Discover more from Digging in with Joan Fernandez
Welcome to my newsletter!
This is a regular post that cultivates ideas you can use to dig a bit deeper to live with purpose and make a difference in the lives of others.
Thank you for signing up to be a subscriber (like ages ago!) I’m still here. I’ve been writing and learning story craft and rewriting and researching and pandemic-ing and starting over… but because of all of that I can claim:
· I’m a novelist who brings to light brilliant women’s courageous deeds in history.
(Woot!) As I wrote my novel, I was (and still am) drawn to stories about strong women beating the odds. My book is the story of a timid widow—and sister-in-law of the famed painter—Jo van Gogh and how she took on the male-dominated art elite in her quest for Vincent’s recognition.
In exploring Jo’s life, four themes resonated. They’re echoed in other stories of strong women who beat the odds: Following your heart. Opening to empathy. Listening to underdogs. Relying on sisterhood.
Each one of these is Big.
So, although I’ve typed “The End” on my manuscript, it feels like I’ve only just begun to dig into these topics. I want to carry on. Explore these ideas. I think they’re keys to deepening purpose and making a difference.
Plus, in each post I’ll give you notes on amazing books for your TBR pile. I’ll share occasional updates on my novel’s publishing journey. And you can enjoy a little splash of Vincent van Gogh (patron saint of dogged persistence) because, like you and me, he was a fool for persisting to be true to his own vision despite ridicule and failure. I got to know him as I wrote my book.
In fact, if you want a BIG splash of Vincent, I have a gift for you: Download a zine or flier of my Top 10 Van Gogh Quotes. Made for the fun and love of it.
I appreciate you.
Now…let’s dig in!