Daily Archives: August 9, 2004

The GCN, Revived

I sat down today and decided to get back into writing. Not the book-type stuff (although I think I’ve just promised to come up with an outline and proposal for a book collection of spells, and they offered me the option to write yet another book last Friday too — don’t go nuts, I’m not sure I want to do this one as it’s not my forte), but writing for myself.

So I woke up the laptop, thanked it for all its hard work writing the Spellcraft book, and asked it to think back to when we were writing the Great Canadian Novel. Upon rereading the last chapter I remembered why I’d been reluctant to return to this project: I accidentally ended the book when I wrote this chapter back in 2003. Even an attempt to rewrite it to avoid the ending in January 2004 didn’t rescue it in my mind. Today, then, was my day to eradicate the “finished/story-all-told” association the project had in my mind, and to open it to new vistas of writing-tude.

So, ninety minutes and 2,960 words later, the Great Canadian Novel is back into the swing of things, and in regular project rotation once again.

I’ve missed Poppy.

Witches Weekly Questions

Witches Weekly August 07, 2004 – What is Sacred to You?

1. What is one item that is sacred to you? (Can be anything, tool, amulet, object, etc)

My body. It’s mine; no one else’s. I don’t subscribe to society’s idea of what’s attractive (although society does sometimes agree with my standards). No one touches it without my permission. I have a thing about personal space.

Fire is also sacred to me, in all its forms, as is water.

2. What holidays or time of year do you consider most sacred to you personally?

Imbolc, of course, because it’s associated with first light, growth, purification, creativity, and, ultimately, Brid. Anyone who can forge a sword, inflict damage with it, then heal you and feed you afterwards is high on my list of individuals whose sanctity is worthy of celebration.

And, what do you know; fire and water are usually associated with Imbolc as well.

3. Describe your sacred space (can be anywhere, indoors, outdoors, etc).

You�re not getting the nickel tour of my astral sacred space because it�s private, nor am I about to describe my body (ditto). My sacred environments (real or astral) always include a hanging lamp of some kind, because, as I state above, fire is sacred to me. There’s usually a dish of water, as well, or a pool. Other than those two commonalities, my sacred space is wherever I am.

Bits and Pieces

Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair? I don’t know whether to be thrilled because Vanity Fair is coming out on the big screen, or to shudder because of the casting of the central role. I’d’ve liked to have seen what Cate Blanchett could have done with the role, for example. For those interested, the movie is rated PG-13 for Some Sensuality, Partial Nudity, and A Brief Violent Image (which is, no doubt, the scene where Becky throws the book out of the carriage window).

B12 is back from its month-long holiday!

We leave for our annual spiritual retreat before the sun rises on Thursday morning. They appear to be having the same weather we’re having: fair, cool nights, and the chance of scattered thunderstorms. At least I know what to pack: layers. We picnicked in Angrignon Park last night after the CMS Lughnassadh ritual and graduation ceremony, and I’m really glad that I wore socks and runners instead of sandals, and that I brought a sweater. People who complain about not having our usual sweltering heat should be shot as a public service to others.