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The synthetic dream foundation [05 Sep 2010|01:16am]

THE SYNTHETIC DREAM FOUNDATION "they who breathe darkness"

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Mythical records --- Odyssey of rapture [16 Nov 2008|09:53pm]


Mythical records, is now taking pre-orders for their new compilation "Odyssey of Rapture" vol. 1. The album includes dark ambient and gothic neo-classical compositions by Abandoned Toys, Library Tapes, The synthetic dream foundation, Hannah Fury, Samantha Bouquin, and many more great composers/artists. The official release date is Dec. 10th 2008. The full track list includes:

1. David Reyes "The magic woods"
2. Library Tapes "The rivers turned to cobblestone"
3. Abandoned Toys "An expanding tremble"
4. Ephemeral Mists "A pale slumber"
5. Phanatos "Voyage (quest for the shores of aphrodite)"
6. Aranis "Vala"
7. The new pollutants "Kidnap theme"
8. Hana (Jeff Greinke & Anisa Romero) "Hide"
9. Michel Avannier "La rencontre"
10. The synthetic dream foundation w/ Hannah Fury "Trapeze"
11. MePhI "Crystal night"
12. Aonua "Spirit of the deep"
13. Fiona Joy Hawkins "Contemplating"
14. Samantha Bouquin "Tale for a sunken moon"
15. Scythelence "Transparent eyelids"
16. Enigma de Ultratumba "To my unrest"
17. Samanta Ray & Pete Ardron "Interuterion 3"
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[27 Oct 2008|07:18pm]

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New online magazine now accepting writing/art submissions! [18 Sep 2008|08:50pm]


an online magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy with a twist

Crossed Genres is a new online magazine inspired by an altered version of the Genre Challenge (genrechallenge).

Every month, Crossed Genres posts a new genre. Writers and artists have one month to submit stories and art that combine the chosen genre with some aspect of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy. All submissions are considered for publication (read the submission guidelines.) Crossed Genres will also contain interviews, and articles about the current genre, SF/F in general and the craft and business of writing. The Magazine is free! Please sign up to get the mailing list!

We also have a growing list of writer-related links (suggest a new one!), forums discussing all aspects of writing, and more!

So please visit the website, and sign up for the mailing list! The first genre has been posted and is accepting submissions for Issue #1, to be released December 1. Please consider making a submission!
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[14 Sep 2008|11:21am]

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[11 Sep 2008|11:41am]

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Invitation to submit art to a new webzine! [03 Jul 2008|01:49pm]

Hi everyone, I invite all the artists in this community, and anyone else you may know, to submit artwork or writing to our new literary/artistic/cultural/nature and travel writing/scientific webzine Chaos Theory! (name may be changed to Synchronized Chaos to more accurately reflect our interdisciplinary focus.)

Information on Chaos Theory and how to submit, from the Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20763137372&ref=mf :

This is all of our new brainchild, an art/cultural/literary/scientific/social commentary/essay webzine tentatively called "Chaos Theory" (referring to some kind of not-obviously-apparent logic that emerges spontaneously from randomnity, basically a fun way to have a theme without having a theme.)

Sort of a way to help the aspiring artists we constantly meet to get their names out there and spotlight some excellent work which should have an audience but the artists don't want to go through the publication process. And to give people committed to worthwhile causes a way to speak out or to use their personal experiences to educate others.

Everyone's invited to submit (and everything should be accepted, unless it's obscene or hateful). If you are interested please send a submission via email anytime this summer. We're working towards setting up a regular editing board and designating people to handle certain kinds of submissions, but for now you may use my email, cedeptula@sbcglobal.net

I know some people who can help with the technical aspects of putting together a web zine and we should have a finished product by this fall/winter - hopefully by late August.

We are not a paying market as of yet but hope to become one as we grow and sell advertising and/or host contests. The magazine's online contents will remain free to provide artists and writers with the greatest level of exposure possible.

So far we have received a good variety of submissions, and look forward to more! We're also chaos_zine on LJ and would be a publishing credit for any visual artist or writer to put on his/her bio or proposal or resume.

