The ‘Beyond’ Trilogy – March 2014 Newsletter

The ‘Beyond’ Trilogy – March 2014 Newsletter

A Refreshing Approach to Historical Fiction

Novels by J. Winfield Currie

March?  It feels more like December. And with the ‘whopper’ of a storm heading our way for Monday, March is truly living up to its – ‘in like a lion’ – fame. Let’s hope the – ‘out like a lamb’ – part hurries up. Tomorrow I’ll be down at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA helping to get ready for their spring opening. I volunteered for, and was assigned to, the Wampanoag Village, a favorite spot of mine.  Last year I carried and then stacked wood neatly under the sitting platforms inside the wetuash – dome-shaped houses covered with bark and cattail reed mats. Their ‘heating system’ circulates the hot air much more efficiently than the fireplaces do in the Pilgrim Village, making them far more comfortable on a cold day. With the temperature expected to hover around freezing tomorrow, I hope to again be stacking wood in their toasty, warm homes. You might enjoy this Wampanoag Homesite Movie Link:

http://video.scholastic.com/services/player/bcpid1926155838001bckey=AQ~~,AAAAAFv844g~,BASb5BU03X-Su_NoSiAWGb1uDgIfCj49&bclid=1942167020001&bctid=1265696337001

Last month I left you with the question: Does an author’s background really influence their character? Yes and … no. It depends upon whether you fully embrace your beginnings … realizing them to be your ‘comfort zone’. Embracing is …’becoming’. Let me share a prime example. Three sisters growing up on a small dairy farm in southeastern, MA – all exposed to exactly the same background throughout their childhood and youthful years. As adults, did they retain any of their beginnings, adapting them into their new lives or… walkaway?

One immersed herself in gardening: creating exquisite rock gardens, bountiful vegetable gardens, and landscaping her property to perfection. She also dedicated herself to rescuing and adopting abused animals, keeping a ‘full house’ at all times.

One, a brilliant world-traveled consultant in the financial and medical fields, insisted we were ‘gentlemen farmers’ if ever questioned about her background; the actual truth of our rural beginnings was a distinct hindrance to her climb up the ladder of success.

As to me? I have embraced my beginnings, holding them tight and actually ‘becoming’ at one with them. My ‘comfort zone’, as many of you know is the Revolutionary War Era, Westward Expansion, the Old West … all that ilk. Here’s a link that provides a lot of insight into what makes me tick. http://www.jwinfieldcurrie.com/blog/does-an-authors-background-establish-their-comfort-zone-absolutely/

I find it fascinating that 3 sisters raised in the same manner, exposed to the same set of ‘building blocks’, became so different once they left their roots behind … all that is, except me.  I love marching to the beat of a different drum.

Until next month, Joan

J. Winfield Currie – A Colorful Author with a Fresh New Voice

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