By: Kathryn Berla
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams…
Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. Night after night, Babe shows Zat her world. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. Babe’s life outside of her dreams pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat and their time spent together.
But the more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. How can he live a life with Babe, when all they have is her dreams?
Can a dream become a reality?
Dreaming and reality, and how dreaming and reality converge in Dream Me
Who isn’t interested in dreaming? I’m somewhat of an insomniac so I’m particularly interested in dreaming because if I’m dreaming at least I know I’m sleeping. I’ve been told that dreaming is a way of working out what we’re unable to work out when we’re awake. If that’s the case, why do some dreams leave me feeling exhausted or anxious? Why do people I love sometimes disappoint me in a dream in a way they never would in the waking world? Almost everyone I talk to has had the experience of waking up angry with a person for something that person did in a dream. And why do so many people dream that they’re back in school but have failed to show up for their classes or study for their tests which they’re destined to fail? This dream never leaves us no matter how old we get—consider yourself lucky if you’ve never had it. What about the dream where your teeth are suddenly loose? Or you’re trying to get somewhere fast but can’t do any better than a slow walk? Or trying to warn someone about impending doom but can’t get the scream out of your mouth? Or stepping on the brakes as hard as you can but the car won’t stop. Or you have to be somewhere at a certain time but events conspire to keep you from getting there. Perhaps you’re a floater—my father was. His frequent dreams about flying left him with the belief that we have the ability if we only knew how to harness it. My own superhero dream quality is being able to run effortlessly and at super-human speed.
So, are dreams just a random collection of thoughts—useless emotions and information to be compressed and filed away in the ‘cloud’ of our brains? I’ve recently become interested in the concept of lucid dreaming, a state in which we can purposely seek out other lucid dreamers when we’re asleep and are able to recognize them and share meaningful information. In DREAM ME, Babe is a lucid dreamer although Zat’s reality is trapped within her dream. Zat has never had the ability to dream because in his future world, people no longer have the need. The death of hope for them is equated with the end of dreaming. In DREAM ME I had the opportunity to play with all aspects of dreaming from the frustration it can produce to the genuine release it can provide and the tantalizing prospect of lucid dreaming.
I’m not sure what the purpose of dreaming is and I’m not sure anyone really knows. But I do believe that in the future our dreams will be taken to a level we never could have anticipated. Perhaps then we’ll discover what we’re truly capable of accomplishing, and the mystery behind our dreams will finally be revealed.
Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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