Terri Windling is creating mythic fiction, nonfiction, and art
283

patrons

$1,367
per month


Who I am:


I'm a writer, editor, and painter specializing in fantasy literature, folklore, and mythic arts. Raised in NJ and Pennsylvania, I studied literature and myth at university in Ohio, worked as a fantasy editor in New York City, created a mythic arts organization in Boston, co-founded an arts retreat in the Arizona desert, and now live in a small village on Dartmoor surrounded by mythic artists and sheep. I work from The Bumblehill Studio, my faithful hound usually curled up beside me, and I write a daily blog about myth, art, and nature, called Myth & Moor.

I've won nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFWA Solstice Award for "outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field as a writer, editor, artist, educator, and mentor." I've been short-listed twice for the Shirley Jackson Award, and once for the Tiptree.



The work I'm best known for:


In the fantasy field, most people know me best as an editor and anthologist. In the 1980s, I was senior editor for fantasy at Ace Books, created a young adult fantasy line for Ace/Tempo Books, and then worked as a consulting fantasy editor for Tor Books for two decades thereafter. Over the years I've published the first novels and stories of writers who have gone on to be major figures in the field, and helped to nuture the modern renaissance of fairy tale literature for adult readers. I've also championed the short story form by publishing over 30 anthologies, including 16 volumes of The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror series (with Ellen Datlow).

From 1987 to 2008, I ran The Endicott Studio for Mythic Art, which supported writers, artists, and scholars working with myth, folklore and fairy tales. Projects included The Armless Maiden anthology, the online Journal of Mythic Arts (published from 1997 to 2008), and The Endicott West Arts Retreat. Run as a nonprofit, all Endicott proceeds supported charities for abused, homeless, and "at risk" children.



The work I love best:

I feel honored and privileged to have edited and mentored so many fine writers over the years -- but the work I love best is writing myself, and creating art based on my own stories.

I've published one adult novel, The Wood Wife (winner of the Mythopoeic Award), along with five small books for children, a handful of novellas and stories, and many, many articles and essays on myth, folklore, fairy tales, fantasy literature and other magical art forms. I've also created folkloric paintings, drawings, and collages, which have been published, printed, and exhibited in museums and galleries in US and Europe.

Writing and art take time, however, and editing is what pays the bills -- thus my writing output has woefully slow, and I'm determined to make that change. I want to cut severely back on editing now in order to focus on writing and painting...and bring all the stories inside of me out onto the page and into the world.


Why Patreon?


I entered the publishing field in a very different era -- before the internet, ebooks, Amazon, and other factors changed the industry in myriad ways. Back then, it was still possible for a Midlist writer to make a modest living from her work -- while today, most of us need to find at least part of our income from another source. I like the idea of Patreon because it enables readers to support the writers they want to read and illustrators whose work they want to see more of, facilitating the creation of books and other projects that would otherwise not exist.

I believe deeply in the power of community -- so community funding that allows creators to create is a powerful and beautiful thing.   



Why now?

First of all I'm not getting any younger, so time to devote to my own writing and painting is feeling increasingly urgent. I have books-in-progress I want to complete, ideas for others filling up my notebooks, half-finished paintings on my work table, and every that day I neglect them feels like a betrayal of the tales I have to tell.

Second, the energy I use to do my work is limited by health issues that I've had since I was young. I have good days and I have bad days. I'm a disciplined worker, and I labor very hard on the good days to make up for the bad -- but this too has impacted my creative output. When I'm working hard as an editor, there's little energy for anything else.

My friends have urged me to try Patreon, to see if it this model of community-funded art will work for me -- allowing me to turn my life over to writing and art, until these things start paying for themselves.




Work in progress:

* A lightly illustrated novel for Middle Grade readers (8-to-12-year-olds) set in a magical version of rural Devon, involving my "bunny girl" and animal spirit characters. I'm close to completion of the first draft of the book, which doesn't yet have a title. The next step will be a tighter second draft, along with design and illustration roughs.

