Blessed Be Everyone!washingtonpost.com

I’ve been a baaaaad blogger lately, haven’t I? I’ve been trying to blog and do NaNoWriMo AND complete my graduation portfolio AND write an eight page and a five page paper…you get the picture.

So anyway, how is ‘Build-A-Babe’ coming along? Honestly, I’ve written quite a bit of it but I have a feeling that I won’t make it to 50,000 words in four days. But that’s fine because there’s always next year and also I have some wonderful news!

Before I started writing ‘Build-A-Babe’ for NaNoWriMo, it started out as a ten page short story that I wrote last April for my Creative Writing class. Like here, it got MASSIVE raves from my teacher and all of my classmates which I was pretty shocked about. I believe I am my worst critic, but I did NOT believe that everyone was going to like it so much.

Especially since I go to a very conservative college and there were some very…non-conservative dark humored jokes. They weren’t raunchy or anything, trust me. Let’s just say some things included grave-robbing, feeling up a dismembered female torso and boob jokes…yeah I’m weird and I’ve accepted it.

Anyway, my teacher liked it so much that she nominated it to be published in Paper Clips. Now, Paper Clips is a really really big thing at my school if you’re an English major, it’s sort of a magazine that the English Department publishes every semester and they only publish like the best of the best papers and essays  that the school has to offer. If your writing is deemed ‘worthy’ enough by your teacher, then you fill out some paperwork and hand that in with a copy of your story/essay whatever-thing. From there it is handed off to what I call the “Professors of the Round Table” because the heads of the department sit around a big table and pass back and forth all the entries and look them over for all the

usual Englishy things like grammar, fluidity and stuff like that.

From what I understand, if you get one or more ‘no’s then your stuff is trashed but if you get two or more ‘yes’s then you’re in or something like

that.

Guess what…I got in!

You can’t see me but I haven’t stopped smiling since I got the Congrats! email. Like I said before, getting your stuff into Paper Clips is a HUGE thing because it’s like I’m getting validation that ‘Yes Sam, you ARE a good writer and everyone was right’. Now, here’s my little Emmy speech:

I want to say thank you to everyone who proofread the H.E double hockey sticks out of this ‘monster’piece and gave me so much encouragement to keep going with it and make it into a novel, which I plan to finish soon.  Thank you Mom, Christine, Barb, Laura, Carissa, and everyone else for putting up with my weirdness and welcoming me with open arms and hearts. 🙂

See you all soon! Blessed Be )o(

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Hey everyone!

Sorry if this post is going to be really short but it’s late in the semester with only a month or so left of school before winter break (Yay!) and what with trying to do NaNoWriMo and all this essay writing, I haven’t been at my best lately. So far, my word count isn’t where I want it to be. I don’t even want to mention it,  but do count me out yet! I plan to write-up until the very end and we’ll see what happens.

Have a great weekend guy! Blessed Be )0(

Good morning, evening and afternoon everyone!

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo and the novel that I will be starting today is…Build-A-Babe who won by a landslide with 60% of the votes! Thank you everyone who voted, you really helped me out of a big bind. I’ll keep everyone updated on my progress as much as possible.

Now…let the madness begin!

Blessed Be! )0(

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.

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 🙂

This is one of her early works that I think is just beautiful and not at all ‘satantic’.

Blessed Be everyone!

I was just watching something on television and I had this uncontrollable urge to write about it. My insomnia has been working overtime lately so I’m lying in bed, flipping through channels when suddenly I see something that scared the Hades out me.

Yes, it was the face of…Pat Robinson!

*shudders* First off, to tell everyone I consider myself a person who likes to see the good in every person. But the ‘man’ known as Pat Robinson, and I use the word ‘man’ generously because I would like to call him something else but I know my mom will be reading this post and I don’t want her yelling at me, that I whole heartedly dislike. I don’t hate him, it’s a free country and he can spout out whatever he wants to on his show. I don’t believe in hate, because it breeds more hate and anger and that’s something that the world doesn’t need more of.

I don’t hate him, but I greatly dislike him for various reasons that I’ll probably write about later.

