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Stew21
03-19-2007, 08:32 PM
I rarely do, though I wish I could write out a dream and even do it a little bit of justice, I don't believe I can. (I have some seriously insane dreams) but just last night I dreamed of something that seems so great, not as a story itself but an element of a story anyway.

Sympathy Serum. It is drops you put in your eyes, and not only will it make you cry it will reveal those things to you that you should sympathize or empathize with and you will understand and feel it.

I have no idea how or where to use this, but it just seems like a great element in some story somewhere.

do you ever dream of things that you use later?

MidnightMuse
03-19-2007, 08:36 PM
I do all the time. Bits and pieces, not whole entire dreams. I think mostly it's from thinking hard on a story line or character idea while trying to fall asleep, then the brain keeps going. I'm lucky in that I dream a lot and remember quite a few of them. It's very helpful when I'm stuck in a plot and need to figure something out, I'll often get lucky and wake up with the perfect idea that came from a snippet of a dream.

I do wish somehow we could replay our dreams like a movie, so we could analyze all the weirdness and odd bits that pop in there sometimes!

KTC
03-19-2007, 08:37 PM
in a word...yes.



i dreamed of sudoku yesterday...but i was aligning my life and the people in it. it was crazy. i can sudoku the hardest one in about 3 minutes flat...and i did about 10 of them in a row just before bed...to freak my wife out, i guess. (she has a hard time with the easiest ones.) anyway...i wrote a couple poems this morning from my dreams.

i always borrow scenes from dreams for fiction. always.

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 09:00 PM
Sometimes, while tying to understand something I dreamt (a mostly useless endeavor at best) I'll come with something I'll use in a story. I've only ever written one short story based entirely on a dream I had, and that was because it was menacing and strange and it kept recurring, and I wanted to know why.

I had a dream a few weeks ago where two little boys were eating a dead human man and one looked up at me and held out a handful of..er...bloody meat and said "Try the bread."

I've been knocking that around, trying to figure out what it meant. At worst, it's a zombie story. At best, I think it's something more.

It may not be anything at all. Dreams sometimes just aren't.

Stew21
03-19-2007, 09:10 PM
I have some pretty gross and disturbing dreams. In fact, nightmares are one of the big reasons I am now a hopeless insomniac. Every now and then there is something I can make use of, and occasionally I can understand what it indicates about my life. sometimes its just a tidbit to save for later. Something I never would have thought of while fully awake.
Worth pursuing sometimes. Sometimes I just hold on to them and wait.

OverTheHills&FarAway
03-19-2007, 09:41 PM
With few exceptions, everything I've written began as a dream.

Most of the time the finished product hardly resembles the dream, since I have to apply real-world logic for them to make sense. Like once, I dreamt I woke up in my old childhood bedroom as a little boy, and an evil queen wouldn't let me leave. I had a magic snowglobe full of sparkly green specks, and it was thunder-storming. Through a thousand mutations, that became a historical novel set in mid-fifth century Wales.

But sometimes I dream entire plots. Like my current WIP. Yesterday I wrote a scene that I had dreamt, verbatim, back in October. The characters, the dialogue, all of it came from my twisted subconscious.

Being able to use my dreams didn't come without a lot of work, though. For years I kept a dream journal, and would write them down every morning or on the bus to school or during class, whenever. That helped me remember them, dream more vividly, and now sometimes I can control them. It's pretty wicked when you can go to sleep thinking about some problem with your plot, and get to work out different solutions in your dreams.

I also wake up with songs stuck in my head, songs that don't exist, and I eventually work them out on guitar and voila! I'm a songwriter. That's how Paul McCartney wrote Yesterday, I believe, except he called it "Scrambled Eggs" at first.

Does any of this make me weird? :e2hammer:

Namatu
03-19-2007, 10:11 PM
I don't remember my dreams. All that creativity going to waste!

ChaosTitan
03-19-2007, 11:04 PM
I often have very vivid, very sequential dreams. I made it a habit years ago to write down the ones I recall in detail. I have notebooks full of dreams. Many will never see the light of day, but there are lots of good ideas in there just waiting for a story. I don't have a finished story based on a dream, but several starts and one in need of severe editing.

