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Spring Into Writing

Moonday Mania

a blog about writing

It’s spring and romance is in the air. Well, maybe not when it’s snowing, which it does in April in Colorado. Wet, heavy, spring snow. We love it and hate it. It’s cold and icy and weighs a ton. But it also provides moisture to sustain us through a dry year. March is Colorado’s snowiest month and April our wettest. And just like I have to deal with slogging through the heavy snow to find the spring flowers, when I write I have to slog through the heavy writing to get to the finished manuscript.

Romance should be easy.

It should just flow from my fingers, and sometimes it does. Sometimes it’s like shoveling spring snow and I sit at my desk looking outside thinking, that’s what I should be doing. But I don’t. Instead of doing the heavy lifting of writing romance, I scoot over to Facebook and see what my friends are up to. Or I write a blog. Blogs are easier for me than plotting fantasy and suspense twists.

Why is that? Why is it that, even though I love writing romance. Even though I love twisting the fairy tales and bogging down my heroines in complex plots, why is it I find every excuse in the book not to write?

Good question. And when you find the answer, let me know. I do answer my comments. (As long as their not spam about shoes, or where I can find the latest political information and male enhancement devices.) I really have no idea. I do know that I love what I do.

How do I know that I love what I do?

Because even though it can be torture to sit at that black computer screen. Even though I have to sometimes put aside the joys of social media and treat myself like a teenager who only wants to play games and surf the internet. Even though sometimes I struggle with putting those hot sexy scenes down on the page…

I don’t want to do anything else.

So, I’ll sign off now. And if you don’t see many blog posts from me. Or you think I’m not on social media enough, don’t tempt me! I’m sitting down and writing what you and I both want. The next book. And the next. And maybe, just maybe, the one after that.

Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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Marigold and Dandelion Eggs to Celebrate Spring

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal blog

It’s spring, and with Easter coming up I thought it was time for another recipe from A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, by Patricia Telesco. Ostarra is the holiday most Wiccans celebrate at this time and it has much to do with fertility, hence the symbolism that has carried over into Easter with the eggs and bunnies, and of course, re-birth.

Oh, and I included the variation below with similar magical foods for those of us with no marigolds or dandelions this early in a snowy spring!

a kitchen witch's cookbook by patricia telescoMarigold and Dandelion Eggs (Medieval France)

The marigold is said to be one of the flowers which gives forth small bursts of light, usually near twilight on clear days, like a beacon or flash of insight. In the language of flowers, dandelions are ancient oracles. they are also high in vitamin C. make certain the dandelions you use are free of pesticides.

  • 4 whole dandelion buds
  • 2 tbls butter
  • 2 marigold blossoms, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cream or milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Pick the dandelion buds when they are just about to open. Melt the butter in a frying pan over low heat. Sauté the dandelions until they open wide. Beat the marigold, eggs, cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Pour over the dandelions, which will poke through. cover: cook over low heat until the egg is set and dry on top. Fold in half. Yield: 2 servings

Variation: For the same magical results without the flowers, substitute 1 cup diced cashews, 1/4 tsp orange rind, and 1/4 cup diced, peeled oranges.

Magical attributes: Sun magic, positive outcomes in legal matters, prophesy, simple joys

Celebrations: Spring and summer festivals, Birthday of the Sun, Samhain, Candlemas, Sun Dance

taken from A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook, by Patricia Telesco, Llewellyn Publishing, 1994

Rituals of Celebrations by Jane MeredithInterested in other Wiccan Celebrations? Check out Rituals of Celebrations, by Jane Meredith.  Lewellyn’s Sabbats Almanac and Seasons of the Sacred Earth, by Cliff Seruntine.seasons of the sacred earth by cliff seruntine

Llewellyn's Sabbats Almanac

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A Bite of Spring

Thursday’s Bite

celebrating the rites of spring

The spring equinox occurred yesterday. (If you live down under it was the fall equinox.) The day when the minutes of daylight and dark are perfectly balanced. It’s when the pagan religions celebrate spring. Check out my post on banning Easter Egg Hunts to see where I was last year when the days equalized. And today I’m posting links so you can explore different aspects of spring. Happy linking!

