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|MESOPOTAMIAN ARMORY: by Wayan, 2008/8/6, a shape-poem based on a dream
An ancient Mesopotamian city learned to make catapult-bombs of powdered manure. But sloppy stockpiling led to catastrophe...
CAUTION: BABEL-MYTH DEBASED
|SPIN, SPIN, FLY AGAIN: by Wayan; 2009/8/8, a flying-dream poem inspired by an unlikely Shakespearean source
Night. I'm scared of the men in the park--till I see they're all gay. I dance, and as darkness flares to dawn, remember how to fly--regain my falcon-wings...
|THE SATURATION DIAL: by Wayan; 2015/11/7, a surreal lucid dream... with a control knob
Night. Two moons. I go lucid! Find a knob adjusting the dream's color saturation. Dial it up--and find I'm not alone! Ghosts of pure color...
|GEORGE AND WILMA: by Wayan, 2011/10/25, an animation-mashup dream done as a poem
George Jetson is married to Wilma Flintstone. And they're both cats. And when George comes home, high on mushrooms, he doubts what's on his bed...
CAUTION: CARTOON ADULTERY
|AYRES: by Wayan; alarming nondream discovery 2006/5/4, and subsequent revelations
The therapist my parents forced me to see as a kid has been indicted on multiple counts of molesting clients. No surprise--he was creepy. I played an evasive waiting game for three miserable years under his leering scrutiny. So... can avoiding a molester still traumatize? Oh yes...
CAUTION: CHILD NEGLECT & ABUSE
|OFF DOVER: by Wayan; 2010/9/30, a dream-based mini-sestina (poetic experiment)|
I'm crossing the English Channel on my fat-tired bike. Seems so warm and easy after that run from Greenland to New York...
|FALL AT THE RIGHT SIZE: by Wayan; 2018/7/14, a dream shape-poem on a fatal riddle solved by... indecision?
I fall off a tower, but I can change size. Tiny things land gently, but they also tempt the local falcons! Stay big and hit hard, or shrink & be devoured?
Of course there's another choice, but I didn't figure it out logically...
|ALIEN GIRL, SACRED PEAKS: by Wayan; dreamed 2005/11/25, two dreams about long-term goals and priorities
I'm one of a trio of swimmers in a pool, making out--under the surface only. Must we hide?
I'm near Shiprock with a flying-saucer girl who sees the nearby crags and far snowy peaks as all the same size and distance... how to teach perspective?
CAUTION: SKINNYDIPPING, GROPING
|UNICORN MENTALITY: by Wayan; dreamed 2008/7/16, a dream of unicorn art spilling over into reality
Two of my dreamworker friends look at unicorn drawings all over my bed. But one of them is a sort of unicorn, and I'm not so sure about the other...
Ten years later, having learned I suffer from a rare mutation that making me not very human, the dream doesn't quite seem predictive, but...
CAUTION: UNICORN NUDITY
|LBJ'S STAMPEDE: by Lyndon Baines Johnson; 1913-14?, a childhood nightmare anticipating his presidential paralysis
As a boy I dreamt I was trapped in a wooden chair, paralyzed, as a stampede rushed toward me, just as my grandmother was paralyzed and chair-bound...
|LBJ'S CAGE: by Lyndon Baines Johnson; May-June 1924, a recurring teenage nightmare about college as prison
I found myself in a cage, with only a bench and piles of old books. A mirror showed I was old and twisted with speckled skin. In horror I said "I must get away"...
|LBJ OR WOODROW?: by Lyndon Baines Johnson; 1955 and Feb-Mar 1968, a recurring nightmare of paralysis
From the neck up I was me; from the neck down, Woodrow Wilson in his old age, paralyzed. My presidential aides divided up my duties, and ignored me...
|LBJ SHACKLED: by Lyndon Baines Johnson; c.1962, a nightmare on his vice-presidency, presaging his presidency
I started to get up from my chair, but I couldn't move. I looked down at my legs and saw they were manacled to the chair with a heavy chain...
|LBJ'S RIVER NIGHTMARE: by Lyndon Baines Johnson; Feb-Mar 1968, a nightmare on his presidential paralysis
I was trapped in a river, trying to swim to shore. But I was in a powerful eddy. No matter which way I swam...
|THE BRUNDIBAR SEA: by Wayan; 2005/12/18, a mystical manifestation dream
Biking, I stray into the steamy Brundibar Sea. My bike dissolves! But hot-tubbers explain the Sea manifests what you visualize. Yay! Uh-oh...
CAUTION: MYSTICISM AND HOLOCAUST HISTORY
|HIGHER LEVEL: by Wayan; 2011/12/13, an absurd transcendent dream
I paddle through the grim streets of Karachi on my belly, on a skateboard, with flipper-hands. But I reach the border to a Higher Realm...
|TRUST YOUR CANOE: by Wayan; 2012/8/16, two dreamlets diagnosing negativity underlying illness
I ride a magical self-guiding canoe, seeking the right beach and cove for me. Even when the boat climbs hills so I can inspect inland, I expect it to fail...
|THREE WAYS TO FLY: by Wayan; 2010/11/10, a dreamlet prompting a new direction for the World Dream Bank
I see three illustrations of different magical ways to fly. But the third shows no flight at all--just someone giving away the magical means...
|I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM, AND YOU WERE THERE: by Wen Spencer; c.2016; a writer's dream summing up her own fantasy series
My characters are all dancing together. Roach is flanked by friends--but they turn into elves. As dragons, more elves, tengu and robotic mice join the dance, Roach slowly freaks...
|THE LOST DUTCHMAN BURNS: by Wayan; 2011/11/17, a smelly dream censoring itself for safety reasons!
On a wooden ship, I smell smoke. I know I'm dreaming; I worry my sleeping body sensed smoke in my home and injected it in my dream to warn me.
But the dream notices my worry, and clarifies it's a symbolic fire by erasing the scent, even as flames spread! Good, now I can finish dreaming the scene...
|TSUNAMI: by Wayan; 2011/12/31, a fever-nightmare, possibly predictive but definitely prescriptive
I cling alone to the cliffs of Lands End, so when the tsunami hits, I survive. Had I been in the low, crowded Sunset district I'd be dead...
|ART OR PROPAGANDA?: by Wayan; dreamed 2008/2/7, three strange dream-reactions to Philip Pullman's books
I'm in a sleep lab dreaming of a kind of dream that can change reality itself. I study its EEG trace. Can I learn to do it?...
I'm arguing with musicians about what's best--music that serves your narrative scheme or spiritual purpose, or pure great music,...
I'm bored in history. Rather than take notes, I draw sexy furries. And so do the babydykes to my left and right! Wishing'll summon the girls we want...
CAUTION: PHILOSOPHY! OH NO!
|PARROT TAMES BUSINESSMAN: by Wayan; 2011/10/6, a surreal career-advice dream poem
My last two businesses went bust. So I let a giant parrot talk me into interviewing her people, who've settled those alien ruins in Amazonia. Great career move...
|LAKOTA TRAINSCAPES: by Wayan; 2017/10/30, art seen in an anti-lucid dream
In a general store on a High Plains rez, I find two surreal collaged postcards. If this were only a dream, they'd fit on the World Dream Bank, but...
CAUTION: STUPID, STUPID CONSCIOUS!
|THE ONI PLAGUE: by Wayan; 2018/2/2, a dream implying our leaders are sociopathic
Humans and elves like me can get along, but not oni (Japanese demons), sociopaths who'll do anything for money and power...
CAUTION: POLITICAL BITTERNESS
|THE MOUSE: by Paul Nash; surreal bedtime experience triggers surreal nightmare, Feb. 1913
We catch and try to kill a mouse, but reconsider and save it from a predator worse than us. This provokes a dream in which I am the mouse...
|FLIGHT, MARGARET, MOUSE, DOG: by Dave McKean based on Paul Nash's dreams (1895-9 plus Feb. 1913)
As a child, landscape artist Paul Nash dreamed of flying over the countryside of southern England. But he was threatened by a Black Dog...
|LANDSCAPE FROM A DREAM: by Paul Nash; recurrent flying dreams 1895-9, painted summer 1937
As a child, Paul Nash dreamed of flying over the countryside of southern England. As an adult surrealist painter...
|DEMON BUDGETING: by Wayan, 2011/9/27, a nightmare on letting things blow over
A demon invades our police station, takes over our captain and lieutenant, and pushes them to fight.
But I know demonic possession can't last long. Our copshow's special effects budget is too limited...
|FRANKENSTEIN'S ORIGIN: by Mary Shelley; 1816/6/16, a waking or hypnogogic dream inspiring a book
I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together; I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out...
|BACKWARD BOOB: by Wayan; 2018/6/17, a grotesque dreamlet
I pass a jogger with her upper torso and head twisted 180 degrees round, craning her neck, unable to see straight...
CAUTION: DISSES IGNORAMUSES--YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. OH WAIT, YOU DON'T.
|A WORLD TOO WEIRD FOR WORDS: by Wayan, 2011/1/21, a dream about dreaming's view of waking life
I'm in a college class studying a bizarre alternate Earth where anarchist co-ops never evolved and (of all things) money rules all...
CAUTION: DISSES CAPITALISM
|THE DRAGON ECONOMIST: by Wayan, 2011/1/7, a surreal dreamlet prodding me
An economist gets a job as a dragon guarding a data-treasure. Heroes plot to slay him, but I trust him more than them...
|LEONARDO'S BIRD: by Leonardo da Vinci, c.1455, a bizarre childhood dream or vision--or real memory?
The black bird hovered above my cradle, and several times struck me with its tailfeathers between my opened lips...
|A CARTOONIST'S DIARY (excerpt): by Dylan Horrocks; 2012/3/5, a dream proposing a literary project
I melted down all the vinyl records ever made in New Zealand to create one huge compendium. I woke thinking "Could I do that for New Zealand comics?"
|INERTIAL DAMPER: by Wayan; 2017/8/26; a dream with a warning for another
I'm trapped in a mad scientist's car that can squeeze through cracks in a wall. But when she heads for a wall with NO cracks...
I have to pull out the smuggled alien technology in my pocket. At the last second, switch on the Inertial Damper...
|REVERSE MY ARMOR: by Wayan; dreamed 2008/4/14, a dream with bizarre long-term advice. Which I took.
