Monday, June 13, 2011


Today's mythic creature set? -Elves-

1. (in folklore) one of a class of preternatural beings, especially from mountainous regions, with magical powers, given to capricious and often mischievous interference in human affairs, and usually imagined to be a diminutive being in human form; sprite; fairy.
2. a diminutive person, especially a child.
3. a mischievous person, especially a child
     Elves have always been the old stand by for magic creatures.Akin to fairies and leprechons, gnomes and nymphs. Heavily used in advertising and "modern myth" Snap, Krackle, Pop, Santa's helpers, the Keeblers, etc.
     I however prefer the more Tolkeinesque imagery. Tall, slender, beautiful creatures with bows, arrows, fey magic, elvish language, and flowing locks of hair. My mind rejects the short cutesy little bastards on cereal boxes. Call them hob-goblins, gnomes, faeries, dwarves, or leprechons if you will but leave me my elegant elves. I just can't stand the mental image of  such contrast! Beautiful spiritual creatures....making cookies in a tree. I smell discord....and SMOKE (it would catch on fire people.)
     In my head the elves are all Tolkein's variety, braided hair, long bows, and lean grace. Can YOU see that working out well in a North Pole Workshop? Me neither. I love elvish mythology. From the lifestyle and habits, the stories, to the fictional language "elvish." And who wouldn't prefer this
(artwork on left by me. on right, credit and other goblydeegook goes to keebler and shit)
to this          

Update on Vampire Post

Who's reading to battle some bloodsucking night crawlers!?   This chick!
(A little midnight spur of the moment Arts and Crafts project I did.)

Sunday, June 12, 2011


This week, i will make a post every day (hopefully). Each post will be about a different mythological/ fantasy creature. Opinion, definition, artwork by me, etc. The first will be,
The Vampire:


1. a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
2. (in Eastern European folklore) a corpse, animated by an undeparted soul or demon, that periodically leaves the grave and disturbs the living, until it is exhumed and impaled or burned.
3. a person who preys ruthlessly upon others; extortionist.
4. a woman who unscrupulously exploits, ruins, or degrades the men she seduces.
5. an actress noted for her roles as an unscrupulous seductress: the vampires of the silent movies. "
Vampires have always been part of the human Psyche. And vampires change as humans do.
     In medieval times, what, besides plague, was a great societal fear? Supernatural phenomenon. If you did this you will become a vampire after death, do bad things and a demon will turn you into a werewolf, bad luck lately?witch must be cursing you! In the original vampire myths
You were cursed, or damned and rose from the dead to feed. You couldn't make someone else a vampire. Now? EVERYTHING IS ABOUT BITING. (nomnomnom). its the only way to become a vamp. Fears have changed and with them, myth. People were afraid of witches, and demons, and hell, and long legged beasties, so logically demons and curses and sinning made you a vamp. Now, people are afraid of viruses ...and having their personal space breached and ...being bitten apparently -shrug-
(grrrrrr) better get out  ye old holy water

Monday, June 6, 2011


HI! I'm Anna, welcome to Mind Over Madness.
     As my first post, i want to simply outline my plan for this blog. Mostly, you will be reading whatever comes to my strange little mind while i sit at this large glowing box of magic. 
 Deal with it.
     BUT, I will try to make sense -sometimes.I will also try to complete every post with a picture( except this one)...some posts will, granted, BE pictures, but such is life. I will entertain, inform, demand, question, plea, argue, and philosophy with you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ravings of a semi delusional lunatic. (*whispers*-Sometimes she will post short stories.) Its mind over madness people. OH! and one last thing- i will try to formulate a question at the end of each post. If you want to send an answer my way( PLEASE!?) add an asterisk (*) before and after the response, just like the question:        

*people...I have spent a lot of time seeing shapes in clouds....but what shapes do you think they see in us?*