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Terri Windling
Dartmoor, in England's West Country
Writer, artist, book editor, folklorist.
Interests: myth and mythic arts
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Another great fantasist, Alan Garner, has also written about his experiences as a child in England during World War II - and how such experience inevitably effects the writing of magical fiction. The writers of his generation, he said, grew up in an atmosphere in which "a whole community and a whole nation united against pure evil, made manifest in the person of Hitler. Parents were seen to be afraid. Death was a constant possibility…Therefore, daily life was lived on a mythic plane: of absolute Good against absolute Evil; of the need to endure, to survive whatever had to be overcome, to be tempered in whatever furnace was required." (The quote is from his essay collection The Voice That Thunders, which I highly recommend.)
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As artists, although we can list a variety of things that serve to inspire us (places, experiences, interests and obsessions, other works of art, etc.), the act of inspiration itself remains mysterious and magical. Why and how does it strike... Continue reading
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This poem makes me sigh with sheer happiness. Your words always touch my soul, Wendy.
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"...knowing that I now love a continent and its people, and want to walk every path even as I long for a place no one can make me leave." What a beautiful reply, Kat.
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I wonder that too...though in addition to ancestral DNA, we also all have adopted ancestors: the generations of people who shape us through art and story. As far as I know, my blood ancestry is German, French, and Native American, not British, yet the pull to the British Isles has always been strong -- due, I suspect, to classic British children's stories I loved in childhood, Author Rackham illustrations, etc., as well as to being raised in culture in which the English language is common to us all. Ellen Kushner wrote a good piece on this, excerpted in this previous post: http://www.terriwindling.com/blog/2015/05/the-cauldron-of-dreams.html
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I love hearing more of your story, Phyllis. What a life you have lived.
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You have captured so much of this discussion in a few short lines. Bravo! I love it.
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Author Robert Macfarlane, a collector of old words, notes that the Welsh word 'cynefin' is "one's place of true belonging, the habitat with which one feels most attuned. Distinct from 'hiraeth.' " We had a earlier discussion of words describing homes both real and imaginery in this post, if you happened to see it: Kith & Kin, http://www.terriwindling.com/blog/2015/06/kith-and-kin.html And I love this quote from Sarah Elwell: "Some people have a place of belonging, some people have a kind of sky. They belong in rain, or autumn breezes, or night, or long blue quiet."
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Oh my, this is beautiful -- both universal in capturing that sense of longing and loss we all experience at one point or another, and specific in its evocation of the loss of David. Powerful, Jane.
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What a beautiful reply, Sarah. There's a whole story, or novel, woven into those words...one I'd like to read.
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That's exactly what she's saying!
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Just reindeer antlers in this one.
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So glad you all like these photos as much as I did! I'm sure Tilly is too. She's grown up in a theatre family, after all, and loves being "on stage" every bit as much as Howard. As long she gets plenty of love and attention, she's happy, silly hats and all.
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I just took Tilly for a long, long walk to make it up to her. The things she puts up with around here... Like this: http://www.terriwindling.com/Xmas2016.jpg
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With all that is going on in the world, we certainly all need some levity. Glad Tilly could provide it! She was indeed a very good sport about it all -- until the end of the photo session, when she let me know she'd had quite enough: http://www.terriwindling.com/%20Enough.jpg
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Howard has gone off to London for a month, where he's teaching Commedia dell'Arte at the East 15 Acting School. We had the usual flurry of getting him packed and on the road, with one suitcase full of masks and... Continue reading
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Very glad to hear that!
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This is wonderful.
Have you also seen "Commedia Dell'Arte: A Handbook for Troupes" by John Rudlin and Olly Crick? Howard's old company, Ophaboom, is profiled in it. He studied under John Rudlin as a Drama Student at Exeter University.
He's doing so many good things these days. When the world seems grim, I think of young men and women like this, re-making the world through art and activism, and it gives me hope.
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That's a lovely idea!
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That is the absolutely perfect wish, precisely what I need and hope for. Thank you, Edie. I hope the pull between family needs and writing needs in your own life is in good balance.
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"It's such a challenge when one's spirit wants to be active and offer gifts to the world, but one's body demands a different kind of offering." That is so very true. And lately my limited spoons are all being used in the service of family rather than art...which is hard on the art, and hard in the earning-a-living department...but nevertheless, as Van Gogh would say, "what is done in love is well done." I hope your own health and art are flourishing.
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. These two poems of yours will be my studio door poems for the month of June...to remind me. Thank you, dear.
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Here's another interesting passage for our on-going discussion of 'writers and place" -- from an essay by Susan Cooper, the British-born author of The Dark Is Rising series: "When I was twenty-six years old," she writes, "I left every aspect... Continue reading
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