Where I usually cover up, I strip bare, & where I'm bare, I cover up. Feel like that Playboy cartoon with the stockings & gloves--the Femlin!
Behaviorally, too, I reverse all my habits, judgments and self-image(s). Perverse, self-destructive! But my life still works...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY. ALSO, A LOSER SUCCEEDS.
|TRI-GUARDIANS: by Wayan; 2005/8/5, a stalking nightmare that peels away layers
Three men follow me through the Berkeley hills. But they're not men; they fly. They shapeshift into teenage archeologists...
... and then into pure energy-beings! "We don't care about you; we're watching another entity you let into your dreams."
Wait--I've got FOUR foreign entities stalking through my psyche?
CAUTION: ALARMING, IF TRUE
|THE POWER OF NON-VISUALIZATION: by Wayan; 2018/4/29, a mystical dream whose teaching worked
I'm listening to a film-talk on Non-Visualization. "Don't wish--don't will--don't visualize. Just face what you really want, and then don't push..."
|BITTER TRANSFORMATIONS: by Selena; 2017/10/18, a diagnostic gender identity dream
I finally admit who I am, and the truth is bitter...
CAUTION: GENDER DYSPHORIA, MENTION OF COPROPHAGY, POSSIBLE SITCOM SPOILER
|CHRISTA'S FUR: by Wayan; 2018/6/9, a smutty spiritual dream-poem riffing on Leonardo's 'Last Supper'?
In an alternate Judea, I long for a female Christ and her lesbian apostles. My lust is unrequited, till a small Sex Kitten gives me some wise advice...
CAUTION: CAT NUDITY, BLASPHEMY
|CABIN IN THE SKY: by Wayan; 2005/7/25, a nervous, guilty dreamlet of escape
Bart Simpson, of all people, is my dream-guide--leading me down the cable from the Cabin in the Sky back to being... grounded?
|FULL MOON KIDNAP: by Wayan; 2018/4/30, a dream warning that recurrent illness shapes the psyche
Every full moon, kidnappers jump me. Sometimes I escape, but when they succeed, they torture me till the moon wanes. They're careful to leave no physical scars...
|FORESEE ELECTION, BUT BLIND TO SEX: by Wayan; 2012/10/23, a profitable predictive dream only half heeded
On hearing the election results, a girl at Esalen Hot Springs joyfully dances around me naked. I heed the message about the election, but not about...
|INDIANS OCCUPY DANCE CLUB: by Wayan; 2012/8/31; a dream of biased art I try to correct
An ink sketch in a magazine shows a new Ghost Dance invading city clubs. But the (biased?) artist uglifies the Indians, horses and giraffes dancing...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY; JAUNDICED ART/REPORTING
|NIGHTMARE STUDIO: by Gary Panter, 2003, a 5-page muted-color comic of his lonely, surreal, Chirico-esque dream world
Rather than a dream narrative, this is a tour through Gary's common dreamscapes--forgotten places, empty streets. Or ones you wish were empty...
|THE SPELL BLURS WOMEN: by Wayan; 2013/5/5, a poem from a Lorelei dream
In a creepy castle on the Rhine, whenever I'm near three women they blur into one. A powerful spell. Now where have I seen this effect...?
CAUTION: DISSES PATRIARCHAL RELIGIONS
|SORTING HAT, DRUNKEN CAT: by Wayan; 2013/10/18, a steadily mutating warning-dream
I discover a fossilized Sorting Hat, out of the Harry Potter books. The hat reanimates, and moves in with us. A baby crawls inside, and then...
Our cat does. She emerges looking like a human teen, and talking excitedly of getting drunk at Thanksgiving...like every adult in her life.
But she's not puking drunk like them, so she must be OK! Just as I think I am--no more working to death! I just work to mere exhaustion...
CAUTION: DRUNK TEEN, SEVERELY ALCOHOLIC ADULTS
|THE GRIFFINS' LESSON: by Wayan, 2018/6/1, a pair of predictive dreamlets
First I live through two teens' nightmares, then "wake" with them to find they were drugged and put naked in a bed... by a third party! Why?
Then I'm with a wagon-crew that's mostly cheerful, flirtatious griffins and talking horses, pulling a cart made of... grammar?
Six days later, I see images from both dreams on TV!
CAUTION: CREEPY, THEN SAPPY, THEN FREAKY
|THE ARREST: by Georges Perec; July 1970, a dream of .... huh? Dream #16
I am arrested in Tunisia, essentially for being Jewish, despite my pro-Palestinian sympathies. My main regret: I face years of dirty socks...
|THE BONE: by Georges Perec; March 1971, a dream of skulltop removal.... and failure to learn from it. Dream #64
The top of my skull pops off, exposing my vulnerable brain. But I replace it. After other dream adventures, I crush a spider...
|BREAD LIBERATION: by Georges Perec; March 1971, a dream of a lame revolution. Dream #60
Mobilization, war, troop transport, slogans, marching bands and orgies, all in an apotheosis of dough...
CAUTION: ENDS IN SEX
|THE CONDEMNATION: by Georges Perec; February 1972, a dream of cult-worship, persecution, and deep timeslip. Dream #105
I'm on vacation, but cultists lick my feet--then turn on me, casting stones. But they miss. So I wander the steppe for centuries, until I come to the city of Texas...
|THE DENUNCIATION: by Georges Perec; August 1972, a dream of war-trauma finally starting to heal? Dream #124
1941. My dad and I are denounced to the SS. We're put in with monsters; I'm a snake or fish myself. But the Nazis become a photo album, I go to a memorial, I cry, it's 1947, peace...
|FAREWELL: by Georges Perec; January 1969, a dream prose-poem of loss foreseen. Dream #6
Dream of a breakup I see coming but can't prevent, and the devastation it works on my lover...
|A GENERAL HISTORY OF TRANSPORTATION (AN EXCERPT): by Georges Perec; April 1972, a dream explaining what always mystified me. Dream #115
Parking structures with spiral ramps are, secretly, screws harvesting motion from parking cars, slowly drilling into near-impenetrable rock. Thus are skyscraper-foundations made...
|THE HYPOTHALAMUS: by Georges Perec; October 1971, a dream of embarrassment. Dream #95
I learn my book A Void, supposedly written without the letter E, has lots of them--crawling with errors. But at least I can spy on the neighbors...
|ILLUSION: by Georges Perec; December 1968, a prose-poem of a nested false-waking dream. Dream #4|
I am dreaming... She is beside me... I tell myself I'm dreaming... I wake up... She really is beside me... Delirious joy... I embrace her... I wake up...
|INTRUDER: by Georges Perec; February 1971, a dream that can't decide if it's warning or erotic, subliminal or psychic. Dream #50
Someone has broken in, prowling my apartment. Man or woman? The scent gives her away. I wake, calling aloud "What is it?" Moments later, C. knocks on my door...
|THE PLAY: by Georges Perec; February 1972, an absurd dream with an attention span of about thirty seconds. Dream #108
I'm in a play. Fear, then joyful sex, then ranching, then silly hats, as a man drones on about class struggle. Weird chairs, pingpong, coffee, impossible double utterances.
At last I tell friends my dream--backwards. Then I write the dream down on slices of cheese...
CAUTION: SEX ONSTAGE
|THE STONE BRIDGE: by JL; 1968, as told to Georges Perec; a surreal, haiku-ish dreamlet. Dream #39
A stone bridge, at the crossing of a road and a river. A signal sign indicates the name of the place: (YOU). In parentheses...
|THREE CATS: by Georges Perec; April 1972, a painful comic dreamlet. Excerpt from Dream #114
I go home. Our cat is there. And a small, striped new cat. Then I step on a third, much bigger cat. This is just one cat too many! "This cat's not real!" I say...
The nonexistent cat leaps up and scratches my face.
|THE VENDOR: by Georges Perec; July 1971, a nightmare of societal amorality. Dream #77
I murder my wife. I try to sell her body as meat to a firm that'll turn her into wine. But the transubstantiation has already happened, and the paperwork's undone...
|GENRE NICHES: by Wayan, 2008/4/17, a dreamlet of literary advice
A friend tells me certain literary "personalities" recur in different genres--the humorist, the craftsman, the kook, the lowbrow are really just marketing niches. So write as you like! Forget industry standards. If readers like you, publishers and booksellers will find a niche for you, almost arbitrarily...
CAUTION: FOR WRITERS ONLY
|CLOUD WAR: by Wayan; 2012/12/22, a dream of eco-apocalypse on the darkest day of the year
Clouds wake up. Maybe they were always aware, but now they're aware of us. And rage against us all.
Oh, humanity'll survive. But easy times are over...
CAUTION: PARTISAN INTERPRETATION
|THE GIFTED CHILD: by Brenda Ferrimani, 2013?, a painting of an incubated dream
Previous dreamwork had made it clear my mother had betrayed me; I asked my dreams how to protect myself from those who do not love me...
|ONE-PERCENTERS: by Wayan; 2014/5/2, a dream on how egalitarianism can drive the gifted crazy
A sociologist exposes the smugness of Britain's 1%, but the writer's denial of any innate differences at all can be just as pernicious as elitism...
CAUTION: EGALITARIANISM ON TRIAL
|BULL FEEDS THE KITTEN: by Wayan; 2018/5/23 a dreampoem of using tricks to nurse feral critters
Cleo the talking kitten denies being a cat, so I invent Wolf-N-Puma Chow! Must I play similar games to nourish that other feral critter... me?
|SECRET SCREEN: by Wayan; 2018/4/19 and 2018/5/16, three linked dreamlets on escaping grim games
A friend talks me into being lookout as he steals a cult's secret papers. I know it'll end in murder, but foresight paralyzes me!
Trying to master a game that freezes unplayably now & then, I find a button leading to a secret screen full of second chances...
I'm lost in a grim basement, but two kids show me an exit door whose cobwebby glass can be walked through like air...
|EXIT THROUGH THE DUNGEON: by Wayan, 1982/5/23, an experiment in automatic drawing that contained unexpected advice
I turned off my conscious judgment and drew. Two paths appeared--one leading to psychodrama, then prison; the other, into the underworld of dreamwork...
