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LepreCon 40 – My Schedule of Appearances

See you at LepreCon 40 if you can make it.  Here is my schedule (Michael Bradley) for the event:

My schedule for LepreCon 40:

Friday (Dealer room when not at panel)

1 pm Steampunk 101

2 pm The Singularity

Saturday (Dealer room when not at panel)

9 am Self Publishing 101

Noon – The Perils of Time Travel

Sunday (Dealer room when not at panel)

10 am Advanced Self Publishing

11 am Advanced Steampunk

Susannes Treasures will be open during all dealer hours, Friday Noon to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 3 pm.


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Thanks Again!

untitled (28)Last week I went over the 600 mark for WordPress followers and over 4,000 for all media!  Thank you to all of you who make it exciting to share my eclectic and unusual blog with you.  We also passed the 630,000 hit mark this year which also rocks.  Remember, if you ever want to comment, or if you want to reach me personally, you can email me as well.  Also, for those of you who just read the blog, that is great, but I am also an indie published author and have four books out on Kindle at the moment.  Three are just 99 cents each, and the best and latest is just $2.99.  Feel free to check them out on the STORE tabe on my home page for this blog and let me know what you think.


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Travis Marsala – Young Playwright, Actor, Director and Renaissance Man

I have a few other websites.  This is mine, the one that reflects my very strange mind and my writing.

I am also lucky enough to be the editor at Arizonahealthspot.org which is a blog devoted to ONLY positive health, wellness and medical news.  No warnings about things that will kill you, only talk about things that are fun and can heal you and keep you healthy.

In addition, I just started up a new website called Arizonaprofiles.com.  At this site, once again, I only have profiles and interviews that are positive.  I am planning to focus on ‘normal people’ around us that are not celebrities or famous, but have pursued a rewarding, creative and productive life.  This can be in the arts, in foster care, charity, public service, education, etc.  The silent heroes who work hard to make our world special.  In my first post I profiled Song River, who is the Photographer behind Cowgirlzen Photography.  In this profile, Song River reciprocated by interviewing and doing a profile on Travis Marsala.  You can read the post here:



If you are interested in health issues, please feel free to follow at Arizonahealthspot.org.

If you are interested in profiles of people, please feel free to follow at Arizonaprofiles.com.


Michael Bradley, Author

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101 Tips from Famous Authors

Words of Wisdom: 101 Tips from the World’s Most Famous Authors

re-posted from Collegeonline.com via StumbleUpon link.

If you’ve ever wanted to sit down with your favorite writer and ask advice, then you should take a look at these tips from some of the most famous authors in the world. These valuable bits of information provide guidance on strengthening your writing skills, becoming a better fiction writer or poet, learning to tap into your creativity, advice on education and school, and even a few suggestions on success and living a meaningful life. Of course, another excellent way of improving your writing is through traditional or online master’s degrees in creative writing.

General Writing Tips

Improve any type of writing you do with these solid tips from successful writers themselves.

  1. Ernest Hemingway. Use short sentences and short first paragraphs. These rules were two of four given to Hemingway in his early days as a reporter–and words he lived by.
  2. Mark Twain. Substitute “damn” every time you want to use the word “very.” Twain’s thought was that your editor would delete the “damn,” and leave the writing as it should be. The short version: eliminate using the word “very.”
  3. Oscar Wilde. Be unpredictable. Wilde suggested that “consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
  4. Anton Chekhov. Show, don’t tell. This advice comes out of most every writing class taught. Chekhov said it most clearly when he said, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
  5. EB White. Just write. The author of Charlotte’s Web, one of the most beloved of children’s books, said that “I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.”
  6. Samuel Johnson. Keep your writing interesting. “The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.”
  7. Ray Bradbury. Learn to take criticism well and discount empty praise, or as Bradbury put it, “to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”
  8. Toni Morrison. Remember that writing is always about communication. “Everything I’ve ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it.”
  9. George Orwell. Orwell offered twelve solid tips on creating strong writing, including an active voice rather than a passive one and eliminating longer words when shorter ones will work just as well.
  10. F. Scott Fitzgerald. “Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke.”
  11. Anais Nin. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
  12. Truman Capote. Editing is as important as the writing. “I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.”
  13. Maurice Sendak. Keep revising. “I never spent less than two years on the text of one of my picture books, even though each of them is approximately 380 words long. Only when the text is finished … do I begin the pictures.”

Tips for Beginning Writers

If you are thinking about a career in writing, whether you have a bachelor degree or a master’s degree, or are just starting to write seriously, then use these tips for great suggestions.