I suppose if I'm spending six to eight hours of my day asleep, I should get something useful out of it. ;)

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 11:07 PM
I often have very vivid, very sequential dreams. I made it a habit years ago to write down the ones I recall in detail. I have notebooks full of dreams. Many will never see the light of day, but there are lots of good ideas in there just waiting for a story. I don't have a finished story based on a dream, but several starts and one in need of severe editing.

I suppose if I'm spending six to eight hours of my day asleep, I should get something useful out of it. ;)

The worrying thing that I have, and perhaps you do too, is that I start to spot certain thematic elements that run through my various dreams, whether they're sequential or nod...

Probably a writer thing. :)

Stew21
03-19-2007, 11:08 PM
One of the reasons I am now a hopeless insomniac is because I had so many vivid horrid nightmares. I never thought to use them, they were gross and disturbing, utterly frightening. When I got to the point of being "good enough" at it, I could insert cognitive thought into the dream (lucid dream) where I could tell myself "it's a dream. that doesn't make sense. It's only a dream" and when I would try to wake myself up, some hideous thing from the dream would follow me and scare the crap out of me then I would wake up for real. I finally realized that I'm really not very good at the lucid thing either.
There have been plenty of times they have stayed with me all day long, and I used to write down a lot of them, but found that the whole story was rarely worth writing, rather, pieces of them are excellent in story.
One of the long time favorites was flying. I loved that dream.
Re: recurring themes the intruders in my house, and the scary house on the hill, and the guy in the basement with dead people in the freezer, I could really do without them. I do have a lot of recurring elements, primarily: being cold (wearing very little, running barefoot on frozen ground, being chased, someone breaking into my house, basements with dead people, and people standing at the end of the bed, or in one case sitting on the bed and talking to me. Plain as day, there is a person in this room. One of them asked me if I knew who my friends were. Christ. I'd write about him if he didn't scare the hell out of me..

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 11:15 PM
I wish I had that, Trish. I'm actually jealous. I used to have really terrifying nightmares, the ones that make you wake up in the middle of the night sweating and breathing hard.....and thirty seconds after waking up, as the terror passed, I loved it! I was always disappointed when I went back to sleep and the dream didn't resume.

I don't get nightmarish dreams anymore, or maybe I do and I just no longer qualify them as nightmares.

I suspect I have nightmares in the back of my mind sitting around going, "I don't get it, I did the whole taking out my eyeballs and making him eat them bit, and he didn't mind, he just said it was interesting...! And he wrote it down...! I just feel like I'm losing it, Chuck. Maybe I'm no good anymore..."

Stew21
03-19-2007, 11:22 PM
Pete, you can have the tall guy at the end of my bed if you want him. that was about 5 years ago and he still scares the crap out of me.
I was dreaming that I was running (yes, as a matter of fact, barefoot on frozen ground) because I was being chased. I got away from one bad guy and then I saw him dump water into this 5 gallon bucket of *stuff* and just like a weed, out came the new sprout of the same evil and he started chasing me. At some point I questioned this - not possible - it's a dream, wake up you idiot, it's just a dream, and I did (I thought) and I'm laying in my bed (thinking I'm awake but still dreaming) and my room looks just like it does at that time of night, and at the end of my bed is this man who looked 7 feet tall wearing all black, smoking, it's rolling up from his mouth and I can see it glowing in the light of the digital clock. He blows out smoke while I scamper to the head of the bed and he says, "Do you know who your friends are?" I scream bloody hell and then I really wake up, and he is gone.

Yea, you can have him.

ChaosTitan
03-19-2007, 11:27 PM
The worrying thing that I have, and perhaps you do too, is that I start to spot certain thematic elements that run through my various dreams, whether they're sequential or nod...

Probably a writer thing. :)

You're not kidding. :tongue

I have noticed certain themes that continue to recur in my dreams. The odd part, though, is that I can usually connect those themes to something happening in my personal life. It's either novel related, health related, relationship related, you name it.

