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Three Ways to Fly
Dreamed 2010/11/10 by Wayan
I see three drawings. Each is a logo for a free program designed by a self-styled wizard--and each shows a way to fly!
First: a hooknosed, skinny, hawk-winged boy soaring over a big medieval city. Just grow wings! Simple!
Second is a friend of the first boy. This one has two cut round holes in his breeches, over his hip joints. Cylindrical tufts of golden fur grow sideways from his hips like toothbrush bristles or the rivets in Frankenstein's neck. The poles or antennae for an antigravity field! I don't see how this can work--but that's magic for you.
Third is a skinny girl in tunic and tights, in the same medieval city, a bit older and taller than the first two kids. She's not flying. No obvious magic to her at all. Except that... behind her, through the market, trail spheres of light, each about 20 cm across (8"). I suspect she's been just tossing them over her shoulder. In the illustration, women in strange, extreme postures are exclaiming over them. Haggling? Is she the source of a whole trade in lightballs? Wings and hip-tufts give you flight--do the spheres, too? Though rather than just fly herself, she gives her magic away.
NOTES IN THE MORNING
- Kids, manga-ish look, magic, flight: I've been reading Ken Akamatsu's long manga Negima, on the hard work of developing one's talents--art, science, whatever.
- Boy with weird hip-tufts: ??? they seem kinda like Frankenstein's neck-bolts. "Energize me!"??? Years later, I had a second bizarre dream of holes in pants to bare magical structures on your hips (mixing Shakespeare's Tempest with My Little Pony, because, um, why not?)
- Skinny girl: saw her this morning at the farmers' market. But her medieval tunic and the market were from Negima--Yue & classmates visit such markets on Mars.
- Fly solo, versus help others to fly: the World Dream Bank? At first just an art project, to show you what dreaming is to me. It grew to more: helping others to fly, without assuming my way is for everyone--Freud and Jung's mistake. Diverse ways to fly! Some not so obvious as wings.
- Toss out a trail of lights and let others haggle over them: oh, she's me all right. I post my work on WDB but ignore the other tasks required of a Serious Artist--promotion, publication, monetizing, merch, social media, fans and feedback.
Well, I'm an ignorant, medieval mess; MY mess. Tossing off globes of light.
- I'm an Aspie, and human social games drain me. They're work not play. I'd rather create.
- Chronic illness leaves me unsure how long I've got, so I strip to my essence.
- George Orwell said "Ignorance is strength." Profitseeking, and even innocent use of social media, can shape or even sap your art. Instead of creation, you detour into blogging or commentary--on other art, or news "facts" that are in turn artifacts of the echo chamber of the Web. The resulting comments on comments are like light inside a laser ruby--the endless mirroring progressively filters it down to pure monochrome, discarding off-color experience jarring with today's meme.
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