Over the weekend, one of my favorite and one of the most delightful writers of YA fantasy passed away, Diana Wynne Jones. She was of course the author of Howl’s Moving Castle, which became quite famous after the production of the Ghibli film of the same name, but her wealth of other literature was equally amazing. Her close friend and fellow author, Neil Gaiman, has written a lovely blog entry about her passing and their magical relationship.
Even though I came rather late to Diana’s fantasy party after seeing Howl, I still loved her books once read, and look very forward to sharing them with my future students and children. I was of course inspired by the movie to make several of Sophie’s dresses, and always intended to make a dress more in the style of Diana’s description from the book, Sophie of the red-gold hair and drab grey dress. Maybe this will be the year to do it, in her honor.
Thank you for your worlds and words of magic, Diana Wynne Jones! You have been so inspiring. Enjoy walking over rooftops.