Over the last fifteen days, I accomplished something. I rose early, mostly, every morning. I wrote. I thought. I didn’t head into work feeling like I was missing creative expression.
I also conquered two posts that I had struggled with—as noted here. I actually thought it would be a few months before I could complete them. Not only did I finish those two, but I added in one.
Those three links above were at one time one post. I also conquered this one.
That all feels pretty good. Right now, I am in the process of reorg’ing my social presence. RandomlyOrganized will become much less random. In its place I will be focusing on Storytelling. I have a new URL (which I will post in time) and will merge my visual, my stories, and my written (this blog) all under one URL.
If you haven’t done so—and you are a writer/storyteller, I suggest looking at Jeff Goins’s blog. Interestingly, the timing of all this has been—not so randomly organized.
What is the source of magic? What is it? Are there any true magicians left?
Magic is a crazy concept in our world. It’s like Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, or the Easter bunny. It just doesn’t make logical sense and yet we all want to believe there is real magic in the world.
Magic is real. It is breath.
It comes from the Breather and though we may not all know it the Breather breathes on us and through us all.
There is one major instance when we can tell that true magic entered this wobbly world of ours—when God breathed into a lifeless lump of dust and that dust and breath mixed into an eternal flame of a truly animated being. (more…)
One might look at these stories as a yearning for childhood sentimentality, but [Hans Christian] Andersen makes it clear that The Little Mermaid is a tragic myth and The Brave Tin Soldier is a classical allegory. He understood better than his editors our need for tragic irony to experience the genuine feeling of loss the storyteller attempts to convey. Irony heightens our compassion for and identity with the hero’s tragic dilemma, and through irony the loss is brought into sharp focus. We are more likely to see this quality in classical tragedy than in a book of children’s fairy tales.
Though we are more likely to see this type in classical tragedy, we are no less in need of this type of tale—today. Children, today, are hidden (much of the time) from the reality based destructive forces of life (death, defeat, loss of limb, income, etc). Gone for most, western, kids are the farming days–breeding, rearing, and losing/slaughtering animals. Yes, they kill zombies and gangstas in their video games, but they aren’t emotionally connected to the main character…they are connected to the win. When we remove a life experience from their reading we make them susceptible to only a Disnified version of life—one that always works out. If we as parents aren’t sharing the tragedy of life (through conversation) then we need to allow them the discovery of this wild world through tales.
If you are following this blog, then you will know that I am doing a 15 day writer’s challenge. Jeff’s post, on Friday, has thrown me for a bit of a loop.
According to Jeff:
Find those who are pursuing your same craft, those of like mind, and get together with them.
I have as friends, in this writer context, my wife, father-in-law, and a brother who is doing the same challenge. From an artist context, my older brother, who is an excellent illustrator, but I am also interested in finding another storyteller (outside of familial settings), who is working to become an author/illustrator, (written and visual) as a friend.
Friends, how can I help you?
The main purpose of fairy tales is to safely expose the reader to the perils of the world, the tragedies of life, and victories of humanity in a way that digestible, intelligible, and entertaining. (A goat butting a troll over a bridge is very humorous, unless you’re a troll. Three Billy Goats Gruff?)
Albert Einstein said,
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
There are two types of tales (or rather I am going to categorize them into two types): Happily-ever-after tales and tragedy tales.
This post will focus on happily-ever-after. I will return to tragedy tales in a later post, followed by a discussion of magic. (more…)
Myths make us human. Without myths we are just one more creature in this world.
The myth of myths is that they are made-up, that there is no reality to them, and that we are better off without them. I am going to focus on the Dictionary definition 1. of Myth:
1. a traditional story, esp. one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.
Myths are not always fictitious: some are true, some have been embellished, and, yes, some are complete fabrications. However we view them, myths help us by creating community: the religious commune with the religious, the non-religious with the non-religious, but each has a myth that binds them together.
Every group (religious and non-religious) on this earth have their creation myths (true or false) which explain the history of humanity. These myths separate or unite us. Whichever myth we have chosen to believe, either way we view them, they define us as creative creatures that seek to unlock the mystery of our beginnings.
Myths connect us back to the primitive mindset, away from the contraptions of our day, and reconnect us with the natural world around us. Myths either connect us to a garden or to the primal soup from which we have fled in order to seek adventure and rule over the world in which we live.
This weekend I stumbled upon a very useful camera feature when I was trying to zoom into a scene: left swipe right.
When you are in the Camera app, with one finger, wipe the camera screen to the right. What happens, as seen below, is that the camera roll is revealed.
What is even nicer? Once you have slid into the camera roll, right swipe left. The Camera app is back.
The annoying part? If I button press into the camera roll there is no swiping that gets you back to the Camera app.
Try it out I bet you’ll like it.