“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.”
Ancient Indian Proverb
Blog Meaning and Purpose
The Yarning is a companion blog, co-authored by Deborah J. Burns and Sidney A. Staunton, Jr., to the historical fiction novel, The Yarn Yard, by Sidney, that focuses on the historical stability of ‘place,’ due to be completed in spring 2013.
The blog is an innovative approach in the development of a novel, comprised of three elements: limericks written by Sidney as benchmarks tracking the novel’s development, interpretations of the limericks by Deborah and Sidney, and letters between the
co-authors, all of which provide insight into the novel’s plot, theme and character development. The blog is framed by poetry, photography, and artwork.
In the spring of 2012, the blog will be trimmed to limericks, handwritten letters, and artistic framing elements. For accessibility, the letters will be printed as well.
The blog’s purpose is to generate interest in the thematic content of the book and offers readers an opportunity to contribute to the book’s development via comments and feedback.
Our blog, akin to a live outtake in the process of writing the novel, contains an expository diction more sophisticated than the novel’s simpler narrative.