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I just got the first message from one of my editors at Llewellyn Publications, and another one will be making assignments in May.  So far I'm talking about the Witchy Tips for the Witches' Datebook, September in the Witches' Calendar, and ideas for the Magickal Almanac. The Herbal Almanac isn't scheduling yet as there will be some changes to it.
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It's not often you get to participate in a real live myth. (Some things are true more than once.) One of Doug's favorite magic supply companies, Card-Shark, suffered a warehouse fire that took out all of their raw materials and production equipment. :( Fortunately their finished goods are stocked elsewhere and survived. This is the company that makes, among a variety of elegant card tricks and delightfully geeky magical supplies, the Phoenix Decks of cards for magicians. They do plan to rebuild, and could use funds to help buy new materials and equipment. We have seen their display table at a magic convention and plan to shop with them at another event later this year.

How you can help the Phoenix rise from the ashes:

* If you are a magician, and have been eyeing their products, buy something.

* If you are not a magician, but have friends who are, pass the word to them also.

* Take advantage of their Rise from the Ashes program to buy discounted vouchers good for future purchases:
Silver
Gold
Platinum

These would also make nice gifts if you're shopping for a magician friend who likes this company -- or for that matter, a card collector, which is a somewhat different focus.  Phoenix really is a pretty line of cards.  

This isn't quite crowdfunding, but it serves a similar purpose in drawing on community resources to accomplish something both creative and practical.  Card-Shark has not yet updated their homepage or added a "fire new" page, but they might do so in the future, so keep an eye out if this interests you.

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This poem came out of the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] callibr8 and [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug. It also fills the "magic" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy fest. Based on an audience poll, this poem is the free epic for the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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I was amused by this article about a wizard war between two guys who make comics.  This explains so much of the mayhem in the multiverse.  ;) 
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For those of you wishing that #45 would go away ...

"Anyone do magic out there? I guess there's a spell being cast to bind Trump worldwide at midnight (EST) tonight. So if you have an orange candle, a tarot deck, and an "unflattering photo of Trump (small)" you can join in. :-D There are instructions in this news article as well as unflattering photo of Trump (small)."

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This poem is from the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and [personal profile] nsfwords.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kyleri.

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "liminal time" square in my 11-1-16 card for the Fall Festival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This is from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "gods / goddesses" square in my 1-7-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Loopholes and Destinies"


The thread of fate is unbreakable,
but it always has loopholes.

Clotho smiles, and pushes her hook
into the burlap backing of her rug.

For every prophecy, there is
some way to avoid it and
get by on a technicality.

For every impenetrable protection,
there is a donut hole it doesn't cover.

For every curse, there is
a means of breaking it.

For every all-knowing program,
there is a glitch in the matrix.

Lachesis winks, and
her silver needle twinkles
as she crochets.

The hero's journey is not
about destiny, self-discovery,
getting the girl, or even
saving the world.

At its heart, the quest is really
about finding the loopholes in fate.

Atropos laughs, and
sharpens her scissors.

* * *

Notes:

The Three Fates are goddesses of life, death, and fortune.

Latchhooking is done by knotting short yarns through a mesh to make a rug.  Read instructions or watch a video on it.

Crochet uses a hook to loop yarn into cloth.  This site has all kinds of introductory material.  See a video or read a tutorial about this craft.

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This poem is spillover from the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman and [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "hex" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo fest, and the "possession / mind control" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman and [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and tells part of the background about how Easy City came to be.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features evil hexes, a bokor, mind control, vulgar language, sexual assault, street fighting, use of superpowers to hurt people, temporary cardiac arrest, voluntary possession, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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"The Purpose of Power" won the 2017 Rose and Bay Award in the Poetry category.

This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "be here now" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and comes after "Calming the Agitations."

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes introversion, feeling drained and irritated, anxiety over the future, solution-caused problems, deep philosophical discussions which are needful but Shiv is in no way prepared for, confusion, reference to past injuries and almost dying, followed by past medical abuse, cape politics, fate and free will, self-blame, self-hate, discussion of zetetic terror weapons, past traumatic amputation, the difference between legality and morality, purpose, existential angst, and other challenges. On the whole, it's pretty positive, just overwhelming for Shiv. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the freebie for the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It's spillover from the November 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It also fills the "entheogens" square in the public card for the Science Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Beneath the Family Tree, which you can find on the Serial Poetry page.

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This poem came out of the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] corvi and Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the series P.I.E.

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This performance is probably the best communion of natural and technomagic shamanism that I've ever seen.  Even I cannot make all of those animal sounds.  Oh, and that's not just "techno beat" music.  Some of those sounds are for spirit and technomagical elementals.  The iron horse toward the end is pretty iconic.  
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"Cut and Restored Rope" is a basic trick in stage magic, with many variations.  My partner Doug found this one, which is the best I've seen.  It's more impressive if you are already familiar with the more common presentations.
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Sometimes people zone out or otherwise enter a fugue state in which they do not seem to register what is happening around them. This can happen due to mental hyperfocus, zoning on sensory input, trance, flashbacks, dissociative experiences, multiple system issues, variations in metabolism, etc. Other people are heavy sleepers, and many of the same techniques work for rousing them. Some conditions have specific circumstances that cause fugue states, and those often have specific solutions. Some techniques are contraindicated in some cases. If you know that someone you hang out with has a tendency to drift out of body, or you do it yourself, then communication is advisable regarding appropriate responses so that it gets handled safely and effectively.  

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Card Magic

Jul. 6th, 2016 03:18 am
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 ... with no fingers.  Well, that's epic.  :D  My partner Doug found this and it's awesome.
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Today I noticed that it was so overcast that the morning glories were still open in the afternoon.  :D  I went outside and the grass was wet.  When we started the yardwork, we realized that it was spitting rain.  So I looked up at the sky and said loudly, "We're going to work on the GRASS."  Sometimes doing yardwork -- like washing the car or watering the garden -- can serve as a quick-and-dirty rain spell.   And the rain thickened to a sprinkle.  \o/

We did half the grass pile anyway, removing sticks and hauling away both the grass and the sticks.  Yay, progress!

EDIT: we went back out and finished the grass pile.  

It has continued to sprinkle off and on.  More clouds are showing on the radar, and the forecast calls for rain through Monday.  :D

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