Now Entering Dreamland, Season 2; Episode 11 | Quilt Episode: First Dream Poll

Now Entering Dreamland is a podcast that centers around dreams, sleep and everything in between. Sit back and relax- you’re now entering Dreamland.

Season 2; Episode 11 features a quilt episode that includes an update about nightmares, a dream poll, and a comedy routine. The question for this week: What makes you dream?

Dream Poll

Episode Transcript

Are you ready to wake up? You are Now Entering Dreamland.

Hi everyone! You are Now Entering Dreamland, a podcast about dreams, sleep and everything in between. Welcome back to those of you who have been to Dreamland before, we’re happy to have you back and welcome to those of you joining us here in Dreamland for the first time.

It’s time for a new episode of Now Entering Dreamland, and this is going to be a special episode. As an homage to one of my favorite podcasts, My Favorite Murder, this is going to be a “quilt” episode. A quilt episode is an episode that combines a few pieces of many topics to create one episode. I hope you enjoy it!

First, I have been reading old paperback books that I haven’t read in years. Which may seem boring. But it has made me realize two points. One: I used to read a lot. Two: I should read more.

One of those books is The Giver by Lois Lowry. And rereading this book for the first time in years struck me because I think I created my entire theory about dreams and dream interpretations based on this book.

If you haven’t read this book, just know it is a classic and you can find spoilers all over the internet. It was the first book of what became a series. In my opinion, I like Lowry’s book Number The Stars more… but I digress.

To give you a short synopsis of the book, the main character, a tween boy named Jonas, lives in a very regimented society that makes everyone in the community report on their dreams every morning. Typically, these dreams mean something to the community members. For example, they can signify the beginning of puberty.

And it made me stuck on an idea: I tend to think dreams mean something. But what do they mean? And what if they mean nothing?

Do you ever fall asleep in front of the television and wake up while a new program or movie is running and you try to figure out what is happening. But it is impossible because it is just a random snippet of entertainment. What if that is all a dream is? Just a way for your brain to process the random things you see during the day, like a possum crossing the street or a bag blowing in the wind.

So, for the first time since I started this podcast, I am including a poll. I would love some feedback: do you think dreams have deep, personal meaning in your life, or are they just random images without symbolic meaning?

For the next part of this quilt episode: I talk often about my sleep issues. In a recent comedy show I performed, I personified the internal thoughts I have at night that make falling asleep difficult. I am including a snippet here. Thanks so much to the PIT’s SOLOCOM for letting me perform this past weekend.

On another note, I went to North Carolina this past weekend and slept like a baby. Normally, I sleep terribly when I am away from my bed. On one hand, I could chalk up this turn of events to just sheer exhaustion. On another, I truly think I slept so well because I felt good and safe and surrounded by people I love, which I think is a recipe for good sleep. All of this to say: no weird dreams to report from me.

But that is a great transition to the last part of this episode. This is, I am creating some different content for this podcast and website. I don’t want to let the “cat out of the bag” so to speak, but I can say this: this will be a multi-part story involving shared dream experiences. The first part of the story will be released soon on this channel.

And with that, the quilt is completed.

Thanks for tuning into the latest Now Entering Dreamland episode. You can find an archive of all past episodes and subscribe to get the latest content directly to your email on

You’re now leaving Dreamland. But we’ll see you next time.

Published by staceyacomedy

Stacey Axler is a stand up comedian and improviser based just outside of Washington DC.

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