  1. Stephen King. “Read a lot and write a lot.” Reading and understanding different styles is integral to finding your own style.
  2. Margaret Mahy. Be persistent. This popular New Zealand author suggests that being persistent will pay off when facing adversity while writing or trying to get your writing published.
  3. John Grisham. Keep your day job. Grisham suggests finding your career outside of writing. Experience life, suffering, and love to be able to write effectively.
  4. John Steinbeck. “I’ve always tried out material on my dogs first.” Make sure that above all, you are happy with your work…and see if the dogs stay awake.
  5. Flannery O’Connor. Sometimes you need to stir the emotions to be heard. “I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I’m afraid it will not be controversial.”
  6. Isaac Asimov. Use humor effectively.” Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.”
  7. Lillian Hellman. Trust your instincts. “If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.”
  8. Doris Lessing. “I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.”
  9. Jessamyn West. “Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.”
  10. William Faulkner. “A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.”
  11. Margaret Atwood. Don’t be afraid of failure. “A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.”
  12. Richard Bach. Never stop trying. “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
  13. Isabel Allende. Follow your passion, despite the obstacles. “I couldn’t write a novel sitting in a car but I could write short stories. The advantage to this is because with a short story you write fragments. In a couple of weeks you have a story and then you do some more. If you really want to do something you do it in the most awkward circumstances, of course.”

Fiction Tips

These tips are specifically for writing fiction, but many are good tips for writing in general. In addition, students can improve their overall writing skills through online degrees in writing.

  1. Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut offers eight rules of writing a short story, including tips such as “Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water” and “Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.”
  2. Roald Dahl. From one of the most magical of storytellers: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
  3. Louis L’Amour. “A plot is nothing but a normal human situation that keeps arising again and again….normal human emotions–envy, ambition, rivalry, love, hate, greed, and so on.”
  4. John Irving. Know the story. Irving suggests knowing the basic outline of the entire story before you begin writing the first paragraph.
  5. Jack Kerouac. Although Kerouac set down 30 tips, the gist of most of them is to know yourself and write for yourself with abandonment.
  6. Scott Turow. Drawing from his experience as a trial lawyer, Turow discovered that what makes attorneys successful is what would make him successful as a writer: Tell a good story.
  7. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Write about what you know. “If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own.”
  8. Leo Tolstoy. “Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man’s life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.”
  9. Katherine Anne Porter. “If I didn’t know the ending of a story, I wouldn’t begin. I always write my last line, my last paragraph, my last page first.
  10. Robert Louis Stevenson. “The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.”
  11. W. Somerset Maugham. Make your own rules. “There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
  12. Vladimir Nabokov. The careful construction of details can make all the difference in your writing. “Caress the detail, the divine detail.”
  13. EL Doctorow. “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”


Poets can find many helpful tips from writers who have come before them here. In addition, students can sharpen their overall poetry skills in online English literature programs.

  1. Robert Frost. Poetry offers many levels for readers. Capitalize on all you can. “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”
  2. Salman Rushdie. “A poet`s work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.”
  3. WH Auden. Anticipate and recognize ideas. “All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.”
  4. TS Eliot. Seek life experience. “Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.”
  5. Henry David Thoreau. Understand the power of each word. “A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art.”
  6. Paul Valery. Keep revising. “A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”
  7. Percy Bysshe Shelley. Think about the obvious in new ways. “Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.”
  8. Plato. Don’t just rely on the beauty of the words: make a statement. “Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.”
  9. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Remember the importance of each word used in each poem. “I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; –poetry = the best words in the best order.”
  10. Robert Graves. Write poetry because you want to, not because you expect to earn a living. “There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either.”

Tips for Creativity

Whether you are facing writer’s block, just want to add a little more pizzazz to your work, or are writing something to complete your undergraduate degree or master’s degree program, use these tips to find more creativity.

  1. Annie Dillard. “Writing sentences is difficult whatever their subject. It is no less difficult to write sentences in a recipe than sentences in Moby Dick. So you might as well write Moby Dick.” No matter what, write.
  2. William Wordsworth. Write with passion. Wordsworth advocated, “Fill your paper with with the breathings of your heart.”
  3. Alice Walker. Walker recommends meditation for writing, as well as life. She credits meditation for helping her write her books.
  4. James Patterson. “I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.”
  5. John Cheever. Looking inwards and learning from yourself provides great material for writing. “The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one’s life and discover one’s usefulness.”
  6. Agatha Christie. Let your mind go while keeping your hands busy. “The best time for planning a book is when you’re doing the dishes.”
  7. Francis Bacon. Always carry something to write on. “A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought are commonly the most valuable and should be secured, they seldom return.”
  8. Jack London. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Sometimes you need to actively seek your sources of inspiration.
  9. Maya Angelou. Follow your instincts and do what you feel you must. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
  10. Virginia Woolf. “Arrange whatever pieces come your way.” Sometimes you have to recognize what you have and make the best of it.
  11. Charles Dickens. Play with your ideas, talk with them, and coax them into a fully-formed creation. “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.”

