Some years ago, I had a vivid two-punch dream, in which I felt I was being recruited into a Russian intelligence agency. I was lucid—that is, aware I was in a dream—from the beginning. Standing in a hallway with a crowd of other people like me, waiting for whatever was supposed to come next, I was practicing my lucidity skills by trying to levitate, and being reasonably successful at it. People were chatting among themselves, but I was minding my own.
Maybe you and your “character” are worldbuilding towards each other.
And you are the character and he is the author in his world.
Nikita, have you always had lucid dreams that you remember so clearly? Does it come naturally, and if not, what did you do to cultivate your ability to both do lucid dreaming, and remember them in such detail? Are all your dreams lucid, and if not, do you remember those, too? Most of my dreams seem like meaningless drivel, and I can't recall much detail for more than a few minutes after waking. As a psychologist, I'm very curious about this. I wonder if creative people like you are more prone to such dreams, or is it your practices, maybe tripping?! Thanks.
Part of what makes your work so wonderful is the canny (but genuine) mix of "straight" and "trip" logic. Like this: "We explained the way we saw our circumstance to one another, without judgment or hostility, but with a determination to protect our respective truths—like a couple discussing divorce."