The Dune Mouse and Storyteller

a traveler in both worlds

The Dune Mouse is also the author of the Blog  The Runes of the Gatekeeper’s Daughter,  a journal of her travels and tales.

traveling leaves you speechless  then turns you into a storyteller“- Ibn Battuta


“Strange and magical stories with the most beautiful images….” ( an excerpt from Sue Vincent’s great guest intro) the early years

“….. Once (Cybele’s) parents arranged for a five week trip to Italy to visit a cousin.  She did not return home for almost two years.  It was one of the more manic phases of the mad mouse.


She wandered through the Mediterranean area and North Africa and lived for a while in Greece and on Leonard Cohen’s former haunt, the island of Hydra, scribbling untamed thoughts and romance until the Sirocco winds blew- and her exasperated father sent a ticket for her to come home and answer for herself.  Sadly the answer had long been lost in the seductive dance of an oasis mirage and in the mournful wail of the dunes as they are created and destroyed by the desert winds.”  (Tales of the Caravanserai).  She is now more often following the wind and waves back home to the Northerly climes of  both the Hebrides and Ireland.


Words fail me, Cybele! Your images are so MAGICAL!  Ali Isaac, Guardian of Irish Mythology-

(A Canticle for Meg and Tales of the Caravanserai)“There are very few authors that can draw the reader into the story, where time ceases to exist and you feel like you are part of the tale. You Cybele are one such writer. Thank you so much for sharing both these stories with me. In ancient Ireland you would have been known as a Seanchaí“- Ed Mooney, The Ruin Hunter of Ireland

…..And now the Virtual Pilgrim


 From Inara Pey’s generous post on her blog Living in a Modem World: “On first encountering Hana’s (Cybele’s) work, I was amazed by its ethereal power and beauty,  Her art is often a wonderful mix of the physical and the virtual, the two enticingly mixed to present not so much an image, but a tale; a place where the line between our perception of what is real and what is a dream becomes blurred,the two fading seamlessly into one another.  Her blogs and story writing are a joy to read.”

Hana/Cybele is a fan of all ages and teleportation pages from the pen of Rand Miller and Cyan (Myst and Riven etc)


She likes nibbling through virtual libraries  looking for lost ages and linking books and appreciates the art and story telling in the Second Life university and Seanchai Library.  She sometimes shows her own images there and collaborated on an immersive story book sim.

Dear Dune Mouse, shut up and get it together

….and alluding to the “Sleeper must awaken” – Muad Dib,  her original virtual journey began on a desert sim, with bedouins, a pharoah and the dune mouse, a lover of solitude, a role player and a somewhat distracted creature in all worlds. There was even a secret society of Dune Mice, The Jerboa. However, she ended up taking a long hiatus and a detour into a different adventure and that was another story. She is a bit sporadic due to  time constraints and priorities. Link here (if you dare) to the original mouse trap disaster.

Mousequeen small
oops, wrong mouse! and an evening at the Nutcracker



and so, she took up story writing again

an enrapt audience








‘Oh well, let’s unfold our own myth!

INFP- introverted, neurotic, fastidious person. Still seeking old bones and philosopher’s stones.

More on my main blog.



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