Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Problems with Old Problems Can Create a New Person - Things in Life Happen for a Reason


The Vanishing Sculptor
by Donita K Paul

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Tipper Schope has learned to cope with life without her father, Master Artist Verrin Schope, over the past few years. Verrin has become a distant memory at the family estate. With a missing father, and a delirious mother, responsibility has come early into Tipper's life. Sir Beccaroon, a giant parrot left as Tipper's protector, filled in as surrogate parent and instructor during the absence. Tipper has managed the family estate, or at least the two remaining life-long servants, and seen to the daily chores around their home. From Beccaroon she learned about the great jungle they live near, and about the principles that guide a life for good.

Tipper questions her lot in life, wanting more than her daily routine around the home, but realizing her responsibilities keep her in this place of life. She wishes for her father's return, or at least an explanation for his sudden departure. But the weeks and months have stretched into years without resolving either desire, until one day a young, well-dressed tumanhofer named Bealomondore appears at her doorstep craving a chance to apprentice himself under Verrin Schope. Tipper tricks Bealomondore into painting a mural for her, and feels remorseful for how she treated him.

The Vanishing Sculptor isn't merely about the missing sculptor, Verrin Schope, it's about how Wulder has orchestrated unrelated actions and people to achieve a greater good and greater event. Tipper must regain the trust of Bealomondore to help in their quest. When she briefly sees her father, she learns he has been far away in Amara with Fenworth and Librettowit learning about Wulder. Verrin left abruptly when a spell gone wrong pulled him from Chiril to Fenworth's study. The spell went wrong partly because of material Verrin used in his sculpting.

Like pieces in a large puzzle, each new character brings a new connection to the big-picture of Wulder's plan. Each piece, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, becomes important as you see how it connects to bring everyone together. In Tipper's case, she learns of her importance to Wulder by all the steps it took to bring her to Wulder. If not for her father, she wouldn't have heard about Wulder. If not for her father's sculptures, he wouldn't have upset Fenworth and Librettowit's spell. If not for the spell running awry, Verrin Schope wouldn't have been pulled to Amara. If Verrin hadn't pulled pulled to Amara, he wouldn't have learned about Wulder. If Verrin hadn't learned about Wulder, he wouldn't have learned of Wulder's love and concern for him. Each event connects to the next, and that one to the next, like a sculptor working with many small pieces to create a greater whole.

This is the final blog tour day for The vanishing Sculptor, a great start to a great new series.


Donita K. Paul said...

Man, I just realized I should have asked you all to promote the library contest we are running. You could win a box of WaterBrook books or a visit from me to your library (public or school.) Check out the front page of my website.

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Tim, this is another great post on the book. I really like what you did to show the depth of the story.