The Ordinary World

A caravan of Violet's kin are parked in the local campground 
for the time it takes to live through a good read.

Before a hero (heroine) begins a journey he or she needs to the leave their past behind to find their future. This move is symbolic.  A young dependent child transforms into an independent mature adult as the story unfolds.   The proof for the transformation occurs when the hero takes hold of his own destiny, masters his fate, vanquishes his enemies (fear) and helps others to do the same.
O'Dooley's Caravan Campground

This first story destination, the Ordinary World is most often visualized as the calm before the storm.  In Picture Book, a visitor will enter at the ring of the chime.   If the visitor turns right (a statistical advantage) she will find a pastoral campground, a wonderful storytelling campfire, an arts festival and a red brick schoolhouse.  What situation evokes more tranquility?  On the other hand the hero is called to adventure while living in the ordinary world.  The prospect of leaving a cozy nest is not well received by most heroes.

Ruby's hideaway home in the Picture Book Hills
Author memoirs, mementos and motivations

For visitors who want to avoid being called to adventure, they can take a detour to visit the author's home.  Ruby O'Degee's home is full of clues about her motivation for building, her values and her disciplines or lack thereof.   One of her interests, airships, is obvious.   Instead of a sleigh parked on the roof is a rusty handmade steampunk airship.  The benefactor also owns an airship, and it no longer flies either.  The 2003 Kia sportage, rusted and dented, sits in the driveway most days while Ruby writes and the benefactor dreams of vacationing in someplace exotic.

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