[DWJ] Dream

Jessica Spencer jessicaspencer at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Feb 20 16:41:08 EST 2012


Perhaps it wasn't a dream at all...

On 20 February 2012 20:54, <estairm at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Boy, you have VERY cool dreams (assuming this is a representative sample).
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> Esther
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> >________________________________
> > From: Thomas Thurman <thomas at thurman.org.uk>
> >To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>
> >Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 9:13 AM
> >Subject: [DWJ] Dream
> >
> >I thought you lot might like to hear about a dream I had recently.
> >
> >I dreamed I was contacted by a headhunter for a programming job. This
> >isn't unlikely, since I've often worked as a contract programmer. What
> >was unusual this time is that the firm that wanted to hire me was in
> >another of the Related Worlds. I don't remember which, but it was part
> >of Series Twelve.
> >
> >So I went there for an interview, and their HR department paid for the
> >magic needed to get me there. When they offered me the job I accepted;
> >the work was interesting, as were my coworkers. The conventions of
> >programming weren't very different in that world, and the most
> >complicated thing I had to adjust to was that they still used the old
> >money.
> >
> >A great deal of the dream then involved doing some rather boring
> >debugging work. I tell you, my dreams have no clue about pacing.
> >
> >After I'd been working there a few months, the company went the way of
> >many tech startups and unexpectedly went bankrupt. This was a major
> >problem for me, because there was no HR department left to send me
> >back and I hadn't saved enough to get back to 12B on my own dime. I
> >remember wandering around the town (I didn't recognise it from this
> >world) trying to work out what to do. Eventually I found myself
> >standing by the parapet of a bridge and reasoning this way: I could
> >jump off the bridge and die. If this causes me to return to my
> >original life in my home world (a la Tacroy, I suppose), then I'm none
> >the worse. If I die permanently, at least I'm not stuck here any more.
> >
> >So I jumped, and hit the water, and woke up.
> >
> >Thomas
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