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The Snow Queen Archetype — 25/08/2019

The Snow Queen Archetype

This summer I have been reading some classics. It has to be good for every author’s writing style, as you subconsciously take in those techniques which have stood the test of time. At the moment I’m reading Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’.

Near the beginning  is a scene in which the demons newly arrived in Hell build a palace from the untapped minerals and jewels there, and the palace arises magically in the space of a few minutes.

It always excites me to find an archetype. This is just like the ice palace arising in the film ‘Frozen’, in the most famous scene of the film.  The film may have been influenced by ‘Paradise Lost’, but whether or not it was it is still an archetype, and so is the main character, Elsa. I’ve always been interested in the Snow Queen who appears in numerous fairy stories, usually as the evil stepmother, and in the Narnia stories as Queen Jadis who was a favourite character from my childhood.

I put this character into one of my short stories ‘Glass’, along with motifs from Batman, alchemy and the chaos magic group DKMU who are another big influence on me. The beginning of the story is a hypersigil (a magic spell in story form), and it was my most successful one. It can be found in my short story collection ‘Chaos dreams Part 2: Astral Tales’ which is free to read here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/770181

I’m finding lots of phrases in ‘Paradise Lost’ which people say without knowing where they come from, and I’m sure I will also recognise many more archetypes, like old friends.

The photo shows a cake I once saw in a baker’s shop window, with ‘Frozen’ characters on the top.

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Spirit Birds — 18/08/2019

Spirit Birds

I recently deleted most of my  poetry archives. This poem has been quite popular with people I know in that strange place that is called “everyday life,” so now reposting it.

 

Looking after spirit birds is now my full-time job:
A chance to show I care for birds
Who fell out of their nest in spring,
And birds that spent their life in cages
Pecking what they’re given,
And birds spat out by hunting cats,
And birds that float on top of ponds,
Birds alive a minute ago,
And baby birds with open mouths
That starve so easily.

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Visionary Fiction — 08/08/2019

Visionary Fiction

I’ve recently joined the Visionary Fiction Alliance which provides great resources on their website for writers like me, such as blog posts giving hints and useful information, and a ‘Bookstore’ section where you can browse and order books in the visionary fiction genre. I’ve always preferred books that are positive in outlook and have an uplifting spiritual theme, and they don’t have to be unrealistic, they  can still be about real conflicts and problems.

I once went to some marketing meetings run by the most successful writer I know, a girl who writes paranormal romance, and I asked her how she thought I should classify my books. She read the samples of some of them, and then she got back to me and said, “they’re like Paulo Coelho’s.”

Well, I’m sure I’m not as talented as Paulo Coelho, but it was very nice of her to mention him and to give me an idea where the books fit in. In the Visionary Fiction Alliance there are lots of writers who could also be classed as a bit like Paulo Coelho and I’m sure they are delighted to have a proper genre to belong to.  He is in the Visionary Fiction Bookstore, along with Richard Bach, and it’s lovely to share a genre with them. I still remember how inspiring it was to read ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ when I was younger. Eventually I acquired a copy of the film, but the book was still better.

Visionary fiction  overlaps with fantasy, and with portal fiction too. I love both reading and writing about someone popping through a portal into another realm. Personally I prefer it to be a realm that really exists, like the astral plane, but parallel worlds and other planets are exciting as well. Some stories with portals are for children, like ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ which was my favourite when I was a child; however, it doesn’t have to be limited to children’s’ fiction. We can all squeeze through a window into a more exotic place and learn some useful lessons there. I wish!

http://visionaryfictionalliance.com/