Sorry, back on subject. I see the beady little eyes of Pat Robinson *shudder* and he introduces a woman artist, Jessica Galbreth, who created these beautiful portraits of fairies, vampires and goddesses. Many portraits I’ve seen at various places and have admired greatly.

“I think I always had a strong sense that there was a supernatural world.  It progressed from liking pretty unicorns to buying a tarot deck and doing readings for my friends and getting a Ouija board.  And we would ask for someone to come talk to us, inviting anyone, anyone, whoever‘s out there, come talk to us. Things would happen all the time.  Unexplainable things, terrifying things”.

She goes on about having a long time interest in the occult and death.

When I hear those two words together, the phrase ‘Oh crap’ came into my mind. Now, this ‘Oh crap’ is not because either of these things is bad because they aren’t. But from my experience, when a person combines a fascination of death and a fascination of the occult, which is a umbrella term I personally think is strange for anything considered an ‘occult practice’ such as alchemy and spiritualism, and start experimenting like this woman did, it creates a bad juju red headed stepchild that  causes chaos for everyone involved. Then it gives bad press to other more experienced practitioners.

She started seeing her paintings as satanic so she destroyed them and became a devout Christian.

“I would try to give them a look, like they were gazing at you with bad intent,” she says.  “They had power and secret knowledge that all is wrapped up with the occult.”

I think her paintings are quite beautiful and if you Google her name you’ll find hundred of equally beautiful images.

What am I writing about this? I’m happy this woman found faith and happiness, and her new angel themed paintings are as beautiful as her fairies, but it nags me that her experiences were so negative that she was hunted down by the 700 Club extremists to put more bad press on anything considered ‘occult’ or ‘paranormal’ or ‘witchcraft’. She said she got into the occult because she was “looking for knowledge and power and secrets that I thought maybe other people didn’t know”

 The sad part is that there are people, credible people with a wealth of wisdom who could have steered her into a more positive direction and away from the Ouija Boards. Occultism is just a term for a study of a deeper spiritual reality that extends beyond pure reason and the physical sciences.

What I want everyone to take from this rant is yes, there are shadowy parts to all spiritual backgrounds, whether it is Wicca, Muslim, Christian, or Judaism. And if you submerge yourself in those shadows, you’re whole life will be nothing but shadows, like this woman’s life before she ‘found’ Jesus.

I am seriously thinking of maybe writing a ‘Vegan Soup for the Pagan Soul’ or something like that because what people consider the ‘occult’ is not just doom and gloom and full of Alistair Crowley and Anton LeVay wanna-be’s. There are people like M. Flora Peterson, Sonia Choquette and many others whose message is using your focus and Will to change your world and your life for the better for you and your family. Not just your blood family but your human family, your animal family, and your world family.

 Just because you use Tarot cards and pray to multiple or a feminine divinity, does NOT make you evil or make you wrong.

Blessed Be everyone and have a great Lammas!

Blessed Be everyone!

Wow, have things been going on! Some really cool things and some very serious things…

I celebrated my 21st birthday with my beloved parents and Little Bro by going to the movies and seeing something I’ve wanted to see for months, “Rock of Ages” (yay)! I’m a huge fan of the Broadway performance and the movie didn’t disappoint, although, the movie and the musical are two completely different things that I love for completely different reasons. The movie has a HEA ending while the musical ending is more realistic but still happy. Both are awesome in their own way.

Some might know that a couple of weeks ago was the Summer Solstice also known as Midsummer or Litha. And it’s not just a Wiccan or Pagan holiday, its celebrated all over the world as the longest day of the year and as the half way point to the end of summer.  It’s the end of the Oak King’s reign and the Holly King has taken his place, and the time has come to prepare for the upcoming harvest.

When Litha came, I wasn’t in a very good spot. It was a mixture of things that I could write ten pages on, but let’s just say it was multiple stresses from multiple areas of my life. I had a plan that I wanted to make Litha a big thing with my family and we’d go outside and have a bonfire with marshmallows and a small ritual and…everything fell though as sometimes it does. I was disappointed because I have been putting off all the sabbats and esbats because things would come up with my internship or me trying to muster up the creative energy to work on my creative writing that I hadn’t touched since May which isn’t going very well…

The sun was setting, and I was alone with my family doing their own thing.

