Her Cutie Mark
Dreamed 2016/8/7 by Wayan
for Lauren Faust
Work on a soft sculpture, the Mertiger, a nearly life-size soft sculpture of a tigress with a furry dolphin tail. She has a mane of dreadlocks now, but I sew some more short ones for the front; I think she'll look cuter with bangs.
In the afternoon, go with friends to see Shakespeare's The Tempest in Hinkel Park, Berkeley. Mike the driver gets lost, even though he's been here before. Why? He listened to riders with conflicting phone apps, rather than trusting his own knowledge of the Berkeley hills. As we wander, I feel hijacked by bad apps....
So we end up late and have to sit in back where I can barely hear--and it's Shakespeare, you NEED to hear clearly.
Still, the staging is fun--the troupe uses sails for backdrops, waves and weather, they dance and sing (my friend Nic Griffin is one of the musicians), the witch Sycorax is onstage as her strange backstory is told, Ariel's attendant sprites are visible too. Prospero's interesting--clearly unstable, benevolent one second then as snarling as Caliban--makes me wonder if his brother "usurped" his dukedom or took over to protect it. Caliban's played as a Caribbean woman. Her realm too has been stolen by a usurper: Prospero. Still, he relents in the end, frees the spirits and Caliban, lets his daughter Miranda enter the wider world...
I work hard on the text for Deer Vs. Pigs, a complex trio of furry dreams:
A talking doe faces high school
A classmate, a busty pig-girl, tries hard to be
seductive, but it just doesn't work for me
On TV, a furry choir of My Little Pony figures, but sexy,
adult, wingless, hornless, not drawn in the show's style.
A gifted girl, a groomed princess like Miranda in The Tempest, develops her talents to the point her Cutie Mark appears early. Apparently this world is like the My Little Pony universe; on the day when your find your life-calling, a brand declaring the New You blooms painlessly on your flank: a Cutie Mark.
I'm not clear how we could see the Marks, but we could. I know we were two-leg folks not four-leg, but I don't recall how we bared our Marks:
To illustrate the dream, I guess I'll have to pick one.
Or do I? Here, I'll draw all three versions of Miranda as Three Graces on a field of potential Cutie Marks...
Fur or not, clothes or not, in the dream you always showed your Cutie Mark--showed others who you are. Hide it, live in the closet? In Miranda's world that was just inconceivable!
Though visibility has disadvantages. In her teens, Miranda gets kidnapped--and her abductors rely on her Cutie Mark to identify her as their target! And to define her abilities, so they can foil escape attempts, knowing her special talents. Her mark gives it all away.
But they forget--most teens have only recently won their mark. But Miranda was precocious--she won it well before puberty. And even in the few years since then, she's been developing in directions the mark fails to show. Both her kidnappers AND her rescuers define her the default way, by her Cutie--and her mark's too narrow, now. Out of date! She's going to escape, I know, using talents both her abductors and rescuers can see she lacks. Just not her Mark.
Do Cutie Marks change? If so, do they change fast enough to show the current you? Or do they always lag, lying a little? I'm beginning to suspect they do.
And does that timelag only fool jerks like kidnappers into thinking you're less than you are?
What if it fools you too?
NOTE A YEAR LATER
I'm still convinced my that my lifework is just to do the art I dream (because no one else seems to dream stuff like this). But I'm equally convinced the dream was right; my lifework, my Cutie Mark, doesn't reflect new growth. Like Miranda, I've lived quietly, reclusively, working away... when I want more. A wider world than my magic island. Have I kidnapped myself, mistaken my lifework for my life? What about love and risk, what about... life-play?
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