* The Moon Wife: a novel for adult readers (loosely connected to The Wood Wife) about artists from Pre-Raphaelite times to the present, steeped in fairies and fairy tales. I'm in the second draft stage on this -- but it still needs a lot of work due to being a long and complex narrative.

* A Story of Stories: a collection of my essays on folklore, fairy tales, and fantasy. The essays have all been written, but I'm editing them and writing interstitial material which weaves them all together.

* "Rat and Blade" and other novellas for the Bordertown series (urban fantasy for teen readers), co-authored with Ellen Kushner.

* Art: Creating new paintings & collages. Producing new prints & cards. Creating a "bunny girls"  coloring book.



What patron funding will be used for:

* Work time: Although my small family lives very modestly in a tiny house at the edge of the moor, England is an expensive country to live in -- plus I have extra costs of supplementary health-care, and high vet bills for our dog Tilly (who has an auto-immune disease kept in check by effective-but-pricey medication). Patreon funding will go to covering my share of household costs, and medical costs, so that I can stop editing and start writing.

* Stretch goal: If basic living expenses are covered, extra funds will be used to support the art side of my work, paying for: studio expenses & art supplies, the cost of making new cards & prints (I'd also like to make an annual calendar), framing work for exhibition, updating tools, etc.. This would enable me to get much more artwork out into the world, in both printed and original forms.

* Dream goal: If basic living expenses and studio expenses are covered, my dream is to be able to hire an assistant to work with me one or two days a week. Working alone, there only so many hours a day and much more admin work and correspondence than I can handle on my own. As a result, I'm notoriously slow to answer email, get things in the mail, or answer queries in a timely manner and I could dearly use some office help. Plus there are special projects that I'd like to initiate but simply don't have time for now: such creating more Bordertown books, and getting the old ones into ebook form.

If funding reaches this level, I will probably be speechless with shock -- but as soon as I recover my wits, I'll sit down and specify the work and projects that this money would cover so you know where the funds are going.




My promise to you:


If you choose to become a patron of my work, I promise you I will put my heart and soul into making works of fiction and art inspired by folklore, fairy tales, the natural world, and my personal history.

"Everything is held together with stories," says the great American writer Barry Lopez. "That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion."

I couldn't agree more.



Tiers
Bumbles
$1 or more per month 133 patrons
  • Myth & Moor Extras: Posts (accessible to patrons only) about what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Bumblehill Studio, including a glimpse of works-in-progress and more candid discussions & photographs of daily life than I put on the public Myth & Moor blog. This will include Question & Answer sessions, and perhaps the occasional video too.
  • My humble thanks for your support of my work
Bumblers
$3 or more per month 48 patrons
  • The same as above, since we all have different income levels and this basic level of patronage is on a sliding scale. I value every bit of support, no matter how small.
Bumblekins
$5 or more per month 41 patrons
  • Ditto
Bumblettes
$10 or more per month 42 patrons
  • 1 high-resolution downloadable drawing
  • Myth & Moor Extras
  • My deepest gratitude
Bumblebees
$25 or more per month 13 patrons
  • 4 (seasonal) high-resolution downloadable drawings
  • Myth & Moor Extras
  • Even deeper gratitude
Bumblebells
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
  • 1 high-resolution downloadable drawing each month
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • My sincere delight that you are part of my community
Bumbleleers
$100 or more per month 1 patron
  • 1 original sketch
  • 1 high-resolution downloadable drawing each month
  • Myth & Moor Extras
  • My heartfelt thanks for believing in me this way
Bumblenauts
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • 1 original painting or collage
  • A signed copy of any book I write during your patronage
  • 1 high-resolution downloadable drawing each month
  • Myth & Moor Extras
  • My amazement, appreciation, and determination to be worthy of your support
Goals
200 – reached! patrons
First goal: If we reach 200 Bumblehill Patrons, I will film a short video in my studio answering your questions about fantasy, myth, folklore, fairy tales, the creative process, the creative life, etc.. Ask me anything (well, maybe not anything) and I'll answer the ten best queries.

