Tagged with stories

On the Language of Living Things…

“Let me learn the language of trees, birds, dogs, grey stones, black beetles, green grass, and all living things. And when I’m fluent in those languages, let me translate them faithfully into stories and paintings.” -Terri Windling

On the Magic of Letters…

“If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories.” – Michael Ende

On Wrestling your Creative Muse…

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one … Continue reading

On a Writer’s Beginnings…

“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up out of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the … Continue reading

On the Magic of Writing…

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for … Continue reading

On Stories…

“There are no happy endings… There are no endings, happy or otherwise. We all have our own stories which are just part of the one Story that binds both this world and Faerie. Sometimes we step into each others stories – perhaps just for a few minutes, perhaps for years – and then we step … Continue reading

On Folktales…

“The protagonist of a folktale is always, and intensely, a young person moving through ordeals into adult life. . . . and this is why there are no wicked stepchildren in the tales.” – Jill Paton Walsh

On the Magic of Secrets…

“The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The … Continue reading