So will you make the train, will you finish your test? Will you defuse that ticking bomb, will you find the dragon-eggs before they hatch? Dreams of deadlines (sometimes very deadly deadlines) are a classic theme, of course. Though as I built this list, most of the truly urgent dreams are by others, like Sorcha's The Shrinking Pope, or SchlofM's Travel. My "deadline" dreams often explore or criticize time-shortage and the rat race, but in a (dare I say it?) leisurely way.
RELATED TOPICS: patience and haste - chased! - races and competitions - frustration - initiative vs procrastination - opportunities grasped - opportunities lost - patience! - clocks and measurement - time-travel - - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.
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|AIDA'S TOILET BOAT: by Wayan; 1993/4/7, a psychic dreamtale.
A sexy comedian and her troubles down the drain. A dream that turned out to be true...
|BIKE FROM A BOMB: by Wayan; 1981/3/14, a bikemare.
Idiotically, I bet I can escape an atomic bomb on my bike. Maybe if I ignore stoplights...
CAUTION: IRRESPONSIBLE WEAPONS USE
|BROKE LIKE GLASS: by Katherine Mansfield; 1919/12/15, a warning-dream.
A long terrible shiver, and my whole body broke like glass. I may live months, but in that dream I died...
|CATCH-UP: by Wayan; 2001/3/14, a dream on maturation
Revelations about my mom put my shyness in a new light. That night I dream twin sisters suddenly zoom through puberty in hours...
CAUTION: VERY SUDDEN BREASTS
|CHRONOPHOBIA!: by Wayan; 1993/7/10, a physicist's nightmare.
I find myself driving a speeding car down a freeway--in reverse. And I don't mean the gear...
|CLIMB DOWN THE PINNACLES: by Jenny Badger Sultan, l995/12/24, a surreal dream and painting
Decision by decision, we made our way down immense rock crags. Below, I had to put out a deadly fire, a fire as solid as wood or stone, with a white staff. What am I really trying to calm?
|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...
|THE COMING DARK: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2002/3/2; dream-paintings about one disaster averted, and another... not.
I climb down from a desert cliff before night strands me; but reckless adolescent games in town lead to a crash...
|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
|ESCAPE FROM PBS!: by Wayan; 1992/9/17, a trapped-in-TV nightmare.
I'm trapped in a TV documentary on nuclear war! Better dive through a TV screen and find a safe sitcom...
|FIRE IN THE CRUCIBLE: by Wayan; 1996/11/5, a confessional essay on genius.
A book's example of a mathematical savant made me stop and try to do what he did. I can! Can anyone?
|FLY-PARADISE: by Wayan; 1978/12/15, an automatic-writing poem that functioned like an advisory dream
I'm a fly lured to a bright but sealed window. The only way out is to ignore the light and brave the dark--and only when a door opens. Patience AND boldness...
|FLYING UNICORNS' GIFTS: by Lily Michaud; 2007/9/5, an advice-dream inside a flying dream
Flying unicorns hang out with me and my friends, sending us dreams full of useful advice--and more concrete gifts...
|FOOT ON THE GAS: by Wayan; 1982/3/16, a creepy little warning dream.
My car's idling too fast. After hours of diagnosis, I notice a foot's on the gas! Only it's not MY foot...
|GANDHI RUNS: by Wayan; 1997/8/1, a fusion dream.
Gandhi and I must run barefoot across a burning racetrack miles wide... the Ascetic Desert?
|HEADING FOR A FALL: by Wayan; 1993/11/2, a dream of drastic shortcuts.
I crash my car on the way to therapy. I ask my dream why. And it tells me! Deliberate, but not suicidal...
|HICKOPHOBIA: by Wayan; 1996/5/13; 2-page dream-comix (or plain text version)
Whenever I run out of ballet class to Japanese without asking my classmate Wendy out, I change sex...
|A KNIFE AT HIS THROAT: by Wayan; 1991/1/1; a political dream-cartoon-fable
A courtroom hostage-drama where I'm forced to commit... tracheotomy! And then the Gulf War begins...
CAUTION: CARTOON VIOLENCE
|NO FINGERS: by Wayan; 1993/10/6, an indirectly predictive dream.
My therapist has no fingers. A fingerless man intrudes on my session, and they use up my hour talking...
|NO "I": by Wayan; 2003/10/22, a dream of identity loss.