School and Education

Find out what famous writers have to say about school and getting an education, whether it be traditional oronline.

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson. Recognize what students can give to teachers as well as what teachers can impart. “Of course you will insist on modesty in the children, and respect to their teachers, but if the boy stops you in your speech, cries out that you are wrong and sets you right, hug him!”
  2. Barbara Kingsolver. “Libraries are the one American institution you shouldn’t rip off.”
  3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Use education to build character. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.”
  4. Robert M Hutchins. Keep in mind what school provides for the long run. “The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”
  5. Norman Cousins. “The purpose of education is to enable us to develop to the fullest that which is inside us.”
  6. Nelson Mandela. Use your knowledge to make a difference. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
  7. John Dewey. “Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but is life itself.
  8. BF Skinner. Appreciate knowledge and the rest will come. “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”
  9. Aristippus. Use your education to cultivate what you already have. “Native ability without education is like a tree without fruit.”
  10. Robert Frost. Learn to separate emotion from knowledge. “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
  11. Charlotte Bronte. Embrace the opportunity to see beyond your known world. “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”

Lifelong Learning

Learning should go far beyond college and even graduate school, and these writers agree. Find out what they suggest to keep the quest for knowledge alive.

  1. Aristotle. Learn to analyze what you are being told. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
  2. Robert Frost. Don’t ever stop learning. “Education is hanging around until you’ve caught on.”
  3. Albert Einstein. Don’t ever stop questioning. “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
  4. WB Yeats. Discover what lights your fire. “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.”
  5. CS Lewis. Learn by doing. “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”
  6. Friedrich Nietzche. Learn the basics first. “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance, one cannot fly into flying.”
  7. Socrates. Learning is ultimately your own responsibility. “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”
  8. Aldous Huxley. Don’t become complacent. “A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.”
  9. Willa Cather. Embrace every opportunity to learn. “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
  10. Confucius. Education should be much more than memorizing facts. “Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”


No matter what career you pursue after college, success is likely a goal. Discover what tips these authors have to share about achieving success in life.

  1. Isak Dinesen. “When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.”
  2. Margaret Atwood. Speak your mind and stand up for what you believe. “A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.”
  3. Malcolm S. Forbes. “Failure is success if we learn from it.”
  4. Helen Keller. Find the joy in small accomplishments. “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
  5. Dr. Seuss. Be responsible for your own success. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
  6. Kahlil Gibran. Stay the course, even when it feels like you aren’t making progress. “One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.”
  7. Ralph Waldo Emerson. Believe in yourself. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
  8. Paul Coelho. “Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”
  9. Tennessee Williams. Let success happen in its own time. “Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching.”

On Living

These last few tips all include good, solid advice on living life to your best potential.

  1. Alexander Pope. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Pope is the author of one of the most famous quotes on allowing yourself to make a mistake with his famous, “To err is human, to forgive divine.”
  2. Benjamin Franklin. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
  3. JK Rowling. “If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
  4. Barbara Kingsolver. “The truth needs so little rehearsal.”
  5. Maya Angelou. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
  6. Umberto Eco. Sometimes things are just as they seem. “But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.”
  7. John Ruskin. “There is no wealth but life.”
  8. George Bernard Shaw. Appreciate the good and the bad–it is all a part of life. “Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”
  9. Arthur Miller. “Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”
  10. Charles M. Schulz. “Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.”
  11. John Burroughs. Realize what is important to you. “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”

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Writing – Is it Creative?

Most people think as an author and a magazine columnist that I create new things and new stories.  Oddly, the answer is yes and no.  We are the sum of our neural connections and memories.  I do not believe you can create anything new.  All you can do is take what is already in your head, and mix and match it into something new.  A good friend and fellow author disagreed with me.  In fact, he intentionally made up a name at random and put it in his story.  He was very proud to “prove me wrong.”  That week, he made the same turn he always did on his way home and noticed a small sign – with his entirely random name on it.  He changed the name in his story – to another random one, and went on his way, maybe a little more interested in my theory.

