Month: April 2015

Review round-ups

Thought I’d renew my habit of publishing links to things I’ve recently written. In this case, it’s Facing North reviews. I have been (sort of) keeping up with that work – and making requests for books with a tiny bit more conservatism now that I have larger projects of my own to handle.  I also, in my fantasy world, daydream about making this blog a sort of Pagan Brain Pickings, where I find and feature quotes from Eliphas Levi, especially those labeling yoga as “imbecilic” and mentioning something about a finger in uncomfortable places. ((It really says that in the History of Magic. I laughed so hard I almost fell off the bed I was on.))

That’s my fantasy world. My reality has the MUNI, Outer Richmond, and BART trains that light on fire with astonishing regularity.

So in the meantime, here’s what I actually *did* accomplish – book reviews!

Ars Vercanus – Advanced Magical Techniques LOVED

Songs of the Metamythos DISLIKED – the author made the Showgirls error

Freedom from Your Inner Critic: a Self-Therapy Approach WILL USE

The Book of Core Practices: Learning Core Skills for Health, Success, and Happiness WILL USE


Writer’s To-Do – update for 4/20/15

So it’s my partner’s and my 11th anniversary. Let’s take bets on who remembers what.

The writer’s to do did get put aside for a bit – I had some difficult things happening in my personal life, and that sinus infection? It found a way to stretch for 40 days. This wasn’t the simple sniffles of just-past-allergies cold either. This was round #3 with existential crisis inducing illness. It finally succeeded in being there for an existential crisis.  I’ve got to add St. Johnswort to my round of meds every time I get sick from now on. The things that got destroyed needed destroying, but it seems more like a targeted unfair than it does the usual unfairness of a random universe.


  • I am reframing and postponing my Artist’s Way Class in hope of getting more students. I had one show up for my first session, and that won’t work out with that particular person. I also know more about parking and traffic that time of day, so that may help.
  • The Pagan Consent Culture piece – it has been accepted but requires edits, most of which are research based. So while I want to add in material, I have to add in sourcing so that takes 2-3 times longer than just typing in a few changes.
  • The proofing copy of my Samhain book has landed – and that is due at the end of May.
  • I need to make a full length chapter for a proposal for the urban Wicca book. It’s been a slog.
  • That’s four.


  • Blog essays I still have waiting in draft.
  • The Pagan Children’s poetry anthology.

I have been asked if I am going to return to blogging my personal life. I don’t know. I’m just out of the habit, I guess. I’ve noticed that anything less than fawning worship of San Francisco will get me verbally attacked in multiple fora. Given that I’m in a rather delicate position, I’d rather not invite the undeserved trouble that often comes from observation and honesty about my feelings.