I just posted this to my LiveJournal and got the urge to share...
Speaking of old writings...
Back in 1988, I started a little journal with Rowan Moonstone (Vicki Copeland) called CultWatch Response, which was an attempt for Pagans and Wiccans to respond to the outright lies about Paganism being spread at that time (in some cases, for lots of money) by "Christian ministries". I edited the magazine for the first 7 issues, which took me one issue into the second year; for the first six issues, I wrote an editorial, explaining what Paganism and Wicca was (and wasn't), and why we needed our voice heard and the truth told. For the most part, we sent this newsletter to police sources, media sources, and the same Christian ministries who were lying about us. Vicki kept the newsletter going for at least two years after I left, although I've never seen an actual printed copy of it since I left. She had more connections than I did, and we didn't get along so well anymore, so I let her have it.
Moving forward to 1997, I started my own website, and started to post all the song lyrics I'd written. As the years went on, I added my Book of Shadows (except for parts for which I had not received permission, and later had some permissions I thought I had obtained withdrawn), and started posting things I'd written.
By now, I have posted almost everything I've found that I've ever written... and noticed that it did not include those editorials. Re-reading them, hey, they weren't bad, for what I knew then or, for the most part, even for today, and they at least make a good reference in the history of Pagan anti-defamation work. So I collected them, and added them to my website just yesterday.
There still may be an article or two of mine that isn't on my website... but I know where to look. It's a bit humbling, but everything I wrote back then was published on MagickNet (an offshoot of FidoNet, what we computerites used before the Internet was worth talking about) -- and nearly every message and article I posted is saved in the Sacred Texts Internet Archive. (Including one little fight started by a now-deceased famous Wiccan with the crowning phrase, "I'm goddess-glad I'm not in your Tradition." Said by her, not me.)
Also, I have been writing a little article for PaganPages.org for the past 3 years (24 articles), and just this week decided to at least take a sabbatical. The article/series is entitled "Door to the Beyond: Paganism and Mental Health". All the articles I am contractually allowed to post are also posted at my website, and the rest will be published as soon as allowed. It has been a good run. The editors of PaganPages.org keep telling me it's one of the more popular articles... but they don't feed me the feedback, so I have no clue of the veracity of that claim and feel as though I am writing in a vacuum.
To read any or all of these articles, go to http://mosshippohaven.info . The various articles are posted under "My Writings (Prose)". I also continue to have all my found lyrics and poems posted (the poetry is actually at a different site, but it's linked).
I overcame my spiritual obesity, now for the physical!
| current weight: 206.0