Throughout history, their are certain motifs, stories, and character archetypes which have been laid down in verbal tradition, through religion, stories, movies, TV, pretty much every interaction you have with your fellow man.  Here it is in the Bible:

Ecclesiastes 1:9

New International Version (NIV)

 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

So how then do you come up with “new” ideas if there is nothing “new”?  Stephen King in On Writing said as an author you should at least as much time reading as you do writing.  The more inputs you have, the more combinations can be made.  I have read at least one book a week since I was twelve.  I estimate I have read around 4,000 books.  I watch movies, I travel to new places, try new things, eat new foods.  People you meet, movies you see, conversations you have, failures and successes in careers all stay inside that grey matter in magical ways.

right left brain garden

So, in my own opinion, the only way to be “creative” in your writing, is to constantly explore, learn and put more little bits of potential into your head.  Mine usually come together best in that twilight moment of falling asleep.  I have written chapters, even entire books in my head as I drift off.  For some reason, for me, that is the time when all those life bits and memories swirl around in a big ocean and rejoin to make original patterns out of old data.

Writing is creative for sure.  Writing is even original to everyone else who reads it, because they do not share all the bits and pieces that you do in your brain.  They see with a different collection of fragments floating in their ocean.  But to me, as a writer, I know everything I write came from somewhere else, even if I don’t know what strange combination floated together.

child Head

Having indulged my philosophical side, here is a list of common Character Archetypes used in literature, compiled at Listology:

