Hello, everyone. I hope your September has been good, safe, and productive. My September has been. My birthday /Labor Day weekend was good, and so far I have been pretty productive. I have been quite busy. But then again, I have had a lot going on. Please read on for more…
Necro Prep Work
As some of you may know, I have been planning on speaking at Necronomicon 2021. I’m going to be on four panels this year.
So I thought I would write a blog post, as per my usual, as a way to get all of the prep work I have been doing on “paper.” That way, I could feel prepared and not let any anxiety get out of hand… #reallife
In addition, things I’m doing this week include finishing up come art cards that I will be bringing with me to “Necro,” as I will have a small table in the Art Show. Well, a portion of a table. It’s a three-foot section of a table. So I have to put some things that I have on a table and see how it looks. I think I will be doing that at least once this week. I’ll probably bring extra art with me, just in case it gets cleared out the first day. But that’s me trying to think positively. Most of the types of cards that I will be bringing with me have been seen in my Etsy shop, and/or on my Instagram. I might post photos of table layout options, and/or do some vlogging about prepping and packaging things up.
I don’t think I’ll write here very much about the art-related panel I’m on, but focus mostly on the three other panels I’m scheduled to speak on.
In the past, I have been on panels about editing, The Hero’s Journey, and writing about characters with disabilities. Here are the panels I’m scheduled for this year:
- Selling Your Art Online
- When to Argue With an Editor
- Self-Publishing, Patreon, YouTube, and Podcasts
- The Hero’s and Heroine’s Journey Compared
“Selling Your Art Online” Panel
The first panel, Selling Your Art Online, is currently scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. This should be very interesting, and I’m looking forward to learning the others’ perspectives as I started an Etsy shop last September, which is geared towards writers and lovers of fantasy. I make art cards and mixed media canvases, and I’m looking into selling digital art papers and prints.
“When to Argue With an Editor” Panel
The next panel listed above, When to Argue With an Editor, is another panel I’m really looking forward to. 😉 It’s scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. And, yes, I’m actually going to be saying that you can argue with an editor regarding their suggestions. In preparation for this panel, I have been reading the book The Subversive Copy Editor, Second Edition, written by Carol Fisher Saller and published in 2016. The original, published in 2009, became an instant hit in the writing and publishing community, which I had read as a library book years ago. The author, the editor of the Chicago Manual of Style Q&A portion of the CMOS website and owner of The Subversive Copy Editor website, Saller tries to subvert the idea that editors are rigid when it comes to editing and grammar rules, and are only in it for the power trip. In her book, she attempts to help not only editors, but also writers, communicate with each other in a positive way.
That should be what both sides aim to do… I believe in that.
“Self-Publishing, Patreon, YouTube and Podcasts”
This panel is currently scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. Now, I have been on YouTube for about four years, and even though I have a Patreon, I am very new to it, and am setting everything up, so I will let others talk about that (although I do now have a Ko-Fi account, and am in the process of adding it to all of my social media), and as I have not quite finished my first book, I can’t talk too much about self-publishing yet, although I have learned a few things due to talking with many authors about it, including the pitfalls and benefits, and all of the things you have to do (so many details!). I am definitely getting excited about telling everyone about the incredible writing community I have found on YouTube. I will mention my other channel as well (it’s called Autism, Love, and Acceptance, and is a family vlog and travel review channel) in addition to discussing Instagram as beneficial social media for authors and editors.
“The Hero’s Journey and The Heroine’s Journey”
The panel at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday called “The Hero’s Journey and The Heroine’s Journey: What is the difference based on gender?” should be quite interesting. Many writers have heard of The Hero’s Journey by now. Many famous writers have used this story structure to write their own stories. But have you heard of the Heroine’s Journey? This panel will compare these two story/mythological/psychological constructs and how story structure compares when looked at from different gender perspectives.
I have been reading the original book on the feminine perspective of The Hero’s Journey, titled The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s quest for Wholeness, written by Maureen Murdock, and originally published in 1990. I have the 30th anniversary edition, which was published last year. I have found it very interesting, and many issues in women’s psychology that were discussed in the book still apply to many today, but not only to women. Murdock even mentions that sometimes men go on a Heroine’s Journey, in the original book. And of course I should mention that this perspective on personal change can apply to everyone, the LGBTQ+ community included.
You can even look at modern popular media for references to The Heroine’s Journey, such as Frozen II. (Spoilers incoming!) In the original Frozen movie, Elsa follows The Hero’s Journey, but in Frozen II, she follows The Heroine’s Journey, because she undergoes more change. In the first movie, Elsa goes through all of the steps of The Hero’s Journey, but at the end of the story, she is back where she was in the end. She’s in a better place because of her adventure, but she still hasn’t gone on a journey of acceptance. At the end of the second movie, she accepts herself for who she is. She literally come into her own power. She has undergone all of the steps of The Heroine’s Journey. And by the way, so has Anna.
Here are all of the steps of The Heroine’s Journey:
- Separation from the Feminine
- Identification with the Masculine and Gathering of Allies
- Road of Trials: Meeting Ogres and Dragons
- Finding the Illusory Boon of Success
- Awakening to Feelings of Spiritual Aridity: Death
- Initiation and Descent to the Goddess
- Urgent Yearning to Reconnect with the Feminine
- Healing the Mother/Daughter Split
- Healing the Wounded Masculine
- Integration of Masculine and Feminine
And here are all of the steps of The Hero’s Journey :
- The Ordinary World
- The Call to Adventure
- Refusal of the Call
- Supernatural Aid
- Crossing of the First Threshold
- Road of Trials
- Belly of the Whale
- Meeting with the Goddess
- Woman as Temptress
- Atonement with the Father
- The Ultimate Boon
- Refusal of the Return
- Magic Flight
- Rescue from Without
- Crossing the Return Threshold
- Master of Two Worlds
- Freedom to Live
This year, Necronomicon is an in-person con, because by the time of the current situation regarding the surge in Covid-19 cases here in Florida happened, the deadline had already passed for cancelling the con. However, they are requiring masks for all attendees and guests of the con, which in my personal opinion, was a good call.
My Necro Family
I feel fortunate to have many “families” in my life. My flesh-and-blood family (which comes first, obviously), my survivor family (I have been a cancer survivor for over 20 years), my local and online disability community/family, my local and online writing and editing families, and then there’s Necronomicon Tampa. The staff and guests are some of the most genuine people I have ever met, and I feel that if it wasn’t for Necronomicon Tampa, I’m not sure I would be as far as I have gotten in my career. They have helped me keep on truckin’.
I started attending Necronomicon Tampa in 2014, so I have been attending Necro for eight years. However, last year’s con was online, so I haven’t seen these people in two years… I’m looking forward to seeing them.
But don’t worry, I’ll be as safe as I can.
Have a great day, guys.