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I'm introverted but not shy. I like to write, sing, paint, do math. I love solving problems. I love fixing things. I am especially excited about big challenges that seem insurmountable. I have worked directly with governors, CEO's, and fourth graders. I am not easily intimidated, unless you throw me into a room full of strangers without a job to do, then I will likely freak out, and you'll probably find me crying in a bathroom stall.
My new BIG GOAL is to bring awareness of a monomyth for women called The Queen's Path that changes the game in how we see female protagonists. I have been studying and writing about archetypes, images, and their impact for over 15 years. The Queen's Path emerged from my research in how women are portrayed in family films. It has so turned my world upside down in importance, it is now the primary focus of my work.
I write about my interest in the unconscious and the media on my blog. The blog used to be a stand alone place where I would write about archetypes in the media. I have decided to make it more focused on The Queen's Path, and now have it as part of this site, and have renamed the blog, Write Women.
The book on The Queen's Path in the spirit of Joseph's Campbell's The Hero's Journey is forthcoming. It's called, Crowned: from Divided Woman to United Queen. Crowned examines the archetypes that drive women's journeys throughout our lives, and what it takes to reunite the broken pieces. Like Chris Vogler's work to bring the Hero's Journey to writers, the Queen's Path illuminates the simplicity and complexity of female characters. Whether in emerging or well-known stories, the Queen's Path is highlighted by a split in the female psyche at a young age, and how this sets female characters (and real women) up to live in opposition to ourselves. Women wind up spending a great deal of our narrative energy defining how we fit in situations where culture prefers women be quiet and outside of the governing processes of industry, politics, artistic expression, and our own bodies.
Archetypes can change how we see a story, a political experience, a television character, our own parents, or... ourselves. I am thrilled to have discovered some new archetypes emerging in our culture. Famed psychoanalyst, James Hillman would say that archetypes don't come and go, but are always there, it's just that we may be more or less aware of them.
If you have a female protagonist problem, reach out, I can probably help you by directing you along the Queen's Path.