Different Might Look Scary, Even a Little Crazy, But It’s Just Different


What grounds you, my Wicked Luvs?
What keeps your heart free inside the bubble of your own reality?
What gives your soul the desire and fortitude to jump into a world where billions of people expect you to act, to look, to think, to be just like them? What would happen to your mind, if you couldn’t get yourself to do it?

Hannah Kendrick couldn’t make the jump under the regular conditions, so she went mad. At least that’s what she was told by nearly everyone. Some individuals stood by her side, saying that she wasn’t broken, just different. But in our society different can be scary. When afraid, we bastardize and demonize those who we perceive to be the problem. And if their way of life continues to make us uncomfortable, our ever-merciful minds “invent new ways to exclude and dehumanize” them.

In A Lost Witch, the last novel of A Modern Witch Series, Debora Geary takes her readers on a soul-shaping journey that is full of tears, laughter, fear, love, and that shines with hope-infused magic. Like I told Debora, A Different Witch was my favorite book in the series… until I read A Lost Witch. Now I have two favorites.

What makes me love these books so much is the fact that the stories aren’t about witches or about magic or about insane people; they are tales about life and living—as ourselves!—in a world that might not always accept us just the way we are. A Lost Witch is an invitation to remember that when Fate pulls the rug from under our feet, we must get up; we must ground ourselves on something (or someone); we must bare our teeth, and bite through life’s tough bits until we can clear the way towards a destiny of our own making.

*breathe, breathe, breathe…*

Okay, now I can jump into my Artful Readers Club entry for June.
 I made the choice after reading these words, in A Lost Witch:
“Art is something in your heart, not a pair of scruffy black boots.”
 
I remember thinking, Yes, yes, yes! That’s exactly right! You see, my Wicked Luvs, when I joined The Artful Readers Club I was a bit nervous. I mean, you all know I can’t draw. Still, I wanted to do something visual, something that wasn’t as mine as words and storytelling are. I wanted to explore. And I’ve been having a blast while standing on uncertain grounds.

This is the scene that inspired the picture above: “Nell reached for a handful of the small stones, set them in a shallow glass bowl, and added a tealight in the center. She handed it to her brother. ‘Like so. Dev’s going to add a water spell later so the rocks glisten in the sun.’” I might not have Deb’s water magic, but I have water, stones, a candle, a wee glass, a camera, and I have a lot of will, so I can do magic, too ;-)
A Lost Witch helps the heart find magic everywhere...
 The rest of the books in A Modern Witch Series

64 comments:

  1. My husband grounds me. A lot of people were against me, a 19 yr old, marrying a man 10 years my senior. They couldn't understand why I would want to marry so young and with such a big age difference. Most predicted our marriage would not last. (15 yrs later, so definitely proved them wrong!)

    DH and I ground each other. He's outgoing and a bit of a spaz sometimes, I'm sedate and calm. Neither end of the spectrum is healthy, but when we come together it is quite magical and a balance we both so desperately need.

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    1. When we find what works for us. The soil that makes us grow; the rock that is constant, all we need to do is live. I'm glad your DH and you found each other.

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  2. My 3 daughters ground me, They encompass my heart, my soul, and my spirit, they each have a different part of me in them, the oldest has my need and urge to write(though she is much more talented), the middle has my attitude(the good and the bad)and my baby has my heart and love for nature. They all have my love for reading bred into them. They do more than ground me they give me life, love, and happiness. :)

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    1. It sounds like you've given yourself a solid trio ;-D

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  3. Nature grounds me. When I am fit to scream or in a total rage about the latest faux par by "humanity/society" I go out into the garden and dig into the earth with my stiff angry fingers and smell the wet soil, green grass juice and talk to the sky through gritted teeth...and they tell me to keep being me. They tell me they are what is real, and that everything else will pass....and they renew my patience for others.
    Bet that candle is scented with orange peel :D, and I'm not buying that you only have 2 favourites lol...you have a whole library of favourite books...:D XXX

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    1. Nature grounds me, too. It always has. When I'm so angry that it feels like I'm going to burst with it, writing brings me to healthy levels.