CAUTION: NUDE DREAM-SELVES
|SKUNKERPILLAR: by Wayan; 2018/4/7, an advisory dreamlet about metamorphosis
After I (sort of) foil elf-burglars, a friendly elf-woman shows me a black caterpillar, then a white-striped skunkerpillar......
|CYCLOTRON OF FLOWERS: by Wayan; 2015/9/13, a surreal dreamscene done as an imagist poem
Night. Rider and mount gallop in a ring, leaving a luminous spiral wake of glowing flowers. Power builds, but when the spiral gate opens, where will it lead?
|PINKIE CLEANS THE WINDOWS OF PERCEPTION: by Wayan; 2017/2/5, an advisory dream blending Aldous Huxley & My Little Pony.
My new housemate Pinkie is a party animal--but she's really nice. She climbs a high ladder to help wash my Windows of Perception...
Then our unicorn friend Rarity walks in. She warns me to pace this renovation project...
|THIRD EYE: by Wayan; 2009/3/25, three diverse dreamlets on the same theme: enlightenment
Three sisters consecutively flash me. But the middle sister has a third eye in there! Clothed, it's blinded. So is she flirting or just enlightening herself?
Then I'm in the near future. Nearly all cars self-drive now. I'm the last driver using my own muscles and mind. But how long can I hold out?
Then a friend projects all the world's wars on a school chalkboard to prove democracies don't fight each other. So if we want peace...
|SLIDES: by Wayan; 2018/1/28, a surreal playful flirtation dream
I cross San Francisco on public transit--a network of children's slides. One leads into...
A wormhole full of aliens, where a goofy-haired reporter interviews a hacker...
|FOUR SCREENS: by Wayan; 2018/1/24, a dream urging me to drop some armor--but not all
I dream my Doors of Perception have four layered screens--when one is plenty to keep out mosquitoes...
|RABBIT-EARED DOE: by Wayan; dreamed 2008/4/29, a dream of statues come passionately to life
A tribal hunter catches a Rabbit-Eared Doe by her yard-long ears, pulls on them like reins, and mates with her!
She doesn't object. Is ear-pulling normal for her? I just can't tell if it's love, exploitation, kindness or cruelty. What to do?
CAUTION: STRANGE FURRY SEX
|LUNAR WEDDING: by Wayan; 1987/2/5, a poem of a surreal futuristic dream
I'm at a fancy wedding on Mars, I think, but slowly realize the black sky and huge blue ball mean this lawn is on...
...the Moon. In the open. What are we breathing? Well... old money, I think.
|OUT OF THE IQ CLOSET: by Wayan; 2008/5/7, a dream-outburst on the social minefield the gifted face
I'm silent in class; let our new, inexperienced teacher fumble. At last I'm forced to answer, and reveal I'm ahead of her. She doesn't take it well...
CAUTION: UNCOMFORTABLE SOCIAL DILEMMAS
|GOLDIE AND GRIMOIRE: by Wayan, 1987/3/2, an early dream of the mare-goddesses of sun and moon
I get a crush on two mare-girls--sunny palomino Goldie is cute, but it's dark-silver, lunar Grimoire that really stuns me...
CAUTION: EQUINE NUDITY, ESP REFERENCES
|THE PEGASI TUB: by Wayan; 2013/11/9, a fun, flirty dream I apparently thought I didn't deserve.
After a rainy hike I'm cold and muddy. In the camp hot tub, six girls splash and play. They greet me, then slowly become winged ponies! Pegasi...
CAUTION: HOT-TUB NUDITY
|RORAIMA JUMP: by Wayan; dreamed 2016/9/18, a surreal dream of deadly outrage
I'm a Brazilian girl in the Olympic waterfall-jumping finals. My Russian & American rivals each cheat--threaten me and my family.
I snap and fight back recklessly, knocking them off their ropes. We all tumble down the cliff...
CAUTION: BULLYING, VIOLENT REVENGE
|DISTRACTUS: by Wayan, 2004/5/5, a comic sexy diagnostic dream... that baffled me.
Sex in a meadow... but we get distracted by a parade of protesters. By politics. Then a friend warns me of a disease, Coitus Distractus...
CAUTION: (DISTRACTED) SEX
|CIRC CERVINE: by Wayan; 2016/9/16, a dream on... how to catch difficult dreams?
At Circ Cervine, a transhuman circus, I sketch three acrobat-dancers--one deerish, one human, one... a mannequin?
Fiendish to draw! I wake frustrated... and sketchless. But the work I did in the dream is the only reason I can redraw it awake...
CAUTION: DEER NUDITY
|ELIZABETH'S SOLE ESCAPE: by Wayan, 2017/7/29, a genderbent nightmare on workaholism, self-sabotage and... genes?
I'm Queen Elizabeth I, but I made a mistake--focused too much on culture. Now plotters I overlooked smash in my bedroom door. I snatch a vial of poison...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE REFLECTS REALITY
|A MUSLIM CHEETAH: by Wayan, 2004/12/2, a dream of fundamental ambivalence
A cheetah is a saboteur for a violent Islamic group. I'm attracted, but tear into her--"You plant bombs in the name of a rulebook meant for apes not cats!"
CAUTION: NUDE CHEETAH; CRITIQUES HOLY BOOKS
|THROUGH THE WIRES: by Wayan; 2007/9/16, two surreal contrasting dreams
At a party I meet some wolflike aliens, and somehow start seeing through their eyes--pack, status and pecking order. And then...
I'm crossing a field, skirting cows, climbing through a barbwire fence, as I explain cows, wires and material life to a floating energy-being...
|LION NOW, EMANCIPATION LATER: by Wayan; 2000/5/5, two dreams as my dad lay dying
I must hunt a man-eating lion to protect our village--our village full of slaves. Gotta focus on the lion in front of me, not the looming social crisis...
CAUTION: SLAVERY, ILLNESS, DEATH
|DINOSAUR GRADE: by Wayan, 2006/1/25, a shamanic workout dream
I ride a recumbent bike up an exhausting slope past browsing bears. Oh. Not bears. Dinosaurs. No wonder I'm so tired! Timetravel's hard...
|FLOWERHEADED CAT: by Wayan; 2005/8/17, two bizarre, sexy, advisory dreamlets
First, one of my co-workers starts flashing. Her boyfriend helps--flaps her skirt up to show she's naked beneath. What are they up to?
Then, in a dream-sculptor's studio, I pet a purring cat whose head is a huge calla lily! "Well," I think, "at least her pussy likes me..."
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, PUNS, PETTING
|A THOUSAND BIRDS: by Wayan; 2008/2/28, a mystical little dream
I watch Disney animate the Legend of the Thousand Birds, who pull a wireframe sleigh of light, right through a dark, material Santa...
|SOLE RETRIEVAL: by Wayan; 2005/10/6, a punning spiritual dreamlet
Guards in a museum confiscate my goofy purple-warted shoes, then lose them! I fuss till they find them. Vital to protect my... soles?
|EFFORT VERSUS APTITUDE: by Wayan, 2017/8/23, a dream about... oh, read the title.
I urge a cafe to host a talented Tarot reader with an amazing aura, but the owner says "Anyone can be psychic with practice." Oh? Can practice make you Einstein, too?
|FUCK CALIFORNIA!: by Wayan; 2004/10/15, a surreal, embarrassing dream
I'm trying to hump the entire State of California. In public, too. What brought THIS on? Well, actually, I know...
CAUTION: OBSCENE SITUATION--AND TITLE. OOPS, TOO LATE.
|WITCH AND WITTENS: by Wayan, 2012/2/20, a dream about sexual ambivalence
I never find girls I dislike hot... so why do this smugly seductive witch and all her pointy-hat minions simultaneously attract and repel me?
CAUTION: JUST... WRONG.
|HORTA'S EGGS: by Wayan; 1984/1/17, a dream of re-evaluation.
I fight to save 50,000 eggs that'll hatch psychics. But my friends want to exterminate them! Am I wrong?
|A NEVADAN ASS: by Wayan, 2007/5/17, a dream-poem warning I sabotage myself in art AND love
On a ranch in Nevada, I'm a were-horse into mares--when I'm human. And when I'm a stallion? Why, cowgirls of course! Whoever won't fit...
And... why do I suspect this dream's about that tough art critique I face tomorrow--showing dream-comix to commercial artists?
CAUTION: FURRYPHILIA, REJECTION JUNKIE
|MARK'S DISSOLVE: by Wayan, 2015/7/31, a dream-poem on an alternative way of death?
My friend Mark is ready to die. We say farewells, and he evaporates into the spirit realm--as everyone does when they die! Flesh to glass to air...
|THE CRYSTALLIZERS: by Wayan, 2014/11/21, a surreal dream on the lost art of talking to strangers
I'm in an airport full of aliens who, when bored, crystallize until things get fun again. My planeflight glows like a dragon-hoard! But lonely...
|THE MONEYBIRD: by Wayan, 2005/3/18, a dream-poem on renunciation. Stupid renunciation.
Inspired by a bird who weaves her nest of cash, I become a sort of monk, sweeping, renouncing wealth--but my monastery's a BART station...
|HAND US THE FRENCHMAN!: by Wayan; 2004/10/24, a comic dreamlet on hippiedom's last gasp
The Feds order my friend Mike to hand them a Frenchman who left the US years ago. Mike manages to substitutes a junk VW, but drafts ME to gut the car...
|THE HOG AND VIBRATOR SHOW: by Wayan; 2014/11/7, an obscene comic nightmare
The gameshow has two old men humping sextoys on the floor as the audience watched. That wasn't the problem. It was when they released the hogs...
CAUTION: OBSCENE GAMESHOW
|DREAM MILKING: by Wayan, 2000/6/30, a dream warning of overwork... but awake or asleep?
