Books and Bonuses

My book, “Spells and Scars” is now available, and several copies have already been sold. You can get it through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or directly from the publisher at this link. Since I self-publish, I have to do my own promotional work, so I plan to take some copies to local bookstores. Some of them have “Local Authors” sections, and hopefully they will sell my books there too. Since my book is available on the Barnes and Noble website as well, I’m hoping the local B&N store will take some of my books as well. I know some people like to criticize self-published authors, which I find incredibly arrogant and elitist. Self-published authors are just as valid and important as those who publish through traditional publishers. Even some well-known pagans started their own publishing companies so they could self-publish, so don’t give me any bullshit that self-published books are “less than” or somehow inferior. Not true.

I had to make the painful decision to postpone Blackthorn classes yet again. I hate having to do this, but it is just not possible at the moment. At least not until Covid gets more under control and more people get vaccinated. I was dissatisfied with most of the locations I looked at for in-person classes. They were either too far away, too expensive to rent or too hard to find. I can’t justify paying $100 for a space I’m only going to use once a month. I will keep looking until I find something suitable and reasonably priced. If things are better by the Fall, perhaps I’ll start classes again then. They have removed some of the restrictions here, more places are opening back up, but thankfully we still have a mask mandate. Most people here still wear their masks, but there are a few assholes who don’t care if they have the virus or if they infect others. Sociopaths.

Some good news is that I got a hefty bonus at my day job, since I have been there 15 years. I never intended to be there this long, but the benefits are good, the hours are perfect for me and it’s not a horrible place to work. We’ve had some awful managers in the past, but things are much better now. The last one was horrific. I had to do some major banishing magic to get rid of her: poisonous herbs, a poppet, blackthorn needles, calling the Morrigan, Saturn energy, dark moon, the whole works. Let’s just say she is no longer with the company. I don’t mess around. The bonus really came in handy. I needed a new crystal ball, my other one had cracks in it, and I just had to order Kristoffer Hughes’ new book about the Celtic goddess Cerridwen. He is one of the very few pagan authors I respect and admire. I work with Celtic deities exclusively, this is my personal choice. My family came from Yorkshire in the U. K., so there must be some Celtic blood in there somewhere, but that is irrelevant. One does not have to be descended from a Celtic bloodline to worship the Celtic gods. I don’t fall for this “cultural appropriation” bullshit. If something works for you, do it. Screw what other people think. There are too many gatekeeper assholes out there who say “You can’t do this practice unless you’re (insert adjective here)”. Fuck them, I say.

I’m happy with how the book turned out, and I like that it’s not super-polished or perfectly professional looking. It has that self-published feel, it’s written in my style and shows my personality. I don’t feel the need to present some spooky and mystical persona like I see so many pagan authors doing. Realness is important. I’m just that guy you always see at the coffee shop, who happens to be a druid witch and teaches privately. I think it’s important that pagans be approachable, yet still respected and feared in equal measure. Many people have this mistaken idea that witches are all about pretty crystals and Enya music, but that is a false impression. We are not docile and harmless. If you provoke a witch, you’re in trouble. I do not follow the Wiccan Rede, because I am not Wiccan. Before Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente, there was no Wiccan Rede. Witches were simply witches, following their own moral codes and ethical standards. Don’t police my practice.

I still plan to get a tattoo on my hand, but I’m going to wait until the next stimulus money comes, provided that the corrupt Republicans haven’t stalled it even longer. I’m putting this on my right hand…

This is from Harry Potter, and it holds so much personal meaning for me.

I hear the husband stirring now, it’s nearly 9am and I’m craving a latte. Time to go back to the coffee shop! I may write more tomorrow. I appreciate all of you for following this blog, thank you so much.

Rick

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