Contest Announcement

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 5, 2019, 9:53 PM



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Greetings, my fellow inmates: 

Hallowe'en is coming up soon. If you ask me, I still like to think it is the most wonderful time of the year. In my little corner I have been thinking about reviving old traditions and implementing new ones in this community that we call a home (since leaving the Asylum for good seemed to be something of a luxury, I suppose it was fair to call it a home.) Unfortunately, yours truly is alone in the darkness and found himself presently indisposed. 

But all is not lost, no. 

Our affiliates are running Hallowe'en-themed contests at the moment. And I would like to direct your attention to them: 
:iconda-morgue: is running a "Bad Moon Rising" contest: 


And :iconthe-lunatic-asylum: is running a doll-themed contest: 



I highly recommend you to take a look at them, and join them if you wish. Both of them seem quite interesting. 

If you have ideas on how to make this little community a better place, please let me know. If you think you can led this old, poor soul a hand, please let me know as well. It'll be much appreciated. 


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The Lunar Revelations, #2

Journal Entry: Thu May 16, 2019, 8:14 PM



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Greetings, my fellow patients and other sundry lost souls:

Last month I have introduced this series to you. So far the results has been lukewarm. But you cannot deter me. I am your interim caretaker, after all. And when I have set my mind on something, you might say I can be somewhat stubborn. Ah... but you'll get to know me in time. All we have is time, isn't it? 

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This month, I bring you: 


Nine of Cups

Nine of cups depicts a man sitting with his arms crossed in a powerful, victorious pose. On a shelf behind him are nine cups/chalices. The number "nine" signifies a complete number, the last number before the count is forced to start repeating itself. Therefore the cups signifies the fulfillment of all desires while the man sits in contentment and satisfaction. 

Contentment in ourselves and our station in life, however, does not always depend on material wealth. To keep our mind healthy and strong, we must learn to celebrate the little victories in life. We can be satisfied with all nine cups... but sometimes even one is something to smile about. 

Tarot-Nine of Cups by wintersmagic  Nine of Cups by Memuii  Tarot 9 Cups by Doberlady  Dandy Arcanum: Nine of Cups by Dandy-Jon 

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Nine of Cups by DaBotz
  ZK Tarot - Nine of Cups by Zakuro-Kona

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A few housekeeping business: 

1. I am looking for people who are willing and able to help me manage this vast place that we call the Madmen Asylum. If you are interested in helping out, please let me know. And I will let you know about the details. 

2. If you have any suggestions on how to make the Asylum bigger and better, or if you have suggestions on what other initiatives that we can start for more engagement, please don't hesitate to drop a line. We are always listening. 

In the meantime, I remain, 

Yours, as ever, 

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The Lunar Revelations, #1

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 15, 2019, 7:42 PM



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Greetings, my dear patients and other sundry wandering souls:

This is your Interim Caretaker, Dr. Syn. You may know me as another one of the wandering souls in the Asylum. Welcome to a new initiative that I would like to call “Lunar Revelations.”

First things first, it’s not a fortune-telling service. The first reason why it references the moon is because this is going to be a monthly event. The second reason has something to do with ourselves. Those who suffer from mental instabilities were known as the “lunatics,” the foot-soldiers of the Goddess of the Moon. And so we march on under the sacred name of the moon, step by step, day after day. 

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What, you might ask, is the purpose of these "Lunar Revelations," then? 

Inspired by psychotherapist Jessica Dore who uses Tarot Cards as a way to initiate a conversation with her patients, I have decided to do something of the same. Of course, yours truly is no therapist, but he is invested enough to want to open the conversation to any and all who are interested to listen. Basically, I am here should you need me; I am your resource. 

And if you are looking for more resources, please check out The Guiding Light Project , headed by LadyLincoln and Yuukon here on DA. The Madmen Asylum may be a refuge for wandering souls, but we can be more than that. 

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Without further ado, we start with the very first Tarot draw: 


The Four of Wands

Four of wands depicts a dwelling under the auspicious green canopy held up by four tall pillars. In some decks there are two people dancing underneath. This is true of our mental health as well. Our overall well-being is made of a balance between our biological health, psychological fulfillment, social stability and support from other human beings. The soundness of our mental health, the house of our spirit, is under the protection of these four unwavering pillars.

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A few housekeeping business: 
1. I have been away. If your submission has expired, please send them in again and I will look after them. I am sorry that I was unable to give prior warning for my sudden departure. But I will remedy that as soon as I can. 

2. I am looking for people who are willing and able to help me manage this vast place that we call the Madmen Asylum. If you are interested in helping out, please let me know. And I will let you know about the details. 

3. If you have any suggestions on how to make the Asylum bigger and better, or if you have suggestions on what other initiatives that we can start for more engagement, please don't hesitate to drop a line. We are always listening. 

In the meantime, I remain, 

Yours, as ever, 

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Phobic October: A Challenge

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 29, 2017, 11:13 PM



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Greetings, my fellow lost souls: 

October is upon us. And if you are like me, you would think this is most likely the most wonderful time of the year. I would love to be able to do something to celebrate this season. 

The first thing is a little bit of good news. The details have been negotiated and now all of our folders has a limit of one piece of artwork per day. We have decided to open our doors wider to allow more of your creative works in, sooner. 

The second thing is a little big of a challenge. A good number of you would probably have heard of "Inktober". Some of you may be looking for a source of inspiration that would spur you onward and forward. There are a large number of such "Themed Challenges" out there already, but there is always room for one more, wouldn't you say? And since we are all slaves to our passions, what is a better challenge than trying to express ourselves through art and talent? 

