I’m up to book 3 on my outlining, nearly done with it actually, and I’m struggling with the “theme” of this book.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a hard time with understanding what a theme is or how to identify a theme from a written work. I really should probably take some kind of writing class but I’m scared to because I know me and I know I don’t do well with school or structure. But this is 2021 and there are all sorts of online classes that I’m sure I could handle if I’d give them a try.

Although I thought I could handle an in person language class a couple of years ago. Yeah … no. I had a mental breakdown in class on the third day, and never went back.

But I should at least try. If it doesn’t work for me, it doesn’t work for me, right?

Meanwhile, the only theme I can see in this story is “Protect Thayer at All Costs.” This theme isn’t even my wording, it’s something a friend of mine says.

But this story that centers around Thayer really drives that home. In every little thing the others do, from the very moment they meet Thayer, every word and gesture and action is all about keeping Thayer safe. Physically, mentally, and emotionally.

And for Thayer’s part, everything he does is also about staying safe. He wants to fit in, to be a good citizen of this new world he’s ended up in, to survive, to be safe.

I hope everyone of you is also safe. Please, be safe and surround yourself with people who will do their best to keep you safe.

Love you all!

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