After a hard day getting a "free" bed, I dream my milker comes to drain my dreams. Wait...did I agree to this? Or does milking drain objections, too?
|DAPHNE THINKS: by Wayan, 2007/6/10, a dream warning of (two?) unacknowledged needs
My co-worker Daphne is snappish & stressed. She meditates, seeking the cause, and becomes a half-newt-half-koi in a huge fishbowl. Up comes a curious AI...
|SHARKBIT AND WARY: by Wayan; 2017/11/17, a dream explaining my own social caution
At the beach, I see a swim team wading in. One girl teases a laggard, not seeing her huge scar. She says "I won't swim till the shark-risk is mapped"...
|SELF-PORTRAIT AS A YOUNG COYOTE: by Wayan; 1999. Acrylic on wood, 23 x 15". Portrait of a dream self.
I'm more a dream artist than a realist, but one day I set up a mirror and looked in it...
|TWILIGHT'S OVAL GAME: by Wayan; 2017/10/4, a set of dreams arguing "Friendship is Magic"--literal magic.
I'm racked with guilt over failing to save a magic tree that fell and killed someone.
I play a giant pinball game--a tilted oval relief-map with pop-up origami creatures. But you can only win as a team of six friends...
A Caribbean girl with a weird aura tries to align two magic crystals to heal herself...
CAUTION: BREASTS, PONIES
|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...
|ALL-GENIUS CLASS: by Wayan; dreamed 2007/5/2, a dream warning of sabotage that took only a decade to figure out
Our gifted class is on a field trip. Our teacher happily explains we're going to wreck a freeway, tying up traffic for months, to protest crappy gifted programs...
CAUTION: SLOWEST DREAM INTERPRETATION EVER
|THE ELEVATOR PROPOSAL: by Wayan, 2004/10/15, a grotesque dream image revealing a subtler longterm pattern
I'm in an elevator with a giant guy with a hotel cart bearing a silver platter. On it, an erect penis. The guy tries to enlist me in his program to... what?
CAUTION: CARTOON PENIS
|PIPES AND TIME: by Wayan; 2017/12/21, a dream of the far future that came true next day
A timetraveler shows me a hotspring shrunk to a quarter of its old flow. Valves? Pipes? Or drought, from climate change? This IS the future.
A day later, a local main breaks, and our water flow shrinks to a quarter of normal...
|SATISFACTION: by Keith Richards, 1965/5/7, a famous dream song (and a well-prepared dreamer)
I always kept a guitar and tape recorder by my bed. I wake up and see the tape's run to the very end. I ran it back to the start and there, in a sort of ghostly version, was...
|THE PERIODIC TABLE: by Dmitri Mendeleev; 1869/2/17, a dream solving a key scientific problem
"I saw in a dream a table where all the elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper..."
|ALTARED MANSION: by Wayan; dreamed 2004/10/18, a dream-image of the range of the world's religions
I'm touring a gloomy, firelit Victorian mansion filled with icons and idols of every faith in the world, while this funny theme song runs in my head. What song?
CAUTION: MUSLIM RANTER, HUMILIATING SONG
|ERODE THE MUTING CURSE: by Wayan, 2014/8/23, a dream of... health advice?
The Fairy Queen curses me, taking away my language. Recovery often takes years, but I practice hard, and speak full sentences--the next day. The Queen is slipping...
|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?
|PUT TWICE AS MUCH IN: by Wayan; 2003/9/22, a dream warning how much it takes to change
All the claymation figures I made in my teens are gone but one. And the centauress has a broken hip and spindly leg.
I start to mend her, but I need TWICE the clay I thought...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY
|THE VERIZON EXPERIMENT: by Wayan; 2014/3/31, three linked dreamlets, the last apparently predictive & self-flagging
1: A nature spirit's physics experiment proves that time forks. The question is, how much? How dense is the multiverse?
2: I sketch and sculpt a model of the possible multiverses. A physicist likes it; the nature spirit likes it more. She swipes it...
3: A literary friend tries to install refugees in my bedroom, crowding me and my work into a corner. I wake. The phone rings. My other literary friend...
|BLUE BRAINS: by Wayan, 2017/12/11, a false-waking, self-flagging predictive dream
Behind the happyface label, our brains are actually squid stuffed in a jar. I wake, see the image on TV. "So it's predictive!" I think.
Then I wake to find that too was a dream. "Not predictive!" I think. Until my friend turns on the TV, and...
|A PEGASUS-DRAGON SCRIPTS MY LIFE: by Wayan; 2017/12/4, a dream of my... creator? guardian angel? Credited scriptwriter, at least...
I watch the TV show of my life, and learn that my scriptwriter is half dragon, half pegasus. It's my human self that's been a fiction all along...
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY
|JEAN ARP'S OCTOPUS: by Wayan; 2001/2/26; a surreal dream of my surreal reaction to a surrealist and his... lunch
A library shows me surrealist Jean Arp's sketchbook. One Eschery sketch with repeated focal points is hypnotic. But they also show me his lunch, and I try to eat it! I fail. Head & gut disagree. Stuck Arp-way...
CAUTION: NEVER EAT 12-YEAR-OLD SUSHI
|GIRL INTO HERON: by Wayan, 2017/11/7, a dream-poem of an uncertain choice
In the Everglades, a gawky girl treads on a black stone and becomes a blue heron. Her four stalkers vanish--birds too? Should I step up?
|MALWARE IN THE BRAIN: by Wayan, 2017/12/27, a possibly predictive dream.
I dream that tourists in our town use brainware to navigate and translate, but it's infected. Turns you fascist. Whaaaat?...
Next day, the FBI knocks on our door! Our web provider misidentified our home as a nest of internet criminals. Thanks, Comcast! Talk about malware...
|DREAM-DENIERS: by Wayan, 2014/5/31, a dream contemplating the meaning of dreams
In a museum I talk to a stained-glass artist who's a dreamworker like me. But a meme seems to be spreading that says dreams mean absolutely nothing...
CAUTION: ADVANCED DREAMWORK
|WILD MAGIC: by Wayan, 2018/1/8, a dream on finding a place
A teacher drafts me into her magic class to shake up those wizard wannabes. My magic's wild, ignoring spells & rules. I don't think I realized how wild...
|"YOU'RE INSANE": by Wayan; 2000/5/26, a nightmare warning of parental, professorial and medical misjudgments
DAY: My dad's sick and my mom's nagging me to visit, even though hospitals aren't safe for me (damaged immune system)...
NIGHT: I dream my parents tell me "You're insane. We must take control of your life." I disown my family! If I make it, it'll be utterly on my own..
CAUTION: UGLY FAMILY VALUES
|KITTY WANTS TO DIE: by Wayan; 1981/11/9, a nightmare baring a side of me wanting to... die? transform? AVOID?
Kitty, exhausted, stops fighting what's inside her, and lets herself die. Huge crystalline wormlike aliens burst out, looming over the spaceport...
CAUTION: ADDICTION ROOTED IN AVOIDANCE
|POOL ASSASSINS: by Wayan; 2017/3/1, a nightmare after hearing of a real assassination
Four women with guns attack me at a public pool. Trapped in the water, can I survive? Only by being ruthless...
|SET ON FIRE: by Wayan; 2017/10/15, a dream on reckless stupidity
Yuppies with a lighter set me on fire--not even out of malice, just idly. I'm a shaman, I can survive it, but I'm not immune to pain...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE, UGLY POLITICAL COMPARISONS
|TELEKINETIC KIDS: by Wayan; 2017/9/8, a warning and exploratory dream
A black separatist commune hides two little girls who are psychokinetic. They fear I'll expose them. But I've spent my whole life passing too...
CAUTION: PARAPSYCHOLOGY, RACIAL SEPARATISTS
|THE GOLDEN JOCKSTRAP: by Wayan, 2017/3/8, a dream on meeting your own needs
I wander into a Castro fashion shop with Dalí décor--golden underwear drooping off branches. And my friends are all wearing it...
CAUTION: UNDERWEAR JOKES
|WHITE AND MALE ARE SLURS: by Wayan, 2017/3/8, a dream parsing white male anger into three factors: free speech, reverse racism, and an unexpected third...
Activists rant to a crowd "White males should shut up so others can speak!" I want to bring up MY intersecting minorities, ones not on their approved list--autism, prodigism, second sight...
|AUTISM BOOKLIST: by Wayan; 2018/2/26-, a bibliography for aspies and autistics
A list of books (and a few films, comics etc) of interest to autistics and aspies. Still very short; please help me expand this! What's helped YOU?
|GENIUS! PRODIGIES AND THE GIFTED: A BOOKLIST: by Wayan, 2010-2018; a nondream bibliography
A booklist (a few articles, films and comics too) of interest to prodigies and geniuses. Barely 100 items so far; suggest your favorites!
|SING TO MY ALIEN FRIEND: by Wayan; 2017/3/7, an illustrated poem telling a dream on... alienation?
From a crowd in a gym, I sing to my wolflike friend. But she can't recognize my voice--too convincing a falsetto. I go deeper, but she's tuned me out as femme...
|THE HEAD FACTORY: by Wayan; 2014/8/24, a dream-poem on changing your mind
I toured a factory where they make the spare heads you put on and take off to change your mind. Nothing creepy about it, nothing at all...
|BEREN AND LUTHIEN: by Wayan, 2017/10/11, a comment on the slightly miraculous origin of The Lord of the Rings
A publishing-house error made them insist Tolkien drop his First Age tales and write a sequel to The Hobbit. That error echoes scenes in Tolkien's own fiction...
|MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES: by Wayan, 2017/9/14, a reassuring dream. Sort of.
I worry I'm overworking, but my dream says, no, life's such a multifactored mess that you should do things feverishly while you can...
|PUPPY: by Naoki Higashida; March or April 2015, a role-reversal dream
I walk home with a puppy to meet my mum, who addresses the dog by my name and invites him in, while I head for my doghouse in the garden...
|SHOVED OFF A CLIFF: by Wayan; 2017/9/7, a warning nightmare induced by asking the Dream Goddess what to tackle next
Atop a sea-cliff, I meet a young couple in love. One look at me and they try to push me off! When I see I can't save myself, I try to take them with me...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE BARING UGLY TRUTHS
|HOWL: by Wayan; June 1983, a picture-poem on a daydream of deep time
Surely the dinosaurs were as vocal as their cousins, the birds. But bass to birds' soprano. So when dinos sang to the moon...
|INSIDER DATING: by Wayan; 2017/4/2, a dream of how others see us?
