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Bones for Tilly

Thank you for the bones

My dear friend Ellen Kushner has asked me to remind everyone that the Magick4Terri auction (*blush*) is ending tonight  at 5 pm Pacific Standard Time (which is 1:00 Friday morning here in the UK), so if there are books, works of art, CDs, or other treasures you have your eye on, this is the last chance to bid.

The LightbringerMy family and I have been completely overwhelmed by this astonishing flood of support from friends and colleagues and fellow lovers of fantasy and mythic arts from all over the world. In the midst of a difficult time, I feel awed and blessed to be part of such a caring creative community. In addition to the practical fundraising help (which will allow us to deal with the things we are facing without sinking into debt on top of everything else), the auction has done so much more for us: it has brightened what's been a dark, uncertain time. To turn to myth for a moment (as you know I always do), we've been traveling through a dark and tangled wood, encountering various trials along the way...and this community has just shown up with a lantern to light the trail back home.

I know (from all the worried email I've been getting) that a lot of people are concerned about us, and would like to know a bit more about what prompted the auction...but I'm afraid all I can do right now is to repeat that there are legal reasons why I can't be more explicit. Perhaps once we find our way out of the woods, I'll be able to talk about it further -- or at least those aspects of the journey that are mine to discuss (without stepping on the privacy of other family members). In the meantime, please don't worry. We've got expert help and advice for the things we're facing; we've got a strong family; we've had an enormous amount of support from all of you; and now we just need to keep traveling forward until we reach the clearing beyond the trees.

My heartfelt thanks to everyone: most especially to Ellen Kushner, Mia Nutick, Liz Loveday, and Deborah Brannon (the amazing, hard-working auction organizers) and their helpers, and to all the incredibly kind donators and bidders...as well as to all the sweet people who've been spreading the word with blog posts and tweets and such. Also to the Faery Godmothers of Chagford, who had the idea of a fundraiser in the first place. I have to say that I never expected anything like this...which has touched my heart, warmed my soul, and created real honest-to-god magic for me and my family.

Plus, Tilly is excited about all the bones -- which she fully expects to be delivered as a great big pile in the studio garden.

Bone 1 copy

Comments

I do believe Tilly is expecting a HUGE pile of bones. Look at those soulful eyes. She must be a great comfort & joy!!!!!! Many blessings..J

From my perspective, you have been integral to the building of the very community that is helping you. I think I speak for everyone when I say that we're all feeling blessed to be a part of it in whatever small way we can (for me, it's the scattering of a few cookie crumbs to guide your path). Be well.

Gotta love those Faery Godmothers! Thanks for re-posting your link to your beautiful write-up and photos of them all.

So glad you & your family are feelin' the Love. As I keep telling anyone who asks, I consider this Auction as Back Taxes owed you for all you've done over the last - gasp! - 25 years or so for the world of art & literature, often at considerable cost to your sweet self.

Don't give all the bones to Tilly! Save some for yourself.

Blessing and love from all of us in the Sonoran Desert. Snow, btw, on the mountains this morning. Big rain for the past TWO days. You know how we worship the rains here, and The Desert Broom's tufts drifts in the wind. A glorious day. And speaking of not sharing too much, for good reasons, (Not as good as you'all but anyway), I'm up to page 286 of the first draft of the novel. Was slow going for a while this year, getting my sea legs back after Mary and Pamela's deaths but doing better now. New CD coming out in 2012. All the books on IPad now. Back to work. Now off to take some pics in the snow, after a good morning of writing and such. Much love to you and Howard, Terri. Miss y'all. Stu.

Hugs to all and a pat to Tilly!

It's been a pleasure, Terri; folks think an awful lot of you. Liz.

Take care Terri. Best wishes, and no worries if you can't talk about it. We understand.

Thanks for all you've done.

How I wish I can do more then just spread the word. I just knew about the fundraising myself this morning, so forgive me if my word spreading was a little late. You've helped many of us and you have touched so many lives. To you I send my support and strength and many blessings!

My Triple Hares are gifted to you with love for what you do and who you are. I hope they bring great blessings to their buyer too.
http://magick4terri.livejournal.com/85393.html

Charlie
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Charlie, your work is absolutely beautiful. I'm honored by this lovely painting...and whoever buys it will surely be blessed. It's *gorgeous*.

Terri,
I had the distinct honor and sincere pleasure of crafting the video trailer for the auction. I woke from a dream about the Mythic Wood, and having been chatting with Mia and Ellen at FaerieCon about the Auction, and knowing it was going live that day, I got to work on it. I consider it one of the most important bits of art I have had the pleasure of doing. I meant it. All of it.

http://youtu.be/nFxMtBYvFQs

Thank you sweetheart! xxx

It's beautiful, Shane. Thank you for that, and for all the ways you've supported this auction...and mythic arts in general.

Dear Terri, It's been far too long and I wish it hadn't taken something difficult and dramatic to remake the connection. Had no idea you were still in the village, and to think I was there only in October to visit Alan. Next time... Take care of yourself.
Jane
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MaryAnn swears you and I will meet someday, Terri. In the meantime please be well and prosper again, we all need your fairy touch on the fantasy world so much! xo Julia

Dear Terri, I can never repay you the debt that I owe you. You showed me that Broken Girl was not someone discared and defiled (as I had been told), but Girl of Power, on the Heroine's Journey. Thank you so much for everything!! I wish that I had been able to contribute more, but I am so happy that the Solstice Sprite will go to someone whose life you have touched. Wishing you all the Brightness of the Season!! xoxo

Terri, we owe you - we all owe you for acquainting us over and over again with the power of art, mythology and fairytales to transform our lives. If not for a tattered volume of folktales which I still have in my library, I would never have made it through my childhood, and I cherish the thought that somewhere in the world, children are being uplifted by the mythic and magical.

Glad to hear you sounding cheerful and more upbeat, and bones to Tilly of course.

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