When I was in high school, I nearly took my life for about eighteen months straight. I hung on by a thread.
Then myths saved me.
As a kid, I got called a liar often. In defense of my friends, I lied. Often. But I didn’t lie as much as they thought — probably only 10% of the things I told them were outright lies. The rest was fiction. Mythology.
And there’s a big difference.
See it took some very clever teachers to pull me aside and say, “That was a good story about love” or “That was a great story about what it feels like to fish” for me to realize the nuance between fiction and lying, mythology and lying, myths and Myths. These teachers knew I hadn’t dated a movie star. And they knew my little arms were far too small to reel in a thousand-pound fish. They knew, in other words, that the point of my story wasn’t the facts. The details.
I wasn’t using reason to prove a truth.
The point of my story was the meaning behind the details. I was using my imagination to show them meaning. Big picture stuff. And how that meaning changed our experience of life — made us better, stronger, truer, and cleverer.
That’s the power of mythology. And mythology’s the great-grandpa of modern fiction and poetry.
Myths can change us by giving us meaning and changing our minds about what it means to experience life. They can make us think cleverer, feel deeper, and act truer than anything on this earth. They caught me when I was suicidal — at the worst trough of my life — and kept me from taking my life. They moved me towards meaning and bliss.
If your life feels meaningless — if you’re looking for a purpose — get this book.
Lancelot Schuabert has sold his written work to markets like TOR, The New Haven Review, McSweeney’s, The Poet’s Market, The World Series Edition of Poker Pro, Encounter, The Misty Review, Carnival, Brink, and many other similar markets. He reinvented the photonovel through COLD BREWED and was commissioned by the Missouri Tourism Board to create a second photonovel. the JOPLIN UNDERCURRENT both fictionalizes and enchants the history and culture of Joplin, Missouri. He's hard at work on his first novel.
His work terraforms new worlds, tears the veil between the natural and supernatural, and jests with the paradoxes of classical metaphysics. When he’s not writing (or tinkering with cinema-ish narrative), he’s dabbling in dozens of different books, listening to people tell their life stories, camping, fishing, exploring unfamiliar territory (there’s a lot in New York), tinkering with new languages (Spanish, currently), exploring random disciplines like chemical engineering, as well as messing around with improv comedy and leisure de main and music.
PLEASE SEND SOUP — he loves soup. Yes, even if it’s summer. Find him in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Tara, and their attack spaniel, Echo.
“Schaubert’s words have an immediacy, a potency, an intimacy that grab the reader by the collar and say ‘Listen, this is important!’ Probing the bones and gristle of humanity, Lancelot’s subjects challenge, but also offer insights into redemption if only we will stop and pay attention.”— Erika Robuck, National Bestselling Author of Hemingway’s Girl
“Loved this story because Lancelot wrote about people who don’t get written about enough and he did it with humor, compassion, and heart.”— Brian Slatterly, author of Lost Everything and editor of The New Haven Review
“I’m such a fan of Lancelot Schaubert’s work. His unique view of things and his life-wisdom enriches all he does. We’re lucky to count him among our contributors.”— Therese Walsh, author of The Moon Sisters and Editorial Director of Writer Unboxed
“Lancelot Schaubert writes with conviction but without the cliché and bluster of the propaganda that is so common in this age of blogs and tweets. Here is a real practitioner of the craft who has the patience to pay attention. May his tribe increase!”— Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove, author of Common Prayer and The Awakening of Hope
“Lancelot was the kind of student every writing teacher hopes to have in her class: attentive, thoughtful, a bit quirky, and innovative. Since his time in my classroom, he has continued to impress me. He ‘sees,’ and his essays, poetry, and fiction are full of details that enable his audience to see. Bravo, Lance.”— Jackina Stark, author of Things Worth Remembering and Tender Grace
“Schaubert’s narratives are emotionally stirring with both a vulnerable sensibility and rawness to them. They take you on a journey full of open wounds, intimate successes and personal delights. Lancelot’s words have a calmness, a natural ease but the meaning is always commanding and dynamic.”
— Natalie Gee, Brooklyn Film Festival