Daily Archives: May 13, 2004

Book Progress

As of this afternoon’s writing jam, the spellcrafting manuscript word count stands at 16,423. That means it’s just under one-fifth complete (or, if you’re Ceri, one over 4.871217).

The day’s total stands at 2,955 words, which is the best so far on this project. (It’s not a personal best; I hit 5K one day while working on a November novel.) I almost want to sit down and write forty-five words just so I can say I hit 3K, but I did that already to hit 2.5K, and frankly, I’m tired of thinking about spellcrafting this afternoon. I think I’ll finish the new Caroline Stevermer while waiting for HRH to get home instead.

Catechism For A Witch’s Child


When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling streams
of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drank
the holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother
who never taught you
death was life’s reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and a million, million light years
of being.

– J.L. Stanley

(found via Margie’s Brigid’s Hearth: Pagan Parenting page)

– Read more of J.L. Stanley’s Labyrinth Poems

Concert Reminder

Orchestra was wonderful! There will only be five celli for the concert – and no, the obnoxious oblivious boy isn’t one of them. Dress rehearsal in Saturday morning, and the concert itself is Sunday night at 7.30. I know, it’s rather soon; because I missed two weeks of rehearsal due to illness, the idea that the concert was still two weeks away was knocking about in my mind. It was a bit of a surprise to me to realise it was four days away, too.

Date: Sunday May 16, 2004
Time: 19.30
Admission: 10$
Address: Valois United Church, 70 Belmont Ave, Pointe-Claire

Mapquest, for those with autos or friends with autos who may be bribed with a ticket and a coffee
STCUM bus from Lionel-Groulx Metro

The Mozart symphony alone is worth the price of admission, but the whole programme is a wonderful treat. I’m really looking forward to it.