New Mini-Series! Magical "Fanfic"ing Non-Fiction

Author: Quill ofQuillsOccultSupply / Labels: , ,

After a rousing discussion on the endless   friend of mine at work presented me with an interesting concept: anything can be turned into fanfiction.  When I noted that I only write non-fiction, she doubled down on her statement.  She could most certainly--given time and a quiet room--create fanficton even from writing which has no characters and no narrative.  Wow.  Those are strong words and I ruminated over that idea for a long time.  I might just take her up on that, actually.

But now I think I understand how I can do something in a similar way, though I be only a non-fic reader and writer; I will give the same treatment to morph non-magical articles into magical ones.  So, in honor of the person who presented the idea to me, Melanie, and the workplace we share, I'll be using one of our company newsletters as the basis for the next few weekly articles.  While the origins of each of them are purely mundane, the information I add to them is all witchcraft!  Enjoy!

4 Tips to Make Spell Planning Easier

Planning spells ahead of time means that you get the optimum associations while panicking less over the major issues in your life.  You can make this the quickest part of your magical arrangements with the use of these easy suggestions.

Tip 1: Gather a Wide Array of Spells

The best way to be prepared is to have plenty of options.  Read lots of spellbooks; keep an exemplary collection and read it thoroughly.  If you can do this, you'll have plenty of ways to deal with any situation that may arise.  As you read through each book, take note of spells which address the kind of problems you're likely to have.  Keep these notes organized and ready to use, should you have need of them.

Tip 2: Maintain Regular Planning

Once a month (or more, depending on your style), take some time to check in on your life and goals. 
Write out the ideal of each of these problems/opportunities and use that information to choose spells
to cast in the coming month.  

Small steps can make this more efficient.  For example, arrange the things you want to cast for in columns based on the moon phase which has rulership over that issue.  From there you can decide what sign would best serve it.  This list can then be used as a guide when marking the spells in your almanac.

Tip 3: Make Ahead Some "Anytime" Magic, Too

As you know, I love making and using formulas.  This is because they only really need timed when they are made; it is much less important what is going on while they're being used. 
Things like formulas, spoken charms, sigils, and talismans are the "snacks" of magic.  You can grab
them on your way out the door, keep them handy just in case you find yourself without any downtime that day, and use them as a minor stepping stone on the way to a greater goal. 

When you find yourself flush with spare time on a good moon (and it does happen occasionally), make some formulas, write out some seals or charms--do something that you will find useful at a later date.  It will matter.

Tip 4: Keep a Calendar Only for Magic

Whether you use an almanac, set alarms on your computer or other device, or just jot down your plans on a wall calendar or datebook, maintaining the witch side of your life in a dedicated way will make things easier and more orderly. 

If your favorite method doesn't include enough information for detailed timing, try adding these free online resources: 

Lunarium (especially good for moon phase and sign for any given date) (sunrise and sunset times for working with planetary hours, plus customizable and printable moon calendars)

And if you'd like to really go in style, check out these amazing items from across the pond:

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Shwellness Summer 2016 (edited by Andrea Rogers)

Witch Tip--Unpleasant Truths: Books Don't Have to Protect Your From Yourself

Author: Quill ofQuillsOccultSupply / Labels: ,

This is something that I simply cannot say enough about: the magical disclaimer.

Now, I understand the thought process behind the standards in this category, such as the psychic hotline's "For entertainment purposes only" and the herbalist's "This information is not meant as a substitute for professional medical treatment."  The law is not written for casters but for the public safety from injury and scams.  So, I got that.  No contest, that kind of thing should be part of our common compliance.

But then there are authors who take it upon themselves to shield their readership from all possible damage, even if only their own stupidity.  "Be sure you are holding the candle securely so you don't get burned by the melting wax."  Well, duh.  If I'm not competent enough to keep hot wax from pouring all over myself from one little candle then I probably shouldn't be dabbling with the framework of reality, should I?  Or, for that matter, opening a book upon which I could get a paper cut.  Can I even read the words you've written? 

Perhaps tidbits like these are just little fillers.  Maybe the author was trying to stretch out his/her sentences so that they felt more dynamic than the short, bland phrases they are without any fluff attached.  If so, they should learn better technique, not just stuff packing peanuts around the core of their information.  We can handle it uncut!

Then there's the authors who want to make sure we don't do bad things with the grand witchcraft to which--they reassure us--they are privy.  I've read more than one author who went on at length about all the black magic they knew, but were determined not to share for fear of the awful results upon our innocent little karma and auras and...other mystical stuff...hell, I'm bored just typing it!  Either bring everything you've got to the page or don't.  I don't want your hints and suggestions at what you aren't writing!  (I feel that I'm in the majority on this one unless, of course, you're one of those awful readers who give one-star reviews to witchcraft books that don't "follow the Rede."  For the love of Benji, people, stop doing that!)

So, here's the deal: I'm in the process of trying to get myself in print.  It's a loooong process, even just for e-books but much, much more so if I will manage to get signed by a publisher, so don't get all in a tizzy just yet.  But I promise you that when I do, and you get your hands on a fresh copy of my book, you will see exactly ZERO condemnations of how you choose to use the information inside.  I'm not going to tell you that stove tops are hot or that knives are sharp or any of that.  You're on your own, kids!  I trust you.

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Quick Link--Free Labels for Beautifying Your Jars and Bottles

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Free Vintage Label Download

A beautiful room deserves beautiful things and your magical room is no exception.  Organize in style with these classic--and original--labels for all your herbs, formulae, and spell components!

I won't keep you here chatting; go print these now (and you can even add the original font included, as well)!

About Me

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My name is Quill and I've been practicing witchcraft for the past 17 years. 10 of those years I've been reading tarot and teaching.  I own a shop on Etsy called Quill's Occult Supply (check it out at full of handmade ritual and decorative items, spell components, and wild picked herbs.

I love to work with my hands.  Magic is a tool to shape our lives, and I'm using magic to shape tools to shape magic.  Cosmic! 

I use a lot of my favorite things in my shop: herbs, candles, wood, fabric, paint, clay.  And I get to carve, burn, grind, mold, think, dream ... I'm in the perfect business!

I've written 3 manuscripts for publication (2 non-fiction and 1 fiction) and am an avid NaNo-er!  I and my husband run a local coven called Orbis Prosapia, and our children are growing up surrounded by magic, mythology, fairy tales, Earth worship, art, open discussion, music, and humor. 

In addition to working on Ex Penna about my experiences as a professional witch, I also write for Scenes from the Circle about being a coven leader. 

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