Playing catchup here.
#WIPjoy - Day 12 - 5 things I like about this WIP
My submission for the Winter Wolves anthology was a short story about a modern pagan family celebrating Yule, for which I drew heavily from my own childhood and community. After the positive reception I received, I decided to do a sort of year in the life, following the same characters, with a story for each of the major neo-pagan holidays. Next up is Imbolc.
1. I loved writing "Yuletide Carols" because I got to draw so much on my own experiences and memories and preserve my own community's traditions in some small way. With the Imbolc story I'll be digging even deeper into my own little microcosm of the world.
2. I love the characters in this story and can't wait to breathe more life into them and flesh out their world, half from memory, half from dream. Who knows where McKenna and Dakota Randolph will be in a year?
3. It's refreshing to write a small stakes story with no murder or political coups. Slice of life stories also let you really engage with character, description, and writing style, as plot is content to take a backseat.
4. Part of why I wrote "Yuletide Carols" is because I was sick of the shoddy depictions of pagans in books, TV, and movies. They're nearly always shallow and clichéd with little to no cultural depth and pretty much all have super powers and/or are relegated to historical settings. So I decided if no one else was going to write modern, everyday pagans living modern, everyday lives that bear little resemblance to the alt-girl fantasies or revisionist imaginings of genre fiction, I was going to have to do it myself. I think part of why "Yuletide Carols" struck such a chord is because this kind of thing is in short supply and I'm clearly not the only one wanting for honest depictions of pagan characters.
5. Another issue prevalent in the media is lumping all pagans/witches/wiccans/heathens/et al together. Paganism is not one religion. It is an umbrella term for pretty much all non-Abrahamic faiths throughout human history. Wicca and other neo-pagan movements are just a drop in the pagan bucket. I want to explore the diversity of paganism and pagan identity.