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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (40 days)