We’re at the halfway mark and things have been a bit bumpy. This morning I meditated on getting some writing in and getting podcast things done for 30 minutes today (used the timer on my phone because I woke up late).
Today, my podcast plans went afoul when much to my horror, all three of us weren’t working in the same time zone. This is the danger of podcasting with people from all over the world. Luckily we got that squared away and rescheduled. I learned my lesson there. Third time’s a charm, right? But leave it to Mercury retrograde to break down communication and encourage blunders like this. All we can do is try again. SO frustrating. Plus – I missed a fun social gathering with my writer friends tonight. 🙁 Of course, I’m one of those people who believes all things happen for a reason, so apparently, none of that was meant to be. I took the opportunity to help my husband get a few things done around the house.
I worked on Daemonic Prosperity Magick today. I was tempted to work on Falling From Grace but it occurred to me that I need to prioritize. DPM is a higher priority because I need it to be ready to go into editing by next weekend. I’m almost there. The majority of the book is done. Where I’m slogging is the bonus content throughout the book. Yes – paperbacks and hardcovers will have bonus content. The regular book will be available in ebook, but there are 8 additional rituals in the print copies. Print copies will be available before the ebooks. First Lulu, then Amazon, THEN ebook. I think that’s my launch plan for all the magick books at this point. The bonus content will be distributed evenly throughout the book. It’s not like I’ll just shove it in at the end. Gotta make the pirates work for it. LOL
The book, when it’s done, will be 150-200 pages meant to help magicians get the most out of their Daemonic Prosperity Magick. Some preliminary readers (who have read the basic version) really liked the direction I took with this book, and so do I. Admittedly I have been editing as I go, so this is taking longer to write. With non-fiction, I can’t just spit it out and go back like I do with fiction. I tend to go through each chapter over and over again until my brain bleeds. But like all my non-fiction, you won’t find any purple prose or lamenting orations. It’s not my style. There are plenty of authors out there who I’ll leave that to. When I’m writing about magick I find that giving people the essential information they need to apply the magick to real life is the best way to go.
The problem as I see it, is so many books wax philosophic and are nothing more than pages and pages of mental masturbation with no clear instruction for what, exactly, the meditations (because most are just psychology and meditation books) are supposed to do for you. So they take you into the Demiurge. Great. Then what? What do you do with that to make it useful in the real world? How do you delve into the Demiurge and then use that toward the end goal of manifestation in accordance with one’s will? There’s always that component missing. It’s enough to give you a headache. (BTW – I know how to make meditations like that work for me. The sad truth is a lot of people don’t know how to apply that kind of psychological work to the real world, as evidenced by the fact that the work isn’t helping them get anywhere mentally or physically. They’re simply stroking themselves.)
I still side with my old journalism professor who often said, “If you can’t explain something clearly, in as few words as possible, then you don’t know your subject well enough to be writing about it.” Those words still ring through my brain when I’m writing non-fiction. Of course, that could also be my downfall as an occult author. Some people need extreme hand-holding and I have never been good at that. There are always those readers who want to know how many feet you stand away from the altar. How many inches do you lift something when you “raise it on high”. What angle should your chin be tilted when you approach an offering altar. These kinds of questions are numerous because people are afraid to do it wrong. They don’t realize that oftentimes details like this are unimportant. People labor over trivial details because they overthink things, or they’re just procrastinating doing the work. Kind of like how creative people will find dishes to do, laundry to wash, etc… instead of actually creating.
Enough from me for the day. I’ve got a few more things to accomplish before I call it a night.