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Historical Fiction, #1

I was watching Shakespeare’s Henry V the other night (the Kenneth Branagh film version from 1989) and it got me thinking about historical fiction and why I write it. At least one of the reasons.

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Episode Seven: What Is an Archetype?

We’re getting deep today, exploring the great psychologist Carl Jung’s concept of the Collective Unconscious and the archaic “super-personalities” that dwell there — the Archetypes.

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Episode Six: “Come And Take Them”

2500 years ago, the Persian king Xerxes, while invading Greece with an army of two million men (according to Herodotus), confronted the defending Greeks, led by 300 Spartan warriors, at a narrow pass called Thermopylae.

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“Get to true identity” is not always happy

Last week we explored the story concept of

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Episode Five: A Society of Virtue

Lycurgus was the founder of Sparta. The first thing he did was outlaw money. He wanted his people to pursue virtue instead.

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Episode Four: “Add a Step to It”

Spartan quips and Spartan swords were notoriously short.

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Get to True Identity

We’ve talked in recent weeks about the story-defining concept of

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Episode Three: Spartan Women, Part Two

Why did king Leonidas pick the specific 300 warriors that he did to fight the Persians (and to face certain death) at Thermopylae?

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Episode Two: “With This Or On It”

It’s only fitting to begin our exploration of the Warrior Archetype with the women of ancient Sparta, instead of the men. More than their beauty and freedom, Spartan women were famous as the toughest-minded and the fiercest enforcers of the warrior ethos to which their husbands, sons, and fathers aspired.

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A COVID-spawned enterprise

When the coronavirus first hit, I thought to myself, “How can I help? People are facing tremendous new psychological and emotional challenges. What can I share? How can I contribute?”

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