Saturday, August 19, 2006

What Was I Thinking?

Inside my juvenalia folder, I found this drawing of a mermaid sitting on top of a sphere with accompanying snake:



It's dated 1988, and I am guessing I drew the picture around the time I had read Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Firebrand. As books went, it was pretty bad, but this retelling of the Trojan war through the viewpoints of The Women impressed me almost as much as Mists of Avalon. As E.A. Solinas wrote in her Amazon.com review, "With its use of sketchy characterization, blatant hyperfeminism, and constant fast-and-loose playing with both history and myth, [Firebrand] flops like a heavily decayed fish." (I have to laugh. She's right-- but I had fun reading it anyway.)

I am guessing that I drew the picture for a story in my head. I don't remember the story, but it probably had something to do with "mermaid vampires." What is it about certain girls' fascination with vampires? Were lot of those girls drawn to unicorns when they were younger? Maybe I have a thesis in the works somewhere...

8 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Oh dear, Sigmund Freud would have had a field day with this revealing evidence of your "interesting" inner psyche.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Yeah, YP, but I'm hoping for something more than the obvious. Or is it futile, and all of our individuality really does come down to fingerprints? Bleck. I'd like to sic a mermaid vampire on old Sigmund.

Lone Star Ma said...

Is there anyone in polite history it would have sucked more to be than Anna Freud? And yet, I do believe that pretty much all American girls go through either a horse or unicorn stage somewhat prior to menarche. We of the unicorn persuasion are pretty easy to identify.

I liked Firebrand. I know that the LSG is going devour it when I let her. Her appetite for twisted Greek mythology lives on.

Nonny said...

Mermaid Vampires! Now that's an idea you should run with. I would totally read a book about mermaid vampires.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

"Mermaid Vampires" by Alkelda Gleeful.
Once upon a time...

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Mermaid Vampires? Are you kidding? That is so 1988! I'm a grown-up, now, and I have advanced since then. I'm all about mermaid vampire pirates, people.

Once upon a time, there was a mermaid. She was a vampire. She was also a pirate.

Okay, now what?

Lady K said...

AWESOME! You have TRULY inspired me to bring down my "keepsake box," which just so happens to be a 40-year-old Washington Apple cardboard box. Now that I've got a scanner, the possibilities are endless. BLESS you!

Phil said...

Clearly you should be aiming for mermaid vampire unicorn ponies as the ultimate confluence. (They could be pirates as well if you want.)