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Dreams & Good Books (Day #209)

Over the weekend I had some incredibly awkward dreams that were also more vivid than normal. On a general basis I have vivid dreams that I can remember bits and pieces of, but they're not usually emotionally demanding like the have been recently. In one dream over the weekend I dreamt of a gaming convention where I met two teenage boys that reminded me a lot of a good friends I had when I was younger: Michael and Travis. The real versions of these boys I knew were sick: Epilepsy and Junior Arthritis. They were in and out of the hospital a lot, but they only lived three houses from me, so when they were home and well, I spent a lot of time in their yard. In the dream, they were older: 17 and 18 instead of the 11 or 12 they must've been when I knew them. They had set up shop in the dealers hall at this small gaming convention in my dream and I spent a lot of time at their table playing games while Matthew was off gaming or running games or something. I guess, in reality (the reality where I'm writing this out and actually thinking about it) the dream was boring, I chatted and played games and had a good time just hanging out and wasting time. But there was something very emotional in the dream, especially when waking up (my last REM cycle always happens right about the time I'm supposed to be waking up) and still having the image of these guys in my mind. I was really sad, even though my dream self had a fun time, I felt like I was supposed to be sad, like I wasn't supposed to be there. It's a feeling that's difficult to describe accurately.

The next night (Sunday?) I had this dream mildly inspired by the pilot episode of "The Deep End" that I watched a week ago or so. I was taking a new job fresh out of school at a law office (but I wasn't a lawyer). The problem with this dream was that it was like a bad sitcom - where I was constantly running into really awkward situations - each of them very vivid. The first was parking my first day at the job - I couldn't find a place to park in the complex (it was like a mall) so I ended up parking in the garage of the next door government building and in order to do so, I had to feed the parking security guy a bull story about meeting with one of the states lawyers about something. I luckily had a name (a real one tucked away in my head) of one, and he bought my story and let me park. Then, there was no one ready to meet with me at the office, so I was sent out into the mall to wait for my trainer. At which point some guy (who looks a lot like a guy I know, but wasn't him) starts hitting on me, and when I shut him down, telling him I'm just waiting for the trainer from my new job, he's like 'oh that's me'. Like I said, all very sitcom-like, but vivid enough that when I woke up I was still mad about some of it.

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_inneruniverse and I are doing a podcast on older YA horror novels this Thursday night for the GA Lit. Angels podcast, so I picked up my favorite Christopher Pike book to reread: "The Midnight Club". I love that story - and no matter how many times I read it, the story still holds up for me. It's not really scary, but it's extremely thought-provoking and heart-wrenching. The main character Ilonka has stuck with me, as well as some of the mini-stories within the book. Like the story about Dana, the girl that makes the deal with the devil to get a second 'self' that can go out and experience the world she can't. I read the whole book on my lunch break today (I'll admit I took a slightly longer lunch to finish it).

I also recently finished Elizabeth Bear's "Dust" which I think was an amazing read. Even after only a few chapters I knew I was going to love it, and I'm already plotting to pick up the second book. It had religious allusions, which will almost always draw me into a book, good characters, a sci-fi backdrop without a lot of techno-jargon, and a good pace without a lot of meaningless descriptions. There's a lot of writers of Bears caliber that will lose me in a novel because they take too much time to describe useless items/characters/history - she doesn't do that and I think the story moves faster, and I'm more inclined to keep reading because of it. It does mean that on occasion I find myself wondering if I've missed something, because there's not a description for everything - but on the whole I'd rather not know and come along the answer as I read, than have it all laid out for me to be bored by. Definitely worth reading - but I'll say that I don't really think the book cover blurb does it justice at all.