* First and foremost: the Spring 2011 issue of Goblin Fruit, marking the 5th Anniversary of this fabulous journal of mythic poetry. Full of wonders, art, audio, mischief, and an anniversary prize giveaway.
* Scottish poet Liz Lochhead discusses why she became a writer and not a painter in a video interview from the Off the Page program, and reflects on the similarities and differences between the two disciplines. (If you're unfamiliar with her work, try her collection Dreaming Frankenstein, which contains a number of fine fairy-tale-inspired poems and one of the best takes on "Tam Lin" I've yet read.)
* Gwenda Bond discusses YA dystopian fiction in an article for "Dystopia Week" at Tor.com. (Ellen Datlow and I are in the final stage of editing a YA anthology of dystopian short stories for Disney's Hyperion, so I have a keen interest in this subject right now.)
* Theodora Goss discuses vampires in folklore and literature on the Realms of Fantasy site. (Since my last anthology with Ellen focused on vampires, I admit to a personal interest in this subject too!)
* For those who like to keep up on publishing news: an overview of the recent Bologna Book Fair at the Publishers Weekly site.
* Fans of the "On Your Desk" photo series might like to see the writing offices profiled at The Write Place, The Write Time. Kat Howard (whose story I recommended last week) is one of the featured authors. (via Gwenda Bond)
* There's now a podcast of Delia Sherman's magical tale for young readers, "The Wizard's Apprentice," at Podcastle. Delia's story, a contemporary fantasy about an unlikely wizard in the wilds of Maine, was originally published in Troll's Eye View. The tale is read by Peter Wood.
* We finally meet the magician John Barleycorn in the comics pages posted at the JB blog. I love seeing rough sketches like this, which give a real sense of comic artists' creative process.
* Stephanie Levy discuses blogging, fear, managing time, and more with illustrator Hollie Chastain at Artists Who Blog. There are lots of other good interviews here too, if you don't already know this lovely site.
* Nomi, an artist and aerialist in Oxfordshire, discusses museums, magic, and mutual friends over at her charming blog, Air and Parchment.
* Danielle Barlow has an exhibition up right now at the Courtyard Cafe here in Chagford, called "Trickster and Totems." If you can't come to see this wonderful show in person, follow the link to see photographs on her Notes from the Rookery blog.
* The Westcountry Folklore blog continues to be an excellent resource for the folk tales, customs, celebrations, games, rhymes, blessings, curses, medicines, and animal/bird/plant lore indiginous to the West Country: the region of England we live in here, comprised of Somerset, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall. The WCF blog is run by artist & folklorist Thomas Hine, who lives just a few doors down from us.
* As much as I'm a country-girl these days, I came of age (artistically speaking) in New York City, I still work daily for the New York publishing industry, and I still feel like a New Yorker at heart -- a happily transplanted New Yorker, but a New Yorker nonetheless. So even though I've no real desire to leave our enchanted hillside here in Devon during this loveliest of seasons, I have to admit this timelapse video by Mindrelic (on Vimeo) left the city-girl inside me feeling just a wee bit homesick. I love the lights of the city captured on the video especially.
And speaking of light....
* My final recommendation today comes, once again, from the Ted Talks series: the Dutch "lighting architect" Rogier van der Heide looking at buildings from around the world and discussing why light needs the darkness. It's interesting how much of this applies, in the metaphorical sense, to the storytelling process too.
Have a good weekend.