The Mythic Folk Treeboards were established in 2002 as a mythopoetica.com project, aimed at bringing together creative people of many stripes to discuss the evolution and creation of myth, folklore and fairytales within different creative mediums. Our hope was that this endeavour would help people look at myth, folklore and fairytale in different ways, opening their eyes to the different ways in which myth is constructed, how myth is often mistaken for “falsehood” or “superstition”. We also provided forums for people to share their creative process, their favourite books. The idea is that mythology, folklore and fairytales are fluid and while they may possess different storytelling structures, the different kinds of marvellous tales do connect with and feed each other. Amongst our community you will find both old and new friends. In many cases we straddle more than one category. The same way that the zeitgeist of this place needs to be felt and encountered.
We used to be a phpbb bulletin board, but for now we are perched within this space as a group blog/`zine as well as an IRC community. We’re looking forward to more experimentations between the different corners of the intertubes and we hope you will join and participate in the organic growth of this community as it finds its new groundings and ethos based on the originating purpose.
Who We Are
Nin(thesis) , the founder of this community, web-designer and main editor for this blog, has a lifelong passion for fairytales, folklore and mythology. Nin is known to her friends as a mermaid when she’s not being a web-dryad who occasionally dreams in xml/html/css. She is a poet, writer of gothic/mythopoeic fiction, a bashful singer/songwriter and visual artist. She suspects she’ll try any storytelling medium at least once. She is an advocate of the potential of digital, hypertextual fiction; her own project(s) to that effect may be found at The Mythogenetic Grove. She is currently working on Watermaidens, a novel that seeks to bridge the interstices between hypertextual fiction and the print form. She has been published in Jabberwocky 3, The Harrow, Goblin Fruit and Stone Telling. She has been an occasional book reviewer for m/c reviews. She is also the creator and editor of Demeter’s Spicebox, which is hosted on Cabinet des Fees.
TAB is a professional outlier; statisticians, demographers, and particle physicists alike fear TAB’s very existence. TAB dreams of running away and living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, driving a dune buggy with a machine-gun mount, and wearing cool goggles. More ideally, TAB dreams the world will become an anarchist utopia. More practically, TAB wants to go help build an intentional community, but that takes resources, so in the meantime TAB is working on an interdisciplinary MA in the heart of the urban metropole. TAB has a BA in philosophy with a minor in political science. TAB refuses to learn to tie a tie but has a few clip-ons somewhere in a drawer just in case. TAB is obsessed with ontological cosmology and figuring out how to fix the american empire. TAB forgets to eat on a regular basis and is a walking encyclopedia of surprisingly useful yet often contextually useless information.
Laine Bell, known in some circles by the handle “Ryokogal”, is an American in Ohio who enjoys writing, reading, music, anime, roller-skating, cooking, and the occasional MMORPG. Disguised in the daytime as a mild-mannered database marketing analyst, she escapes after hours into imaginary lands filled with cyborgs, vampires, magic, and technology, which at some point she will unleash upon an unsuspecting public. On the web, Laine keeps an occasionally-updated blog and contributes to shared space relating humorous anecdotes about life in the suburbs at Suburban Adventurer.
Laila Borrie was born and raised in Southern India. She moved to the Netherlands age 26, supposedly for a ‘short period’ and now 8 years later is still calling Rotterdam home. She possesses two M.A.s, an M.A. in Communication and an M.A. in Literature. Laila is passionate about mythology, folk-tales, theatre, philosophy, current affairs, QUILTBAG rights, gender issues and ART. She has recently begun a little company selling her art and assorted things of a whimsical nature. She is totally obsessed with colour and the range of emotions they inspire. You can view her art at – www.lailaborrie.com
Ap4ch3 is responsible for the protection and maintenance of our #mythicfolk chatroom, as one of the core admin there. He is our urbane botmaster, Linux guru and cyber fixit-man at a U.K. ISP. A sophisticated world-traveller, Ap4ch3 has lived in various countries inclusive of Kenya and the United Kingdom. He is also a lover of animals and plants, something he declares has been with him since his childhood in Kenya. A product of the postcolonial diaspora, Ap4ch3 is passionate about current issues, philosophy (pragmatic), popular culture, food, natural sciences as well as Linux advocacy.
Jason Eric Alexander
Currently residing in North Carolina with his wife Beth, whom he ♥loves♥ more than life itself, Jason spends his days as the primary caregiver for his sometimes grumpy but always lovable parents, as well as four dogs, five cats, a crazy parrot, and an immortal fish. Seriously. When time permits, he enjoys playing video games, watching documentaries, making photoshop atrocities, and doing copious amounts of reading.
Joshua Biddle is a writer, an artist, an Information Technology specialist, a sportsman, a gardener, a film and music lover, and above all characterized by having a persona that is unequivocally drawn to the world of academia and all things unknown or bewildering. He could more accurately be described as one who is a ‘fly on the wall’ forever absorbing and lost within his own thought and acute sense to derive art from the seemingly mundane aspects of everyday life. He is currently perusing advancements in career placement in his field of study while continuing to journal and attempting to create art through the study of poetry.
The newest member of the #mythicfolk family, LibraD hails from the Netherlands, is now stationed in the United Kingdom where she is involved in wildlife conservancy. In her free time she indulges in true booknerdery, hiking and adventuring.