Magick,  the writing life

Day 21: Thank the Gods… #DoMagick

As with all challenges, I often think the biggest challenge is being able to keep up with the blog posts. Especially when you have nothing profound or interesting to report. Of course that’s not the case for today, but there have been a lot of boring days this time around.

I did some divination work today. Divination wherein the Daemonic Divine suggested I need to quit thinking so much about outcomes and get my ass to work. You can’t have an outcome if you have nothing produced for there to be an outcome! I was supposed to have a new Sorcerers’ Twilight novel ready to go with all these events I have going on this summer, and yet all that stuff is upon us and still – no novel! It’s somewhat frustrating.  If I only wrote one thing a year, this would be cakewalk and the book could have a normal deadline. But because I’m not your normal writer, me and self-imposed deadlines – we’re acquaintances rather than good friends. I sometimes cancel on her.

But – as I’ve said many times before – the one thing you can count on by me is that EVENTUALLY, I do finish everything I start. I may be a few months (sometimes a few years) late with it, but it will always show up.  And since I don’t have hard-fast contracts with set deadlines, I tend to view deadlines as flexible. If I had actual contracts – that shit would be done and in on time, every time. That’s just how it is with me.

Another topic that came up again – writing without fear (or intrepid writing). I really tossed fear to the wayside with Ba’al Collective, but for whatever reason, ETG has me terrified! 🙁  I don’t know if it’s fear of finishing the story, or what.  But there’s definitely fear there. It makes me queasy.  Despite that, I MUST have ETG ready to go by September. I’ve already filled out the book signing paperwork stating the book will be there.  Which, in a sense, is a kind of contract. So, my ONLY goal for the rest of this month and into July is getting ETG out. I’ll deal with Order of Eurynome and the beginning of Falling from Grace during NovelRama at the end of July. If I could finish Falling from Grace by end of August and get it into editing for September, and focus on Illuminated Darkness (writing) September -November with a late December release date – I would be a happy girl. Then I’ll jump into Inherited Djinn and more 13 covens. And yes – there are Daemonolatry titles sprinkled in there. I’ll be revising the publishing schedule soon. It’s a mess.

I always start with good intentions, and we all know what the road to hell is paved with.

Today’s Tarot Card: Five of Wands – It’s time to brainstorm, resolve conflicts that arise, and resolve problems. This card cautions against making mountains from mole hills or panicking over nothing. So deep breaths.  Nice deep breaths.  It’s just going to be one of those days.  I just need to chill and ride it out. I can do this. 🙂

Oh – and in good news – Ba’al Collective came out tonight! Very excited about this one. It was a tough story to write.

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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