June 20th, 2011


Greenhaven Website Update: "Writing" Section

I've added a "Writing" section.  So far it contains "Composing Magic" (about my how-to book on magical writing), "Essays and Articles" (more how-to and other information; oops, left the topic page blank), and "Poetry" (with poems from 2002-2007).  This section is not done yet, and will develop into a sizable archive of Pagan materials.  Most of this stuff is reprinted from things I wrote for other venues, collected here in a convenient bundle.

Other sections have been touched up as proofreading reveals typos and places that need improvement.

Monday Update 6-20-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:

Torn Tongue: Sea Monsters R-S
Through the Old Genre Gap
Bookstore Observations by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Recipe: "Fresh Herb Vinaigrette"
A Brief History of Asexuality in Fandom
Microfic by Rebelsheart
America on Fire
"Family Ties and Torn Skies" now in stock!
Genderfixing Comics
Recipe: "Fresh Herb Topping"

The big news this week is that I'm building a new website, Greenhaven: A Pagan Tradition.  So far it has a "Home" section describing our local coven and facilities; an "Activities" section covering esbats and sabbats, with background information and ritual texts; a "Writing" section with details about my book Composing magic, some how-to articles, and poetry from 1992-2007; and a "Havenspeak" blog for tracking website updates, news, and other stuff.  We're hoping this will be useful in networking with other Pagans in central Illinois.  Feedback on content is welcome as the site develops.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "On the Rocks," "Clouds in the Morning," (fiction) "Steam Power," "Cage of Hope" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Time," "Scars of Stone" "Catch and Release," "Swept Away" (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: Nothing, wow!  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," (fiction) and "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow," (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "The Green Speech," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," (fiction).  Currently writing: "From Dark to Bright," "Raining Kittens," "Catch of the Day" (fiction).

There are three epic poems in microfunding: "Fiorenza and the Witch-Son" features Fiorenza the Italian herbalist musing about social roles and gender dynamics, at a time when there is NOT a major preternatural crisis going on. "Enki's Messengers" is essentially a sidebar to the Sumerian myth "The Descent of Inanna," focusing on the kurgarra and the galaturcreated by Enki. Continuing from previous occasions is the epic poem "Igor's Creature."  This is a mix of horror and science fiction with a large helping of sociology and a wry twist of humor.  The epic poem "A Periodic Table of Elementals" is ahead of production.

For Llewellyn, I'm currently working on the set of 13 stone articles for the 2013 Witches' Datebook.

The black raspberries are ripening vigorously now.  I've gotten a few more mulberries but not a lot.  The shasta daisy and yucca are blooming in the white garden, and penstemon is still going in the wildflower garden.  I've set out more native grasses in the prairie garden (big bluestem and little bluestem) and wildflower garden (northern sea oats).  Also some potted shasta daisy and wild petunia plants finally grew big enough to plant in the ground, so I put some of each in the wildflower garden and prairie garden.  I really like the wild petunia; it has smallish trumpet-shaped flowers in a vivid fuchsia shade.