I’ve read the advance copy of the review, written by one Hugh Eckert, and I can tell you – it’s a review that ANY author would be proud to have attached to their first solo effort. It’s a red-letter day when words like “impressive” and “innovative” are used to describe a book by an indie author in the pagan circuit.
Please join me in supporting the magazine by picking up a copy next month!
Those of you who have talked podcasts and/or folklore with me at some point may already know, but I LOVE the Lore podcast. Aaron Mahnke does all his homework and presents a practical view of mysterious events in history that is both engaging and serious without ever being dry. Every episode is spellbinding, and the latest one is no exception.
Episode 70, “Familiar,” deals with witches and witch trials. It’s a topic the podcast has covered before, most notably in episodes 12 (“Half-Hanged”), 28 (“Making A Mark”), 41 (“Hole in the Wall”), and 57 (“Quarantine”). There are others where witchcraft is mentioned, but those are the ones that stand out in my memory. This time around, Mahnke delves into the tale of Matthew Hopkins. If you’re a witch who also happens to be a student of English History, that name might inspire a wince, and with good reason.
During his sordid career in the 1600s, the self-styled “Witchfinder General” took advantage of superstition and religious upheaval to accuse, torture, and ultimately execute close to three hundred people, all on almost entirely baseless charges of witchcraft. Some of you may recall me talking a lot about King James in relation to the standards and practices involved in persecuting witches. Oh yes, he’s mentioned here too.
Mahnke addresses the social circumstances, historical documents, and civil unrest which played into Hopkins’ rise to power, as well as the horrific consequences of his “work” and a poignant reminder of just how little society has changed.
This episode is a must for anyone looking for a historical perspective on witch trials, what caused them, and what actually happened during the period some modern revisionists term “the Burning Times.”
Friday morning, I was ahead of schedule on my way in to work, so I stopped to get breakfast at a Wawa (a popular chain of large convenience stores/gas stations on the US east coast).
As I was coming out, a small crow wheeled right over my head and perched on the corner of the awning in front of the store. He puffed his feathers and shook out his wings and regarded me with one bright black eye. I know a messenger when I see one, so I minded my manners…and ignored the odd looks from the people around me.
Me: Good morning.
Crow: -polite caw-
Me: -taking a piece of donut from my bag- Would you like some breakfast?
Crow: -tips his head the other way and flaps a few times-
Me: Here you go. -tosses the piece onto the ground just below the awning-
Crow: -hesitates, looking between me and the bit of pastry-
Me: It’s all right, it’s for you. -takes a step back for good measure- Go ahead.
Crow: GRAWK! -glides down from the awning, pecks up the snack, and wheels once over my car before flying off-
Me: Give my regards to your mistress, fella.
Lady in the next parking space: …..What kinda Halloweentown shit was that?
Me: -big smile- Any witch worth their salt knows you should always be polite to crows. -hops into car and goes on to work-
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The manuscript is ready and the cover is finished!
Many many thanks to Lulu and Rebecca for all their help with finishing this book. Couldn’t have done it without you, darlings!
Thanks also to everyone who gave me feedback and participated in the color scheme polls. As you can see, I did go with the purple after all. It looked even nicer with the silver background I’d originally selected for the indigo color scheme, so purple it shall be!
I’ll be spending tonight and tomorrow editing and with any luck, the book will be ready for publication later this week!
The manuscript is nearing completion! With luck and a little elbow grease, I could be finished tonight. My dear Miss Goodnight sent in the completed Foreword earlier today, so I’ve only got two more descriptions to do, and then it’s all editing.
It’s looking like the final price for the book will be $15.95, as promised, and I’m going with a purple and silver color scheme for the cover, with the original image I planned on using. Here’s a sneak preview!
It still needs a bit of tweaking here and there, but that’ll get done before the release. I’m still aiming for a release date later this week or possibly this weekend, depending on how long editing takes.