Lucidity Challenge 38: Awards Ceremony!

I had some fragments of NDs, written here, that had a mix of emotions.

More important than the points, though, is that you seem to be beating yourself up now and saying you “broke the LC”. I know the way we’ve been communicating in IRC has been a bit adversarial at times, so let me speak openly in this post.

What’s getting to me is really a lot of little things. For example, it’s normal for the LC to have some tasks that are more action-oriented while others are more laid-back, but this LC has been the latter for all seven tasks; getting too involved in an adventurous LD actually threatens to distract the dreamer from the detail needed for points, so it’s been seven weeks of “tame” LDs for me when I’m itching to have some crazier dreams. Also, the scoring system does bug me, but that didn’t start with you — it’s actually a holdover from HeadInTheClouds changing the definition of combo points while also creating some repeatable tasks for LC 37.

I guess the only thing that ever made me “angry” was a lack of clear communication. Your tasks seemed to be written as if the words were supposed to be pleasing to our ears instead of actually descriptive. This is why I’m going about the tasks “literally”, as you have said; it’s not always clear what is necessary, so I do what is written. For instance, Task 7 Part 2 seems to require two sounds to be heard (one’s own heart and some outside sound), but after speaking to you on IRC, it seems that the “to your heart and” phrase was just to make it sound special and doesn’t actually play into the task. Likewise, words like “unusual” in task descriptions seemed to be up to our interpretation, but sometimes weren’t. I would prefer knowing exactly what to do over having the tasks sound interesting.

However, I’m not perfect either. I’ve been way more vocal about small issues than I should be, and it’s clearly making you feel like everything’s ruined. When I prepare a sample LC and talk about how I’d do this or that differently, I’m really just amping myself up to keep LDing; you’ve seen many times in the past that I LD more often when I’m emotionally involved, such as being angry at other LC participants gaining ground on me or being happy about a planned dream. In this case, I’m giving myself something that I’d like to do, and the only way I can do it is by winning this LC. Please don’t think I’m saying such things just to paint your LC as a broken one, as it’s me selfishly saying things to get myself motivated without thinking of the effect it has on you. Beyond that, I’ve been a whiner because I’m up against difficult odds. Wyvern doesn’t have NLDs, and in the scoring system used by you and HeadInTheClouds, his long LDs allow for as many points as he cares to get (whereas the old LCs had a much lower max point value each week given the different method of applying lucid/early/combo points and generally smaller numbers overall). Against tough odds, I tend to lash out at insignificant things, and it’s particularly rough for me this time because I have no control over my standing; if Wyvern wants to win, he will just type enough dreams to win, and if he doesn’t, he will not. I am basically defending myself from third place rather than trying to guarantee first because I don’t know what Wyvern is thinking, and it’s a feeling that’s been dragging me down and making me argue points that aren’t worth arguing.

While I know that I’m not the only one that complained, I feel like I complained the most. I’m not going to fib and say that this LC was perfect, because there are things that I truly believe could have been done better, but I’m making it sound way worse than it actually is because I’m selfish and insecure with the idea that my final standing is not in my control. I don’t hate this LC and I don’t think less of you in any way for the small issues — if I did, I wouldn’t have ask for DC-you as a companion for Tiny Adventures™. :tongue: So for both of our sakes, please stop thinking that you’ve somehow ruined everything, as it’s not a mood I want any friend of mine to have.

Thorn: Yea, but it’s still a feeling of “sigh”. I guess I may have been beating myself up too much about it. I apologize for things like the unclear communication… I was trying to make the tasks seem more involved than they were and that fudged things up a bit.

The good news is, though, that if I ever host again I’ll know what does and doesn’t work. :wink: Thanks for the message.

Also, Scribe Idea: How to Host a Challenge. That would be awesome and it could be filled with some useful tips… like making tasks action oriented. :razz:

3 ND’s in which at least 3 tasks are accomplished. Specifically I have music, more music, and some ambiguous touch/taste stuff.

I had a ND the other night where I saw something inspiring and vivid. There were a whole bunch of black looking birds (maybe chickens?). Their chests were different colors and designs, with every design or color being on only two birds. A lot of the designs looked a lot like a very lifelike and vivid, not to mention feathery, wallpaper.

Okay, so I’m not really sure how this last task works and what qualifies for it. I think that this following dream completes 5 out of 6 of the combinations.

I had a medium LD last night. I was outside and I stood and looked up at the sky. It was night time. There was a tiny looking moon and a few stars. I continued to look around me, not just at the sky, and I eventually saw another tiny moon as well as a cool cloud cover at the bottom of the horizon. I don’t know how to describe it, but the clouds were just awesome for some reason. I smelt the air multiple times, and although I didn’t smell too much, I did get a slight hint of it just smelling like air if that makes any sense. I also stuck my tongue out and licked my lips, tasting my skin in the process as well as actually feeling my skin. That all seemed pretty much the same as IRL. As I spun around, I could definitely feel the earth hold me, but I don’t know how to describe that feeling better. It was kind of like having a perfect sense of direction and thereby not needing a compass. I don’t remember too much sound, but I think I heard a slight breeze; however, the outside place had no people or animals around and was very quiet.

