Dance of Art and Story

Art inspires me. It’s part of the  reason I manage to write at all some weeks. Take last week. After many false starts, I came to Saturday and didn’t know what I was gong to write in this blog or in my story. I found a piece of art I wanted to use. (Sometimes I…

Wrestling with Monsters

I’m attracted to monsters when I do art, to people struggling against larger forces. But when I write I avoid the monstrous. I slash my eyes away from anything that is horrific and scary. I love reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden series, which is all about hard choices and monsters. In fact, if you looked through…

Happy Passover!

Happy Passover! This is a picture of Jonah being eaten by the Whale from a 15th century Haggadah called the Ryland Haggadah after the name of the library that owns it. The kind of word picture is called micrography and this Haggadah is filled with them as well as the more familiar sorts of illuminations…