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November 23rd, 2007
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But this dream was so realistic!

I don't know how much people keep up to speed, but I am a huge bibliophile. I love books. But I have a certain brokeness, which means I buy and horde books even more than I read books, which is a big number in its own right. The way to this girl's heart is through buying her books.

Anyway, when my mum and dad sold their Giant House to move into a back bedroom somewhere, I lost about 80% of my books. This was objectively a Good Thing; I got to go through the whole lot and keep all my favorites and no-one needs 200 point-teenage books, but lots of things slipped through the net that I might never find again, or that I wish now I'd kept. I had to do it in a rush, and I couldn't keep anywhere near everything. And I did OK. But there are books I miss like old friends.

I've been trying to sort my books out recently. In the several moves, they've ended up in a mess. And now I am carefully catagorising and alphabetising and dragging them back into order.

So the other night I had a dream. I was looking for something in my book collection, and I couldn't find it, and suddenly some voice from outside of frame said to me "Don't forget to check the other room" and I walked out of my living room into a room that doesn't exist in my house but that fitted in like a glove, and found all my lost and abandoned books, a little dusty, in piles and in boxes forgotten on bare floorboards, but all still there, just waiting for me to come and find them and sort them.

I think, after trying to make this coherant, I've remembered why I don't make dream posts. But there is a rich tapestry of space-time, and things that we think are lost and over are still there - stitched forever into the fabric of the universe, and waiting for us to return to them in the far-off corners of our minds...

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From:geekette8
Date:November 23rd, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I love dreams like that. I've had several over the years, where all my old childhood favourite toys, or a wardrobe full of perfect clothes I'd "forgotten about" (but in reality never had) are suddenly found if you just turn round a corner *here* or go through that door *there* that you'd just never noticed before.

I've always wondered what they signify; I've never been a great believer in the sort of dream analysis that says "if you dream of an [X] it means [Y]", where X and Y are deeply specific, but I do think that these sorts of categories of dream must surely represent something particular going on in one's mind.

On that note, I used to have a LOT of flying dreams, always the same method of flying but in different situations. About the time Matthew was born, they suddenly stopped, and have never come back. I miss them, they were always enjoyable....
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From:smhwpf
Date:November 23rd, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
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They're all in Lucien's library...

Mmm, "The Other Room". I think that must be quite a central location within The Dreaming. I like that. The place where everything you ever lost or broke or gave away or left behind is kept.
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From:miss_next
Date:November 24th, 2007 07:40 am (UTC)
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I don't think dream posts have to be boring... and that one wasn't. :-)
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From:vyvyan
Date:November 24th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
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I have this with cats, and exes. I have dreams where all the cats we ever had, who died, are in our house together, and somehow never died at all, but wandered off somewhere and have now been found and reunited. And I have dreams where I somehow get back together with exes who I broke up with years ago and who are in real life happily with other people... Dreams are weird.

[Actually, even weirder is that I have exes in my dreams who don't even exist IRL - I seem to have an internally consistent relationship history in my dreams which is rather different from my actual history.]
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From:keirf
Date:November 24th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
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I have an alternate Cambridge with different streets and non-existent colleges that re-occurs (with a consistently same layout) in my dreams. Strangely one of the colleges has rooms that are only three feet high, which is very awkward.
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From:vyvyan
Date:November 24th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Yes - I have that too (alternate versions of places, including Cambridge, consistent across dreams). Embarrassingly, I play enough World of Warcraft that I have consistent alternate dream versions of the locations in that too...
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From:keirf
Date:November 24th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Now that is embarrassing.

No, hold on. I used to dream of non-existent locations in a MUD I used to play in the early nineties.
From:wryelle
Date:November 24th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
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That's a nice dream. :)
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From:ceb
Date:November 24th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
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I dreamt a large amount of pale blue dream paint last night, in case you need to decorate your new dream room.
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From:ashfae
Date:November 24th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
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I like that idea. =)

Have you read The Book of Lost Things?
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From:atreic
Date:November 25th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, no, but the synopsis on the internet sounds good. Should I?
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From:ashfae
Date:November 26th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Emphatically yes!
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