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Dreaming Tree 27 Glastonbury Abbey2
                                                                              (Dreaming Tree: Glastonbury Abbey)

"In heroes, vitality is more important than virtue."

Sebastian Faulkes
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Dreaming Tree 30 Sacred Sisters
                                                                                                                  (Dreaming Tree: Sacred Sisters)

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Eleanor Roosevelt
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Dreaming Tree 4 Oak
                                                                                                                (Dreaming Tree: Victory Oak)

"I'm a great believer in having confidence in one's own creative process, allowing the stranger images that are surfacing to interact in their own way with the structure of the book one is holding in one's head."

Robert Holdstock

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Dreaming Tree 29 Guardian
                                                                                                                                                  (Dreaming Tree: Guardian)

"We go to Faerie because we can; we come back because we must.
What we see there becomes our tales."


Patricia McKillip
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Dreaming Tree 3 Hawthorn
                                                                                        (Dreaming Tree: Faerie Hawthorn)

"We cast spells to find our way into the unconscious mind, and the
imagination that lives there, because we know it's the only way to get
into a place where magic is made."


Susan Cooper
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Bluebell Wood


They say that bluebell woods are beloved of faerie-folk, which is why it's so dangerous to walk in them.

What is also dangerous is giving in to despair in our creative lives. Better to remind ourselves:

"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke." — Arthur Plotnik, The Elements of Editing
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Dreaming Tree 7 Frosty Stump
Dreaming Tree: Frosty Stump

"The true storyteller suffers the chaos and the madness, the nightmare - resolves it all, sees clearly and guides you surely through the fragmentation and the shifting world."
Ben Okri
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I'm a bit late with this for July, but I have a couple of quotes that are so pertinent to where I'm currently at with DancingNovel, that I simply had to post them, and what are quotes without trees?

Dreaming Tree: Guardian of the Stones
                                                                                                              Dreaming Tree: Guardian of the Stones

"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end."

Ursula K. Le Guin

"Fears are just revelations in shabby clothing."

Julie Berry in interview with Cynthia Leitch Smith

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                                                                                                            (Dreaming Tree: Bluebell Guardian)

"Amazing thing, fiction. Tells you more, sometimes, about the writer than the writer can tell you about himself in any memoir."
 
Lauren Goff, 'The Monsters of Templeton'

And because it's bluebell time of year, and because I'm just so wonderful and kind (of course!) here's a bonus picture:

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                                                                                                (Dreaming Tree: Springtime Horse Chestnut)

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."
                                                                                                                                    Toni Morrison

"One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment." *
                                                                                                                      Hart Crane


*especially appropriate for the weather we've had throughout April in the UK!

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                                                                     (Dreaming Tree: Ghost)

"The idea hovered and shimmered delicately, like a soap bubble, and she dared not even look at it directly in case it burst. But she was familiar with the way of ideas, and she let it shimmer, looking away, thinking about something else."

Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
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                                                                                    (Dreaming Tree: Faerie Dell)

"Our writing is haunted by those parts of our experience which we do not understand, or even consciously remember."
Susan Cooper
"Because words define what is real, and stories are the way we make sense of everything that happens in our lives."
Sarah Singleton
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(Dreaming Tree: Imbolc Sisters)
"I have come to understand there are no coincidences in writing; the information you need comes to you when you are ready to receive it."
Nancy Werlin
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(Dreaming Tree: Horse Chestnut)
"Imagination is the golden-eyed monster that never sleeps. It must be fed; it cannot be ignored. Making it tell the same tale over and over again makes it thin and whining; its scales begin to fall off; its fiery breath becomes a trickle of smoke. It is best fed by reality, an odd diet for something nonexistent; there are few details of daily life and its broad range of emotional context that can't be transformed into food for the imagination. It must be visited constantly, or else it begins to become restless and emit strange bellows at embarrassing moments; ignoring it only makes it grow larger and noisier. Content, it dreams awake, and spins the fabric of tales. There is really nothing to be done with such imagery except to use it: in writing, in art. Those who fear the imagination condemn it: something childish, they say, something monsterish, misbegotten. Not all of us dream awake. But those of us who do have no choice."

Patricia A. McKillip, The Faces of Fantasy: January

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