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"Beware the Ides of March!"
 
[...and how about something different...] 
One of the plays we had to study and learn lines from in high school was Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Come recitation time some of us did the "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" elegy; some noted that "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much: such men are dangerous"; and some intoned the soothsayer's foreshadowing cry to "Beware the Ides of March!"
   
Before long around the school we kids were yanking our ears at each other, pulling a long face to look 'lean and hongry', or wagging a finger and wailing portentously, "Beware the Ides of March!". That last one happened a lot after the winter break and leading up to the 15th of March. The Ides.
 
Ides, by the way, were in the ancient Roman calendar the 15th day of March, May, July, and October and the 13th day of the other months.
 
So what's this got to do with anything today, this 15th day of March? Other than perhaps it's time for some serious Spring cleaning. But there are good and not-so-good ways of affecting change.
    
 
Roman Senators took down Caesar [on March 15th] because he was seen as a threat to the Republic. Heads of state have been replaced over and over again throughout history by people who strongly disagreed with their policies. Mythology is filled with similar stories, often about wars between different groups of immortals. The churn of cultures and civilizations often looks like rotisseries of ideas and actions endlessly revolving round and round between two sides of an issue, an ideal, or a way of life. Change is too often sought and brought by revolution, coups, assassinations, 'regime changes', and civil wars.
 
For examples see Egypt's rebel monotheistic pharaoh Akhenaton who was erased from the records when the next pharaoh re-installed the pantheon; the French Revolution and then subsequent see-sawing between the Republic and the Empires; the CIA who overthrew Iran's democratically-elected Mosaddegh and installed Shah Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown by Ayatollah Khomeini, whose legacy rule now seems pressured by those fomenting another revolution away from theocracy. Then there's continuing turmoil in Iraq after a so-called regime change, and Venezuela's current struggle over rulership complexified by outside interests in the country's resources.
 
The American Revolution from Britain was in part to get away from rule by aristocrats and monarchies yet here we are now, the subjects of aristocrats aka oligarchs in tech, energy and trade, including a number of family dynasties.
 
American's political Left and Right are tearing at each other under what sometimes looks like media and demagogic encouragement, all while bemoaning the lack of civility.
 
And do we even want to mention today's socio-political turmoils in places like France, the Philippines, Hungary, Syria...and (shudder) Brexit?  
 
Does this pugnacious polarity never work to bring about a better world?
 
 
There's a problem inherent in Revolution and it's at the root of the word = revolve. Political scientists, historians and people who actually live through revolutions note that after a Revolution comes a Counter-Revolution and that usually does not bode well.                                                                 
                           
As the world is spinning dizzyingly and dangerously around populism, democracy, dictatorships, tribalism, predatory capitalism, the stultifying remains of communism, pay-to-play politics, regulations, and laissez faire policies it's increasingly obvious that revolutions are not always the best answer for increasingly untenable situations. Within the birth of a revolution lie the seeds of its own destruction.
 
An excellent film example is the Marlon Brando movie Viva Zapata. He plays a righteous revolutionary leader who once the oppressors are overthrown, takes office himself and becomes the  reincarnation of the oppressor.
 
We need not play out the Ides of March that sent ancient Rome into turmoil. Instead of staying on the engine of divisive polarity, playing out the old divide-and-conquer tactic to the detriment of most - and with climate catastrophe looming, the possible extinction of all - it's way past time for us to try something else.
 
Here's a thought - Evolution!
 
The Wisdom Teachings of many systems note that humanity's progress of consciousness is to go from Tribal to Individual to Group Consciousness.
 
We've been thrown-dragged-seduced back down into Tribal with
 
all it's detriments, rather than maintaining the Tribal benefits of close communities with shared concerns who work together for a greater benefit. We've seen Individualism which at its ideal fosters critical and creative thinking, independence, and innovation corrupted by rampant and dangerous narcissism. Though the paradigm for Group Consciousness is echoed in the internet - where you maintain your individuality but are connected to the entire group - that paradigm too has devolved into a narcissism and tribalism that fosters hateful competition and deleterious falsehoods. Who wins here? Not many, that's for sure.
 
