Beltaine Release!


Beltaine is now available at Smashwords, and Kindle!

Beltaine is also known as Baal Tinne, Beltane, Bel’s Fire, Cet Samhain, Mayday, Tana Festiva, or Walpurgisnacht, and is generally celebrated on or about the first of May.

In many cultures, Beltaine celebrates the beginning of the growing season with the plowing and planting of fields. Fertile ground accepting the seed of new life; the coming together and mating of Mother Earth and Father Sun, resulting in the conception of the young god, the cycle having come full course.

Check it out at Smashwords or Kindle.

The password for the activities file is with the ebook. There is a bonus craft item in the activities download, that isn’t in the book so even if you can print from the ebook itself, don’t miss out by skipping the download!

If you’d like to win a copy, find the Beltaine tweet from @bychwych and simply re-tweet. Friday I’ll pick a winner and contact via twitter post.

GOYB Week #9

What a week (plus) it’s been. I’ve been going mad trying to get everything under control with work and budgeting for Draco’s grad and the things that go along with it, as well as trying to sort out stuff we can live without after the move (one way or the other, we are going to have to be out of this house by the end of July at the latest) and time has completely slipped by.

Everything is just moving too fast now that it’s getting so close. I know there are still three months to go until she’s done, but after struggling to pay last year, with ‘surprise’ fees and costs from the school at the last minute (literally), and with the crap they’ve pulled this year already over her classes and credits, I want to be well ahead of the game. Actually, I’m still waiting for that signed piece of paper that says her internship class is the last surprise. I think it’s going to take a trip to the school, actually.

Be that as it may. There’s a chunk I need to come up with by the end of June, and this year I know her dad can’t kick in like he did with Artemis. It’s stressing, and knowing there aren’t that many avenues for me to find the cash, I keep letting it get to me, and I slip up.

In the past nine days I’ve had at least five (non-diet) colas, and a fair amount of junk food. That may not sound like much to most people, but having gone for two months with no more than four Dole Sparklers, and pretty much no junk food, I feel like I should be looking at this more as an addiction than anything else.

That being said… didn’t I promise to stop obsessing on those numbers? Yeah, I think I did. <|:^( This is an official weekend ‘off’ from writing and editing and anything Belfire related. This weekend, Draco and I are going to finish sorting/cleaning the kitchen and my room/office, and then we’re going to sit down and work out a meal plan for the rest of the month… as well as figure out what we’re going to ‘give up or start doing’ for the six weeks between Ostara and Beltaine. Healthy meal planning, and contemplation. Yep. This week our challenge is to come up with an emergency plan, a back-up in case things cause us to stumble on our path to wellness. I think the kid and I are going to have to work on that, too… it seems we’ve become each other’s sounding boards to the exclusion of a lot of other options, so… perhaps we should start expanding into the support system we know we have. Hmm. More to contemplate. Good luck this week! <|:^)

Regarding the Chapbooks

Recently, it came to my attention that most people can not print out the included activities from several hand-held ebook readers. This goes against what I was assured when I was researching the possibilities of electronic publication… and kind of angers me, as even priced at $0.99, folks want what they’re paying for.

In light of this, I’m now offering a downloads page as a place to pick up the activities (which may sometimes include the crafts and/or stories as well) in a printer-friendly format.

If you have purchased any of the Sabbat chapbooks so far (Yule, Imbolc and Ostara) please send your electronic receipt via the contact form, and I’ll send the password to the downloads page to you.

I apologize for any and all inconvenience this bungle has caused, and for future reference, all chapbooks will come with a password for the corresponding pages.