I'm in San Francisco trying to throw Sauron's Ring into the Cracks of San Andreas. But a sexy sorcerer steals my sense of I! How can you act without a self?
|NUKING HOOVER: by Wayan; 1997/2/16, a dreamtale about illness.
J. Edgar Hoover, founder of the FBI, stages a coup. Do we accept him as dictator, or nuke Washington?
|OMELET BEACH: by Wayan; 2007/1/15, a dream on how things look through your third eye
An alien beach scene--as seen through eyes that see bodies' energy fields more than surface forms...
|THE PEAK WHERE I DIED: by Wayan; 1983/1/16. A dark dream-comic.
I froze to death trying to climb an icy peak. But I try again, and this time, no holds barred. Wow, am I selfish! But alive...
|PERPETUA'S LAST DREAM: by St Perpetua; 203 A.D., a flying, sex-changing, defiant dream.
Facing death the next day in a Roman arena, Perpetua dreams of the spiritual duel behind the physical one...
|THE PLAGUE-CURE: by Wayan; 1996/1/1, a diagnostic dream that worked.
After weeks of headaches I dream of a fatal, mosquito-borne plague. Humanity looks doomed till my friends devise a folk remedy...
|MY RAPPEL-MAD SISTER: by Wayan; 1984/7/14-15, a dreamtale on being halfway.
My sister hoists us up to the Goddess's country too early, or too late: the ice is thawing, treacherous...
|ROAR OF THE SAILS: by Wayan; 1973/9/6, a magical scavenger-hunt dream goes lucid--but not in a typical way
Our teams search through fountains and pavilions, finding & trading the glowing stones. None of the magic makes me go lucid, but as we sail toward the finish line...
|SHELL AND STONE: by William Wordsworth; late 1840s, a dream of a new Great Flood
An Arab shows me a stone he calls a book, and a shell that speaks prophecies of the flood rushing toward us over the desert...
|THE SHRINKING POPE: by Sorcha; 2005/4/1, a Jane Bond dream
I'm the only one who can stop the plot to kill the Pope--but if he keeps shrinking like that, will it matter?
CAUTION: RECOVERING CATHOLIC
|SKUNK? SWALLOW!: by Wayan; 1981/5/7, a dream-joke with a point.
When I see two scary men on the trail, naturally, I swallow my skunk! I really don't recommend...
|SLEDDING NEAR C: by Albert Einstein; around 1890-95; a transcendent career-advice dream
Sledding at night, I approached the speed of light, and the stars turned colors I'd never seen...
|STARFISH: by Marc Ian Barasch, c. 1985; a multileveled, doubly predictive dream
A sacred starfish piloting a Cessna plane survives a crash. But can it survive a boy's clumsy rescue efforts?
|SULE SKERRY: by Wayan; 1984/8/13, a non-nightmare.
My sister and I are on a ship abandoned by its crew, heading full-steam for the rocks, when...
|TAHOE DRAGON: by Wayan; 1980/8/16. A dream of flight and fire.
A dragon killed a friend, and threatened worse. I had to fight. We dueled mid-air, over Lake Tahoe...
|THE TAKEOVER: by Lee Olivier; 2004/6/28, a triple diagnostic nightmare
An alien is taking over our world, and I feel so helpless that even when I wake I want to just forget the dream...
|TIBETAN DISASSEMBLY: by Wayan; 2007/7/5, a dream of a desperate ploy
A woman in Tibet disassembles herself! A local god hires her spirit, but she uses the office equipment...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
|TRAVEL: by "SchlofM"; 2008/2/10, a dream about protection
I'm on a wild trip to who knows where, with my young-again mom and my dead dad... and who's that other guy?
|TUBA BEANS: by Wayan; 1996/3/24, a Star Trek dream.
Changelings invade our space station, testing one kid's split loyalties. But it's the beans that intrigue me...
|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...
|THE VAT MESSIAH: by Wayan; 1985/2/27, a major dreamtale.
In our cult, we lie in vats of goo till we grow wings. But we're feared more than we knew...
CAUTION: A SPECIST LYNCH MOB, NAKED IN SCHOOL, LESBIAN FEELINGS, OBSCENE CARROT
|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)
|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...
|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...
|WITWEET WAYAN: by Wayan, 1979/1/10, a dream of butch and femme.
Six generations in the future, I find a poodle who can defuse the bomb my rival girlfriends can't...
CAUTION: MAD SCIENTIST, EXHIBITIONIST GIRLFRIEND, POODLE HUMILIATION
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