The things that worry me in my dreams are the elements I can't connect to my waking life. Bits of nightmares, especially. Dreams where I wake up and go "WTF???" or have to move my head because I've soaked the pillow with tears. But those are also the emotions that I want to remember. I want to write those dreams down, and somehow, in some fashion, recapture those emotions for my readers. To describe the incident in that nightmare that drove me to tears, or made me wake up with a choked scream.

It's just my overactive imagination talking to me, after all, so I try hard to remember and record. I don't always get it right...but sometimes.

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 11:28 PM
That just belongs in a novel somewhere... :)

Sure, I'd take that in a heartbeat. I love dreams like that. They scare the crap out of me when I wake up (sometimes; sometimes I just wake up thoughtful) but five minutes later, I'm fine and happy about it.


Er...this probably means you're normal, and there's something wrong with me.

Stew21
03-19-2007, 11:32 PM
And you can have the little girl that sat at the end of my bed. I couldn't crawl away fast enough. She was a cute kid, but incredibly ghostly and she had no business in my bedroom. Scared the crap out of me.

She's all yours.

the woman in all black that wandered through my house yelling down stairs calling out the names of my family members. (heh, down the stairs to the basement that I didn't have - she was actually yelling in the bathroom). leaving messages written on windows and pillows, I realized when I went upstairs to lock myself in my room that I didn't have a built in hall cabinet - "hey! this is only a dream. wake up, stupid." and sure enough I do, and I run through the house checking to make sure she's not still there and I again realize it's still a dream because that cupboard is still at the top of the stairs, I walked up the stairs anyway, and I see her behind me, long black dress flowing behind her around the corner, I scream bloody hell again, and I'm on my futon - shortly after I left and went for a drive.
I don't dig on that "intruder" thing.

You want her, too?

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 11:38 PM
Honestly? Yes. Not to hijack your thread, but I actually have a use in a story of mine for these kind of things. If you don't mind. :)

...

You know what's interesting is, the dreams don't particularly scare me, but I'll be awake and roaming the house mostly in the dark, late at night. And for whatever reason, my imagination will build something really scary and put it in the dark closet I'm about to pass through, and suddenly I can't bring myself to set foot in there.

We were visiting my wife's family for a week or so, and I went out to their garage to get something from their big storage fridge they keep out there. And as I did so (not in the dark, mind you, a light was on) I suddenly had a clear image that in the passenger seat of the truck right next to me, a little pale boy was going to sit up. He would have no pupils, and his hair was floating around his head like he was underwater, and he would open a biiiiig round mouth and no sound would come out.

Scared the shit out of me. I left the garage and I stayed out for the rest of the night.

But if I had dreamed that, it wouldn't have bothered me at all.

Stew21
03-19-2007, 11:43 PM
No I don't mind. BUt I'd love to read them when your done and if you want more detail, let me know. I'll pass along all the info I have.

And yes, I have moments like that too, Pete. Active imagination for terror apparently.
I was in a house, we were looking at renting, it was huge. the basement didn't scare me, in fact nothing did until I went upstairs and I saw a child falling over the hand rail. and the big walk in closet - I had some whacked out torture images in there. needless to say, out of consideration. No way in hell. I have no doubt that as I would have lived in that house, I would have had those images in those places over and over again.

Shadow_Ferret
03-20-2007, 12:49 AM
One of the reasons I am now a hopeless insomniac is because I had so many vivid horrid nightmares. I never thought to use them, they were gross and disturbing, utterly frightening.

Are they kind of like the dream I had the other night? Two vampires were having a fight. (For some reason the smaller one was Tattoo, from Fantasy Island.) And the bigger one took the smaller ones head against a deli meat slicer and slices his head up until it was this little pile of sliced meat that still horribly looked like Hervé Villechaize's face.

But generally, no, I don't get my ideas from my dreams. It's rare that I remember them and then when I do they are like that.

Stew21
03-20-2007, 12:54 AM
eeeeewwwww.....

OverTheHills&FarAway
03-20-2007, 01:01 AM
Nightmares rule. I'd love it if I was chased by bad guys/gangsters/nazis every night . . . .

. . . . oh wait, I am! Either that, or my teeth fall out.

