Paper Edition of Litany! Giveaway!

That's right, there is now a paper edition of A Litany to the Many Dead that you can buy! Right now, you have to go to Createspace, but by the beginning of next week, it will be available on regular Amazon, plus UK and European Amazon! Whee! Hey, let's try a giveaway. How many of you knew this blog has its own Twitter? Nobody, because I never say anything about it or on it. But I want to change that. So. Go follow hexdotink on Twitter, and tweet me the name of someone who's dead who you honor. Window is open for one week, and closes 12am EST on Wednesday the 25th of November. For a second chance, tweet me Happy Birthday! on the 19th, when I'll be turning 38. Only residents of places where it can be purchased by then will be able to enter. US, UK, Europe. Sorry. Winner, of course, gets a copy of the book! Yay! And, of course, the ebook is available on Kindle and Smashwords, and there's the Procession for the Many Dead, a virtual ritual built on the Twine platform....

A Litany to the Many Dead available to buy

A Litany to the Many Dead is now available on Smashwords, and (edit) now on Amazon. Smashwords is supposed to send it on the B&N, iBooks, and other sites. A print version is also coming. I have, of course, posted a number of verses as I wrote them, and you'll find those under the Litany to the Many Dead tag. Here's a small sample of verses that have not been previously posted here. We pray to the Ancient Dead You who passed too long ago for records But who still passed down to us Both your blood and wisdom We pray to the Ancient Dead We pray to the Forgotten Dead Whose names and deeds are lost to time You, too, are our ancestors and forebears We salute you, not knowing your names We pray to the Forgotten Dead We pray to the Healing Dead You who spent your time and energy Caring for others’ bodies and minds Please show us how to heal others We pray to the Healing Dead We pray to the Holy Dead You who were transformed by your faith And remade entirely by your gods Let us strive to emulate you We pray to the Holy Dead In addition to the book, I'm working on a virtual ritual built on the Twine game platform, and mean to have it up by the 23rd. The ritual will be free and on this blog. I've also now got a page for The Litany Project (which you can find in the nav bar at the top of the page). I've invited readers to write their own verses and send them to me, to request new verses from me, and to send in accounts or recordings of any ritual use anyone might make of the Litany. All of those things will be posted on The Litany Project. Eventually, I hope there will be subsequent editions of the Litany that include the new verses I write, and if I get permission, verses by others....

Guest Post on Little Red Tarot

When I finished making the ebook for A Study in Tarot (which you can download for free right here), I sent emails to a few people I respected. One of them was Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot, a really terrific tarot blog with a strong queer voice. Beth was very enthusiastic about the ebook, and asked if she could include it in a post about free tarot resources. She also asked if I'd like to write a guest post for her blog about the process of the study. Well, today, my guest post is up. How (and Why) I Made My Own Little White Book, at Little Red Tarot. Go check it out!...

A Study in Tarot

I made a thing! It is not a fibercraft thing, or a bead thing, or any of the other things I usually make. No. It is an ebook! For you, and for free! From the Introduction: In 2013, after a long period of barely touching the cards and being very lax in my religious practices, I decided to use the study again to reengage with the symbolism, with the part of myself that speaks that language best. Every morning, I drew a card, starting with the Major Arcana, then the minor (Pentacles, Cups, Swords, and Wands), working my way up the sequence, and then making a lateral study of each number of the suits, finding again the commonalities between them…. After due consideration, I picked one version of the card, whichever spoke to me most, and carried it with me for the day, taking it out and considering it again in quiet moments. At the end of the day, I journalled about it online…. The main body of this book is a journal, and is essentially personal thoughts on the cards. It's been edited for formatting, spelling, and grammar, but only lightly for content. I removed some of the most personal matters, fixed a few things that I had changed my mind on later, solved a few minor issues. It's still basically a journal, though. It's also, in a way, my own personal Little White Book, the tiny pamphlet that comes with most decks with brief explanations of the cards and how to read them. Something I can refer back to when I want to refresh my memory or think about a card again. Something I can annotate when I come to a new understanding. The last thing you'll find in the book is a piece I wrote in 2001. I was taking a British Literature class, and we were reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess…. Having finished [the book], I went back to read the introduction, as is my habit with fiction, and was struck by Burgess' musings on the numerology. I wrote the piece by simply sticking one card in each chapter, in order, then briefly reviewing it in light of the card, and writing it down as I went. If that sounds interesting to you, please download my little book and give it a read. Feel free to pass it on to others as well. It’s released under a Creative Commons license. An epub format book turns out to be very easy to make if you know a little HTML, and pretty much all readers and reader software will take it. I’m pretty happy with it, and there are other ebooks I hope to put together in the future. In addition to the link in this post, you'll find a link to the Hex.Ink Books page in the menu bar, where this and any future ebooks will be found....