Here’s a medium-length LD with dialogue in the ND part, and touching (window glass and screen) and emotion (amusement) in the LD part.

Double post; I’m so banned. Here’s today’s DJ entries. The first ND has dialogue and music. The second ND has dialogue.

I had a short LD last night. I don’t know if it will count for task points, but I was in a park full of people and could feel the sun very intensely. It was almost more real than IRL. At the same time I felt a cool/chilly breeze while I felt the sun. It was also so real that at times it seemed to be more realistic than it is IRL.

I just clicked the cookie this morning, and I’m pretty sure that game was all I dreamt of through my nap, but I don’t remember any detail at all (not counting it) :confused:

Still have two more nights to this last task!

More dreams today, posted here. The first ND had dialogue, slight fear, and music. The second ND had dialogue. I also have a near brush with WILD, but while I can describe what I saw in vivid detail, I believe it was HI and not yet a dream.

Medium LD here where I consciously attempted Task 7. I had sight, sound, touch(? - felt the air), emotion - happy :smile:

[spoiler]It’s the first time I really concentrated on a specific goal. Last night I thought about what I wanted to do. I had always pictured that task to be on that green hill. I didn’t imagine detail because I decided to let myself do that in my dream.

I had imagined standing on that hill and taking in the view. That same song playing. For touch, I had wanted to lean down and pick up some soft dirt, and feel the world hold me. Smell and taste are my weakest, didn’t really plan those well.[/spoiler]

Double posting as well. Since I woke up at 4am, I had time for another dream to remember this morning: Basketball Showdown

It was an ND where I was a DO. Heard the chanting of the basketball player. I remembered the rhythm and tone of voice (it was kind of raspy and he was eating his words). I was also repeating the beat to determine the rhythm when I woke up.

Had a minor LD here which lasted around 4-5 minutes.

Another short LD.

HeadInTheClouds: I scored your Task 7 as n= 3. I gave you points for 1, 3, and 4. I didn’t think your taste and sound details were vivid enough.

For your Sun heat / cool breeze I scored that as a Temperature Feel (Task 3, Part 2.)

Thorn: I ban you for double posting. :razz:

Jessice: So you’re not counting this dream? Okay.

And congratulations. I scored your Task 7 as an n = 4. :smile:

james_uk2008: I’ll take minor to mean “short”.

Everyone: Just a few more hours! :happy: :happy: :happy:

Some last minute points – I had 2 short LD’s last night.

Here’s my last submission to this LC. The first dream was a fragment with music. The second dream was an ND with touching an object (an empty cup of yogurt), emotion (panic) and dialogue. The third dream was an FLD with a touch sensation (a taut fishing line) and dialogue.

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Sept 16

LD medium, vivid, dialogue, tasted food.

Sept 17

  1. LD medium, vivid, dialogue, touch something cold, smell something good
  2. LD long, vivid, dialogue, smell food, touch something, touch texture, heard music, smelled something bad. +chain

Sept 20

LD medium, dialogue, tasted food

Sept 21

  1. LD small, see something grand, touch something
  2. LD long, Music, touch something cold, drink beer, dialogue, smell something good, touch

Sept 22

LD medium, dialogue, something grand, tasted “food”
LD medium, dialogue, touch something, vivid, touch something very hot, taste food, smelled food, listened to silence, felt emotion (relaxation)?

So many I couldn’t write…


Task 7
medium LD

Okay everyone! The time for submissions is over! I will post the final results in an hour or two… when I get the chance to get to it. :razz:

For those curious, congrats go to Rhewin and other who completed the Bonus Task! Click that Cookie!

And the creativity points for Task 7 go to Thorn for having the earth “hold him” in quite the literal way… :razz:

Further Submissions
No more dream submissions will be accepted EXCEPT those that qualify as an exception. Specifically, if you had the dream close enough to the deadline that writing up an entry was not possible in the short time, or if IRL requirements such as a Job delayed you from submitting the entry, I will accept those dreams beyond the deadline.

Also, all scores will be open to contestation after the final posting of the scores (along with my detailed log of how I scored everyone’s dreams).

Until I post the final results, thanks everyone for competing! And don’t forget to reserve your seat! Spoiler… XD

Edited my post to include taste for a dream (2nd dream, 22 sept.)

/me is disappointed he didn’t have time to post all his dreams to complete his personal task, but oh well.

/me eagerly awaits the results

Here’s my final submission, Book of Regions, Book of Dreams

Woke up from this dream about 5-6 hours ago, but didn’t have internet at the time to post it. I saw something grand, a giant book.

Scipio, yeah, when I woke up I was blank like when I don’t remember my dreams at all Just had the feeling that that was what I dreamed about. And thanks! :smile: