Monday, September 1, 2014

Road Trip! DC and Delmarva Pagan Pride Day

Research for "the project hopefully to be announced soon" took me south this month. There are many hidden treasures in Washington, DC, many thought provoking in different ways. Some snapshots...

Pentacles. They're everywhere.
The Korean War Memorial. Stare into the eyes of the soldiers, and try to see what they see.
...but should it be?
There are many ways to fight...
The National Cathedral proved itself to be quite Hogwart-ish...
For once my timing was good and I was able to drop in on the Delmarva Pagan Pride Festival. At last I was able to reconnect with Amy Blackthorn and Helena Domenic and spend some quality time with Caroline Kenner of the Fool's Dog (Kat and I are eternally grateful to her for bringing Graven Images Oracle to iPhone and Android). I also got to pay a brief visit to the Bell Book and Candle shop and met more cool people than I can count... here are a few fleeting images (drat that I didn't get any of the  Blackthorn's HooDoo Blend's tea tent and the many MANY tins of Van Van and Florida Water tea I managed to snag...) :

I loved these guys! Yay for Gargoyle Bells!
Thankfully we arrived in time to hear S.J. Tucker!
Wand gorgeousness... move over Ollivanders
Brought to you by the gentlemen of the Wizards Tower (they also make ritual wear!) ♥
Selfies! ♥

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meditation on... Gratitude ♥ We Are All Star Stuff

I was recently tagged on Facebook to talk about Gratitude. I decided to address that call here, because the topic is so important and I recently had an experience that brought it home...

The research for my current project has put me on the road, a place where I've always felt at home, despite its transitory nature (I'm a Sagittarius after all). I'm very fortunate to have family and friends who have always supported me and my work and have happily accompanied me from adventure to adventure even when they didn't know what to expect, even when my ideas were clearly hair-brained. Sometimes, though, I think I really get it right:

The photo above was taken by my daughter Mari (please like her Facebook page, Marichrome Media!) at Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania (yes, that is a shooting star!). As a person who has always lived in an urban area, seeing stars like this was humbling. Inspirational, and... comforting. The sight/site confirmed (for me) that we all have our place in the Universe, we are all, as Carl Sagan said, made of star stuff. One day I will return to the sky, ready for the next journey. For that, and all of the above, I am so very, very grateful. ♥

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia and a Magical GIVEAWAY!

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly awaiting!

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Title: Forest of Whispers
Author: Jennifer Murgia
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago... and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to--one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder--a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

Jennifer Murgia photo 1384944_10200610144198229_370165092_n_zpsbcfb015a.jpgJennifer Murgia has long loved the dark and speculative -- and it's from these dark places that she weaves fantastical stories, often hoping to find truth in them. Her Young Adult novels include the upcoming Historical Fantasy FOREST OF WHISPERS (9/9/14 -- Spencer Hill Press), BETWEEN THESE LINES, ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

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