Revisiting Terri Windling’s articles and site, gives me pause to wonder and wander through her wise words. A quote from fantasy artist Patricia McKillip from the Endicott Studio site:
“‘At its best,’ she says, ‘fantasy rewards the reader with a sense of wonder about what lies within the heart of the commonplace world. The greatest tales are told over and over, in many ways, through centuries. Fantasy changes with the changing times, and yet it is still the oldest kind of tale in the world, for it began once upon a time, and we haven’t heard the end of it yet.’ ”
Terri’s more recent blog discusses how stories are a magical part of writing. I can’t explain the magic, but I just know the story is there. Sometimes it knocks in my head so loudly to be written that I must follow it’s badgering. It’s sometimes a magical dreamlike state (no need of recreational drugs with stories, coffee and a good red wine!) The second Green Man novel is titled: The Growing. There are a few surprises in store for the reader with the characters that are in the first novel.
Here’s a link to Terri Windling’s blog on the magic of writing: http://windling.typepad.com/blog/