Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Diary Pages: Nevermore

September 24th 2017

Not good. He opened my cage, I flew up here to stretch my wings (I’ve done it a million times before), and he’s been having a psychotic episode ever since. The muttering; the crazy eyes; the frenzied scribbling.
 Who the hell’s “Lenore”?
 Time to look for an open window and make a break for it.
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Diary Pages: Auntie Em

September 17th 2017

After the storm, we looked and looked, calling her name until night fell and we had no voices left. Nothing. The men fear the worst, but I am calm (even happy). When I saw the funnel cloud, I knew that Oz had come for the girl, just as it had come for me (back in […]

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Diary Pages: William Shakespeare

September 10th 2017

In my fevered dreams, I attended a festival – a celebration of this incredible age. There were bright colors and music, exotic creatures, delicious fare, and games of chance and sport. Magic clung to every corner of this place and my heart raced to explore it, waking disappointed and longing to return. Surely, the world […]

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Diary Pages: Montgomery Scott

September 3rd 2017

Of course, the ship will hold; it always holds. This thing has got more bells and whistles than the Rigel 4 riot police. Every now and again, you need to save the day (whether or not the day needs saving); have a wee containment breach or warp drive thingie in your back pocket. A little […]

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Diary Pages: Magnus Wendelay (New England Conservatory of Music)

August 27th 2017

What you don’t expect is for Beethoven to drop new music. What you don’t expect is to play the piece, written for solo piano, and hear regret in the composition – an intimate wishing that mistakes had not been made … that love had not been lost … that death comes too early to make […]

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Diary Pages: Giacomo Casanova

August 20th 2017

It was never my intention to gain infamy (well, not from something so superfluous as courtly airs). I am truthful when I say that I did not pursue beauty as a heathen does – only for itself and with no regard for matters of the heart. It is rather that the lack of joy in […]

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Diary Pages: J. L. “Barney” Been, Property Agent

August 6th 2017

I’m on it. If I can sell that piece of crap on Haunted Hill, the ugly squat in Amityville, barren lots in Cuesta Verde, and that bullshit murder house in Japan, I’ll get this done. “Historic British manor home (recently released from escrow) needs TLC to restore to original splendor; details must be seen to […]

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Diary Pages: Ray Bradbury

July 30th 2017

They say that writing is a solitary profession, and I suppose it is for some. I’ve struggled more with claiming ENOUGH solitude (even though I sit in my study all day every day to welcome the words if they happen to come). Time and space are not the limitations people think they are; they are […]

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Diary Pages: Pandora

July 23rd 2017

I can’t stand it anymore. I’m going to open it. This is STUPID. It’s a BOX.
 What could go wrong?

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Diary Pages: Sloth

July 16th 2017

Everybody else is still so freaking relevant. Still so deadly. We’re encouraged to focus on ourselves and our work, keep going until we make it, use our frustration as fuel, use others as inspiration, and stay sexy as hell.
 Pride, greed, anger, envy, and lust – all there.
 And me? I’m just a meme (slacking […]

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