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NaNoWriMo Is Almost Over

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It’s November 30th and for lots of contenders, it’s crunch time to get in as many words as possible today. My own journey into the adventure for 2016 is much different. I encountered lots of setbacks and life, in general, taking up my time. Plus, I already spend all day writing for other publications. But I also went into this knowing that there was no way I was going to finish my anthology in one month. It’s really hard to write poems, prayers, and rituals for one deity on a daily basis AND meet a specific word count. I cannot get past the need for meat and not filler words just to meet a word count. It’s simply not in my nature, and that is okay. I take the words seriously so that I am conveying Hela to the best of my own personal ability. So NaNoWriMo really became just a jumping point into the foray of writing for the purpose of creating a book that I want to see on store shelves one day. This is not an endeavor just to say I did it or to have in my dropbox. No, this is something I really want to share with others. So today I will work on an editorial piece about Hela and include it on my word count. And tomorrow? I will write more. I may only write a few hundred words a day, but I will keep doing it 4 days out of the week. Because realistically, that’s what I can do to achieve my goals.

To the rest of the contenders, I wish you the best. I hope you have met the goals you set for yourself. And regardless if you “succeeded” at the 50,000 word goal for the month, I hope you enjoyed it.

Hello Johnson City Tennessee!

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View along Main Street in Downtown Johnson City, TN on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Copyright 2014 Jason Barnette

Life changes happen and we adjust accordingly. As it is, I am newly partnered with a very wonderful person who happens to live in Johnson City, TN. Since I am now spending my time between Asheville and there, it only seemed logical to expand my teaching and reading opportunities to his corner of the world.

2017 will garnerĀ a lotĀ of classes in Asheville, 24 to be exact. I don’t anticipate that I will be doing all of those same classes in Johnson City but I will be using my current class list to select what I will be offering there. As of now, the classes and reading sessions will all be on the same day and located at Samadhi Center on Walnut St. Just watch the events page. I will always link to my Facebook Events so that you can RSVP and get reminders.

I really look forward to seeing you all!!!

Prepping For The Holiday Season

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Here in my little corner of the world, I am in the mad dash to get all of my holiday affairs in order before Thanksgiving. While I am not a big into Turkey Day (as I really prefer to call it), I do engage in a nice dinner with my kids when I have them and with my friends when I don’t. This year my dinner will be at friends’ house that is doing an orphans-dinner sort of event.

Turkey Day also signifies the crazy season…..or at least how I see it. Because the crazies come out and invade all the stores. So I prefer to get my eldest daughters birthday presents and all my Yule gifts purchased before Turkey Day. So if I am in a store, it’s to get much-needed sustenance for my home. Or supplies. And I do my best to buy as much as I can online. It’s funny because I am in a retail store working my reading abilities at least once a week. Fortunately it’s limited and hopefully, won’t cause me to hate humanity more than I do on most days.

I hope that whatever you choose to do this holiday season, you do it with grace and kindness. Remember that not everyone celebrates what you do, people DO have birthdays in the month of December, and usually whoever you are yelling at does not carry the authority to do whatever it is you think they should do. Remember that there is this thing that we are celebrating called Joy and it’s not that hard to embrace it. You only mess it up when you are trying to live up to another’s’ standards. Lastly, don’t apply your standards to anyone else. Breathe, ground, center, and repeat.

Blessed Be Lovies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!