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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
11:13 am
[puck48197]
Thoughts on ConVocation 2013
Well, ConVocation has come and gone, and I have to tell ya, it was THE best of the bunch...and that's saying a lot, considering how many I've been to!
The big difference, of course, was having a book there - I AM NOW AN OFFICIAL AUTHOR!
Book Cover large

I had 20 copies with me, thanks to Corvus Nocturnum, my publisher (I don't think I'll ever get tired of saying that!), and of that many, I donated one to the Tempest Smith Foundation raffle (along with a water bottle, t-shirt and tote-bag...thank you, Cafe Press!); gave 4 away, took home 3 and SOLD THE REST!!!! WHOOO-HOOOO!!!!!
(Excited? Moi?!? Just a bit!!!)
I got all sorts of compliments from all the presenters there, many of whom have known about this 'massive missive' since almost the beginning, and got a whole lot of congratulatory comments. This felt wonderful! The highlight came on Saturday, when Dame, who was handling the announcing of the Raffle, took a minute and said, "We all know how hard he's worked on this book for all of us. Let's give Puck a round of applause for actually finishing his book!"

THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE APPLAUDED!!!!
I have never felt so loved, empowered and overwhelmed in my life!!!! When you're writing a book, you never know how it's going to go over - will they like it? Will people snark about it? What if it flops? To have 300 people, (which it turns out was almost HALF THE PEOPLE WHO CAME TO CON THAT YEAR) acknowledge me in that way made it all feel VERY worth-while!!!! Since I've been home, I've told that story to several people, and I STILL can't tell it without choking up!

Whatever I do in my life now, whatever I accomplish, that was a MAJOR part of my life, and I will ALWAYS treasure this!!!!

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, June 24th, 2011
3:10 pm
[beckibear]
have just joined!
Hi guys, I'm a pagan writer based in Cardiff, UK and I'm looking forward to getting to know you!

I also edit a pagan webzine http://thepaganfriends.wordpress.com/ to which you guys are all welcome to submit work.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
11:26 am
[elorie]
Announcement
I am cleaning out my LJ closets.  Since sethanikeem  seems to be Absent From LJ, that means this community needs a new maintainer/owner.  Anyone interested? 
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
10:20 am
[half_double]
"The Sisters of Maria" in _Witches & Pagans_

My short story "The Sisters of Maria" is now available in issue 22 of Witches & Pagans magazine, the Community Issue. Take a gander!

cross-posted liek whoa. ;-D

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
12:55 am
[queenofillusion]
Looking for Info
Hey all,

It's almost the new year and I like to make a list of three goals to accomplish each year. One of those goals usually involves completing a book and getting it to the publisher, but I also like to write essays and/or poetry and submit to anthologies.

Has anyone heard of any pagan or witchcraft anthologies recently that are looking for submissions? I DO prefer ones that pay, if only a smidge or a free copy or two of the book.

Has anyone written for those anthologies out there that are devotionals?

Thanks!

Veronica

Current Mood: chipper
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
10:14 am
[paigemom]
Reposting call for submissions

I'm reposting this -- I need just a few more submissions.

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Many Pagans compare the "coming out of the broom closet" process of telling family and friends that they're Pagan to "coming out" as gay/lesbian/bixexual/transgender.

But is it really the same? And who better to ask than the folk who have chosen -- or chosen not -- to do both?

I am editing an anthology  titled Closet With Two Doors, and I am looking for GLBT Pagan contributors. I am looking for personal musings, true-life accounts, opinion pieces, poems, rituals -- anything but obvious fiction that illustrates the author's thoughts, experiences and feelings about coming out as queer and as Pagan -- or choosing to come out as one but not the other.

I have signed a contract with Immanion Press, so not only do we have a publisher, but we have a publisher that I am sure will be comfortable with the subject and not try to "clean up for the mainstream Pagan community" anything you have to say.

Here are some questions to get you started. You do not need to necessarily answer every question in your piece.

When and how did you know you were gay? When and how did you know you were Pagan? Did any one experience affirm both aspects?
Are you out of the closet? Are you out of the broom closet? Why or why not? Are you out of one closet but not the other? Why or why not?
Did your family and friends react differently to one "outing" than the other? Why or why not?
Do your glbt friends know you're Pagan? Why or why not?
How hard (or how easy) has it been for you to find a life partner because you're glbt and Pagan?

Essays should be at least 2,000 words and at most 4,000 words in length. Longer essays will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Poems and rituals may vary. Please do not send more than three poems. All writers -- published and unpublished -- are invited to submit pieces for consideration.Published contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology.

Deadline: December 1, but sooner is definitely better!

Please send your submission as a Word attachment to bronwenforbes@yahoo.com with the word  "submission" somewhere in the subject line.  Please run your piece through spell check and grammar check before hitting the 'send' button, and choose an easy-to-read font and font size (i.e. Times New Roman 12).

If you have any questions, please email me at bronwenforbes@yahoo.com


crossposting a bit
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
5:21 pm
[queenofillusion]
Book Just Out!
Okay, so I'm happy now! I started with an idea for this collection last fall and now here it is at long last. :) I edited the anthology and also wrote three essays and provided some poetry and artwork. A labor of love...

To Fly By Night-The Craft of the Hedgewitch

Edited by Veronica Cummer

Hedgewitch Craft takes its name from the practice of travelling beyond the boundaries, of going past the "hedgerows" that divide what is known from what is unknown. Hedgewitches utilize diverse techniques to undertake the night-flight into strange and sometimes dangerous places in order to gain spirit-allies, magickal abilities and knowledge, to heal and to commune with the Gods and the ancestors.

From the ancient to the modern, from the philosophical and historical to the practical and mystical, these essays span a wide variety of paths and approaches. To Fly By Night features works by: Robin Artisson, Christopher Crittenden, Veronica Cummer, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, Eric de Vries, Rev. Jack Green, Raven Grimassi, Beth Hansen-Buth, Juniper, Sylva Markson, Jenne Micale, Papa Toad Bone, John Pwyll, Elige Stewart, and Kari Tauring

http://www.pendraigpublishing.com/products.asp?genre=Witchcraft

or on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Night-Veronica-Cummer/dp/0982726376/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284500562&sr=1-6

Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, April 2nd, 2010
7:59 pm
[paigemom]
Looking for something specific
Okay, folks --

I'm looking to add to the fiction side of Seven Tines Books. If you are a small press, POD, or self-published fiction author who's written (and published!) a book where the primary characters are Pagan AND their religion is integral to the plot, please contact me, either by leaving a message, or emailing seventinesbooks@yahoo.com

Thanks!
Friday, March 19th, 2010
8:41 pm
[paigemom]
Announcing a new Pagan book distributor

Seven Tines Books is a book distributor/seller of quality small press, self-published and Print-On-Demand (POD) books of interest to the Pagan community.

I am seeking additions to Seven Tines Books' catalogue which will be sent to every possible online and physical Pagan shop in the United States.

Seven Tines Books believes there are well-written, informative, and/or entertaining POD, small press and self-published books of interest to the Pagan community and that the community deserves to know about these books -- including yours.

I am looking for:

Non-fiction books that are:
*well-researched
*the author's original material (translations excepted)
*thorough

Fiction books that are:
*realistic (no "Charmed" powers, please!)
*engaging
*peopled with sympathetic characters

I will consider poetry; I prefer poetry that could be used in a ritual setting.

All books *must* be free or nearly free of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

If you would like to be considered for addition to the list of Seven Tines' sales catalogue and have your work sold at various Pagan events, please sent me a brief query. Please include the following in your query:

*a brief (6 to7 sentences) overview of your book
*a 100-word biography
*How much your publisher sells the book to the general public and how much you are charged for author copies

This is your chance to show me your writing st yle as well as sell me on your book.

I don't have agree with what your book says or even like what your book says, but I must love how you say it.

Please send the query to seventinesbooks@yahoo.com with "query" somewhere in the title.

Questions? Contact Bronwen Forbes at the email address above or check out the website.

Website:
http://seventinesbooks.webs.com/
Saturday, February 6th, 2010
12:35 pm
[queenofillusion]
Deadline Extended
To Fly By Night-The Craft of the Hedgewitch

This anthology is currently open for submissions of essays regarding the
ancient and modern practice of the Hedgewitch. Hedgewitches and
Hedgeriders are those who travel past the "hedges" that mark out the
boundaries of the known world. They dare to go into the wild and unknown
realms of the beyond to seek out knowledge, healing, and to commune with
the dead. They are often said to have one foot in this world and one foot
in the other.

