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More on Reading for Healing


The Lord of the Rings I did a post on Reading for Healing back on the 21st of January—in that post, I also linked to other posts that alerted readers to my radically sudden backing away from my normal schedule on this blog…

I’m still reading for healing though I’ve moved on from reading and re-reading 7 of C. J. Cherryh’s works to re-reading The Lord of the Rings <— that link leads to the 50th Anniversary Edition, which is the most faithful reproduction of the author’s intentions…

To see why I mentioned the author’s intentions, check out my past post, The Publishing (And Editorial) History of Some Extremely Famous Fiction

I spoke about healing, specifically with 5 of the 7 Cherryh books, in the January 21st post…

My reasons for healing with The Lord of the Rings is a bit more complex…

I should first mention that both Cherryh’s and Tolkien’s books are re-reads after many years—I feel the number of years between re-readings could be a gauge of the “value” of the 2nd (or, 3rd or more) reading; especially if the re-reads are years apart—you are older, your mind and heart have (hopefully) expanded—other books have amplified the Reading Space—it feels “comfortable” yet is still a “fresh” read…

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So, reading for healing…

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Cherryh’s Fortress Series (the 5 books in the January 21st post) are books of High Fantasy…

Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has been called Epic High Fantasy…

To me, the difference is that Cherryh shook my mind and heart in ways that opened improperly sealed doors and chased the spooks away, relieving heart and soul…

However, Tolkien, who I’m still reading, is going deeper—not just opening doors but helping me re-shape whole Habitations in my mind and heart—not just relieving but reconstituting heart and soul…

I feel the difference is that Cherryh can tap into the Personal Unconscious treasuries of meaning but, due to the extremely “ancient” feel of the Rings story, Tolkien can tap into the Collective Unconscious

So, I’m still healing… And, I should mention that I firmly believe that both Cherryh and Tolkien were aided in their writing by a Higher Power

So…

Still Healing

But, I’m nearly ready to begin a regular schedule of blogging again…

Monday and Wednesday will be original blog posts, Fridays will be Story Bazaar Tales, and the rest of the week will be valuable re-blogs…

However, there will only be 19 more Tales in the Friday Story Bazaar—have any idea what I should do differently on Fridays…?

This resumption of my normal routine will begin February 9th…

In closing, I’ll share a hearty recommendation that you consider re-reading some of your former favorite books—some will be like visiting an old friend, some will have not remained favorites, some will seem comfortable as well as completely new, since you have attained new vistas of personal growth………
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Reading for Healing


Fortress Series - C. J. Cherryh Being a writer usually means being an avid reader—actually, I can’t imagine a writer who doesn’t and hasn’t read widely…

So…

One of the many perks of the writing life is being able to do something you love—reading—and, call it research; and, sometimes, also call it Healing

Earlier this month I had a “breakdown”—not psychotic but deeply psychological—not life threatening but emotionally deadly—not cosmic but concerning things not of this earth…

I have two very short posts that speak to it—here and here—and the intro to a re-blog—as well as a partial post that said a bit about a point of stability when I began to aim at returning to normal blogging and story-telling; though, I’m not quite there, yet…

Reading for Healing (while also doing writerly research…)…

There was a book by my favorite novelist, C. J. Cherryh, that I’d read many years ago; though, she’d gone on to write four more in what’s called the “Fortress Series“…

So, I’d fallen into my “dislocation” and needed some deep and high fantasy to live in, to “get away from things”, to ponder in another world…

I’m sure some of you select books to read somewhat intuitively; though I know there are folks who only ask friends and browse online book retailers…

I’ve almost always selected my reading intuitively and rarely has that process failed me; and, even when I ended up reading a book that “went against” my intuitive needs, it still could serve well for my writerly research activities…

So…

As soon as I got into the first book of the Fortress Series, I realized (after I’d gotten about 100 pages in) that I’d remembered very little detail; and, that I was aware the whole series must be read to help me Heal………

It worked, better than I thought it would.

I’m sitting here writing a blog post where, before the books, I could barely get a re-blog out.

Cherryh isn’t for every reader—even her die-hard fans admit it takes work and commitment to appreciate her writing; but, if you can give yourself up to the way she uses words, you can Become her stories—I have no other way to explain the effect on me of her writing…

I have enough years and study to not take Cherryh’s fantasy literally; yet, there are those who would, she’s such a good writer; still, there is much Truth in the books—figurative facts that opened psychological truth, psychological facts opening up literal truths…

If you ever need to heal, to Become a different you, to go away and come back better able to handle this world, read the Fortress Series

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Stay tuned for another original Tale in the Story Bazaar on February 9th—with some excellent re-blogs until then…
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