The Hero’s Journey- World of Common Day

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Intellectual Credit Joseph Campbell

So, this post basically has to start with an apology for my absence. It has been a little more of a hectic month than I thought it would be with the newborn, finishing the school year, and starting summer school.

But now I am starting a class teaching 6th and 7th graders about reading and using Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey as the class theme.

The basic premise is to read one fantasy novel and follow the hero through the nine stages of his journey.

And since I am a soon to be a self-published author in the fantasy genre, I felt that the lessons would be very a pro pos.

The World of Common Day

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Credit NBC- Jim and Pam at work.

The Hero’s journey is a simple one and can be found in just about any story. These types of stories are most common in fantasy where a simple person goes off on some quest to become a hero.

But no matter how the story pans out or evolves, every Hero’s journey takes root in what is known as The World of Common Day

This world is, simply put, the protagonist’s every day life. (Think Hobbits in The Shire or the Pevensies in our world, England) It is the comfort zone. It is the bubble that cannot be shattered. (But, of course, will be shattered.) It is the ultimate boring life that nags at all heroes and makes them urge, nay desire, nay yearn for Excitement and Adventure! (Though many, I’m sure, would claim they do not want adventure. Common Hobbits fit this description.)

But do not let this stage fool you, oh no! It is the mother of all stages. It is the first stage. It is what allows all readers to get their feet wet. It is the stepping off point for all other steps the hero will take in the journey. Though sometimes lacking in drama, tension, or suspense, this first stage in the Hero’s Journey is essential in order for the reader to have a baseline for the transformation that is to take place.

And for those aspiring writers out there who envision taking the plunge into their own writing journey, I urge you, do not shrug this stage off! It can be the most beneficial to you!

How?

For a deeper understanding of this first step into the Hero’s Journey, let us take a look at an example from the iconic Star Wars. (And, yes, I do mean A New Hope.)

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Mr. Skywalker in all his awesomeness

Luke Skywalker, the protagonist, lives with his aunt and uncle on a moisture farm in the middle of a desert planet called Tatooine. Though he does not live the perfect Leave it to Beaver life, his life is pretty comfy, complete with protocol droids, igloo-like stone houses, and blue milk.

And as we find out in the infamous and aforementioned blue milk scene, Luke has a distaste for the governing empire and wants to leave this World of Common Day to join the rebels in their fight.

Now, if this was the entire story setting, we would have all bled from our eye sockets due to boredom because the common day is just that, common. There may be some minor conflict, but all in all nothing happens here.

Lucky for us, Luke does not stay in The World of Common Day for very long. His journey through the stages takes a wild turn when he meets an unexpected stranger and progresses into the Call to Adventure. More on this stage of The Hero’s Journey next time.

Until then, Peace and Long Reads.

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Finally!

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The day you have been waiting for has arrived!

Your anticipation has been filled to the brim.

That pounding in your chest can finally subside.

Now available in paperback and kindle on Amazon.

Buy it here

It’s coming closer!!!

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It’s only 1 week away now!!!

May 1st.

It’ll be here before you know it.

Get excited!

(Wait, you probably already are…)

Stay excited! Excite someone else!!!

Preston’s Song

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No, the book isn’t available yet.

12 days!!

But I do have a little treat to tide you over.

Here is a little poem from the book called Preston’s Song:

She walks in beauty like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her features and her eyes.


Fair her silk wraps about the day

Like pearls of sapphire on display

On bands of golden ringlets spray

Grace and elegance on display


What love she has within her heart

None yet has forced her to impart

So who knows where a man should start

From his mind she can ne’er depart


The least he should be brave and bold

Pursue her as a tall stronghold

Where his labors can all behold

And win her heart a thousandfold

It’s Coming…

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Finally, after five torturous years of longing and waiting and hoping and praying and crying (okay, I got a little carried away with the hyperbole there), drumroll please:

Book 2 of The Stones of Revenge is coming.

That’s right, you asked for it, you begged for it, you lost sleep waiting for news about it, you might have even lost your appetite you were so anxious. (And boy would you be skinny now. I mean, five years, geez!)

Anyway, May 1st.

Yep, that’s the date. Just a few more days away.

13 to be exact.

In honor of Preston’s birthday, you can continue the story!

But not today. May 1st.

Did I mention that? I thought I did.

Okay great, on May 1st, the saga continues…

Out on a Winter’s Day

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A cool and gentle winter’s day

Settled the icy blue to stay

Beneath the purple mountains true

Into a calming placid lake


When suddenly the sky’s clouds threw

A dash of ivory tattoo

Scattered amidst the peaceful scene

And aye my hands did reach up to


Partake of that heavenly sheen

When a biting breath blew between

those verdant pines both lonely and fierce

And separated my love from me.


Blinded by a wall of white and tears

A voice through the raging storm did pierce

Clearing all obstacles away

Sanctioning my soul to appear

My Guinevere

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For now I know what then could not

As laughter bound our door.

We settled in our Camelot

Down I laid my claymore.


But soon there came our darkest fears

A dragon fierce and strong

With his great tail he broke my spears

Down I tumbled headlong.


A broken man for then you found

A king without a throne.

You dove into the dark and drowned.

For me your heart did groan.


But grace to me which you did show

Sent echoes through my soul.

A perfect love for us atoned,

Our kingdom remade whole

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