Join the Frivolous Revolution

Introducing the Frivolous Revolution Handbooks

A series in the spirit of revolutionary pamphlets enticing those unsatisfied with the status quo to join the uprising. They invite frivolity as a superb act of rebellion that can open our imaginations. For the word geeks, the words ‘frivol,’ ‘revel,’ and ‘rebel’ all come from the same root: this is your chance to find your own inner frivolous revolutionary and re-imagine your world.

The Frivolous Revolution Handbooks are a weave of old myths, archetypes, and new stories; ideas about how the small and seemingly pointless revolutionary acts in our lives can change everything; and invitations to think both deeply and lightly about how we can find meaning and happiness.

Psyche’s Choice is the first of a series of three Frivolous Revolution Handbooks. This first handbook is an introduction to the art of frivolous revolution, by way of myth, imagination, and archetype. It is, perhaps, the least frivolous of the handbooks; they get sillier as they go along. The second two are in the works, coming hopefully in 2020, but frivolity, like imagination, can be difficult to put to the yoke, especially when it’s trying to break yokes (I’m thinking oxen here, not eggs, but that could be my own limited thinking) of responsibility. But that’s the plan.

A Herd of Words is coming as the second Frivolous Revolution Handbook. It’s a dictionary of words, frivolous and frivolously defined, along with some invitations to add your own definitions. It features artwork from the 19thCentury, limericks, doggerel, and general word mayhem. It is designed to be a reference tool for you as you seek to break any kind of yoke, by providing you with inspirational words to hurl at those who would demand your serious attention. Including yourself.

Wisdom from the Aunties You Should Have Had is the third.  I’m co-authoring with my friend the Queen of Frivolity, with some special help from Auntie Matter, Auntie Establishment, and Auntie Gravity. We all need more aunties, to stand guard, inspire, cajole, have capacious arms for soul-feeding hugs when the world has left you empty, and pointy-toed shoes for well-placed derriere kicks when you’re drowning in your own sludge. They are untrammeled by the worries and boundaries of parenthood, even though they’ll stand up to the most outrageous of monsters with you. They are just damn good to have in your corner.

So, with only slight apologies to the French Revolutionaries, join in the rallying cry of the Frivolous Revolution: Liberté! Egalité! Frivolité!

Psyche’s Choice

Frivolity finds true love…

The myth of Psyche and Eros features one of the world’s best momzillas, monsters, a quest, some unexpected helpers, a delicious but-not-sure-he’s-ready-to-commit hero, and a heroine who can’t win until she decides she doesn’t want to.

Psyche’s adventure is an oddity in mythic stories, in that it has a happy ending. Psyche is not turned into a tree, or a constellation, or a spider, or any of the other fates that generally await humans who get too close to the gods. Instead, she discovers the power of a small rebellion and finds true love. Not bad for a princess who starts out tied to a rock.

In an irreverent retelling of the myth that celebrates the human psyche’s love for love itself, Psyche’s Choice invites you to ponder the power of choices you make: what happens when you decide to rebel and do what really feeds your soul? The answer may surprise you.

Psyche’s Choice is a short story, based on the myth of Cupid and Psyche by Roman writer and philosopher Apuleius, from his novel, The Golden Ass. It comes wrapped in some deeper explorations of how Psyche works as a metaphor of soul and identity, and invitations to explore how you might find frivolity and imagination in your own life with subversive creativity.

Now available on Amazon as an eBook!