Book Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

I discovered Rebecca Roanhorse on Twitter through her advocacy in conversations about diverse books, and was very excited to finally read her first full-length novel, Trail of Lightning, which came out this summer. Roanhorse has won a Nebula and Hugo award for short story “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience.” Trail of Lightning tells the story of a Navajo monster-hunter in post-apocalyptic America who must come to terms with her own past and blood lust before she can save her world. It is the first in a series called The Sixth World. Continue reading “Book Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse”

Witchy Ways to Honor the Dead

We just observed the Wiccan holiday Samhain last week, which if you’ll remember has a lot to do with connecting to your ancestors and honoring deceased loved ones. With that in mind, I’d like to go more in depth about how I have used my spiritual practices to build honoring the dead into my life.

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Fairy Tale Retellings: Rapunzel

Welcome to my second post in a series of classic fairy tale retellings! This week I am focusing on Rapunzel, known for her tremendous tresses and being trapped in a tower by an evil witch. Each of these stories adds a twist to the tale but the original seed is still there. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Retellings: Rapunzel”

Wiccan Holidays: Samhain

This is one of my favorite Wiccan holidays, and perhaps the most well-known holiday of the Wheel of the Year. There’s even a good chance you already celebrate it! Samhain (pronounced sah-win), the traditional Celtic festival that inspired Halloween, is celebrated on the last day of October and/or first day of November.  Continue reading “Wiccan Holidays: Samhain”

Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Nothing gets me in the mood for spooky season like curling up with a good old-fashioned vampire romance novel. Holly Black, queen of urban fantasy, branches off from her usual faerie tales to deliver this delicious paragon of the genre. Continue reading “Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black”

Shine Bright Networking Spell

One of the most onerous aspects of young professional life is the need to put yourself out there at industry networking events. Recently, I found myself facing two in one week and decided to call in some spiritual backup. I crafted this simple spell to help me shine bright and in my best light in order to get the most out of my networking experience.

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Fairy Tale Retellings: Cinderella

Since this is one of my favorite genres, I’ve decided to start up a series of posts rounding up novels that retell classic fairy tales. This week, we will focus on rags-to-riches Cinderella tales, where women overcome poverty, evil stepmothers, and chores to find their true destiny. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Retellings: Cinderella”

Spell to Mitigate a Hurricane

I see a lot of spells out there for drawing rain or even brewing up a storm, but in this era of devastating hurricanes year after year, sometimes what you really need is the opposite. I crafted this spell for weakening a hurricane as Florence threatened the Mid-Atlantic coast.  Continue reading “Spell to Mitigate a Hurricane”

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is a story for anyone who prefers fictional worlds over the real one, who struggles with social anxiety, family troubles, and adjusting to new experiences. It is a story about Cath, whose mother left when she was little, whose father suffers from mental illness, and who may not be quite ready for all the changes in her life that going off to college will bring. Continue reading “Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell”

Wiccan Holidays: Mabon the Fall Equinox

Wow, these seasons have really blown by. I started introducing the Wiccan holidays of the Wheel of the Year back in the spring, and now it is already autumn! The first day of fall, as marked by the equinox around September 21, is known to Wiccans as Mabon. Continue reading “Wiccan Holidays: Mabon the Fall Equinox”