Writing the Beginning

One of the things I’ve learned in writing is that the beginning has to grab your reader. Don’t start at the beginning of the beginning if that makes sense. Plop your reader right in the middle of all perdition breaking loose. This doesn’t mean you need some flashy battle scene, especially if you’re writing aContinue reading “Writing the Beginning”

Metal Nirvana

I went to see a metal show last night. Yes, I know I look so-not-metal in my profile picture, but I’m a kick-butt chick. I like loud guitars, growling bass lines, and drum beats so fast you could make a meringue with ’em. A number of metal bands were on the bill at Cafe 611Continue reading “Metal Nirvana”

Voice Recognition

When struck by a moment of inspiration, I know I have 5 seconds to do something about it. You can thank Mel Robbins for that bit of wisdom. Here is a link to the video that inspired the ongoing reinvention of my life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp7E973zozc. So I grab whatever is handy and write it down orContinue reading “Voice Recognition”

That Is the Question

As I transition from know-it-all adulthood to not-so-sure-about-anything middle age, I am realizing that every breath I take is a new beginning and every exhale is an ending. The world is full of potential, a hot bed of chaos just waiting for my application of order and sanity. Right now I hold my breath asContinue reading “That Is the Question”

Read the Warning Label

I’ve reached the point where I’ve decided that labels are powerful. I’m not saying they are fair but one must reckon with them or fall victim to them. In our world of illusion, to make sense of our experiences, we must categorize and in this we are all guilty of delusion. A state of illuminationContinue reading “Read the Warning Label”

What to Expect When Engaged in Ritual Activity

Ritual Defined As a practicing Wiccan, the word ritual for me may have a different connotation from say, the understanding of a hopeful agnostic or a “red-letter” Christian (“red-letter” alluding to the words actually spoken by the Christ). So, I ‘m going to level the playing field with the dearly held assumption that my readershipContinue reading “What to Expect When Engaged in Ritual Activity”

Hocus Pocus?

A “published” writer since the tender age of 12, IO KIRKWOOD’S fantasy short stories have graced the pages of many a school literary magazine. She set aside her dreams of writing to raise a family but the fever never quite left. Io’s genre runs towards dark, urban and ultimately pagan fantasy. As one of theContinue reading “Hocus Pocus?”