Saturday, February 28, 2015
So Mythic March hasn't even quite officially begun, but I have a great project to share with you all that won't wait.
My friend and extremely talented writer, C.S.E. Cooney has started an Indiegogo campaign for a new project that hits all the marks. It's creative, it's unique, it's mythic, and it's definitely interstitial.
I'll let her describe it to you.
Basically, Brimstone Rhine has two EPs worth of music. The first is called Alecto! Alecto!, eight songs about women of Greek myth and legend as you've never heard them sung. Medea, Medusa, Alecto, Dido, Lysistrata, Calypso, Scylla and Circe: they're all there, each bright-lit under the spotlight she always deserved. Every song assumes its own musical genre, including blues, calypso, rock, waltz, lit-hop, and cabaret.
The second EP is called The Headless Bride. This is a darker journey into carnival-noir-weirdo territory. These eight songs lean hard toward rock and even (gasp!) go a bit METAL at times. But we also have a creepy trad folk tune about a ghost (you know, the eponymous "Headless Bride" herself), and a few more waltzes about beautiful monsters who like to eat people. Oh, and there's a nautical dirge. I call it "Kenning Song, or The Barrow Brine." Get it? Ha! Oh, also there's a VERY naughty nursery rhyme!
Sounds pretty amazing to me! I have her book of poetry, and loved every poem in it, so I can't wait to hear what she comes up with for these albums. She also is part of a group of women who perform songs at various conventions and events. They are known as the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours. How's that for a name? Love it! Point being, she is no new hand at writing songs and performing them either.
It's a great fun project to support, and I hope you consider chipping in whatever amount you can toward her goal!
Click here to view her Indiegogo page and watch her video explaining the project.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
|By Amanda Clark Link|
Oh my dear loveys, I have missed talking to you all. I've been lost in snowblindness, going through a dark night of the soul this winter season. I've been quiet here, but I've been busy with Faerie Magazine, creating some stories I'm quite proud of in the Winter 2014 and Spring 2015 issues (which you really should obtain, through a subscription or by going to Barnes & Noble). But this blog has been quiet. So quiet. Too quiet. In fact, it has been so quiet here, I almost forgot my favorite blog event of the year is coming up in just THREE DAYS. Just this morning it dawned on me that it's about to be time for MYTHIC MARCH to come around again on Domythic Bliss. And I was elated to remember. It was like remembering a birthday party will be held for you just days from now, with tea and scones and cake and flowers and presents.
Mythic March, for those who may not be familiar, is in its third year this year. It started when my friend Lisa Stock and I were lamenting how awkwardly timed the National Novel Writing Month of November is...since November is an extremely busy time in both of our lives, during which it is nearly impossible to schedule a massive endeavor such as writing a 50k word novel. We agreed that spring was a marvelous time to break out into new projects, and Mythic March was born.
Now, I don't know about any of you, but it seems to me that I especially need Mythic March this year. This winter has been a terrible one in Ohio (and even more so for my dear Boston friends for whom I am sending a sympathetic hug). I've felt extremely depressed and anxious, fixated on every little small thing (and large thing) that is wrong with my lovely home where I've been trapped for the last four months or so. The days have been so cold that I've wanted nothing more than to huddle under a blanket on the couch watching Netflix and drinking tea, and yet some part of me has been furious with myself for not creating much of anything or doing anything worth noting for that time.
Spring is on its way. Tomorrow night's low is forecast to be -10 here, but the days are getting longer, and more kinds of bird song are in the air each morning. By the end of Mythic March, the world will look quite different than it does now, and new creations are a marvelous way to mark this beginning. Our modern society has far too few rituals to celebrate changes in life and in season. This is one that I feel I am trying to create, both in my own life and for all of you.
So please join me. Spend Mythic March resolving to create something. Make a playlist of songs that inspire you to dance. Write a ritual to celebrate the end of the bitter cold weather. Write a story, draw a picture, create a collage, invite friends over and make a fruit pie...the point is not what you do, necessarily, but just that it is done with a spirit of imagination and an eye toward new beginnings.
And when you have started working, please come back here (or to the Facebook group) and share your progress. I promise I'll be elated to hear from you no matter what you're doing!