Thursday, 8 November 2012

Guest Post: Suzanne Lucero talks about lucid dreaming and her book; Every Night, a Dream

Hey Guys! *waves* 

Please welcome up and coming author Suzanne Lucero to the blog *round of applause*

When Keren offered to let me do a guest post on her blog I was … well, pleased isn’t a strong enough word for it. Over-excited and deliriously happy might do, as would stunned and thrilled.
You see, my book is still a work-in-progress. I was sure no-one would be interested in a wanna-be author’s post, especially when she has no experience in “the system,” no horror stories to write about and no tricks of the trade to pass on. But then I realized I do have something interesting to say, and although it has nothing to do with writing, as such, it plays a central role in my book. I want to give a quick lesson about lucid dreaming.
A lucid dream is defined as any dream in which a person is aware that he or she is dreaming. It is a well-documented phenomenon, the earliest reference in Western culture being given in a letter by St. Augustine of Hippo in 415 AD (or CE, if you prefer). It has been used—and abused—by writers and filmmakers the world over, not to mention studied in the scientific community by neurologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. There is even a practice in Buddhism called Dream Yoga, in which the principle aim is to experience a lucid dream.
Some people have the occasional lucid dream quite naturally, and they can learn how to increase the frequency and intensity of these dreams, if they wish. Others can be taught how to become aware when they are in the middle of a dream. Not everyone can do this, however, and even accomplished lucid dreamers experience different levels of lucidity. For instance, some people may be aware that they are dreaming, but it’s as though they are watching a movie over which they have little or no control, while others feel like they’re actually awake and experience the attendant physical sensations of wakefulness, though the sensations have to come from memory and imagination alone since the body of the dreamer is actually at rest.
Once a person is experiencing a lucid dream—and can bring him- or herself to believe in the unreality of the experience—anything is possible. Remember the saying, Seeing is Believing? In the case of lucid dreams, Believing is Seeing … or Doing … or Causing to Happen. In dreams, the laws of physics and probability don’t exist and imagination is king. Have you wondered what it would be like to fly? Now’s your chance. Watch your feet as they leave the ground and feel yourself soar through the air. It’s easy. Imagine deep-sea diving without scuba gear or skateboarding around the solar system. Buy that expensive dress that you’ve been wanting and put it on because you’ve got money to spare and a shape to die for. My dear, you look like a movie star. Make things appear and disappear, grow or shrink on a whim. And remember that idiot who yelled at you today? Put a full body-bind curse on him, which you know about now thanks to J.K. Rowling. In your dreams you’re only limited by the scope of your imagination. Let yourself go.
I took the concept of lucid dreaming a step further in my work-in-progress. My main character, 16-year old Ally Gordon, is an accomplished lucid dreamer, although no-one in her family knows it. She’s used this ability since she was eight years old to create her own fantasy land every night, and has perfect control over what happens. In her dreams one night she even causes her school’s most popular boy to give her a long-desired kiss during a graduation party. Well, almost. Just as their lips are about to meet, Ally is woken up by the sound of squealing tires and a crunch as a car hits something. Damn.
When Ally and her family go to the Highlands of Scotland a few days later and she meets 19-year old Ewan Mackay, she begins to see bits of his future in her dreams: Glimpses. What’s worse, she has no control over them. Whatever Glimpse she has about Ewan while she’s sleeping comes true the next day. After having a Glimpse one night that Ewan is hit by a car, Ally must discover if there is some way she can prevent the accident from happening, or if what she does will actually cause it.
No idea on a possible publication date since I still have 4 ½ chapters to write, then revising to do, then an agent to locate … oh, you know the routine. The working title for my book was In My Dreams, until I did a Google-search and found out someone else had already used it. Drat. At this point my working title is, Every Night, a Dream. Let’s hope no-one snatches that one before I’m ready to submit.
You can follow me on Twitter: @S_Lucero.
Thanks again, Keren, for being willing to host my very first guest post. You deserve an award for bravery. I’ll dream one up tonight and send it to you through the ether. ;-)

*Awaits award for bravery*

Thank you Suzanne for such an interesting post. I am really excited about reading your book now. If you need BETA readers, sign me up! :)

Thank you to everyone who came by today. Hope to see you all again soon!

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