About Jodine Turner

Jodine Turner is an award-winning, best-selling Visionary Fiction and magical realism author, Adorata Practitioner, therapist, and consecrated priestess. She writes about how the most potent transformative power – Embodied Love – is the next step in the evolution of humankind. Through story, Jodine takes you on an initiatory journey into the Goddess, as well as the Sacred Union of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine within. Jodine authored “The Awakening: Rebirth of Atlantis” and “The Keys to Remember”, followed by "Carry on the Flame: Destiny's Call", and "Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic."

The Power of Place in Writing a Novel

Have you ever thought about the power of place, of setting, in writing your novel?

The setting in most novels is nonspecific. Meaning that, while setting itself is important, the specificity of the setting is oftentimes not. The high school romance between Bella and Edward in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight could have begun in any modern high school cafeteria. Dan Millman’s Visionary Fiction novel, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, could have been set in any gas station, and in any university town, and still retain the thrust of the story.

Harper Lee, author of the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, said in a 1961 interview, “People will be people anywhere you put them.” She set her story in a nonspecific, generic Southern town she named Maycomb. The story could have taken place anywhere in the South during the early 1930’s. But what was important, and more specific, was that it was indeed set in the South. And the town of Maycomb represented a conglomeration of the Southern culture, tradition, and societal influences that shaped her story and her characters’ experiences.

Could James Hilton’s classic, Lost Horizon, be set anywhere other than Shangri-La, the earthly paradise hidden in the Himalayan Mountains? Or in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland – Alice could have fallen down a mining pit, a well hole, or her rabbit hole, but what was important is that the hole led her down into the magical realm of Wonderland. And this magical setting colored how the story unfolded.

Peter Pan’s adventures would not have been the same if they were not experienced specifically in Neverland. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code needed to take place within the religious structures found in Italy. It couldn’t have happened anywhere else.

These latter examples illustrate how there are also many novels … Continue reading

#Art Saved My Life

“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths….Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another.”

Joseph Campbell

#Art saved my life   #Art healed my heart    #Art healed my soul

CBM-Square-170x170The hashtags are coming in from around the country, flooding social media. Who’s making these bold declarations? Combat war veterans, their families, as well as performers such as Grammy award winning soprano Pamela South – those people who are associated with, and transformed by the radically new opera, The Canticle of the Black Madonna. 

The Canticle of the Black Madonna is a truly unique opera that seamlessly combines elements of contemporary opera, classical oratorio, Jungian psychodrama, and Greek ritual theater to provide a powerful portrayal of how Post Traumatic Stress impacts the combat veteran and their families, and to provide a path toward healing the souls of those wounded by war. The Canticle of the Black Madonna is one of the finest examples of Visionary art in opera form. Its national début is September 5th in Portland, Oregon.

The opera contains all the elements we call Visionary as defined here at the VFA. Visionary Fiction (VF) aspires to evolve and transform the consciousness of the reader. VF is universal in scope, and embraces spiritual and esoteric wisdom, often from ancient sources, to make it relevant for our modern life. These gems of wisdom are brought forth in story form in a way that readers can experience it from within themselves. While there is a strong premise, it in no way proselytizes or preaches.

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Spirituality Within Visionary Fiction: a Round Table Discussion

Visionary fiction is a relatively new genre in the world of writing and publishing. And the paradox is that it is also an ancient form of storytelling as well. As we engage in discussions about defining Visionary Fiction, we inevitably hit upon the crossover of VF and Spiritual Fiction. While our consensual definition of VF from our website does an excellent job at describing VF, we, the founding members of the VF Alliance agree that it is an evolving, organic description which will be refined as we grow in our understanding and writing of the genre.

colorful-meeting-mdAnd, one definition we cannot attempt to resolve is the perennial question of ‘what is spirituality.’ However, we can attempt to discuss what is the role of spirituality within Visionary Fiction. Given that intriguing question, we are offering a round table discussion of this very question. The discussion is not meant to confuse readers or writers, or to disregard our official VFA definition. It is our way of exchanging ideas and inspirations to further grow the genre of VF.

Please join in the discussion. Comment, or if you have something longer to share, we invite you to write a blog post        detailing what you feel is spirituality within VF. As the definition of spirituality is diverse amongst individuals and cultures,  so, too, will it be diverse amongst the members of our VF Alliance group.

 

Enjoy the round table discussion. It is all grist for the mill.

What is spirituality within Visionary Fiction:

Eleni Papanou, author of Unison, Beyond Omega’s Sunrise Jessie’s Song.

The way I view spirituality in visionary fiction is similar … Continue reading

‘A Winters Tale’ – a Movie Experience of Visionary Fiction

We are well aware that Visionary Fiction, with regards to the publishing industry, is a genre in its infancy, though its form and mode of storytelling is perennial. One way to describe, define, and increase awareness of this genre for authors, readers, agents, and publishers, is to show by example. On our Visionary Fiction website we have compiled a list of books and movies that fall under the VF genre. Book and movie reviews also help increase awareness and understanding of VF. I’ve recently watched the new movie A Winter’s Tale, and found it to be a very good illustration of VF.

