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For the remainder of fall, I wanted to do a short series on occult literature largely because it's one of my major interests in life. It crops up a lot in my writing but usually in the form of demons because I don't need a reason to include demons.
Now, for those of you who don't know, I'm a staunch atheist. End of. I believe in no magic, demons, angels, deities, or even fortune and you will not make me in a box, with a fox, Courtney Cox and so on. That being said, I also have tips for my fellow non-believers on dealing with people who like to force religion on you, which I'll get into.
My atheism aside, I've always maintained an open mind and at least a vague interest in religions and belief systems. I like Christian Bible stories, I have read translations of the Qu'ran, I try to learn about Eastern religions and philosophies in more than a "pick 'n choose" way, and of course paganism. I have a lot of Wiccan friends and a few Christians in there; I'm so far gone that listening to them talk about ceremony and rituals is a lot like trying to follow a Magic: The Gathering game without first knowing what the hell trading cards are.
But yeah, my interest in those things are mostly attempts to be sensitive and understanding and not look ignorant as hell. My interest in the occult I feel like is a lot more broad and profound. My introduction to anything occult or esoteric was through alchemy and Hermeticism. To this day I still relate to themes involving those systems.
So, I'm gonna be showing y'all some texts that were influential on my thinking. I hope it helps. I'm going to include some skeptical texts as well as a sort of coffee bean. Most of everything that I draw out with the exception of like three things is available on Sacred-Texts.org, which is a great resource for ALL manner of spirituality and philosophy.
Welcome to Halloween everyone!
Now, somewhat ironically I can't stand fall -- I hate being cold, I'm sleepy all the time because DST has me fucked up, the trees and most of the flowers are dead, and I live in an area that doesn't even get snow so there's really nothing worth my while until spring gets here. Ahh, spring...
Well, anyway, for the upcoming spooky months I figured it was time to finally get back to what this site's all about -- writing! Yes, I've been posting about writing and some clips of projects in the works or dead things I'm tryna necromance, but it's time to but the "author" back in author. I'm not saying these are good stories or anything I'm just saying there will be some.
In addition to my regular degular posts, by the time you read this I will hopefully be done with my self imposed 12 Day flash fiction challenge. I'll talk more about my struggles with that as they go up. Oh! And Halloween themed DIYs. Make skull bows with me! Ooh-ooh, and more lifestyle blogging as I attempt to get out of the house and do things like a normal peoples do. And at some point I'll be discussing influential occult/mystic/esoteric literature! Some of those may be NSFW/NSFL but I'll warn y'all ahead of time.
I think that's about it for now...anything else will be a surprise!
I've got a few regular posts left for the end of the month, however I got a little different content coming up in the next weekends. Different as in nonwriting related.
My birthday week is the first week of August and I have it jam-packed with some back to back events, a wrestling event and an anime con. I had already said I was definitely going to blog about the convention and that will entail my outfits, how long I've been going to cons, why you need to use coconut oil on your thighs, things like that. I'll hopefully have pics and DIYs and stuff too, because DIY or die!
As for wrestling, I may or may not blog about that show just depending. Don't get me wrong, as I have alluded to many times I fucking love prowrasslin' and this show is set up to be phenomenal but I'm very cautious about having a smarky-type blog. Because if you blog wrestling one time you have to blog it all the time lol. At the very least I will show y'all some pics. And if you're ever hurting to see my wrestling live tweets, you can follow @yungsidequest on Twitter.
So look forward to those in August, and the rest of my periodic blogs will probably be less short story shares and more behind the scenes stuff, fanfiction, music, and probably some new flash fiction. Good luck out there!
Ia! If you've come this far, you're either looking for weird or you know you've found it...