Diana Rajchel
differently Wiccan: Contemporary, Urban, Integrated

Archives: Writing

My Pagan-based problem with poetry

September 27, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in Pagan Culture, Writing

There’s this line of thought among contemporary poets that poetry should not rhyme. That’s an old-fashioned thing that only shows a new poet’s lack of exposure to what’s out there. The reasons are good: poetry is meant to push boundaries. It’s likely the single best way to understand language and comment on all aspects of […]

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Absolute Write: the Dog Days of Summer (FICTION POST)

July 13, 2013 by di | 3 Comments | Filed in the Big Picture, Writing

Absolute Write does a blog chain each month. Writers from the board participate with their posts on a given prompt. This month’s prompt: Dog Days of Summer In other words, the hottest and most sultry part of summer. Etymology lesson here. As always, can be prose, poetry, play, fiction, nonfiction. Instructions: Simply post your blog’s […]

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A sobering look at best-selling Pagan titles

July 11, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in Pagan Culture, Writing

An article on Scott Cunningham’s dynamic-changing book Living Wicca pointed out that, as a best-selling title on the subject, it sold 400,000 copies. For the Pagan genre, that’s huge. For a lot of books in any genre, that’s huge. But it comes nowhere near best-seller category. While there’s no consistent number for what makes a […]

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Taboos and Pagan self-publishing

July 5, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in Pagan Culture, Writing

It’s not that Pagans – neopagans, at least – don’t have taboos. It’s that we tend to consciously forgo old-school taboos or be completely unaware we have them. Homosexuality? Stupid, especially since it occurs in nature. Incest? An important taboo, also reinforced by nature. (Deep apologies to any who finds this triggering; it is an […]

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What is selling out as a writer?

June 27, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in Writing

In the fantasy of writing, you write your stuff, and your stuff alone. Editors pursue you for your naked talent. Readers thrill to the cult of your personality. You make art, for art’s sake – and that’s all you do. You have standards, principles, high-falutin’ ideals. Ghosting? Never. Marketing copy? Perish the thought! Your own […]

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Plagiarists and plagiarism

May 23, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in Writing

We need to look closer at who plagiarists are. It may help us more clearly understand what has been plagiarized and when. The widespread pathology of plagiarism. It’s not everywhere – it’s pretty much the same people doing it repeatedly. What’s disturbing is that people that get caught plagiarizing falling into one of two categories: […]

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Myth of Writing #1: Love of Language

May 14, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in Writing

More than one English professor has waxed on about Hemingway. His prose was tight, his story tragic, and his habits all of the masculine nature that heterosexual literate men seem to aspire to. When presented with my blunt observation that Hemingway, outside of literary laudation, bores the living shit out of me, I’m met with […]

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Letter to a starlet in her late 20s

April 1, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in the Big Picture, Writing

Dear M – Despite the rather buried publicity about your rumored breakdown, I can see from checking IMDB that you are working. Good for you! Just in case you are feeling isolated, I thought you might want to try this book – while it’s more an excuse to buy crayons than it is self-help, it’s […]


About Bullying: the Scapegoat

February 21, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in Insights, Writing

Let me make this clear: before you read this and project all kinds of assumptions on me – I’m in a reasonably happy place in my life right now. I’m not going to apologize for that or qualify it; if another person having any kind of stability enrages you, something is wrong with you. What […]

Reviews Update: Facing North Stuff

February 19, 2013 by di | Comments Off | Filed in Pagan Culture, Writing

Like books? So do I! For those who follow the book reviews, here’s the latest batch of mine from Facing North: Magical Identity: an Exploration of Space/Time, Neuroscience and Identity The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians: a Lost Classic Good Living in Hard Times Aleistar Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary Alphabet for […]