A place strange

Dream log

Moth

An elegant black moth floats around the room, trailing a string of small, brightly coloured balloons.

Scalp

Thick chunks of skin peel away from my scalp and cling to my hair like massive pieces of dandruff.

Audition

We auditioned the actor at night, down by the water’s edge. I had to step carefully to avoid pools of green water in the sand.

How to tie

Looking for people who know ‘how to tie.’

Desire

'You never express any desire,' he said. 'You always deflect.'

Fix

Learning how to fix a pregnancy match.

Big life decisions

He’s talking about big life decisions, but all I can concentrate on is his cigarette and how much I want a drag.

The insects have arrived

It’s the first hot day of the season, and the insects have arrived. Spiders with pale green abdomens that I crush, messily, like grapes. Other insects scuttle along the webs already strung across the room; in particular, a big thick centipede—black, leggy, and maddeningly quick—that burrows deep into my drawer of kitchen towels.

God knows how

A dog was trapped in the back room under the stairs for God knows how long. I’d heard growling every time I went near the stairs, but ignored it.

Taking a stand

A treasure hunt for small trinkets that the different sets of parents hold—have been holding, for many years. Now it is time to reshuffle. They might be taking a stand and coming home.