May Day. May 1st. Beltane.
AKA, my favorite time of the year!
Beltane is the next holiday in the wheel of the year, arriving just around the midpoint between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. It arrives in the height of Spring for us Northern Hemisphere folks, and is celebrated on May 1st.
I absolutely adore Beltane. I love Springtime, and Beltane always arrives just as my spring allergies are leaving, which is a wonderful celebration for me. The world around me is always in bloom, and any leftover winter blues that may be residing in my heart and chest just melts away into nothing. This is always the time when I start my seeds, plant any garden veggies that I have picked up from local greenhouses, and when I fertilize my blackberries, blueberries, and roses!
In old god lore, Beltane is when the maiden goddess and the god of nature come together as woman and man to conceive the horned god, who will be reborn at Yule. Many view Beltane as a passionate holiday, and there are some that celebrate with personal festivities under the sheets! My partner and I have been known to celebrate in these ways as well! ;-) It's a lovely time to connect with another person and celebrate the fertility of the new, blossoming earth.
Some of my favorite things to do at Beltane involve fire and flowers! I always try to have a fire going in the fire pit, just to enjoy the warmth and the flames and turning the world back to ash to be reused again. With flowers, I love to go flower picking during these times. Dandelions are picked to turn into tea or to feed to my pet bearded dragon. Clovers are made into chains that are worn around the neck and in the hair. I like to cut a few tulip poplar blossoms from the trees behind our home to give our living space a wonderful floral aroma. One year, I made a lovely wreath for my front door that was made from fern cuttings, and another year, I enjoyed a fresh bottle of dandelion wine that had been gifted to me by an old friend.
For this year, I am planning a nice little meal at home. Nothing fancy, just some simple roasted chicken with a fresh green salad and lots of sweet, ripe fruit. I may even make a fruit loaf for desert... blueberry and lemon sounds lovely!
I hope that everyone enjoys a wonderful, blessed Beltane!
Three down and one to go!
How has camp been for my other writing friends? Mine has been stellar!
So far, my writing for the month of April has been steady! As of this writing, I am at 35,808 words, which is absolutely amazing! I don’t think I have ever done this well at camp before! I think I have been inspired by my works in progress, which has actually grown!
Not only have I been working on 11 Rules, but I have also been writing a fun, quick short story to serve as a follow up for "To Love A Tea Witch!" The novel, which will be dropping in late May (more about that soon!) will have this little companion story dropping along with it for free! I will be announcing more as time goes on, but its safe to say that this off shoot story has given me some great insight to my characters.
Today, I get to put my attention fully back on "11 Rules," which makes me almost giddy. I've been itching to get back to that tale because I have got a lot to say about Lailah and Mikhal. The story will be nowhere close to being finished by the time April and Camp NaNo ends, but I always thought that the first draft was going to be too big to finish in one month's time. I'm still incredibly proud of the progress I've made, even though the book is going to be a monster of a story!
And so ends week 3. Still trudging along day after day, and I am so happy with what I have accomplished! I'm ready to blow this last week out of the water!
Well, it’s time for the week two update on my slog into Camp Nanowrimo and whew, this one has been a bit rougher than I was planning on!
I feel like April started off strong for me. I had a few 3k+ days where my story and me vibbed so hard that I couldn't stop working on it.
But then, my husband caught the flu. Yes, he had the flu in April, in the middle of a pandemic, after getting the flu shot, AND while following all of the Covid guidelines. I don't know what to tell you, he's just that talented! :oD With some early intervention, he was able to get over it in just a few days, which was wonderful. And just as he was recovering, I received my second dose of the Moderna vaccine, which knocked me off my feet for two days. The first shot did not affect me at all other than needing a small nap in the middle of the day, but the second one? I ran a fever that bordered on 102 F, had chills and aches, and pretty much had to stay in bed the entire time. It's much better than actually catching the Coronavirus, but whew, it was a rough patch for sure. I'm doing loads better today, and would do it again in a heartbeat. It was just bad timing for Camp NaNoWriMo.
My story is progressing wonderfully, which I am so happy about! Even with all of the sickness at home, I was finally able to force my main characters, Lailah and Mikhal, into their betrothal! And man, they hate it. Which is exactly what I want. Mwahaha! This has actually been a lot of fun to write, pushing two opposites together in a way that neither can get out of. Mikhal is a blast to write about because he reminds me of a lot of my friends. Lots of inspiration to draw from when it comes to him. I cannot wait for him to try and loosen up our tightly-wound heroine as the story progresses. Maybe he will be successful, but with how stubborn Lailah can be, I highly doubt it!
Week two of Camp NaNoWriMo is officially behind us, and it can only go up from here! Week three is bound to be better, as the weather is clearing and my little family is getting healthier by the day. I have high hopes for the rest of the month and the work that I can accomplish between here and now.
Happy writing, everyone!
The first week of Camp NaNoWriMo April 2021 is in the books, and what a wild week it has been!
The first week of camp has had its ups and downs, but I am pretty pleased with where I am standing now.
The first day of April was a great one for me, starting off the month with 1,486 words! And even though it snowed where I lived, I ended up hunkering down and getting things done. I had a few days of travel where may numbers were not the greatest, and I had one day where I literally wrote a single word, but other than that, the work has been steady! (Also, I have had my Covid vaccine, and the family I visited are all vaccinated, so no worries on traveling!)
My story has really surprised me so far. If you’ve read any of my work, you know that I tend to write stories that are a bit on the short side. My rough draft for Tea Witch has been the only exception, coming in at 69k words before edits began. But this one? Man, this one is going to be an epic! And the best part is that I’d have this story planned as a trilogy... whew! 11 Rules is shaping up to be my magnum opus.
I am really enjoying the story so far. I kind of love Lailah, my main character, and I adore the personality that is coming through with her. This whole week, I have been immersed in her thoughts and feelings, and she is so different from every other character I’ve written. She is not meek like Sydney, but not a firebrand like Victoria. Lailah really feels like she has her head firmly on her shoulders, and I am enjoying that. It’s going to be fun when I introduce her love interest, who couldn’t be more of an opposite to her.
So, week one (and some change) are in the books and is am feeling great! Here’s to a wonderful rest of camp and a great rest to the month of April!
Just me, a paranormal romance author with big dreams and even bigger crushes!