First, I would like to share my reaction to two posts that made me slip into a reflective state of mind.
One post was about someone experiencing the wonders of spiritual eclecticism. “And the Gathering has begun….” posted by Written In Earth, suggested that one can “embrace” part of a belief system—Pagan or non-Pagan—without “paganizing” it. The secret is to only use what works for the person doing the spiritual gathering. Hallelujah!
The other, “Sink or Swim Decisions”, was written by paranormal fiction author Marcia Colette. It touched me deeply, not only because Marcia has a way with words, but also because I’ve been struggling with how to manage my writing time. I write urban fantasy romance. I post on this blog. I keep a LifeJournal account. I have to write for school. I faithfully write comments on the blogs I follow… a bit much, huh? In her post, Marcia confessed to have given up certain aspects of writing in order to pursue others that she considered to be more fulfilling. Her words made me feel better about letting go of some writing related activities, in order to spend more time um... writing.
Now the dilemmas, decisions and need for bridges, which I feel have been highlighted by the feelings evoked by Written In Earth’s and Marcia’s posts. I dislike separating my thoughts about writing and about Paganism. Like Written In Earth wrote, “why not just attempt to work [both topics] into this blog”. Do I have to separate my Paganism from my fiction writing in order to keep my readers focused or interested? Or am I good enough of a writer, to effectively combine two of the things I love the most in this world? I believe I can. And I’m going to give it a try.
Pagan Culture “explores Paganism in modern society and the myths that surround Pagan practices”. One misconception (or myth) about Witches is that we are secretive, scary and even weird. Well people, I’m an Eclectic Witch and my biggest secret has to do with how many mangoes I can eat on one sitting. But don’t worry; I’ll keep that type of information to myself, maybe.
But I want to share the rest of my witchy life. I want Pagan Culture to be a place where people read about an Eclectic Witch who writes, works, loves, dances, runs… and enjoys herself as much as every other life-loving person! My beliefs have influenced my entire life, from what I do for a living to how I chose a partner to share my life with (more on this soon). I’m not going to tell you about everything—a girl must have her secrets—but there are so many things I would love to write about. Like being a Witch in the military, or writing in a genre where most people think of my beliefs as pure fantasy…
What do you think about this issue? Would you continue reading Pagan Culture if I integrate the type of information described above? Based on the *cough, cough* quality of my previous posts, do you believe I can pull this off? Any tips on how to separate the topics within the blog? Should I do it at all?