In the fall of 2016, I hiked to the Upper Meadow to gain some perspective and to write. I challenged myself to begin a story. Since fiction is mostly an unfamiliar genre for me, it felt awkward and uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I began writing in my journal without expectation, motivation, or any concept of a plot. After scratching out a few paragraphs about n Old Couple waking up on a winter morning, I stood up and I continued on my hike.
A few weeks later, feeling overwhelmed with how to solve a problem like Global Warming, I decided to channel my feeling "too small to make any difference" into writing a story that would answer that very question: what do you do about Global Warming? My story had already began in a fantastical world, and it seemed appropriate to continue to dream up a solution in a world where humans, plants, and animals can work together to try to return a healthy balance to their mutual environment.
I continued to write my story, Woven Woodland, over the course of 2017, and decided that in 2018, I'd like to create illustrations for it. Already in 2017, the Old Couple debuted as puppets and became movie stars in my short stop-motion movies. Now, I'll be posting bits and pieces of the story along with accompanying text to bring this contemporary folk tale to you.
I believe that it's through storytelling that we connect with people, concepts, and worlds unknown to us. Through nurturing this relationship that begins in story, we can hopefully be inspired to make changes in our relationship with our natural self and our environment.
Begin reading Woven Woodland by clicking here! Enjoy!
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.