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...
|BALLOON DIVE: by Wayan; 2007/6/17, a nightmare reassuring me I made the best of difficult choices
A boy dangles from the rope of a quickly-rising balloon. He lets go 100' up, falls in a pond, and floats face-down. I'm sure he's dead, but...
|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...
|THE PLOWSHARES PROGRAM: by Wayan; 2017/11/12, a feverdream warning of high-tech's failure rate
Looks like this underground nuclear test will leak. Minutes from detonation, we flee up the spiral stair and out across the sand. Can we run far enough in time?
|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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