Without further ado, here are the prompts:

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The Fears that Drive Us: A Litany of Phobias

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1. Acrophobia: The fear of heights. 

2. Agoraphobia: The fear of open spaces.
3. Mysophobia: The fear of dirtiness/uncleanliness.
4. Cynophobia: The fear of canines/dogs.
5. Necrophobia: The fear of death (one's own death or death in general).
6. Coulrophobia: The fear of clowns.
7. Hemophobia: The fear of blood.
8. Glossaphobia: The fear of public speaking.
9. Nyctophobia: The fear of darkness.
10. Pteromerhanophobia: The fear of flying. 


11. Trypanophobia: The fear of needles/injections.
12. Emitophobia: The fear of vomiting (or watching others vomit).
13. Xenophobia: The fear of outsiders.
14. Aliurophobia: The fear of felines/cats.
15. Nomophobia: The fear of losing mobile connection (internet and/or data).
16. Astraphobia: The fear of lighting and thunder.
17. Carcinophobia: The fear of cancers.
18. Batrachophobia: The fear of frogs and toads.
19. Sociophobia: The fear of social interactions.
20. Vermiphobia: The fear of worms. 


21. Eisoptrophobia: The fear of mirrors or reflective surfaces.
22. Entomophobia: The fear of insects.

23. Somniophobia: The fear of sleep or going to sleep.
24. Ombrophobia: The fear of rain.
25. Globophobia: The fear of balloons (or balloons popping.)
26. Ergophobia: The fear of work.
27. Tetraphobia: The fear of the number "4".
28. Orinthophobia: The fear of birds.
29. Ephebiphobia: The fear of youth and teenagers.
30. Trypophobia: The fear of irregularly-appearing holes.

31. Samhainophobia: The fear of Hallowe'en.



I hope you will find this list both challenging and inspiring. Even if you do not use it for Inktober, or indeed your art is not in the visual field, we still hope that this short list will interest you and inspire you. And if you decide to take on this challenge, please let us know. We would be more than interested to see what you have come up with. 

Good luck, and uneasy dreams. 

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When life shuts one door, it opens a window

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 28, 2017, 4:26 AM



Hi, dear patients of :iconmadmen-asylum: This is Dr Psychic talking.
I have some pretty important news to announce, so please leave your delusional world for a moment to pay heed to me. 
I've been serving in this Asylum as staff member since 2014, with great pride and dedication, and watching the halls of the asylum I cannot help but feel so proud of all your amazing works: our activity would have never been so amazing without the enthusiastic feedback of you, dear patients.
But after 2016 died we started experiencing some problems, which started piling up.

-Firstly our beloved Nurse Docali stopped replying to our notes and became inactive. I can only hope she is alright and having a very satisfying and happy life, too much to come back to a world filled with darkness and insanity. She was the most dedicated and merciful of all, and the heart of the asylum.
-Secondly our original staff counted 14 persons (even if there is a pair of us with a double 'personality'), but just me and :iconsinistrosephosphate: were left taking care of the plethora of  patients and even when Docali was still with us it was just three doing all the heavy work. I never hide myself when it's time to work hard, but we needed more than two persons to discuss about future activities, organizing events and offering prizes. Instead Dr Syn had to re-do the whole gallery almost alone, while I took care of the group page organization, a huge maintenance work which left no time to entertain you all.
-Thirdly, our journal skin started giving us problems in July, and I hurried to look for a good replacement, investing my own money: we couldn't use the points collected to make us a Super Group because it belongs to Docali and she disappeared. The result was so good that I instantly posted a blog for the group -a post I eventually deleted for good- but again it was just me and Dr Syn worrying for it.
Annoying and frustrating... but I would have never made the decision which is tearing my whole soul apart if it was just for these details: I would be still going on with the show, hiding the fatigue and the struggle behind a prettified smile.
-The unsolvable problem is that I'm not agree with our principal decision about what the admin role should be all about. As a staff member I'm the one who accepts and refuses a work in our halls, and I refused a bunch of works which didn't fit the group theme. No matter how amazingly made, busty girls and fanservice which are not dark or about madness SHOULDN'T be in group, in Featured least of all. Admins shouldn't take advantage of big groups to show a ton of their own works in the Featured gallery, all works which aren't even related to the group themes... and most of all admins should be ALL involved in making the group better, organizing activities and offering prizes for the contests.
Hairsplitting? Maybe. But in all honesty I think admins should be the first following their own group rules. 

I found out our opinions are irreconcilable, hence my announcement: from now on I won't be your Forensic Psychiatrist anymore. I just couldn't disappear like all the admins in the staff did however, so I decided to bring out this delicate matter with you all, with all the blunt honesty I'm famous for, which often brought me troubles as well. But working here didn't bring me joy anymore, and you all deserve just the most dedicated admins. 
I kept trying to involve all the staff, in vain. And expecting different results doing the same thing over and over again is insanity.
So, I leave. My apologies.

:iconsinistrosephosphate: and :icondocali:, it was a true honour working beside you.
To all the other patients: if you'll ever miss straight jackets and talks with a bizarre Forensic Psychiatrist, :iconthe-lunatic-asylum: gates are open for new patients. Join us for a cup of tea and insanity, I'll offer you a cake: you know I'm great with a whip in my hand.

Have a nice and insane day. With love,

Astrea

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