I’ve been pretty quiet on the Internet lately. I haven’t blogged, haven’t posted to Facebook, and have just generally been keeping to myself these days. The Internet is pretty amazing a lot of the time, but I think sometimes we use it as a replacement for actually getting out and doing things. I find that I get online to check something or look something up, and suddenly I get sucked into some rabbit hole and lose whole hours. I needed a break.
I’m up to a lot these days. Traditional Wicca: A Seeker’s Guide is up on Amazon, and I just can’t get over it. A friend pointed out just this weekend that I now have an author profile on Llewellyn’s website. It’s incredible to me that I grew up in the Craft (and in general) reading Llewellyn authors, and now I’m one of them. This process has been wild. It’s slow, too. I wrote the bulk of Traditional Wicca almost two years ago, and in between I’ve worked full time and gone back to school. I get so busy with daily life that I actually forget about it sometimes, and then I get an email from my editor asking for me to look at something, and I go through the shock all over again. Holy crap I wrote a book.
Check out what Ray Buckland wrote about my work:
“Thorn writes with obvious sincerity, with feeling, and from experience. Her book covers everything from defining Witchcraft, through the workings of a coven, to actual initiation and beyond. She warns that Wicca is not for everyone and–I am personally delighted to see–includes a chapter on recognizing ‘red flags’ when first contacting others . . . especially those who might claim to be more than they actually are. This book is the quintessential guide for the true, sincere seeker.”―Raymond Buckland, author of Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft
I was literally screaming when I first read this.
The best part is that now that I’ve done it once, I know it’s doable. I’ve got other projects in the works, and writing no longer feels quite as daunting. Currently, my focus is on the young adult novel I’ve always wanted to write. When I was a teenager, I loved Isobel Bird’s series Circle of Three and Cate Tiernan’s Sweep. I still love them. When I’m feeling shitty and need a pick-me-up or just want to feel that inkling of falling in love with witchcraft again, I reread the first books in these series. For a long time, I’ve wanted to take those same tropes and revisit them through my own experiences as a young witch (and can you believe those books are now as old as they are? First published in 2001, some of them you can’t even find in print anymore). The world needs more realistic teen witch stories.
Non-fiction is in the works, too, but I’m getting a kick out of shifting gears these days.
Changes are afoot in my online life more broadly. I’m doing some consolidating. I’m in the process of moving my tarot content to my main website, as well as some of my old Patheos articles. Just for the sake of keeping track of things and not feeling like I’m being spread so thin. I anticipate writing more on all fronts in 2018. I’ll be setting up a mailing list this upcoming year, too, so keep your eyes peeled.
4 thoughts on “December Update”
Congratulations on your first book! The first one is the hardest, well, other than the one you are working on now.
Way to go Thorn! Well, busy can be good indeed. Good for you to take a break – Sybil always said the first Tenet is a “Balanced Life,” so that sounds way okay to me!
Yes, very true about online life.
I don’t get too sucked in to online rabbit holes like others talk about… mainly because when we write articles for our page, it is done separately from the online world and are typically discussions we have at coven. I usually have no idea what is going on in the online witch world unless someone tells me, or the very few blogs I follow like yours.
Okay, will keep an eye peeled for your mailing list in the future.
I haven’t read the sweep books you talked about for young adults – so I’m not as familiar with them, but they sure sound fun!
Congrats Thorn, looks great.
If you’re ever in the Triad area let me know, i’ll try to get my Meetup group “Witches and Pagans and Shamans Oh My!” together for a talk and book signing……. if that works for you.
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