It’s Over.

I just finished writing The Arte of Glamour.  I don’t think I really thought about how I would react.  Usually when I finish a short story or an article there’s a perfunctory pat on the back and I feel pleased with myself and there’s a “good job, Deb!” and I start submitting it places post-editing by Mr. M.

I don’t think I really believed I could finish writing a book, despite all these years of writing.  Maybe because it’s been so many years of writing.  I don’t know.  I just know I’m crying at a B&N like an idiot and A. and Jow are coming because I’m kind of afraid to leave if I’m already crying publicly.  I finished it.  I . . .I finished it.  I wrote a book.  I gave birth to a book.

It took four hours to squeeze out those last 3,000 words (which is ridiculously slow if you’re not a writer yourself).

I also did two different rites today (one in the woods and one in a cemetery) so that could be part of it too, it was a lot of woo and a lot of salves.  I’m broken right now.  And I’m blogging because I kind of don’t know how to not bleed all over the internet like pelican.   I don’t know how else to process.

Anyway, The Arte of Glamour was cooked on The Civil Wars’ album and EP.  They’re broken up right now but I hope they get back together.

The last stretch was cooked on the song “Go”.

Why do you keep looking out the window?/ Is there something left behind or never found?/ Oh, there’s just one way to find out/ Go, Go, Go/ Did Sirens steal your heart when you weren’t looking?/ Where’d you learn to lie the way you do?/ Look’s like you made up your mind./ I’d have to say I didn’t see this coming/ But who does?/You won’t want to see me standing in the door/ So Go, Go, Go/ I don’t want to hurt you/ Do you ever listen?/I don’t want to run./ You’re not the only one/ I don’t want to touch you/ Eternally I’m broken/ Who but we become/ Who but we become/ How do you care?/ They need you/ I don’t want to/ Go, Go, Grow/ I don’t want to go/ I don’t want to stay. . .


Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  


4 Responses

  1. Be gentle with yourself, Deb. Sitting with anything good (or bad, for that matter) for a long period of time brings out emotions. Acknowledging the end of something, even when it’s good brings emotions, too, so you’re in a double whammy kind of situation.

    I’m envious of your focus and committment and can’t wait to read your book.

  2. Shut up and take my money. 🙂

  3. Congratulations!! I’m looking forward to reading the book. 🙂

    As a writer, I know it’s hard to finish something major like that, something you’ve worked on for so long. There is a sensation of emptiness, almost like post-partum depression.

    And you’ve inspired me: I need to get down to seriously working on my own book that’s waiting to be written…
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  4. Deb Deb Deb:

    In your own words, you’ve just given birth. You are post-partum, and need Bach Mustard remedy right now! get thee to Wholefoods (where they discount it) and start drinking that stuff. Now. seriously.

    oh- and like Noel says- where do i send my money, honey? can’t wait to read your work. yeah baay-baay.

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