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Blessed Be Everyone!

*drum roll….* Here is the special thing I promised you guys!

Beloved October is coming to a close very soon and November aka National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo aka ‘A Month of Hell and Caffeine’ is right around the corner (*arms in the air*Yay!). Plus! This is a very special year indeed, because we also have the presidential vote coming up (*weak* yay…).

Am I the only person sick and tired of all the political negativity being blasted after every other commercial on the T.V. and radio, not to mention the internet? Seriously! I’ve seen less slop thrown at a pig farm than what these politicians are doing to each other. So to lighten up the mood…we’re going to have our own voting session!

I’ve been struggling to pick out a story manuscript for NaNoWriMo, so I thought I’d let you the people pick it for me. I like making up mock-book covers to help inspire me through my writing “effort” and I’ve Photoshopped four, count them FOUR covers for FOUR different stories. Read the blurbs underneath each one and then cast your vote as many times as you want on the one you would want to read the most and the one with the most votes by November 1st, I’ll attempt to complete.

This is Writing A Silver Broomstick and I approve this message…

Build-A-Babe: A Monster Love Story

F.J. is dying to go to the prom, but every girl at R.I.P High tells him to drop dead. He manages to dig up a date eventually…at the local cemetery. With the help of his ghoul friends, a perverted zombie who can’t keep his limbs to himself and geeky scientist madder in more ways than one, he manages to create the perfect girl. Will this be love at first fright or a prom date from hell?

Forever Young

Sarah Shepherd is seventeen years old, yet she’s more of an adult than her parents are. While they go through a messy divorce and custody battle, Sarah is forced to be the mother to her younger brother while all she wants to do is go out act her age. When she sees David and his gang causing mayhem at the local carnival, she feels that he’s the one who can give her what she wants. But David has different ideas, ideas involving blood, death, and rock and roll.

You Shine

Seo Sun-Hi or Sunny to her friends was born in South Korean in the fishing village of Pohang. While still an infant they moved to the U.S. where Sunny became a typical All-American high school nerd who has a panic attack every time a boy even come near her. Her parents tell her she has to get over her shyness because…they arrange for her to get married! To a K-Pop idol! She can’t get married at seventeen to a complete stranger, so she and her best friend devise a plan to break the entire thing off. Lucky her, her soon-to-be husband has the same idea…

Greeting From Planet Earth…Now Get Me Out of Here!

Jane Smith isn’t your average freshman. She can do Quantum physics in her sleep, she’s never heard of the Cee-vil War and she thinks her neighbor’s cat is trying to eat her. That because ‘Jane Smith’ is not just a transfer student, she’s a transfer student from another world! After ‘Jane’ and her crew make an emergency bathroom landing on Earth, their spaceship is locked down by the Home Planet for entering a recognized hostile zone. In order to return home, Jane and her crew must document modern human life as a human family for one Earth year or else… One thing Jane sure learns is that no matter what planet you’re one, high school drama is universal.

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Blessed Be everyone!

photo by:willowgrovemagick.com

Next week is one of my favorite holidays, Samhain! (Pronounced “sow-en”)

What is Samhain you ask? You probably know it better as Halloween or All-hallows-eve. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Pagan Sabbat called Samhain gives people the opportunity to celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan and Wiccan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died, similar to Dias de Los Muertos.

It is also considered the Witches New Year because according to the Celtic calendar, Sunset on Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic New Year. “This is a good time for us to look at wrapping up the old and preparing for the new in our lives. Once you’ve gotten all that unfinished stuff cleared away, and out of your life, then you can begin looking towards the next year” (Patti Wigington).

One of the things me and my family like to do is create an ancestral alter with images of our loved ones who have passed and decorate it with leaves, gourds, some food like homemade bread as an offering and 1 lit black candle to honor the dead. We also sometimes have a big bonfire outside, but this year we might not since there’s been so much rain lately, and I’m going to try to create a besom!

But the best thing we do is take a road trip to the cemetery and visit my mom’s relatives. It feels surreal when you go to a cemetery on Samhain. I would describe it as a weighty feeling on your chest and a warm prickly feeling on your skin. Every time we leave after leaving offerings on the graves, I have a head ach that won’t go away until we get home. But then a sense of peace washes over and the pain is forgotten.  I don’t know why that happens but I’m okay with it.

