Today is a momentous occasion....Domythic Bliss is exactly one year old! In some ways it's hard to believe it has already been a year. In other ways, I can't believe we haven't been sharing together for far longer!
I feel incredibly blessed to have received such a wonderful response in the last year to this blog. I could go on and on about the warm welcome and sense of community I have received, but I think I've already done so in other posts, so I'll share a few Domythic cakes with you instead!
To help celebrate our first year together, celebrating the Mythic Arts and their role in our daily lives and surroundings, I've asked a few special guests to share their thoughts....
Domythic Bliss is a beautiful site, and has brought together a lot of artists and writers (both living and dead) that I love very much. Including you.
- Delia Sherman (Mythic fiction author whose novel The Freedom Maze is coming soon from Candlewick Press)
So often the dramatic that attracts our attention is of the dark, the obscene, the bleak, or the sensational variety. If the whole world's a stage, it seems mostly to be stuck in the Jacobean mode, or maybe in Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol: big, splashy, sordid, with plenty of screeching and a high body count. The media pounds us with ugliness. And, to be honest, there's plenty of ugliness to pound with.
But there is beauty here too, though it can seem elusive. I would say "beauty enough to combat the horror," but the kind of beauty I mean doesn't need a martial metaphor. It is more invasive, more insinuating, more subtle than that. It is the kind of beauty that illuminates you like sunlight, or draws you through a doorway into possibility, into starlight or the heart of a lily. Drama rages in this kind of beauty: fire and winter, wings and sly things, in the urgent act of creating, most painstakingly, pockets of reckless gorgeousness and banquets for the senses to revel in.
Domythic Bliss is one such doorway to beauty. It is a rabbit hole to Wonderland, a star chart to Neverland, and the white hart that leads you into Fairyland. I think its readers will emerge from the images and insights it offers with a sense of astonished enchantment, pervaded by beauty, and galvanized to scatter their own small splendors like breadcrumbs for the rest of us to follow.
- C.S.E. Cooney (Mythic fiction author and poet)
Domythic Bliss is always visually appealing. Add in the added bonus of varied and interesting content delivered in a likeable voice...well. really. What's not to like? Here's to many more years!
- Charles de Lint (World Fantasy Award-Winning Mythic Fiction author whose new book comes out in March)
I and my husband, Charles de Lint thank Grace Nuth for giving us a year of beauty through her Domythic Bliss site. She has shown us places, art and gorgeous a way of living that is truly something to strive for. Through Domythic Bliss, magic graces our screens and we feel inspired by all that Grace and her readers share with us. It's a great big circle of deliciousness that nourishes the spirit. Thank you, Grace, and congratulations! The world is a far better place with Domythic Bliss in it.
- MaryAnn Harris (artist, musician, lovely wife of Charles de Lint)
How can you not love a blog devoted to finding -- and creating -- moments of beauty and enchantment in the everyday world? Grace Nuth looks at the world with a true artist's eye, and with a wonder that comes through in every post on this charming, inspiring blog.
- Carolyn Turgeon (whose new book comes out in August!)
I have long thought of myths and fairy tales as maps—as collections of images, angles, and marvels that if arranged properly, might lead us home, or help us make a home anyplace we find ourselves. I feel the same way when I look at Grace Nuth's blog, Domythic Bliss, where she assembles and presents such excellent variations of wondrous things with generosity, good humor, and delight.
- Ari Berk (Professor of folklore and mythology, and author of NIGHTSONG and The Undertaken Trilogy. His new book comes out in February!)