Crossing the Threshold

Thanks for joining me on this adventure! I have planned this blog for a long time, and it is finally beginning. I hope to learn a lot as I go, but also to share some thoughts I have as well…thoughts on story and its deeper meaning in the grand scheme. Here we go…ACROSS THE THRESHOLD!!!

“Crossing the Threshold” is one of the crucial stages of the Hero’s Journey as outlined by Joseph Campbell. You will probably see a lot of references on this blog to Campbell. I think his work was groundbreaking for the storytelling world, and even for the world in general. While I disagree with Campbell on much, particularly on the conclusions I draw from his research, I do think his work is important. It provides great insights into the structure of story, which may in turn provide great insights into so much more.

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According to Campbell’s diagram of the Hero’s Journey, the crossing of the threshold is the dividing line between separation and initiation- a departure from the ordinary world and a step into the new. I hope this blog will be that for me, in a way–a fascinating adventure in a different realm…won’t you join me? Land of enchantment, here we come!!!

Disclaimer: If you do go on this adventure with me, I hope you like excessive punctuation…

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

 

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