Update: We've reached 200! So please send me your questions any time before Monday, November 20, as I'm planning to film the video then. Leave your questions in the Bumblehill Posts section - under "Questions."

Further update: The video has been made, and will be posted this week...so stay tuned....
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Who I am:


I'm a writer, editor, and painter specializing in fantasy literature, folklore, and mythic arts. Raised in NJ and Pennsylvania, I studied literature and myth at university in Ohio, worked as a fantasy editor in New York City, created a mythic arts organization in Boston, co-founded an arts retreat in the Arizona desert, and now live in a small village on Dartmoor surrounded by mythic artists and sheep. I work from The Bumblehill Studio, my faithful hound usually curled up beside me, and I write a daily blog about myth, art, and nature, called Myth & Moor.

I've won nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFWA Solstice Award for "outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field as a writer, editor, artist, educator, and mentor." I've been short-listed twice for the Shirley Jackson Award, and once for the Tiptree.



The work I'm best known for:


In the fantasy field, most people know me best as an editor and anthologist. In the 1980s, I was senior editor for fantasy at Ace Books, created a young adult fantasy line for Ace/Tempo Books, and then worked as a consulting fantasy editor for Tor Books for two decades thereafter. Over the years I've published the first novels and stories of writers who have gone on to be major figures in the field, and helped to nuture the modern renaissance of fairy tale literature for adult readers. I've also championed the short story form by publishing over 30 anthologies, including 16 volumes of The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror series (with Ellen Datlow).

From 1987 to 2008, I ran The Endicott Studio for Mythic Art, which supported writers, artists, and scholars working with myth, folklore and fairy tales. Projects included The Armless Maiden anthology, the online Journal of Mythic Arts (published from 1997 to 2008), and The Endicott West Arts Retreat. Run as a nonprofit, all Endicott proceeds supported charities for abused, homeless, and "at risk" children.



The work I love best:

I feel honored and privileged to have edited and mentored so many fine writers over the years -- but the work I love best is writing myself, and creating art based on my own stories.

I've published one adult novel, The Wood Wife (winner of the Mythopoeic Award), along with five small books for children, a handful of novellas and stories, and many, many articles and essays on myth, folklore, fairy tales, fantasy literature and other magical art forms. I've also created folkloric paintings, drawings, and collages, which have been published, printed, and exhibited in museums and galleries in US and Europe.

Writing and art take time, however, and editing is what pays the bills -- thus my writing output has woefully slow, and I'm determined to make that change. I want to cut severely back on editing now in order to focus on writing and painting...and bring all the stories inside of me out onto the page and into the world.


Why Patreon?


I entered the publishing field in a very different era -- before the internet, ebooks, Amazon, and other factors changed the industry in myriad ways. Back then, it was still possible for a Midlist writer to make a modest living from her work -- while today, most of us need to find at least part of our income from another source. I like the idea of Patreon because it enables readers to support the writers they want to read and illustrators whose work they want to see more of, facilitating the creation of books and other projects that would otherwise not exist.

I believe deeply in the power of community -- so community funding that allows creators to create is a powerful and beautiful thing.   



Why now?

First of all I'm not getting any younger, so time to devote to my own writing and painting is feeling increasingly urgent. I have books-in-progress I want to complete, ideas for others filling up my notebooks, half-finished paintings on my work table, and every that day I neglect them feels like a betrayal of the tales I have to tell.

Second, the energy I use to do my work is limited by health issues that I've had since I was young. I have good days and I have bad days. I'm a disciplined worker, and I labor very hard on the good days to make up for the bad -- but this too has impacted my creative output. When I'm working hard as an editor, there's little energy for anything else.

My friends have urged me to try Patreon, to see if it this model of community-funded art will work for me -- allowing me to turn my life over to writing and art, until these things start paying for themselves.




