In my critical analysis paper on the endurance of the sublime in literature, I focus on novels that depict nature as sentient and animate. By far my favorite of the five books I analyzed is Jeff VanderMeer’s ANNIHILATION. It’s a haunting, paradoxical, creepy, and uncanny novel that I’ll surely read again. Like Algernon Blackwood’s amazing story “The Willows” for early 20th-century Weird fiction, ANNIHILATION is the poster contemporary novel for the sublime and its effects in nature. I loved the psychic connection the biologist had with nature and how she intuited that the sentient tunnel was really a tower. I loved how her isolation helped her delve deeper into the landscape’s aliveness and how she embraced the disturbingly effervescent effects it had on her mind and body. Looking forward to reading books 2 & 3 in the #southernreachtrilogy#ecofiction#jeffevandermeer#weirdfiction#annihilation#sublime#fiction#stonecoastmfa#booksofinstagram#booklove#animist#natureisalive#algernonblackwood
See eco-fiction.com for the latest feature in my spotlight on climate change authors. Part 20 showcases the authors, musicians, and artists behind a series of novels called Protectors of the Wood. These adventure stories are both written and have episodic podcasts. The stories are based around teenagers who are trying to save the world from climate change. This is just an amazing project and I was so thrilled to talk with John KixMiller about it. The art in the project, such as the one shown here, blew me away. The band behind the music in the podcasts it is also excellent. The team is fun to see in action, down-to-earth, and has a lot of experience in their fields. #climatechange#ya#ecofiction#podcast @protectorsofthewood
See workshop.dragonfly.eco for a new global ecofiction series. The first part of the series looks at a Portuguese Solarpunk anthology from a few years ago that is being translated into English. Solarpunk is an emerging genre in fiction and is the way to tell stories about a future world that is sustainable. In the first part of the series I interview the translator Fábio Fernandes, who also translated such novels as A Clockwork Orange and Neuromancer, and he has worked with Jeff and Ann VanderMeer on the Steampunk 2 anthology.
See dragonfly.eco and click the Writers Workshop link, and then on that page you'll find the first part of this series. #solarpunk#ecofiction
Eco-fiction.com Features the Protectors of the Wood, a spotlight on misfit teenagers who save the world from climate change.
News for all fans of the Protectors of the Wood Book Series: This month the literature blog eco-fiction.com is featuring our book series in its section called, “Spotlight – Climate Change Authors”. We discuss the origin of our project, the plot, how teenagers save the world from climate change, and where the book series is headed.
Along with the written interview, we’ve also recorded a podcast with eight of our team members discussing our history, our illustrations, our music, and our ideas for the future. Find the written interview and a link to the podcast on www.eco-fiction.com (Link in Bio)
Thanks to all of you who have gone to www.goodreads.com and voted for Protectors of the Wood #1 (Phoebe Comes Home) in the Best Eco-fiction category. This book is now #1 on that list! For all of you who have not seen Protectors of the Wood #1 and #2 on goodreads, please take a look and give the books a rating and review. Thanks!
Here is my newest bookshelf, which my husband and I put together for our guest bedroom. There are two of these shelves, in addition to our bigger bookshelves in the living room. This is my bookshelf, and the other houses my husband's books. I am happy to adorn the shelves with some of my favorite books but also with some recent review copies that publishers have sent me for Eco-fiction.com. And, as a plus, we have a new used book store in our area, the only one in the Tri-Cities area, so a few of these books are new/used books from there. #ecofiction#books shout out to @westernskybooks and a big thank you for opening up a great cozy bookstore in our neighborhood.
My first blurb! For an an amazing book. I missed the boat in sharing this yesterday, in time for the big Powell's launch of PARTS PER MILLION, but listen, fans of eco-fiction, activist Lit, and West Coast underground history: run, do not walk, to get your copy of Julia Stoops's debut novel. It is a gem! #bookstagram#ecofiction#westcoast#portland#activism
TO ALL PROTECTORS OF THE WOOD FANS:
To preview the episodes of Protectors of the Wood #3 , The Ghost Girl, check out our episode blog at www.protectorsofthewood.com Also find our podcast and bookstore. Episodes of The Ghost Girl on instagram begin next week.
Best wishes to all
The Protectors of The Wood
This is the final episode of Book 2, Phoebe Breaks Through. The episodes of Book 3, The Ghost Girl, will begin soon.
FLOATING UNDER THE STARS
George was still standing, the tears still wet on his face.
“I see what you mean,” he finally said. “I do see your point. What are we going to do about it? Can’t we be Junior Protectors or something?”
“A great idea!” cried Phoebe. “In a way we already are. On the night we met in the store we kind of decided. You and Jeremy and Abby and me. And Stephanie and Eddy too, they joined the night we met here in this room.”
“George,” said Jeremy, “before we end this amazing day, I want to say one more thing: we were fantastic last night! I knew you could do it.”
“I didn’t,” George replied.
“Do you know now?”
“I’m not sure. I’m not sure of anything.”
“The last couple of days,” Jeremy said, “ I started writing something…”
“Well let’s hear it!
Jeremy grabbed a guitar, and sat back in their tight little group, and finger picked some chords and began to sing:
The sun is shining in a bright blue sky
The world I know it comes alive
I’m feeling like the time has arrived
To be what I can be
It’s like the universe is at my front door
To you it may be just a corner store
But I’d be afraid to ask for more
It’s a lot to me
It’s a magic land and we’re all in it
Step right up and let’s begin it
Jeremy’s voice stopped. “That’s all I’ve got. It’s not finished.”
