28 Days of Posting, Day 5: My Morning Routine

Routines are funny with me. For awhile I like them, and then I don’t. It’s like having something the same way too long gets to me and eventually I abandon it all together. However, given all of the turmoil that has been going on in my life I’ve been trying to at least get myself a small morning routine just to get myself up and going. Otherwise I wind up laying in bed until noon and wallowing in self pity.

Unless I have somewhere to be that day I tend to just let myself wake up naturally, and usually that happens between 8-9am. I’ll lay in bed for a moment and snuggle my kitten, but then up and out of the warm blankets I must get.

I’ll go to the bathroom and make myself a pot of coffee. Or if I’m having a particularly rough day and want to give myself a little pick me up I’ll go get Dunkin Donuts coffee, though I’m trying to break myself of the habit of getting coffee out.

Once I have my coffee I’ll do my daily Hearthstone quest. After that is complete I’ll do one of two things, depending on what’s going on in my mind:

-if I have a lot of thoughts swirling around I’ll put out my journal and do a bit of journaling. I’ll also plan out of my day, which just consists of making myself a to do list basically.

-if I’m not mired down with thoughts I’ll draw a tarot card, research it a bit, and then post in on Instagram.

Regardless of order, both of those things get done. Only on the really bad days do neither of them get accomplished. Thankfully the really bad days are coming fewer and farther between.

After this I will jump in the shower and then tackle my to do list.

It’s not a huge routine, but that’s okay. It’s something and it’s been helping me be productive and move forward which right now is all it really needs to do.

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To see a list of the prompts, check out this post! And make sure to check out Kara at Boho Berry, especially if you like fountain pens or bullet journaling. She’s a huge inspiration~

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28 Days of Posting: Day 3: When I Was Young

There are many things that are true
About me when I was young

I knew, from a young age
That nature was greater than church
That my hymns were babbling brooks
And the songs that birds sang

I knew, from a young age
That stories were life’s building blocks
And every single creature,
Every blade of grass
Had a different story to tell
And I wanted to know them all

I knew, from a young age
That these things would shape me
When I grew up, big and tall
I didn’t know how
But I knew they were Important

Today Nature is my church
And I sing along with the birds
I spend my days buried in stories
Books, games, movies, talking with friends

Because some truths you learn at a young age

~ Raven Rose 2/2/18

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To see a list of the prompts, check out this post! And make sure to check out Kara at Boho Berry, especially if you like fountain pens or bullet journaling. She’s a huge inspiration~

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28 Days of Posting, Day 2: What Makes Me Unique

Each and every one of us is unique. No one else on Earth has our exact combinations of traits, thoughts, idiosyncrasies, interests, etc. So kind of by virtue we are all unique. But what about me? What makes me different from the next Pagan or the next queer writer? Well, let’s see.

Honestly probably not much if I’m honest. I’ve always been an avid advocate about equality, even before I came to terms with my own sexuality. And even before I found Paganism I always knew Christianity (the religion I was raised in) wasn’t right for me. I was always drawn to the Earth and nature. Those are things that most queer people and Pagans will say. They always knew something was different.

I guess what makes me unique is my constant willingness to explore new places and things. My desire to experience as much as I can whenever I can. New foods, new photography techniques (I adore taking photos), new books, new movies, etc. Sure I like my tried and true comforts sometimes, but if you message me and say “hey, I want to go see or explore this new thing” I’ll grab my bag and meet you in half an hour.

I’m also a huge combination of opposites. I love both day and night. I can be a morning person and a night owl. I see both sides of the veg*n vs omnivore diet and have been each at different points in my life. I like old comforts, but also enjoy new things. I hate conflict, but love debates (and sometimes they get heated enough that they turn into arguments). I have trouble starting something, but once I do I find it hard to stop. I want to sit in my room and write all day, but I also want to spend every single moment out in the world. I want to be alone, but always talking to someone.

All of that plus all of the experiences I’ve had and all of the people I’ve met and that have influenced my life make me this unique person with a perspective that isn’t anyone else’s. It’s just mine. That’s what makes me unique.

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To see a list of the prompts, check out this post! And make sure to check out Kara at Boho Berry, especially if you like fountain pens or bullet journaling. She’s a huge inspiration~

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28 Days of Posts, Day 1: Meaning of My Name

Welcome to my month of posting! As I said before, I’ve wanted to do this for awhile, but many things prevented me from actually diving in. Real talk: I’ll be honest, I’m actually writing some of these in February just to get a head start, and because I know that I will not feel like writing a blog post every single day right now. I’ve been going through some rough stuff, and my motivation to do much of anything has been very low…sometimes nonexistent.

But here we go with Day 1!

Names have always been an important thing to me. My given name is Renee, but…I’ve never really liked it. Even as a kid I didn’t like it and was always asking my mom to call me something else. I’m sure that hurt her feelings since she was the one that gave me the name, but in my five year old mind I didn’t think about that. Renee means “reborn” or “rebirth”. With how many times I’ve had to start completely over in my life, I’d say that it’s a meaning that fits, actually.

