Raising Sleeping Stones Fantasy Novel is Released
BOSTON, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ "Follow your dreams" is a common phrase that people use to encourage and motivate. Very few people, however, take these words literally.
Pratt Bennet, a Boston-area artist and author, is one of them. He has been studying dreams for the past 30 years, discovering ways to unlock their potential for creativity and inspiration.
His most recent project, Raising Sleeping Stones, is a fantasy novel that explores the dreams of its characters and how the dreams can be used to make life more fulfilling. Instead of a hardcover book, Bennet is developing this work into an eBook and mobile app.
"I want this to be experienced in a way that readers can't do with physical books," he explained. "Readers will be able to explore the story more deeply through the music interwoven into the tale. There are musical clues that listeners can use to unlock hidden layers of the story."
The book also features illustrations that have mysterious, cryptic meanings. "When a character makes a breakthrough in his or her dreams, it unlocks hidden layers of an illustration in an earlier chapter," said Bennet.
Raising Sleeping Stones was inspired by Bennet's two daughters, Juliette and Paola, who had nightmares as young children but learned to understand and improve their dreams by working with their father.
In the novel, the Stone sisters meet members of a dying culture, the DreamKeepers, who teach them how to remember and explore their dreams.
Because Raising Sleeping Stones is a multi-media work, the creative and technical requirements are complex and costly. Bennet has enlisted the services of musical composers, editors, an illustrator and a technical consultant. The budget is estimated at $12,200 and Bennet has launched a Kickstarter campaign to generate funding.