When I heard about a benefit to help Terri Windling, my first reaction was how sorry I am that I’m not currently in a position to bid on anything or help in any way. A split second later, I realized how irritating and wrong that attitude is — while I may be short on funds, I can certainly help in my own way. I have a voice, I have a web space, I have visitors who may be interested in participating.
I admire her work. Her art is both whimsical and moving. If I see a book with her name on it, I don’t have to think twice. I want it. Through anthologies she’s edited with Ellen Datlow, I have repeatedly discovered new-to-me authors that I’ve grown to love (and, really, what better gift is there than that?) Artists give us so much and often receive little in return monetarily speaking. When we hear of someone in need, we must all boost the signal if we can. I hope you’ll post the link on your own blogs or facebook or whatever.
From the magick4Terri page:
Magick 4 Terri is a fundraiser to benefit writer, artist and editor Terri Windling. There will be auctions featuring personal contributions of fine artwork, signed books, naming rights, and other surprises from artists and authors like Charles Vess, Wendy Froud, George R. R. Martin, and many more. Equally important, other fans and friends (hopefully you!) can and will be offering their own magical creations – tea cozies, personal stories, handmade jewelry, and other wonderful items.
Beloved editor, artist and writer Terri Windling is in need, and we are asking for your help in a fundraising auction to assist her. This auction will combine donations from professionals and fans in an online sale to help Terri through a serious financial crisis.
Terri is the creator of groundbreaking fantasy and mythic art and literature over the past several decades, ranging from the influential urban fantasy series Bordertown to the online Journal of Mythic Arts. With co-editor Ellen Datlow, she changed the face of contemporary short fiction with The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and other award-winning anthologies, including Silver Birch, Blood Moon and The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest. Her remarkable Endicott Studio blog continues to bring music, poetry, art and inspiration to people all over the world.
Terri Windling and her family have been coping with health and legal issues that have drained her financial resources at a critical time. Due to the serious nature of these issues, and privacy concerns for individual family members, we can’t be more specific than that, but Terri is in need of our support. As a friend, a colleague and an inspiration, Terri has touched many, many lives over the years. She has been supremely generous in donating her own work and art to support friends and colleagues in crisis. Now, Terri is in need of some serious help from her community. Who better than her colleagues and fans to rise up to make some magick for her?
THE AUCTIONS OPEN AT 10 A.M. PST ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH, 2011