Blog review, new title and new agendas
It came to me during this week. I need to do something about my blog that is a big risk. I need to change the name of my blog as soon as possible, because I can see from my writing that I write about more than witchcraft on a daily basis.
So the proper title for my blog is from Monday going to be “Daily witchcraft in a writer´s life”.
The risk of changing a name could be oh so many things. Well, I believe that my readers are tough enough for that. The same goes for the new agendas that I have planned for this blog during the month of September.
I want to continue to write about the process of writing, of building a blog and of witchcraft on a daily basis. But I want it to be more clearly stated in the titles and in the future content.
So my writing challenge next month is to produce 1-2 weekly blog posts about writing and building a blog on Mondays and 1 weekly post about daily witchcraft on Fridays.
My challenge is also to listen to advice but take life a bit less seriously and try to write my own voice. It is a chaotic, wild goose chase, riding along in a roller coaster without brakes and clutch. It is my life in a nutshell and I´m proud of it.
I´ve been told to keep on writing, because there is something about them words. I´ve been told to try to trust my stream of consciousness, because there is something important going on. I´ve been told to break free from my anxiety and write as if I was born for just that.
So here it goes, from now on it is point of no return.
There will be new pages to discover, new daring entries into my world of witchcraft and of writing, and new stories to tell. Oh, did I forget, not to break the rule of showing not telling ? Well, I believe there are rules and then there is reality to me.
I´ll try my best to write my best possible English, but I may resonate a bit Danish from time to time. That is the biggest challenge in writing in a language different from that of one´s native. There will inevitably be some misspells and some minor grammar inconsistencies.
This is my way of introducing myself to you, dear reader, as a writer with a passion for witchcraft as well as for writing. I´ll try to show you how my daily life entangles with writing and witchcraft.
This is also my way of writing without strings attached. To actually sit down and use that keyboard, today to the thundering thrust of a fast beating set of drums and to the crying, howling, tearing riffs from a bass guitar.
Regarding new agendas I need to make a switch from the big rituals for a time and only refer to them when celebrating the Sabbats. They are filled with mystery and magick, but they also tend to demand rather lot of energy.
And my energy needs to be recharged by switching to my passion for writing. There is magick in writing too.
Today it is like riding a happy-go-lucky roller coaster with no other goal than trying my absolute best to make this post both worth reading and memorable.
The words flows from my heart and mind and my fingers dance across the keyboard. There is a mild late summer breeze cooling my body on one of the last lazy summer days. I have a cup of fresh brewed steaming hot coffee on my desk, my little wise dog and my husband sleeps on the couch next to me.
I have ear plugs in my ears, following the embracing rhythms of music as different as blues, classic rock and fast modern beats, and there is only me, the keyboard and the screen. I have put away my notes, and I´m just letting the mix between the words and the music that evokes them flow from my fingers.
This is a good, good day.
I have also made another decision. I do not intend to use any kind of money on this blog before I´m ready for just that. It needs to be put aside for a while, and I need to just write and just read. My goal/challenge about writing at least 500 words at a time needs to be raised to 1,000 words at a time.
Because today is going to make the whole difference. Today I also skipped a planned New Moon ritual and decided to write my New Moon intentions at my daily meditation tea ritual. Oops, did I just mix between the tenses on purpose ?
Well, a story to me tends to gain its own momentum, as the thoughts and ideas become visible on the screen or on the crazy amount of paper I use when writing. Whether that writing is for this or that. I love to write free style.
I have the world in my hands for a brief moment. So I kissed the muse and I like it.
The Northern Witch goes free style
So now the screen is white as ice, the letters on the keyboard concentrated and alert, the music is set and I need a break ???
Do I really know how to do this ? Do I really dare to write free style and about what ? Do I really want such writing to be for others to read ? Do I really have stories to tell ?
Yes, I do, yes we can, dear reader…
After a good long break outside and inside I feel like writing this free style project. Not necessarily a certain goal but writing something with a good feeling in it. Why do I want to be a writer ? Because that is what I can, write and write well too.
Because it is my passion, because it feels right, because I can´t help myself for doing it, I´m a writing addict.
I´ve always been writing something. There are so many things to be inspired from. There are so many conflicting archetypes to write about. There is so much crazy going on in this world that needs words to be truly understood.
Because the use of words is a powerful tool to handle, it is necessary to be critical both in reading and in writing. In a time of worse fake news than ever it is absolutely necessary to be able to distinguish plausible from ridiculous.
But on the other hand, I´m not afraid to raise my voice and speak my thoughts about both the big overwhelming issues and the everyday experiences in a world gone crazy a long time ago.
So therefore, at times, my pen is sharpened slightly more than average.
That happens especially when I´m caught with surprise or disbelief. When I fail to understand quite a few humans whose “reality” often is displayed openly in one reality show after another. Sorry to speak so frankly, but it is getting more boring and more tarred with the same brush than entertaining.
Or when I don´t manage to handle the way our powerful leaders dance around the golden calf rather than exercising humility towards their position. Where there is a democracy, they are elected by the people, and the prime project is to be of service to the people, who they are said to represent.
