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Jan.22.2014
To receive inspiring, transformational strategies for writers, click here. My latest book is about how writers can use mythic archetypes as guides through the challenges of the writing life. There are works that show how to use archetypes to create characters or construct plots. But my book isn’t...
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Feb.19.2013
     Less than 80 years ago, across the world, only about 200 televisions sets were in use. Today, a simulated reality confronts us with our collective mind. A click away, we sample the zeitgeist and witness some disturbing trends, like the continuous robbery of world resources. How...
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Dec.12.2012
  One of Zeus’s greatest battles was against Typhon, the “father of all monsters,” a horrible being as large as the Earth, with a human upper torso, a bottom half of vipers, and a hundred dragron heads. Ticked off over Zeus’s defeat of the Titans, Typhon attempted to destroy Zeus. The sky-god...
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Dec.11.2012
Of all the archetypes I’ve explored over the last few weeks, Zeus is the one with the largest arsenal. Little wonder he’s king of the gods: He has thunderbolts to throw like spears, a magic shield for protection, a sickle made of the hardest substance in the universe, and an eagle as his assistant...
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Dec.10.2012
Zeus is not a god you can love. He is the boss you detest. The neighbor you hide from. The worst boyfriend you ever had. He’s arrogant, domineering, and mean, and has the biggest ego of anyone in the universe. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn things from him. Writers can gain a lot from...
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Dec.09.2012
Today was a perfect day to honor Saraswati. In Minneapolis, we awoke to a fresh layer of snow—the first heavy snow of the winter. It snowed all day. The world has the silent, still look it always does after a new snow. Everything is as white as Saraswati’s sari.  I needed the goddess today, in...
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Dec.05.2012
“I’m against the picture of the artist as the starry-eyed visionary not really in control or knowing what he does,” William Golding once said. “I think I’d almost prefer the word ‘craftsman.’  He’s like .  .  . one of the old-fashioned shipbuilders, who conceived the building of the...
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Dec.04.2012
Like most deities, the Hindu goddess Saraswati is complex and multilayered.  She can be interpreted many ways. Her simple white sari symbolizes devotion to knowledge above material wealth, but it also represents purity. Her four arms denote four forms of awareness, but also the four...
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Dec.03.2012
Living in a country where, according to some sources, 40% of college graduates never read a single book after leaving school (jenkinsgroupinc.com)—and, not coincidentally, where 50% of the population doesn’t “believe” in evolution—how wonderful it is to read of cultures where knowledge is a...
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Nov.27.2012
She is the source of creativity, the gorgeous, sexy, vibrant goddess of fertility and abundance. She is a goddess of joy and delight. Her worship is highly sensory, involving brightly colored clothing, throbbing drumbeats, lively dancing, music, and song. She is attracted to beautiful things—...