I dream my friend's amused that I date women to steal work-secrets; I get rich off insider trading, while they get fired. Only... I don't! Where'd he get this idea?...
|SOLNIT'S DOG FIXATION: by Wayan; 2017/4/2, an embarrassing dream mixing a writer I admire and one I... don't
I dream peaceful Rebecca Solnit turns into violent Valerie Solanis. Her excuse is she was kidnapped and raped. Now she only trusts dogs. I mean, sexually, too...
The dream seems to be warning that furries like me may relate to animals better because of human-induced trauma. If so I've got some therapy to do..
CAUTION: ABUSE ISSUES (text only; no abuse images)
|AURALESS: by Wayan; dreamed 2017/5/14, a sex nightmare about perfect normality
I'm in bed with a movie star, and it's awful. Why? Because I can only feel her with FIVE senses--the sixth is missing! So disorienting it's creepy...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE, BAD SEX
|GIRAFFE MISSION, or, THE SEVENTEENTH FOOT: by Wayan, 2017/1/30, a Seussian dream-poem on how views broaden
I was in the Mission with my friends. A giraffe mad at my narrowmindedness lifted me up to show HIS viewpoint. No big insights--till we topped the roofline...
|EQUESTRIAN NUNAVUT: by Wayan, 2017/4/27, a dream of a utopia in an unlikely place
After a hard day in the recording studio, I dream of our wiser successors, after we drown America: the sentient equines of Greenland and Nunavut...
CAUTION: SKINNYDIPPING UNICORNS
|DEVANGELS: by Wayan, 2017/4/27, a numinous but ambivalent dream
After a hard day in the recording studio, I dream of powerful yet obedient devil-angels; quiet for now, but I fear they'll decide shamans like me are abominations...
CAUTION: ANGELS? GOLEMS? DEVILS?
|THROUGH WALLS TO SEX CLASS: by Wayan; 2017/6/22, a therapeutic/advisory dream
A trusted college advisor says "Slip through cracks in the classroom walls!" Yoga to taekwondo to ballet to... a sex workshop! There's no direct route...
CAUTION: ABOUT SEX
|WISHING RICOCHETS: by Wayan, 2017/7/18, a shamanic dream on will and restraint.
Trapped in segregation-era Florida, I force a racist waitress to go bother someone else. Unfortunately, she does...
CAUTION: KLAN THREAT
|DEVILMENT: by Wayan, 2017/8/13, a harsh take-charge dream about Queen Bee syndrome
A bee-like devil-queen kidnaps my grandniece; I have to kill her to free the child. I expect retaliation, but even high-level devils are glad she's gone...
Oops. In a follow-up dream she reincarnates as a satanic real estate developer. Slicker cover this time, but just as crooked. Will I have to kill her again?
CAUTION: DEVILS, VIOLENCE (NONGRAPHIC)
|ABREAST OF THE COMPETITION: by Wayan; dreamed 2013/10/9, a dream about slighting yourself to appease others
A tall busty girl's younger, part-unicorn friend starts developing breasts at last--and makes boob jokes, mocking her own body to reassure her herdmate she's no competition...
|FAMILY JESTERS: by Wayan; 2017/3/15, a dream mixing Kurt Vonnegut and My Little Pony
Coastal unicorns are elegant, but inland they're mostly bloated. Genes or diet? Not just individuals seem sick; society too. Small-town bosses turn the gracile minority into performing-arts pets! Jesters caged, chained & handicapped to heighten the wonder they can do their art at all...
CAUTION: TROUBLING SOCIAL ANALOGIES
|SHARK, SHARK, SHARK!: by Thomas Madden; 2017/12/3, a non-nightmare about fear
I'm in a crowd listening to a man lecture about sharks. He points at me and asks "Should I throw him in the pool with the shark?" And...
|TIME TO QUIT SWINGING: by Wayan; 2015/2/25, a punning, erotic, literary, cledonic dream (passing a message to another)
In the steampunk world of the Parasol Protectorate, I'm on a swing, fondling four friends I'm in love with--all four! I won't give any up. Yet it's time to quit swinging...
CAUTION: SEX ED CLASS, POLYFIDELITY
|THE DOGGYSEY: by Wayan, 2009/11/26, a dream revision of the Odyssey predicts my own artistic odyssey
I find I'm a fox singing the Disney musical version of a canine epic: the tale of Odysseus the mutt and his purebred Big Brother vying for the paw of Penelope--and the throne of Ithaka...
|WERECAT SYNDROME: by Wayan, 2017/4/23, an advisory dream on Asperger Syndrome. Or maybe masculinity.
Werecat Syndrome runs in my family. Academics assume I'm a savage predator. Why? All I want to do is rub up against girls and find one who purrs back...
|POLE OF THE EMPIRE STATE: by Wayan; 2002/3/26, a nightmare not quite echoing 9/11, about suspension
I find myself clinging to a pole as tall as the Empire State Building. Can I slide down without falling? Or burning from friction? And... what's down there?
|CLEO'S REVENGE: by Wayan, 2017/1/7, a sculpture based on a warning dream against hiding sexual attraction
I meet Cleo from the Monster High kids' movies. I hide that I'm attracted--that'd be pedophilia (even though Cleo's CENTURIES old.) But once I hide my Cleo-philia, ALL sexual feelings and memories vanish! I'm convinced "I'm sexless, I'm too ill." Cleo's curse!
CAUTION: SEX-DENIAL; NUDE CENTAUR
|"TELL HIM I SAW HIS HEAD IN A BOX": by James Quinn; late Jan. or early Feb. 2003; a grotesque artpiece spurs an equally odd little dream weeks later
In a museum, inside a Renaissance reliquary, I see a dried-up head. Supposedly a saint's, but unlikely; he lived centuries earlier. Weeks later...
I dream I'm in a cafe, joking with the ghost of my mom, and find myself saying "By the way, if you meet some guy called St. Sixtus, tell him..."
CAUTION: READ THE TITLE
|TINA FEY TRIES TO FLY: by Wayan; 2017/4/24, a mystical feminist farce of a dream
In a world where speech is in Mayan glyphs, comedian Tina Fey, dressed for prom night, climbs a Tibetan peak to learn levitation. But the monks are scared of women...
CAUTION: COOTIES; ROWDY JESUS; MAY FLUNK THE BECHDEL TEST
|REJECT THE TRUMP GIG: by Wayan; 2017/7/5, a dream urging me to stay out of... business entirely?
Now and then I model. I get offered a gig doings ads for Trump--at $1000 a session! Tempting fee, but no.
As I go home, my cabbie is shocked--"I'd take that gig!" "But would you really?"...
CAUTION: HARSH TO COMPROMISERS
|HERSELF IN REVERSE: by Wayan; 2013/6/13, three surreal future-prompting dreamlets
1: I'm in a theater complex meeting weird big-eyed ballerinas, and suddenly know I'll be choreographing for them someday soon...
2: A sorcery student meets and somehow fuses with her powerful future self hurtling backward through time...
3: A squirrel-magician, too, meets his future self leaping back through time, and inoculates us all against a future plague with a milder fever...
CAUTION: NOT FOR TOTAL SKEPTICS ABOUT PREDICTIVE DREAMS
|DINO FOR A NIGHT: by Wayan; 2017/7/9, a sci-fi-movie dream poem
Trapped in a movie. A mad scientist zaps me into a small dinosaur and treats me as a guard dog. But I meet a dino girl, and we have fun once we realize these movies rarely kill off the Love Interest. Hollywood conventions have made us invulnerable...
|NIC'S THOUSAND PAINTINGS: by Wayan, 2017/7/9, a dream with creative advice
My friend Nic vows to paint two pictures a day, and, impossibly, does. Meanwhile, I'm blocked. Can she show me how to get unstuck?
|TIME WITH A NIGHTHEAD: by Barbara Gordon Paine; c.1960, a nightmare-poem about a fatal error: overconfidence
A gift is delivered unasked to my door. A toy head springs from the box, tries to drag me in. I win, but then peer inside to be sure...
|AS A HILLSBOROUGH CHILD: by Barbara Gordon Paine; c.1960, a poem on a child's-eye view of adult talk
As a Hillsborough child I never heard the crash of twentynine walled streets that fell with a force that moved us away...
|GRIMOIRE AND PACT: by Wayan, 2013/8/4, two dreams about an infestation of... health? illness? sex? magic? WHAT?
1: Two sisters want to kiss me all over. But they lick everything; their family loves to collect a weird gut-fauna, letting them thrive on foods toxic to me...
2: Fairy eggs infest my home--become red worms, become tiny horses, become mothwinged hobbits, become powerful adult fairies. Who may be friendly...
CAUTION: NUDE EQUINES & FAE; PARASITES (OR SYMBIOTES?)
|THE HAUNTED CODE: by Wayan; 2017/6/16, a warning dream about denying history
A mail-order warehouse in Kansas sends ghost-infected software out, causing mayhem. But less than when Kansas exported the killer flu 100 years ago...
CAUTION: DISSES KANSAS AND CAPITALISM, FOR GOOD HISTORICAL REASONS
|SHE LIVES TO 140: by Wayan; 2017/7/13, a dreamlet advising austerity, solitude and crankiness
I meet a 140-year-old hermit in her black chadoor, skateboarding down a hill near her sacred dream-spring...
|A VIAL CRIME: by Wayan; 1984/5/21, a bizarre cartoon dream protesting that I wasn't myself today
I'm a flying fox in Edwardian England. I witness a poisoning. When I try to climb a tower to call for help, badly drawn knockoffs of Peanuts characters attack me. Copyright violation! The real Peanuts gang shows up to save the day; Snoopy drives us to the emergency room. Thus I learn the importance of being... authentic.
|FRIEND-RING: by Wayan; 2017/1/6, a dream of divine intervention--My Little Pony style
I'm a horse chosen by the gods to join a Friend-Ring--a group mind. That's great for the street crazies I get to help heal. Not so great for me, injected with madness...
