On the subject of influence, Part I
A Tilly Christmas

Tapping the Long Tale...

By T Windling Amal El-Mohtar has written a lovely blog post called "Tapping the Long Tale," which I highly recommend.

"...we have, each of us, a story that is uniquely ours," she says, "a narrative arc that we can walk with purpose once we figure out what it is. It's the opposite to living our lives episodically, where each day is only tangentially connected to the next, where we are ourselves the only constants linking yesterday to tomorrow. There is nothing wrong with that, and I don't want to imply that there is by saying how much this shocked me -- just that it felt so suddenly, painfully right to think that I have tapped into my Long Tale, that I have set my feet on the path I want to walk the rest of my life, and that it is a path of stories and writing and that no matter how many oceans I cross or how transient I feel in any given place, I am still on my Tale's Road, because having tapped it, having found it, the following is inevitable...."

Read the whole piece on Amal's blog, Voices on the Midnight Air.


Sigh, I think I am still living episodically, trying to find the path I'm supposed to be on. I have this feeling that one day, ONE day, I'll suddenly know where I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to be doing, and I can imagine the wonderful sense of homecoming...but it is still a dream. I wonder if I'll ever find it.

I popped across to read Amal's whole post. I love the serendipitous misunderstanding that led to her insight, it's one of the things I love about the English language, although I suppose all languages have that capacity. It's what I love about poetry!

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