When we watch a film or read a novel, we unconsciously project our inner beliefs and systems onto what we are viewing.
There is a reoccurring idea, an archetype of sorts, that is often seen in media involving planes and ships.
The basics of it is this: We perceive ourselves, our ego, as the vessel, and the endless blue of the sky or the sea, that’s the unconscious.
Think of a ship. Lonely and small in comparison to the sea. Even when it is calm, there is always that terrible feeling that black clouds may soon cover the horizon, and that something from the deep might just swallow the entire vessel.
It’s the same with planes. A plane is so insignificant when it is flying thousands upon thousands of feet high. It is a spec of dust in a vacuum of sky and clouds.
This sense of smallness and weakness is how we all feel intuitively when we feel the great expanse of the unconscious. It is this fear that drives primal man, that makes him imagine vengeful, angry Gods who he must please and sacrifice too.
We still have this same fear, but now it is murky, harder to see, but it is still there. Everyone understands that there are beasts swimming at the depths of the ocean, that in the right circumstances, will rise up to drag us down with them.
This is a topic I would like to go into greater detail later, but for now, this will do.
Recently I finished reading American Gods, and I have a few thoughts about the book. I’m just going to keep this post fairly informal and go through what I liked and what I didn’t.
Why should this interest you?
With a lot of books and films, people are either for or against it. Neil Gaiman even said that he thought this book was especially polarizing. Continue reading “American Gods, An Imaginative Tale Or A Stale Read?”
Ever since I have created my website, I have had a hard time defining what it is. That’s why I created the Four Pillars Of Talepress.
I know that this place is about stories, but whenever I tried to write posts consistently, I’d get burned out and run out of ideas.
At first, I thought it was purely about fiction. I wrote about my methods for writing, as well as posting my own short stories.
That did not seem right. Continue reading “The Four Pillars Of Talepress”
The experience I am about to describe is probably one that you are familiar with. You see a trailer for a movie and you are excited. You only have bits of information so your mind begins to fill all the gaps. Before you even sit down in the movie theater you already have the movie played out in your head. This happens, and then this happens, and finally the foreshadowing pays off with the MASSIVE reveal. Keep in mind, this is all in your imagination so far.
Then the movie happens, and instead of exceeding your expectations, it fails to met them. Doesn’t mean it was a bad movie, but it wasn’t THE movie. This was my experience with Continue reading “Why Sol Stein’s “How To Grow A Novel,” Will Leave You Wanting More”
I’ve been reading a bit about psychology recently, and some of it is helpful when it comes to writing fiction. That’s probably nothing new, but there was something that stuck out, Character Archetypes.
Carl Jung was an extraordinary man, and one of the most influential men of the 20th Century. I have only started to really learn about him and his work, and there is a lot to learn. I read “Man’s Search for a Soul,” and it was brilliant. He somehow captures the Continue reading “Character Archetypes – How To Create Compelling Characters with Jungian Archetypes”
Over May, I wrote 30 short stories. It was essentially one a day.
Some days the ideas flowed and I created something great. Other days I found myself empty and had to just run with whatever I could come up with. Over May, I had only two days when I didn’t finish a story, but everyday I wrote for one. At the end of it, it all worked out, with 30 stories written.
It was a great challenge and learning experience, and there is no reason why you can’t learn from what I did. Here are my lessons from writing everyday: Continue reading “Lessons From Writing Everyday – What I Learned Writing 30 Stories in a Month”