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November 23, 2006


Kim often writes books I wish I'd written, but I'm more than happy to be able to sit back and simply absorb them instead. She was the author of one of my all time favourite novels, Coyote Cowgirl. Now, with The Church of Old Mermaids, she's the author of two. The book is brilliant, but what I like best about it is what Terri decribed above: it invites the reader to become a partipant. Not in some odd sf convention/let's dress up as characters way, but in a manner that can have a real, positive and broader impact on the participant's life and the world around him or her. We all need to find the mermaid inside us and remember the old sea from which we came.
Thank you, Kim, for bringing such honest beauty into our lives.
And this book *so* needs to find a publisher.

I absolutely love the title "Church of the Old Mermaids." I just wish I had time to read all about it. New Year's Greetings from the land of enlightenment (BodhGaya, India) and HH the Karmapa's teachings!

Joanna led me to Kim and right on into the COTOM where I felt an immediate flash of recognition and comfort - and a memory of the women of the sea who swam in Avalon Bay when I was growing up. I just knew they were real! And they were!

My wandering through the 'Net currents drew me to Endicott on a quest for the Remedios Varo painting "Desire." My favorite childbood story was the original, not disney-ized, The Little Mermaid.
I love the idea of the old mermaids creating beauty out of loss and at hand objects.

This is so interesting. I had no idea there was another book about "old mermaids" out. My novel "The Old Mermaid's Tale" was just recently published and I have been trying to find it on various book sites and came across your blog. I hope this book does very well.

Best wishes.

Thank you so much for the kind words. Church of the Old Mermaids is now available to everyone here:

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  • The Journal of Mythic Arts was a pioneering online magazine dedicated to Mythic Arts: literary, visual, and performance arts inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Published by The Endicott Studio, co-edited by Terri Windling & Midori Snyder, JoMA ran from 1997 to 2008.

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