Category Archives: Oneiric Writing

Inspired by or given in dreams.

Dreams by the Dead Seas of Mars

“Monsters, John!  Monsters from the Id!” —Lt.  ‘Doc’ Ostrow, Forbidden Planet   My dreams are dreams of an unbearable heat, forged in the arid and attenuated atmosphere of Mars and tempered in the deep recesses of Olympos Mons—a place where old minds give birth to old patterns of an alien logic—where strange thoughts rise from red […]

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A Tale to Astonish

I composed most of this amazing story about our friendly neighborhood web-slinger and Charlie Brown during my R.E.M. cycles. Told in the Mighty Marvel Way (i.e. without restraint or good taste)! The Players in order of appearance: Myself, Charlie Brown, Peter Parker, Sue Storm Mary Jane Watson, and the Silver Surfer.

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Tales From the Rapid Eye (Being Social)

Strange Loop, Texas.  1987. I stood before the toilet holding IT in my hand.  IT was big and fuzzy and IT was wrapped with duck tape.  On the duck tape, I’d written, “Howdy!”

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Tales From the Rapid Eye (Ken and Barbie)

Originally published November 2005. One night as Amber and I lie in bed, I asked, “Hey, you ever pretend your Ken and Barbie had sex?” “Nah,” she said, and as she snuggled closer added, “You know I had nine Barbie dolls and a Ken?  I rarely whipped him out—most of the time he sat in the […]

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Bedrock Time Slip

This piece was part of a series where I would re-imagine my morning commute in order to practice writing every day.  I would arrive at work fifteen minutes early and begin writing.  At first I had little trouble finishing them in fifteen minutes, but as they became more ambitious, I would post them in the […]

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Tales From the Rapid Eye (The Poet)

This is a piece was inspired by a dream, and the poet is a guest speaker in that dream down to the details.  It also is a part of a yet unfinished, larger composition.

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Tales From the Rapid Eye (Apocrypha)

As a child, I often wondered about the Last Judgement and at times, dreamed how we might relive our sins through the wonder of television.  And yes, the afterlife is wireless.

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Cædmon’s Hymn, A Translation

In 2002 I took a graduate course on Anglo-Saxon prose and poetry; one assignment required us to translate an Anglo-Saxon work into modern English, so I chose Cædmon’s Hymn, a short poem that scholars believe is earliest-surviving example of Old English poetry. While translating the poem, I chose words for their archaic meanings, such as […]

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