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Fairytale Erotica (and other genres you can select for your life story)

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If
you were looking for your own life story in a bookstore, what section would you
go to first?

If
you are stumped for an answer, think about a movie or a story that struck a
chord in you. It might be a fairy tale from childhood, or something from
mythology. It might be tragedy or comedy, an epic saga or a family sitcom.

Check
whether this remembered tale may be about you and the life you are living now
or in your imagination, or both.

Now:
picture yourself in a bookstore or library or browsing Netflix. Where would you
go to look for your story. Fiction or nonfiction, or something in the
borderland between them, like Visionary Narrative?

Romance? Self-improvement? Fantasy? Biography?
Adventure? Folklore?

Maybe you need to invent a genre for what your
story contains. Or make a composite, like those recommended categories that
turn up on Netflix: “Mind-Bending Foreign Drama with Strong Female Lead.” “Military
20th Century Period Piece.” “Dark Fight-the-System Movies Based on
Real Life.” (Come to think of it, I might file parts of my life story in each
of those categories).

In my workshops, I often have people spend
five minutes sketching out a quick version of their life stories so that can
see more clearly what section or sections they belong in.

Here are some genres invented or selected by
members of my creative workshops and online dreamwork courses:

Hot Fiction

Cosmic Westerns

Romantic Science

Mainstream Occult

Black Comedy

Coffee Table Picture Books

Time Travel

Ancient
Mysteries

Past
Life Travels

Fairytale Erotica

and (from someone who has just
completed their first book)

Bestsellers

 

My
personal favorites?

True
Fantasy

Soul
Biography

Multidimensional
Travel

Ready to play? Picture yourself in that bookstore, on scanning that Netflix screen, and choose the category for your life story. You can pick up to three. Then post your selections on the Comments thread here. You may inspire others to expand their notions about what kind of story they are living.

Astral Lovers by Nicola Daniels

  • Nina

    I am not sure if any of these categories are acceptable but they have come first to me…
    White Covered Books with Wings
    Books of Living Nature
    Books on Deep Mining

  • Margaret

    Travel Archaeology/Archaelogical Travels
    Psycho-Poetic Artmaking
    30 Days to Ritual Performance
    Laughter and Hell

  • Melissa London

    The wonders of Magic and Nature!
    Avatar!!

  • Don

    I relate to nature. My favorites while I was growing up were “Two Little Savages,” and “Rolf In The Woods,” by Ernest Thompson Seton. They are still on my bookshelf. Another favorite, added later, is “Walden,” by Henry David Thoreau.

  • lily

    My titles are:-
    “The Mystery of Wisdom”
    “The Monks Secret Story”
    “The Story of Dark and Erotic Love”

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Nina – winged books, whatever the binding, are always most welcome in the Dream Library!

  • Palma Lee Stephens

    I would be in the Jane Austen section…more specifically, “Pride and Prejudice.”

  • Louisa

    Sections and Titles:
    Mystery/Horror/Adult: “So You’ve Decided to Become a Scientist…”
    Health: “Avoid Exposure to Money and Sunlight – Naturally!”
    Inspirational: “Thirteen Tanka for When You Want to Quit”
    Professional Development: “Psychology at Work: Understanding the Madness”
    Horoscopes: “Your Next Job”

  • Ananna

    Family Comedy with real life struggles and Terry Pratchet kind of twists here and there.
    Romantic Biographies where love finds all sorts of ways
    Grand Visionary Epics that show how the simple things in life never die
    Patty

  • Ananna

    Family Comedy with real life struggles and Terry Pratchet kind of twists here and there.
    Romantic Biographies where love finds all sorts of ways
    Grand Visionary Epics that show how the simple things in life never die
    Patty

  • Susan Parcheta

    What a fascinating topic to consider and reflect on. Thanks, I’ll hope to pursue this along now!:)

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Louisa – You have me laughing with your Mystery/Horror/Adult category and title selection.

  • Tamara

    Science Fiction: Life is a Dance with a Drunken Angel

  • Clancy

    Magic Realism
    Heart Opening Mystery
    Bodacious, Belly-Laughing Comedy

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