Last night, I spent a lot of time wondering, how am I going to add a tarot card scene to The Haunting? I discussed it with Jen, the author of Rue and Hyssop and the sponsor of today’s Sexy, Dark & Bloody Fiction giveaway. I told her that my first instinct was to have Luna go to a shop and somehow come in contact with the tarot deck; maybe through a reading.
This is all you need to do to enter this uncanny giveaway:
I just finished writing the scene. And after reading it several times, I admit that it didn’t work. You see, forcing characters to do things just because I need them to, is unnatural and it reads as such. As the writer I know it, as readers you would sense it, and at different levels all of us would resent the act.
I archived the tarot scene—I try not to delete things. Just like “Being a Drake” sat in my files for months, this one, too, might return in the future as the seed of a new idea. But for the present, I had nothing to attach to the tarot deck giveaway. Some might say, “Um, Witch, you don’t need much for a giveaway. Just post it. People like free stuff, they’ll go with it.”
I don’t believe in doing things without a reason, so I started drafting an email to send to Pixie, Lyn, Kallan… and other friends who read tarot cards. While I typed, I glanced at Prudence, the eight of disks, and thought, Why does this card reminds me of Blake’s “The Sick Rose?”
I examined the card, the drawing and the poem, and wrote the first 5 words I thought of: decay, bones, transformation, duality, growth. Now I wonder what comes to mind when you consider the same trio (click HERE for a description of the card). One Wicked Luv will win an Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck.
O Rose, thou art sick:
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm,
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
- Breathe in and out. Look at the Prudence card.
- Breathe in and out. Look at “The Sick Rose.”
- Breathe in and out. Read the poem.
- Breathe in and out. Write down the first 5 words that come to mind.
- Breathe in and out. Tell me how that felt. Be deliciously honest.
2. Visit Three Cats and a Broom, and then come back to tell me about your favorite item and why you like it so much.
1. Be a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture)
2. Blog about this entry, and leave a link to the post
3. Tweet about this entry, and leave a link to the tweet
4. Follow my writing site
5. Favor Three Cats and a Broom on Etsy
* This giveaway ends April 17th.
** The lucky winner will be chosen via Randomizer. I’ll announce her or his name on April 19th at 12:13am EST. Great luck, my Luvs ;-)