Maxximillian Dafoe is an American author and screenwriter from Los Angeles, California known for her outrageous humor, new world organization concepts and unforgettable characters. Ambitious desire for social acknowledgment, the rise of economic awareness, emotional transcendence, triumph and revenge are recurring themes.
She is the author of the dystopian fiction series, Mollyville and the Bedtime Stories for the Intellectually Adventurous series, a collection of stand-alone stories for adults which includes the titles Afterlife, a paranormal satire and Daughter and the Snake, a short horror story.
On a Personal Note
Triumph and revenge are recurring themes because (right now) that's what's bringing me joy. If the stories I write inspire me to laugh out loud as I write them, I take that as a cue that I'm moving in an auspicious direction.
Even though some of the issues I raise are provocative, my stories are darkly funny. In life, I've come to welcome humor in unexpected places; it presents itself in my writing in the same way. (Yes, I'm promising you laughs.) In anything I write, my goal is to leave the reader with something worthwhile to take home, a new tool for your mental shed, something to help out, to alleviate and uplift—not just while reading the story but for the long haul. Writing novels has been extremely rewarding for me. I want to spread those good feelings around.
I wrote my first story when I was about 12; I had just discovered Judy Blume. At my primary school, about twice a year, our homeroom teacher would pass out full color catalogs of books for young readers. The catalogues were cheaply printed on thin newspaper but chock full of tiny images of book covers and a brief synopsis for each book. Those were my favorite days at school, but also the days I'd get into trouble; we were supposed to take them home and look at them there, but I could never wait to do that and would have to be told several times to put the catalog away! My mom raised me on her own—I don't know how she did it!—but she still found a way to let me choose all the books I wanted from those catalogs. It was like Christmas when those books finally arrived at school. My book bag would be full to busting with all my new paperback books—it's how I caught the book bug.
Vices: Belgian ales, walks in the mountains, meditation, sushi, pizza (and anything else made with or of cheese)
After an entire day and night of binge drinking, Cassandra hits rock bottom. Dead Jimmy Jennings finds himself in a woman’s bed for the first time in twenty years. Will he rise to the occasion? Or go out like a chump?
Discussed in this episode:
- How to use your intuition as a guide
- Useful herbs for energy clearing
- Unspoken roles in domestic service relationships
- Using mental commands to establish active patterns during sleep
Mentioned in this episode:
- Derek Rose pajamas
- Delta waves
- White sage
- Nag champa
- The human heart-mind
- Silverlake, California
Music by Otis McDonald - Rich Man in the Sky
Sound design, writing, performance and produced by Maxximillian Dafoe
To lend your support to The Afterlife Podcast and the host visit the author's patreon page at patreon.com/maxximillian.
Can’t wait until next week to find out what happens? Buy the book… AFTERLIFE (Bedtime Stories for the Intellectually Adventurous, Book 2) by Maxximillian Dafoe, available now on Amazon. Send tweets to twitter.com/maxximillian. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or your favorite podcast provider.
Want some visuals on AFTERLIFE? All is available to you via tarynmaxximilliandafoe.com/forever-afterlife.
You’ll find images, videos and complementary material to enhance your experience of this podcast, and the story of AFTERLIFE. While you're there, look around Karen’s house, see what’s inside Cassandra’s Closet, snoop around her bedroom and peruse the other Afterlife themed pinboards curated by Maxximillian on Pinterest, like the one for The Afterlife Podcast Episode #09: Real Pain For My Sham Friends.
While you're here, leave your comments in the magical box below, and start a conversation—or engage in one.
STUFF FROM THIS EPISODE YOU MIGHT WANT TO OWN
Dress well, even for bed, because you never know, your pajamas could be the last thing you put on. (I'm only half-kidding.) These are the Derek Rose pajamas that inspired Jimmy's Afterlife look. Click the jammies for details and to purchase.
The ghost of Jimmy Jennings doesn't wear slippers but as a living, breathing, hot-blooded man you might want some. Because what are you going to wear with your fancy pajamas? C-slips?
Eiderdown pillows feel just like that. Soft beyond belief. In designing Cassandra's home, I paid special attention to her private rooms and her bed, filling it with all my favorite things to create an atmosphere fit for a woman of Cassandra's taste and means. Eiderdown products, pillows and comforters in particular are expensive—even for someone who is well off, the price-tag can be prohibitive but I found this comforter (pictured here) that provides the squishy comfort that feels close to it. Instant dreamland.
If you've been giving your comforter the side-eye because it's looking rather flat, maybe it's time to upgrade. Here's a solid option. Tap the photo for details and to purchase.
White sage has been used for energy clearing for centuries. For years, I've used it to clear my space energetically before writing, and before sleeping—especially if I've had intense conversations or activity occurring in my bedroom like phone conversations, brainstorming sessions, or guests… LOL. Hey, just being honest!
The burning of white sage always brings with its earthy, foresty scent a feeling of calm. It's not necessary to fill your place with smoke and ritualistic chanting, but there are some guidelines that are helpful to follow which are no less effective in using white sage to clear the energy in your space. In my life, I've been blessed to have friends who've taught me their smudging methods. I've also done some digging around on my own to seek out helpful practices to enhance my energy-clearing efforts.
In another post, I'll share more about that. Once the post is up, you'll find the link here.
Because it's true for me, and helpful and dear to me, I included smudging—that's the proper name for the ritual of energy-clearing with white sage— in the story of Afterlife. However, as in any work of fiction, there are some things that, for the sake of good storytelling, need to be excluded. The details of how an astute energy clearer would really use the sage (unfortunately) bogged down the writing, and anyway I'm here to inspire and entertain, not give detailed instructions right?
I say maybe not.
Why not take this perfect opportunity to share with my readers (that's you--I love you!--thank you!) some beneficial things? No reason not to. On that note, I found this white sage smudging set and wanted to share—it's just like what I use.
Doing an interview for my human-interest podcast, Writer + Angelino, I interviewed someone who had a Native American shaman do a blessing in the backyard of the house he lived in because there were spirits on the property as a result of it being #1 Old as fuck and #2 a place where many people died and #3 built on top of a burial ground of sorts. (It's a great story and I promise you'll hear it on the other podcast later this year.) My take-away from that story is the addition of ending the ceremony with the burning of sweet grasses to usher in the 'good' spirits after the clearing with white sage.
Tap here or the image of the smudge kit to purchase.
The Afterlife Podcast is serialized paranormal fiction based on the book Afterlife written by me—Maxximillian Dafoe! Can’t wait until next week to find out what happens? Consider buying the book…
Check it out right here, right now. Tap the book to read the first 7 chapters free.