Some potential subjects for the essays include, but are not limited to:

>The origins of Hedgeriding
>Tools and techniques for Hedgeriding (for example, ritual, trance, herbs,
drumming)
> How Hedgeriding relates your spiritual beliefs (or how it doesn’t)
> Experiences in the Underworld and Otherworld(s)
> How your experiences are or are not accepted by others
> Potential and actual obstacles and dangers in regards to this practice
> Whether you must be born to this practice or if it can be taught
> Using the aid and guidance of totems or spirits in your travels
> The worldview of the Hedgewitch
> How Hedgeriding may or may not relate to astral projection/travel
> The Hedgewitch link to the Goddesses of Fate
> The connection between the Hedgewitch and the hawthorn tree

Essays should be approximately 2000-4000 words in length (they can go longer) and be attached as a Word doc. Times New Roman 12 pt preferred. Please put submission and the title of the piece in your subject time. Also submit in your email the name of your essay and the word count, plus a brief bio, your real name, pen-name if any, your address, email address, and any previous publishing history. Submissions of rituals, trance techniques, etc., will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

You must be willing to work with the editing process and re-write as
needed. Once an essay has been accepted in final draft form, a contract
will be sent to you. Payment will be 2 copies of the published book, plus
$25.00

The deadline for submissions is CHANGED TO MARCH 3, 2010!!! Please email your submission to hedgewitch@pendraigpublishing.com or webofstars@hotmail.com. You can contact me with ideas or questions at webofstars@hotmail.com.

I have several pieces and more promised, but need a few more, so that's why the deadline has gotten pushed back. Please feel free to pass this info along to anyone you might think would be interested.

Current Mood: creative
Thursday, February 4th, 2010
11:36 am
[craft_haven]
Just invert it...
So many places and from so many mouths have I heard that Wicca = Satanism. More than that, if you are 'pagan' at all you are a satanist by many Christian standards.

First off, I don't get it. I really don't. It makes about as much sense as saying, "You don't like apple pie? Then you must only eat lemons, just like all the rest." What? How does one thought lead to the other?

On top of that, I really don't like the judgment, "You are Satanist," when I don't even believe in Satan. Satan? Really? Isn't He like, an innate part of Christianity? "Neo-Pagan Witches aren't Satanists. The Christian anti-God, Satan, has no place in Pagan pantheons, either mythologically or theologically. Plainly and simply, to non-Christians, Satanism is the dark side of Christianity." - Otter and Morning Glory Zell

I'm not Christian, so how can I be Satanist? That said, wouldn't that make Satanism the flip-side of Christianity? "Oh, but Satanist use the pentagram." Yes, some do, but it is inverted. "What difference does that make? It's still the pentagram and therefore associated with Satanism." So, the inverted cross used by some Anti-Christ/Satanist means... ... ... the cross is associated with Satanism? There's shooting yourself in the foot with shortsighted thinking.

{I'll be cross posting this to two other communities as well as my journal.}

Current Mood: amused
Friday, January 29th, 2010
9:13 am
[elorie]
My suggestions for handling works-in-progress and posts of articles
We are in the process of discussing this, so these aren't set rules as of yet.  I'm just posting them here so members of the community can offer ideas.  In the spirit of the proposal, feedback is welcome, specifically in the form of ideas about how this would work online as opposed to how it works in a class environment.

Background information:  I have a graduate degree in Creative Writing and I teach both composition and creative writing at a public university.  I am very familiar with how writing workshops go in a classroom environment, but less so with how they work online.

Rationale:  People have very different ideas about what they want from a community of fellow writers.  In addition, people are often afraid of the idea of critique, and/or don't know how to do it well.  They may be unaware of how useful critique can be.  Or they may be at the stage where they need encouragement to overcome anxieties about writing more than they need specific feedback about the writing itself.

General principles:   Be specific.  Be aware. Take responsibility for what you say. Be respectful of others (although that does not mean you never disagree with them or say anything negative).

