A Dash of This, A Pinch of That

* I went to church today. Trinity United Methodist, for all you Austinites. And…they celebrated the Summer Solstice. No joke. With drums and a calling of the elements. They even talked about the Wheel of the Year. Yes, my circuits fritzed. Completely.

* I watched all four seasons of True Blood in two weeks. I’m not sure how it happened. I kind of hated it by the end. Like, Sookie? She’s annoying. Lafayette and the 3,000 year old dude (now encased in concrete…) were/are the only reasons to watch that show. Though, they are featuring witches for season 5. So that’s interesting. Seeing media portrayals of witchcraft and Wicca are always…interesting.

* For Father’s Day, J and I went out on a *real* date Friday night. Drinks and dinner. It was lovely. We had drinks at Péché and dinner at Congress. Both were terrific and a perfect way to celebrate. This morning, J woke up to a mimosa and crèpes with dulce de leche and whipped cream. Spoiled? Just a little.

* I have writer’s block. Intensely. I’m debating on giving up a story that I’ve worked on (on and off) for over two years. It’s just…I’m not that person who started the story, and as the story evolved it’s not really the original story anymore…I don’t know. It also has some major structural and plot problems, as well as just being an overall bitch to write. But when do you say when? Any writers have advice on this?

* To help with the writer’s block and generate ideas I’ve being drawing a Tarot card and just writing with it. Sometimes it’s a character sketch, a situation or a simple description. Anything to keep the juices going. If I take long breaks from writing I gather inertia so quickly. It becomes hard to even type. Gotta keep chuggin’.

* I have no idea what I’m doing for Summer Solstice. I’ve thought about Sun Salutations at dawn, which seems okay. But I’m also feeling this draw to do a magical working of some sort. I picked up a new book titled Embracing the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn. At first I was thrown off by the dated cover–a woman’s hands embracing a green-tinted moon (thank you, Llewelleyn). Turns out though, it’s a very good beginner book. While I’ve been researching this path a long, long time I still consider myself a beginner, especially with magic and energy working since (besides observing the Sabbats and occasionally the Esbats) I don’t actually do the stuff a ton. I think. I read. I contemplate. But doing…not so much.

Which, leads me to want to start doing. Going to church today also lit a fire under that desire. This leads me to…

* Fear. I have a lot of anxiety and fear stemming from a pretty creeptastic experience I had a few months ago. This could be a post on its own, and it might become one. Hmm. A Litha ritual to bring light into the places of dank, of fear? I don’t believe that shadow or darkness is bad, at all. It’s neutral like the light is. However, fear—fear and anxiety live in a dank, cold, awful place of the soul. A place that could use some warming light. Hmmm.

That’s all. Enjoy the week, everyone 🙂

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2 comments on “A Dash of This, A Pinch of That

  1. Jax says:

    I think there’s two kinds of writer’s block, and I’m slowly starting to figure out when I’m in one and when I’m in the other. There’s the “fingers on iPhone, butt not in seat” form of writer’s block that will eventually fix itself if I just sit my ass down and write. Then there’s the “utterly dried up can’t even daydream about it” writer’s block. If I’m in the second one, I start working on another story. I know I’ve been told a million times to finish what I started, but sometimes I’m just not in a mental place where I can for whatever reason (often I’ve found it’s because I am not willing to deal with some theme in the work for some reason, but occasionally I just wrote myself into a black hole from which no light escapes and the book’s so fubar it feels futile). And that means it’s time for something else. And I’ve finished 3 novels and 2 novellas (none are sold yet, but I wrote complete stories!) so I know you can actually accomplish things even if you occasionally have to move on to something else. In fact, sometimes it works better in the long run. IMO.

    • I think I’m in the move on to something else phase, but still trying to tease up some ideas. And…fingers on the I-Phone…yeap. The Mahjong tile game can definitely be the death to my productivity. Congrats on finishing three novels and 2 novellas–that’s awesome work! I have one finished novel, from late last year, and I’m eager to repeat that amazing feeling of writing those last words!

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