You may either pitch or send a completed product (attachments OK but prefer writing or thumbnails or JPEG images pasted in the body of the email.) Please put "Chaos Theory Submission" in the subject line and please feel free to include an artist statement or bio if you would like.

Also - our magazine is as much about building community and relationships with artists as it is about publication. We'd be happy to see artists and writers post and chat with each other in chaos_zine or on the Facebook page and would be glad to comment/critique or dialogue with you about your work if you would like.
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Lots of new creatures this month! :) [21 Apr 2008|09:44pm]

mods please take this down if you feels it's inappropriate, thanks ~Ellen

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Really Cool Web Site [03 Sep 2006|11:13pm]

Hey out there this is my first post. I foudn this really cool web site ( as I saw someone out there loves Charles De Lint), Well this is a bath site that deals in exotic and romantic recipies.. They have a perfume in honor of Charles De Lint called Moonlight & Vines..

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An old member [29 Aug 2006|12:58am]

[ mood | dorky ]

Hello everyone. I havent posted in a really long time and Im sorry, but Ive been working on my community for role players. If anyone is interested, check out-
It's brand new. Im looking for interested members to sign up before it can begin.
Sweetest wishes-

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Age of romance [22 Aug 2006|12:13pm]

Hi, I'm Cristina, and I got into Romanticism through high school and college English classes. I've always felt a bit out of place in modern times, and am overjoyed to find a time and place where people were curious, inquisitive, imaginative, poetic, elegant, etc in a way I admire.

I enjoy the writings of Gerard de Nerval and the Bronte sisters - as well as some Goethe and Poe. And I'm a novelist working on a modern version of Wuthering Heights.

Maybe we should all do introductions to get this community more lively?

An interesting quote I remember from school: Every age is an age of romance, for man cannot live on bread alone and imagination is the staff of life. -- Will Durant
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magic [26 Mar 2006|07:14pm]

by Charles de Lint, from the short story Saskia:

I pause for a moment, then ask, "Did you notice anything unusual about her?"

Holly hesitates. "Well, she seems to know an awful lot about brandies for someone who says she's never had one before."

"Besides that."

Holly shakes her head.

"The way other people reacted to her in the bar?" I prompt.

"A lot of people feel uncomfortable around magic," she says finally. "You must've noticed this by now. The way some people will review your work, going into it with a negative attitude simply because of its content. Or the way they start to fidget and look uneasy if the conversation turns to the inexplicable."

"Of course," I say. "But I'm not sure I'm getting your point."

"It's Saskia," Holly says. "She's magic."

"Magic." I'm back to one-word echoes again.

Holly nods. "Her being magic is what antagonizes them. They recognize it in her, but they don't want to believe it, they can't believe it, so they lash out at her in defense. Humanity's whole unfortunate history is one long account of how we attack what we don't understand, what's strange to us. And what's stranger than magic?"
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time to listen - and send out a new and better meme! [20 Jan 2006|11:54am]

[ mood | mischievous ]

time to listen - and send out a new and better meme!

There is a perfect example of a thought virus spreading on the internet right now, in the form of a chain email entitled “time to listen,” making people feel guilty for not having time for God. (for more about thought viruses and memes, check out http://www.memecentral.com/)

Christianity is only one very successful example of a thought virus. It is highly adaptable, easily mutates, and the most important factor, it has memes programmed into it specifically designed to make sure the thought virus replicates, multiplies, and spreads, continuing to infect new minds.

However, it is not the only thought virus out there, and one of the best ways to combat the infection is by spreading alternate memes (like the Darwin feet that were added to the meme of the icthyus (Christian fish metal car decorations)).

To that purpose, I have made some selected edits to this particular thought virus that has come around to my email box several times now. I’ve done a little “meme” (gene) selection, to create a new thought virus. I invite you to not only spread this particular new thought virus by forwarding it to whomever you feel appropriate, but to also change the individual memes as you see fit to create a more personalized thought virus. The more mutations are out there the faster the main virus family will spread.