Too often it's a battle between the Emotions of the masses and the Minds of the controllers, and there are plenty of stories about this from myths to modern media.
 
One of the main problems is that too many of us humans don't really have thoughts: what we have are opinions about our emotions. Emotions can be manipulated by others - see more at advertising, seductions, and politics. One way to evolve is to work at developing critical thinking skills and also allowing your own creative thinking to freely innovate, see and create positive patterns, and be an example to others.
 
Higher affects Lower
 
There are millions of individuals and organizations who yearn for a life and a world where inter-connectedness is a positive thing, where freedom co-exists with responsibility, where innovation and expansion serve all and not just a few.
 
Most of these seem to be working towards an Evolutionary rather than Revolutionary approach.
 
The most effective and most long-lasting change comes from within. It also tends to come from the bottom up, altering the landscape and the climate such that even those at the top of an imposed system simply must change, too, because it's now a different world. Working consciously to move to a 'Higher turn of the Spiral' tends to affect positive transformation for individuals and for groups.
 
 
But there's always a backlash against this because unfortunately a higher position does not necessarily mean a stronger position. The thoughtful ideal is too often subject to the battering of reactionary emotions. It must be expected.  
 
We need to concentrate on the higher ideals because the lower arenas are where they will focus their attack - see more at ad hominem, Latin for mud-slinging. We must find better and better ways of countering resistance and creating attractive alternatives that can lift us all up.
 
Fear wins out over intellectual prowess if we let it. 'It'll cost jobs', 'that's dangerous socialism', 'our nation is at risk', 'our people are being overrun by those people'. Those are all narrow and narrow-minded fear tactics. We must seek, take, and hold higher perspectives and keep on promoting them and working to find policies to implement them that are inclusive and that (without sounding too utopian) bring about "The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number".  
 
In mythology we find change-agents, typically the Teacher Gods who bring useful tools and concepts down to humans. Some brought fire, agriculture, navigation, brewing, rule of law, architecture, etc., and in Egyptian mythology there's even a deity who brought the arts of cosmetics.  
 
Sure, we can look to myths for example and inspiration, but these changes for today must come from and through mere mortals - us.
 
Democracy is a higher level idealism; uncontrolled capitalism is a lower level me-first-ism. What our world could use now is a serious dose of real democracy that serves the actual real people, not just corporations.
 
Perhaps a combination of managed capitalism and individual-embracing community-ism could bring about an enlightened socialism. There are a number of places where this is already working well, such as in Scandinavia and Mondragon Spain.
 
It's encouraging to see more of this happening all the time in marches for women's rights, for seriously addressing the climate catastrophe, social and economic justice programs, Benefit Corporations, the principles of a Green New Deal, collaborations across borders and ideologies, embracing the home truths of Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, story-telling for positive change, and a growing awareness of and concern for our global inter-connectedness - all great steps towards transforming our world.
 
So as we collaborate to move away from Revolution, to avoid Devolution, and to bring about Evolution, we'd do well to consider another quote from Julius Caesar:
 
"There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures." 
 
Let us take the current!
 
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'The Power of Story to Shape Our Future'. You can watch our international panel video here.  
 
Three things from the mythic systems I brought up relative to making change:  
  1. Recognition creates Relationship.
  2. Most people don't have Thoughts; what they have are Opinions about their Emotions.
  3. We need to look at Systems, not just Symptoms.
Event creator Timothy Duquesne wrote the book "The Future of Pixels" about 'how we can improve the way we all live together'.  
 
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Dr. Linda Seger has a new book out.  

It's the third edition of
"The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking: From Script to Screen".
 
I'm pleased to be the person she dedicated the book to. Thank you, Linda! 
 
And of course I think it's a really valuable asset to the art and craft of screenwriting and media-making.
 
Lots of interesting stories about getting various movies and series made. Lots of endorsements from big-name movie-makers. Lots of fun to read.  
   
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Toxic Masculinity. Testosterone Poisoning. The Culture of Rape. Sometimes it seems like some people -- but not all, of course -- are of a totally different species from the rest.

How did it come to this? Theories abound.
  
