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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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I'm popping online briefly to let you know about the Authors for Grenfell Tower online auction, raising money for residents affected by the terrible fire in London last week. Authors, editors, and other publishing people are offering all kinds of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Myth & Moor
Beautiful! And, yes, magical.
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Howard is back from a month of teaching in London, and the hound is over the moon to have him home. Little does she know, poor duck, that both of us are about to leave her, heading far north to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Myth & Moor
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Night in Day The night never wants to end, to give itself over to light. So it traps itself in things: obsidian, crows. Even on summer solstice, the day of light’s great triumph, where fields of sunflowers guzzle in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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In honor of Summer Solstice, a sacred day for country pagans like me and a special day for many others, I'd like to re-visit this post on the value of homemade ceremonies, and of living with gratitude, first published in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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This week, while the UK government begins to negotiate our exit from Europe -- a severing that so many of us do not want -- here's a passage from Jeanette Winterson's fine essay, "What is Art For?" (2014): "We live... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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I'm heading up the Isle of Skye at the end of the week (to celebrate an old friend's birthday), so I'm turning northward today with Gaelic music by musicians from Scotland and beyond. To start with (above), a lovely short... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Myth & Moor
Oh my, I love that quote. Thank you Lori!
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It's turning into one of Those Days (and probably one of Those Weeks) when a million different things to do are standing between me and studio time. Since I'm unable to sit and post properly right now, may I recommend... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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The world is a troubled place right now, but love, friendship, compassion, and art are among the things that keep us going, connecting us over every wall, border, and division.... Above: "Time Will Tell" by singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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In her essay "A Gift of Wings," Jeanette Winterson gets to the core of what makes Virginia Woolf's work so compelling, and in doing so she evokes the magic inherent in the arts of writing and reading themselves. "Unlike many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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From "305 Marguerite Cartright Avenue" by Chimamanda Adiche: "As a child, books were the center of my world; stories entranced me, both reading them and writing them. I've been writing since I was old enough to spell. My writing, when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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I have time for only the quickest of posts today, so I'd like use that time to direct your attention to a lovely BBC piece on my friend and neighbor Alan Lee: "How Do You Draw Tolkien's World?" -- in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Last week we discussed Ursula K. Le Guin's "Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?" (an essay I recommend reading in full) -- examining the roles of experience and imagination in the creation of fiction. There's one more passage I'd... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Today, four gorgeous pieces of music for piano, because beauty is a powerful antidote to the darkness during troubled times. Above: "Divenire" by Italian composer & pianist Ludovico Einaudi (from his album of the same name), performed at the Royal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Dear Readers, I composed a final piece for "Le Guin Week" ... but as I finished, instead of saving it for posting, I somehow managed to lose it all. Arghhh. I suppose that's what I get for Blogging While Tired,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Today, another passage from Ursula K. Le Guin's "Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?" to discuss; and this time it is one that you might find a bit more provocative (especially for readers who love the Harry Potter books):... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Here's another interesting passage from Ursula K. Le Guin's "Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?" -- an esssay examining the mysterious process of "inspiration" when writing fiction: "I have written fantastic stories closely based on actual experience," she says,... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Here on Dartmoor, which is sheep country, we know that spring is truly here when the lambs are gamboling in the fields. These photographs of whiteface sheep and their lambs were taken by my friend Helen Mason at a farm... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Last week (in Thursday's post), Susan Cooper talked about inspiration, and where the ideas and themes in her books come from. Today, Ursula K. Le Guin approaches the same subject from a different direction: "It's a big question -- where... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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Today is Memorial Day in America, know more prosaically as the Late May Bank Holiday here. Let's honor it gently, with instrumental tunes both old and new.... Above: "Mayfair at Rhayader, 1927" by Welsh composer & guitarist Toby Hay (from... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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I've spotted the first frog of the season in the little pond in front of my studio. He's a bold, friendly fellow, pictured above blending perfectly with the color of the leaves. In honor of the start of frog season... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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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
Posted May 25, 2017 at Myth & Moor
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This poem makes me sigh with sheer happiness. Your words always touch my soul, Wendy.
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