Welcome to the Synod Caves

This is the beginning of others knowing about my secret world. After this, there is no turning back.  I’ll have let everyone in!

My work in progress, Totem, is planned as a series of novels following different events and different viewpoints of the world these people live in.  The first novel tells the tragedy that forces Lois Sloane from her everyday world of humans to the sub-society world of the Temics running alongside it. In the quest to save her daughter she discovers things about herself that changes both her life and the world of the Temics forever. It’s a story of mothers and daughters, of lost and regained love, and of spiritual discovery.

The world and stories of Totem have been running around in my head as I go about my daily life for years. I know the world, characters, stories, and animals as if I could touch them with my bare hands.  It’s like having a television on in the background, and every once in a while, my ears perk and my mind obsesses over an idea, a character, or an event that happens in that world.


A synod is a group of leaders, usually of a church, that meet to make decisions on doctrine and administration.  In the world of Totem, The Synod Cave is located in Berengar Mansion, home of the Bear clan and is the headquarters for the Earth Phatry and all its animals. It is deep underground, underneath the mansion itself, for Berengar mansion is built into the rock and is connected to the caves. It is a secret place where Phatry leaders meet and is an important part of the Temic society in these stories.

The Synod Cave is a good analogy for my imagination. Try to imagine a place where these people meet and their stories are formed and told around a fire while sipping mugs of hot cider. I invite you to join me inside the Synod Cave.  Leave your world behind and join me among the tapestries, pillows and sofas, on the comfortable fur rugs by the fire, and grab a mug.

There’s such a rich history here, and as I write a new story every week and post new ideas, things that connect me to that world and the world of creative writing, I hope that you, the reader, will share, suggest, and comment. In turn, I hope to delight you with a way to escape to the Berengar Caves.


About Hope Graham

I am a writer, teacher, and theatre and travel enthusiast. I teach theatre in public schools. I love to read, write, play with my kids and play pretend all day long!
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