My parents gave me this little jade Inukshuk to celebrate Raven's Mountain - isn't it a gorgeous gift!
The ones that Raven builds in the book aren't quite so neat and regular. I went out to build one by our pond while I was writing – I had a lovely mental image of how it would look there, quirky but still organic to our very different bushland – but soon realised that I couldn't lift the rocks I wanted. That's why it's a good idea to try things physically when your characters do them!
But after opening this gift, I went back to the photo albums for the Inukshuks that inspired Raven's efforts, seen while my sister and I were walking on a Vancouver beach a few years ago. Quite beautiful - and a bit more achievable. Maybe I'll try again...
Labels: Booktopia; Raven's Mountain, Inukshuk; physicality in writing