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Visionary Fiction ––What Is It & What Makes It Visionary?

2 Aug

To me, visionary fiction rests on a core moral principle. St. Thomas Aquinas’ famous maxim, “Do good and avoid evil,” spells it out about as clearly as it gets. Visionary fiction contains a moral core and a belief in the ability of individuals and society to evolve in a positive fashion, overcoming evil and generally setting the world right.

Does this mean that visionary fiction is by nature a Polly-Anna-ish or The Secret-ish exercise in “Keep up a cheery front and everything will be groovy in the sweet by and by, if not sooner”?

Some visionary fiction fits that mold and has been very well received by readers (if not critics). This includes some of the best-known examples of the genre and I think it probably fits the experience and expectations of many readers of visionary fiction.

But! What if you aren’t the typical reader? What if you want a message with a wallop? A message with teeth, that bites?

I’m like that. I hate anything easy, simpering, obvious, trite, and watered-down. My writing reflects my preferences. It contains violence, sexual situations, strong language, and doesn’t give away it’s ending until it ends. Happy endings are not guaranteed. I’d give my books an R rating if they were movies. (Though they’re way, way less violent than stuff I’ve seen on TV and in the movies. Like the TV series “24” and the smash hit book and move, The Hunger Games.

How to Finish Books, Find True Love, and Live, Write, and Speak from the Heart

14 Mar

I’ve wanted to get to know you. The you you. The you beyond the hype. I’ve finally found a way to introduce myself, the real me. I gave a talk at our local book store, The Book Loft in Solvang, CA the day before Valentine’s Day. I hate Valentine’s Day. The talk was recorded and the link below will magically transport you to YouTube, where I’ll tell you why I hate the famous day of hearts and flowers. I’ll share a lot of other things with you, too. How I write. “Literature through disaster,” is my own personally trademarked term to express how my soul transforms personal wipe-outs into books. It may work for you too.

Sandy Nathan Leads the Depth Psychology Alliance's On-Line Book Club in January 2012

31 Dec

ward winning author, Sandy Nathan, will hostess the Depth Psychology Alliance’s Book Club for the month of January 2012. This is the Club’s first meeting and an exciting event. Sandy will use her book, Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Magic, to illuminate major themes of depth psychology. Numenon is the story of a Silicon Valley billionaire, the richest man in the world, meeting a great Native American shaman.

You may be wondering what Depth Psychology is. Depth Psychology focuses on the deeper parts of human experience––it concentrates on the psyche or soul. Depth Psychology seeks to know the Unconscious realm of the human mind, which is outside of our awareness and which we unable to know directly. Our everyday awareness––the habitual way we think about ourselves and see life––collapses our experience into a collection of programmed responses, rigid and unbending. It makes TV sitcom of something a life with is potentially grand. A vast inner world which is largely unknown exists beneath this reality. It communicates through dreams, myths, and symbols, giving our lives great meaning and richness. If we listen, this unseen world has much to give us. Depth Psychology is about learning to listen.

Depth Psychology Alliance was created to be central gathering place, a global village for academic discussion, research, and development of Depth Psychology ideas. The first online community of its kind, The Alliance hopes to a community that will enable Depth Psychology to emerge more fully into the everyday world. The Book Club will be hosted by a different author each month.