Stew21
03-20-2007, 01:08 AM
Nightmares rule. I'd love it if I was chased by bad guys/gangsters/nazis every night . . . .

. . . . oh wait, I am! Either that, or my teeth fall out.

http://dreammoods.com/cgibin/teethdreams.pl?method=exact&header=dreamid&search=teethintro



One theory is that dreams about your teeth reflect your anxiety about your appearance and how others perceive you.

PeeDee
03-20-2007, 01:20 AM
What a strange site.....

It doesn't say what deeper meaning there is in my dreams where I'm Spider-Man, though.

Stew21
03-20-2007, 01:22 AM
Very strange site. I found it one time when I was trying to figure out what a dream about mice and rats meant. Very odd; they said it depended on the color of the rat.

Little Red Barn
03-20-2007, 01:39 AM
One of the reasons I am now a hopeless insomniac is because I had so many vivid horrid nightmares. I never thought to use them, they were gross and disturbing, utterly frightening. When I got to the point of being "good enough" at it, I could insert cognitive thought into the dream (lucid dream) where I could tell myself "it's a dream. that doesn't make sense. It's only a dream" and when I would try to wake myself up, some hideous thing from the dream would follow me and scare the crap out of me then I would wake up for real. I finally realized that I'm really not very good at the lucid thing either.
There have been plenty of times they have stayed with me all day long, and I used to write down a lot of them, but found that the whole story was rarely worth writing, rather, pieces of them are excellent in story.
One of the long time favorites was flying. I loved that dream.
Re: recurring themes the intruders in my house, and the scary house on the hill, and the guy in the basement with dead people in the freezer, I could really do without them. I do have a lot of recurring elements, primarily: being cold (wearing very little, running barefoot on frozen ground, being chased, someone breaking into my house, basements with dead people, and people standing at the end of the bed, or in one case sitting on the bed and talking to me. Plain as day, there is a person in this room. One of them asked me if I knew who my friends were. Christ. I'd write about him if he didn't scare the hell out of me..
Trish does your house have history? Sounds as if those are living nightmares...

Namatu
03-20-2007, 02:44 AM
You're all pointing out reasons I'm glad I don't remember my dreams. The last nightmare type dream I had was that someone was in my apartment, opening and closing the closet door, and I woke up in bed, saw him, and decided I needed to hide under the bed or he'd kill me. Then I realized that that was stupid and I needed to do something or he'd kill me anyway. But all of my martial arts weapons were in the living room, past the Closet Man. The baseball bat was under the bed, but I wanted weapons.

Pagey's_Girl
03-20-2007, 03:15 AM
All the time - it explains the half-chow dog, half Goddess-only-knows-what creature in one of my stories. I dreamed that Jimmy Page and I were cornered in a sterile white laboratory by this bizzare yowling critter...

NyQuil really needs a warning label - "People with overactive imaginations should exercise extreme caution using this product."

(And I suspect the dream was part lucid, which was how Jimmy ended up in it.)

Stew21
03-20-2007, 03:32 AM
Kimmi - I've had them for a long time. Different locations, same types of dreams. It's not the house I'm in; it's the head I occupy.

TrainofThought
03-20-2007, 05:36 AM
*clears throat* No, otherwise I would be writing porn. :D

victoriastrauss
03-20-2007, 05:43 AM
When I was a kid I went through a period where I had the most intense, terrifying nightmares--I was scared to go to sleep, they were so bad. I still remember some of them. I'd wake up terrified and if I went back to sleep, I'd go back into the dream.

I got so desperate eventually that I chose one of my stuffed animals and decided it was a talisman and would chase away the nightmares. The power of suggestion is a wonderful thing--it worked, and the nightmares stopped. I slept with that stuffed animal into my teens.

I rarely have nightmares now unless I fall asleep on my back, but I sometimes have night terrors--where you're paralyzed and see and hear horrible things happening around you, but aren't aware you're dreaming. It seems completely real and as if you're awake, right till the moment you wake up. These are worse than nightmares, because they seem so real.

Sometimes I dream that I'm finding solutions to plot problems. Unfortunately, they're dream solutions, so they make no sense when I wake up.