CAUTION: CRITIQUES FRIENDSHIP-AT-ALL-COSTS
|THE SWEET WALL: by Wayan; 2011/5/8, a charming but mysterious dream vignette
A little girl plays on a swing in her yard. A shy young faun or satyr with a crush on her conjures up a strange gift: a translucent wall of candy...
|HEART CHAKRA: by Wayan; 2011/5/8, a dreamlet blending Indian mysticism and the movie Megamind
I'm a digital superhero, rubbing red-orange oil into my fake skin. I have six more colors of oil to rub in, six more chakras to heal. But first things first!...
|THE DEMON TODDLER: by Wayan, 2015/5/5, a creepy dream about... bears? demons? humans?
After a nature show on bears and a horror-parody film, I dream of a man and a demon toddler in a sick relationship. At least it sickens all of us...
CAUTION: DEVIL AND PEDOPHILE: WHO'S CORRUPTING WHO?
|THE BUTTON IN LOVE: by Wayan, 2009/10/20, two surreal dreamlets on romantic cluelessness
A glowing sentient autistic button falls in love with a small boy; then I try to make two friends change orientation and fall in love by singing 'Molly Malone'...
CAUTION: JUST... WRONG
|THE DOCTOR'S ADVICE: by Wayan; 2011/5/23, a tricky double-diagnostic dream that changed my life.
I dream my doctor tells me, with no exam or tests, that hidden desires are sickening me. But I'm skeptical--suspect an infection. Isn't that dream advice too?
Awake, I test both hypotheses--repression and infection. Antibiotics work! I still struggle to speak my desires--but at least it's from a base of health not illness.
|BAGGING PETER BEAGLE: by Wayan, 2017/7/7, a predictive little nightmare of manslaughter-guilt
At a drunken party, I meet writer Peter Beagle. We quarrel, he falls and hits his head. Unconscious or dead? I wake in panic, sure I'm a killer...
Next day I read Ellen Klages's Passing Strange, and find its climactic scene curiously familiar...
|DREAMISH HEART: by Wayan; 1983/8/15ish; a poem about a subtle way to sabotage dreamwork.
I write, draw, admire & carefully interpret my dreams, but do I ACT on their advice? Not so much...
|CAT WITH A KNIFE: by Wayan, 2000/6/24, an almost-nightmare of a Jungian Shadow transformed by patience
At school, a guy threatens me with a knife. But I sit on him and wait patiently. Slowly, he turns into a giant black cat! I set him free in a garden, where he's calm and alert...
|CHOKING A CAMEL: by Wayan, 1983 (early May?), a grotesque little dream-poem
Freud explains to me how & why writing's so hard. His explanation makes as much sense as anything else Freud ever says...
|THE EQUATORIAL BET: by Wayan, 2017/7/24, a dream of a climatological game that politics intrudes on
I'm playing 'Drop Me Anywhere' with a friend: I pick the latitude, he picks the longitude. Can I survive naked one day? I pick the equator as my best bet...
|HOGAMUS HIGAMUS: by Mrs Amos Pinchot, or possibly Claire MacMurray; Nov. 1939?, a disavowed comic dream-poem.
She dreamed she'd written a wise and beautiful poem. Half asleep she stumbled out of bed and scribbled it down. Fully awake, she found the following verse...
|SOUL RESTORED and RED ROBE OF INITIATION: by Wayan; 2016/12/4, twin dreams predicting deep change
MY SOUL RESTORED: To protect me as I grew up, someone swapped part of my soul for a piece of redwood-soul! But now that I'm grown...
RED ROBE OF INITIATION: I just came to play music, but they drag me up to the magic-school portal and drape me in this robe of...
|WIND OF SELF-HATE: by Wayan, 1976/4/4, a dream warning of family brainwashing
Biking around blindfolded and half-naked, I fight winds of self-criticism and self-hatred only I can feel...
|CULT OF BLINDNESS: by Wayan, 1984/2/12, a family-dynamics dream with a predictive twist
Everyone's joining the Cult of Blindness. My mom has. I'm tempted; the only way to get dates in this town. But this fat gatekeeper objects...
|THE BLACK WAVE: by Wayan, 2016/10/18, a poem on a hypnogogic healing dream
After days sick, I open myself to unseen spirits and let a black wavefront go through me--and the healing begins. What did I let in?
CAUTION: MYSTICISM & FETISHISM DON'T MIX
|DEMON-SUMMONING IS JUST A MISDEMEANOUR: by Jo; 2017/7/26, a gender-bent diagnostic nightmare
I protect my friends from a demon, but the dream-guardians I summon terrify me...
|CLOTHO AND THE POOL OF DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; a 2015 painting weaving seven dreams (2014/5/4, 6/9, 7/1 & 9/4; 2015/5/23, 6/26 & 8/25)
A portrait of Clotho, the Greek Fate who spins our life-threads, by a pool woven of my dreams from this period...
|ADORABLE CYBORGS: by Wayan; dreamed 2016/10/5, a dream-poem on inner teamwork
A child dreamer and two different kinds of cyborg must cooperate to free the hostages locked under San Francisco Bay...
|A DAUGHTER TO DOTE ON: by Thomas Madden; 2017/9/17, a dream on genderbending? Family values? Both?
My dad witnessed a mob killing; now our family must enter witness protection. But why is my new identity female? Well, my parents want...
CAUTION: WILLING OR UNWILLING DRAG?
|WHY I LIE: by Wayan, 2016/10/7, a dream on privacy-guilt
Asked to share a bit about myself, I lie. Why? Not only are people like me illegal, we're believed to be impossible...
|ANCIENT RUINS, AND A GIFT FROM DEEP OCEAN: by Jenny Badger Sultan; two dreams (2016/11/19, 2017/1/18) on dreamwork, memory & amnesia
1: Ruins in India. Fascinating, but blurred by sheer age; I wish I could see the carvings more clearly...
2: At a party, I give small presents. Is the gift-bag empty? No; give a girl a vertebra from the abyss, encrusted with jewel-like barnacles...
|FLYING BED, TALKING BIRDS: by Wayan; 2015/1/6, a one-word shamanic advisory dream
My bed floats high over southwest Morocco. Giant birds come fly lazily with me, croaking "Faster, faster!" But I'm busy with eco-planning...
|A SPHINX'S SKETCHBOOK: by Wayan; dreamed 1994/7/2 & 7/19; a 23-page dream-comic
I find the sketch-journal of a beautiful winged sphinx who left her mythic isle to explore a city of crazy bipeds, called San Francisco...
CAUTION: SPHINX SEX, SPHINX ATTITUDE
|OVERLAY: by Wayan; 1984/2/11, 1995/8/26, and 2004/9/11, 3 dreams prompting a 9-page comic on parallel sensory worlds
Dreams of translucent fairies, centaurs, robots & gnomes prompted me to draw comics about them with clear overlays showing how dreamworlds overlay ours...
|ERMINE, or, GOTHMOG'S GHOST: by Wayan, 1984/2/11, a gender-bent & species-bent warning dream|
I'm a delicate little ermine-chinchilla whose best friends are all sewer rats. They lavish food and drink on me, and I nibble to be polite...
|THE POWER OF ART: by Wayan; 2016/8/29, a dream-poem about the longtern effect of dreamwork?
At a museum, a weird art project shows me how observing & documenting life can improve that life--just from being taken seriously...
|SPIROGRAPHY: by Wayan; 1997/9/29, a one-page cartooned spiral autobiography
Laying my timeline in a Fibonacci spiral, it's clear great changes come in a pattern--as soon as I've digested the last couple, a new revelation/revolution appears...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY, HEAVY ISSUES
|SATORI ACCORDING TO GHOST: by Wayan; 1998/4/11, a comic longterm predictive dream. Or a cynical guess...
A Buddhist student, troubled by a corporation marketing a product called "Satori", summons the ghost of her beloved mentor for advice...
|BEHIND THE SCREENS: by Wayan; 1984/2/12, a vivid sex dream that hid a warning
I keep a catgirl penned behind a ring of Japanese screens, and climb a ladder to join her in her den. Hot sex--but the rest of the time, I ignore her...
CAUTION: SEX; MAY MAKE YOU SEE SEX DREAMS DIAGNOSTICALLY... SPOILING YOUR FUN.
|TRITONIAN FOXTAUR U.: by Wayan; 2016/9/10, a wish-fulfilling dream set on Neptune's moon Triton (or is it Saturn's Titan?)
I'm an exchange student at the Solar System's best university for the magic arts; my classmates are methane-breathing foxtaurs...
|INCREMENTAL HEAVENS: by Wayan; 2016/9/5, a reincarnation-frustration dream, baffling at the time--but less so now
I get reincarnated over and over in conservative heavens where progress is numbingly slow, blocked by know-nothings. Of course, after the election...
|DREAMTALES: by Wayan; 1996-2006, a 250-page collection of dream comics
"I've always dreamed other lives. Other bodies. Other times. Other worlds. I draw my lives..."
|PERISSA: by Wayan; 1997/9/13, a sexy dream-comic (small screen, slow loading? Illus. text)
When Perissa, an exhibitionistic centaur, bares her body in a crowded Coliseum, she also bares a human-supremacist plot...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, SPECISM
|THIEF OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1996/11/29, a 22-page comic telling a sexy soul-swappin' dream. (Small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
I was a mermaid trying to find Count Coyote's stolen dreams, so I could marry my human girlfriend...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, LESBIAN MARRIAGE, ANTI-FUNDAMENTALISM
|THE HEDGEHOG DISPENSARY: by Wayan; 2004/10/2, a watercolor dream-comic of a furry ambitopia. (Small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
A rabbit shaman makes his student drape dead hedgehogs round her neck til she bleeds. How to free her?
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY, ABUSIVE MENTOR
|PIXY CONCUSSION: by Wayan; 2006/3/25, 9-page comic of diagnostic sex dream (small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
Janet's obsessed with a creepy guy, until her friend Kay--a pixy--decides to "knock some sense into her cunt"--literally...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, NASTY LOVE SPELL, PIXIE NUDITY
|PENTALEMMA: by Wayan; 2002/3/10 to 2006/5/1?, a 13-page nondream improv-comic on our conflicting goals. Mine, at least!
Hypnotized in therapy, I saw AT LEAST five competing goals I have to balance. So come tour the Inner Solar System of our desires...
