Nov. 9th, 2015
Take a Robot to the Zoo
Rebuilding a Life
Read "Points of Origin" by Marissa Lingen
Halloween / Samhain Fest on Allbingo
The poetry fishbowl went well last week. I still have a couple of sponsored poems to post.
There are lots of new installments in the Berettaflies thread. Yes, we're working on a better guide page for the PenUltimate site.
Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Most Powerful, Master Emotion" is complete. Find out how Isao copes with his superpowers (or not). "The Power to Curse" is now complete. Mr. Pernicious and the Spectrum demonstrate why powerfighting in the street is a rather bad idea. So, it's open season on new epics if anybody wants to start a new one.
Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry). Back to me for edits: "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles" "Off the Clock" (poetry). Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet). In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction). Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).
Lovely fall weather here, again with occasional rain. I'm down to the last dozen or so mixed tulips that need planting. Most of the flowers have quit blooming. Seen at the bird feeders this week: cardinals, sparrows, and on the suet feeder a downy woodpecker. Also a pair of squirrels have been chasing each other around the yard.
Warning: This picks up Stylet's course as he flees from Easy City, so it's an emotional roller-coaster. Highlight for more specific warnings, some of which are spoilers. There are bad decisions and repercussions thereof, references to human smuggling of unofficial immigrants, another round of Stylet splicing up critters in a lab, why it can be a bad idea to read the comments on the internet, and other angst. If those are sensitive issues for you, please consider your taste and headspace before reading onward.
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Publishing Pioneer, Visionary, The Father of New Age
It is with profound sadness we share the news of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke’s passing. He passed peacefully on Saturday, November 7 surrounded by family. He was 85.
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke was Chairman and the driving force behind Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., the oldest and largest publishers of New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality books in the world.
Weschcke was a life-long student of a broad range of Metaphysical, Spiritual and Occult subjects which led him to the purchase of the Llewellyn publishing company in 1961. He relocated the company to his home on Summit Avenue in St. Paul. The mansion was said to be haunted and became the subject of many investigations and news stories through the 1960s and 1970s and remains well-known to this day.
Authors and booksellers referred to Weschcke as "the Father of the New Age" because of his early and aggressive public sponsorship of Astrology, Magic, Metaphysics, Paganism, Parapsychology, Tantra, Wicca and Yoga. Weschcke and Llewellyn contributed to the burgeoning New Age movement in the 1960s and 1970s, sponsoring Gnosticon Festivals, opening an occult school and bookstore, and publishing the occult newspaper Gnostica. He is a former Wiccan High Priest and played a leading role in the rise of Wicca and Paganism during the 1960s and 1970s. In the fall of 1973 Weschcke helped organize the Council of American Witches and became its chairperson.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Babson College, studied Law at LaSalle University, and advanced study toward a doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. In 1959 he was elected president of the NAACP’s Minnesota branch and elected Vice President of the ACLU’s Minnesota branch. In addition to book publishing he has worked in the pharmaceutical industry, furniture manufacture, and real estate management. With Llewellyn, he has worked in all aspects of the business and has co-authored ten books with Dr. Joe Slate of Athens, Alabama.
Carl is survived by wife Sandra and son Gabe. Sandra is President and Treasurer of Llewellyn Worldwide and Gabe serves as Vice President. They plan to carry on Carl’s legacy championing of alternative approaches to mind, spirit and body.
Arrangements for a memorial will be forthcoming.
Ironically what I'm remembering is the splendid wake we held for Scott Cunningham at Minicon the year he passed. Some truly fine scotch, a round of the Lyke-Wake Dirge, and a whole lot of people trying to say "Born again to the tribe" without crying.
I imagine they'll think of something even better this time. And meanwhile, the Summer Gates are packed with souls as far as the eye can see, coming to greet the new arrival, who probably hasn't even got to the buffet table yet.
The general fund currently contains $31, so you get to shop for some poetry. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Tuesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.
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