On the creative process

Art desk

Selected posts about writing, reading, and art-making

On Influence

On Foolishness

On Procrastination and Rituals of Approach

On Fear of Judgement (and Pernicious Perfectionism)

Rooms of Our Own

What Makes a Good Writing Day?

On Editing

On Blogging (and Spoons)

Gift Exchange (and the Making of Art)

Gracious Acceptance

Art, the Marketplace, and Narrative Loss

On the work table

Collage materials copy

Chasing Inspiration

When the Magic is Working

When the Magic isn't Working

Frogs, Toads, and Days of Gold

Rock, Water, and Thoughts About Failure

On Creative Burn-out & the Practice of Swaling

Four Short Posts on Facing Fear: I, II, III, IV

Embracing Uncertainty

Taking Our Own Hands

Still Writing

The Choices We Make, the Paths We Follow

My desktop

The Beauty of Brokeness

Hope and Despair

Stories Are Medicine

On Illness: Part I, II, III, IV

Books, the Beast, and Me

Every Illness is Narrative

The Gift of Stillness

The Philosophy of Compassion

Re-kindling the Fire Within

me & Tilly in the woods

wild manuscript

In the Quiet of the Woods

Early Morning in the Greenwood

A Celebration of Slowness

Planting Words Like Seeds

Knowing the World as a Gift

Homemade Ceremonies

Going to Ground

Creating a Tolerable World

There is No Time for Despair

Dark Beauty

A Parliament of Owls

Devon oaks in the making

Reading and Place

Kith and Kin

A Hunger for Place

Lines for Winter

Home is Imaginary

The Language of Moving

On the Border

The Borders That Keep Us Out

The Borders of Language

Crossing Borders

Moss, stone, and story

A feather in the forest

The Magic of Cities

The Magic of Words

Tough Magic

Big Magic

The Storyteller's Art

the Wild Swans illustrated by Adrienne Segur


Trading Stories

Shaping Stories

The Care and Feeding of Daemons and Muses

Tension, Balance, and Walking in Beauty

Wild Stories

Why One Writes

Studio 5


The photographs above were taken in my studio & the woods behind. The open book in the second photo is Rabbits Everywhere by Alicia Ezpeleta (Abrams, New York, 1996). The open book in the eighth photo is  Le livre des bêtes enchantées, illustrated by Adrienne Ségur (Flammarion, Paris, 1956). This illustration - for "The Wild Swans" by Hans Christian Andersen - also appeared in an American edition: "The Golden Book of Fairy Tales" (Golden Books, New York, 1958).

The drawings on the right are "Little Wildrose" by H.J. Ford (1860-1941) and "Bearskin" by Otto Ubbelohde (1867-1922).