Hope has a heart

Over the course of this unit I have composed a lot of newspaper articles, some based on events occurring in the real world, some based on events I have been creating. The use of truth in fiction adds believability to what is being said. I agree that for something’s, becoming creative in reporting can bring about absolute devastation to those being reported on (Anae, N 2017, p. 10). It can be tacky and obscene (Krakauer 1993). However, most works of fiction have elements of truth in them, with some of the direr, yet widely popular stories possibly evolving from true events that have been fictionalised.

My article:

Hope has a heart

By Karen Eastland

As the world watches on in horror at the devastation unfolding in the US and Mexico, the loss of life, home, family, there is one thing that is being found that many had begun to believe had been lost long ago, and that is community.

People from all over the country are loading up their boats and trucks with fresh water, non perishable food, and medical supplies. They have carved a path across America to bring much needed aid to those who have fallen foul to nature’s furies. Their actions have brought hope to those who had none, water to those in need, medical supplies to those injured, and food for victims and rescuers alike.

It is both heart-warming and devastating to watch, to experience. It brings to the surface a wave of emotions. Those people who have been moved by the plight of those caught up in the weathers destructive path, and the Earths grumblings have given hope to many more, for much more, than the people they have mobilised to assist.

It is this type of mobilising force, brought on by the people to help one another, that has provided hope for all of us.




Anae, N 2017, Week 8: Creative Nonfiction Video lecture, in HUMT20013: Elements of Creative Writing II, CQUniversity, viewed 8 September 2017, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/url/view.php?id=562390

Eastland, K 2017, Hope has a heart, viewed 8 September 2017, http://www.kareneastland.id.au/hope-has-a-heart

Gutkind, G 2009, The godfather of creative non-fiction, on The Book Show, viewed 8

September 2017,


Krakauer, J 1993, The Chris McCandless Obsession Problem, in Outside, viewed 5 September 2017, https://www.outsideonline.com/1920626/chris-mccandless-obsession-problem


British analytical philosopher, Michael Dummett, coined the term, “Anti-realism”(Dummett 1963) to describe a form of realism he viewed as being colourless. Dummett viewed that, “the difference between the realist and the anti-realist concerns the correct logical laws” “(1963). Tallis’ argument that, “It would be absurd to deny the delight that some readers derive from fantasy” (Tallis 1988, p. 213) has certainly been proven to be an argument more relevant today than it was just ten years ago.

Dummett would have considered Jerry’s world, and the character to be colourless simply for the way in which the story is being told, or shown as the maybe. Though Jerry is full of life and likeness that holds parallels with the ‘real’ world, Jerry’s character is a very real interpretation of the real, making it colourful anti-realism (Anae, N 2017). Tallis’ observation about the way in which, “Anti-realism is a protest on behalf of reality” (1988) and is being, “traduced by fictions in the grip of stylistic tricks” (1988). More importantly, Tallis goes on to say that, “Anti-Realism is an invaluable critique of realism”(1988) and for much of the world, this is true with Pathos becoming a natural progression of this critique.




Anae, N 2017, Week 7: Anti-Realism, Humour, Pathos Video lecture, in HUMT20013: Elements of Creative Writing II, CQUniversity, viewed 2 September 2017, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/url/view.php?id=562354

Dummett, M 1963, Realism, in Dummett on Realism and Anti-Realism, viewed 2 September 2017, http://www.iep.utm.edu/dummett

Tallis, R 1988, Closure: Realism and Ant-Realism, in In Defence of Realism, U of Nebraska Press