For me, it’s a mini-world in which self-invention is ongoing. It’s a little like having fairies at the bottom of your garden. Ask them a question, they help you out. Start a game with them, they play inventively. They like jokes and are often mischievous. Sometimes they tease. They have faces that are beautiful or weird, or faces of cats, birds, masks, plants… elementals. Once in a while you get a goblin, but what else can you expect?
– Margaret Atwood on her Twitter fable. Her anecdote appears in The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry.
Photo of the Radical Faeries fest from Project Q Atlanta.