Friday, February 10, 2012


It's time for another guest dream!

This is the only remembered fragment of a longer, forgotten dream from Kaye.  It's been floating to the surface of her subconscious for something like 7 years.  She says:

"I had a dream that I had a piece of paper that had been erased. I could still make out what was written on it though, and it was a poem that said:

I found a boot inside of a boot
Hands are meaningless
Kodak is in my hands
My hands are free now."

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Nature of Reality

From Jenny:

"I'm standing in the kitchen of my apartment with my friend Xander; and we're smoking. When I exhale, I look around and everything that was in the room, including Xander, is gone. I say, out loud, ""Where did everything go?"" And I hear Xander say, even though she's nowhere in sight, ""What are you talking about? Everything is the same."" Either before or after I say, ""I think I'm hallucinating,"" she appears as a black cat on the kitchen counter, and cat-Xander says, ""I think you are too."" So I decide to explore, and I enter another room where circus music starts to play when I put my hand up in the air. There's a small clown doll sort of slumped over on the floor, facing away from me, and as I get closer to it, it starts to animate and get up, which terrifies every bit of me. When I say, ""No way! That's not happening!"" and I put my hand down, the clown doll disappears.

And that's how I learned the nature of reality. "

Let's Do This.

Alright, we're back in business.  A little update to the ol' graphics drivers and everything's good to go.

The post I'm about to put up is the first one generated by reader submission.  Some quick thoughts on working with other people's dreams:

  1. It's really fun.  Kind of like when I write down my own dream in a sleepy stupor and don't remember a thing about it when I read it later.
  2. There's a little bit of anxiety involved.  I'm obviously not likely to make a scene that looks even remotely like what the dreamer saw.  The best I can do is make it entertaining as a standalone. Which leads to...
  3. The casual reader is likely to get more immediate pleasure than the dreamer.  They don't have any expectations, so they won't be disappointed by things like lack of accuracy, since they have no way to judge. And so...
  4. I've decided to amplify the distance between the dreamer's original experience and my interpretation.  I kind of feel like acting as though there's going to be likeness will make everyone sad, where outlandish difference will make for happy.  In this first one, for example, I know what the dreamer and her friend actually look like, and  I'll tell you it's not like the characters I chose to represent them.  For some reason it makes me laugh every time. I hope it does the same for them.
  5. Choosing what scene to depict is hard when it's someone else's.  I feel like there was probably a much more visual memory of the clown at the end, maybe, but I a) didn't want to have back to back clown dreams and b) liked the technical challenge of making smoke and a disappearing kitchen.
Anyway, I'm pleased as punch to have things back in operation.  Hopefully I'll be able to get back into the swing of a post a week or so.  Yay!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Saddest Vacation

I was hoping I could just resolve the software issues I've been having and post the dream requests I was working on like nothing ever, happened, but that appears to be impossible.

Giant Marshmallow Pillow is now officially on hiatus until I have some time to fix stuff.

Sad face,