I couldn’t take it anymore. I walked outside, barefoot in my cupcake pjs, and knelt at the foot of the several years old willow-esque tree in the back yard where I like going for making offerings and doing rituals. I felt awkward and uncomfortable, not just because I was kneeling on some very hard dirt in my unpadded pajamas. I had only felt that way once before in the seventh grade when I had to talk with the school counselor after a poem I wrote about a grey cloud made my English teacher think I was depressed…don’t ask.

I knelt in the quietness of Nature and I cried everything out of me, every frustration in my life, every angry thought that I had of me and how disappointed I felt with myself. After the crying, I still sat. And…I talked. I talked to the God and Goddess for what seemed like hours, but it was only a couple. I know my neighbors must have thought, “Oh, that neighbor’s kid is just not right” but… I had never felt so connected to Spirit than in those moments. I felt a pressure release inside of me and a velvet comfort in my mind that seemed to say “I hear you. I understand. It’ll get better”.  

My point of this is that life has its sucky moments where you feel mentally and emotionally shattered. It could be from the death of a beloved person in your life or from financial hardships or just from plain loneliness. But I think something that M. Flora Peterson said rings true, “Today in our fast paced lives, its challenging to find those 10-15 minutes a day where we can find our center, find our balance, and really feel that divine connection in our lives”. For months I’ve been feeling that something was missing. That something wasn’t right. I don’t know if what I described could be called a ‘spiritual awakening’ or ‘wakeup call’ or something. But whatever I was…It was something that I really needed and maybe it’s something that many people need.

So I want to assign some homework for anyone who wants to do it and it will only take 10 minutes…

  Go someplace where you feel comfortable, preferably somewhere quiet. Close your eyes and empty your head of all the junk we accumulate in the average work week, boss is ticking you off, parents are breathing down your neck about something, the kids aren’t listening to you. Just chuck that out the window for 10 minutes and let the silence speak to you. Because I have come to believe that silence can tell you a lot more than the noises we have to listen to on a daily basis.

Blessed be  everyone and have a great July 4th!

Good morning, evening, and afternoon everyone!

Today I had my first ‘business’ meeting with my bosses at the Shepherd! I feel so much like an adult today. Not just because of my first ‘business’ meeting (I love saying that 🙂 ) but I also did something else today.Image

I’m betting for a lot of people this is going to sound weird…

My last post, I mentioned my mom and I riding the bus down to the Historic Third Ward but I didn’t mention the reason why. My mom was taking me on a practice run so I could go to my meeting by myself on the bus…because I had never taken the public bus alone before. There I said it!

I was very sheltered as a child, so doing things by myself, from talking to people to cooking for myself, is very hard and scares the living daylights out of me! I’m one of those people that think of every negative possibility that could ever happen in every situation and a few that are impossible. For example, I was waiting at the bus stop with my two dollars and a quarter in bus fare clutched in my hand so that I had it ready, and I reach for my cell phone with my other hand to check the time and see that the buss is three minutes late. Just three minutes. And here is the scenario that my frazzled brain cooked up:

“Maybe you missed the bus…you should have left earlier…what if the bus doesn’t come and you miss the meeting and then your boss with hate you and he’ll call your advisor/editor of your school’s newspaper and tell her that the person she suggested for the internship is unreliable and he never wants to work with you again and she’ll be so disappointed and she she’ll tell everyone on the newspaper how much of a crappy person you are and you become the leper of the whole English department all because the bus never came!”  I got on the bus a minute later…

I am proud to say I made it to my interview in one piece without getting lost or losing anything (except my sanity for a brief moment) all by myself with my dad picking up afterward. Yay for the first steps of independence 🙂

On a musical note, (*giggle* see what I did there? You see I…*awkward cricket sounds*) some of you might know my love of K-Pop music that I’ve mentioned before, *yay K-Pop* and one of my favorite K-Pop bands, BIGBANG (Oh, BIGBANG how I adore you all…) has just released their newest music video for their song called ‘Monster’. *Insert fan-girl squeal here*

