#ROW80 Sunday check-in and a round-up of posts to inspire a year of writing

This week’s word count: 2,545. That amounts to two out of three scenes in chapter two of my WIP, “Good, Old-Fashioned Magic.” So, I didn’t quite meet my goal of finishing a chapter this week. But I did some plotting work that should help make this draft more cohesive than my first drafts in the […]

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Exploring the Elements, part 4: Air and Balancing the 4 Elements

This is the fourth and final post in my series on the four elements. Previous posts covered earth, water, and fire. A single kingfisher’s feather floats to the ground. A hawk circles, its sharp eye searching the ground below for prey. The smoke of incense dances toward the sky. A foggy morning gives way to […]

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Exploring the Elements, part 2: Water

In the first post of this series, we discussed the nurturing qualities of the earth element. In today’s post, we’re talking about water. Water, governed by the moon and the goddess Venus, is generally associated with emotions, love, and spirituality. People who are water signs can be moody and emotional, but also sensitive, generous, and […]

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Exploring the Elements, part 1: Earth

(This article is part one of a four-part series exploring the four elements–earth, water, fire, and air–and their common associations with plants and herbs, gemstones, colors, emotions, and the cardinal directions.) In many Western, nature-based spiritual paths, there are four elements–earth, water, fire, and air–with the fifth (the top point of the pentacle) being spirit. […]

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Magic and the word: Why I write paranormal and fantasy

Every day that I sit down to write, I find myself swept up in the magic. The sheer act of writing is magic in itself; the same energy that flows through me when I read tarot cards or weave a spell also takes over when I conjure a story. And every word that I write, […]

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Witchin’ in the Kitchen:

Sometimes, kitchen magic is born out of necessity. While in my daydreams (which are many), I live in a city with a new-age scene the size of San Francisco and can find any old herb or magical ingredient at the drop of a hat (Mugwort? Sure, no problem. Frankincense? Oh, just let me pop over […]

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The Magic and the Writing

Like the old chicken-or-the-egg conundrum, sometimes I don’t know which came first: the magic or the writing. Was the magic born of storytelling, or did the storytelling spring forth from the soil of spirit, from the earth and ground where I first found a deeper self? Once, there was a small knoll that served as […]

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