Writer Woes, and Research

Happy Wednesday! Spring has finally sprung here in the northern hemisphere, yay!

So today I’m admitting defeat for NaNoEdMo and the Edit March with WriYe. I hate editing. And, to be fair, my WIPs aren’t really editable at the moment. They’re too scattered and incomplete. They need fresh content, which requires a shit-ton of research. Here’s where the benefits of my work come into play.

Yesterday I bought two books (they had to be ordered, naturally):

  • Handfasting and Wedding Rituals: Welcoming Hera’s Blessing by Raven Kaldera and Tannin Schwartzstein
  • RitualCraft: Creating Rites for Transformation and Celebration by Amber K and Azrael Arynn K

Both can be used for the ministry side job, but I needed something serious for writing research. These will prove extraordinarily useful for my own path, as well. Handfasting is over 300 pages, and RitualCraft is over 600. Pretty confident I can find what I need here. If not, then I’ll have to look further.

So, moving forward with a renewed sense of writing ability, March saw very little editing. April, on the other hand, will get some new content on the page. Although I’m not sure if I’m going to officially do Camp #1, any new words are good words – no matter how bad they suck.

What are some of your research “bibles”?

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Motivation Monday: Post #250!

I realized Friday that today’s post is the 250th in the blog’s history! Yay, 250! Thank you, everyone, for being patient, supportive, coming back and sticking around. It’s most appreciated. You are most appreciated.

So what do I write about for the 250th post when it’s Motivation Monday? Organizaaaaaaaaation! Not just any organization, either. We’re gonna talk digital, today.

Now, if you’ve been with me any length of time, you know I love paper planners and agonize each year about which one(s) to get (and those I always get). Technically, this could be a #PaganFriday cross-post because it involves the Witches’ Datebook.

I was looking at the planetary retrogrades lineup and decided I needed to be better prepared (as pointed out to me by a customer last week). What came next felt great. I picked up my phone – yes, my phone – and opened the calendar app. Then, I added all three of the Mercury Retrograde time frames to it…and set reminders. Also added were the Celtic tree month dates and full moons.

Tech will be playing a major roll in the side hustles, too. Oh, don’t worry, I’ll still be using the ol’ paper standby to keep track of everything. Sometimes, you can’t take your planner with you is all. Kindle and the OneNote app will be my new best friends. Helps they’re both on my lap top!

Game plan time. I just spent about an hour looking at the metro bus/street car schedules/maps, and I’m going to start exploring. I’ll be scoping out spots that may be good for business, and try out some neat places I’ve been eying. A 31-day bus pass (with unlimited rides) is less than $40, and the street car has 20-ride passes for less than $15. As far as I can tell, the 20-ride pass doesn’t expire. What better way to get to know the area than by bus and freaking streetcars?!

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Altars are a Girl’s Best Friend

Or, they can/should be.

Instead of having spread out altars and bookcases, I’ve consolidated my Craft stuff. Well, most of it, anyway. There are still stray candles and books hanging out and about, but I’m working on it. Here is where it stands as of right now:

March 16

The drawer is full of candles.

I had a couple of brilliant ideas for the sides: hanging stations for herb drying and magazines (I subscribe to Witches & Pagans and there are fantastic articles I want to keep). All I need are some eye hooks and (found) thin branches. Thought about buying dowles, but that’s no fun and Home Depot is not an ideal place to reconnect with nature.

Over time I’ll also add sigils and runes to the front frame using acrylic paints, then seal the whole thing. Yes, common sense dictates I should have done the markings and sealing before setup, but that idea came after. Of course.

This is something my Grandma used to make and showed my cousin and I how to do them as well. I need to make these next year. Love and miss her so much! Lavender Wands  !!  2013

Found on Pinterest – unfortunately I was unable to track down who posted it originally.

It’s time, too, to bring out the Ostara lovies. We have a pale blue bunny and a few other things. I really, really want to get ahold of some lavender and ribbon to make lavender wands. Have you seen these? So beautiful!

Honestly, I can get sucked down, what we call, the Pinterest hole more often than I care to admit. Mike likes Wikipedia. I like Pinterest. It could be worse. 🙂

Back to the altar. I’m leaving it this way until Ostara and and won’t be changing anything until Beltaine. Not with Mercury going retrograde on the 22nd, anyway. And you know I’ll be saging the hell out of this place before and after. May need to grab another bundle at The Stone Maiden. Or, five.