I have to say that this video is awesome if not, to quote Martina of ‘Eat Your Kimchi ‘rawesome’, and I’m not just saying this because I’m a HUGE BIGBANG fan. If you watch a lot of K-Pop music videos, you’ll notice that many videos are not very…creative. Bands have a habit of using artsy shiny backgrounds that are clearly performance stages (example: Taetiseo’s ‘Twinkle’) or they localize the videos in one room areas (U-KISS’s ‘Dora Dora’). But with most of BIGBANG’s video’s they go global and create an entire world in their videos to accompany a story line, and here they didn’t disappoint.

Warning: Spoiler!

In the video, BIGBANG are secret government experiments trapped in a government facility. Through the video they are trying to escape their prison, dodging gunfire and explosives at every turn, running from the ‘true monsters,’ the ones holding them captive. The song goes beautifully with the imagery of the video. I keep thinking of movies like ‘Monsters versus Aliens’ and ‘Watchmen’ where monsters and superheroes are seen as being the same: horrible freaks that should be imprisoned and feared. With the lyrics, “I need you, baby I’m not a monster, you know me from before” is like the hero telling his love “I may be different but I’m still the same person you love.”

This video has everything: awesome effects, awesome camera movement, and awesome imagery. What can I say? It’s just awesome (especially T.O.P’s werewolf eyes and fangs at times 0:44, 0:52, and 1:03).

Now, there are a few costume choices that did make me say, WTF? The major one would have to be the singer/rapper Taeyang’s ‘double curly Dracula whatsits’. If you’ve ever seen the movie Dracula with Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman in it, you should remember old Dracula’s hair style with the tunnel curls on top of his head? I wouldn’t have chosen that myself, but…no those were just awful. Now rapper, G-Dragon’s ‘half demon-horny do’ threw me off too, but not because it was bad but because it could have been better. It was like the make-up crew took a red plastic Halloween pair of devil horn’s, cut it in half, and put it on his head. If they just took the time to polish it, make it a sleek black to match his outfit, it would have looked much better and more realistic.

If you want to check out the video, here it is in all of its ‘rawesome’ glory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btDd9rOlc2k&feature=g-u-u

Happy Tuesday and Blessed Be 🙂

Hello everyone!

Happy Memorial Day and welcome to another written episode of ‘Writng  a Silver Broomstick’!

Last Monday was my first day of my internship at The Shepherd Express( yay!). Now, for everyone outside of Milwaukee, The Shepherd Express is a weekly arts newspaper that writes about many interesting things happening in Milwaukee and sometimes Wisconsin as a whole.

If you want to know about any performances in music or theatre, and you don’t want to hunt down a computer to Google it, you go pick up the Shepherd at your local grocery store or your favorite coffee place to find out. And it’s free (yay free!). So far, I’m absolutely loving it. I get to work from home on my own laptop, which is wonderful because I can sleep in until nine and go to work in my pajamas. 🙂 Right now, I’m ‘in charge’, and I say in charge delicately, of the Fall Arts Guide where I get to contact local performers and put together a list of their performance dates. It might sound boring but for an introvert like me it’s perfect.

Yesterday, my mom and I were on the bus going downtown to the Historic Third Ward, sort of like a mini version of Chicago, and we happened to pass by the Boulevard Theatre and I mutter, “Oh, that’s where that is.” My mom says, “What?”

I point and say, “The Boulevard Theatre, I talked to (insert name here) yesterday about their new play and I thought it looked interesting. I was wondering where the theatre was.”

My mom is very excited about my internship, sometimes more excited than me. While on the bus, she kept nudging me and pointing to people reading the Shepherd and talking about it. I kept envisioning her standing up from her seat and screaming to the passengers, “My Daughter is an intern at the Shepherd Express!”

She didn’t do that but I kept visualizing it.

The first week was great. I’m very happy working for one of the few remaining locally owned Newsweeklys in the US. If you want to check it out on the web here’s the site below.

http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/

Have a blessed Memorial Day!  Blessed Be 🙂

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