      And of course I have a library of favorites. But those two are my most beloved by Debora Geary ;-D

      You need to stop spying, Gina Morley! How do you know I scented that candle with sun-dried orange peels? I could have use something else, like, um... Damn! I did use orange peels. I'm so not mysterious lol

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  4. My daughter, my dog and Nature grounds me. Being 100% me energizes me :)

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    1. I miss my furry rock. My Attila's love, his bark, and his sweet disposition always grounded me, too ;-)

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  5. Baking grounds me. ^^

    Geez, maybe there should be more bread in our kitchen.

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    1. I bet Richard is always providing baking ingredients ;-D

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  6. Writing poems will ground me; making art grounds me; my sweet husband can ground me too....but not all the time! That is when I write or simply dream....!!!
    Watching old TV series can ground me too...they are endlessly entertaining. Reading grounds me and prayer is above all the main grounding peace for me.....stopping, relaxing and looking...then turning it over...that totally brings me into my own reality.
    I definitely walk to the tune of my own drummer!!

    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. I think that many of us pray in our own way. For instance, Gina and I said that Nature grounds us. Gina talks to the soil and to the sky when she's upset. I talk to the leaves, to a tree trunk that has been around for a while. And those things are how I pray; how I let things make sense in my head.

      I love that we walk (and dance) to the tune of our own drummer, but we still walking towards the feeling better spot ;-D

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  7. Walking through the woods seems to slow me down...brings me back to where I need to be to deal with life...the smells and the feel of the trees including the life in the animals all around them...it's good to absorb all that positivity...

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    1. Trees are magical things--so wise and so willing to be there for us. I miss having furry friends to hug and complain to, and to grin when they grin. Yes, they sparkly with positivity, and that kind of awesome is contagious...

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  8. My kids ground me!... You know that phrase: "Out of the mouths of babes"? They never fail to amaze me.. At an early age my son wanted to play baseball and this is a kid who never showed interest in the sport.. When asked he said " Dad likes baseball and I figured it would bring us closer" .. Mag, he said this at the age of 8! My kids will speak the truth no matter how surprising it may be... Events ground me- from joyful to sad... they remind me of what I have and what is important.

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    1. Children are the most human and humane creatures in the universe. We would learn so much, if we listen to them. They don't lie, they don't hide the uglies or the pretties; they just live, love and do what needs to be done. They might complain a bit, but in the end they do it.

      A soul who reminds you what matters is the best gift a person can get.

      You know? I just pictured the serious/resigned look on your son's face when he said those words. He was probably dreading the experience, but so looking forward to what it meant. All those emotions had to look like art on flesh and bone.

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    2. Funny u should say that... but his tone was confident.. yep.. and would u believe he was a natural at the sport? he ended up being a switch hitter and could out run a chase... he could sprint from home to first base faster than anyone on his team.. sadly, he left the sport after his Dad was killed.. even tho the high school coach was a friend, he just gave up the sport...

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    3. Maybe he needed the closure. He wanted to keep baseball as something that belonged just to his father and him. I can understand that. Some things are made sacred when we share them with certain people.

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    4. true, but he had talent and this coach would of been amazed... it just seems like he didn't care... academically he is bright and let that go as well... he's very sensitive and sometimes that's a curse

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  9. Gorgeous candle! Who wants to draw when you can create such lovely pieces for the home?! ♥

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    1. Indeed! So many wonderful things out there. Why focus on the ones we can't do? I watched that little candle burn, and it was so pretty. When it was almost gone, it began to do a little dance on top of the water. It evoked all kinds of smiles ;-)

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  10. My DH of 49 years grounds me...he's my common sense and my sense of logic. My annual visits to my adopted tribal African families (2) in Ethiopia also ground me. They make me humble and help me KNOW what's important in life!!
    I, like you, can't draw. But, I reach for other ways to express...for me it's mostly digital art. I LOVE your art for this book, Megaly...and the way your comments in your review promoted the above discussion!! Thanks for that!

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    1. It is wonderful how our other halves keep us remembering and liking who we are. And even more amazing that we, in often do the same for them.

      People who live differently, like your adopted tribal families, help us value so many things. While I worked as a case manager for individuals affected by HIV and AIDS, someone said to me, "I know what they get out of you, but what do you get out of working almost all day, even when you don't have to." I just looked at the person and answered with another question: "Are you serious?"

