The Shadow Tomten Rides the Night-Warg

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This drawing was inspired by Harald Wiberg’s beautiful paintings in Astrid Lindgren’s Tomten book about a kindly tomten who looks after the animals and children during the long winter nights on a Scandinavian farm. The svart-alf, however, is of a different nature than the friendly tomten, he comes up from …

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The Gate of Apsu

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A dagger is like a distillation of a sword, a sword-seed, and therefore perfect for a wizard. Perhaps the world is not as it seems. The forces that hold things together may be uncertain, not as we imagine them. The fourth dimension, ancient time, might be filled with secrets— secrets …

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Hunker Down

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Sun rises over spruce ridged hills through morning mist, hummocks and trees cast long shadows. Leaves hold the light like lanterns or translucent hands, their veins showing. It’s been fire weather lately, my chimney trails a white plume, the Jøtul in my shop is back to work, and so am I. …

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Leaf Fall – Forging a Wizard’s Dagger

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The nights are cold again with frost spiking the windows and the darkness begins to come earlier. Apples hang ripe on gnarled trees, the wind carries the smell of wood smoke and change. The sun casts across the land at a low angle, it seems to be a deeper more …

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Imagining The Fantastic

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On the weekend of April twelfth, I left three feet of snow behind me, and traveled to Northern Michigan University. I was presenting at a conference about imagination and mythology called “Imagining the Fantastic 2”. Other presenters were writers M.T. Anderson, Holly Black, and Ari Berk, artist Charles Vess, actor …

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