Writing & Books

Is there room for mythology in the 21st century

May 28, 2019(edit)

Joseph Campbell tells us that mythology had four functions: cosmological, social, eliciting a sense of awe, and psychological. One of these haven’t been replaced by something created by humankind. Which one? The cosmological function explains how the universe was created. In Greek mythology for example, out of the void (referred to as Chaos) came the… View More

My Inciting Incident for Storytelling

Apr 22, 2019(edit)

Everything goes back to childhood. In primary school, there was a reading comprehension exercise that still haunts me to this day. It’s where you read a short story, and at the end of it, you had to answer a series of questions. The first question was… View More

The Artist’s Journey by Steven Pressfield

Sep 19, 2018(edit)

I love Steven Pressfield. His book, The War of Art, is the best book I’ve found that describes the internal struggle some artists face when creating new work. It certainly describes my struggle. The procrastination, the second-guessing, the indecision… View More

The 5 Components of Myth

May 23, 2018(edit)

I recently came across a book on storytelling entitled, The Myth Gap, What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? by Alex Evans. Storytelling is something I’m interested in. I want my images to have a storyäóîwith a beginning, a middle, and an end. There is a contradiction in what… View More

The Five Laws of Storytelling

Jun 21, 2017(edit)

As mentioned last week, I started reading Pride & Prejudice. What a wonderful book! I couldn’t put it down even though I already saw the movie and knew what would happen. I was reading the annotated version of Pride & Prejudice. This book is annotated by Shawn Coyne, a book editor of over… View More

Your Hero's Journey Could be Large or Small

May 31, 2017(edit)

We get the wrong message in movies. If you are not saving the world, getting rich, or living happily every after by the end of the story, then it’s not worth telling. I get it. A movie that is quiet and doesn’t have explosions will not have broad appeal. Movies are expensive to make. Studios have… View More

How Going To Work Is Like A Hollywood Movie

May 10, 2017(edit)

Could we look at going to work as a hero’s journey just like in the movies? How would that go? Hollywood movies like Joy follow the arc of the Hero’s Journey, popularized by Joseph Campbell who first identified this universal pattern in mythological stories from around the world.… View More

And-But-Therefore Storytelling

Sep 23, 2016(edit)

Recently I was part of a team at work that had to prepare a powerpoint presentation. One of the requirements was that this presentation had to have a clear story. How would we actually do that? I suggested the ABT template of storytelling. ABT stands for AND-BUT-THEREFORE. About two years ago, a… View More

The Archetype of Wholeness

May 31, 2016(edit)

Coincidences happen all the time in our lives. As I continue to read up on the topic of synchronicity, I’ve been wondering about this: why is it that some coincidences are synchronistic and some are not? I just finished reading a book entitled The Are No Accidents by Robert Hopcke. I started… View More


May 1, 2016(edit)

I just came back from Robert McKee’s Story Seminar held in New York City. McKee is well known in Hollywood as the Story Doctor. He teaches the structure of stories and how they work. While he focuses on movies, his teachings can be applied to all kinds of storytellingäóîincluding the wordless… View More

All Mediums Are One

May 18, 2015(edit)

I went to a Michael Chabon artist talk recently at the University of Baltimore. My friend Kent loves Chabon’s work, and he suggested I go. I’ve only read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which I loved, so I decided to go. The talk was going to be about writer beginnings, as in, where… View More

Idea Transplant: Cyanotype Comics

Nov 17, 2014(edit)

An AMS Newsletter reader sent me a link to this NPR news article and said, “you might want to write about this.” In this news article, a woman born without a uterus gave birth to a healthy baby after getting a uterus transplant. The idea of transplanting a uterus came to Dr. Mats Bransstrom from… View More

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