Saturday, August 9, 2008

My Hypnagogination Journals

I have loads of journals - just blank paper - no lines - that I keep handy by my bedside. Just before I head to sleep, my brain "down-shifts" and I let my brain open up to possible words and images. This state is known as Hypnagogia: the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep. Here's a page from one of my "hypnagogination" books. Some pages feature scrawled lines and text that slowly disintegrates into unintelligible marks. One evening, I was so tired that my marker left a single mark. I fell asleep, marker still pressed against the page. When I awoke I found a huge dot. I looked at it and thought, "Wow. Looks pretty cool." I then wrote "The Dot" above it and "Peter H. Reynolds" below it. A story emerged from this page. Perhaps you've read it?


Maribeth Bush said...

I read the text above Chloe and chuckled - I love the way you think, Peter! : )

Soobee said...

I am using "The Dot" as the focal point for my classroom management this year. Everyone is creating a dot for my room. As always I will also use the North Star story. I have created a math universe based on the Phantom Tollbooth we are members of Digitopolis and my official title is Queen Quotient. Thank you so very much for all that you do to promote reading and creativity.

Peter H. Reynolds said...

Thanks, Soobee. I love hearing about how my books are used in the classroom. You sound like you are a great teacher with a creative classroom! Good luck this year!