Magick,  the writing life

December #DoMagick Talismans: The Plan

Yes, I am doing the December #DoMagick challenge! YAY. Talismans galore!  I’m also embarking on the two month Artist’s Way Workshop with a few writing friends, so I thought why not find ways to combine the two events into various talismans?  So then I thought — ART! I am going to draw, paint, or sculpt a new Talisman every day for whatever that day inspires.

I am feeling incredibly inspired by Sorath, Paimon, and Lucifer this week.  

BTW – the ongoing Sorath and Paimon work is going swimmingly. Yes, it’s been hard at times (because working on my personal skills to bring an audience to my fiction is hard work as it is for EVERY novelist, especially when you’re doing it on your own, non-traditionally), but it has been one of the most rewarding experiences. I’m loving how the Daemonic Divine is preparing me for what’s to come, things I never paused to consider would be important, but that turn out to be requirements for success.  I am aware of some great stuff coming up, and if all the good news from my November is any indication of my 2019 — I’m in for one hell of an awesome year career-wise. It’s also my 20-year anniversary with my SO in January, which is exciting! 

I know, I know. People always wonder why I lament over my fiction when I have a strong non-fiction career as it is, but you have to understand that I view writing Daemonolatry books as my labor of love because Daemonic magick and working with the Daemonic Divine are my spiritual passions. Most of the magick in my books comes from years of my hard work and experimentation. People often erroneously think every non-fiction thing I publish has something to do with Dukante – and it doesn’t. Of course the people who say this have never really read my body of work. Only about 2% of my work focuses on Dukante (the hierarchy and a handful of rituals – properly credited). A percentage (i.e. Kasdeya, communion rites) comes from what I was taught by people within the TradGenDem community. And unless specified, the rest is mine and I’ve said as much in my books, which if people read them and comprehended them, they’d know. Surprise. LOL Anyway, the people the Daemonolatry books were meant for will find them if they’re meant to find them. The fiction is a different beast. While it’s also both a passion and a labor of love – the audience is different and getting your novels in front of that audience is a bit more difficult. Don’t knock it until you try it.  🙂 

A novelist having ambition to write well received books, and to aspire to a larger audience is not a flaw in a person’s character or a pox upon their maturity.  All novelists aspire to have people read their work. It’s not even about money (which is why I’m not above doing sales for .99 cent novels – few get rich writing fiction) – it’s about sharing what you create – your manifestations – with the world for THEIR enjoyment. And there is nothing wrong with that. If you’re a creative person — don’t ever let anyone tell you different.   (Also never let them tell you that you should give your work away for free. Artists have to eat, too. The only people who say otherwise are usually non-creatives who have never created anything worthwhile, or frustrated artists who are just jealous that there are people willing to pay you to be an artist full-time.)

So anyway – December should be fun. Impromptu talismans. What do you guys think?


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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