[Scenes from a Pagan Household] On My Book/Unveiled

Me: Do you think it’s too pretentious to have an “e” at the end of Arte? Feri says it like that and I like the connotation. Still, kind of poncy.

Jow: No, I don’t think so. Arete is the original form of the word. That might be a bit too much.

Me: Yeah, a bit too White Wolf.

Jow: It didn’t — It’s ancient Greek for gods’ sake!

Me: Is it? I only know it from Mage.

Jow: Ancient. Greek.

Me: Mage. The. Ascension.

Jow: (Changes the subject to avoid strangling me)

So, if you’re too busy for my nonsense on Twitter, you don’t know that besides trying to make this new site have everything I need (today I was fiddling with spam filters and stat widgets), I was finalizing book info.

As many of you know, I have been whining about writing a book since the beginning of time.  Besides an electric cattle prod, the only thing that seems to motivate me is fear (of disappointing you) and shame (from being lazy and disappointing you).  It’s what’s been motivating me to do the eCourse.  I need to finish that first.  The Arte of Glamour  will go on sale on December 1st through Kindle ($6 – tentative) and Amazon ($8 – tentative).

The Arte of Glamour will be professionally edited by Gail Lennon and illustrated by Sarah Lawless.  It explores the importance of glamour in ritual, my personal formal ritual format, personal spirits that I work with and excerpts from my personal grimoire.

I’m really excited about this because this is the closest I’ve come to actually writing a whole book because I’ve set it up to mirror my writing schedule from the eCourse so it will be SSDD in a good way because I’m already doing it, it will just be a higher weekly word count. My blogging may decrease some because there’s only so many hours in the day, but I know I’ll be able to finish the book because I don’t want to be shamed in front of all of you/I have professional contracts in place.

Yesterday I was working on Unveiled. Some oils come together easier than others. Man in Black was super fast to formulate. This time I was trying to be super scientific about it so that slowed me down and the formula was more elusive for some reason but I finally got it.

Me: Come here, I need you to be my animal tester.

Jow: I don’t want to be your animal tester. It burns sometimes.

Me: But you have more sensitive skin than I do and I want to see how it smells on your skin.

Jow: What do I get?

Me: Treats?

Jow: What kind of treats?

Me: Sea salt brownies? Grapes? Tea?

Jow: Already ate and drink that.

Me: Coffee Patron?

Jow: Too late at night.

Me: Easter basket goodies?

Jow: Okay.

I did the first consecration yesterday. I’ll be doing the second one today. It smells ethereal but with a back note of deep greenery. It doesn’t smell male or female either. It’s good and it will be super charged after this rite. Now I have to get back to work!

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.  


3 Responses

  1. OMGs get married already. Too cute.
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  2. Andrew B. watt

    Gordon is right. Hurry up and tie the knot already.

    I’d forgotten that arte came from arete. You’re both right. It’s the measure of power in Mage the Ascension, and it’s the ancient Greek term for excellence. (I think it’s described in more detail in the Paidea, but I forget… It’s been years).

    I was always keen on Mage, but I had difficulty adjudicating it well as a GM or player. I did better, in any case, with Exalted. Which is probably because I helped write it. Wow, small world.
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