Hello! I’m Jane Valencia, a bardic harper, magical naturalist, herbalist, and writer/illustrator. A bardic harper is a performer who loves to share tales, poetry, music, wise ideas, and anything else they think of that might bring the magic of the world alive for the listeners, by way of my harp. A magical naturalist is someone who discovers the wondrous that exists all around us — in the natural world and in ourselves — and strives to learn their secrets.
When I was a kid I wanted nothing more than to make magic real. 40 years later I’ve come to realize that I don’t have to do anything to make magic real, just experience and celebrate it. Our life is full of magic! And that’s why I do what I do–which is a lot of different things! Writing, storytelling, creating art, playing with herbs and making medicine from them, learning bird language, looking for the stories told in animal tracks, sharing magical nature adventure, and so much more are all opportunities for us to experience the wonder that’s always surrounds us. The magic of life is what makes us real.
FoxTales is a blog written by me, but you’ll also hear from foxes, kids, chickens, teapots, and other extraordinary and mythic creatures that appear in books I’ve written or am writing or in stories I tell. You’ll hear about my writing (and publishing!) process too, as well as my own magical naturalist adventures. My hope is that you’ll be inspired to create your own stories, if you don’t already, to deepen your own wondrous connection with nature, and to live your unique magic, all of which I’m sure you do already!
Are you ready to become a magical naturalist? In the FoxTales blog you’ll also discover just what a magical naturalist is, and how you can hone your skills, should you choose to do so!
See you in Forest Halls!