For posters:   When you post an article, story, link to either, or any other form of a work-in-progress, say whether or not you want feedback or just want people to read it.  Say further what kind of feedback you want...constructive criticism, or encouragement.  Try to be specific about what aspects of the work you are unsure of, ie, "Does it seem like this character would really say that?"
  • Ask for what you want.  If you ask for a critique when you really wanted only praise, that is not anyone else's fault.
  • Resist the urge to argue with a critique.  Information about audience perception is worth its weight in gold. The proper response when someone takes the time to tell you what is wrong with a story or automobile which isn't running right is, "Thank you." 
  • Even if they are dead wrong.  You are free to ignore any or all advice you are given.  It is your writing, after all.
For responders:  Be specific and concrete in your observations.  Feedback is most useful when it is prompt and relevant.  Also, "critique" doesn't just mean negative criticism.  The method I recommend to my students is to mention one thing you like about the work, one thing you think is not working, and make one suggestion. 
  • Resist the impulse to rewrite or edit their work.  Criticisms should be very specific, but suggestions should be open-ended.
  • Know the difference between what makes good writing, and what is a matter of personal taste.  Don't impose the latter, but be able to offer opinions on the former.  It's also ok if people disagree about what the difference is; but in general, both "I think all romance is vapid therefore this romance story sucks" and "Nobody can tell you how to write because there are no rules" are to be avoided. 
  • There may be many problems with a piece, but the writer can only focus on one of them (or at best a few related issues) at a time.  Don't overwhelm.
For everyone...Be respectful of other people's time and energy.  Some of us do this for a living, on both sides of the equation. Be respectful of other people's passions (and your own), but also respect the work.
Thursday, January 28th, 2010
10:29 pm
[sethanikeem]
Dusting off the Cobwebs
So ... it's been a while since I started this community. I had a lot of drive for where I wanted this to go when I first started it up, and then I found myself with less and less time for side projects. pagan_writers was one of the first things to get put on a shelf.

I've been an absent parent since then, and frankly I'm amazed to see that the community is still limping along despite my long negligence. But perhaps that's because the community itself is a good idea. However, if it's to flourish, I really need to put it into hands that can do something with it.

I've just added elorie as a mod for this community. I would also like, ideally, to add ysbetwordsmith and lupagreenwolf. If this is a responsibility that either of the two of you would be interested in holding, please respond when you have a moment of time.

I'll remind everyone here that the one and only rule I established for the community was to play nice with one another. I've never felt the need to warn anyone to adhere to that rule until now. I don't like the fact that I've had to remind anyone about something as basic as common courtesy. I'm not feeling particularly tolerant of tomfoolery, so please do behave.

--M
11:52 am
[craft_haven]
Concerning my last post...
My last post was met with some amount of hostility, and while some of the feedback was harsh I feel it was well deserved. Nothing drives me more than criticism. That said, I have revised the article into a manner that I hope is less dogmatic and just more informative.

After re-reading the article this morning, as I was trying to tweak it, I found many sections where my own fears and anger of past circumstances were glaring me in the face. This is not my intention for Craft Haven--to rant, and point fingers. I merely wish to be educational and to provide comfort to those seeking it. I will be more diligent here on out to make sure that I do not offend people. I am not naive in thinking that I can please everyone, but these past few hours have shown me that I can do much better.

If you wish to read the revised article, please refer to my last post for the link.

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
4:45 pm
[craft_haven]
Pagan Sexuality
So recently I wrote an article about pagan sexuality. It was successful to a large degree. My goal was to be as upfront about the subject as I could be. You hear of so many people who mark sex as taboo, or they are at the very least embarrassed about the subject.

Why is this? The idea of sex ranges from an oppressed 'I am a sinner' view, to the carefree 'sex is a hobby' view. Where's the balance? I understand that the majority of people today grow up in households with parents whose best idea to keep their kid from 'promiscuity' is to tell them how wrong and disgusting sex is. What a mind trip!

I was part of a Christian family in my teens. My hormones were running wild around age seventeen. I was already inclined to be a 'rebel' and I can only imagine if my parents told me the above viewpoint. No doubt, I would only have gone to see for myself. Yet, I'm not like everybody. There are some people who take what their parents say as gospel (excuse the pun) and end up with their entire outlook on a life of love, tainted to a depressing degree.

