Sunshine and swollen ankles
Posted by lisaspiral
Yes, those are palm trees in that photo. I am ensconced in a lovely hotel in San Jose California enjoying the sunshine in spite of my swollen ankles. The high temperatures back home are not as high as the low temperatures here. I’m happy to stick my nose out the door in the morning without a jacket or shoes. Especially in the sun in the afternoon this is barefoot weather.
I’m here for Paganicon an annual festival/conference/convention with representation from a wide and diverse variety of Pagan practices. It’s my first time at this convention and I am impressed with the level of thought and care that goes into the presentations I have seen. Of course the local planners have been at this for 20 years so most of the logistical kinks are worked out. It also helps that there is a strong focus on authors and publishing.
I’m enjoying shopping and eating and running into old friends. I am technically here on business. I’ve written a book and I came out to schmooz with other authors and publishers. It’s useful for me to talk to authors about their experiences with various publishers and to get recommendations and introductions to publishing houses that specialize in spiritually oriented material.
That’s all kind of foggy isn’t it. Blame it on the excess of water in my system. The place I am in the process is a little tricky. Since I don’t yet have a contract with a publisher I am reluctant to talk too much about the book. What if someone else stole my idea and ran with it. On the other hand I’m really proud of myself and would like to start promoting my work.
It is encouraging to see a number of workshops that specifically relate to the core topic of Invocation and Evocation. Although this community uses those terms in a very specific sense, the bulk of my experiences in the more esoteric application of those terms is exactly what many of these people do. There are a variety of practitioners of the African Diaspora Religions here as well as practitioners of the Norse Seith and the more classically expressed “Drawing Down the Moon.” There is also oracular work being done, tarot readings and trance dance.
My own work is not specific to these Pagan practices but addresses the issues of relationship to manifest Divine in all aspects of life. I hope my work blossoms like the cherry tree outside our hotel room. You all must please be patient with me and wait for updates, which I’m sure will come in good time.
For now though I think I’ll let the writing go (both blog and book). I think it’s time for a break by the pool.