I’ve long been a lover of fairy tales, of fantasy novels and science fiction. Books are my constant companions, they’ve been my best friends through all the years i’ve been hanging out on this rock. My escape, my inspiration, and my solace in times of sorrow. I’ve even got a fairy tale inspired/themed line of jewelry for gosh sakes! So imagine my delight this weekend when I discovered Terri Windling’s most excellent blog, Myth and Moor. A total delight. Pictures of little magic places on the moor, illustrations, insightful musings, scraps of poetry and fat wild ponies, all tied together in a crazy quilt of wonderful and the thread of a glossy black dog running through. I have long enjoyed Ms. Windling’s books and stories – they are longtime friends. Perhaps that is why I am loving this exploration of the blog so much, it’s the voice of the author herself. It feels like a familiar and friendly voice, like someone I’ve known for years and years, introducing me to other friendly voices. And when I am feeling lonely and cut off, here on my mountain, a friendly voice is kind of like a lifeline.
It was at Thanksgiving at Mum’s that I discovered this and of course, you know I haven’t got internet up at spacious Nuthouse Estates – so spent an hour or so frantically opening tabs and trying to “stock up” as it were, on blog pages that I could take up the mountain and read at my leisure. I have been slowly savoring each segment and sharing with Captain Sexypants. I particularly like to share the bits on writing with him. It seems to fit, seeing as how when he is not being a grip he is also a writer. Part of why we are here on the mountain is so that he can have a quiet room of his own and the time and space in which to write.
If you like books, if you like fairy tales, thinky thoughts, black dogs and fat ponies, if you cherish a sense of wonder and the sense of feeling something deeper, than you will probably enjoy her blog. I am sharing the gift forward. It’s worth a read. Put on a pot of tea, get out some ginger biscuits, and settle in for a lovely afternoon. Keep a notebook handy. You’ll need to scribble down the books you want to order and all the artists and the poets you want to investigate. Trust me.
You will come away with a hundred rabbit holes to fall into, if you choose.