Today was opening day at the new Rending the Veil shop in Baytown, Texas. Here are a few photos. Come by sometime!
… when you fantasize how you’d change a situation that’s almost perfect, or almost intolerable, if only you had the magical means to wave a wand like Dumbledore? My grandmother’s house was amazing, but the windows were in dire need of resealing. I worried about them because they had a tendency to tip open in a strong wind, and these windows were the type that slid horizontally, so tipping was not desired behavior. It meant “catch or duck,” and luckily we were all pretty good catch, and the curtains helped sometimes, too. Point is, most of us have a similar story or a job story or a boss story, but we can relate to feeling powerless and thinking, if only.
I’ve been plugging away at this website with the valiant help and inspiration of wonderful people for short spans of time, in cycles, with all of us at times feeling either enthusiastic or defeated. Burnout is something magicians can relate to quite universally. And right now many of us at RTV have wondered why our little pushes aren’t gaining any traction… well, I have news and other stuff.
My brother died late last year and I have inherited a share in all the wonderful art he left behind, and somehow, both in his memory and because, “wow, look at all this art,” we blossomed into a full brick and mortar shop. These pieces have to be seen to be believed. They’re large pieces; my brother liked bold statements. We hope to showcase local artists on consignment, as well as local psychics, and gradually add an increasing stock of metaphysical supplies. Grand Opening is March 20, 2015. The address is 260 Oakland Ave., Baytown, TX 77520. Beginning March 20, we’ll be open Wed thru Sat, 12-7 pm. If you’d like to be a Special Guest for the Grand Opening, call 281-624-9650 and leave a detailed message. I will return your call.
The other side of this is, I have no time to spend constantly learning new code so I really need someone to manage this site for me, who has some energy to spend on it on a volunteer basis until (and IF) we manage to start making money. If this is you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your credentials.
I just paid the domain name on this site a couple of weeks ago, and I was a few hours late. It didn’t go unnoticed, and a friend/colleague of mine panicked at the temporary loss of her very active RTV blog. The sad fact is that if anything remotely unexpected happens, I become in immediate danger of not getting by… and due to that fact, the site was down. (I still ended up with fees. Ah well.)
Rending the Veil, the website, first “opened” in December of 2006 with the premiere of our Yule issue. I have never once asked our readers for a dime (though I’ve asked for help from interested and actively parties twice). I am asking now, because I am in serious danger. My brother passed last month, as I mentioned in a previous (rather lacrimose) post, and last night my favorite indoor-only cat escaped and we can’t find him. If he is gone, that’s my third heavy loss this year, and I’m at the end of my coping skills. My brother’s death put September’s finances in a tailspin and so I started the month seriously overdrawn. I need your help. I still have to pay the hosting for the site every month, along with the various other subscriptions and plugins and so forth that require funding. So, for eight years I have not asked for money. Maybe you will find eight years of pretty good service worth sending a few bucks.
I’m going to link to my personal fundraiser and to the WePay gateway with my Everbutton. The fundraiser is older so don’t let the amount fool you. Right now it’s at $836 but no one has given in a while (except one person two weeks ago); the stated desired amount is $3000, and that would really save my ass right now. If you can afford to give, please don’t wait until later — do it now. I need it that badly.
Here’s the url to the fundraiser: http://www.gofundme.com/8wsy4w
And here’s the Everbutton: https://www.everbutton.com/flow/options/416 It’s a bit different than PayPal, but alas I cannot get PayPal because I am in arrears. Yippee. See how it goes?
Thank you so much for reading this.
Two weeks ago, my younger brother passed away very suddenly with congestive heart failure, and one of the effects of my grieving process is a stark look at just how fleeting our lives are. David, my brother, received packages after his death — items he’d ordered as part of a project he was working on. He was not planning to exit the world just yet, and there’s the point. We’re never ready to go, unless we’re 95. We always have other plans. We think there’s time. But now I find myself acutely aware of the possibility that time is really what we don’t have.
If I were to die, I’d like to see RTV go to someone who would carry on. If you’d like a nomination, make sure I know about it.
And on a more personal note,
I am a strange, introverted person with many little journals and odd bits of self-expression, and a lot of funky knickknack type things. If I am in some way meaningful for you, and you’d want something of mine if I died, fill out the confidential contact form (if it works) or comment here. Make sure I have your mailing address. And if you know what you’d want, tell me.
I know there have been some rough years for each of us, sometimes a bunch in a row. But we always get through it if we just don’t abandon our goals within, even if we don’t always see any evidence of them meaning a damn thing in the outer world. Just, basically, you know, don’t forget.
But the worst part of all that arid landscape is how we often fail to recognize our fellow travelers and gain a little support for each other, just by being there. I (Sheta) am guilty of this; as an introvert, I need solitude and space to work things through internally and find a comfortable understanding, or at least a functional one. I tend to forget to maintain other things when I get hyper-focused on something else. I tend to let months go by between reaching out to friends. And I tend to shoulder too much weight where it is absolutely unnecessary and often nonexistent. I value the input of many people but we all seem to be less than stellar pen pals or chat buddies, as a general rule. So here I issue my invitation to you, my Fellow Traveler.
We really, honestly, would love a look at that submission right now. Mail it either to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please, for the love of all that’s holy, put your name and email address within the article document. Emails don’t save to drives when the documents are stored. Just saying.) Send us your well thought reviews, your stories, your art, but most of all your articles. We want them, right now.
Sheta needs someone with php skills to sign on as an adviser or occasional code tweaker for the site. I’ve been trying to work around some issues and it’s not going to continue. You might notice that coming to the site often tells you to log in before you can create a site. I have no idea why that happens, and it’s making me insane. If you can help, email me directly at email@example.com. Sorry, I can’t pay you. We don’t get paid here. We haven’t been horribly motivated on the whole “get paid” united front. Oops.
This is your alarm clock ringing. Don’t sit there and bemoan the lack of water. Reach out and shake hands.
We are, as always, accepting new content. We have books available for review. If you’d like to review one, leave a comment with your email address. We are accepting review copies from authors and publishers, filmmakers and musicians.
The site will remain quietly for sale and nothing further will be said about it, unless something changes.
Given that the Universe clearly has a slower agenda in mind for this site than we would have preferred, we’re going to slow down and let things grow organically, and see what happens.
We are actively seeking volunteers for editing, forum moderation, and more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Sheta broke the site. And is working to fix it. Sorry for the eyesore.
Edit 11:00 p.m. March 24, 2014: All better now. It took me a while to locate a backup. That done, does anyone find the fonts on the site too small?
On Monday, March 17, 2014, Donald Michael Kraig passed away.
Mr. Kraig was the author of a number of books, including the seminal Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts. I first bought the book in college, a few years after it was published. Though I read it cover to cover at the time, it would be more than a decade before I really delved into it.
I was saddened and shocked to hear of his passing.
I had the honor of meeting him briefly at the 2013 PantheaCon. I don’t think we said anything of great importance, but it was a pleasure to speak with him.
To give some idea of the influence of his work, in my crowd both he and Modern Magick are simply referred to as “DMK.” His is the first book passed on to serious students. Mr. Kraig’s vision and lucidity influenced a generation of practitioners. As Isaac Newton, the renowned scientist and devout alchemist said,
Mr. Kraig was one of those giants. We have all seen a little further because of him, and his gifts and clarity will be missed.
Safe travels, Mr. Kraig. And thank you.
©2014 by Christopher Drysdale.
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