1Originally a novel written by Mark Helprin and published in 2005, A Winters Tale is a time-travel love story that spans more than a century. Despite the movie trailer’s emphasis on the romantic love between characters Peter Lake and Beverly Penn, which is undoubtedly both believable and epic, the movie encompasses love on a much grander scale. And it incorporates the persistent struggle between good and evil, destiny and purpose, timing and fate.

Peter, (played with deep emotion by Colin Farrell), is an orphaned burglar trying to break free from under the rule of crime boss Pearly Soames (played convincingly by Russell Crowe). Peter is clever, and under normal human circumstances, may have easily slipped away from Pearly’s jurisdiction. But it so happens that Pearly is a minion of Lucifer (played artfully by Will Smith). And Pearly’s demonic abilities include being able to follow streams of ethereal light to geographically locate whomever he wants to.

Pearly is obsessed with his vendetta against … Continue reading

Beyond Samhain’s Doorway: Visionary Fiction

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Summer has exhaled and faded. The nights are beginning to lengthen. Leaves burnish in shades of red, gold, and orange, and drop from the trees. The last of the harvest is gathered, and the remains of the crops are tilled back into the fields to nourish the soil for next year’s planting. Our lived life is analogous to this turning of the seasons if we can view it from that perspective. As such, you may ponder what seeds you have planted earlier in the year, what you have created by mid-year, what has now come into fruition to be harvested in your life, and what needs to be nourished for the upcoming year.

Because I am an author of Visionary Fiction (VF), the writer in me also resonates with this season of autumn. And, more so with… yes…Halloween. Not so much the commercial Halloween of clever costumes and adorable children who ‘trick or treat’ for candy, as much as acknowledging this season ‘where the veils are thin between the worlds of the seen and unseen,’ or so the ancient Celtic people asserted.

October 31st, mid-autumn, marks one of earth’s seasonal turning points with a festival called Samhain (pronounced sa-wen, which comes from two words meaning summer’s end), a festival later to be renamed Halloween. Samhain originally celebrated this mystical time when the usual barriers between our world and the otherworld opened to allow contact between humans and their ancestors, the spirits of the dead, as well the fairy folk. Legend says that these two realities now have the opportunity to come … Continue reading

“Buen Camino!”

“Buen Camino!”

These words offer wishes of good fortune to travelers of the Camino, or ‘The Way,’ – a pilgrimage on the Compostela de Santiago trail that runs from southern France through northern Spain. A friend from my writing critique group recently invited me to trek this 500 mile path with her. I was excited and intrigued at the prospect.

I wondered what it was about the Camino that had me so enthralled. The Camino pilgrimage is a physical challenge, but it is primarily a spiritual journey, one that thousands have traveled since medieval times. Daily hiking compels the traveler to interact with the land and its many ancient sacred sites along the way, as well as to inwardly focus on their own interior soul landscape. The pilgrimage is reminiscent of the Celtic Imram, the name given to the physical voyages and counterpart soul quests of the ancient Celtic peoples of Ireland and Britain. The Camino invitation brought back memories of one of the most important Imrams of my life – my journey to Glastonbury, England. It was a sojourn that eventually fueled the inspiration for my Goddess of the Stars and the Sea novels.

Glastonbury, the ancient isle of Avalon, is the setting in my favorite novel, the classic The Mists of Avalon, penned by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The story tells      the Arthurian Grail legend from the feminine viewpoint of Morgaine, King Arthur’s half sister and priestess of the Goddess. Bradley’s novel has been a best      seller for many years because it touches the collective psyche of our times. Her novel characterizes the re-emergence of the … Continue reading

Global Ebook Honorable Mention for Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic

We all like to be acknowledged for our talents, for our creativity, for our accomplishments. Writers are no different. We get input from our critique groups, our beta readers, our agents, editors, and publishers. But we especially appreciate the feedback and reviews received from readers.

We love to know if our book touched them, helped them, or changed some aspect of their life. Visionary Fiction authors such as myself, aspire to transform and expand perceptions for our readers through the experiences of our characters. Because that is one of the main goals of Visionary Fiction, I find myself craving feedback for my novels. Did the characters in my novel speak to my readers, and move them on a deep level? Did my novel expand their consciousness in new and different ways?

So, when I get a favorable reader review, my heart feels fulfilled. And when I receive acknowledgement from the writing industry, I know I have done my job well as judged from the standards of my peers.

My novels Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call and Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic have been favored with  four National Awards. And just recently, Carry on the Flame: Ultimate Magic received Honorable Mention in Dan Poynter’s Global EBook Awards. Dan Poynter is a prominent expert in the field of publishing, a leading authority on ebook publishing. All novels in his global contest went through a nomination and approval process in order to be entered.

I am so grateful when my novels are recognized. Happy Dance!!

Honorable Mention 2013 global Ebook awards

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