I like Evelyn.
Just as Campbell’s monomyth encompasses a wide variety of heroes and their journeys, though, the Heroine’s Journey model for a strong female heroine experiencing a mythic coming of age tale is about defining the broad archetype for these kinds of tales. It should avoid being too restrictive or limiting in its parameters. Not every Heroine’s Journey, for example, will include a love interest, or a family, or a team of allies. Some heroines may not be particularly nurturing, or they may be fighting for personal glory. The goal is not to force all Heroine’s Journeys to conform to specific plot elements or character development tropes; that would be foolish as well as counterproductive. Rather, the goal is to ensure that the Heroine’s Journey model is built in a way that guides storytellers to create stories that are centered not around a “hero with boobs” but around a strong female heroine. Whatever the multitude of possible differences among these epic coming of age tales, a Heroine’s Journey is not just a woman taking a man’s journey, but a woman taking a woman’s journey.The Heroine’s Journey: How Campbell’s Model Doesn’t Fit
(adapted from Maureen Murdock)
- Separation from the feminine
- Identification with the masculine and gathering of allies
- Road of trials, meeting ogres and dragons
- Finding the boon of success
- Awakening to feelings of spiritual aridity: death
- Initation 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
"Because every time we pick up a pen, or an instrument, or get anything done, we are creating the revolution." Riot, grrrl.
On my last day of teaching, I took the final minutes of my class to tell them to do one thing: Say your dream out loud. Say it to at least one sentient person. Sing out, Louise, as Gypsy said to her daughter. Tell someone, anyone what you want. Own your ambition. It’s not dirty. It is presumptuous. But to write is presumptuous, so you might as well own that, too. To say: I want to tell the story, I want to tell you what matters – in a world where none of us, ever, will run out of good things to read. That’s big-time ambition. So own it.Laura Lippman
We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of True Romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely — at least, not all the time — but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.Hunter, dead nine years ago yesterday.
I know I’m not saving the world, but something in what I’ve learned how to do or the stories that I’ve tried to tell, they’re some sort of representation of how life is or how life could be. And that gives some sort of optimism. And an optimistic attitude is a successful attitude.Bill Murray
My dance card is beginning to fill up for 2014. If you are in the area of any of my upcoming speaking events, I would be pleased to see you, or talk with you, or eat nachos with you, or perhaps all of the above. Let’s get nachos. Nachos are great.
- 22 February GitHub Public Speaking Workshop for Women San Francisco, CA: I will be helping here as a mentor. I have been virtually mentoring women and other beginners in tech speaking for almost a year now, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to do it in person.
- 4-5 April Mission Creek Tech + Innovation Conference Iowa City, IA: I will be participating in the technology portion of the Mission Creek festival by speaking about diversity in tech. Also looking forward to meeting some of the Iowa Tech Chicks.
- 26 April KalamazooX Conference Kalamazoo, MI: My third year speaking at this uniquely philosophical and soft-skills-oriented tech conference. Composing a brand-new talk for it.
- 13-16 May cf.Objective() Minneapolis, MN: Looking forward to delivering a keynote on encouraging diversity of education, perspective and experience in all aspects of technology.
- 6 June Rustbelt Refresh Cleveland, OH: HELLO CLEVELAND. As a native NE Ohioan, I’m excited to visit Cleveland again. It’s been a while. It’s also an honor to be included in such an amazing list of web designers speaking.
- 16-20 June Future Insights Live Las Vegas, NV: Vegas, baby. I’m hoping to bring some of my thoughts about education to this conference.
- 11-13 September BlendConf Charlotte, NC: Another amazing lineup of designers and developers with whom I’m excited to hang out.
I have 3-4 more fun events to tell you about once the details are finalized, and probably some more will materialize as the year goes on. If you want to propose something, please do so! Especially if the something is in an awesome location.
I am also kicking around a couple of different side projects to focus on this year, as well as planning to give some more love to building up the High Visibility Project. Onward.
It’s time to be honest about what technology is, and to give everyone the credit they deserve for working on all sorts of technological problems. To build the future, we need everyone to do their bit. We can’t afford to exclude either half the population from the tasks needed to make the world a better place. But it’s ok, because we don’t have to.Helen Czerski
I would think about how I wanted to act. Like they teach in acting, ‘act as if …’ — it’s the same thing in sports. Do you stand up straight? Do you have your body language speaking in a confident way? Because 75 percent of the time when you’re on the court, you’re actually not hitting a ball. And I think that’s where the champions come through. So I would visualize all these different possibilities.Billie Jean King