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I turned my abstract in!

This is my proposal for the Panel on the Arts at the Conference for Contemporary Pagan Studies at Claremont Graduate University in January. My friend Alfred is doing the future of Pagan Music and Loren Raine is doing the Visual Arts and I’m supposed to be doing Pagan Literature, hopefully, I can do justice to the topic.

Pagan Literature – Where are we going and where are we now?

A review of the presently available pagan fiction by pagan authors, pagan- friendly authors (or at least the one that try not to offend us, and by non-pagan authors.

What is good pagan fiction? Is there more than Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter wannabes? Is there more than retelling of old legends? How are our deities  and belief/knowledge systems reflected?

Pagan authors are filling bookshelves and Kindles with good fiction that reflects our community as accurately as it can and still retain readers. Do you know who they are? How can we support them best? How do we find them?

Non-pagan authors are also filling the shelves with dreck and really offensive or just plain stupid drivel. (If this weren’t a proposal I’d use a different word. The Twilight series is not pagan literature!)

Where is this all headed if anywhere at all?

A current list of reasonably readable fiction in the fields of mystery, fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy which seems to be where pagan authors end up.  (Or at least as much as I can track down and hopefully read.

2016 Witches &a Witchcraft Reading Challenge
Welcome to join me. I’m going to have plenty of time in the next few months so I will be reading a lot.
Here’s the link to the sign up post:
Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books
I made Crone last year in a month.

Okay, I’m falling down on the job here so here is my challenge so far this year:

 

 

I love the Iron Druid series. The Dani Corlee books are ridiculous and stupid and a waste of time if you want any kind of substance in the story. I love Lunea’s book, as a Flamekeeper of 17 years it gave me some new insights.

 

 

 

Doing this again this year

2016 Witches &a Witchcraft Reading Challenge
Welcome to join me. I’m going to have plenty of time in the next few months so I will be reading a lot.
Here’s the link to the sign up post:
Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books
I made Crone last year in a month.

I need to read more non-fiction this year

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015

And lay off the Kindle Singles.

But I’m taking a favourite book with me to the hospital. “Our Hearts Were Young And Gay” by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough. I’m just going to have to be careful not to laugh too hard. It’s one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. It’s about two innocents abroad in Europe in the 1920s and their misadventures. Think the fur coats and the money purse under the skirt are just hysterical and the money purse reminded me of what mine did when I was alone in Britain in 1980. A story for another time. My mom introduced me to the book before she sent me off for a month alone in the UK as a college graduation gift, paid for my recently deceased at the time grandfather.  What she really wanted was to get me away from my first lesbian relationship. What she didn’t know was that we had just broken up and that was the source of the ulcer I was diagnosed with the week before I left.

Anyway, read the book and laugh.

http://smile.amazon.com/Our-Hearts-Were-Young-Gay/dp/0848800842/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451327801&sr=1-3&keywords=our+hearts+were+young+and+gay

2015 Witch and Witchcraft Reading Challenge

http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com/2015-witches-witchcraft-reading-challenge-sign-up-post/

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2015 Witches &a Witchcraft Reading Challenge

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Finished this series and can’t wait until the next one.

2015 3

This is book one of a trilogy, fast moving and rather dark but I found it good reading and the characters believable.

2015 Witch and Witchcraft Book Challenge

http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com/2015-witches-witchcraft-reading-challenge-sign-up-post/

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2015 Witches &a Witchcraft Reading Challenge

Been reading another fun series, thanks to Kindle Unlimited. I thought having Prime was bad, Kindle Unlimited is the next step in acquiring reading matter, Good thing they only allow 10 books at a time.

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These are fun, light and just what I need at the moment.

2015 Witch and Witchcraft Book Challenge

http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com/2015-witches-witchcraft-reading-challenge-sign-up-post/

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Really enjoyed them, they were funny and light and the family is crazy but fun

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The jury is still out since the three in the trilogy are written by three different authors and they are okay but not written with the sure hand of a single author that knows where it is going. Feels like a writing exercise more than a series. HAven’t finished number 3 but it’s annoying me.

So that is 16? Made it to Crone

Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books

2015 Witch and Witchcraft Book Challenge

http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com/2015-witches-witchcraft-reading-challenge-sign-up-post/

2015 Witches &a Witchcraft Reading Challenge

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2 more! I’m having fun with these.

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http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com/2015-witches-witchcraft-reading-challenge-sign-up-post/

So that makes 10 and I’ll make Mother soon, pretty funny for a Crone

Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books