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
"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
"Amazing thing, fiction. Tells you more, sometimes, about the writer than the writer can tell you about himself in any memoir."
And because it's bluebell time of year, and because I'm just so wonderful and kind (of course!) here's a bonus picture:
(Dreaming Tree: Springtime Horse Chestnut)
"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." *
*especially appropriate for the weather we've had throughout April in the UK!
(Dreaming Tree: Horse Chestnut)
Patricia A. McKillip, The Faces of Fantasy: January