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MANIA

Getting manic, staying up all hours, feverish, obsessed... it's been a cliche about the gifted since Sherlock Holmes's day. Is it inherent? There is some evidence mania (and manic depression!) is more common among geniuses. Is a touch of mania a necessary cost of greatness? It does help get the work done--but oh, the crash...

These dreams wrestle with mania. What's a safe balance--or is there one?

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AFTER THE BANG: by Wayan; 2001/5/16, a poem on the World Dream Bank.
The Big Bang happens, you're inspired, you make something of it... then what? The Big Whimper?
BALANCE?: by Wayan, 1984/10/10, a dream about dreams.
Silky, my sentient starship, gives me a scolding about playing it safe...
BRIGHT NICHES IN THE CASTLE WALL: by Jenny Badger Sultan; summer 2003. A painting of a series of dreams.
Dreams warning of mania and paralyzing shame alternate with calm dreams of life and growth...
CHURCHES BURN WHEN YOU LEARN TO FLY: by Wayan; 1989/9/1, a didactic flying dream.
I pay the price, but learn the difference between merely getting off the ground, and true mastery...
GIFTED CHILDREN NEED...: by Wayan; 1980/8/6, a journal extract on geniuses.
Advice of a specialist on the care and feeding of child prodigies, embarrassingly relevant for adult geniuses...
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
HEALING THE RING: by Wayan; 1984/8/22, a nightmare on... anger?
I bear a Ring of Power meant to corrupt me. I cleansed it, at a cost, but can't wield it till I've read its spell...
THE HOLY HARP: by Wayan; 1994/3/22, a dream of musical guilt.
The Goddess's harp, that calls in the seasons, just passed on. But the new harper has a shocking admission...
ICARIAN PAIN: by Wayan; 125K, 3 ill., 1982/10/19, a dream of shyness, and flying, and pinching yourself.
I meet some cute dancers, but rather than flirt, I just try ballet leaps too. I get more than I bargained for...
MY SINE-FRIEND: by Wayan; 1984/3/6, an emotional dream of time and rebirth.
An animal-girl I know lives like a sine-wave, first forward in time, then backwards, dying at every zero...
NOT LOVE, BUT NOT ABUSE: by Wayan; 1996/6/6, a dream on gradualism.
I dream I don't love my girlfriend, I just confuse non-abusive treatment with love....
SURRENDER DARCY!: by Wayan; 1982/6/14, a dreamtale on pride and prejudice.
I'm Doctor Who, being chased by an air-surfer who demands we give up a reserved, proud man named...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
TAROT: THE SULKY: by Wayan; 300 x 480. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
At the Dream Circus, a grumpy little greenish Scotsman rode a sulky, pulled by a playful black horse who...
WERE-COMPOSER: by Wayan; 1995/2/15, a trashy dream.
I help a brilliant, starving composer turn his family curse into a profitable business...
WERE-TROUT: by Wayan; 1997/8/2, a dating-advisory dream.
I'm a one-legged hopping hermit in the ruins of LA, and my only hope for love is to conjure a girl from a...


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