Moon Books was having a contest with Pagan Writers Community to find the "next generation of Pagan writers." On a "meh, why not" whim, I sent in the first half of the manuscript I've been working on for over a year. To my absolute shock, it won! The prize was a higher level contract to publish with the company. So for the past six weeks I busily prepared to finish the manuscript, collected feedback, made changes, sent it around for endorsements, and sent it in for editing. As of today its just gone to copyediting which means its in its in full-on production process. So, The Deep Heart of Witchcraft will be out in time for a January release. I'm so excited. I have multiple friend who are coming in from out of state in January so we can party it up at Sacred Circle Books, where I work on the weekends, to celebrate.
Craft work has been kind to me. I'm in my 4th month of training in the Anderson Feri tradition and I'm absolutely loving it. Its everything I was hoping it would be and more. My teacher Storm Faerywolf has been an unimaginably effective mentor for me in this work. Towards the end of the summer I got to teach an introductory runes course at the shop, which was so fun. Next time I'll make that one 3 hours instead of 2 though! After that I did a 3 hour Wicca 1 course for Firelfy, then did a private Wicca 2 class in the home of one of my good friends for his family. And it doesn't stop there. Firefly has so many classes, rituals, and activities lined up even further on down the road, its incredible. So although folks have been worried about us being disadvantaged by choosing to not return to the Pagan center for the time-being, don't be. We're trucking right along and loving every moment that this wonderful world brings us.
Modern Witch Magazine will be out in a matter of days just in time for Samhain. In there you'll find a piece I did focused on what I believe to be the top 10 most powerful herbs for a magickal boost of energy. And as of a couple days ago, I've been offered my own column over at PaganSquare, the online blogging platform for Witches and Pagans magazine. The column is called "NextGen Pagan" and will focus on exactly what it sounds like, Paganism for the next generation.
So although things are writing heavy and day job heavy (election season in DC is nuts), the typical event-heavy schedule of October is a little lighter this year. I am doing two things for sure though. On October 26, Firefly is hosting T. Thorn Coyle for a skype QandA, since we've been working through her book Kissing the Limitless for the past 4 months. After that on Samhain night itself, Firelfy's annual Dumb Supper will be held at my house. The Dumb Supper is something we do every year in combination with Soul Interaction, my partner Mike's psychic development group. I can't wait!
And finally, I just launched my new website. As you may have noticed, I took all the other links off this blog expect the one that says "website." So I'll still be blogging here, but you can also see this feed on the blog section on the new site, davidDsalisbury.com.