Alright literary world!
I am now in the Netherlands, and taking a short break from actual literary work; having edited 250 different editions, I figure it’s a good time to take a week or so to just focus on exploring a new and unfamiliar area. It’s warmer here than in my native Vermont so I am enjoying an extended season of “no frost and daytime temperatures well into the 50s.”
That is not to say the work has ended, though! It never will!
Over the next few days I intend to try and obtain a a few dozen new books and booklets to edit; I need fifty, of course, to attain my ultimate goal of 300 editions, which I hope to complete by the end of 2020. I already organized my work files, and I’ll begin #251 fairly soon- but I also need to cull a few editions since some works are easier or more relevant than others. I start getting antsy if I don’t do my editing or writing for extended periods. To me, a vacation is when you do the same work but in a new location, so expect new releases before October ends and, if I have my ‘druthers, #260 before Christmas.
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And now the award for most obtusely titled booklet goes to!…
Zach Shed is an interesting individual; I can’t seem to find any info about him other than that he authored this booklet at the dawn of the 20th century; originally, it was horizontally aligned (wider than tall) and its title beckons the question “why?” Nonetheless, it’s a good work overall; it suggests the use of healthy breathing exercises, positivity, hypnosis, and magnetic bathing, as well as dietary changes, to prolong health and generally stave off disease and age. Some of its suggestions are in vogue even today; a lot of health “nuts” drink lemon water preferentially and endorse the breathing practices of Tai Chi, etc. Proponents of the alkaline diet beware- this work stresses the need for balanced acidity.
Alright literary world!
I’ve been busy editing at a much faster than normal pace over the prior month or so- this has culminated in running low on material and searching for more; which is great since I was able to obtain a grimoire that formerly was not available in a form I could work with- a notable one, which is similar to the Petit Albert but gets less attention. I am about half done editing it currently, but its format isn’t great so it is a slow-ish process.
After it is released (the 240th edited occult work!) I will be proceeding with plans to create a couple new categories for the literary blogs; for those of you seeing this on Blogspot, I also have a WordPress under the same moniker. For those on WordPress, of course, I have one on Blogger.
This is great news since I have a bunch of new works also of various lengths and types to edit over the coming years; and that’s the span I have in mind- this is no short term endeavor but rather a life-long endless project.
Alright literary world!
I am just finishing up the first third or so of edited work 230; Gleanings of a Mystic, which is a Rosicrucian book comprised of chapters which are on disparate topics, originally in essay form. As such, with that mark nearly achieved I figured it was time to give a quick update on plans for the near future. I will be going on vacation fairly soon; a work vacation, so I will still be editing and making my normal videos- indeed since I’ll be traveling abroad I might make more than my normal video load. I am trying to get to 250 works by the end of the year and thankfully it looks fairly likely that this is achievable.
Several dozen works are there in my source files awaiting a good edit. As to which come first, that is your guess as much as mine since I tend to bounce from subtopic to subtopic in the occult quite randomly.
I do have a couple of decent fortune telling works lined up and those are always fun; once they’re done I can write a “book of books” work, detailing my own study of the evolution of dream-and-oracle style prognostication works through the last two centuries.
I have gotten back into the swing of editing. I am currently working on Waites’ “Devil Worship in France” which is a great book- after that I have several dozen more works planned. Happily, I have someone looking at illustrating a pair of herbals and a work by Manly Hall.
That will round of the work through July, probably. I need to go on a hunt for new literary material due to a glaring oversight on my part for years which has handicapped me- let’s just say I am not an expert with regards to pdf files! This is a happy thing though; the amount of material I can work with has at least tripled upon recognition of this “misfortune.”
Soon I plan on making two new sections on the literary blogs, because the amount of work has become too large for the current categorization system.
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Alright literary world!
It’s time for another general update; the garden is more or less complete so I will be returning to editing books fairly soon. I have a few dozen planned and lined up for the year.
Most of them are more on the academic side, with a few fortune telling works- a couple herbals round out the library and will take me near the 250 edition level- a fine place to be, well ahead of my expectations.
My vacation is almost over. Onward!
Alright literary world; time for an important update!
With “Mystic Will” released two days ago as of the time of this post, it is now time for a general cursory overview of what happens next; all of my works through the last were under spiritual contract of sorts and I not only met but exceeded my goal time-wise. This sets the stage for continual literary success; not a lot of people have catalogs of releases that extend to the size I have amassed and there’s nowhere to go but up.
The first goal after the 200th edition was to clean up my work files; I had four folders scattered across my computer and more on several USB drives with vestigial half-completed projects, source files I already edited from, and random images and notes I’d written. It took the last two days to clean them up. Now, that step is complete.
The second goal is to immediately complete a couple of the partially-done projects such as “Diabology” and possibly the “Asuri Kalpa” to knock them out of the way and be able to put those files at long last into the “completed works” storage.
The third goal is to really scrape my way through my usual sources for material to edit from and try to grab a few dozen more works of note. I culled my source files from about 1,000 to 54 in total, removing overly long works, poorly formatted works, and works I am uninterested in. I want to make sure to still release works fairly regularly but it won’t be nearly at the same rate as the last half a year or so.
The fourth goal is to get to re-editing a few of my releases, especially “Fruits of Eden” which I plan to have professionally re-illustrated, and will expand substantially, with a new foreword, one new section, and several dozen additional species entries now that I have so many herbal resources to draw from that I did not prior.
So it will be a busy half decade or so ahead. Cheers!
Alright literary world; I am happy to announce that I have finally figured out a way to return to editing, and of course I must give a quick update on Lesser Keys progress!
I shall do the latter first; my artist at last check was half done with the Theurgia Goetia illustrations. Since the Ars Goetia and Ars Paulina were done to begin with, we’re nearing the end of that chapter of work- which is great since it might be the most famous grimoire of all.
To my new editing works; I am currently working on a pair of literary releases by Wiedermann on Egyptology- respectively on the pagan concept of the afterlife therein, and the concept of immortality. These Victorian era works are quite good, and thence I must explain how I intend to continue editing despite the increased stringency of Amazon:
1. For every work there must be an archived physical scan that can be used to prove beyond doubt that it is public domain.
2. While works prior to 1923 are not copyrighted I will only edit works fifteen years prior to this, AKA prior to 1908 as of this posting.
3. I intend to focus on works which are unlikely to have been released prior in the last century, because Amazon presumes copyright belongs to the most recent person to release a title even if the progenitor title is public domain.
I’m not looking for trouble now that I have 150+ editions already released. Finding a few dozen more obscure occult works will be a breeze.
Alright blog readers!
1. Over the coming weeks an edition, finally, of the infamous Lesser Keys- that grimoire compilation of compilations- will be finalized. My artist, the talented Rita Metzner (who already illustrated the Ars Goetia for me) is working through the symbols in the Theurgia Goetia and the single illustration in the Almadel. Once those are done it will be extremely simplistic to craft an edition since the Goetia and Paulina are already available and in final form. I would like to note that my edition will not contain the Ars Notoria, as it does not belong to the same era or manufacture of the other four books.
2. A quick update on Createspace- they still haven’t fully switched into KDP/Amazon so my hope (my dear hope) is to release aforementioned edition the old way. Otherwise it might take a bit longer as I have to figure out how to make paperbacks separate from ebooks via KDP.
3. Almost 200 copies of the Book of Styxhexenhammer have already sold in less than a month. This is considerably higher than anticipated.
4. I have some ideas for authored works but I want to at least knock three edited works out of the way by the end of the year also, to make it a round 155 editions total.
A fun (and busy) last quarter of the year approaches!