They are not, however, supposed to tend to their own wants before anything else. And they should try to live the life of ordinary people on the same conditions, because there are way too many of them that does not show what they tell.
There are far too many serious matters that need to be properly addressed in the world today to it to be fair to keep playing along as if they do not know that we, the people, already know their whereabouts and their self-overestimated behaviours.
Therefore it is more than ever important to keep writing, to keep speaking your mind and to keep up the spirit. People need to meet across borders, inner and outer walls, and lack of trust. We learn from above not to trust anybody, because those in charge are few to be trusted.
Lack of trust is difficult to the point of no return with me. Have I first lost my personal respect for something or someone, it is my definite decision to close my door permanently. When I say no, I mean it literally.
But it takes some moment of surprise and considerable range of disbelief, before I´m ready to rock the boat in my writing. I have seen my part of life and of how different people act according to what they say. I know my psychology well.
Most of the time I´m more contained with what the present moment has in store for me and my loved ones. This is where life is lived to its fullest every day, and nothing else matters. This is also my primary point of view for writing.
I prefer the simple life, where you get what you need, not necessarily everything you want. I´ve tried many different ways of life, but it is first in my grown-up years that I have realized that the Zen and the Tao directions fit well with my expectation to life as it is now.
So does witchcraft and many, many other traditions and beliefs. My beliefs consist of many paths not yet taken, because I can only research one part at a time. My path therefore is a mix of genres, of tenses and ways of life.
It evolves both from the inside and from the influence from others around me in my daily life. I think of my grand father on my mother´s side. He was a typographer and could both with a machine and by his own hands set up pages for the local news paper. Today it is all about web design.
He taught me to read and write before I even went to school. And he told me about life, taught me to never give up and how to deal with any problems. Head on, get it done and get over it. Go to the top chair and let the natural order of any hierarchy follow gravity downwards.
Tell the person in that chair that with the chair follows responsibility, humility and respect. Can you not live up to those simple rules, then you are not fit for the task representing that chair. How to get the person in that chair to respond with positivity is either chance or knowledge of their own medicine, law. Or both.
I know, I´ve already been there for quite a few years now. But the victory is a bittersweet one, because the price for all that is a life with early retirement and absolute no trust left for any kind of system that either yells or laughs at the same people it is put into this world to defend and care for.
To remind me of always to be on the lookout for new surprises and disbeliefs. To remind me to write with a positive outlook at all times. And to remind me of my promise to myself about not compromising myself.
These are 5 New Moon intentions for me to work with in the new Moon cycle :
- To develop my blog with care and to show my readers what I want and need to do with it.
- To develop my writing by learning from other writers and to write from the bottom of my heart and soul.
- To develop my passion for witchcraft into a daily way of life that makes room for diversity and everyday mundane life which is the absolute basis for anything I do.
- To work less with the big rituals and concentrate on establishing a reasonable daily practice.
- To keep up the learning process preparing for my fourth year as a witch
What to expect in September 2019
- Monday September 2 2019 : What I love about writing
- Friday September 6 2019 : What I love about witchcraft
- Monday September 9 2019 : Good writing advice I like to use
- Friday September 13 2019 : Magickal intentions
- Monday September 16 2019 : How it is to run a blog in 2019
- Friday September 20 2019 : Living after the phases of the Moon and the Sabbats
- Monday September 23 2019 : Today´s stream of consciousness and Mabon Sabbat/Autumn Equinox ritual
- Friday September 27 2019 : Writing as a witch
- Monday September 30 2019 : A session from first person point of view and what to expect in October 2019
This is a rough plan for September 2019. There may very well be more post during the weeks depending on my well-being and writing abilities. If so, I´ll update this post accordingly, so there all the time is something written to rely on.
My plans also include to keep my deadlines. It has been some troubled weeks this month, because my anxiety and my osteoarthritis have been nagging me more often than I had expected. Therefore some of the posts in August was published later than planned.
But as it is for now, it is getting better day by day.
It is also getting easier to plan and create blog content. I`m learning to make content both planned and on the spot. It was a good and reasonable decision to change blog name, blog content and blog looks. The latter have to wait until I´m good and ready for working with the technicalities.
During the next week I´ll be trying to create pages for blog writing, writing in general and witchcraft. I´ll also try to make some technical improvements on the blog, if I can manage it myself. I need to have a really good day both mentally, physically and spiritually before working with any kind of modern technology.
And this, dear reader, is approximately 2500 words delivered on time on a Friday in 2019. This is as good as it gets today, and I hope it was worth reading and showed what I´m about to do with this blog and why.
Show, not tell. Yes, it is necessary to write for all the senses in a reader. Sometimes some telling is appropriate too, I believe, however.
The picture today shows my philosophical feline Ozzy at a favourite place close to me when I´m writing. I did it. I wrote more than 2,000 words today. I have had a great time behind the keyboard today, because everything just felt right.
May your weekend be filled with sun and joy of life, dear reader. May you be blessed with bliss in your everyday life. May any problems be easily solved. May we merry part for now and merry meet on Monday evening around 11 p.m. CET. So Mote It Be.