Terri Windling

is creating mythic fiction, nonfiction, and art at the Bumblehill Studio

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About Terri Windling

Who I am:

I'm a writer, editor, painter, folklorist, and life-long wanderer of the mythic woods. I've worked as a fantasy fiction editor in New York City, directed a mythic arts organization in Boston, co-founded an arts retreat in the Arizona desert, and now live in a small English village on Dartmoor, surrounded by 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 field of fantasy literature, most people know me best as an editor and anthologist. In the 1980s, I was the 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 many 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 award-winning 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. In 2008 I launched Myth & Moor (short-listed for the World Fantasy Award), and in the years since I've continued to work with fantasy and myth in a range of ways, including editing, lecturing, and as a member of the Modern Faeries research project (sponsored by Oxford and Sheffield Universities).

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 is 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 more of my time over to writing and painting.

Work in progress:

* 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 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.

* 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.

What patron funding is 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 monthly medication that costs the moon). Patreon funding helps to cover my share of household costs, and medical costs, so that I can stop editing and start writing.

* Office assistance: Working alone, my days are often swallowed up by the admin work involved with publishing -- leaving me with little time for the creative work itself. Since autumn 2019, however, Patreon funds have allowed me to hire an editorial assistant, Lunar Hine, to work with me several hours a week. This has been an enormous blessing. (More information here.)

* Specific writing and art projects: Once the above expenses are securely covered, I have a number of specific book projects I'd like to get cracking on.
Please see the Stretch Goals panel (on the left) for more information.

On the art side of my work, additional funding would allow me make new cards & prints, publish an annual calendar, and update my studio tools -- enabling me to get more artwork out into the world, in printed and original forms.

My promise to you:

If you choose to become a patron of the Bumblehill Studio, 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.

$1,643.43 of $1,800 per month
Thank you to everyone who helped us reach our first stretch goal ($1500)! Lunar and I are now at work on fulfilling the pledge: recording a reading from my novel-in-progress, "The Moon Wife." 

This brings us to our second stretch goal. Should we be so fortunate as to reach it, my next pledge is to read from "Rat and Blade," a new Bordertown novella I'm working on with Ellen Kushner.

Extra money from this second goal will purchase time to focus on tales in the Bordertown universe. Many of us involved with the series would like to create digital editions of the old anthologies, as well as to produce new stories -- but there's a lot of admin work involved in managing a multi-author series.

(For info on our third stretch goal, focused on The Armless Maiden and "healing tales," click the right-hand arrow above.)

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