Click HERE to learn  about five goddess and one spring god who represent spring in different ancient religions on About.com.

Click HERE  for lists of sacred foods and gemstones to celebrate Ostara or Lady Day as the spring equinox is called.

Click HERE for a terrific article on the origins of spring equinox celebrations.

And enjoy your holiday, no matter how you celebrate it!

-jessica

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Groundhog day

Thursdays Bite

a blog for the paranormal-not the normal

I’ve always felt that spring starts in February. I know officially we have weeks of winter, but the wind feels a little warmer, there is more sun, and I feel springy. Shouldn’t that be enough?

Well guess what,  I’m right! Just as I’ve instinctively felt fall starts much earlier than our boring calendar, it turns out that the Celtic Pagan Calendar starts spring on February First. Imbolc. This is the pagan day when the goddess Brighid is celebrated. Bridhid has now morphed in our modern world into St. Bridgit and Imbolc has morphed into Candlemas. Or Groundhog day.

Why the date change? Well, the pagan calendar is not set by the date, it’s set by the seasons, so Imbolc usually falls on February 1st, but it might be January 31st some years and February 2nd others. We modern people, however, like rigidity, so our holidays all fall on the same dates and February 2nd is it.

 So how did we get from Imbolic to Candlemas to Punxsutawaney Phil?

There is a pagan tradition that if a hibernating animal casts it’s shadow on Imbolc, winter will last another six weeks. In Pennsylvania, where the people who we call the Pennsylvania Dutch settled (otherwise known as Germans), they brought with them that myth in the form of a hedgehog. I’m sure you can see how they would transfer the hedgehog into the groundhog.

All of this makes sense. What is a little unusual is the now magical tradition of Punxsutawney Phil. Did you know that supposedly this is the same groundhog they’ve been using for one hundred and twenty three years? Every summer members of the inner circle feed Phil a special potion that extends his life another seven years. They even have special top hats and coats, dressing up for their mystical rites. If that’s not spell casting I don’t know what is.

“If Candlemas be fair and bright,

Winter has another flight.

If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,

Winter will not come again.”

Did you know that Groundhog day had it’s roots in Imbolc? Did you suspect that Punxsuawney Phil was well over one hundred or that he’s a magical being? Have you ever seen the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray? It’s one of my favorites!

Don’t forget to find me on Romance and Beyond on Friday where I’m blogging about the other reason (besides spring) that I love February.

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Spring is coming! Believe it or not!

Sensational Saturday

a blog for the moment, and in the moment

Spring is coming.

Free Stock Images - Daffodils
  Okay, it feels far-fetched looking out at the remainder of last weeks snow storm and knowing there is more snow coming. And it seems even more far-fetched when you know this seems like one of the coldest February’s I can remember. But it’s still coming!

And even though it’s bitter (around 22° f for my morning walks) I can see the beginning signs of spring. The cavorting owls that woke me up a few weeks ago, hooting up a storm. The squirrels chasing each other around the bare tree limbs. But most of all it’s the small sprigs of life poking up through the dirt. The bulbs.

I can tell what’s coming already. My neighbors have some slender crocus peeping up, no flowers yet, but they’ll show up eventually. And it’s not just the early bird crocus I can see. My daffodils and even a few brave tulips are poking their green heads up, and it is truly exciting.

And if you look closely at the trees, there are buds forming on those barren branches, signs of emerging leaves way ahead of when I truly expect to see them. It’s coming, despite the frigid weather.

It reminds me of Dr. Suess’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. After the Grinch stole the Who’s Christmas, it still came. There was nothing he could do about it. And there were no signs it would show, but the Who’s had faith and Christmas came anyway. And so does spring.

So as I work my way through a few dozen to-do’s and panic at the on-coming final judging responsibilities for the Award Of Excellence, I know spring is coming. Through the winter and despite anything I do, it still comes. The AOE will be over and summer will be coming on and I’ll make it through.

What gets you through? What small things do you see everyday that have you taking a deep breath and continuing with a lighter heart?

Stock Image - Three crocuses

Find me today also at http://joseerenard.wordpress.com/blog/ and read an excerpt from Little Red Riding Wolf.

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