I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past months working on getting two books off to publishers.
The first was The Book of Oberon, which was a slog on the part of Joe Peterson and I. We read through the entire manuscript again – I cannot count the number of times this has occurred – looking for more errors, footnotes that needed to be corrected, and bibliographic entries that needed to be added. I think those who are interested in grimoires will be very happy with this project. In fact, they’d better be, lest they risk the wrath of “Hekate, goddess of charmery and invocance.”
One teaser for fans of Jake Stratton-Kent’s works: the book does contain more operations that call upon the four spirit kings associated with the directions. They’re not along the lines of the material covered in Jake’s books, but they’re in the incantations multiple times nonetheless.
After handing in our changes to Llewellyn, I turned to looking over the bound page proofs for Liverpool cunning man and galvanist William Dawson Bellhouse’s book of magic. They look something like this (Atlantis Bookshop bookmark not included):
For Caduceus, the best way to indicate changes is to mark up the proofs with red ink and send it back. Readers will be happy to know that my short articles on witch bottles and wax images, to be included, have undergone a metamorphosis into what might be the most comprehensive and thorough works on those topics. I’m hoping this will attract a much wider scale of readers to the project.
Also, by popular demand, a snake picture:
Yiggie is over four years old and three feet long. Having spent a great deal of time learning about her through both books and personal experience, I have realized that this snake is largely dependent upon me and could not survive in the wild. I had her on my shoulders just a few minutes ago, and she nearly fell off onto the floor due to poor planning. I think she is under the mistaken impression that she still has venom, and legs, and other attributes not granted to her by nature.
Confession: I also tried her on live food a few months ago, due to a change in eating patterns. I found that the situation led to deep dissatisfaction, as its mildest expression, from participants of three different species. The outside party has been given to a good home, and we shall close a curtain on the sordid affair.
That’s all for tonight.