Jan. 7th, 2015

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In the spirit of Jane Yolen, who is responsible for my title quote, I'm dropping by to share this wonderful article by Terri Windling, whose wonderful blog, Myth & Moor, is well worth following, if you don't already.

So much of this wonderful article spoke to me, and I'm sure it will to many others. For me, today (because I'll likely be a different version of me tomorrow, so other parts of the piece might speak louder instead), these two things hit a note:

"The mark of maturing, as an artist and as a person, is to stop looking at ourselves from the outside in; to settle, instead, deep within our own psyche, our body, our individuality. To look at the world from the inside out, nested deep inside the deeply-imperfect beauty of the person (and thus the artist) that we are."

and

"We're responsible for the gifts we've been given; we're responsible for what we put out into the world; and for being the artists who we actually are -- not the ones we somehow think we ought to be. And not the one someone else wants us to be."

There's so much more inspirational food for thought, and comfort food for the soul in the article, so please do take a look, if you have five minutes to spare.

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