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Walking

Posted in Writers with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2012 by Mj Rains

On a lazy Saturday morning when you’re lying in bed, drifting in and out of sleep, there is a space where fantasy and reality become one. Are you awake, or are you dreaming? You see people and things; some are familiar; some are strange. You talk, you feel, but you move without walking; you fly without wings. Your mind and your body exist, but on separate planes. Time stands still. For me, this is the feeling I have when ideas come. ~ Lynn Johnston

 

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Spring Fantasy….

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by Mj Rains

Feeling the fresh air of spring….and inspired by the fantasy art of James Browne

The Wit Continuum will be taking a Spring Break for the week…see you on the other side…

Teen books: Tithe and Ironside

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by Mj Rains

Holly Black does a great job with these two…I was fascinated from the beginning.  I love stories that are fantasy, but yet have the reality of our current modern world as home-base for the characters.  The characters were edgy and very human….even if one ended up being a fairy!   I want faery wings!!!!!

The Story of Demeter and Persephone

Posted in Tales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by Mj Rains

The maiden, Persephone, daughter of the Earth Goddess, Demeter, is out picking flowers in a meadow when the earth opens up and out charges Hades, God of the Underworld.  He scoops Persephone up, and the Lord of the Dead (not the devil or Satan mind you) plunges back down into the Underworld.  When Persephone is late, Demeter goes out searching but can find her lovely daughter nowhere.  Demeter, the great Goddess of grain, harvest, and fertility lights a torch and scours the earth into the night. After nine futile days of searching, she comes across an old lady, the quintessential Hecate, a crone of great knowledge of the earth and its going-ons (the harbinger of bad news and good) and the Goddess of the dark moon, the crossroads of life.  She explains to Demeter that Persephone has been abducted.

Demeter grows full of rage and gives up her divine earthly duties, allowing the crops to dry up and wither, the earth to become a cold wasteland.  She disguises herself as and old woman and travels to the town of Eleusis where she wallows in despair.  Zeus, the great God, notices this and tries to talk some sense into Demeter.  Hades will make a nice son-in-law, he says.  She needs to lighten up and let the crops grow.  Demeter will not budge.

The earth becomes so desolate and wasted Zeus has no choice but to consult with his dark brother of the underworld and orders Hades to give up Persephone.  Persephone prepares to leave, but Hades loves her and does not want to give her up completely. They have one last meal together, and the Lord of the Dead slips some enchanted pomegranate seeds into Persephone’s food.  She swallows the seeds, which ensures her return to Hades domain for a third of each year.

Persephone and her mother are reunited on the first day of Spring.  Demeter can sense some changes in her young daughter.  Demeter is not happy when she learns about the pomegranate seeds, but Persephone insists she did not know and that she does not mind in any case to go back to see Hades.  Demeter stops her mourning and allows the earth to flourish again. After all, her daughter is back. Not the same innocent girl who picked flowers without a care in the world, but a woman transfigured by her experience.

This is my favorite mythological story about a mother and daughter reunion, about a daughter’s growth and change, about the seasons of the earth as they were formed by the mythic gods.

Story is inspired by an excerpt of Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd

Images:
Persephone by Blackeri
Hades and Persephone by Sandara

“Clash” this Weekend

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by Mj Rains

So we took in Clash of the Titan this weekend, the 2010 remake of that 1981 cult classic, although I can hardly call this one a remake.  It had quite a bit of originality in the script to make it stand on its own.  Of course, you have to like a lot of “clash”ing for there are a tremendous amount of battle scenes.  Perseus, played by Sam Worthington (Avatar), does well as the young hero, a demi-god, who rejects this new found knowledge and decides to win this battle as a mere mortal man.  The movies does follow the original premise, the journey to the Three Blind Witches who prophesy, the visit into the depths of hell across the river Styx to visit Medusa (my favorite part) and see if she donate her deadly head to the cause.  This scene could have been, dare I say it, a little bit longer, with a bit more prolonged suspense before Perseus achieves his goal…or perhaps because I knew the story it wasn’t as scary to me as I would have liked.  In any case, it was two hours of non-stop entertainment.

Thumbs up from the entire Continuum family, including one teen who did not even want to see it.  That says something I think.   If I could critique one thing that the writers changed that us women will miss is the lack of  love story…Perseus doesn’t even know who Andromeda is before going on this quest to save her; instead he agrees to seek revenge…This I missed…the quest to save one’s love…the root of all heroic classic adventure tales. (some may argue that Io fits the bill here for the romance, but it wasn’t quite the same).

The movie leaves a grand opening for future flicks, a series in thought, but I don’t see this happening.  Hades will be back…but I don’t think we were scared enough to care.  But this one is worth a look if you are into action/adventure/heroic battle fantasy.

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