayan; 165K, 1994/7/29, a predictive/warning dream.
Blondie Wiggle builds a Video Igloo. But I'm allergic--TV kills me! A BAD omen for our video project...
CAUTION: TV KILLS (BUT YOU KNEW THAT)
|THE VOICE OF GOD: by Wayan, 1993/1/31, a psychic nightmare-epic.
I go half-mad and massacre a whole cult, till my gun manifests stigmata: a gory miracle. Then I'm one of the cult members, struggling to ignore the Voice of God pushing all us mortals to murder in His name.
I woke up haunted, and wondered for weeks what this was about... until the Waco Massacre.
CAUTION: CREEPY VIOLENCE, CREEPY GOD, CREEPY PREDICTION
|VRILLASSA'S ONLY PRIEST: by Jo; 2007/2/10, a dream of meeting God
A job as the only priest on an island colony sounded perfect, only I'm the wrong religion...
CAUTION: DOGMATISTS AND DEAD BIRDS TALKING
|WAPATO BIRDS: by Wayan; 1986/2/2, a subtly psychic dream.
I'm a Wapato Bird: part crane, part elk, part tree-bud. Despite shyness, I must lead our people's migration...
|WASHINGTON'S DUNE: by Wayan; 1992/1/18, a dream on perseverance.
George Washington faces sniper fire, kamikaze birds and voices claiming the fight for freedom is hopeless...
|WATERCATS: by Wayan; 170K, 1987/9/10; a psychic dream of another life.
I'm a biologist who finds an 'extinct' species in a slum. But the survivors speak: they tell me I'm one of them, just hypnotized to think I'm human... And when I wake, another kind of cultural hypnosis is exposed:
|WATERSHIP DOWNTRODDEN: by Wayan; 1983/6/22, a dream of another life.
I'm an intelligent rabbit in an alphamale's harem, organizing a feminist movement...
|WERE-COMPOSER: by Wayan; 1995/2/15, a trashy dream.
I help a brilliant, starving composer turn his family curse into a profitable business...
|WHAT GOD BELIEVES IN: by Wayan; 1984/9/23, a dream of working for a difficult deity
God's my boss, but like a bratty little brother, he's Not Speaking To Me. It's slowing down our office...
CAUTION: CHRISTIANS WON'T WANT TO KNOW
|WHICH ROAD? 36K, 1999/1/13. Digital sketch of a dream.
I was on a path winding over grassy hills, while humans zoomed by on a freeway below...
|WHO CENSORS BIRTH?: by Wayan; 1994/5/2, a dream speculation.
I'm assisting a hard birth as photos are shot for an article. Why's birth so rarely seen? What do we fear?...
|WHY COWGIRLS LOVE BROCCOLI: by Wayan; 1987/8/19, a surreal dream of love.
I'm a cowgirl in Nevada circa 1900. Below Haunted Mansion, I meet a green lizard-lady in distress...
|THE WILD HUNT: by Wayan; 1998/7/24, a dream of myth--or abuse?.
We're exploring the English farm we inherited, when The Wild Hunt storms over the hill...
|WILLPOWER (HAPPINESS): by Wayan; 1991/1/17, a didactic dream.
At age 90, the first female high-rise steelworker tells me why she did it--and why she regrets it...
|WINDFALLS IN EDEN: by Wayan, 2000/3/30, a religio-politic dream.
I'm a part-owner of Eden, harvesting windfalls. But a renter says his Landlord promised him all the apples...
|A WISE WRITER PROTECTS HER EYES: by Wayan; 1998/8/19, an advisory dreamtale.
A writer I meet either starts flirting with me obscenely, or advising me about eyecare, or... both?
|WORKIN' FOR PEANUTS: by Wayan; 1990/12/11, a crude but perceptive dream.
I'm an elephant working in a diner. In the bathroom, I inadvertently summon the Genie of the Urinal...
CAUTION: PISSED PACHYDERM
|A WRITER'S MUSE: by Wayan, 1996/12/7, a dreamfable on creativity.
A writer's found in his office mating with an ash-covered creature! But could she be his muse?
CAUTION: NUDITY OR NOT? SEX OR NOT? NO ONE QUITE KNOWS...
|THE WRITING CLASS: by Wayan; 1984/3/27, a grumpy dream.
Most writers search for their unique style. Not me--I struggle to convey unique EXPERIENCES...
|YOU'RE THE EAGLE: by Wayan; 2000/2/8, a dream fable.
A hermit spends his life wrestling with shadows. His only disciple becomes famous. Who was happier?
|ZELIG FLIES: by Wayan, 1984/4/29, a psychic, lucid dream epic.
Indescribable! I careen from a sacrificial marriage-altar to the secret pool of the Oracle Harpist, into the jaws of Leviathan and the joys of lucid flight, shifting from male to female and gay to straight--till I meet the Dragonfly People themselves...
CAUTION: STUPID, STUPID SEX CULT!
|ZERO SUM: by Wayan; 1996/5/29, a game-theory dream.
I'm lecturing to a crowd: "Love's a win-win game, and abuse, lose-lose. But blame is zero-sum..."
|ZUCCHINI GIRL: by Wayan; 1996/9/23, a dreamtale on acting out.
I find the truth about my childhood. My parents lied! I hide for days, then dub myself Zucchini Girl and go onstage, humping squash, calling it performance art! So do my friends see a problem?
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