5 Things I Love Right Now v.02 + Poll

So… June happened. I think.

I’ve been having a hard time keeping up posts these last few months. Ideas weren’t flowing and it became a chore to write. June was a busy month for me on a personal level so pretty much only Spell Saturdays happened. Towards the middle of the month I kind of just say “fuck it” and took the month off. I’m so much happier for it and I’m ready to really get back to posting, writing, and working on projects.

Burn out. It’s not fun.

On a personal front, it’s been a very “everything is happening/nothing is happening” kind of phase. My novel Spirit Walker was suppose to be out last month but stuff happened so it’s coming out later this month. A project I thought wasn’t going to take place until next year might happen this year. A few other projects have the same thing happening. It’s a lot of “hey, this stuff is happening but we can’t, you know SHOW you it”. Ugh.

Anyway, here’s five things I’m totally obsessing over right now.

 

01 Fairy tales with actual faeries

I recently finished my re-read of Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series. I’m a sucker for stories. Anyway, that and a recent flux of faerie related posts has been reading lots of articles and stories about faeries. And listening to faerie stories told in songs. And playing video games with faeries.

(Sensing a theme yet?)

I son’t particularly have a favorite kind of faerie story. I like the stories of Wild Hunts because I’ve experience one before. (That’s a story for another day) but I like stories that have a good tale to tell and ends with a satisfying end. Not necessarily a happy ending, mind, but a satisfying one.

While the classics are always good to brush back up on (I’m currently reading Phillip Pullman’s Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm) but there’s some truly excellent faerie-based stories out there. Which one is your favorite?

 

02 Baking Bread

I like baking. Cooking, not so much but baking? Sure. I like making tasty foods and trying out recipes simply for the challenge of it. (Which is weird but I’m not one for competition or challenges as a whole). Baking, to me, is fun and I get to nom on a hopefully delicious end product.

Except bread. Breads, for some reason, escape me 90% of the time. I can make a decent scone and drop biscuits. I can do a dense banana bread fairly well. Other than that? Nope. Failure is a constant companion. I just can’t seem to get a bread that tastes good or isn’t rock hard. I’m pretty sure I’ve baked some bread that were actually stones in disguise. I like to think I’m a decent baker. I can do some desserts pretty well but bread and I aren’t friends.

So I recently borrowed some bread recipe books from my library and made it my mission to create a good bread. I haven’t really dug into the books yet (other stuff is going on) but here’s hoping I can create something edible!

 

03 Selkies

I really like the folklore of selkies. I mean, I like mermaids but I really like selkies. If I had the option to become a mermaid, I’d probably ask to just be a selkie instead.

Their stories remind me of fox spirit stories (which I also adore). I especially like the stories where there’s a happy or at least bittersweet ending. The Maiden and the Selkie by Heather Dale is probably one of my favorites because there’s a lot of lore and ideas packed into that singular song.

Right now I’m currently writing two stories with selkies or water based faerie-like creatures so my interest may be ramped up from that that. But selkies are always an interest for me so who knows?

 

04 Honey

I’m a fan of honey. I like honey. I like the taste of it, the color of it, the smell of it. I keep several honey types from various sources around my house. I keep a huge jar on my counter because I just like looking at it.

Recently, I’ve started to swap sugar out for honey for some of my baking. And making honey based pastilles for herbal remedies. I’ve done this before but I don’t use a ton of herbal remedies for myself and there’s some recipes I use that don’t take substitutes well. (Like my chocolate chip cookies).

I don’t use honey much in magic as it’s a “wet” ingredient and I don’t typically work with wet ingredients unless I’m enchanting food or making a potion. While I like doing both of those things, I don’t tend to dive into that realm often. Or, maybe’s it’s better to say that I don’t tend to deviate often from regularly created food or potions that I don’t share. Not because I can’t come up with something better but more because why fix what isn’t broken?

Honey’s often loved faerie and spirit offering. I’ve given it myself during the summer when I can’t give milk-based offerings. Also, while writing this post a random thought occurred to me: mermaids and most selkies probably haven’t tasted honey before. That’s a shame and gives me a really cute idea for a scene.

 

05 Boats

I like boats. I’m not in love with them but I like them. I grew up looking at model replicas of tall ships, paintings of sea storms, and through elementary school I use to stare at my grandmother’s hand-carved wooden ship mast that hung on one of our walls.

Weird part is? None of my family owns a boat. We have family friends that do but save for our kayaks, there isn’t a single boat among any of us. I’ve worked on boats which I thoroughly enjoyed. My mother has plans to buy a small sailboat sometime in the next ten years so that’s something to look forward to.