- Victoria

victoriastrauss
03-20-2007, 05:46 AM
. . . . oh wait, I am! Either that, or my teeth fall out.I have teeth falling out dreams too. Weird. I also often have a lot of dreams where I have to call someone but can't push the right buttons on the phone.

- Victoria

PeeDee
03-20-2007, 07:48 AM
A novel that I'm working on bit by bit has a lot of dreams in it. Some of them I stole from myself (the children eating a man who offer me flesh and call it bread, for example). This thread's absolutely fascinating to me, in that even where I'm not stealing dreams outright, I'm getting ideas and enjoying the discussion.

Victoria, this is the first time I've heard a someone differentiate between nightmares and night terrors. That's a new one by me.

Birol
03-20-2007, 01:05 PM
Clinically, they're different things, Pete.

PeeDee
03-20-2007, 05:07 PM
If the word "clinically" can be applied to it, then the odds are I know less about it than I should. I definitely have some further reading to do.

Lyra Jean
03-20-2007, 05:47 PM
I used a dream once. The story is still unpublished. I haven't had any interesting ones lately or I can't remember what I dream.

Although I did just have a dream where I was swimming in the Pacific Ocean and all the humpback whales were beaching themselves and I had to beat them to the shore or be crushed and drowned under their enormous weight.

Yeah I have no idea where that came from I've never been on the west coast.

Stew21
03-20-2007, 06:56 PM
I rarely have nightmares now unless I fall asleep on my back, but I sometimes have night terrors--where you're paralyzed and see and hear horrible things happening around you, but aren't aware you're dreaming. It seems completely real and as if you're awake, right till the moment you wake up. These are worse than nightmares, because they seem so real.




Victoria, this is exactly it! I have these! I am paralyzed in my bed, hearing someone trying the door knobs to see if they are unlocked. It looks like everything around me is completely real. (Even the way the street light casts in the window is real.) And I know a door is unlocked and the person trying to break in will get in and I can't do anything about it.
I think I am awake at the end of a nightmare and then people show up in my house - in my room and talk to me (like the example I gave above) or the woman in my house - she was completely real until I saw the cupboard at the top of the stairs and realized I didn't have that. I was sure I was awake and it is absolutely terrifying.

PeeDee
03-20-2007, 07:00 PM
While each night terror is usually different, all episodes of the same person will generally have similar traits. One of the most common qualities of night terrors is a strong sense of danger. For these people there is always a being, tangible or otherwise, who wishes to hurt the sleeping person, or the sleeping person's loved ones. Many sufferers of night terrors are reluctant to speak of them because of their violent and often disturbing nature.

I'm reading up on Night Terrors now. This is fascinating...


The most famous avowed sufferer of night terrors is probably H. R. Giger, though H. P. Lovecraft is widely believed to have experienced them as well.

I can definitely see that. How really, really interesting.

myscribe
03-20-2007, 07:04 PM
I have written articles in my dreams - and remember them when I wake up. This usually happens when I have too much for one person to do at work deadlines. It doesn't happen for my creative work though. bummer...:e2smack:

I have taken ideas for creative work from dreams, especially screenplays. I sometimes dream epic production dreams. :popcorn: And sadly, I even revise in my own dreams if the scene doesn't go well (or interesting enough).

Sometimes I have dreams about intruders or being chased, but I don't run for long. I kick bootie and take names (and look for weapons). :guns:

Stew21
03-20-2007, 07:14 PM
I'm reading up on Night Terrors now. This is fascinating...





It is fascinating! do you have a site link, I'd like to read more.

since I have a ghost or two running around in my wip, this is a great opening for them to appear, I think.

PeeDee
03-20-2007, 07:19 PM
I'm not delving too deeply yet, because I'm working on other projects right at the moment.

But I got some interesting reading out of that bastion of inaccurate information and hyperbole, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_terror

L M Ashton
03-20-2007, 07:35 PM
I have a very very very long and drawn out history of sleep terrors, too. Nightmares as well, of course... I don't get either of them very much anymore, ever since I married Fahim - the fact that there's a warm body beside me has actually made a huge difference in how terrifying sleep is for me. :) And yeah, I had a man in black, no distinguishing features, standing at the foot of my bed for decades. Eeesh!