This year’s Samhain is…going to be rough because I’ve finally gotten up the strength to put up my Mush-Mush’s picture up on my alter this year. It’s an old Polaroid of her smoking a cigarette and wearing my favorite shirt she had: a tank top with all of the classic movie monsters on it like The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein and others. It’s almost been two years but every time I look at it I can’t help but get misty eyed.

Well…I’ll keep you guys posted as to what happens and also I’ll be posting something really cool this weekend so expect that…

Blessed Be!

Blessed Be everyone! Long time no see!

Wow, things have been a whirlwind as usual. I can’t believe it almost the end of October. Where did all the time go and where was I? Samhain is fast approaching and then you know what the day is after. NaNoWriMo ! I am so unprepared that it is not even funny. I’m stuck between story ideas at the moment and thinking that I’m just going to eni-meni-myni-mo it if I can’t decide.

But enough of that for now…

The main point of this post (other than I missed everyone and a certain friend of mine keeps bugging me for a new post…you know who you are 🙂 ) is because of a video that I just watched on YouTube that made me a bit sad and also made me think a bit.

As some of you know, I’ve mention a wonderful woman in some of my previous posts named M. Flora Peterson aka CharmingPixieFlora. I’ve been subscribed to her channel for almost four years and she has been an inspiration to not just me and my mom but hundreds if not thousands of other. Her positivity and smile is so infectious that the next time something wonderful happens to you you’ll want to get up and shout “YAY!”

She posted a 35 minute long video to her channel, it peaked my interest because usually her vids are maybe 10 minutes max. But, what really got me worried was the title of this video unsubtly titled, “Good Bye”.  I watched it and I can honestly say that it broke my heart.

Now, Flora has her own business at http://www.mflorapeterson.com where she has courses and a placed to set up appointments for readings and spiritual coaching as well as a store with her books. But as many know, the web is a dangerous place filled with trolls and even Flora’s shield of positivity can be cracked as I learned when I watched her tell of all the hurtful things she’s been sent of people criticizing her for charging for her services and now she’s not sure if she’s going to come back to YouTube or not.

This is so sad because I love all of her videos and it would be a shame if they were taken down.

Dang trolls…

But I can see what the opposition is saying. Wiccan/Pagans have been debating whether or not it’s acceptable to charge for teaching classes or performing services for a while. One school of thought says it’s never okay because knowledge is something that should be shared freely at no charge to a student, because you can’t put a price on spirituality. The other group argues that it’s fine to charge because teachers need to make a living too.

I see nothing wrong with Flora asking for payment. If you go to her channel, she has over 300 FREE videos crammed packed with information and spiritual guidance for those interested in Paganism and Wicca, videos that she made on her own time because she wanted to share her knowledge. And because she shared her knowledge many people wanted her personally to teach them.

And sadly, our society today is driven by the ol’ Mighty Dollar and everything costs money. Supplies cost money and even time and energy costs money. Think of it this way, her vids on YouTube are Elementary through High school, free and don’t cost you anything and all you have to do it sit there and absorb. Then there’s college where you pay for your books and tuition and also the personal one-on-one time you get with higher learning.

Many people don’t understand the time and energy that goes into much of what many teachers do.  Whether it be a spiritual teacher or a high school one: the prep time, the supplies, weeks of stuff has to be planned out ahead of schedule. Not to mention the personal spiritual energy that goes into everything and that she is using her own supply of herbs and things that she had purchased for her own use, she is using in the name of others.

Now, though I agree that asking for money for supplies is okay, I don’t agree with some of the inflated prices than many so called practitioners ask for.

This is my own feelings on the subject and I hope that Flora will come back and keep sharing her wisdom with us. If anyone wants to know more on this topic, I highly encourage you to check out the wonderful blog of Ms. Patti Wigingtion at:

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccanandpaganrituals/a/ChargingForServices.htm

And give some much needed love to CharmingPixieFlora at : http://www.youtube.com/user/CharmingPixieFlora

And at : http://www.mflorapeterson.com/

Blessed Be everyone and I’ll see you soon 🙂

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