Once in a Blue Moon
Skipper Johnny checks out his domain.


Skipper Johnny checks out his domain.

Read a great op-ed by my pal Joanne Harris from a couple of weekends ago. The last three paragraphs go:

       Stories — even fairy stories — are not just entertainment. Stories are important. They help us understand who we are. They teach us empathy, respect for other cultures, other ideas. They help us articulate concepts that cannot otherwise be expressed. Stories help us communicate; they bring us together; they teach us different ways to see the world. Their value may be intangible, but it is still real.
       That’s why our politicians, far from closing libraries, should be opening new ones. That’s why our thinkers, instead of dismissing fairy tales as fantasy, should celebrate creativity. That’s why our schools, instead of teaching literature in the way that gets the best grades, should be using it to fire pupils’ enthusiasm and imagination.
       In the dark old days, the storyteller always had the best place by the campfire. Those days may be gone, but the power of story remains. It’s time we acknowledged that, and brought our authors out of the cold.

- Joanne Harris
from”Rich authors are work of fiction”
London Daily Telegraph, July 19, 2014

goth-girl-probs:

THIS STRUGGLE

goth-girl-probs:

THIS STRUGGLE

Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.
Nikki Giovanni (via writersrelief)
I just finished The Onion Girl. It was good. Thanks for writing it.

Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Zahatar made their Kickstarter goal for their album which means we all get to hear their versions of the tunes from my book The Little Country.  Congrats to the band and thanks to everyone who supported the project.  The band’s now hoping to make a few of the stretch goals in these last few days, so if you’ve been waiting to jump on board, there’s no better time than now.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/swimswithdolphins/zahatar-acoustic-string-bands-the-little-country-a

Zahatar made their Kickstarter goal for their album which means we all get to hear their versions of the tunes from my book The Little Country.  Congrats to the band and thanks to everyone who supported the project.  The band’s now hoping to make a few of the stretch goals in these last few days, so if you’ve been waiting to jump on board, there’s no better time than now.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/swimswithdolphins/zahatar-acoustic-string-bands-the-little-country-a

Johnny enjoying the sunset.

Johnny enjoying the sunset.

I finally started reading The Cats of Tanglewood this morning. So far, it's a wonderful read! As soon as I finish, I'm going to read it to my six-year-old. Thank you!

Thanks for the kind words.  I hope our six-yar-old likes it.

Are you the "Real" Charles de Lint? The one who plays ukulele and sings about a dog named Johnny Cash?

I’m having the Dark Queen vet your actual existence before answering. Expect a visit from the Cat in Black. 

I think people are often quite unaware of their inner selves, their other selves, their imaginative selves, the selves that aren’t on show in the world. It’s something you grow out of from childhood onwards, losing possession of yourself, really. I think literature is one of the best ways back into that. You are hypnotized as soon as you get into a book that particularly works for you, whether it’s fiction or a poem. You find that your defenses drop, and as soon as that happens, an imaginative reality can take over because you are no longer censoring your own perceptions, your own awareness of the world.
Jeanette Winterson, The Art of Fiction No. 150 (via bookmania)