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Fearless Wordsmiths

Merry meet all,

I attended a Beltane Rit on the weekend which was lots of fun. I can’t wait to see the Mary Shelley movie. I like Elle Fanning. I think she is a great actress. I definitely think she is a talented actress and I think Mary Shelley is a great writer. I would kill to be half of what she is. She wrote that amazing legendary novel when she was sixteen. She must have had some serious resistance against her. A woman writing such a novel at that time? Forget it. Still, she endured. Good for her.

Her novel continues to fascinate readers to this day. Her novel of a man defying God by creating a reanimated abomination is timeless, fearless and powerful. I feel the same way about my writing. But in that time, that was unusual. I wish she knew what an impression she left on the world. The poor authors of that time such as Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, or Byron or Keats. They are still read to this day.

That is the type of author I want to be. I want to be timeless. I love the more classical authors. There are only a select few of horror authors today that I respect and admire, – and King lives at the bottom of the list. I love the novel Anna Dressed in Blood and this one I can’t recall about modern day faeries and the novel The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney.

I love those modern novels. Love them. But mostly I love the older more traditional authors like Poe and Shelley. I think that is more my style. I want to write like them. They not only knew grammar but they knew how to be damn compelling- or they wouldn’t still be popular and emulated in this time. If you want to learn how to write, read Jane Austen or Emily Bronte. They probably were naturally in the literary social circles  and they were way more educated than us now. We aren’t even taught cursive in schools now. It is a crying shame. We are not offered the same level of education. Our level of education and the way we are today is considerably lower than then. I am not saying we have to dress and act like them but think about it- there’s a reason why they are still read.

It takes courage to go into those dark places of the human heart.

So I will continue to sit in the cemeteries, quill pen and coffee in hand, and a blank page before me. I will fill those pages. I have no fear- well, except of that intimdating blank page. Onwards, dear readers.

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

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Faeries Siren Song )O(

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Merry meet all,

I want to post about our winged friends. No I don’t mean screeching jays or cooing chickadees. I am talking about the fae, the faeries, our unseen allies. Or so we think. I’m a brave enough adult to dare to believe in the existence of faeries but I also know well enough when to invoke them, honor them and be careful of them.

Faeries can help us in our homes and gardens. They can protect the home and magically guard a home, help plants grow in the garden and protect it, and keep worse nasty spirits away. But where I come from, they can also enchant you to steal you away to leave you to your death!

I believe that Pleasant Bay is highly populated with the fae and spirits. The tiny fishing village where I set my novel and where I grew up is faery territory. They frolic and flit and send out siren songs to lure you to your fate. Their siren song is sung and the people who can hear them are most likely more clairvoyant.

I have strolled through the woods, the nature trails, and hiked on the mountains. As I walked, I saw flashing spots of light and felt their presence. It feels like you’re being watched but you look and nothing is there. You swear your hear giggles but again, nothing’s there. You feel an unusual need to take a certain direction on a walk through the trees but you can’t understand why you wanted to do that. That is what I mean by faeries. They choose to show themselves to you, its not the other way around. They prefer those who are faery friendly and want to help protect the environment.

But its not without its dangers. The siren songs are heard by those who possess the ability to. However, they can confuse those who are weary and unwary. A cliff presents its dangers and small ponds or lakes. Harbours are another hunting ground for faeries. They say the fae were originally blood drinkers. It is possible, I haven’t researched that enough yet. But while I am not sure they sing that siren song, I believe that they do.

Never thank a faery and never linger in their fae world for too long. Never take their food or drink or you will never return to the mortal world. Their time is different than ours. Their logic is different than ours.

Don’t turn your back on the ocean, don’t gaze into the ocean waves too long and don’t get lost on highways. I am sure some of this goes without saying. But if you don’t believe me, then go to the harbor on a foggy night and see for yourself if you are not entranced by the moody misty waves. I have been and know when to enjoy that sensual experience of waves rolling but know when to turn away and go home.

But for those who can and do sense faeries, then embrace your gift. It is a magical and should be treasured gift to sense the faeries. They don’t let themselves be known by just anyone. You must be special. You may just have a brownie or house goblin lurking within the walls of your home. Hint: They like older houses. Leave an offering of pretty silver trinkets, or milk, honey and cookies for them. And never stop believing in magick!!!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Horror and Religion )O(

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Merry meet all,

The long-awaited news!!! The anthology Wax and Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales is finally released!!! You can  find the link to Amazon in the previous post. Fly on your broomsticks and buy a copy!!! Let some magick into your life with these spell-binding stories. The book is also available on Kindle, Mobi and ePub.

I saw The Witch movie recently. At first, the movie frightened me so badly I crashed at my Mom’s. Now that I think about it, I don’t hate it and I also initially didn’t believe that Thomasin, a character from the film, was liberated by joining the diabolical Devil’s coven but if you look at it from that context, she was liberated. There are a few ways to look at this. But mainly the movie was from the mindset of the Puritan Calvinism back then. If they actually believed all that stuff, then I think they were mentally fucked. Sorry for the language. I found parts of the movie disturbing and upsetting. I did enjoy the authentic cinematography and the black goat stole the show. When I shifted my perspective of the movie, then I decided that I enjoyed it.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/black-phillip-real-story-behind-871974

http://www.salon.com/2016/03/06/a_final_girl_who_gets_to_get_off_the_witch_proves_nothings_scarier_than_an_unapologetically_liberated_young_woman/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

I hope you enjoy the above links.  The Witch movie raises the bar for horror movies. Religion and horror have always worked together well in movies and fiction and will continue to in the future. Take The Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby as examples.

To be a Witch is to be liberated. So now I don’t hate the movie. It delivered a potent message. But we don’t worship the Devil. I don’t anyway. I own an animal skull and I do admit I want to own a real human skull but I might buy a resin skull (within my budget). I can program and empower it to do things for me. I honor my ancestors but I don’t take it to a negative level. I practice in my own way and feel comfortable with that. It’s important to maintain a balance in life.

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch

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