Stealing ideas from dreams? Of course! Some of my wildest ideas come from my dreams. They morph as I develop the ideas, but they're great for starting points.


I won't write about the nightmares, though - I don't need to encourage more and I'm far too suggestible. I mean, outright horror movies are out for me, but other milder versions of horrors are daytime only - watch anything scary after dusk and I'll have nightmares for sure. No thanks!


ETA: One feature of night terrors - at least for me - is that for twenty minutes after I wake up, I swear it's all real. I'll run around the house, cursing at the intruders, looking for the monsters, whatever. It's all still real and the adrenal is in rush mode. It takes about twenty minutes for that to wear off and reality to come back for a visit. In that twenty minutes, I'm yelling and cursing and ready to swing at anything that looks at me funny. No amount of logic is present and I cannot be convinced of anything other than the reality that was in the night terror.


From what I remember, it usually happens in the first couple of hours of sleep, and it's when a person goes suddenly from stage 4 sleep to stage 1 without the stops at stage 3 and 2 on the way.

victoriastrauss
03-20-2007, 08:52 PM
I think I am awake at the end of a nightmare and then people show up in my house - in my room and talk to me (like the example I gave above) or the woman in my house - she was completely real until I saw the cupboard at the top of the stairs and realized I didn't have that. I was sure I was awake and it is absolutely terrifying.Speaking of cupboards...One of my worst night terror episodes happened in my father's house. It has lots of custom cabinet work, including cupboards in all kinds of odd places. The guest room is under the eaves, with a sloping ceiling, and the guest bed is beneath a window with two little cupboards on either side, going back under the eaves. The doors have custom-made wrought-iron fittings, and latches that click as they fall closed.

I was lying in bed, waiting to fall asleep (I have insomnia, so a lot of my bed time involves waiting to fall asleep). There was a click; the cupboard door next to me opened and out came a little man, about the size of a teenager, dressed in a tunic or loincloth--I can't remember exactly, just that it left a lot of his skin bare. I felt a profound sense of menace and danger, but I was paralyzed, and couldn't move or call out. I had no awareness of having fallen asleep--it seemed to me that I was as awake as I'd been when I first turned out the light. I watched as the man crept around the bed and bent over my sleeping husband, staring down at him for a moment before straightening up and coming back to my side. He bent over me. I knew he was going to do something awful. The whole time I'd been struggling to move, to break the paralysis--and just at that moment, I did. I sat bolt upright in bed. It took me several moments to realize I'd been dreaming.

I never really liked sleeping in that room after that.

All my night terrors involve menacing presences that observe me while I lie helpless, but this one is the most detailed, and terrifying, I've ever experienced.

- Victoria

victoriastrauss
03-20-2007, 09:07 PM
Huh. According to this site (http://www.lucidnet.co.uk/sleep/paralysis.htm), what I experience isn't night terrors, but awareness during sleep paralysis. That makes sense, since it happens just after I fall asleep, rather than at a later stage of sleep.

- Victoria

PeeDee
03-20-2007, 09:10 PM
Despite these fears, some individuals cultivate Awareness during Sleep Paralysis. Why?
1) It can bring the presence of mind to effectively resist abduction by alien beings.
2) It is a gateway to Out of Body Experiences and Lucid Dreams.



Erm...



That bit aside, what you're talking about is very interesting, Victoria. It's also pretty alien to me. I know my wife's told me that it's happened to her before, but it's never once happened to me. Which is probably why I can say things like "I wish it WOULD Happen to me at least once." but it never does.



I don't entirely buy into the notion that dreams have deeper meanings to them (for one thing, I've had too many Spider Man/using a lightsaber dreams) but I like when I retain the information, because I can eventually apply a meaning of sorts. Enough at least to be useful in a story.

MidnightMuse
03-20-2007, 09:11 PM
How awful !

I haven't had a nightmare since I was a small child . . . I can't even remember when the last nightmare I had was. I remember what I saw when I was delirious once, but never a nightmare. :Shrug:

PeeDee
03-20-2007, 09:12 PM
How awful !

