The bug that I'm down with is still going strong, so I can't yet predict when I'll be back in the studio. In the meantime, here's some recommended reading for you...
"A Conversation with Phillip Pullman" (Slate Book Review).
"An Interview with Jenny Diski" by Robert Hanks (The Guardian).
"Witches Brew: Patti Smith's M Train" by Evelyn McDonnell (Los Angeles Review of Books).
"The Books" by Alexander Chee (The Morning News).
"Writers, we need to stop saying this" by J.H. Moncrieff (blog post).
"Paint by Gender: The Shoes Under the Art World" by Pat Lipsky (The Awl).
"Why are Old Women Often the Face of Evil in Fairy Tales and Folklore" by Elizabeth Blair (NPR Books).
"Richard Dadd: the art of a 'criminal lunatic' murderer" (and fairy painter), by Paul Kerley (BBC Magazine).
"The Greatness of William Blake" by Richard Holmes (The New York Review of Books).
"Salthouse Marshes" by Robert Macfarlane and Adam Scovell (Caught by the River).
"HS2: The Human Cost" by Patrick Barkham (The Guardian).
"Finding Time" by Rebecca Solnit (Orion).
"Rebecca Solnit on Modern Noncommunication" by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings).
"In the Eyes of a Bear" by Julian Hoffman (Zoomorphic -- a fine new magazine dedicated to wildlife and the more-than-human world).
"In Search of the Mountain Ghost" by Katey Duffey (Zoomorphic).
"The Last of the Granny Witches" by Anna Wess (Appalachian Ink).
"The Exemplary Narcissism of Snoopy" by Sarah Boxer (The Atlantic).
"The Tea Party in the Woods: a Modernist Fairy Fale by Akiko Miyakoshi" by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings).
"A Mythological Dreamworld: Inside Sophie Ryder's Spellbinding Home" (The Telegraph, via Tanith Hicks) -- an inspiring glimpse into the magical home of one of my very favorite artists.
"The First Person on Mars" by Sarah Smarsh (Vela Magazine). I love Smarsh's autobiographical essays, drawn from her working class background...and this one is particularly good.
"The one with the Storyteller" by Joel Defner (Serial Box). Although ostensively an essay answering the simple question "What is your favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer episosode?," it's actually much more: a meditation on the importance of stories themselves. Whether you're a Buffy fan or not, please don't miss it.
"Saved by the Invisibles" by Jonathan Carroll (Medium). Brief and lovely.
Art above: "Comfort in Quilting," a painting in the Local Characters series by our friend & neighbor David Wyatt; and an illustration for James Stephen's Irish Fairy Tales by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). Photograph: Tilly looking rather less elegant than Ozzie, the gentle whippet in David's painting.