Daniel Ortiz

My name is Daniel Ortiz, I am an academic and author. I am a father to 3 boys and 1 girl.  I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sul Ross State University and a Masters and Doctoral degree from Pacifica Institute in Mythological Studies With Emphasis In Depth Psychology (2017) from Pacifica Academy.

I hold a baccalaureate degree in English (1999); my interest, beginning in elementary school has always been in literature, and mythology.  I come from a family of educators and taught grade-school from 1999 – 2010.  As public educator, I prided myself on conducting my lessons with trust in my students that they could approach complicated literary concepts beyond the recommended curriculum.  I developed a philosophy that children possess a deep understanding of emotions and their ability to nurture their expression is often undermined by scholastic measurements and evaluation. This, along with my life experiences of having lost many friends at a young age to untimely death, suicide and violence have inspired my interest in symbols of literature and the human psyche. 

At a young age I began playing the electric guitar, electing to teach myself, and have built a career in heavy metal and death metal spanning over thirty years. 

I have been working on “Luci And Ways of Wonder – The Shadow” a children’s Since the completion of my doctoral degree.  Having completed the narrative, I have begun work on seeking a means of finding a suitable illustrator and self-publishing.

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Much of my work is focused on examining archetypes, their presence within and without our lives and the events we transcend and that transcend us.  My intention as an academic is to elucidate these elusive matters through literary analysis of film, music and politics. 

As an author, my goal is to reconcile these archetypes into creative works of children's fiction beginning with an inquiry into the Jungian shadow.  

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