Just make sure you keep the message positive, without any attack memes – it is more likely to be accepted by the targets and not attacked by their existing virus protection mechanisms. Keep in mind that there must still be memes embedded in the new virus to insure that it spreads as the initial infection did – I was able to leave those pretty much untouched from the original email, with only minor selected edits! (You’ll recognize those mechanisms when you see them.)
Here we go… Achoo! 
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OTO Event: Enochian Magick workshop 2/5 – Persephone’s Haven will be vending [20 Jan 2006|10:03am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Ordo Templi Orientis
Set Triumphant
Orlando, Florida
Lon Milo Duquette
Sunday February 5, 2006
Lon Milo Duquette is the author of a dozen books and an
international lecturer on topics ranging from Initiation and the Tarot, to
John Dee’s Enochian system of Magick. He will be presenting a day-long
Workshop on Enochian Magick from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This event is open to all those interested in attending.
The cost is $50.00 per person and seating is limited.
The event will be held on at the Clarion Hotel Universal
on International Drive near Universal Studios.
Hotel information is available at: http://www.clarionuniversal.com/
or you can call Clarion at (800) 445-7299.
The Event Code for discounted rooms is Lon Duquette.
Those attending this event are eligible for a discounted hotel room rate
three days prior to and three days following the event.
Lon is an engaging and delightful speaker with over 30 years of experience in
the Enochian system. The workshop will cover both theory and practice. We
will end the day with a scrying session. There will also be a Book Signing.
Please contact Set Triumphant, the Orlando O.T.O. Camp-in-formation:
to make payment arrangements through Paypal or by mail.

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Happy Thanksgiving [21 Nov 2005|03:13pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

I’m going to have to take my essays a little out of order due to time constraints; the following is time sensitive, relevant for Thanksgiving, and so I am going to write this up before I do my account of the October 22 event and classes.

At the All World Acres event the weekend of October 29, I had an experience that I wanted to share as appropriate to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, that might provide ideas for how to make this year’s feast even more meaningful than usual. Read more...Collapse )

The reason I recount all this is to illustrate what a marvelous opportunity we have coming up this Thanksgiving, to make ourselves consciously aware of the ritual aspects of what we go through each year at this time. Thanksgiving is always the busiest travel season of the year, bigger even than Christmas. As you make your pilgrimage home (or wherever you will be dining on Thursday), think of it as just that: a sacred journey. You sacrifice time and money, precious energy, and brave danger and stress to be together with family members you may not have seen since last year. Obviously this is an important enough experience to be worth those sacrifices, or you wouldn’t bother; so rather than grumble over the annoyances of traffic and delayed flights, think of such things as the ritual trials the initiate must go through, the demons the hero must conquer on his or her journey to triumph and be rewarded with a hero’s welcome. Read more...Collapse )
Have a blessed, peaceful, warm and safe Thanksgiving holiday.


Dedicated to all my family and extended family of friends, but in particular my sister for her continuing heroic efforts to successfully shepherd her brood over vast distances to double the size of our family gatherings, my Mom for her continuing heroic efforts to feed us all, and my Aunt Nancy, to whom I send best wishes for a speedy recovery and that she is able to spend this holiday at home with her family and not in the hospital.

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1000 and one kimono [15 Nov 2005|04:42pm]

New navigation
Heian Court
Tigers & Dragons
Phoenixes & Peacocks
Rare Motifs
Mandarin ducks & birds
Eagles & hawks

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Real Life Adventures in Wizardry -- a personal account of the 2005 Harry Potter Symposium [14 Nov 2005|04:13pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Real Life Adventures in Wizardry -- a presenter’s personal account of the 2005 Harry Potter Symposium, "The Witching Hour," Salem, MA October 6-10 (© 11/14/05)

Tuesday, October 4, 2005:

9pm-ish: Arrive at Logan with my friend Willa; Read more...Collapse )

Wednesday, October 5, 2005:

