Book Tour Diary: Week Eight

•November 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7.

Sorry for the delay before writing this.  I’ve been fairly busy since I got home; catching up with the life I put on hold during the tour.  I’ve been home for about two weeks now.

For the three days between getting home from Alberta and going off to Vancouver Island, we pretty much spent the lion’s share of the time sleeping.  It’s amazing how badly you can sleep with strange noises all around you and other people shifting and moving in the room.  As a matter of fact, all three of us specifically slept apart for three days if that tells you something!

We left late on the 23rd; late enough that we were afraid that we wouldn’t make the ferry.  I even called my cousins in Burnaby to ask if they might have a spot for me to crash if we didn’t, and then we could head over in the morning and go right to the book signing.  This time we had our friend (my bestie) Jennica with us, and the plan was that we would stay with my father and my stepmom while we were in Victoria, then Jennica’s sister Tanya’s place (also our friend) in Nanaimo, then head home.  But we had to drop Jennica off in Nanaimo first.

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Contest Time!

•August 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

So a few days ago a friend of mine informed me that I had a small problem:

Important notice: it appears that there are a few defective copies of my book out there! One of my friends ordered from Amazon, and found that instead of getting pages 85-132 inclusive, he received a book with two sections of pages 133-180. If you are one such unlucky soul, please contact Red Wheel/Weiser customer service at or 1-800-423-7087 with your address and they will be happy to replace your copy. Sorry for the inconvenience!

So I have decided to run a contest! If you find a misprinted copy of the book, take a picture or webcam video of you holding the book, showing me the misprinted pages, and I will send you a code for a free download of the Elemental CD with Isochronic Tones that I composed for use with the book! Link below:

Contact me via this blog (with a link,) my website, my Facebook author page, or my Twitter. Good luck!

A Pox on Black Friday! #BoycottBlackFriday

•November 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A Pox on Black Friday! #BoycottBlackFriday.

“If You Just” With a Vengeance

•November 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

“If You Just” With a Vengeance.

Broke-Ass Witchery: Part Four

•November 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Broke-Ass Witchery: Part Four.

The Lesson of the 17th Century

•November 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Okanagan Okanogan:

The 1600s gave us two powerful technologies. The first was a refinement of book technology, which replaced the human body with a manufactured and portable form. We’re all, I think, rather familiar with that. The other was this:

Ceiling, Strahov Monastery Library, Prague

In terms of book culture, this ceiling is decorative and symbolic. In terms of its time, however, it represents the highest achievement of the same power that led to book production but which became manifest within a completely different language. It too is the book of the world and the book of God’s Creation, and reveals, as did the new technologies of science, the hidden world and its forces, expressed through a language of poetry, not as a textual artifact but as a means of being in the world and reading it. What we are left with are textual interpretations of such readings, but not exclusively. This…

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The Care and Feeding of Authors: A Relative’s Guide for Surviving the Holidays with a Writer

•November 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sable Aradia:

I invite my loved ones to read. You will find me a much happier camper this year if you observe these simple courtesies at Yuletide. :)

Originally posted on Jen McConnel:

This weekend, I posted some of my tips to help writers make it through the holiday season with our sanity more or less intact. However, I know that writers often make our loved ones crazy, too, so today I wanted to share some strategies to help non-writers cope with their creative relatives.

101_0965Writers can be tricky creatures, but chocolate and patience will go a long way!

Instead of:asking the writer in your life how her book is doing (or if she’s got an agent or a book deal yet)…

Try this: ask her how her writing is going. If she answers in monosyllables, that’s a good hint that it’s time to switch topics, so shift gears and don’t stress. Writers don’t always want to talk about their work, but we’re always glad you asked!

Instead of:telling your writer in front of a large family gathering your detailed thoughts…

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Seekers and Guides: The Inconstant Student

•November 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Seekers and Guides: The Inconstant Student.


•November 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sable Aradia:

This is a great deal . . . if I wasn’t trying to clear stuff out of my house I would take it in a heartbeat.

Originally posted on The Serpent's Labyrinth:


I’m moving in ten days (December 4th).  I have a bunch of shit that I’ve been sitting on since September, hoping someone will buy it and take it off my hands.  Because the days are counting down, I have taken almost all of what remains in my destash section and made a bundle.

Here is what you will receive in the bundle.

-twelve peacock ore nuggets
-two rose quartz pieces
-one small purple fluorite
-one smaller tumbled rose quartz
-one tumbled rhodochrosite
-one tumbled aventurine
-one tumbled moonstone
-one tumbled sodalite
-one magnetic hematite
-one tumbled amazonite
-one piece of amethyst
-one rectangular tumbled obsidian (approximately 1″ long by 3/4″ wide)
-three clear quartz crystals (two of the clear quartz crystals are approximately 2″ long and the third is approximately 1 1/2″ long)
-one green tourmaline ring, size 9
-one fairy dust bottle pendant with purple fairy dust in…

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