In "The Oopsie Memos" females settled this planet. When it was time for sepra-breeding they ordered a delivery of males.

But something went awry in the interstellar shipping department....  Oops! Now what?   
 
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** THE MARS SOCIETY **  
   
Read Pamela Jaye's article on 'The First Gods of Mars' is in the Society's Official Library. It's at the bottom of the list as the most recent addition.  
  
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Our  Mythic Challenges consultations offer Mythic Themes, Archetypes, and Symbols to help you 'Create Stories that Change the World'.  Email to schedule a FREE 20 minute discussion on how we can assist your message goals.  
 
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Coming Events 
  
GLAWS  Genre-La Writing Conference
March 29-31, 2019  
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Culver City CA
 
Pamela Jaye's workshops on Saturday March 30
 
2:15pm MYTH, MAGIC, METAPHYSICS How to use them in your Stories
 
4:45pm SHOW ME THE LOVE! All Kinds of Love for All Kinds of Stories

Lots of other great workshops and opportunities to meet agents, managers, and publishers.

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ArchePaths & Inner Drives
Jorn Faurschou and his media students from Denmark
March 22, 2019  
 
It's always fun to present these Mythic Tools for character writing and portrayals to Jorn's talented young media-makers.


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'Story Structure' - Kathie Fong Yoneda & Pamela Jaye
March 23 - Torrance, CA   

You have the beginnings of a great storyline for your middle grade, young adult or picture book, but you want to know -- What is the best way to get started with the writing process?
 
*  Are there any "rules" for writing and structuring children's/YA books?
*  What are the structural components each book must have?
*  What do I need to know about today's changing marketplace?
*  How can mythic themes and elements enhance and benefit my story?
*  How can I use the five mythic steps on The Path of Initiation for my characters and myself.
 
This workshop will answer those questions and more as Pamela Jaye Smith and Kathie Fong Yoneda address the growing rise in writing for the children and teen marketplace and how you can enhance your stories with these helpful "building blocks".

Pamela Jaye is co-author with creator Reece Michaelson of the children's book Petra Volare, about an Inventor Girl you never heard of before.



[Cover art by Gail Jorden.]

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April 20 - Los Angeles

You've completed your project - Congratulations!
And you've gotten it published and/or listed - Impressive!
Now you're going to pitch it to film and TV execs looking for new IPs to develop for visual media - That could be great....
What can you do to help make it great?
 
Join us for this Pitching Workshop and learn:  
  • How to construct an accessible, attractive Pitch Package.
  • How to 'take a meeting' that presents you and your story in the best possible way.
  • How to interact positively with the producers and development execs to make them want to work with you.
 We'll go through the steps to develop, craft ,and polish your pitches so the media-makers want to keep your leave-behinds, show them to others in their company, and then hopefully move forward with enthusiastic interest on your story.
 
This interactive workshop will include the opportunity to pitch your project for direct feedback from the instructor.

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ONLINE COURSES


ALPHA BABES  March 25 - April 21 [12 classes] [12 classes]

My latest article for Savvy Authors is Politics and Character Arcs

Other blogs for them:


In Defense of Shallow Characters
    
 
   
 
  
 

 







 
 
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Rocaberti Writers Retreat

Marouatte Castle, The Dordogne, France
 
Kathie Fong Yoneda will be a Mentor there this Spring.
 
Check Rocaberti for other upcoming retreats.

Pamela Jaye will be a Mentor in July 2019.
 
Friday, July 12th to Wednesday, July 17th.     
 
Hope to see you at this wonderful Retreat for some exceptionally productive writing.

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PITCHING YOUR PROJECTS
 
There are lots of on-line PitchFests going on all the time, plus many listing services like InkTip.   
 
We can help you get your story ready to pitch, be it a Story Consultation, writing the Pitch Materials for you [Logline, Pitch, Synopsis], selecting the target companies most appropriate for your project, or Pitch Coaching by Zoom or in person.
   
Or have our PitchProxy Pros pitch it for you, in person or on-line. 
 
Email us for more details.   

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ONGOING

Story consultations and coaching for all media and genres - from initial brain-storming to private classes to detailed feedback and suggestions.
 
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