Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lucid Dreaming

I'm posting about Lucid Dreaming over at Novel Spaces today. Please drop by if you get the chance.

In other news, my article on "Bull Riding and Writing" is in this month's Illuminata. It's Volume 8, Issue 4, October 2010, and you can download the whole issue for free here.

Have a great day.


Ron Scheer said...

I might try bull riding in the next lucid dream I have. Ha.

ivan said...

Certainly lucid writing over at Novel Spaces. Well done.

Deka Black said...

Curious matter. Remember me in a way of the "Dream Quest of the Unknown kadath" by Lovecraft.

Angie said...

When I was a kid, I used to be able to control my dreams, as in deciding before I went to sleep what I wanted to dream about. It didn't work all the time, but when it did it was pretty cool. I haven't tried that in a long time. [ponder]

Very true about the bull riding. :D Especially when you're writing genre, it's easy to run smack into the walls of reader or publisher expectations. Seeing a great writer crash and burn because they tried something new and different and it didn't work out is painful -- it's easy to imagine myself in that spot. But seeing a great writer fade into a same-ol'-same-ol' rut, where every book seems to have been written from the same one-page outline as the previous one, and the new characters are the old characters with new names and clothes -- that's really sad.


Charles Gramlich said...

Ron, I rode some cows in my day, some calves on the farm. Never got on a bull though.

Ivan, thanks, man. I appreciate it.

Deka, I've thought about my dream experiences in those kinds of terms. I've often had very strange dreams that seem so real. I loved those dream city stories by Lovecraft.

Angie, I do find myself able to dream about what I want to dream about, within limits. And yes, I hate to see fine writers start just "going through the motions" and I hope I never do that myself.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

The last line of your post on lucid dreaming ... because that's what writers do ... bridges the gap in a way between writing and lucid dreaming. I wonder if people with a more creative bend find it easier to ld or if its something that crosses all different types of folks?

I know there have been a few books out about lucid dreaming - have you ever read any non-fiction books on the topic?

By the way, I have to agree about the flying. Whenever I'm about to fly in a dream - I have a sudden realization that I can - I always think, why this is something I've always known how to do and there is an actual physical sensation of that how.

I've never combined flying with lucid dreaming - have to see if I can do that!

Charles Gramlich said...

Don, I've read various textbook discussions about Lucid dreaming. I don't think I've ever read a whole work dedicated to it. I have dreams occassionally where I can't fly but can jump and glide a long way.

sage said...

You're title caught my eye--I've had some of those dreams lately--I'll try to catch up later as I have limited internet time at present.

Charles Gramlich said...

Sage, it's an interesting topic.

Lonely guy, I'll check it out.

Cloudia said...

You are HAPPENING, Bro!


Aloha from Honolulu

Comfort Spiral


nephite blood spartan heart said...

I'll read your latest offering at Illuminata soon, I really enjoyed your last article there.

Charles Gramlich said...

Cloudia, hum, not sure what kind of happening. :)

David, thanks, man.

Lana Gramlich said...

I saw that earlier today but didn't have time to comment. Very cool, baby. I wish I had HALF of your dream control!

Merisi said...

I shall be back at coffee time,
to read and wonder .... ;-)

Charles Gramlich said...

Lana, we both find our dreams fascinating.

Merisi, coffee indeed.