Argh Author: Deb Blake’s Everyday Witch’s Familiars Oracle (Everyday Witch Tarot)

Our own Deb Blake invites you to meet your magical menagerie in her brand new tarot deck. Whether they’re delivering wisdom from the gods or lending a paw, wing, or hoof to magical activities, familiars bring you inspiration and joy. Through this oracle, you can connect with them like never before.

Bestselling author Deborah Blake and award-winning illustrator Elisabeth Alba present forty familiars―domestic, wild, and fantastic―that each have unique and empowering messages for you. These amazing creatures, grouped by the five elements, carry powerful guidance for your divination practice and daily life. Shuffle the cards, draw your companion, and enjoy all the gifts these animals have to offer. Continue reading

Working Wednesday, May 29, 2024

So it’s 4:30 AM and I am trying to figure out details as I rewrite the second act of Very Nice Funerals. Bob is asleep because I’m talking about acts and he doesn’t do acts. And also because it’s 4AM and he keeps these weird hours like getting up at dawn. And also because he’s in TN and I can’t wake him up to get answers. There’s a reason we haven’t been in the same place in fifteen years. So I’m stuck sending him stuff like the below. Plotting. I am not good at it. Especially at 4AM. But by damn, I am working.

What did you work on this week?

Happiness is a Little Sun

I’m calling it: It’s summer in PA. I’m sitting on my ridiculously small patio with an umbrella shielding the laptop and most of me, and it’s perfect weather–84 with a breeze–and I’m thinking that parts of the rest of the world are on fire–CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL, PEOPLE–so I should temper my enjoyment of weather this warm in May, but right now, in this moment, I am warmed by the sun and happy.

What made you happy this week?

Placeholders, the Use Of

I’ve always used pictures of placeholders in my work, just to keep my vision of a character clear until they came alive on the page. Once a character takes off, the placeholder falls away, but until then, the pictures act as touchstones. This becomes doubly important when collaborating. You really need to be on the same page or photo for that. So here are some of the placeholders that Bob and I have used.

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This is a Good Book Thursday, May 23, 2024

I’ve been reading about toasted cheese. Hey, I had a Very Bad Day Wednesday and that was soothing. “Everybody knows how to make toasted cheese, here are some variations to try.” No, I will not be putting avocado on mine, but I am open to Sriacha. Anyway, it was a comfort and educational and it took me out of my VBD, so I’m fine now. So that’s a Good Book even if it isn’t a book.

What did you read this week?

Working Wednesday, May 22, 2024

I made a map.

Hey, listen, if you knew the hell I went through to get that map for the Rocky Start series, you’d applaud. Bob and I thought we were writing about the same town, but it turns out . . . nope. But now we have the start of a map–some space still to fill in–and it only took THREE FREAKING DAYS.

Amazing how helpful it is, though. Bob just said,”We should probably do this before we write the books.” YA THINK?

Map in Progress:

I know it doesn’t look like three days, but we had some stuff to work out. (There’s a CREEK???)

What did you work on this week?