Category: Books

Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday Narrative Therapy to Draw Inspiration and Transform Experience

Our lives and their pathways are not fixed in stone; instead they are shaped by story. The ways in which we understand and share the stories of our lives therefore make all the difference. If we tell stories that emphasize only desolation, then we become weaker. Alternatively, we can tell our stories in ways that make us stronger, in ways that soothe the losses, in ways that ease sorrow. –David Denborough This revelation, so elegantly stated above, is something I came to know independently almost two years ago. I had been studying the works of Carl Jung and Joseph...

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Winning the Story Wars: Archetypal Marketing in the Digital Era

I was walking through a Barnes & Noble book store two summers ago when I noticed a business book that caught my eye. It said “Story Wars” in large letters across the front. That was all I needed to see for my interest to be piqued. As a lover of stories my whole life (books, comics, movies, plays, anything)–and a passionate creator of them in my free time–I loved the idea of combining one of my deepest passions with my professional responsibilities. And the subtitle, “Why Those Who Tell (And Live) the Best Stories Will Rule the Future”┬átickled a...

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20 Essential Sci-Fi Books & Series

I’ve always loved sci-fi movies and television, but for whatever reason my reading habits have been drastically skewed towards fantasy for most of my life. However, since making the move from Columbus to San Diego I’ve been reading a ton of science fiction. I guess the drastic shift in location has inspired me to shift my reading interests as well (at least temporarily). The list below is comprised of the books and series I’ve been most impressed with since diving head long into my current sci-fi binge. Of course there are going to be a lot of great books...

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9 Fun Urban Fantasy Books & Series

When it comes to fiction I’m an enormous fan of just about anything magic related. I grew up reading a lot of high fantasy which typically takes place in a time period associated with the past, if not always our own world’s past. And like many lovers of fantasy I’ve often imagined how cool it would be if magic were around today – in the real world. Unfortunately, that will never happen; life spoiler: magic isn’t real. But urban fantasy is real and it explores the notion of epic fantasy style magic (and more) running wild in modern times....

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Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky

Years ago I made it a habit to always have a notebook on hand for jotting down ideas. Ideas about anything really, but as a writer I naturally tended to gravitate towards ideas about what I was working on or wanted to work on in the future. I quickly discovered that for anyone paying attention good ideas present themselves all the time and writing them down is no great feat. The hard part is choosing one and (for a time at least) ignoring the others so that you can actually execute your concept. Enter: Making Ideas Happen by Scott...

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