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Zombie Apocalypse: a symbol of collective transformation

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Given a plethora of television shows and films about zombies, what is a Jungian to see but a collective attempt to dream the unsayable.  Carl Jung showed that what cannot be worked through at the conscious level is often worked through at the unconscious level, in symbolic fantasy (CW 5, para 4-45).

 

 Encountering that for which there is yet no fantasy, we confront the limits of sense.  For the collective social body, film and art are an unconscious attempt to work through collective transformation at the limits of reason and sense.  In the case of zombie movies and the growing zombie apocalypse movement, we may be seeing an attempt to dream ‘apocalyptic’ change.

 

Zombie are the  ‘Undead’: not living, not dead, driven yet not alive, the zombie images emerge from the recesses of the collective unconscious.  Animated yet with out life, they move.  Driven, yet without desire, they seek. ....(Click title to read more)


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A psychological explanation for the literary world's current obsession with zombies. The zombies are US!

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Eva Rider's curator insight, January 22, 2014 10:56 PM

T.V. Shows about Zombies and movies about being alone and adrift in the world, in the cosmos, in the stratosphere. We are floating and stranded between worlds. As systems break down, dissolve and transform. We find our old mythologies have lost their meaning and the new ones have not yet been formed. We are in an epoch of unprecedented change stretching the limits of our imaginations in our seeking for reanimating Body and Soul.

 

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Real Artists Have Day Jobs

Real Artists Have Day Jobs | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Your job is just your side gig.
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I've actually learned that I'm a better writer when I have a full time job than I am when I have all the time in the world to write.
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Writing Fast and Slow: Creative Writing Lessons from Daniel Kahneman

Writing Fast and Slow: Creative Writing Lessons from Daniel Kahneman | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
I'm reading Nobel Prize winning Daniel Kahneman's groundbreaking book Thinking Fast and Slow. What does a celebrated psychologist turned economist have to say about creative writing (besides the fact that his step-daughter is the fiction editor...
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I've been saying this for years.
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Weekly Innovation: Paper Notebooks That Become Digital Files

Weekly Innovation: Paper Notebooks That Become Digital Files | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
This week's innovation pick marries good old-fashioned notebooks with digital storage options. That way you can keep your ideas and sketches in the cloud and access them when you need them.
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I NEED this!
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Now Boarding: Amtrak Writers Residency - New York Times (blog)

Now Boarding: Amtrak Writers Residency - New York Times (blog) | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
PolicyMic Now Boarding: Amtrak Writers Residency New York Times (blog) The wheels have begun moving on Amtrak's plan to offer writers a rolling residency aboard their trains.
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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context.
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Getting Started - schema.org

Schema.org is a set of extensible schemas that enables webmasters to embed
structured data on their web pages for use by search engines and other applications.
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I'm getting the idea that I might need to learn this stuff so I can drive more traffic to my writing websites.

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Why Creativity Is Risky Business

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The perils posed by creativity aren’t the obvious ones.
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"Creativity and eccentricity are often rooted in the same cause, which has to do with how we process information. Because the volume of data that streams into our minds is staggeringly vast, most of us have built-in cognitive filters that keep most of it out. We simply can’t deal with the volume otherwise."

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Describe something in ten different ways

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The Chuck Wendig/TerribleMinds writing exercise for today is to describe one thing in ten different ways. I decided I needed to attempt this one since description is NOT my strong suit. I chose to ...
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What’s your writing style? Do you have one?

What’s your writing style? Do you have one? | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Style is an essential element of writing that can take decades to master. Writing students are often confused about what constitutes their style. Sometimes it is helpful to discuss style in an alte...
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Amtrak's Writers' Residencies: More Than Public Relations?

Amtrak's Writers' Residencies: More Than Public Relations? | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Is it ethical, or desirable, for writers to promote Amtrak’s commercial goals when they’re given “residencies” (free seats)?
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I so want to do a train residency!
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Be kind to the help

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This morning, I came across this article begging attendees at the upcoming AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference in Seattle not to be "assholes" to the help while they’re in ...
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What I Really Do When I Work from Home   — Writing, Thinking, and Opinions — Medium

When I first started working from home full-time four and a half years ago, people's reactions were pretty interesting.
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5 Writing Lessons Inspired by Famous Writers | WritersDigest.com

5 Writing Lessons Inspired by Famous Writers | WritersDigest.com | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Visits to literary landmarks reveal powerful lessons every writer can carry home.
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23 Essential Quotes from Ernest Hemingway About Writing

23 Essential Quotes from Ernest Hemingway About Writing | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
"The blue-backed notebooks, the two pencils and the pencil sharpener (a pocket knife was too wasteful), the marble topped tables, the smell of early morning, sweeping out and mopping, and luck were all you needed.
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How To Write Flawed Heroes, From The Writer Who Perfected The Art Form

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Terence Winter, writer of Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street and The Sopranos and creator of Boardwalk Empire offers some insights into writing...
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Twitter Fiction Fest tells stories one tweet at a time - USA TODAY

Twitter Fiction Fest tells stories one tweet at a time - USA TODAY | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
IBNLive Twitter Fiction Fest tells stories one tweet at a time USA TODAY R.L.
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My PenMonkey Evaluation: Six Questions

My PenMonkey Evaluation: Six Questions | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Today I am participating in the TerribleMinds PenMonkey Evaluation. Here are the answers to my writing survey questions: What’s your greatest strength/skill in terms of writing/storytelling? -->...
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The only way they can see the end of your story is if you’ve written it.

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Leaving: A writing prompt from The Write Practice

Leaving: A writing prompt from The Write Practice | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
This morning I decided to write a brief “Leaving” essay in response to a writing prompt from The Write Practice: My ex-mother-in-law would leave town for the weekend, stumbling out of her house wit...
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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

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No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.
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These 11 Apps Will Help You Finally Finish Your Novel

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Jonathan Franzen, everyone's favorite literary grump, once said, "It's doubtful that anyone with an Internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction." We understand what he's getting at: If you're embarking on the daunting and t...
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Why It's Bad Form to Tell a Writer to Stop Writing

When I saw the title of this piece, "If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It" that was originally published on HuffPost Culture this past weekend, I felt a familiar rage bubble ...
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Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers

Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing. 
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