CAUTION: NUDITY (BODY, HEART, BRAIN, SOUL)
|SLAVES DON'T DANCE: by Wayan; 1999/8/1, a 17-page Shakespearean dream-comic (small screen, slow loading? illus. text version)
Stolen by the Fairy Queen, I'm forced to nurse her great project: creating life! But her synthetic baby is...
|HOW THE WAYAN GOT ITS NAME: by Wayan, 1986/5/23, a predictive dream-comic of names (and manes)
A telepathic unicorn-lion reveals that my true name is Wayan. And my species? Like him!
I wake, change my name to fit the dream, move to a new city, and find my dream-name scratched into the concrete...
|POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles, pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
CAUTION: IDEAS, OCCASIONAL NUDITY, MENTIONS ABUSE
|TOO MUCH TO BEAR: by Wayan; 1997/4/28, an alt-world calculatin' nightmare. (Small screen, slow downloads? Bear as text w/pics)
I dreamed that huge nouveau-riche polar bears invaded San Francisco, evicting us locals...
CAUTION: CORRUPTION, URSACIDE, MATH!
|SWAN: by Wayan; 1995/4/8, a dreamcomic of transformation. (Small screen, slow loading? Swan as ill. text)
I wake amnesic in a cabin in Alaska, in a dress printed with self-putdowns. I track down the wizard who cursed me...
|BOY BODY: by Wayan; recurring dream 1959-62, a comic on body image. Small screen, slow loading? illus. text version
A recurring childhood dream on how weird a boy-body is when you've been a girl too many lifetimes.
CAUTION: PUBLIC HUMILIATION, NUDE MONSTERS, SILLY GENITALIA
|A SPHINX IN CLAY: by Wayan; 2017/2/25, a dream urging me to make a sculpture--and face my heritage.
I'm a half-sphinx--human dad, sphinx mom--stuck in human form so far. Will I ever learn to shift? I find myself sculpting my elegant feline future self...
CAUTION: SPHINX NUDITY
|ABYSSIA: by Wayan; started 2006/6/6, a webtour of an inverted world
A nondream vision of an alternate Earth where continents are abysses, abysses continents...
|SHELDON SUES: by Wayan; 2016/6/23, a dream hinting both meritocracy & egalitarianism are class-war tactics
I'm a kid in Italian high school. A gifted classmate, Sheldon, provokes bullies. He sues the school to stop it. The prosecutor's reluctant...
CAUTION: GIFTEDS AS A HATED MINORITY
|GIRL IN THE WATER: by Wayan, 2000/10/7, twin dreams on... dreamwork?
In a California where the Gold Rush never happened, a girl rides a wild deer over the San Fernando hills to a secret dream-pool...
Then, in a Japantown hotel lobby, that girl floats in a giant aquarium, meditating serene, as local gossips whisper lies about her...
|HORSES OF THE AQUARIUS: by Wayan, 1956-8, poem on recurring childhood dreams.
In my earliest memory, I'm a wild horse near Shiprock who recurrently dreamed I was a human child. The two lives alternated for years, each a dream to the other...
|TRANSLUCENCE: AN ASSAY: by Jane Hirshfield; c.2005?, a dream poem of a lost opportunity
A dog implausibly large, with fur the color of rose-quartz, wanted me to follow her...
|TIME PIRATES: by Wayan; 1979/6/6, a genderbent pirate dream about... healthcare?
I'm a modern girl facing pirates from the 17th Century Caribbean. Outgunned, but I have something intimidating to bluff with: perfect teeth...
|ANTI-LUCID FLIGHT: by Wayan, 2016/8/30, an oh-so-cooperative nightmare begging me to go lucid. Not that I listen!
I fear falling? The drop increases. Want a softer surface? The rocks turn to dirt, then water. Want help? Here comes a flying dolphin. Oh, but I'm not dreaming...
|HER CUTIE MARK: by Wayan, 2016/8/7, a hazy dream fusing Shakespeare, My Little Pony and the Three Graces
After seeing The Tempest with a tattooed Miranda, I dream she has a Cutie Mark on her flank--a logo showing her life-path. But she's outgrowing it...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
|HOLY ZEN MONK: by Wayan; 1978/4/24, a dream of suicide as political protest
I'm a Zen monk riddled with holes from a weird disease the government denies is real. So as a protest, I stand naked atop a wall and let the air-sharks take me...
CAUTION: SURREAL SUICIDE
|WRITE A LITTLE DREAM WITH ME: by Ellen Frank, 2015/10/16, a comic poem/song on dreamwork's quirks
Sharks unicorns and moonbeams / Lost loves and karma chocolate I-beams / Raw telepathic bundles of beans / Write a little dream with me...
|NUCLEUS: by Wayan, 1979/3/18, a surreal psychologically insightful dream of the inside of an atom
I dream my theatre friends are particles dancing inside an atomic nucleus--particles that reveal their character, motivations and power. And I'm one too...
|SELF-POSSESSED: by Wayan; a 2000/7/10 dream of a ghost that may portend the future of the World Dream Bank itself
In a pizzeria, customers walk blindly through a ghost; briefly possessed, they echo his moods. But for such an insubstantial figure, he seems strangely stable...
|CORVI AND FEY: by Wayan; 2016/6/14, a shamanic dream of reuniting estranged symbiotes
I visit a world of ravenlike people, the Corvi, who banished their partners, the wish-granting Fey, thinking them parasites. I decide to meddle...
|KITTEN'S QUEST: by Wayan; 2016/2/13, a dream-poem
I met two strange sisters on a train who turn out to be half-cat. They open my eyes so I realize that my neighbor Elaine must be a shapeshifter too...
CAUTION: FLIRTATIOUS UNDERAGE CAT
|THE WITCH-PIMPS NEXT DOOR: by Wayan, 2015/12/19, a creepy dream of a sex-slave
First I dream the neighbors are powerful witches offering dog-collared children to the local men. Later, on a train, I meet some kids who managed to escape...
CAUTION: CHILD ABUSE, NUDITY
|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...
|OFFICE NIGHTINGALE: by Wayan; 1982/9/21, a dream warning I'm in the wrong place
I'm a lonely bird flying in a glass office. Seeking friends, seeing reflections, I fly into windows. Ow! Only where no false friend beckons is there hope of escape...
|THE ERTHEDNI: by Wayan, 1977/1/8, three transformation dreams, the last with advice
1: I'm starving in a lush valley; a cult claims all the food, the water, even the air.
2: I'm drowning in a cage but find a corner with water I can breathe--just barely.
3: I'm a merman with a wise friend who hints I need to leave those who starve & drown me...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC BATTERING (OFFSTAGE)
|MARTIAN ROBOTS DRESS LIKE FREUD: by Wayan, 1975/8/16, an absurd dream... predicting my life-path?
Martian robots pester me. I flee through the Asteroids, leaving chaos, cratering Earth. Years later on my farm, a bot shows up disguised as Freud. I start mudslinging...
|VAMPIRE TESTS: by Wayan; 2015/8/22, a lurid dream-response to a quiet day
Captain Kirk is testing vampire myths on a world where they don't bleed you dry. At the moment, three vamps are sitting in a tent in a sunny meadow, queasy but alive...
CAUTION: FINANCIAL VAMPIRES?
|EDITH KEELER: by Wayan, 1975/10/8, an incubated dream giving multiple answers
I asked my dreams to show me my Shadow--what I deny. It showed me at least FIVE! And in every time-branch, a runaway truck crushed me--the Truck of Ideology. Not that I seemed able to avoid it...
CAUTION: RECURRING DEATHS
|FUSE FOREVER: by Wayan, Late Dec. 1975 or early Jan. 1976, a cosmic/erotic dream?
Cops shoot at us, but my first lover Pat and I dive down a rainbow wormhole, making love and fusing forever...
CAUTION: BAD COPS, (non-explicit) SEX
|APPLY FOR PRIORITY: by Wayan; 2000/7/11, a dream about taking yourself seriously
While I was building the World Dream Bank, I dreamed a hacker told me some sites have secret, priority access from servers, and that I should apply...
|VERITY, TOO?: by Wayan; 2000/11/5, a comic nightmare with practical advice--if I avoid going all Freudian
Both my painting mentors turn on me! My mom accuses me of hereditary inferiority, then my teacher Verity sits on my head and says...
|THE CLARK RANGE, OR, THE HAND: by Wayan; 1975/12/1, a surreal dream prompting me to go lucid and still failing
High in the Sierra with some geologists, I stick my arm deep in a drillhole and feel something impossible--a living hand! Yet ...
|LION-GIRL TRIANGLE: by Wayan; 2000/12/11, an uncomfortable sex-dilemma dream, possibly predictive
I'm a betrothed teenager having to choose between mates, in an alternate Africa where lions are people--and occasionally adopt humans...
|SERAFINA AND RAM DASS: by Wayan; a 2000/11/6 dream anticipating an 11/9 experience with auras
A Finnish shaman/witch gives me a lesson in night flying; in the waking world I meet Ram Dass and sense him speak astrally before his body can get the words out...
CAUTION: HIGH MYSTICAL QUOTIENT; IF ALLERGIC, AVOID
|MERLOO'S BROTHERS: by Joost Merloo, two apparent psychic nightmares, 1943 and c.1946
Joost Merloo escaped the Nazis, but had two neurologically impaired brothers who couldn't be moved. On a troopship, he dreamed the Nazis burst into their ward...
|HER FINAL EXAM: by Wayan; 2015/9/8, a dream of a goddess in hiding--and why
During our final exam, second sight tells me our dance teacher's really a Greek goddess in disguise. But she has her own final exam to face...
|WALKER'S DREAM: by Madame C.J. Walker; c.1895, a prescriptive dream that cured the dreamer AND made millions
My scalp had an infection that just wouldn't heal. I tried everything. Then I dreamed I met a big, black man who advised me to use certain ingredients from Africa...
|GREEN RAY, BLUE WINGS: by Wayan, 1974/7/14, a joyful apocalyptic dream
High in the Sierra during a thunderstorm, I dream aliens steal the gold, and the sun's going nova. But Life wants us to conquer space, so we all grow wings...
|THE GENERAL: by Wayan, mid-December 1975, a nightmare warning of real danger
I'm a child in a Latin American city who's murdered on the street. Then I'm my brother, seeking my own murderers. I find the General behind it! Unfortunately...