      I have never done digital art, but every time I see your work and the work of a few friends (SueAnn from SueAnn's Journey, Mina from Green Witch with Sprinkles...) I want to try to do something *grins, already making plans*

      So glad you enjoy a good conversation ;-)

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  11. Like many other wise souls here, my family and nature ground me when I need it. When I really, really need to get the 'urgh' out and make room for the balance, though, there's nothing like driving on the highway at 65 mph windows down and belting out my favourite 'power' songs.

    I LOVE! the candle idea you created. How wonderful and I will be copying your idea for own tables. Thank you!

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    1. Driving used to do it for me while I lived in Virginia and in the Midwest. In New York City, driving just makes me want to rip people's heads off--not very therapeutic, huh? Well, maybe in some cases lol

      But I do LOVE driving while blasting music and singing at the top of my lungs ;-D

      I hope you show your candles!

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    2. LOL. Yeah, can't see how you can drive very free or fast in NYC.

      I am searching the old vintage shops for vases now. As soon as I get there, will definitely be sharing them.

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    3. I can't wait to see the treasures!

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  12. I can't draw, either, and I understood exactly what you were saying. I think your candle takes center stage. Not only is it beautiful, it is also functional. Then there are the aesthetics. What a clever way to think outside the box.

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    1. My candle and I are just grinning right now ;-)

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  13. Nature grounds me. When I have no choice but to be in a large crowd, I imagine drawing whichever element is most fitting up into myself, then wrapping it around me. "A Lost Witch" really really got to me. As a child and all through out growing up my biggest fear was being committed to a mental institution...long strange story. I was so scared for Hannah, and more emotionally invested in this book than any of the other ones so far. Your candle is beautiful. It's exactly how I pictured them while reading the book.

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    1. I was terrified for Hannah. There were times when I wished I knew how to knit something steady and wonderful into the pages so that she could hold on to it. Debora did magic with this book. Yep, she did indeed...

      I pictured that rocks protruding out of the water, and an shallower dish, but I saw love my glass baby ;-D

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  14. I love your take on the 'arty'. A lovely lesson in how to be an artist without having to draw :)
    Cool photography too. It's not easy to capture a candle that well.

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    1. Artists come in so many different ways...

      I'm going to give my old camera your compliment, because gods know that I just held and shot lol

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  15. My husband is one of the things that both ground and inspire me. He was the first to really celebrate that there was an artist inside the scientist others told me I could only be. My kids are another. Like Kalei I find they say not only the funniest things but also some of the most insightful. It's a herculean task to try to nurture that and not squelch it!

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    1. Love sees deeply, and a loving soul chooses to describe what it loves ;-)

      Kids are amazing philosophers, aren't they? And they have a gift for reminding us about the things that count. Wait until I tell you about the Little Princess latest venture. I'm chuckling just thinking about it ;-D

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  16. LOL - Oh I forgot. I wanted to say I'm more than 1/2 done the first book. It's different than I expected. Really sweet and warm (I guess I expect you to always be into hard core horror) and I'm really enjoying it.

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    1. I love all kinds of stories. It just happens that I like to explore the darker side of fiction (and human nature), but I read all kinds of sweetness. And Debora's books are at the very top of the books that make giggle like a silly girl ;-D

      So glad you are enjoying them. Can't wait until you get to A Different Witch and then to the WitchLight Trilogy. I have a feeling you'll LOVE Lizad!

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    2. Finished it! LOL, I'm going to pick up the next one after I'm done Witch's Boy. It was a very sweet read. It reminded me in feel (not at all in content) of the Little House series, with its large warm family.

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  17. Pure stubbornness keeps me moving. I moved many, many times when I was younger, & had a very shy mother. So, I learned to read & live through my reading. I never developed the need, or the art of, friendship so allowed myself to be independent of group-think, for the most part. Accepting & working with my learning disabilities has given me the gift of seeing this reality, & any other, through my own lens, not able to accurately describe what I see, but being satisfied living it solitary. Listening to Rammstein or Lorenna McKinnet, working cross stitch, meditation helps to ground me.

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    1. It seems to me that you are what grounds you. The fact that you know yourself. You understand your needs, limitations and strength. That is very grounding, indeed.

      And you might not need the art of friendship, but you're very talented at if, methinks ;-)

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  18. Nature, dancing and my paints ground me ;o) Keep being you Magaly ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. I have to agree. I see the way your art lets you fly while keeping you safe, and giving you a bright map to return home whenever you wish.

