Cindy Koch-Krol is haunted by an artistic temperament. Self expression through fiber arts is her hobby, and writing is her bliss. She combats a sedentary lifestyle with doses of healthy walking and a low-carb diet. This is to be a record of her new haunts, thoughts, pictures, and artistry. Discoveries made as she walks about her life.
I have changed the name of my novel again. I'm still getting use to it, but I like it better. It comes from an obscure line from the book itself. In the book Sarah has a dream at a particularly critical time in her life and it is interpretted by Nick to mean something other than what she thought it meant. Most of us would see it as a nightmare, to be eaten by a pack of wolves. But Nick interprets the dream as being spiritual in nature and tells her that wolves are symbolic of her family since wolves are family oriented beings. There is not a pack of wolves in her dream but just two. One wolf eats her while the other watches. These, he tells her are representative of her two families.
At first she mistakenly thinks he means her father's side of the family and her mother's side. But that's not right. He means the two families are first the one that we come from, our family of origin, going back to all our ancestors. Not just the family that we share blood with but everyone who has had a hand in raising us, teaching, and shaping us into the person we become.
The second family is the family that we create. Our spouses, our children, grandchildren and on down through the generations.
The first family nourishes us. The second family we nourish with our bodies and our hearts. We give our all to the generations that come after us until there is nothing left but dust and memory.
The dream is one of hope for the future and inspiration about how to continue from this day forward.
In the story Sarah is at a crossroads in her life. She is just beginning the family that she will nourish, and she has suffered a horrendous trauma. Nick is at a loss as to how to help her get through this trauma and turns to his step-father for help. His step-father reminds him of the dream and tells Nick, "We are the Wolves that Watch."
Nick then knows how to help her.
In other news: I just signed up for another year of Nanowrimo. In November I will be writing another book. I spent several months this past year re-writing the book that I have just been discussing, "The Wolves that Watch" and now I think I am nearly ready to begin sending it publishers.
I self-published my first book "A Haunting at Mackinac" because it had made the rounds to publishers to no avail. I have bigger hopes for this next book. For one thing, it's a much better book!
In resigning on to the Nano- website, I editted my author's profile and realized that there was some info there followers of this blog should know about. So I opened a new side bar. Check it out!
The picture up top is of Munising Falls. It is visible from the highway outside of Munising Michigan. I love the waterfalls up by the Picture rocks National Lake shore. Views of the U.P. are always in my mind when I design quilts. This one is no exception. And that's dear old hubby, Jeff who never fails to try to climb onto rocks that may or may not hold him, just to get into the picture! God love him, and so do I!
Summer is just so busy, but I hope I can post more this winter. I have some hefty goals for this winter. More on that later,
Haunting the Nanowrimo site!