Character archetypes

 Submitted by diaskeaus on Wed, 02/15/2006 – 02:24
  1. Willing Hero — King Arthur; Leelu from The Fifth Element; Hercules
  2. Unwilling Hero — Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbitt, Phillipe Gaston from Ladyhawke
  3. Cynical Anti-hero — Han Solo from Star Wars
  4. Tragic Anti-hero –Lestat from Ann Rices’ Vampire Chronicles; Darth Vader from Star Wars
  5. Group-oriented Hero — CuChulainn from Irish myth.
  6. Loner Hero –Indiana Jones, Xena from Xena: Warrior Princess
  7. Catalyst Hero — Any mentor (s/he’s the hero of their own stories)
  8. Dark Mentor — anti-heroic character, the inversion of heroic values
  9. Fallen Mentor — characters who are having difficulty with their own heroic journey
  10. Continuing Mentor — recurring characters in a series of stories
  11. Multiple Mentors — a hero may have more than one Mentor, learning a new skill from each one
  12. Comic Mentor — often a type of advising sidekick to the Hero
  13. Shaman — helper who aids the Hero in seeking a guiding vision to help him/her on the journey
  14. The Herald — Herald characters issue challenges and announce the coming of significant change
  15. The Threshold Guardian — Threshold Guardians protect the Special World and its secrets from the Hero, and provide essential tests to prove a Hero’s commitment and worth
  16. Shapeshifter — The Shapeshifter’s mask misleads the Hero by hiding a character’s intentions and loyalties
  17. Trickster — Tricksters relish the disruption of the status quo, turning the Ordinary World into chaos with their quick turns of phrase and physical antics
  18. Fool — In Europe, the court jester was not necessarily a simpleton, and in fact, often served to remind the monarch of his own folly and humanity
  19. Shadow — the Shadow represents the energy of the dark side, the unexpressed, unrealized, or rejected aspects of something
  20. The Anima/Animus — form generally reflects either the condition or the needs of our soul presently
  21. The Divine Couple — The opposites of the outer and the inner life are now joined in marriage
  22. The Child — The Child Archetype is a pattern related to the hope and promise for new beginnings
  23. The Self — The Spirit descends as a Dove upon Jesus in the wilderness (example), true self
  24. The Magician — He once was ignorant but through the experience of taking the Fool’s “step of faith” over the edge and into the unknown he has made a decision to master the Four Elements and therefore seek to balance his personal Karma
  25. The Virgin/Maiden/High Priestess — She is the guardian of the Mystery Temple of Solomon; Protectress of the Secret Wisdom that lifts human consciousness from the depths of materialism to the heights of illumination
  26. The Empress — She is the image of Fertility; the creative Life Force that perpetuates the continuity of life forms on the planet; She is Mother Nature; guardian of the natural process and rhythms of growth and procreation
  27. The Authority/Emperor (King, Chief, Leader) — He is the representative image of Father Time; in charge of the seed and the withdrawal of the Life Force when the period of Life is done
  28. The Medicine Woman/Hierophant — This Archetypal Figure represents the external Form and function of the internal Mysteries; The Hierophant stands as a barrier to those who are yet unable to comprehend the True creative Life principles and therefore the External Teaching is all that they receive. However, if they can pass beyond the Form via choice to join the Spirit of Illumination radiating from within their Souls then the High Priestess is waiting to reveal the heretofore hidden Mysteries inscribed in the Scroll she is holding in reserve for those who are truly ready
  29. The Hermit — His search has led him to the Summit of his own perfection. Now, from this great height he can see 360 degrees without obscuration. His Lantern is held high as an inspiration to all who aspire to attain the Wisdom which he has come to realize during the process of his own Soul journey. The isolation and abstinence image sometimes given to the Hermit is one of the past; a glimpse of his travels through the physical and emotional wasteland where the misrepresentations of life as seen through the perception of the Physical Plane have been experienced and eventually transcended. This Archetype passed through a period of solitude and alienation during this walk through the proverbial “Valley of the Shadow of Death” that could have driven him Mad had it not been for the Light in his Lantern penetrating the Darkness and illuminating his Soul thus granting him hope of deliverance. The Hermit has indeed been carried through this initiatory Journey via his unwavering Faith in the Universal Source who Teaches and Guides all of us internally. The Lantern which he carries symbolizes his inner Vision provided via his “Third Eye” (Candle) which grants this Archetypal traveler a keen sense of Spiritual insight
  30. The Wanderer (aka chariot) — An invisible barrier stands between the mind of Man and the Mind of God, and this blinds the Charioteer, thus preventing his conscious realization of union with the Source, Victory in the material sense, on all levels. Mastery of the Elements, but not the Spirit which Guides them, therefore the Chariot rides in service to a higher authority even though the driver might presume that he is in complete control
  31. The Hunter/ Strongman (strength) — The senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch are directed by the sixth sense, intuition, thus resulting in perfect Harmony
  32. The Judge (law, justice) — The Dispensation of punishments and rewards according to the precepts of Karmic Law, which is represented on the Physical Plane by external legal systems: lawyers, courts, prisons, etc. However, it is the Spiritual workings of an involuntary nature of which this Archetype speaks
