Writing

My Pagan-based problem with poetry

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 culture and shaking off constraints/trying… Read more →

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

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 URL in this thread to… Read more →

A sobering look at best-selling Pagan titles

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 bestseller – you just need… Read more →

Taboos and Pagan self-publishing

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 example, but not a casual… Read more →

What is selling out as a writer?

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 marketing – what phantasms are… Read more →

Plagiarists and plagiarism

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: 1)A student of some kind,… Read more →

Myth of Writing #1: Love of Language

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 defensiveness and even hostility. But… Read more →