And on that note. I wish everyone a safe and happy St. Patrick’s weekend and New Moon.

Y’all be careful out there.

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Motivation Monday: Side Hustle Edition

These days you’ve got to have multiple income streams to get things done. Last month I took a hard look at how to do some good and make money in the process. Here’s what I came up with, and already rolled on.

Became an ordained minister via the Universal Life Church. And yes, it’s legal and accepted basically anywhere in the States. For now I’ll only use it in the county where I live, although Doug at the county records office said it would be usable in the entire state. If successful, I’ll branch out to the surrounding counties. With this I can perform weddings, funerals, handfastings, baptisms, and a ton of other ceremonies.

Will become a notary public, which is good statewide and in neighboring states. Ever needed a notary but couldn’t find one last minute? Been there myself, so that’s what I’m banking on.

I’m also toying with some craft ideas to sell locally. This will be the most time consuming endeavor, but likely the most profitable. I’m in with two great ladies – Amber and Toni, and their Chihuahua, Diva Boo (my nickname for her)  – at my favorite metaphysical shop and may approach them for consignment sales. Otherwise, it will be festivals when I have the time and likely online sales via Etsy (or something similar). Some ideas I had:

  • handcrafted walking sticks using found branches
  • cute little bags (like Vera Bradley, but so much less expensive)
  • wrap sundresses for every age
  • simple jewelry

I’m researching my ass off and working out a business plan of attack, complete with basic cost analysis.

And, no, I won’t stop writing. Hell, this endeavor itself would make a damn good story.


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Fun Writer Activities 

You ever feel like you need to do a writing something and feel creative, but it just isn’t happening?

Enter the story flower…

Drawing flowers is fun, something I can do and feel good doing. I created 4…here are 2.

With VC, the larger petals represent the eight sabbats. Smaller petals are stages of writing, and vines are stages of publishing. Or, my interpretation of them. I did these on 7×10 art paper, divided the page in half and marked holes for punching. They’ll go in my zippy thing for organization.

Below is the task manager for VC. The goal is have this thing done by my birthday this year. It doesn’t look like much has been done, but it’s only March. We’ve got this month for EdMo, 2 Camp NaNos and WriMo. I think I can make it happen.

VC mar1

The flower and task manager don’t quite line up, I know. The flower is more or less a pretty version with fewer steps. The task manager is more accurate and breaks it down better.

What are some of your tools for managing writing tasks?

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We All Need a Little Motivation

I found some stuff to share about motivation. Bujo posts, memes, words of encouragement. They’re out there just waiting to be shared.


Image result for motivation memes

On the personal side of things: Date nights are a priority (We watched Get Out last night and had meatloaf – my guy can cook!), my “spiritual cup” is morphing and filling, and time management and tasks are improving. While the laundry was doing it’s thing, I managed to get about 10 things accomplished. Why not? That’s like 90 minutes of available time!

Good things are happening.

What are some of your motivational tools, tips, tricks?

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Pagan Friday is back!

Hi, everyone! How are we? Been awhile, I know.

I’ve got a couple of pics for you.

FM mar 1

March 1 Full Moon

angelfish babies

Angelfish babies!

Yesterday I put my jewelry outside to reset and suck up all the good Full Moon energy. Tonight I’ll bring them back in and put them on. I feel naked without those pieces: 3 hematite rings, a citrine pendant, carnelian bracelet, tigers eye bracelet, and the sterling silver bracelet with moon phases my cupcake gave me for Christmas.

The last few weeks have been crazy because of work, but I’m slowly getting back on track. With everything happening, I’ve been scattered and need to reinvest in the pathwork I’ve chosen. What better time than now, right? Next is an altar cleansing and planning for Ostara. More on that next week, though.

In general blogging news…Because things are getting back to normal, I plan on blogging more. At least 3 times each week. Some will be articles I found interesting, other blog links, photos, personal plans and happenings, and writing news. It should look something like this:

  • Motivation Monday
  • Writer Wednesday
  • Pagan Friday

That’s the plan, and hope, I have moving forward. I’m already working on Monday and Wednesday so with luck there will be something here for you to read.

Have a great weekend, everyone! And thank you for sticking around.

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