Work in progress:

* A lightly illustrated novel for Middle Grade readers (8-to-12-year-olds) set in a magical version of rural Devon, involving my "bunny girl" and animal spirit characters. I'm close to completion of the first draft of the book, which doesn't yet have a title. The next step will be a tighter second draft, along with design and illustration roughs.

* The Moon Wife: a novel for adult readers (loosely connected to The Wood Wife) about artists from Pre-Raphaelite times to the present, steeped in fairies and fairy tales. I'm in the second draft stage on this -- but it still needs a lot of work due to being a long and complex narrative.

* A Story of Stories: a collection of my essays on folklore, fairy tales, and fantasy. The essays have all been written, but I'm editing them and writing interstitial material which weaves them all together.

* "Rat and Blade" and other novellas for the Bordertown series (urban fantasy for teen readers), co-authored with Ellen Kushner.

* Art: Creating new paintings & collages. Producing new prints & cards. Creating a "bunny girls"  coloring book.



What patron funding will be used for:

* Work time: Although my small family lives very modestly in a tiny house at the edge of the moor, England is an expensive country to live in -- plus I have extra costs of supplementary health-care, and high vet bills for our dog Tilly (who has an auto-immune disease kept in check by effective-but-pricey medication). Patreon funding will go to covering my share of household costs, and medical costs, so that I can stop editing and start writing.

* Stretch goal: If basic living expenses are covered, extra funds will be used to support the art side of my work, paying for: studio expenses & art supplies, the cost of making new cards & prints (I'd also like to make an annual calendar), framing work for exhibition, updating tools, etc.. This would enable me to get much more artwork out into the world, in both printed and original forms.

* Dream goal: If basic living expenses and studio expenses are covered, my dream is to be able to hire an assistant to work with me one or two days a week. Working alone, there only so many hours a day and much more admin work and correspondence than I can handle on my own. As a result, I'm notoriously slow to answer email, get things in the mail, or answer queries in a timely manner and I could dearly use some office help. Plus there are special projects that I'd like to initiate but simply don't have time for now: such creating more Bordertown books, and getting the old ones into ebook form.

If funding reaches this level, I will probably be speechless with shock -- but as soon as I recover my wits, I'll sit down and specify the work and projects that this money would cover so you know where the funds are going.




My promise to you:


If you choose to become a patron of my work, I promise you I will put my heart and soul into making works of fiction and art inspired by folklore, fairy tales, the natural world, and my personal history.

"Everything is held together with stories," says the great American writer Barry Lopez. "That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion."

I couldn't agree more.



Recent posts by Terri Windling

Tiers
Bumbles
$1 or more per month 133 patrons
  • Myth & Moor Extras: Posts (accessible to patrons only) about what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Bumblehill Studio, including a glimpse of works-in-progress and more candid discussions & photographs of daily life than I put on the public Myth & Moor blog. This will include Question & Answer sessions, and perhaps the occasional video too.
  • My humble thanks for your support of my work
Bumblers
$3 or more per month 48 patrons
  • The same as above, since we all have different income levels and this basic level of patronage is on a sliding scale. I value every bit of support, no matter how small.
Bumblekins
$5 or more per month 41 patrons
  • Ditto
Bumblettes
$10 or more per month 42 patrons
  • 1 high-resolution downloadable drawing
  • Myth & Moor Extras
  • My deepest gratitude
Bumblebees
$25 or more per month 13 patrons
  • 4 (seasonal) high-resolution downloadable drawings
  • Myth & Moor Extras
  • Even deeper gratitude
Bumblebells
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
  • 1 high-resolution downloadable drawing each month
  • Plus all previous rewards
  • My sincere delight that you are part of my community
Bumbleleers
$100 or more per month 1 patron
  • 1 original sketch
  • 1 high-resolution downloadable drawing each month
  • Myth & Moor Extras
  • My heartfelt thanks for believing in me this way
Bumblenauts
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
  • 1 original painting or collage
  • A signed copy of any book I write during your patronage
  • 1 high-resolution downloadable drawing each month
  • Myth & Moor Extras
  • My amazement, appreciation, and determination to be worthy of your support