(NOTE: Due to this week’s DIY MFA post, the weekly blog post will go live on Thursday, January 26th.)
Nature can play a pivotal role in a story, from thrusting obstacles into the protagonist’s path to dazzling with its majesty beauty. This complicated relationship between the natural world and mankind can lead to incredible stories in real life as well as in literature. So, in today’s edition of Theme: A Story’s Soul at DIY MFA, I explore how this idea is conveyed as a theme in Rae Carson’s Walk On Earth a Stranger and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi. It turns out that wagon train journeys and survival on the high seas have more in common than we might think.
#WIPjoy and “Owl-y” Happenings on Twitter
I’m participating in #WIPjoy again on Twitter! This is a month-long hashtag event where writers answer questions and share their love for their work-in-progress (WIP). I did it last June for my novel The Keeper’s Curse, and this month I’m covering my new WIP, which is tentatively titled The Novella. Here’s one of the most recent Tweets, if you’re curious:
Speaking of Twitter, you can also catch new “episodes” of #WesleyWednesday every Wednesday at 9:15 AM Eastern. Every week I share a cute or silly photo featuring Wesley, an owl figurine that sits on my writing “desk.” And if you noticed the two photos above, Wesley isn’t the only owl in the house anymore. Say “hello” to Hedwig! 😉
11 Days Remaining for the GoFundMe Campaign for the 2017 Iceland Writers Retreat
As of posting time, the campaign for my trip to the 2017 Iceland Writers Retreat has reached $1930 US. This is more than half of the retreat’s costs – and that’s a HUGE help. I’m so grateful not only for the donations, but for the link-sharing and the encouragement / enthusiasm / positive vibes about this trip. So, thank you many, many times over. ❤
The deadline for donations is Saturday, February 4th; and plenty of perks are still available if you’d like to contribute. Some are running low (one Scarf perk, and two U.S. Tea Lovers). But there are quite a few first chapter critiques, International Tea Lovers, and other perk levels left. Until then, click here to visit the GoFundMe campaign page.
Are you participating in #WIPjoy? How is your WIP coming along? Read any good books lately? Also, have you read any stories where the theme of “man and the natural world” comes into play?