Monthly Archives: June 2018

Update

Merry meet all,

I am in the midst of trying to write a proposal for a Dark Poetry Scholarship offered by the Horror Writers Association. I want to study poetry to write better poetry and thereby develop better creative writing skills and once I get those skills, finish another book of poetry. That is my goal. I hope I manage to achieve it. I am going to do everything I can to have this opportunity.

I also want to remind my blog fans here that the book of poetry Untimely Frost featuring my poem, Encounter with Death, is available on Amazon!! Please do buy a copy. I posted a link in an earlier blog post but here it is again: https://www.amazon.com/Untimely-Frost-Unthawed-Multiple-Authors/dp/0998748900/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529075469&sr=8-1&keywords=untimely+frost

I wish I could sign copies for all  you readers. I can’t wait to have my own copy of the book. I can’t wait. I am so happy to be a part of the project. Magically speaking, tonight is New Moon!! Hekate loves New Moon. I think that tonight would be a good time to thank Hekate and the nature spirits for their help in my garden. But I might watch some shows with my best friend Mark.

Summer is here! I hope you are all enjoying it. I will be back with more posts. Till then, keep reading and growing your magickal herbs, or whatever it is you do.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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How it’s done in the grave

 

Merry meet all,

A lot of people  have asked how I have managed a blog and have a blog page theme and so forth. I decided that I would write about how I have created my blog. I hope you all enjoy reading this post. I run the Pilcrow theme. There are a few theme options to design your WordPress available in the Appearance section on the left menu.

Basically, I never gave up on trying. If you want to have an excellent blog, never give up. You have to be willing to learn, to fail, to try and keep trying. You have to type when you are inspired and when you really really don’t want to. You have to be willing to be adaptable and learn new things. You have to be flexible and hard working. I have been blogging for years now. I have struggled through the whole steep learning curve and learned almost everything there is to know about blogging. I am sure I still have much more to learn.

WordPress is the best blogging site ever. I used to be on Blogger but one day my account was hacked. I transferred all my blog posts over to WordPress and the rest as they say is history. I have written under 1000 blog posts in total. I am dedicated to my blog. WordPress has tutorials and helpful help sites. The information for help on how to manage a blog on WordPress can also be googled online.

I try to think of a topic for my posts. I try my hardest to make it interesting. I like to include a photo with each post. I think a writer can cultivate their own style, their own voice. You will find your own voice after a while of writing. I sign each post and I use keywords to enable a viewer to find these posts easily. I write each post from my heart. WordPress has many helpful things to make writing posts easy for the writer such as adding photos, movie trailers, links to sites or writing your post all in bold (which I don’t recommend but anyway), or italics. You can schedule when a blog post will be published or have several posts published on a certain date. You can preview your posts before publishing them or save the drafts if you are too busy at the time of writing them.

If one day you are seated at your laptop, steaming java next to you, and you feel drops of blood dripping down on your face as you try to think of a topic. relax. By the way, never get your laptop wet. Instead, go on Google to see new ways of how to come up with blog posts topics. I’ve been faced with the same problem. Googling that has helped me greatly to get great blog topic suggestions. You could keep a list of blog post ideas on your desktop or update an old blog post. Ask your readers what they want to read. Give them no choice but to read your blog post. If a favorite movie of yours is coming soon to theaters, mention that. If a new occult store opened in your neighborhood, mention that. If a Sabbat is approaching, promote it to the world. Enter a major keyword of your proposed post topic on Twitter and see what results show from that to generate ideas. You might be surprised at how that can scare up good ideas.

It is good writing practice to write blog posts. Blogs are looked down on and don’t deserve that. Any writing practice you can get is still practice. I also found a theme for my blog. I thought of what I wanted to talk about what I was passionate about. That is how I came up with Paranormal & Witchy Fiction which reflects a huge passion in my life. The photo on my main blog page of the moon is one I took myself. I thought it was really cool and I put it on my blog. Since Paranormal and Witchy Fiction is a bit spooky, I added the photo to portray that. I love the spooky.

I added the About me page to show more information viewers might want to know about me. I included interviews with editors and testimonials from other people about my writing. One afternoon I saw another writer’s blog page of his writing bibliography and was seized with inspiration. I noticed that the pictures of the published books were thumbnail size. Next to the picture of the book was a small blurb. I immediately set out to create my own blog page of a bibliography of my published works. I posted a thumbnail size photo of my own published book of poetry or anthology and wrote a small and here was yet another thing to learn- small blurb of the book. Keep it brief and simple. I love how it looks now and I also learned how to add a hyperlink to the picture of each book. I also included a reviewer’s words about my writing at the top of the page. This draws the reader/s in and hopefully makes them want to read more.

There are so many things that WordPress lets you do to create an awesome award worthy blog site. You can control and enhance the appearance and the settings. After a while, if you have done a good job and worked hard, you may start to get comments on your blog. I keep the good comments and decide what I want to do with the rest of the comments. You can request feedback on your drafts before publishing them.  You can connect your blog site or posts to social media. When the post is published, it is immediately posted to Facebook, for example. Post your efforts on Google once or multiple times to get readers to create awareness of your blog posts. You have to promote your blog on your own. You have to be your own sleigh driver, so to speak. It is effort but over time, it is worth it. The blog site rewards come over time, this is not instant reward.

Media – I like to add photos to my posts as I mentioned above. I like to center the photo to attract the reader’s eye. I keep the photo size a reasonable size. I like that the photos are in color and I try to keep copyright in mind. I never want to be accused of stealing a picture but thankfully that has not happened yet. If I do add movie trailers that may be of popular interest, then I post that at the end of the blog post. That is also where I add links of interest for readers if they want more information on a topic or just for fun.

