Hooray! It’s the another comic in the short story arc we’re running! If you missed it, you can find the first comic right here!
When I was younger, I used to have fairly abstract nightmares. It was always stuff like running from Frankensteins, being trapped on an upside-down flooding cruise ship, or being able to jump incredibly far and high, but not quite able to fly. Granted, “not being able to fly” is not an especially complex metaphor, but if you compare it to the current nightmares I have, it’s like The Crucible of dream allegories.
Now my nightmares are mostly recitals of some banal aggravation of my life, like worrying about money or arguing with a coworker about SEO*. I never used to think that a person’s day-to-day life could be such a direct influence on his/her dreamscape, my personal youthful experiences with Frankenstein terrors a strong indicator of a source beyond the day’s trifles. Now that I’m old and boring though, I don’t know. Maybe it’s the lack of hours I’m depositing into my sleep-bank, but more and more, I find I’m waking up and wondering why the hell I just had a nightmare about having to iron my shirts before I head out of town on business.
FAVORITE ALLEGORIES FOR SUNDAY:
-Trailer for The Crucible movie from ’96. Can’t believe I can’t find a trailer on YouTube, but if you click the link, it’s totally the voice of the guy who did the intro for Voltron, which is pretty asynchronous and awesome.
-Plato’s Cave! Can’t beat it!
- This one here is a personal favorite:
It really speaks to me, and my love of asses. Also, this is probably a good time to point out that I don’t really know what an allegory is.
*If you’re too young or lucky enough to have a job that doesn’t require you to know this stuff, SEO stands for “Search Engine Optimization.” This can mean a couple things depending on the context, but for writers, it means constructing your prose on the Web so Google and other search engines will rank it as highly as possible. It’s one of those things people argue about in offices all the time because no one understands how it works, but everyone has to pretend they do. Also, some writers don’t like doing it since it can make your writing seem mathematical and dull at times, because it involves gaming search algorithms with your word choices.