First of all, my apologies for being silent for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been working day and night on the illustrations for the upcoming book, How to Use Amulets, Charms, and Talismans in the Hoodoo and Conjure Tradition. With over 150 illustrations, Catherine Yronwode has been feverishly doing all the writing while I’ve been “in the pixel mine” with my graphics pad and coffee. We’re reaching the end of first drafts and finals touches on pictures right now.
But, I sometimes have to give a project a short nap and work on a DIFFERENT project to recharge the brain cells. That is a Taurus for you —- not a rest or an outing but another project to revitalize me! So, all day yesterday, I worked on my next book CASTING LOVE SPELLS. I was able to write the entire Table of Contents (which also doubles as an outline on exactly what to write.) I did a little scanning from my collection of vintage catalogs for a few of the illustrations (like the one featured here) and planned out the 13 categories of spells the book will include — things like spells of attraction, love, reunion, passion, marriage, communication, breakup, etc. I plan for over 100 of these spells to be included in the book. The final touch was to list all the herbs and oils used in love work so my excel planning sheet is full!
Now that my mind has new fat to chew on, I must return to the last of the pictures for the Amulets and Charms book. From there, I’m sure that Cat, Siva, Fred, and I will begin the proofreading process while Grey Townsend adds his final touches to the book cover. Never too many irons in the fire!