Blogging as busking

Once upon a time in the 1990s, my then-husband and I were rather broke, a not uncommon condition for musicians. He was a professional one at that time, a church organist who was in between second jobs (because not many churches were paying actual full-time salaries), and I was an amateur one, a singer and guitarist. We were very interested in Irish and other Celtic music at the time, and we wound up acquiring two other musicians and forming a band which we boldly called Fire in the Head. I played rhythm guitar, our man played lead guitar and bouzouki, another woman played hammered dulcimer, and my husband played flute, pennywhistle, and reed organ (the 19th century’s equivalent of a synth keyboard).

There was one summer where we busked, a lot. As I said, we were broke. When we played out of doors, we would put my guitar case on the ground, open, in front of us, and throw a couple of bucks of seed money into the case as a hint. A couple of hours with a good audience, and we’d have enough money to buy pizza and beer for four (and Coke for me).

I’m here performing on the Internet, putting my stuff out there. This is my opening the guitar case and tossing in a couple of suggestive bills. If you like what you’ve been reading, throw a couple of dollars my way? It would be a big help.

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A preview of what I’m working on for March

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Next month I will be posting a new series of hymns to a deity that I wrote in January, while writing a set for another deity as a daily offering.

In addition, as I resume devotion to a particular set of deities in March, I plan to repost hymns I wrote for their monthly observances that I wrote several years ago and posted to my previous blog.

I would like to finish a couple of stories about the Forest God that have been in progress since late last year. I can’t promise I’ll finish them next month, but I’d like to.

I’ve been pondering a series of posts on my experience of religion and spiritual searching over the years. Anybody interested in reading that?

I’ve also been reading a couple of really good books that I’d like to review, among them Cassandra Snow’s Queering the Tarot.

If you’d like to support my work as a writer, how about buying me a cuppa? Thanks for reading.

A look at the work I’ve been doing

I’ve been involved with online fandom for over twenty years. During that time, I’ve written, at a rough estimate, over 500 short works of fiction, from 200 words to nearly 20,000 in length. You can find many of those works here at the Archive of Our Own, created by fans for fans as an inalienable home for fan works of all sorts in any and all fandoms.

In the past year I’ve gradually moved away from writing fanfiction, although my “original” work is strongly influenced by the fan writer’s approach to literature: Nothing is original, everything is transformative, there is no canon, everything is canon. The person and music of singer-songwriter Hozier have inspired me to write fanfic, fairy tales, new myths, and analysis of his song lyrics.

For the past six years, much of my poetry has been inspired by devotion to the god Antinous, the lover of the emperor Hadrian who was deified by Egyptian custom when he mysteriously drowned in the Nile. Antinous has a growing number of devotees among contemporary pagans; much of my writing for his cultus can be found at the website of the Naos Antinoou, a queer, Greco-Roman-Egyptian polytheist community.

Already this year I’ve written a new cycle of devotional poetry to the deity I call “the Forest God”, which I’ll be posting here next month, and I plan to write another cycle in honor of the Greek goddess Melinoe, who is remembered in the Orphic Hymns. There will likely be more short stories about the Forest God as well.

I have had a Patreon for a few years, but I decided to unlaunch it for the time being. I’ve never been very good at writing to deadlines or producing content on any kind of schedule, and that was true of my Patreon as well. If you’d like to support my work, feel free to buy me a Ko-fi or three; as the old saying goes, every little bit helps.

The initiation ain’t over till it’s over

As you may know, Bob, I’ve been on unpaid leave for two weeks now because my employers fear the bedbugs in my apartment the way medieval Europeans feared lepers, bubonic plague, and intelligent heretics. Tired of waiting for something to happen, I went in person to HR this morning after seeing my therapist.

Things… did not go well. They refuse to pay me for leave that they ordered me to take, because I have no accumulated leave. Unless I can declare my life bedbug-free by July 27th, my employment will “become inactive”. A new level of euphemism has been achieved here: What they mean is that they will fire me for having a bedbug problem, in the city with the highest number of bedbug infestations in the country.

The best deal they can offer me, apparently, is to take a disability retirement, based on my knee problems and my ongoing depression. I’m going to get on the paperwork for that.

Meanwhile, I still have to vacate my current apartment by July 31st… just that now I have to do it with no income and no savings.

I invite you to donate to my Ko-fi if you can, but also! I can offer my services as a writer and editor.

  • For $25 I will write a prayer, hymn, or other ritual text to your specifications.
  • I will edit/beta read non-fannish writing, fiction or nonfiction, for $10/page.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give, and that includes prayers and good mojo.