early resources

Here’s some stuff I’ve been digging in to:

Heos, Bridget. It's Getting Hot in Here. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2016.

This is a well-written, concise guide to the science of climate change written for students at the high school level. It has helped me to plot the major players in climate change and offers some basic, do-able advice on climate action, without getting too in depth with difficult charts and graphs and such.

Éstes Clarissa Pinkola. Women Who Run with Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Women Archetype. Ballantine Books, 1995.

In this classic, Éstes (a self-proclaimed cantadora, keeper of the old stories) retells classic myths and stories and then breaks the symbolism down using Jungian theories. Her writings on “Stories as Medicine” and the power of storytelling have been important to my thinking as I begin to write my cantastoria. She also breaks down “The Myth of Persephone” (p. 413) and I have found this helpful as well. This resource might deserve a larger write up, I’ll see how much I am pulling from it.

Paulus, Trina. Hope for the Flowers. 1972.

A classic, hippie, 70s story about two caterpillars (Stripe and Yellow) who fall in love and out of the rat race. I pulled this off my bookshelf to see if her storytelling and artwork could provide any inspiration for my project. What I came away thinking, from this book, is that simple is better. I don’t have to write something complicated for it to be effective.

GAIMAN, NEIL. SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE. HARPERCOLLINS, 2019.

Neil Gaiman is pretty much my main inspiration for storytelling. He’s the best. This book is a, short and beautifully illustrated, retelling of the fairy tale  "Sleeping Beauty." But, of course totally changed, giving Beauty the choice to not marry the prince and instead go on her own path. Also, the person that kisses her and wakes her up is female. He is able to take classic tales and mix them up expertly into fresh, current lore. Huge inspiration.

I am also watching his Masterclass on storytelling and it’s fantastic. (masterclass.com)