This week, I decided to share a few of the best blog posts I’ve come across in the past seven days. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
This thought-provoking post comes from Paul at WindblownWords, one of my favorite blogs. I had been mulling over the question “does fiction need a thesis?” when I found Paul’s post discussing the idea that writer’s should have an intention, a purpose, for what they write.
He also brings up the interesting idea that the purpose of our writing might emerge from our subconscious because “when we write, we reveal our own idiosyncrasies or in the worst case scenario our own fears or hidden desires!”
The South Will Samba Again
This post comes from EsoterX, a clever little blog I discovered yesterday. It details “the Lost Colony of the Confederacy,” which lies just outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. To this day, Brazil even recognizes a racial subgroup called “confederados.” These Confederados have an annual festival where they fly the confederate flag, dress up as southern belles, and eat fried chicken!
As some of you may know, I’ve just moved from Tennessee to Brazil. Naturally, I was excited to uncover this link between the culture I left behind and my new culture. I asked my husband if he had ever heard of the Confederados; he said he had, but he never knew their backstory!
Making Fairytales from Books
This post comes from Kristen Twardowski, who runs a class-act blog about writing and publishing. She spotlights the haunting art of an artist named Su Blackwell, who recycles old books into fairy tale sculptures.
The post contains this magnificent quote from Su Blackwell: “For the cut-out illustrations, I tend to lean towards young-girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder.”
It reminds me very much of the theme in my first novel, Eleanor, which deals with a girl’s desperation to keep the fairy tale world of her childhood alive.
I also discovered that Kristen dabbled in diorama artwork as a child, which clenches it. I am now, officially, a big Kristen fan!