Beautiful warm, sunny day – a totally unexpected and very pleasant surprise for New England in October. Willa is in the habit of rising early, so each morning she would come back with coffee for me just as I was getting up. What did I do to deserve such wonderful friends? Read more...Collapse )

Thursday, October 6, 2005:

Morning and afternoon: More shopping, errands, etc., then on to registration. I pick up my registration materials in the basement library of our hotel, the Hawthorne. I take out my badge with the yellow Hufflepuff lanyard, which I have apparently been sorted into. Says the registrar: “ Oh, you’re in Hufflepuff! Oh, you *don’t* look happy…..” Read more...Collapse )

Friday October 7, 2005:

Day: First full day of programming. Feeling weak and lightheaded from the lack of dinner the night before, I drink one of the cans of vanilla Ensure that my Mom included in the care package (told you it came in handy); thus I am narrowly saved from fainting from hunger. Go to hear a talk about the Salem Witch trials and some of the similarities between the atmosphere in Salem in the 17th century and Hogwarts and its environs (like the Forbidden Forest). Read more...Collapse )

Saturday, October 8, 2005:

Morning: The big day! Three presentations to participate in; didn’t really have time to watch anyone else’s, because of it. First up was the Snape panel, discussing his ambiguity and how it served the plot and text. Read more...Collapse )

Sunday, October 9, 2005:

Day: Had a keynote brunch at the Waterfront, which was disappointing; dry scrambled eggs and sausage hardly compare to the marvelous meal the Hawthorne gave us, and the panel had trouble staying on topic (Sirens and Furies). Then it was back to the Hawthorne to attend one more presentation (on fanfic and resolving Snape to his DeathEater past) Read more...Collapse )

Monday, October 10, 2005:

Morning: Packed and ready to go in plenty of time for checkout, we went downstairs to check our luggage and have a nice brunch. We called for a cab to meet us at 12, and while we waited in the lobby we met some people coming back from the Leaving Feast at the Sheraton, who reported that House Hufflepuff came from way behind to win the House Cup! Read more...Collapse )

Tuesday, October 11:

I have heavy duty fever dreams during the early morning Read more...Collapse )


I tried desperately to get to work the next morning, Wednesday, even though I felt like I’d been hit by a Mac truck, because as I said I had no vacation time to spare; but just before I left I took my temperature and it was 103.2, so I had to stay home. Read more...Collapse ) While we were packing on Monday I told Willa I had already found the cure for the post Symposium blues: start planning on the next papers I would be writing for presentation at the next Symposium! Now where did I put my notebook and highlighters….

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James Browne [11 Nov 2005|01:05pm]


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Event reports and December event announcements: [10 Nov 2005|03:39pm]

[ mood | overworked and so tired! ]

Event reports and December event announcements:

I am unfortunately woefully behind in all my writing, correspondence, and boards! (Not to mention my actual job….) Please be patient…

I will be posting the following as soon as possible to Snape’s Grove, my Live Journal, and certain boards as appropriate:

• Report of the 10/6-10 Harry Potter Symposium in Salem, MA (“The Witching Hour”) including my harrowing journey home to Florida (the dementors messed with the radar system at Logan and gave me the flu to boot…)

• Report of the 10/21-23 Samhain event at All World Acres, including my Wicca for Goths class and Descent into the Underworld ritual, and a really cool spirit pic that was taken during the latter. (I had to miss the Harvest Rhythm event the previous weekend because of the aforementioned flu… I apologize to anyone who might have attended and hoped to take my gypsy dance workshop).

• Observations from the Body Magick workshop at AWA the weekend of 10/28-30, with ideas for Thanksgiving rituals.

In the meantime, here is the latest slew of event announcements for All World Acres. Richard and Mary and I (with Persephone’s Haven) will be at the Florida Pagan Gathering Samhain event this weekend, Nov. 10-13, but only from Friday night on …. Information about this event is at www.flapagan.org. I will be attending, participating in, and vending at both of the AWA events listed below. If you have any questions or responses about any of these, please do email me privately at Vivienne_davalon@yahoo.com with an appropriately attention-getting subject line, as I am still a long way from getting caught up with the boards and I don’t want to miss any responses that require answers or information. You can also email Richard, who includes his email in the announcements below.



