Caroline Berg

My full name, as you well know, is Caroline; but no one uses that.  I prefer to go by Carrie.  Why didn’t I put that as my nickname?  Well, it’s more an actual name for me.  And I have way too many nicknames to just chose one.  Oh, and I am in the early part of my third decade.  Confused?  Good!  I live to be confusing! I have always lived in fantasy.  I don't just have a vacation home there.  No, my permanent residence is somewhere along the Borders of Time in the Forest of Dreams.  Should you decide to visit, I live in a pleasant cottage just around the bend.  It’s in a nice little clearing with a garden in the back, and a stream a bit further beyond that.  Oh, and one of the trees, the old oak by the stream, has a rope swing.  My gate is always open.  As you see, anything and everything that allows me to slip away from reality and into the worlds of fantasy is welcome to me.  My art come from inspiration of all types.  A simple phrase overheard on a bus.  Dew balancing delicately on a leaf.  Lyrics of a song.  An image in my head I just need to get out.  It comes and goes, but I find that with time, it is easier and easier to be inspired.  I should mention  that I love to study ancient religion, mythology, folklore, and faerie tales.  Much of this knowledge will end up incorporated into pictures.  And, I absolutely love the style of Art Nouveau. I am now going back to school for Game Art and Design, so I can no longer say I have no artistic training. I happen to like the style of my art, and while I know I am neither the best nor the worst, I love the way I draw.  Yes, my shading needs some polishing.  Sure, I could work on backgrounds a little more.  But overall, I am thrilled with how my drawings are progressing.  Comments are more than welcome.  And so, I hope to share some of my art with others, hopefully to inspire, but also just to spread the joy of art.  For without art, where would beauty come from? Oh, a few more tidbits you should know: I'm a lefty.  I'm always looking to find other lefties.  We are, after all, the Few, the Proud, the Sinister!I'm eccentric: my craziness goes far beyond dressing up for Ren Fairs and obsessively playing RPGs.  How far?  Don't you wish you knew...'tis a personal goal of mine to read 100 books each year.  After all, nothing is created in a void and books are an excellent source of inspiration.Finally, I'm reclusive.  Finding me is like trying to find a cat.  I am only around when I wish to be found.If you still need to know more about me, feel free to read the copious lists below... I like making jewelry * sewing costumes * drawing * reading fantasy/sci-fi * reading manga * writing poems * writing fantasy/sci-fi stories * baking pies * baking bread * baking in general * mythology * folk lore * fairy tales * ancient Mesopotamia * ancient Egypt * astrology * tarot * magick * herbalism * ancient religions * ancient healing practices * healing * gardening * pen and paper RPGs (Shadowrun, D&D 3.0, L5R, etc...) * computer RPGs (Morrowind, old D&D games like Treasures of the Lost Frontier) * computer games (The Longest Journey, Myst, Alida, Legend of Kyrandia, King's Quest, to name a few) * comic opera (The Barber of Seville, Pirates of Penzance, to name my favorites) * collecting rocks/gems/minerals... * etc. Favourite movies You mean, what are my favorite cartoons and anime, right? I don't watch TV anymore, since I don't have a TV... But here's a list of favorite animated movies/shows: She-Ra, Princess of Power (quality 80's cartoon, yay!) * Please Save My Earth * Angel Sanctuary * Escaflowne * Ghost in the Shell (the original movie, not the new series) * Dragon Half * Galaxy Express 999 and Return to Galaxy Express 999 * Maetel Saga * ReBoot * A Flight of Dragons (really old 80's animated movie...) * Sailor Moon (all of them, as they were originally made, not the cut American version *shudder*) * El-Hazard * Princess Mononoke * Outlaw Star * Saint Tail * Silent Mobius * Descendants of Darkness * Excel Saga * Record of Loddess War * Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust * ************************************************************************************************************** * And a few of my favorite movies: Addam's Family and Addam's Family Values * Bram Stoker's Dracula * Princess Bride * Beauty and the Beast (the very old French black and white version. So beautiful!) * The Matrix (the first movie, not the next two...) * Lord of the Rings * The Mummy and The Mummy Returns * Everything by Monty Python * The Fifth Element * Favourite books There are so many, but here are the best books/authors (in my opinion): The Dark Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop, though I enjoy ALL of her books * Kushiel’s Legacy by Jacqueline Carey * Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce * The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien * Through Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindskold * The Symphony of Ages by Elizabeth Haydon * The Harper Hall Trilogy by Anne McCaffrey * Court Duel by Sherwood Smith * Anything by Douglass Adams. Trust me, ALL his books are excellent * Everything by Terry Pratchett. Again they are all good! Discworld is a wonderful place * The Enchanted Forest Chronicals by Patricia C. Wrede. And also her version of Snow White, Rose Red * Everything by Patricia A. McKillip * All books by Patricia Briggs * Bardic Voices by Mercedes Lackey, though a great many of her books are good * Everything by Robin McKinley, though I especially love Deerskin and Beauty: A retelling of Beauty and the Beast * All books by Vivian Van Velde * Everything by Tamora Pierce, she is a truly remarkable author! * Everything by Paula Volsky * All of Trudi Canavan's books * The Snow Queen and The Summer Queen by Joan D. Vinge * Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons; a beautiful four part space opera! * *********************************************************************************************************** * And, of course, my book list wouldn't be complete without my favorite manga! * Please Save My Earth * Angel Sanctuary * The Cain Saga and it's sequel: Godchild * Ghost in the Shell * Bride of Deimos * Galaxy Express 999 * Clover * Gunnm (aka Battle Angel Alita) * Tarot Café * Saint Tail * Chobits * Doll * Descendants of Darkness * Dolls * Pet Shop of Horrors * X/1999 * Les Bijoux * Magic Knight RayEarth I and II * Silent Mobius * Alichino * Mermaid Saga * ...the list keeps growing. Favourite music Here is my totally random favorite song list: Digital Lover by P-1 * Cartoon Heroes by Aqua * Stranger in My House by Tamia * Knight in Shining Armor by Peter and Gordon * Look Through any Window and The Air that I Breathe by The Hollies * Whatever gets You Through the Night by John Lennon * Eleanor Rigby, Let it Be, Something and In My Life by The Beatles * Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright * Tainted Love by Soft Cell * Forever Young by Alphaville * Never My Love by The Association * Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Seaside Rendezvous and Keep Yourself Alive by Queen * Sweet Dreams (are made of this) by Eurythmics * The Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang * Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf * Come Sail Away by Styx * Birdhouse in Your Soul by They Might be Giants * Ordinary World by Duran Duran * Mambo #5 by Lou Bega * Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode * Kodachrome and Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkle * Tubthumping by Chumbawumba * Beethoven's Symphony #7, Movement 4 * Atlantis by Donovan * Only Time and Storms Over Africa by Enya * Return to Innocence and Gravity of Love by Enigma * Peaches En Regalia by Frank Zappa * Equos Fair by David Arkenstone * Positively 4th Street by Bob Dylan * Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede * Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt * We Like to Party by Vengaboys * Silent Lucidity and Lady Jane by Queensryche * Dub-I-Dub by Me & My * Living in a Bubble by Eiffel 65 * Drops of Jupiter by Train * Played A Live (The Bongo Song) by Safri Duo * Only the Good Die Young by Billy Joel * Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge * Ma Ya Hi by O-Zone * Masquerade from Phantom of the Opera * Master of the House from Les Miserables * I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General from The Pirates of Penzance * Sandstorm by Darude * Everytime we Touch by Cascada * Hubba Hubba Zoot Zoot by Caramba *