  33. The Weaver — Temperance, i.e. the balanced management of Life taking all things in moderation, is the means of maintaining steady progress during humanity’s long Search through Limitations of material existence for eventual Transformation into Divine Beings of Light
  34. Death (personification) — Transformation via Dramatic Change, as symbolized by the image of physical Life being terminated and the Afterlife commencing. Therefore, a sudden pole reversal occurs, i.e. orientation or circumstances change is indicated. That which was the order of things has been totally shattered
  35. The Sacred Messenger/ The Giver
  36. The Hanged Man (meditation, suspension) — Its symbolism points to divinity, linking it to the death of Christ in Christianity and the stories of Osiris (Egyptian mythology) and Mithras (Roman mythology). In all of these stories, the destruction of self brings life to humanity.
  37. The Devil — The Devil is both the Ur-Adversary, and a tremendous source of strength. He represents nearly an inexhaustible source of energy. Battling him gives us strength. Submitting completely to him is ego-death.
  38. The Unity of the Universe — continually changing universe. Here is the supreme unity of attainment and joy ruled by that incalculable factor – the element of luck; This ultimately manifests as the spiral progression of the unfolding Universe. The counterbalance of Night and Day, and to a greater extent passage of the Seasons, is indicated. However, more importantly, the Cycle of birth, death, and rebirth is depicted here. This is symbolic of the proverbial “Phoenix Principle.”
  39. The Sacrificial Dance
  40. The Tower (Babel, falsity)
  41. The Star(s) — People have always looked to the stars as a source of inspiration and hope. There is something about their twinkling light that draws us out of ourselves and up into a higher plane. When we turn our eyes heavenward, we no longer feel the distress of earth. The Star reminds one of the clear, high voice of a soprano. There is something otherworldly about it. All the harshness and density of everyday life has been refined away leaving only the purest essence. After being exposed to the Star, we feel uplifted and blessed.
  42. The Moon — The Moon is the light of this realm – the world of shadow and night. Although this place is awesome, it does not have to be frightening. In the right circumstances, the Moon inspires and enchants. It holds out the promise that all one can imagine can be obtained. The Moon guides one to the unknown so one can allow the unusual into one’s life.
  43. The Sun — Throughout history, people have honored the Sun as the source of light and warmth. In the myths of many cultures, the Sun is a prominent god – full of vigor and courage. He is the vital energy center that makes life on earth possible.
  44. The Spirit World
  45. The World — The World represents an ending to a cycle of life, a pause in life before the next big cycle beginning with the fool. The figure is at once male and female, above and below, suspended between the heavens and the earth. It is completeness.
  46. Übermensch — An Übermensch, (sometimes “Overman”, or “superman”) is a term coined by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra (in German, Also sprach Zarathustra). He argues that a man can become an Übermensch (homo superior; the common equivalent English translation would be ‘super-human’; see below) through the following steps: 1. By his will to power, manifested destructively in the rejection of, and rebellion against, societal ideals and moral codes; 2. By his will to power, manifested creatively in overcoming nihilism and re-evaluating old ideals or creating new ones. 3. By a continual process of self-overcoming.
  47. Wise Old Man — In works of fiction, this kind of character is typically represented by a kind and wise, older father-type figure who uses personal knowledge of people and the world, to help tell stories and offer guidance, that in a mystical way illuminate to his audience a sense of who they are and who they might become.
  48. The Puer Aeternus — (Latin for “eternal boy”), e.g. Peter Pan
  1. Enneagrams:minor archetypes
  2. One: Reformer, Critic, Perfectionist [Anger]. This type focuses on integrity. Ones can be wise, discerning and inspiring in their quest for the truth. They also tend to dissociate themselves from their flaws and can become hypocritical and hyper-critical of others, seeking the illusion of virtue to hide their own vices. The One’s greatest fear is to be flawed and their ultimate goal is perfection.
  3. Two: Helper, Giver, Caretaker [Pride]. Twos, at their best, are compassionate, thoughtful and astonishingly generous; they can also be prone to passive-aggressive behavior, clinginess and manipulation. Twos want, above all, to be loved and needed and fear being unworthy of love.
  4. Three: Achiever, Performer, Succeeder [Deceit]. Highly adaptable and changeable. Some walk the world with confidence and unstinting authenticity; others wear a series of public masks, acting the way they think will bring them approval and losing track of their true self. Threes fear being worthless and strive to be worthwhile.
  5. Four: Romantic, Individualist, Artist [Envy]. Driven by a fear that they have no identity or personal significance, Fours embrace individualism and are often profoundly creative. However, they have a habit of withdrawing to internalize, searching desperately inside themselves for something they never find and creating a spiral of depression. The angsty musician or tortured artist is often a stereotypical Four.
  6. Five: Observer, Thinker, Investigator [Avarice]. Believing they are only worth what they contribute, Fives have learned to withdraw, to watch with keen eyes and speak only when they can shake the world with their observations. Sometimes they do just that. Often, instead, they withdraw from the world, becoming reclusive hermits and fending off social contact with abrasive cynicism. Fives fear incompetency or uselessness and want to be capable above all else.
