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The magic of stories....

Tilly and Amal El-Mohtar, on Nattadon Hill

Heads up, folks. There's a gorgeous interview with Amal El-Mohtar that's just been posted on the John Barelycorn blog, discussing stories, words, language, and the magical "language" of the Tarot. Here's a taste:

"Coleridge wrote a poem called ‘The Eolian Harp,’ " Amal says, "in which he explored the notion of music slumbering on its instrument. It's a gorgeous poem! It moves through thoughts and moods of the soul as if we're all but harps waiting for a breeze to pass through us to animate us. I feel the same way about art: that it is something that on many levels colonises you, gets inside you and changes you from the inside out. I find that happens with books, too. After I’ve read a book, for a couple of days afterwards I think in the patterns of the book’s writing, because the act of reading is an act of organising your own thought process. If you are reading someone else’s writing, you are having to organise your perception along someone else’s structure. So if I read a book by Terry Pratchett, a few days later there is still a little Terry Pratchettness to my thoughts. When I read something by Catherynne Valente, for quite a few days there is a kind of ‘jewelled’ quality to my thoughts. To read a book is to let someone else reach inside me and reorganise me. As a writer, I find it very difficult to start writing immediately after having read another writer's book. I have to digest it first, and let the influence pass…."

Amal, of course, is the author of The Honey Month (highly recommended) and many other mythic works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She's also co-editor the poetry journal Goblin Fruit...and a great friend of Tilly's, as you can see above.


Off to read it now.

Yay Amal! Lovely interview!

What a treat to open the page and see my friend!

Oh Tilly, how you have grown. A friend of mine said when she sees a really great movie, she is still
in it for a while. She expects to see the characters come around the corner of the street. It is true with good movies, books, music, too. I am now still in Barbara Tropido's world in "Jugglers." It hovers on myth and has a wonderful series of Shakespearian lost twin and other "The Midsummer Night's Dream" and is set in the 1980's to the 1990's.

As a writer, I am in the world of that book a great deal longer than my readers and the echoes in my own soul last a lifetime. For good of for bad.


Yep, Tilly is all grown up now -- it's startling! She looks bigger than she actually is in pictures like this one, however. Although she has a Labrador head and chest (from her father's side), her shorter legs and smaller size comes from her Springer Spaniel mother. Most people who meet her assume she's a half-grown Lab, rather than a full-grown "Springador."

Amal has known her since she was a wee pup....

I know just what you mean...

Folks, don't miss Jane's poetic response to Amal's interview here:


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