Lancelot Schaubert

How Myths Saved Me from Suicide

How Myths Saved Me from Suicide by Lancelot Schaubert
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About the Book

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.

About the Author

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.

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