I’m back in that place I was in when I first moved to Wisconsin where I’m more-than-a-bit angry with recent past events, spend a great deal of my time reading–which isn’t a bad thing, but I always end up re-reading the same fanfics over and over (specifically A Farm in Iowa, Chocolatey Goodness, and Domestic Piranhas), which is also Not A Bad Thing–and spending the rest of my time rearranging/cleaning/organizing my environment to try and sort out my own head-space.
And to fill in the holes that were made by what’s made me angry.
…I suppose it’s better than when I was really angry while I was still employed and was obsessively watching Sherlock fanvids. And not the happy, fun ones; the ones that involved the end of Series 2. <–This is me trying to be not-spoilery.
It really is quite the THING.
So, anyway, aside from the dramatic whining (’cause I can totally pull of a turbo-sulk when I want to), I’ve been working more on the spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement series.
the Mirror is, again, a Snow White piece. For some reason, the Queen was really in my head for this part of the series. *shrugs* I’ve always been interested in the way that the Mirror is personified (and in Snow White and the Huntsman, which I haven’t seen yet, is anthropomorphized). In my favorite version of Snow White with Diana Rig as the Queen, the Mirror actually has three faces and is kinda a dick, yet I like the idea of the Mirror as something almost Dorian Grey in its manifestation: it appears as corrupted as its Queen.
the Queen’s spell-strings plays with the portrayals of the Queen from Snow White (any version) as a witch and how, in some types of witchcraft, spellwork can be integrated into knotted strings. In this instance, the darkness that the Queen wants to bring to Snow White situated amongst the light Snow White believes she is living in. There are bits and pieces integrated into the “spell-strings” that reference particular parts of the fairytale: the raven that is one of the sacred birds that watches over Snow White while she is not-dead, raw metals that reference Snow White’s protectors, Snow White’s name to make the spell reference her specifically, and an Asian-themed bit of cinnabar that references when the Queen tries to kill Snow White with a poisoned comb.
Jorinda was turned into a bird. She was caged and sung to be released. Joringle, who is always elsewhere, has forgotten about her again–or, at least, he had forgotten about her in the one I remember from when I was small; forgot about Jorinda until she sang to him–in an Snow Queen-esque moment of mental manipulation.
Jorinda and Joringle always seemed like cardboard hero and heroine; hence, Jorinda’s depiction as a bird made of abaca and embroidery–’cause, can a fairytale get more “subjugation of women” than caging the female character in a bird-cage–without the William Burroughs‘ references.
cthulloid treasure is a riff on The Little Mermaid but with a distinctly Lovecraftian bent cross-bred with folklore about ningyo (i.e., Japanese mermaids). Yet, as often happens with me and my inspiration, I am draw to the portrayal of ningyo from popular culture sources: namely, The Mermaid Saga, a Japanese anime and manga series. In The Mermaid Saga, eating mermaid flesh can provide longevity, or it can turn the person that consumes it into a monster.
Monster-hood is more common than immortality.
Combine this idea with a kind of Lovecraftian (or, in reality, Syrian) Mistress of the Deep (She Who Swims in Darkness or some such thing), and you have the inspiration for cthulloid treasure: something mysterious, grotesque, and from another world of understanding with
spray paint golden scales that shine like the sun.
Really, what does it look like.
Think about it.
Embrace your inner-12-year-old boy.
*insert the Jeopardy theme song here*
A vagina dentata but woven on a circle loom. Really, given what is always sub-textually present in fairytales and what modern fairytale writers have done with that sub-text, it was bound to happen in this series.
I swear I wasn’t really trying to be snotty with that last description, but it really is what it looks like and that’s how it ended up as part of this series and not something else.
What can I say? I’m a sick, twisted deviant on occasion.