No magic would save me unless I had the wit and heart and courage to use it widely.

Terri Windling, Faerie Godmother of the Mythic Arts, needs our help.

Here are some things you likely already know about Terri Windling: she’s a fantastic artist, creating captivating sketches, paintings, and collages of tree-people and rabbit-people and fairy tales and faerie creatures and more. She’s a distinguished editor, responsible for co-creating Bordertown, co-editing The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (with Ellen Datlow), and a great other fairy tale anthologies and novels besides. She’s the author of The Wood Wife and more, the mother of Endicott Studio, and a gracious, generous woman.

Here is something you don’t know: Terri Windling’s work helped save my life.

Terri Windling has been through some shit in her time, and she’s turned those experiences around into both overt and embedded outreach in her work. An especially potent example is an anthology entitled The Armless Maiden and Other Tales for Childhood’s Survivors. Reading that collection gave me the wherewithal to break down some walls, battle the monsters that plagued me beyond them, and emerge from my inner-labyrinth a stronger, more capable person. Terri Windling is one of those amazing creators, women and men I have never met, who have built this sword in my hands through stories of strength, grace, and survival.

I’m not the only one. She’s helped people professionally, of course, but I’ve also heard from no few others about how she’s helped them personally through her creative works and endeavors.

Now it’s our turn. To quote The Color of Angels, a fundraiser to benefit Terri Windling:

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?

A truly staggering number of Terri’s friends, colleagues, and fans have gotten together and put together a fundraiser of equally amazing proportions. This fundraiser already offers a custom poem by Jane Yolen, character-naming rights in Catherynne M. Valente‘s next Fairyland novel, a personalized story of how you survived the faerie apocalypse by Janni Lee Simner, an original painting by Brian Froud, an original handmade doll by Wendy Froud — I would go on, but the sheer wonderment of it all has made me quite dizzy.

The fundraiser is growing with every passing moment as more people flood in with offers of baked goods, signed books, fandom portraits, and more. In the days to come, auctions will go up from Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Amanda Palmer, Emma Bull, Alan Lee… Honestly, there’s just more awesome here than you can shake a stick at. Two sticks, even.

So, please, come down to the Goblin Market – come buy, come buy! Help Terri Windling, get yourself something beautiful or unique or delicious. If you can’t buy, offer something of your own.

Terri Windling is definitely a woman who deserves it.

We close now with a word from the auction’s mascot, namely Tilly (Terri’s beloved black labrador):

Note: The quote in the subject line reads, in full: “Fairy tales were not my escape from reality as a child; rather, they were my reality — for mine was a world in which good and evil were not abstract concepts, and like fairy-tale heroines, no magic would save me unless I had the wit and heart and courage to use it widely.” From Terri Windling’s essay, “Surviving Childhood” in The Armless Maiden: And Other Tales for Childhood’s Survivors.

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