“I love it,” said Phoebe.
“Do you really think it will all work out?” George asked. “I felt like we’d lost it all…”
“We haven’t lost it,” said Phoebe. “Except maybe I’m losing it right now.”
“I understand,” George replied. “What a day. I’m just going to curl up right here.”
Phoebe gave George and Jeremy a hug. “We’ve all got to get some sleep,” she said.
“I want to walk home and settle my mind. It’s been the biggest day of my life.” Phoebe wasn’t sure if Jeremy was disappointed or not. They hugged again, and Phoebe was out the door. In a moment she was walking under the swarm of bright stars on a crystal clear night. She felt almost as if she were floating.
I'm working on new book covers as I'm revising my first novel. My first novel was a standalone story, but now will be the first book in The Wild Mountain series. This is a teaser of the cover. I will post the second book in the series next. #ecofiction#climatechange#specfic
Happiness is signing a new contract for a short fiction sale :) Look for "Rainclouds," about survival on a world where the clouds literally withhold their rain, in Electric Athenaeum's debut issue! #writersofinstagram#scifi#ecofiction#solarpunk
GEORGE LEARNS THE DEEPEST SECRET
The air was cool and the sky was flooded with stars. Phoebe, Jeremy, and George stood near the tow truck for a minute.
“I’ve got to hear every detail,” George told them. “Tonight’s the night.”
They drove to the gas station. The usual jumble of things had become total chaos. Guitars and amplifiers filled the open space on the floor. Clothes were scattered amid tools and office supplies. They sat close together. “I still feel like an outsider,” said George. Phoebe replied: “George, look, this is the deepest secret that’s ever been mine to tell. We must keep it among ourselves…” They nodded to each other.
“Okay,” Phoebe said, “here’s what you don’t know. The Protectors of the Wood really does include an old man in the forest, and Wendy is his daughter, and there are others involved in the forest and the swamp. They are related to people who have been the guardians of dreamstone over countless centuries. They know the underground caverns where it can be found, and how it should be used. They are sharing this wisdom as a source of help amid the crisis of climate change. They protect dreamstone with such secrecy because if you look into a large piece you’re likely to see a vision that will be a challenge for you, a message from a higher power. You have to be ready for this… There really do seem to be higher powers that want to help us… bring good into the world.” George stared at Phoebe. “That’s… more than I ever dared hope for! But what about Abby?”
“I only know a little. She actually did fly over the town, or maybe a dream image of her did – something she calls soul-traveling. That’s why Tuck warned us against reporters. But the most dangerous thing is this: Morphy knows part of the secret! He’s sure that dreamstone was here years ago, and he’s trying to find and control it. He believes that Abby knows the source, and that’s why he’s been hunting her. That’s why Abby found a way to live in the cottage in the churchyard. Her only other option was to flee, and give up her friends.”
“Thank you!” George suddenly declared, as if to the whole room, or maybe the whole universe. “The world is a place I want to live in!”
Jeremy led Phoebe and George down Main Street to where his tow truck sat by the roadside. They climbed up into the cab. He put the old tank into gear, took a u-turn, and they were on their way home.
“Wait!” exclaimed Phoebe. “Turn left here.”
With a puzzled look Jeremy downshifted and turned up Oak Knoll Lane.
“I just want to reassure Glenda and Tiny,” Phoebe said. “They’re in a tough spot. Stephanie’s uncle was talking about a TV crew. This news will travel fast.”
“Why is it such a big deal?” asked George.
“As soon as they hear about a mob with torches and a haunted house and an innocent girl, we might have reporters combing the countryside.”
“A mob with torches!” cried George. “Fill me in!”
“You’ll hear it all,” Phoebe replied. She knocked on Glenda’s door.
“Oh my God!” shrieked Glenda. “Phoebe, George, Jeremy! What happened? Call your sister! They’re frantic!”
Tiny jumped into Phoebe’s arms. “You’re okay!” she yelled. “Mom, look, she’s okay!”
Phoebe called Penny and learned that her parents and Sammy had been released an hour ago. Photos of the afternoon’s arrests had caused an uproar.
Jeremy had been focused on the TV. “Here it comes!” he told them.
The room became silent as the newscaster spoke: “WBCS brings you more breaking news from Middletown in Half Moon County, where our reporters Stan Miller and Janet Rivera are on the scene with live interviews from witnesses of today’s bizarre and frightening events. Here is Stan Miller reporting from outside the Middletown United Church. It’s been quite a day, Stan.”
The camera zoomed in on the well-known newsman standing on the sidewalk near the gate to the churchyard.
“Thanks Tim! We’ve got quite a story developing here. Town Police Chief Daniel Santiago has apparently just returned with the Reverend Tuck, minister of this church, and Dr. Geraldine Bear of Middletown Hospital, and a young girl from Half Moon High School named Abby Chapman.
Tiny screamed. “Abby! It’s Abby!”
The camera zoomed in.
To all Protectors of the Wood fans!
We are now posting on our website the Podcast Episodes of Protectors of the Wood #1 , Phoebe Comes Home.
The episodes come alive with the many voices of our group playing the different characters! Please check it out at www.protectorsofthewood.com
And while you’re there on our website, get a fully illustrated copy of book 1! Just click ‘Order Books’, choose your favorite way to order, and receive a nice gift for yourself or a friend.
Many thanks from all of us at the Protector of the Wood