Kiss November goodbye…

I thought I would make a post real quick saying that I’m probably not going to be posting in the month of November. Why? NaNoWriMo!!!
Haven’t head of it? Well, it’s about the nuttiest thing a person can do in my opinion. The goal is to start on November first and reach a goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month. Hopefully you have a completed short novel at that stage, but if not you should at least have a good chunk of a bigger novel finished.

For those of you that find this kind of thing interesting, nanowrimo.org is where you’ll want to head. There are lots of local events and online resources to help you get going, even if you’re coming in right before it starts.

I attempted a NaNo in 2008 while I was still in school and working full time. Needless to say I came out with about 30,000 words of useless nonsense. The good news is that I learned some awesome lessons, even if some of them were only ‘good ideas on ways not to write a book’.
The book will have nothing to do with chaos at all. This one will be pure fiction (although many people see Chaos that way) and will be entirely mundane. I really don’t want to try and shoehorn this wacky stuff into a novel that doesn’t call for it.

I’m taking a different approach to my writing this time as this will be my seventh attempt at completing a novel. My ‘normal’ method hasn’t worked six times, so I think it’s time to change things up a bit.

In Chaos news, I have compiled a bunch of stuff together and have considered the novelization of my experience in working with Chaos. I don’t know if it will work out, or if I even really want to do it, but it’s something I’ve been tossing around. Just my typed journals come to over 61,000 words, and I have five(?) written journals that I have kept over the years too.

I just thought a novel would be an interesting way to introduce a larger audience to Chaos as opposed to yet another ‘how to’ book that ends up on Amazon or (if you’re lucky) the occult section at Barnes & Noble. Movies and novels have always been an interesting way to throw concepts at the uneducated public to make them ‘want to learn more’ about a subject.

Again, I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s not something I’m actively working on, just something I’ve considered and did some ‘how much crap do I already have’ exploring into. The one thing I have never done is try to make money off of my Chaos practice in either selling the information, advertising on this site, or putting out some ‘book of shadows’ for teenagers to mess around with. I’ve always felt that the monetization of what I do would somehow cheapen it.

Perhaps I’ll just do a ‘collection’ or something that encompasses a similar scope to this blog and put it out as a free eBook or something. That way I can spread information around without being poked into that ‘sheister’ realm that many authors seem to slip into.

Anyway, I’m going to be writing like a nut over the next few weeks and will be shunning friends and family in the name of a novel. I’ll see you back in December. Hopefully I’ll still be in one piece.

-D.S.

Finally getting my legs back under me.

Well, after a serious medical scare with C, things seem to finally be getting back to normal.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately on how the mind can affect the physical well-being of the body, and I’ve been doing one of my favorites and reading more about Buddhism.  The concepts of Buddhism always give me a lot to ponder and tend to help me understand the nature of people much better.  Perhaps this is the wrong place to write on such a topic, but I just thought I would hand out credit where credit is due in my own development.

Albeit small, I’m finally getting another place dedicated to my meditation.  It’s a bit small for some of the magical work I like to do, but having a little secluded hideaway for meditation and reflection is something that I have been missing since the loss of my private study.  With the shuffling of the function within the house now that we have a room freed up it will also open up one room dedicated to yoga and other exercises.  We’ve always bitched about our house being too big (4 bedroom, 3 bath), but I think we’re finally finding a use for the additional space.  I know….first world problem.

Having dedicated, private space in the past has really helped me to make great strides in my development on a spiritual level because it’s simply convenient.  If I can hop in and meditate without a bunch of furniture/stuff shuffling I’m far more likely to do it.

We still have the issue of the entity lurking about, but compared to issues of physical health he is nothing at this point.  He may be an influencing factor, but a good western doctor that also believes in complementary treatment through eastern medicine is a total-body combination that seems to have worked well for us over the past couple years.  Now that the physical is on the mend with C, we can focus on the mind/body for sustained healing and long-term wellness.  Part of that may be finally dealing with this entity, but that’s ok.  At least she’ll have the physical and mental wellness available to help her through the process.