  7. Six: Loyalist, Devil’s Advocate, Defender [Fear]. Sixes long for stability above all else. They exhibit unwavering loyalty and responsibility, but are prone to extreme anxiety and passive-aggressive behavior. Their greatest fear is to lack support and guidance. There are two types of sixes, phobic and counter phobic. Phobic sixes will have a tendency to run from or hide from what they fear, while a counter phobic six is more likely to attack or confront said fear.
  8. Seven: Enthusiast, Adventurer, Materialist [Gluttony]. Eternal Peter Pans, Sevens flit from one activity to another. Above all they fear being unable to provide for themselves. At their best they embrace life for its varied joys and wonders and truly live in the moment; but at their worst they dash frantically from one new experience to another, being too scared of disappointment to enjoy what they have.
  9. Eight: Leader, Protector, Challenger [Lust]. Eights worry about self-protection and control. Natural leaders, capable and passionate but also manipulative, ruthless and willing to destroy anything and everything in their way. Eights seek control over their own life and their own destiny and fear being harmed or controlled by others.
  10. Nine: Mediator, Peacemaker, Preservationist [Sloth]. Nines are ruled by their empathy. At their best they are perceptive, receptive, gentle, calming and at peace with the world. On the other hand they prefer to dissociate from conflicts and indifferently go along with others’ wishes or simply withdraw, acting via inaction. They fear the conflict caused by their ability to simultaneously understand opposing points of view and seek peace of mind above all else.
  11. RPG Archetypes:
  12. (taken from Foxfire and Afira’s Guide to Roleplaying, http://www.angelfire.com/tx/afira/archetypes.html)
  13. The Scholar: The scholar is perhaps the most underestimated type of individual that exists in character building. He can be extremely calculating, highly intelligent, rational, an excellent strategist, and extraordinarily… vain. After all, he has all this excess intelligence, why not spend a little on himself? Scholars are guided by the pursuit of knowledge and the usage and implimentation thereof. This can range from the trivial, to the extensive knowledge and inner workings of political culture, computer design, or magic lore. Of course, like the rest of the archetypes, he comes in many forms. Usually the stereotypical scholar spends 10 years in hermitville studying on his choosen craft, he wears the scholarly glasses, the slightly balding head with a bit of wildly unmanagable tufts of hair sticking out, the plain and unassuming clothes of someone living on the edge of financial existance, however, as roleplaying of this character becomes divergent from the typical Hollywood influences, many new types are becomming apparent. Jesters and technology or weapons gurus also fit into this catergory. Jesters for their high levels of intelligence and strong usage of, and technology or weapons gurus for the same reasons.
  14. The Soldier: Strong, willful, and looking for a fight, whether it be for profit, or to avenge the death of a loved one. One type of soldier encompasses those who seek to do justice in an evil and dark world: The rugged heroes who are strong in arm and wit, but have some fatal character flaw (dealing with the death of a loved one, pride or vanity, a weakness for damsels in distress…) that will be the end of them if they don’t figure out how to solve it. Another type refers to those who always use sheer force to solve any problem. Big, hairy, and usually extraordinarily stupid, these individuals are almost always hopeless at accomplishing complex tasks. Still others might seek to cause destruction or chaos to appease a higher entity or leader. Persons of action, and extreme calculation, these people tend to make fantastic villains. Overall, the soldier class of characters seek to force their will on the world, directly, or indirectly.
  15. The Politician: The politician archetype usually encompasses the most diverse groupings of individuals: Poets, Rogues, and of course, Politicians. The Poet is the hopeless romantic that is usually more skilled with his instrument of choice, rather than sheer brute force. The instrument can range from musical lyres, lutes, and the like, to the musical sound an axe or gun makes when going through flesh. They are socially capable of holding conversations, but most people tend to view them as lost or dreamy souls. They tend to be stereotyped with the thin, wiry, tall, and dreamy; however, the jovial, heavy-set drunkard leaning on a wall with his mug of ale is just as susceptible to being a Poet. A Rogue is the strongly misunderstood man of the moment. Usually an attention getter striving to better himself at his trade or skill, the rogue is a drifter, never really settling down with someone or something. This could be caused by profession, reputation, or self-inflicted torture. Impulsive activity mixes with the common traits of exceptionally specialized skills in one or more areas, high levels of reflex, agility, and intelligence. They could potentially be very dangerous given the right circumstances, or alignment, for example, the Great Rogue himself-Robin Hood. Politicians are exactly as their name implies-great talkers who love to listen to the sound of their own voice. Rather than facing conflict, they seek to beguile, distract, and utilize words to walk around it. Usually they are highly intelligent with strong social skills, specifically dominate, persuade, or manipulate.
