Meet Lucid Dream Girl

Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t you hate it when you get cornered at a party by some navel-gazing lunatic who insists on telling you all about her latest dream in excruciating detail until you want to claw your eyes out and SCREAM?

Well, I… um… am that lunatic.

Oh, I’ve never actually made people claw their eyes out and scream. If I sense you’re about to do yourself bodily harm then I will refrain from telling you about that amazing dream I had last night in which I turned into a “were-otter” and spent a sunny afternoon frolicking in a rocky cove, diving and splashing and catching delicious fish with all my cute little sea otter friends.

And I definitely won’t tell you about that dream I had when I was five, when my kindergarten teacher roasted my brother in an oven in front of my entire kindergarten class, and how he looked like a charbroiled chicken on a spit when she was done.

(Although you’d probably find that one more interesting, I’m guessing.)

I understand that most people think dreams are like dirty underwear — something you just don’t show to other people unless you know they share the same sick fetish.  But the truth is, I have always been deeply fascinated with dreams, probably because ever since I was three years old I have had incredibly vivid, narrative-driven dreams that are more detailed and interesting than most movies I’ve watched.

In fact, one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had happened in a dream.

… Does that make me lame?

Maybe. But my interest in dreams goes way beyond simple navel-gazing. Thing is, I’m a professional writer and I’m constantly looking for new ways to hone my writing skills and keep the dreaded writer’s block at bay. Which can be challenging at times, because once my work day is done and the kids are asleep, that’s when I open the laptop and get to work on my own personal writing projects. (I’m currently working on the second draft of my first novel and hope to start shopping it around this fall.)

Because I write all day long and then at night as well, sometimes when I reach into my creative wellspring for inspiration I discover to my dismay that the well has gone dry. I believe that achieving better control of my dreams will build a stronger connection between my conscious mind and my creative subconscious and sharpen my critical thinking skills and keep those creative juices flowing.

… I’ll let you know how it goes.

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