The Hero's Journey

I'd like to start by talking about the hero's journey.  Even in my early years of writing, I found that I had bits and pieces of the journey.  Eventually, of course, I began reading the work of Joseph Campbell.  Now for those of you who are mythology scholars and others who may not be but are well versed in the work of Campbell and the hero's journey, I just want to say that I am neither a scholar nor someone that has read all of his works.  My understanding of the ancient journey has come from on line searches, many reads of Campbell's book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" and by watching most of Campbell's videos and interviews.  I am not an expert and do not claim to be.  I do love the hero's journey, however, and have used it as the framework for the Medelia Chronicles.

So let's start at the beginning, the first step in the journey is the Call to Adventure.  In the Medelia Chronicles, there are references to Charlie's call to adventure even before the story begins (see the back cover.)  However, his formal call, if you will, occurs in Chapter Five, The Otherworld.  He hears a mysterious voice three times with the words, "It's time to go, Charlie."  Charlie doesn't understand who or what is "talking to him" but latter on, he will talk to Rocky about the voice and will begin to understand what it all is to mean.  Campbell puts it this way.  "The first stage of the mythological journey-which we have designated the "call to adventure" - signifies that destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown." (Hero with a Thousand Faces - page 58.)

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