Since much of my witchcraft is based in New England lore and water, especially, boats come up often with my research so I often practice my boat magic on our kayaks. Much of it is upkeep of boats, making sure the hulls don’t rot and so on. But there’s so much on a boat that can be enchanted. Sails, motors, ropes, and even the deck floor to make it less slippery.  (Which is so important, depending on the type of boat you have.)

Do any of you have must-have spells for boats or working on the water?

 

It’s been kind of low-key for me right now when it comes to things I adore but right now there’s a lot in the works. What about you folks? What things have you been interested in? What kind of articles and books have you been reading? What kind of research or posts do you wish you had access to?

Oh, before you go! I promised a poll. I’m creating a rather extensive correspondence chart for the website, with information gathered from all over, with cited sources. How would you best like to see it? You have until the 14th to vote!

 

2017 Resolutions, Wishes, & Dreams

Welcome to 2017.

I hope, with absolute sincerity, that your year shapes up beautifully. I hope you will find love of all kinds. I hope you will find passion and courage within your life, to pursue your dreams, your goals, your inspiration. I hope you find a well of strength in yourself to achieve the goals you’ve set and conquer the challenge you’ll be faced. I hope you find, receive, and spread kindness throughout the world. It’s so needed right now and so necessary.

 

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A little breath of spring on this super cold day.

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Now that the blessings and my hopes for your 2017 are out of the way, let’s talk about resolutions.

You’re probably in one of three camps when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. You might make and try to achieve the resolutions you’ve set every year. Or you don’t make any resolutions for a variety of reasons. Or you halfheartedly make a resolution and maybe achieve it.

I’ve been in all three camps over the years. This year I wrote a list of things I want to do, in all areas of my life. Some are totally doable things that will happen because they’re already set up to happen. Others require inner strength and determination from me. And a few require luck or spells to occur – if at all. I starred the ones that were really important to me and wrote down WHY I wanted to achieve those goals because when it going gets tough, I’ll remember why I’m doing it. I entitled it “2017 Wishes” because they’re not all resolutions and not everything on that list is a dream. It’s just a list of things I want to happen in 2017.

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Rose quartz love 💗

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Be kind to yourself. Make simple goals a part of your new year as well as the big dream goals. Lose that weight but also make it a goal to walk in a park, woods, or beach once a week. Finish that big project but spend some time completing your To Be Read pile. Spend time achieve little goals including big ones. Those little goals can open up so many opportunities within your life and pave the way for the bigger goals you want to achieve.

When it comes to magic, I keep it simple. I write in magical ink on enchanted paper and hang it up by my desk. with iron nails and  blessed string. I pick a quartz crystal, cleanse and let it sit in a window for a full day and night then program it with my wishes for the new year and put it beside my bed.

 

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Close up ♡

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I find action more useful than magic during these first days so that’s what I do. For example, today January 2nd, I intended to wake up at my regular time, get my workout in, and start accomplishing my to do list. Instead, I woke up at my regular time, then my “get the hell out of bed” time, and went back to sleep until late afternoon. Instead of calling the day a wash and playing a video game, I showered, dressed, and sat down to get the important things done. Because I determine how I want my day and year to go. I want this year to be productive, successful, and kind. So that’s what I’m doing, even if the sun’s already set in the sky. Spells for motivation, luck, and other blessing are great helpers.

Here’s to 2017. May it be wonderful for you and those around you.

P.S. And don’t forget to vote in the poll. It helps me to help you!

Poll!

We’re coming up fast to the year anniversary of my Etsy shop This Crooked Crown’s Witchery & Curiosities. It’s literally at the end of this month and there’s going to be a whole new flux of products and lower prices on things people already purchase.

But what I want to know is this: What do you want in a witch shop? You’ll be doing me a huge favor by answering this poll. Also, if you could add in a comment on what specifically you’re interested in that’d be great (for example, you vote “apparel” and write in the comments “CLOAKS!!!!!!” then I’ll get the hint to make more cloaks.

Ah look at this shiny new space~!

Okay, so this isn’t actually new. Or particularly shiny. It is, however, empty. Over the next few months I will be filtering in blog posts from my tumblr blog of worth or relevance. I’ll be going backwards, so the older posts will be put out first. I’ll keep them in categories and tags so you all can find them more easily.

Before anyone gets panicky, I’m not leaving tumblr. This website has always been intended to be used as a backup to tumblr and an archive for all the decent post I’ve written over there. Now I think I’ll also be publishing posts made exclusively here or expounded upon from a tumblr post I’ve made. If I do expand a tumblr post, I’ll link it so you can follow along.

Out of curiosity, is there any sort of posts you’d like to see or things done with this website that I don’t do on tumblr?