Well, it has begun… Rehearsals for my ‘tour’ 🙂 This is both exciting and terrifying, of course I know the stories as they have been part of my life since childhood. Knowing them well enough, and being able to present them to others in a coherent form is something new.
I’ve had a lot of help from my local storytelling group the Dover Tailspinners, as well as a great boot-camp last weekend with Jason Buck. Still, I feel a long way to go but I will do it. Those of you who have seen my talk will know my manic and passionate approach to presenting, so all I can say at this stage is it will be an interesting experience.
Now I’ve got rid of the most of this nasty cold that is going around I will begin the full rehearsals to camera, to help me understand my delivery. Should any of them be OK as I get closer to the time, then I’m sure to post them up either here directly or via my YouTube channel.
To keep track of where I will be performing, please jump over to the events page for details. Thanks and I hope to see many of you there!
Been a while since my last post, much happening and not much I want to really share, but I will due to it’s supreme oddness and unexpectedness…
Today is apparently the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, a writer I have loved for many, many years. That has generally been enough. However some very strange events over the last few months are worth noting.
First was during my visit to Glastonbury back in June, a trip that turned odd and surprising in many unexpected ways mostly unconnected with this particular avenue. The event in this case was a copy of Phil Hine’s Pseudonomicon falling off the shelf into my hands while trying to get to something else. Its a slim booklet on the use of H.P Lovecraft within chaos magic. I knew I had to have it!
Then, perhaps due to the ideas within that booklet I started to see Cthulhu or at least get the impression of Lovecraft in lots of different things, most notably the kids PJs which had a nice blue gothic/steampunk like octopus on them. Looked so much HP inspired that was what I kept seeing.
Followed closely by spotting a fun looking Discordian festival which I just kept tabs on as it was far too late to consider arranging a visit this year – maybe next year. Maybe. I don’t know yet.
Finally, the last straw (at least in this stage), was my son pointing out a really cool looking octopus on a stall while at Artemis Gathering. That was on the Sunday – eight days ago. Eight. A significant number in CM.
Since then I’ve had a number of interesting Cthulhu inspired experiences which I’ve had to write down to get them out of my head.
Not sure what this means yet, but appears to be of some significance. Whether I answer the Call of Cthulhu yet is another matter. Certainly open to exploring some more at some point.
Ancient Egyptian mummification ‘recipe’ revealed
OK, I know we’ve moved on from the solstice, and I’ve been meaning to update the blog in a long time, but well, I’m quite frankly enjoying the disconnect from the community that kicked over at Samhain 2017.
I’m still around of course for those that feel they want to talk to me, I’m not cutting myself off completely, just not going out of my way to involve myself in community activities. To be honest I really am feeling so much better for it.
After my health scare at the end of last year I’ve made many changes to my life which continue, and will do so for the rest of my life. Right now, sitting in my back garden which I have been busy sorting out after neglecting for the past few years as I’ve always been dragged off to some other event or something, I am more at peace with myself now than I have been in many years. The wonderful hazel trees, the fruit, my grapes, the amazing smell of jasmine filling the garden. Utter bliss!
The happiness I feel I think is due to being less concerned and wrapped up in dealing with other people’s problems rather than my own. Don’t get me wrong, I love to help, but those of us who help too much can neglect our own welfare, which over a long time can be very detrimental. Now, I have less worries and my focus is on other things.
Talking of which, my main focus of course, and the most significant reason I have withdrawn from the community is to focus on my own Kemetic path. And I have certainly done that. The Kemetic Temple UK continues to slowly build, I’ve reconnected with a few friends I thought I had lost, and I’ve learnt so much more about my own path.
I continue to work on the next book, which after a few days away in Glastonbury a couple of weeks ago has finally resulted in the decision to write two books instead of a series. Those will be talked about as we go.
As well as that, exploration of my Kemetic continues and I love it! In fact I’ve even considered the possibility of undertaking courses in Egyptology. I start a short online course in September to see if I can get back into distance learning before committing to something a little more significant. 🙂
Have a great summer and I will see some of you at Artemis Gathering for sure.