Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Witch Lit Book Review

The Naked Witch by Wendy Steele

This is a great contender for the ever growing Witch Lit that is flooding the marketplace today...
If you like to read about the kind of magic that real witches do, then grab a copy of The Naked Witch and enjoy this down to earth story.
The thing is, many think that witches are some kind of extraordinary species that float above the surface of the planet and fly around on great beings and broomsticks. But with Wendy Steele’s kind of Witch Lit, nothing could be further from the(un)truth.
Lizzie Martin is an ordinary mum with a teenage daughter, experiencing all the ups and downs of life that come with the territory. But the difference in how she deals with the challenges that crop up is in her magical beliefs and practices.
One being her wooden shed at the bottom of her garden, a place she calls her Sanctuary. A place where she takes refuge and retreats to find herself again when the trials of life take their toll… A place to ground and centre her energy and reconnect with her magical self, to call upon her goddess and the gods, her guides from the celestial realms and the ancestral spirits of the earth.
The herbs she grows, the incense she lights, the prayers she sends out and the divination she works with to tune into the hidden realms are the ways of the Witch. Granted, you will find these practices in works of non-fiction – of which there are plenty around – but to weave magic through the fabric of story is no less inspirational than any work of teaching. In fact, it can be far more educational in many ways because magic at the very least works on those subtle levels of mind and body when the mind is receptive and passive…when the spell of the story itself is working its charm upon the reader.

And so Wendy Steele’s writing is a magical act in itself, because you can never separate a Witch from her world - indeed she carries it with her everywhere - as it's not so much a by product of what she does, but a true reflection of who she is. And if she is a writer, then it will shine through those words, it will spring from the page and it will make that story come to life.
Witch Lit is magical writing and here in The Naked Witch, the first of this down to earth and enjoyable series, Wendy Steele makes no exception.
A great read.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

The Naked Magician

Can modelling for the village life art class really be worth it?

~ Gerald craned his neck to catch sight of a small group of what appeared to be mostly women huddled together in what looked like – much to his relief - a densely bordered shrubbery. The low croaking and head bobbing reminded him of the hens his grandmother used to keep in her garden. They were pointing at something he couldn’t see, and then one of them stepped back to reveal a bright pink chaise-lounge on the lawn. Large sketch pads clutching tightly to heaving chests, flapped up and down in unison...
The faint flutter in his stomach took him by surprise along with the claw-like grip on his arm.
      “Perhaps we’ll leave the niceties till afterwards and get down to it...”Cordelia whispered a little too closely for comfort, “Why don’t you get yourself ready in the bathroom and join us in the garden Gerald?”  
Before she slithered off, he took the large pink towel from her other claw and locked the toilet door behind him. He was sweating and he was nervous but he was not backing down. As he peeled off his clothes, he called in every guardian he could think of from the magical realms and surrounded himself in the best protection he knew. Silver bands of barbed wire rippled around his naked body, bronzed by the sun.
Now, every bit of murky and negative energy coming his way would transmute into pure creativity for his own use.
He’d not studied the sacred art for nothing.
Slipping between the worlds and oblivious to his surroundings, he strutted out into the hen's enclosure and removed his towel. ~

Catch up with this new character in The Madness & the Magic's sequel coming soon!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Two Heads Are Better Than One...(I think)

When Your Character Takes Over Your Life...

I'm not joking.
It's all getting very confusing. I blame myself of course, but then again I could also blame Minerva, as she's the one who's taking over. She can be quite overpowering at times.
See what I mean?

This is no laughing matter, I can tell you.
It's not normal is it?
Although to be fair, I've never understood the word or had any interest in its meaning anyway.

And it's never sounded more foreign since Minerva arrived on the scene. She doesn't really fit into any kind of box, as she tends to be one of those women who think far enough outside it to be off the radar most of the time.
And who can blame her?
I don't.

She's my kind of woman and definitely my kind of Witch. We have so much in common it's not real...or is it? Surely it's just a matter of belief, like magic.
And if we make real what we believe in, then anything's possible right?
Well it is with Minerva anyway.

I knew when I wrote the first book - The Madness & the Magic , that I'd barely scratched the surface with the characters. It was a brief introduction, just enough to get the taste buds going, but it served its purpose and got them out there.
Now, I can really get my teeth into them and have some fun. Minerva, of course being the one I identify with most for obvious reasons...but I have great empathy with Isis and her nervous disposition, although she is getting stronger I must admit. There is life after Derek you'll be pleased to hear and who knows what or who could be lurking around the corner for her?
Now that would be telling and quite rude and I don't want to get into the habit of spoiling things...do I?

Then there's Ronnie who's third eye issues would be enough to send the sanest among us over the edge. Or in Minerva's case that might be over the hedge. Hang on, I've not written that yet.
That's one for tomorrow's instalment, I can see it now...
How small in some ways my world has become since surrendering to the writing of this sequel. But total immersion IS the only way to really do something properly I'm finding. And when it comes to the world of the imagination, it's as big as you want it to be and that's what I love about it.
Who needs boundaries? Stories certainly don't. Ever.
Minerva hates them and strangely and madly enough, I know just how she feels.

Monday, 20 February 2017

On With the Job

Mastering the Craft

As a stay-at home mum I don't have a job as such...oh alright, I do - but there's no wages. The husband smiles at me a lot, plays a mean guitar in our band ~ Morrigans Path and takes me to the Waffle Bar on a Sunday. That'll do me thanks very much.

For my birthday before Christmas, he treated me to an online business course in self-publishing. Very nice I hear you say, what a lovely husband you have and I would say yes he is, but not one without an ulterior motive.
There's a greater plan at work here...
One which involves me rolling up my sleeves and knuckling down to the business of writing. And I mean proper writing. The kind of writing which starts at an unearthly hour and continues, with the odd break or two for dog walking and domestic chores; but for the most part of the day - I'm writing.

It's serious stuff. I do have a sequel to write after all. The Madness & the Magic has been out over a year now and the second book has been marinating for a while but with no real momentum behind it.
Time for a change.
I'm not content with being a housewife anymore, the same way as the husband's had enough of being the breadwinner, plus he wants to retire... Can't blame him, forty years in the same job - I'd say that's pretty good going.
And the good news is I'm loving it, I get to do what I love all day, every day. There's a lot to learn once I have this next book written... tackling the self-publishing process will be a challenge but there's so much support from the course I'm doing with Mark Dawson I'm confident I can do it and determined I will.
And of course, the husband is happy. He gets early retirement if all goes to plan... but I must admit to a minor ulterior motive there too. The business side of things would benefit from a far more logical and practical mind than yours truly. Which means I could get on with the job of writing and the business management would be taken care of by one better equipped to deal with it.
Horses for courses, right?