Book Review: Metal Never Lies

As someone who honors and serves the Irish goddess, Brigid, you’d think I’d have a greater interest in blacksmithing due to her connections to the anvil. You’d think I would have read more on the topic or perhaps taken a workshop, but you’d be wrong. Well, you would have been wrong up until recently whenContinue reading “Book Review: Metal Never Lies”

Let Me Show You Around My Rose Garden

Happy (almost) LĂșnasa! As the first major harvest festival, it’s a great time to be a gardener. My veggie beds are producing some beautiful food for us already in the form of beans, tomatoes, and eggplant. The squash are just starting to develop flowers and fruit. Hopefully we’ll enjoy harvesting them closer to the AutumnContinue reading “Let Me Show You Around My Rose Garden”

Make Room on Your Witch Lit Bookshelves!

A year ago, I was basking in an authorly glow after rapidly publishing three Rituals of Rock Bay novels with Shadow Spark Publishing over several months. The exhaustion had subsided some, and so I set out to once more participate in Camp NaNoWrimo with the very relaxed goal to start plotting a new novel. An idea had taken seed–somethingContinue reading “Make Room on Your Witch Lit Bookshelves!”

Happy Mermay Authors & Artists Appreciation Week!

I’m delighted to participate in author D. H. Willison’s first (hopefully annual) Mermay Authors & Artists Appreciation Week! This is a virtual tour to celebrate mermaids and other denizens of the deep who inspire so many of us. As an author who features a mermaid-type creature in my novels, I simply had to join inContinue reading “Happy Mermay Authors & Artists Appreciation Week!”

Witch Lit Wednesday: The Lost Apothecary

I recently finished reading The Lost Apothecary, a debut novel by Sarah Penner. While not what most would consider Witch Lit, I’m going to make a case for its inclusion in the fold. These days, I normally want to read books with a heavy bit of romance, but a tale about a hidden poison shopContinue reading “Witch Lit Wednesday: The Lost Apothecary”

Looking Ahead to 2022

Here I sit, January 1, 2022, realizing that I don’t have a new planner! I personally find something cozy and soothing about taking a moment at the beginning of the year, the month, the week, to sort my mind by way of paper and pen. Until I get that covered, I thought I’d hop onContinue reading “Looking Ahead to 2022”

Book Review: The Return of the Light

While browsing my favorite local bookshop during “Shop Local Saturday,” I came across this little gem tucked among the various winter holiday selections. I was so delighted by the inclusion, I simply had to bring home The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards.Continue reading “Book Review: The Return of the Light”

Roses: My Lifelong Plant Allies

My first experience with roses was in my mother’s garden. For some reason, she only had one when I was younger. A lovely pink specimen that never got very large and only blossomed once a year–in June. This event was a moment to celebrate, and that joy overshadowed roses’ reputation for fussiness. I didn’t learnContinue reading “Roses: My Lifelong Plant Allies”

Land Acknowledgement and Reflection on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

It is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and perhaps a good time to acknowledge that I live, work, and pray on Haudenosaunee land. I am always learning and striving toward a better tomorrow, and while I know that simply saying that is never enough, it is a step in the right direction. If you are not Native, takeContinue reading “Land Acknowledgement and Reflection on Indigenous Peoples’ Day”