I'm not gonna lie, I've been dragging my feet on the Mechanical Jellyfish project. but recent events, a recent DD not withstanding, have given me the kick to ass I needed to get back to work on this thing.
there's three basic steps to my dream writing process. first my sleeping dream needs to cook up the dream for me, then I have to write it down in my journal before I forget what happened, then I have to transcribe whatever I've scribbled down in my journal to electronic text where I can edit and revise and so on. with fiction the most painful part of the entire writing process is revision. but with non-fiction/dream writing I've found transcribing from journal to type to be the worst part of the process. I don't enjoy reading my shorthand writing. the stuff I've written in my tiny, worn out spiral notebook is raw data, much of it composed of notes and terms that would be unintelligible to anyone reading it. when I'm transcribing it to text I have to make sure it's coherent to the point that people can understand what's going on while at the same time avoiding making stuff up, since that would defeat the purpose. it's not easy to do and mind-numbingly boring most of the time because I have to read the same thing over and over again. but it must be done.
I first started keeping my journal in July of 2010. at the time it was just for fun and potential source material for my fiction. near the end of 2011 I stumbled upon a book called LSD - Lovely Sweet Dream by Hiroko Nishikawa. the book is a collection of Hiroko's dreams over the course of ten years along with a artistic interpretations by various artists. following the tradition of my favorite writers and artists I've decided to shamelessly rip off Mr. Nishikawa's idea by compiling a single year's worth of my dreams for publication. the source material is all there it's just the task of transcribing it that needs to be done. at the time of writing this entry I've transcribed every journal entry from the year 2012 up through the month of October. with any luck I'll have the rest finished and posted before the end of the year.
in the mean time if any of you reading this stuff has any feedback, suggestions or if you've noticed any errors please let me know. this is still a work in progress.
PS. you can find Hiroko Nishikawa's journal with illustrations here: lovelysweetdream.tumblr.com/pa…