“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”
~Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
Through a random link on Rachael Herron's Twitter feed I fetched up on Terri Windling's blog. And felt that I was being transported to a home I never had. Her life in Devon, England, evokes a strange sense of familiarity, as though a dream of mine were being revealed...
It's interesting how this happens, and how very disparate the objects of this feeling can be! I'm always surprised, and aware that you can't force such a feeling. It always, when I am not dismissive, leads to new discoveries about the world and about myself. In this case, I have not been a fan of fantasy or mythopoetic writings necessarily--not opposed, by any means, but not having entered the gates. Terri is a well-known (I now learn!) and respected author and editor in this field as well as an excellent artist. There is something about the community, the music, the art, and the landscape she describes that draws me in; I feel my life expanding somehow.
I've been reading her blog backwards in time, clicking through a few posts each day, and feeling a mounting anxiety that the next click will bring up the initial 'hello' message signaling the end of my journey.
At the same time I am looking at my own past while I clear out boxes and boxes of papers that have followed me physically and psychologically for years. I found my yearly calendars in one dusty box--dating back to 1970 they reveal my life in daily pieces.
When mucking out it can be hard to decide what to do with items like these. I set them on the table and leafed through the months of 1970, seeing myself as a high school senior heading off to college.
But I reminded myself that letting go of the calendars did not mean I was turning my back on my past; it means that I trust that the important parts of my past are irrevocably built into the woman I am.
And I tossed the entire lot of them into the recycling bin! Light and nimble, free to follow my fancy.
And for Mason's fans: here he is with his buddy Rachael. Rachael's new book, Splinters of Light, will be published March 5!