I haven't had a nightmare since I was a small child . . . I can't even remember when the last nightmare I had was. I remember what I saw when I was delirious once, but never a nightmare. :Shrug:

I'm kind of curious about that too. If you don't mind, what'd you see?

(If you do mind, I'll putter off. :))

MidnightMuse
03-20-2007, 09:18 PM
When I was delirious? I saw a GIANT ball of yarn coming down the hallway to my bedroom, where it would have crushed me had I not been levitating up against my bedroom ceiling (bumping my nose against the ceiling).

That just repeated over, and over, and over . . .etc. Very bizarre.

But I was only 7 at the time.

Stew21
03-20-2007, 09:18 PM
so I wonder then, based on this information if what I have is a nightmare and then a night terror? (the part where i think I wake up but I'm still really sleeping and the creeps come into my room).


Requires more reading...

MidnightMuse
03-20-2007, 09:19 PM
The brain is a freaky thing!

OverTheHills&FarAway
03-21-2007, 05:01 AM
I once had a dream where I knew I was dreaming (lucid dream?) and I decided to find out what it was like to die. (Of course, this is only my subconscious talking, so I guess this is my idea of what it's like to die.)

I climb to the top of a crystal staircase, look down about three stories, and jump. My neck breaks, I am conscious, but I can't move and there is no pain. People are freaking out all around me, so I do it again.

Immediately back to the top of the staircase. This time, my leg breaks. No pain whatsoever. Again, and again, and again. Sometimes I don't let myself hit the ground, I just go back to the top, like a tape on rewind.

Then, the last time, my arm breaks, and it HURTS. I cry and scream and then I wake up (really, this is me awake.) I can't feel my arm. I pick it up and it flops into my face. This is pure terror.

Of course, I probably just slept on it wrong and it had gone numb. But at the time, I was very frightened.



A novel that I'm working on bit by bit has a lot of dreams in it. Some of them I stole from myself (the children eating a man who offer me flesh and call it bread, for example). This thread's absolutely fascinating to me, in that even where I'm not stealing dreams outright, I'm getting ideas and enjoying the discussion.


If you need any ideas or actually dreams, I'll be happy to send some. I've got whole notebooks full of them, with possible reasons why I dreamt them.

Pagey's_Girl
03-21-2007, 05:21 AM
The worst nightmare I ever had was back in college. I dreamed I woke up (does that make sense) four minuted before my alarm was due to do off, so I switched on the radio. All I heard was that high-pitched alert they use when they activate the emergency broadcast system. Seconds later, a man's voice came on, talking very fast about a state of emergency and bombs - someone had pushed the proverbial button and the world was four minutes from ending. My first thought was to run to my car and drive off, but I realized I wouldn't even make it to the main road before the bombs dropped, then I thought I should wake everyone in the house up, but, again, what was the point? We were all going to be dead, or wish we were, in three and a half minutes. Somewhere along the line, I started pleading with the powers that be to just let me wake up, let this be a dream - then, at the last second - I woke up in the dorm room. For real. It was about six-forty-five AM and I could hear one of the student teachers next door moving around, getting ready to leave. I don't think I'd ever been so relieved.

Tied with that one for scary was one I had a couple of weeks later - all I really remember is that I was in a cinderblock cellar, looking at pyramid after pyramid of unlabeled aluminum cans, when the door at the top of the stairs opened. I looked around, thinking it was a friend of mine, and all I saw was this rectangle of yellow light from the door, just like in a comic book, and this shadow holding the door open - I don;t remember seeing what it was, but I woke up shaking and about a half-second from screaming. It took me a couple of hours to get back to sleep because I was afraid I'd fall right back into the dream again if I did....

OverTheHills&FarAway
03-21-2007, 05:30 AM
My friend keeps finding places from her dreams in real life. A hostel in Liverpool she's never stayed at, a stone barn in Wales, a warehouse outside of town.

And once, when staying over in my room, she dreamed my mother was bricking us in, and the only way out was a secret door. Turns out, about ten years ago, there was a door in the exact place she dreamed it. My dad bricked it up and now my tv sits in front of it.

Now that's weird.