Fifteen years ago, my life took a dramatic turn and, at that time, it seemed to me that I had lost everything I valued. Now, however, I can safely say that the last fifteen years have given me some of the greatest experiences of my life.
One of these was working with a wolf conservation group, whereby my interest in wolves turned into a passion. Bottle feeding cubs, howling with the pack, being accepted by the Beta male (to be licked vigorously about the face by a wolf is a unique feeling indeed), re-assuring a young wolf (now a sturdy Alpha female) when she was terrified by the sound of trickling water were amongst the immense privileges I experienced. All the qualities displayed by the wolf family – including loyalty, perception, intelligence, emotional attachment – that were missing in my former life, were now all around me in abundance.
When the wolf conservation part of my life ended, it was replaced by further education, and for the first time in my life I attended university, part time for six years. This invigorated my love for literature so it was a natural progression to follow up that interest with a series of writing courses. And so here I am, at the end of that fifteen year transformation, with three new novels to be published in 2016 and a new career as an author.
This blog, The Wolf’s Pen, will focus on writing and human communication skills, and how they might relate to the wolf and its communication with nature. Also, occasionally to look into how wolves are represented, and often misrepresented, within English literature.
I will end this very first blog with a Native American tale. Even if you know it, the story is still worth repeating –
An old Cherokee was teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”