Hi Everyone

We will be hosting the Southern Polyamory Gathering, December 2-4, 2005 at All World Acres in the Tampa Bay area. With the help of a lot of good friends and family we have hosted over 60 different events at AWA over the past 5 years. In addition we have presented various workshops at other festivals.

At SPG the focus will be on creating community and on helping people make friends with others of similar interests. Some planned ice breaking activities that have worked well at other events include; large bonfires with drumming and dancing, dancing and sing-a-longs to live music in courtyard, group body painting, massage shares, dance workshops, energy healing circles, and open discussions of various experiences in the polyamory lifestyle.

Our experiences have convinced us that the best presenters at any festival are the other participants. Spending a weekend in close proximity with good people of like mind is always a great time.

Personally, we are so blessed to be in a loving committed triad and are excited about sharing our experiences with others. We are always available to answer questions. Email; info@healingtoday.com or call 813-748-0761.

The event website is at; http://healingtoday.com/spg.htm

Thanks and we hope to see you soon.

Richard, Mary and Vivienne


YuleFest 2005

Mark your calendars and make your vacation plans because the 5th annual YuleFest gathering returns to All World Acres, Tampa Bay, Florida on Thursday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 11.

Yes, four years have passed since plans were made by the community for the first YuleFest. It was this event that launched All World Acres into the busy Pagan event venue it has become. Since then AWA and the wonderful family that has grown up around it has gone on to host scores of events and hundreds of people.

YuleFest 2005 promise to provide the same magical experiences we have all grown to expect. The festival will feature four days of sharing, learning, and having lots of fun in a safe family environment. The days and nights will be busy as always with workshops, entertainment, rituals, drum circles, and vending. The schedule will be updated often as we get closer to the event but you can expect many of the AWA regulars to return including the Body Goddess, the Yula Hula show, courtyard jam, sweat lodge, Tom Carroll concert, and more. Of course there will be nightly drum circles and a very special main ritual that visitors to AWA have come to love.

Main Ritual:

Kim Wade, Vivienne D'Avalon and All World Acres welcome you to our Yule Birthing -- celebrating regeneration, creativity and the rebirth of light.

At Samhain, the Goddess descended into the Underworld and faced Death itself armed only with love; the miraculous result of this ecstatic union was the planting of a seed in Her womb – the promise of new light and life. Since then, She has been brooding -- nurturing that seed of light and love within Her. Now, on this longest night of the year, we must help the Goddess through her sacred labor so that we may celebrate the miraculous rebirth of the Sun.

Imagine an ancient village in which, when a woman’s time was due, the whole village would gather around her birthing bed, to lend their energy to her to assist her birthing process, and to help the baby on its journey with chanting, prayers, and protective incantations. Please come prepared to chant and clap, dance and sing the new baby Sun God safely from the Goddess’ womb and back into our world, calling upon both Mother and Child to shine upon and bless the coming year.

Please also bring symbols and tools of your creativity and of the projects you wish to birth this year, to be blessed and charged with the energy of our ritual. (For example, writers bring your pen and notebook; artists bring your sketch pad or paints; dancers bring your shoes or costumes; businesses bring your logo or business card; tarot readers bring your decks). Pregnant women and mothers with their children (of any age) will also be specially honored and blessed in this highly participatory ceremony of sacred rebirth.


Email: info@healingtoday.com

Phone: 813-748-0761

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Beautiful Things [29 Oct 2005|10:04am]

[ mood | contemplative ]

I'm so glad to have found this little community. So many people are waded done in the ugly and mundane things of everyday life. My latest obsessions are the art of Amy Brown and Nene Thomas among others. I love that they paint only what's full of beauty and don't let limits like "reality" stop them. I have a shameless plug for my little online store, www.fairyboutique.com where I sell only faerie related items. Please come visit me there.

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