What comes as a surprise is the look on peoples faces when they read that having safe and responsible sex is enjoyable. It widens peoples eyes with an expression of, "really?". Yes, really. Outside of being a responsible, loving adult, I don't feel that their should be any other sex rule. Sex is natural and should be enjoyed, not shunned. You shouldn't have to feel bad about it.

There are many other avenues I discussed in the article. If you would like to read it, just click here.

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
1:44 pm
[craft_haven]
Greetings!
Hello everyone! This is officially my first post to this community, so I thought I would introduce myself. My pen/craft name is Marcus Briarstone, and I am a writer for a pagan informational website known as Craft Haven.

I am male, 26 years of age, and identify myself as an eclectic pagan. I do not follow a specific path as I find courage, strength, and harmony with most forms of earthen spirituality. I write to inform people of pagan history, celebrations, recipes, spells, and ultimately our common ground with many other faiths. It is through such that I find a sense of contentment; I drive myself to constantly update the website and provide accurate information through it, as well as my tweets on Twitter, and my posts here on Livejournal.

The website is a baby for now. There is a ton of work to do. My goal is to have it fully fleshed out with several hundred articles by the end of this summer--accurate and thought provoking articles.

I hope you all have a grand day. Thank you for reading this.

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
1:13 pm
[queenofillusion]
Re-Posting Request for Submissions!
To Fly By Night-The Craft of the Hedgewitch

This anthology is currently open for submissions of essays regarding the
ancient and modern practice of the Hedgewitch. Hedgewitches and
Hedgeriders are those who travel past the "hedges" that mark out the
boundaries of the known world. They dare to go into the wild and unknown
realms of the beyond to seek out knowledge, healing, and to commune with
the dead. They are often said to have one foot in this world and one foot
in the other.

Some potential subjects for the essays include, but are not limited to:

>The origins of Hedgeriding
>Tools and techniques for Hedgeriding (for example, ritual, trance, herbs,
drumming)
> How Hedgeriding relates your spiritual beliefs (or how it doesn’t)
> Experiences in the Underworld and Otherworld(s)
> How your experiences are or are not accepted by others
> Potential and actual obstacles and dangers in regards to this practice
> Whether you must be born to this practice or if it can be taught
> Using the aid and guidance of totems or spirits in your travels
> The worldview of the Hedgewitch
> How Hedgeriding may or may not relate to astral projection/travel
> The Hedgewitch link to the Goddesses of Fate
> The connection between the Hedgewitch and the hawthorn tree

Essays should be approximately 2000-4000 words in length (they can go longer) and be attached as a Word doc. Times New Roman 12 pt preferred. Please put submission and the title of the piece in your subject time. Also submit in your email the name of your essay and the word count, plus a brief bio, your real name, pen-name if any, your address, email address, and any previous publishing history. Submissions of rituals, trance techniques, etc., will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

You must be willing to work with the editing process and re-write as
needed. Once an essay has been accepted in final draft form, a contract
will be sent to you. Payment will be 2 copies of the published book, plus
$25.00

The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2010 (but may be pushed back). Please email your submission to hedgewitch@pendraigpublishing.com or webofstars@hotmail.com. You can contact me with ideas or questions here on LJ or at webofstars@hotmail.com

I've gotten some submissions, but would like to see more...especially some that talk about people's experiences and techniques. Please feel free to pass this info along to those you think might be interested!

Veronica Cummer

Current Mood: energetic
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
2:41 am
[rebekah1213]
My Writing Style Survey
My Writing Style
May 15, 2009 by marina72

Questions snagged from Faye L. Booth

1. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter?”

2. Detailed character sketches or “their character will be revealed to me as a I write”?

3. Do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?

4. Books on plotting – useful or harmful?

5. Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?

6. Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?

7. Are you a morning or afternoon writer?

8. Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?

9. Computer or longhand? (Or typewriter?)

10. Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?

11. Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?

12. Editing – love it or hate it?

Bonus questions

13. Why do you want to write?

14. Do you want to publish your work? Why?

15. Do like to write alone or do you like to work with other? Why?

My answers are here: http://rebekah1213.livejournal.com/74230.html
2:34 am
[rebekah1213]
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