      I would never be anyone but me. Mostly because I have no idea that I could, or would like it.

      Hugs right back at you, my friend!

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  19. I forgot to say, I love your stone candle creation ;o)

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    1. Gracias! I'm quite partial to it, too ;-D

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  20. OOOOoooo, LOVE the BELL, BOOK and CANDLE theme you have in your visual art image (minus the bell)! Great book review. I need to add the Modern Day Witch series to my ever growing list of books to read...this series sounds like it will make it to the top of my list before the year is out, as I push down the other titles.

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    1. Oh, if you read it you must tell, A Modern Witch Series is one of those word-journeys worth sharing aloud!

      P.S. You left me giggling, and think, "We need more cow bell!"

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  21. Oh, I just love the art you've created here! It is indeed magical! There is something miraculous about a tiny flame! I love your review too. You are always so lively and interesting in your reviews, they are a joy to read! You must be a magical person, Magaly and very creative, even if drawing is not your thing - that is not the only way to create - there are so many! Julie Ann xx

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    1. So glad you like! And you are right, right comes in all forms. Like Debora said, in A Lost Witch “Art is something in your heart...” we just need to let it out in a way that sings to us ;-D

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  22. Hmmm. Did you see that Jung quote somebody put on fb? The one that said something like: People who don't confront their unconscious are ruled by it and call it fate? Came to mind as soon as I read this post. You are saying the same thing - accepting all of our own madness, our dark corners as well as our good sides is the only way we can get to a destiny of our own choosing. and love the photo too!

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    1. You know, I'm reading Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy, Through Jokes. It is a hilarious little tome. They have a joke about "New Agers," which I believe would aloud the group being made fun of to say that the joke is on them (the writers).

      This is how the joke goes:
      "How many New Agers does it take to change a lightbulb?
      None, they just start a 'Coping with Darkness' support group."

      In a sense, that's true. But I think it works. I'm not saying that one shouldn't deal with one problems, but there are times when the best thing to do is to welcome the raging bull, grab him by the horns, jump on its back, and cackle as one gets a wild ride through town.

      Yep, Jung is totally right ;-D

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  23. Is that a typewriter on the background? love it!
    Absolutely love you artistic candle.. it looks like a cupcake to me sprinkled with almond crumbs! yumm :)

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    1. It is an antique typewriter my Piano Man gifted me some years back. It sits in front of me, on my writing space. I love it ;-)

      The way you describe the candle does make it sound edible ;-D

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    2. I bet this typewriter could be a writers amulet... Piano Man knows you well!

      Any candle which has delicious fragrance tempts me to eat it (i have one with chocolate flavor in my parental house), or at least put i on my skin... well, will not try the latter though :)

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    3. My antique typewriter is an amulet, indeed. It sits right in front of where I write. Many times, I stare at it while plotting and wonder about the wonderful things it was witness/accomplice to...

      I see that I'm not the only one who wonders about eating my candles LOL

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  24. "What gives your soul the desire and fortitude to jump into a world where billions of people expect you to act, to look, to think, to be just like them? What would happen to your mind, if you couldn’t get yourself to do it?" - what a fantastic question! Love your candle, cool photo too.

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    1. Well, gracias on all counts ;-D

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  25. What a brilliant idea your art work is. Obviously inspired. Wonderful.
    Jen x

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    1. It was so exciting to put together. I felt like I had taken a bit of the book, and was able to look at it for a bit. I liked it so much, that I might make more ;-D

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  26. I adore your 'Art work' that goes with your review of your latest book and how sweet the comments are to read here as well ;) Dxx

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  27. Your art piece for this book is perfect. So glad you enjoyed the read. I enjoyed your review.

    Janet xx

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    1. Debora's work is very inspiring. I can barely wait for September. I'm dying to see what else she'll bless us with ;-)

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  28. I enjoyed your writing throughout, and the review. Not being a reader of this genre, even though I did actually meet a Pagan Witch last week, I know this will not be on my wish list
    But I do like your idea of illustrating a passage from the book, and your photograph and the pebble candle holder are terrific. Good to see a photograph for a change.

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    1. It feels nice to take a bit out of the book and kind of claim it as mine. Also, I really liked the scene in which the quote appeared: family and friends, sitting together preparing for a wedding as they discussed the options of a woman who spent half her life believing she didn't have any.

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