Be yourself when creating your blog. People like it when you demonstrate your passionate, whether it is soccer or drama. You could offer your readers a contest and offer fun prizes. Or book or movie reviews, or interviews with editors or even movie directors. The sky is the limit. Use your imagination and remember to have fun with it.

The reason why my blog posts are all in bold ( which I said don’t do earlier) is that I noticed that if the posts are in bold, they stand out more. I have the free WordPress account but you can pay for a WordPress blog. If you do, there are extra features offered such as getting to post in pdf. I use the standard format for my blog posts. I like to keep it simple. There are so many awesome features on WordPress. The only way to manage a blog is to slog through and learn all you can. Be fearless and creative. Let out that Lord Byron or Poe in you. Your blog may even inspire an idea for a novel or a book of poems. Many writers who write blogs often move on to successful writing careers.

One more thing: Learn how to proofread your own posts. You want to attract readers to your blog over and over again? Proofread. No one else will do it for you. Don’t write in cliches. Instead, cultivate your own voice. Use verbs and nouns. Learn where a prepositional phrase belongs. Use adjectives and adverbs sparingly. You could try using editing sites until you master editing and proofreading on your own. You can return to your blog post/s and edit them to  your satisfaction should you choose to.

I can’t emphasize enough how important proofreading is. It is what keeps viewers glued to your blog. That and great content and evidence of effort on your part.There are many other competing blogs out there. Over time, you will see how to keep them coming back to yours if you follow all these tips.  Good luck blogging!!!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Conjuring Horrors

Merry meet all,

I watched Conjuring 2 last night. I own the first The Conjuring movie on dvd. I do believe the second movie is scarier. I screamed and I didn’t scream once in the first movie. The sequel is far scarier. It takes a lot to scare me. The sequel is better and I felt more genuine empathy for what the family suffered. It shared the same plot line as the other movie. A family is terrorized by a demon nun and it is up to Ed and Lorraine Warren to save the day. This is one rare time when the second movie is better than the first one.

I haven’t seen the Annabelle movies that follow after it because I don’t have the nerve. I saw one trailer and that was enough for me. I have always had a limit on what I will watch and what I won’t. I also am skeptical of what I watch on Youtube. I mean seriously they are sometimes obviously so fake. I am not sure if I am anyone to judge but I can decide for myself what is genuine and what is fake. I just watched a series of videos on Youtube about pets that seem to have sensed ghosts. It is hard to say by a video because it could be all staged.

That is why it is important to be objective of videos. I never watched the Ghost Adventures movie because I found it all hard to believe. I never saw the Paranormal movies either. I find some things just so obviously fake that I wonder how people can even make those movies and videos. I also never saw the second Poltergeist movie because it would never be as good as the first movie. The first movie is the best in my humble opinion. I saw the trailer for the second movie of Poltergeist and was not in the least interested in seeing it. Plus the first movie represents the time and the mainstream materialism of the time and the quality of the movie can’t be beat.

I had one thing to criticize about The Conjuring. When all the framed family photos fall off the wall, it should have woken the whole family. Only the mother is disturbed by the falling pictures and the commotion of them falling. I think that would have woken me if I heard that. The hands clapping behind the mother trapped in the basement was a frightening moment. The exorcism at the end makes me squirm. I like that the movie was set in the 70s. It was perfect and the story is gripping to the end. I found out on IMDB that Lily Taylor who plays the Mom, researched The Exorcist (of which I have only seen 15 minutes of) for the role. The Conjuring made $41 million on its opening weekend.

The Conjuring had a great soundtrack. The movie also has a dark tone, shadows and the scares have real meaning. The scares are there for a reason. The movie messes with you psychologically not physically. The movie is visceral and tense from beginning to end. I think that The Conjuring is a great horror movie. I do find the exorcism scene at the end way too hard to watch. But this movie takes time to make you care about the characters so when the horrible events happen, you are already caring about the Warrens and the Perrons and want them to survive. The heavy knockings, the ominous growling and the hands clapping in the basement are hard to forget. I hope The Conjuring becomes a horror classic like its predecessors of the 70s, such as Amityville, The Exorcist, The Haunting, and Rosemary’s Baby.

Let me know what you think!!
Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Poetry Unthawed

untimely frost

Merry meet all,

The long-awaited release of the book of poetry I am published in is here. I am so proud to be a part of this opportunity. I can’t wait to read the book and hold it in my eager mitts. I am actually professionally published in a book of poetry.

‘The beauty and sadness of words clutches at the heart like the cold hand of Death. Images of darkness close in on us as we feel the anguish of life’s final moments. The darkness is beautiful and yet terrifying, calling on the strongest emotions for survival. This collection of poetry combines words of beauty, of despair, of darkness, of mortality that reach out and chill the soul like an Untimely Frost.’

I encourage you all to skip over to Amazon and buy this spooky poetic book of poetry. I am so honored to participate and to be published in it. I can’t wait to see the Amazon reviews. I love the cover of the book. I love it that they were impressed enough by my poem to have included it. I do believe the majority of the authors are from all over the world.

I shall keep writing and blogging!!! If you live in Halifax and buy a copy, I will sign it for you. Support poets and authors by buying their books, reviewing them on your own blogs and reading the works of poets  – like me- that you like. I can’t wait to read this.

Get your spook on and buy the book here: https://www.amazon.ca/Untimely-Frost-Unthawed-Multiple-Authors/dp/0998748900/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1528207478&sr=8-2&keywords=untimely+frost

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

 

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