CAUTION: DYING. DYING TWICE. AND THEN NEARLY AGAIN, AWAKE...
|A SNAKE PROMPT: by Rebecca Solnit; before 2005, a brief but effective warning to pay attention
I remembered what I'd dreamed of the night before, a snake, and as I said the word to myself, I looked down and saw my right foot was poised to come down on...
|DANCE OF THE SUN: by Wayan, 1972/10/23, an epic mystical dream
I cross a hostile continent to a magic commune, fall in love with a flying girl who slaps a soul-spark into my head, and follow an alien goddess leading the Dance of the Sun...
|KRELKIN: by Wayan; 1974/10/9, an early piece on nonhuman figures recurring in dreams
My psych professor insists nature spirits faded as science rose. But I still dream of krelkins! Jasha is the one I know best...
|CIDER AND WINE: by Wayan; 1974/10/24, surreal Aspie character study (undream)
As the humans of my writing class meet in this Victorian home I turn off my filters and describe what I really see around me...
|SHARPSHOT: by Wayan; 1977/4/3, a surreal poem of a warning nightmare
When I was being battered, I dreamed where it would end if I didn't leave: dead wife, shot husband...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
|DAD SMASHES COPCAR: by Wayan, 1977/5/26, a warning dream physically enforced the next day
My dad drives recklessly, hits a copcar hard, smashing our front end. I wake knowing it says "Kay's a batterer. Leave her or I'LL be smashed." Later that day...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE, BATTERING ISSUES
|FEMINIST GUNNERY CLASS: by Wayan, 1977/5/27, a clear warning dream I was just guilty to act on
I hid from my batterer Kay that day. That night, I dreamed I was the only man in a feminist gunnery class, learning to defend myself...
CAUTION: DOMESTIC BATTERING
|BALEENA'S GAME: by Wayan; 1974/1/26, a surreal dream with a practical point
I meet a whale-spirit who marries a man. He loves poker, but her sonar sees too much. Whale-spirits like another game...
|BISON AND SPINDLE: by Wayan; 2016/6/29, twin dreamlets of strange creatures
First, in a maze, I meet a huge bison with her calf; then, in a school gym, an even bigger alien, twiggy, spindle-shaped, mysterious...
|REBEL OWL: by Wayan; 1971/10/9, a dream so mysterious it mystified its inhabitants
My city's invaded and occupied. I become a gigantic Owl and fight with impossible stamina. But in the end I'm dead, stuffed, on a museum wall. Can I let go NOW?
|DRIVE AROUND SEEKING MY CAR: by Lily, 2017/4/1, an April Fool dream... hiding advice?
I drive around hunting for my car, but even though it's a bright red rental car I can't spot it anywhere. From my car. From my bright red car...
|WHALE BIKES TO HEAVEN: by Wayan; 1974/5/6, a shamanic double-flying dream
A road trip with no road--levitating over the Arctic Sea to meet the Whale Philosopher. Then it's time for us all to bike to the stars, leave this world behind...
|ONE FRUIT REMAINS UNEATEN: by Catshall; November 1983, a journal dotted with dreams
My day life as an artist and explorer of the San Francisco underground scene gets commented on regularly by my dreamlife...
CAUTION: SEX, BONDAGE
|WEREDOGS AREN'T RACIST: by Wayan; 1974/3/31, a surreal sarcastic dream
I'm a girljock waiting to see a movie when a weredog in line involuntarily shifts from dog to human, and a Berkeley radical takes offense...
CAUTION: SNIPPY ABOUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
|SAINT BARBIE: by Wayan; 2016/6/19, a dream of a meme we need
After a living Barbie doll dies while campaigning for niceness, I find myself invoking her to shock people into decent behavior: "In the Name of Saint Barbie!"...
CAUTION: BARBIE, UNICORNS, IMPLICIT TRUMP CRITIQUE
|REGRESSION THERAPY: by Wayan; 2016/6/19, an incubated dream (answering a request for information)
I dream of a therapist who allows kids to regress to crying babies; they take weeks to re-mature to face the present. Will it work for me? Can't see why not...
|SNAKE APOLOGY: by Wayan; 1972/6/24 or 25, a dream of a clever solution to a communication problem
I'm a snake person being hunted by the FBI. I can understand human language, but I can only hiss. Still, I find an indirect way to propose negotiations...
|CUTE-STUPIDS: by Wayan; 1974/1/15, poem & cartoon of a nightmare about a Tragedy of the Commons
Happy beer drinkers from the Now invade the Tower of the Future. Eggheads find idiots as lovable as kittens, and just can't eject them...
CAUTION: ELITIST; DISSES TRUMPISM
|FREEBIRD TOWER: by Wayan; 1975/1/10, a rebellious flying dream
I was a bird-girl, the pet of some rich, royal humans. I summoned a storm of birds, flooding the moat and driving out my owners...
CAUTION: BIRDGIRL NUDITY
|THE POWER BEHIND THE GODS: by Wayan; 1972/10/25, a dream about the benefits of universe-hopping
I meet the terrible Power Behind the Gods. I don't like it. So I get my squirtgun & shoot its butt. I jump to a different universe and the enraged Power follows me...
|SQUIRREL GIRL: by Wayan; 1973/10/19, a dream poem of love frustrated by rocket maintenance
Squirrel Girl and I try to find a private room, but Hal the mad computer from 2001 spies on us and our spaceship captain needs us to clean the ion tubes...
CAUTION: MILD SQUIRREL NUDITY
|ANGELS AND SHARKS: by Wayan; 1975/10/11, a surreal warning dream
I was an angel slipping through matter, who, like a shark, had to keep moving forever to breathe--stop and I'd drown in the world, lose myself...
|IMPOSSIBLE SHIPS: by Wayan; late 1966?, a childhood lucid-prompting dream, and maybe a longterm prediction
The fog parts, and I see a huge ship on San Francisco Bay. Impossible--it'd be half a mile long. I must be dreaming! But fifty years later...
|ON THE NIGHT RIDE HOME: by Wayan; 1971/11/8, an early dream-poem on breaking through prejudices
As I bike home at night, strange doings--a rat is sacrificed; gemstones delivered; an astronaut shows glowing alien objects; a second rat becomes a... firefighter?
|FLOATING HORSES: by Wayan, 1972/8/10, a flying/transformation dream advising patience
That day, I did bad art. That night, my friend & I get turned into levitating horses--though some of our fellow fliers are kinda creepy...
|DOG IN A CASSOCK: by Wayan, 1972/2/3, a comically surreal dream-poem
A criminal mastermind gets tracked down by a hound in a brown monk's cassock, who's introduced to me... as the President of the United States?
|BUT OUR CAT...: by Wayan; 1974/2/7, a dream haiku
I'd just gone off to college. I dream I'm back in my quarrelsome family's house--as they start World War Three in the back yard! But our cat...
|WHAT E.S.P. IS FOR: by Wayan; 2012/12/10, three linked dreamlets on my real nature and purpose
I dream ESP isn't just for oneself; then of a romance between a wolf singer & a deer guitarist; then that I'm furry too, and better accept it...
|LIE TO AVOID MURDER: by Wayan; 2016/3/3, a sex dream prompting nonsexual action
I'm in a love triangle with women symbolizing Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump. The latter wants me to KILL the former. I lie to avoid...
CAUTION: SLEAZE? OR A SLY WAY TO PROTECT VICTIM?
|TALISMAN: by Wayan; 2016/3/3, a dream hinting I need some long-term dreamwork!
I'm a boy from a Southwestern tribe whose rite of passage is a bike race. I wear a jasper pendant with mysterious powers...
|FLUID REALITY: by Wayan; 1983/8/8; a magical dream-sea voyage that turned out to be predictive
A quest thru magic portals, snarky flower-fairies, redcoats marching undersea, reassembling bodyparts, living chess, Nosferatu the Vampyre...
|I ALSO DREAMED...: by Jack Kerouac, Summer 1958? an early dream of the world as a simulation.
I also dreamed the world was a mathematical abstract, like, by subtracting 740 from 1000 you got 260 which meant 'Egg' more or less, so if you wanted an egg you had the egg...
|THE FLYING HORSES OF MIEN MO: by Jack Kerouac, Nov/Dec? 1957, a persistent numinous image
I'm in Mexico. The mountain of the gods looms over Coyacan. Around it, silhouetted on the rising moon, wheel griffinlike winged horses wearing capes...
|PIKETTY'S CAPITAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY: by Wayan; 2017/1/19, my take on his controversial book
Thomas Piketty argues we obsess on income and ignore capital. My personal experience suggests he's right. Track wealth and tax wealth...
CAUTION: NON-DREAM RANT, ECONOMICS, HOW TO GET RICH SLOW
|VULTURE PEOPLE: by Jack Kerouac, 1962, a gross-out nightmare--and a warning?
The vulture people are fucking in the city dump. I end up their guest, given putrid food in their cold stinking house of rancid grease. I'll become a vulture too...
|TO GET DOWN FROM OUR APARTMENT: by Jack Kerouac, around Halloween 1957, a possibly telepathic dream of fear
My mom had to climb a ladder down the side of the Empire State Building; I'm told she fell and died. I later learn she...
|DEFENDING MYSELF BEFORE A JURY OF MEN: by Jack Kerouac, 1958?, a short transcendent advisory dream
I'm on trial. As I argue in my own defense, I float over the court! The jurors murmur "Why does he even bother protesting? He's beyond this world"...
|PHOTOS LURE SOULS: by Wayan; 2016/3/12, dream of summoning spirits
I'm photographing lifesize furry statues. How explicit, how sexy? If I get shots they like, souls will be lured to enter their bodies and bring them alive...
CAUTION: NUDE CREATURES
|I HAD A WHITE BANDAGE: by Jack Kerouac, July 1957, a dream of triumph despite adversity
Wounded, bandaged, chased by cops, I end up heading a huge children's parade, marching to Mongolia. No secret what it's about--On The Road was just published...
|MY DREAM NIGHTJOB: by Jack Kerouac, late 1956 or early '57, an outa-the-mouths-of-babes-revelation dream.
First I commute to my dreamjob on a four-story bus, then I my baby brother (who I wouldn't give any chocolate pudding) utters a new poem by William Blake...
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