  16. The Priest: Priests, Clerics, Necromancers, Fortune-tellers, Mediums, and anything else dealing with the spiritual and supernatural world fall into this genre. These types of characters usually come in the most unlimited range of styles, body types, and personalities, as the effects of dealing with the spiritual or supernatural may have odd effects on someone’s psyche and physical appearence. Your average neighborhood Catholic Priest heavy in the midsection, could mingle with your thin teenage punk kid who has more than a few run-ins with walking zombies-and won. These individuals are either guided, aided, cursed, or replused by an driving force in their lives, and a sense that something bigger than them exists. Hunters that seek out supernatural creatures to kill for their own means portray aspects of the priest as well, as they seek to impose a vision of the world without those creatures. The priest is above all a visionary-he can see something that no one else can, and through his faith-in himself, or something higher-everything he sees will be accomplished.
  17. Combinations: To some extent, gypsies fit all of these profiles and work as a good combination. Very intelligent jesters at heart(Scholar), without a sense of the limits of their own physical property, mixed with a bit of old world swindling, story-telling, and pan-handling(Politician), perhaps guided by an overwhelming guiding force that lets them see the words, “I’m naive, steal from me.” in bold letters on someone’s forehead(Priest), and take advantage of the situation for their own ends(Soldier).
  18. Chinese Zodiac Animal-types
  19. Rat: Essentially charming. Compassionate. Renowned for thrift and love of family, at times rather superficial.
  20. Ox: Calm, patient, studied character. Takes things slow, steady pace. At times rather dictatorial. Always industrious.
  21. Tiger: Very warm, loving. Independent minded. Pays scant regard for other’s feelings while pursuing fun and freedom.
  22. Rabbit: Also know as the Cat or Hare. Very sensitive soul. Loves spending time at home. Although quiet and discreet, still ambitious. Self-indulgent.
  23. Dragon: Charismatic and colorful. Wants to be center of attention. Very arrogant.
  24. Snake: High moral principles, mostly when applied to other. Sophisticated and charming. More than meets the eye.
  25. Horse: Confident and proud. Prone to erratic behavior. Heart is in right place. Scatty.
  26. Goat: Sensitive, creative and multitalented. Eccentric. Much Fortitude. Loves to be loved, hates to be pushed.
  27. Monkey: Wily and cunning. Ignores regimented rules. Free spirit.
  28. Rooster: Brave and enthusiastic. Notoriously picky. Highly intelligent. Rarely has wool pulled over its eyes.
  29. Dog: Honest, loyal, sincere. Believes in justice for all. Fights for principles. Sometimes bad tempered, self-righteous.
  30. Boar: Will do anything for anybody. Model of sincerity and honor. Occasionally fits of rage. Self-sacrificing and altruistic.
  1. Carolyn Myss’s Archetypes:
  2. Included are many repeats, but kept for the sake of keeping her list whole
  3. Addict (Conspicuous Consumer, Glutton, Workaholic–see also Gambler)
  4. Advocate (Attorney, Defender, Legislator, Lobbyist, Environmentalist)
  5. Alchemist (Wizard, Magician, Scientist, Inventor–see also Visionary)
  6. Angel (Fairy Godmother/Godfather)
  7. Artist (Artisan, Craftsperson, Sculptor, Weaver)
  8. Athlete (Olympian)
  9. Avenger (Avenging Angel, Savior, Messiah)
  10. Beggar (Homeless person/ Indigent)
  11. Bully (Coward)
  12. Child (Orphan, Wounded, Magical/Innocent, Nature, Divine, Puer/Puella Eternis, or Eternal Boy/Girl)
  13. Clown (Court Jester, Fool, Dummling)
  14. Companion (Friend, Sidekick, Right Arm, Consort)
  15. Damsel (Princess)
  16. Destroyer (Attila, Mad Scientist, Serial Killer, Spoiler)
  17. Detective (Spy, Double Agent, Sleuth, Snoop, Sherlock Holmes, Private Investigator, Profiler–see also Warrior/Crime Fighter)
  18. Dilettante (Amateur)
  19. Don Juan (Casanova, Gigolo, Seducer, Sex Addict)
  20. Engineer (Architect, Builder, Schemer)
  21. Exorcist (Shaman)
  22. Father (Patriarch, Progenitor)
  23. Femme Fatale (Black Widow, Flirt, Siren, Circe, Seductress, Enchantress)
  24. Gambler
  25. God (Adonis, see also Hero)
  26. Gossip (see also Networker)
  27. Guide (Guru, Sage, Crone, Wise Woman, Spiritual Master, Evangelist, Preacher)
  28. Healer (Wounded Healer, Intuitive Healer, Caregiver, Nurse, Therapist, Analyst, Counselor)
  29. Hedonist (Bon Vivant, Chef, Gourmet, Gourmand, Sybarite–see also Mystic)
  30. Hero/Heroine (see also Knight, Warrior)
  31. Judge (Critic, Examiner, Mediator, Arbitrator)
  32. King (Emperor, Ruler, Leader, Chief)
  33. Knight (see also Warrior, Rescuer)
  34. Liberator
  35. Lover
  36. Martyr
  37. Mediator (Ambassador, Diplomat, Go-Between)
  38. Mentor (Master, Counselor, Tutor)
  39. Messiah (Redeemer, Savior)
  40. Midas/Miser
  41. Monk/Nun (Celibate)
  42. Mother (Matriarch, Mother Nature)
  43. Mystic (Renunciate, Anchorite, Hermit)
  44. Networker (Messenger, Herald, Courier, Journalist, Communicator)
  45. Pioneer (Explorer, Settler, Pilgrim, Innovator)
  46. Poet
  47. Priest (Priestess, Minister, Rabbi, Evangelist)
  48. Prince
  49. Prostitute
  50. Queen (Empress)
  51. Rebel (Anarchist, Revolutionary, Political Protester, Nonconformist, Pirate)
  52. Rescuer
  53. Saboteur
  54. Samaritan
  55. Scribe (Copyist, Secretary, Accountant–see also Journalist)
  56. Seeker (Wanderer, Vagabond, Nomad)
  57. Servant (Indentured Servant)
  58. Shape-shifter (Spell-caster–see also Trickster)
  59. Slave
  60. Storyteller (Minstrel, Narrator)
  61. Student (Disciple, Devotee, Follower, Apprentice)
  62. Teacher (Instructor, see also Mentor)
  63. Thief (Swindler, Con Artist, Pickpocket, Burglar, Robin Hood)
  64. Trickster (Puck, Provocateur)
  65. Vampire
  66. Victim
  67. Virgin (see also Celibate)
  68. Visionary (Dreamer, Prophet, Seer–see also Guide, Alchemist)
  69. Warrior (Soldier, Crime Fighter, Amazon, Mercenary, Soldier of Fortune, Gunslinger, Samurai)


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My 90 minute interview on Radio

Here is the link, feel free to make fun of my young person voice.


You don’t have to listen to all 90 minutes if you don’t like it, but it has a lot of background on me.

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