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The name I’ve gone by for the past several years is Raven Rose (as you all know). Both came to me via spiritual means. Raven is a name that popped into my head when I very first started down the Pagan path, but…I didn’t immediately adopt it. I knew I’d go by it someday, but it didn’t feel right to do so when I was 16. Like it was something I had to grow into or earn somehow. Years later when I finally stopped ignoring all the signs Odin was giving me and finally paid attention is when it felt like the time had come. I’ve gone by it ever since. It’s been about 6-7 years now.

Ravens are associated with a lot. Of course Odin has two ravens–Hugin and Munin (Thought and Memory). But ravens are also associated with death and the underworld. Of course, this doesn’t always have to mean death in the literal sense. Like in the tarot, Death can simply signify a change or transformation that will occur. I can’t tell you how many changes and transformations I’ve been through in my life, and honestly just since adopting Raven as my name.

For awhile Raven was the only name I had, but I had started submitting pieces to be published, and knew that I wanted to publish under the name Raven. I never wanted to be a one name person like Cher or Madonna, so was trying to think of something that would feel as right for a surname. As I was about to hit submit on a piece, the name Rose popped into my mind and it just…fit.

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Roses are a flower that, well first of all that I love–specifically the bright pink ones, and secondly that I highly associate with my patron Goddess, Brigid. Occasionally Freyja will pop into my life, and of course Roses are associated with Her as well.

In the language of flowers, Roses of course mean love and passion. Though they’ve also been a symbol of secrets or confidentiality.  In ancient Rome a rose was placed on the door to a room where confidential matters were being discussed. I can be a pretty private person, yet I’m also very passionate about certain things. So this is definitely an apt surname for me.

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To see a list of the prompts, check out this post! And make sure to check out Kara at Boho Berry, especially if you like fountain pens or bullet journaling. She’s a huge inspiration~

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Wild Witch

I want to drink moonlight and bathe in flower petals. To wear the earth, sleep in streams, and taste the stars.

– My soul is wild, call me Witch.

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28 Days of Posting!

Hey there everyone. It’s been a long time since I posted anything. These past few months have been some of the hardest I’ve ever been through in my life and I haven’t felt like creating…well…anything, to be honest. Honestly sometimes I struggle to even open a book to read. I’m trying to get better and get myself back in the saddle. It’s hard though.

Anyway, yesterday I came across on a challenge on Instagram. It’s hosted by Kara over at Boho Berry, and though they are meant to be used as journaling prompts or things to write to your penpal about I thought as a way to get back into writing things and making blog posts I’d respond to them here. I’d also been wanting to have a month where I post every single day, and this just seems like a good time to do it. It’ll let you get to know me a little better, and will help me get back to creating things again. The prompts are listed below. Feel free to join me in this if you are so inclined~

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Tag: The Naughty List!

Created by the awesome author Jenna Moreci!

THE RULES

1) Provide a brief description of your novel before beginning. NO MORE THAN 5 SENTENCES.

Novel: The Vessel

Description: Forced into a demon’s ritual as a child, Lydia has been able to lead a relatively normal life. That is, until her mother dies and leaves her without the necessary protection she needs to avoid demons coming after her. Now, as she goes on what could be the most important gig of her music career, demons start coming after her threatening to possess her.

2) If your cast is fewer than 15 characters, you can’t use the same name more than twice. If your cast is larger than 15 characters, you can’t use the same name more than once.

THE QUESTIONS

1. Which character is SO into the holidays, they nearly cause a street-wide power outage from all their Christmas lights?

Stephanie, Lydia’s roommate. She is a bright, chipper person who loves any reason to celebrate.

2. Which character attends the office new years party with ONE date…and goes home with someone else?

Carlie. After the break up she’d look for anyone to comfort her and make her feel worthwhile.

3. Which character is more than happy to steal Hanukkah gelt from poor, unsuspecting children? [Note: Hanukkah gelt = chocolate coins]

The demon (as of yet a final name has not been settled on). Not a fan of holidays, and…well…a demon.

4. Fill in the blanks: I saw ____[character]____ doing a whole lot more than ____[verb]____-ing Santa Claus. They were full on ____[action]____.

I saw Kip doing a whole lot more than befriending Santa Claus. They were full on making plans to surprise people .

5. One of your characters decides to pregame before church and passes out in the middle of the Christmas service. Which character is it?

None of my cast would actually be going to church. Most of my characters are Pagan, and those that aren’t are either demons or atheists.

6. Which character hasn’t been seen since winter began because they refuse to deal with the snow?

Rai, the drummer in Lydia’s band.

7. Which character completely forgot about the holidays and ends up regifting to everyone?

Lydia. She’s a little absent minded and easily gets wrapped up in her own world and life.

8. Which character has such crappy luck, they only discover their potato allergy after pigging out on latkes?

Kip, though he never lets his bad luck get him down.

9. The Krampus has arrived to punish your very bad characters. Which character is kinda into it?

Lydia. She’s not afraid of the darker side of things, and is more into Krampus myths than Santa.

10. One of your characters should be on the naughty list, but has convinced Santa to clear their name. Which character is it, and what was their means of persuasion?

Carlie. She promised him naughty things if he labeled her a good girl.

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