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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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Words that are often in my mind these days: ''Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. And let us not mind being eccentric, and make distinction between good and evil.'' - Vincent van Gogh Have a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Myth & Moor
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I'm out of the office again due to health care issues, but hope to be back very soon. For your morning reading in the meantime, I highly recommend Sabrina Orah Mark's "Happily" series of essays on fairy tales in Paris... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Myth & Moor
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"I find it so difficult to talk about how I write. There are those who are unnervingly articulate about what they’re doing and how they’re doing it....I am not particularly articulate, unnervingly or otherwise. I do believe there is, in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Myth & Moor
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Many of our friends and colleagues in the fantasy publishing field have been in Dublin over the last several days for the World SFF Convention, and so music and poetry from Ireland seems an appropriate way to start off the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Myth & Moor
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Yesterday I went to our village's agricultural show, now in its 119th year, celebrating the skills, crafts, and lore of the local farming community, and its central place in life on the moor. Reflecting on the nature of community, I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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The Chagford Show is today, which means I will be out of the office/studio for the important business of admiring vintage tractors, vegetable displays, and sheep. This agricultural show, in its 119th year, is one of the best in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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From Keeping the Faith Without a Religion by Roger Housden: "It seems to me that a materialist view of the universe is reductionist. It makes every kind of experience subservient to the laws of matter. It applies the tenets of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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"Why is silence important to writers?" Lorraine Berry asked Utah-based writer Terry Tempest Williams in an interview in 2013. "Is silence something that we all, regardless of whether we’re writers or not, need access to? And how do we find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Myth & Moor
I'm feeling that too, and it's certainly not going to get easier in the months ahead. The Canadian-American writer Saul Bellow once said: "I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm." I've been depending on moments of quiet and stillness in the Devon hils to keep me sane and grounded; as well as art, in all of its forms. I find I need it more than ever now. I think we all do.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2019 on Tunes for a Monday Morning at Myth & Moor
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This week, I am feeling the need for quiet, focus, and to find my creative centre again -- so I'm turning to the music of the great Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, for whom a love of simplicity and silence inspired... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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While the world of human affairs goes on its noisy, alarming way, I return again and again to the woods and hills behind my studio. To moss. To mud. To the dark, damp mulch of leaves carpeting the forest floor.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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According to one old legend, cats were the only creatures on earth who were not made by God at the time of Creation. When God covered the world with water, and Noah set his ark afloat, the ark became infested... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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“I believe in all human societies there is a desire to love and be loved, to experience the full fierceness of human emotion, and to make a measure of the sacred part of one's life. Wherever I've traveled -- Kenya,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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I'm out of the studio today due to health care issues, but will be back tomorrow (Thursday). In the meantime, I recommend this for your morning reading: "The Supple Deer" by the brilliant American poet Jane Hirschfield. The illustration above,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Myth & Moor
What a kind thing to say. Thank you, Mary Lou. In the face of so much tragedy, political turmoil, and distress in both the US and UK, I keep clinging to the things that feed our hearts and souls, which we need more than ever, and to the things that remind us of what is good about our species. I often think of these words by Italo Calvino, who knew a thing or two about living during dark times: "Seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.”
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2019 on The Child Ballads at Myth & Moor
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The great folklorist Francis James Child defined what he called the “popular ballad” as a form of ancient folk poetry, composed anonymously within the oral tradition, bearing the clear stamp of the preliterate peoples of the British Isles. Ballads, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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I periodically turn to Child Ballads for our "Monday Tunes," not only because I love them, but because they are full of stories that have also inspired other forms of mythic art, from fantasy novels to poetry and comics. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Myth & Moor
Oh, oh, oh, this is gorgeous! And now I want to go read it to the pony....
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2019 on On inspiration, madness, and art at Myth & Moor
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In the mythic tradition, both artists and shamans tread perilously close to insanity; and indeed, in some cases their gifts specifically come from journeying into the wilds of madness, or Faerie, or the Realm of the Gods, and back again.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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From Barry Lopez's new book Horizon (which is breathtakingly good): "I read daily about the many threats to human life -- chemical, political, biological, and economic. Much of this trouble, I believe, has been caused by the determination of some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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In "Magic Carpets," an essay on writing fiction for children, Philip Pullman discusses "the various sorts of responsibility incumbent on an author: to himself and his family, to language, to his audience, to truth, and to his story itself." He... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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In Common Air, the brilliant American cultural philosopher Lewis Hyde reflects on the subject of creative inspiration: "If we go all the way back to the ancient world, to the old bardic and prophetic traditions, what we find is that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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I'll be away for a long weekend, then back in the studio sometime on Monday, and back to Myth & Moor on Tuesday. I hope your own weekend is full of magic. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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I've very delighted, and enormously surprised, that Myth & Moor has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award. Congratulations to my fellow nominees; I am honoured to be in your company. Tilly is happy about the nomination too, and wants... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Myth & Moor
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Many of you will be familiar with Kate Bernheimer's fine book Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales, originally published in 1998, containing memorable essays by Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, bell hooks, Joyce Carol Oates,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Myth & Moor