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Dream Police is the sequel to The Mission of the Sacred Heart. Zak and Lenny try to lucid dream their way to a better place and time.
Dream Police is the sequel to The Mission of the Sacred Heart. Zak and Lenny try to lucid dream their way to a better place and time.
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Readers have been requesting a sequel to Portland-based novel, The Mission of the Sacred Heart, since it came out in 2011. Where Mission used an ELO album as inspiration, The Dream Police uses the 1979 album by Cheap Trick, Dream Police. It picks up with Zak and Lenny 15 years later. Zak is now a professor wrapped up in scandal and Lenny still has dreams of rock stardom but is stuck in the past. They've both experienced major loss in different ways and stumble upon the idea of lucid dreaming as a way to escape their situations and fix their own pasts.

The Dream Police is more postmodern than Mission, floating in and out of dream states. Cheap Trick fans will find little nods here and there and, like Mission, each chapter is a song from the album. One reviewer said of Mission, "Rarely do you see the city of Portland described so well." The Dream Police revisits a gentrified Portland as it slips away from the young creatives who defined it.

While the screenplay project for Mission is underway in Hollywood, I'm excited to be writing furiously on this book. I think it's going to be great and I hope you can help get it finished. Leaving Portland State after almost 20 years of important work there has been frustrating, but I'm turning that nervous energy into a great story.

Painting by Andrea Barrios
Painting by Andrea Barrios

We're excited to provide cool stuff at various funding levels, including copies of Mission, vintage rock t-shirts from my collection, and a personalized painting by the talented Andrea Barrios.

My REM tour shirt from 1985.
My REM tour shirt from 1985.

It's a frighting thing to start on a new career path with a little baby. I would love to work on this AND be a professor at PSU but, in a weird way, this opportunity has fueled my creative energy. I'm that hungry kid again. Charles Bukowski once wrote, "What matters most is how well you walk through the fire."

We will forever be in debt for any support and greatly appreciate if you could pass this project around your network. Rock on.

Cozy and Dad
Cozy and Dad

Risks and challenges

The main challenge to this project is writing and being a stay-at-home dad. You'd be surprised at how much time a baby takes up! We go to the coffeeshop everyday to write. Plus, I like to write late at night when I'm a weird dream state. I'm hoping to find a new academic position soon, but the job market sucks for full professors, so I should have plenty of time to write.

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    Get an E-version of The Dream Police as soon as it is available downloaded to your Kindle or computer. Also an original, postcard-sized sketch of a Portland scene by Andrea Barrios personalized for you.

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    Get Mission and Dream Police on both formats (E-book and paperback), get a "thank you" in the book, and a hand-picked vintage rock t-shirt from my closet.

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    Get all of the above and become a character in The Dream Police story! Plus the Barrios painting will be a huge 36" X 24" (instead of 12" X 12").

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