I decided that something positive had to come of today besides that gorgeous Seattle weather. Therefore, it’s official. I’m selling a poetry book. And it now has an official launch date.
You might see a few different images floating around for the upcoming poetry collection L’Identité Politique (first pictured above, the rest to follow):
I disagreed with someone on which phrasing made more sense and so we agreed that both should exist. So they do.
And of course I also made a larger notice – this one is more Instagram sized, though I haven’t used it there yet.
I can’t believe it’s real.
Jacob and Bee have mentioned interest in a Zoom launch party. If anyone would be interested in joining, I would absolutely love to host giveaways and other extra-special celebration games, if anyone can think of any. I have additional proof copies (meaning they contain errors and are not the actual final cover version) that are available for anyone interested in supporting me 🙂
I can’t begin to express how much work this has been, but it’s absolutely rewarding. This is one of at least four works I will see in a physical printed form from at least in some part of my creation during 2021. I couldn’t have done it without so many people. I don’t know where to begin, so I guess I’ll stop here for now.
Have a wonderful night, and as of four minutes from now, Happy Valentines Day.
Just in time for Halloween we have “Spirit Intercourse” by J. Hewat McKenzie from 1917. But actually it was by his wife (?) and he wrote it down and got it published. It is very difficult to find information on her and it seems he fraternized with a number of mediums during his career as a businessman in parapsychology. His book was immensely popular in the United States during and in the aftermath of World War I. He even published pamphlets about what would happen to the spirits of soldiers attempting to make their way home to loved ones.
Who was his wife? We may never know.
Before we go any further, I need to thank the book seller that helped me find and acquire this book. Remember to support your small book stores this year!
Allen was a pleasure to work with, and so helpful. I highly recommend Burkeyme Books for finding rare and unusual books like this one! They’re very talented at acquiring unique special interest items, especially in regards to primary and period literature. Be sure to check them out 🙂
I don’t mean anything lewd. What the title means is communicating with and documenting interactions with the dead: aka Mediumship.
In 1917 this book would have gained popularity as Spiritualism began to have a resurgence with the rise of The Great War In Europe. With primarily young men and husbands being sent overseas from the United States with many uncertain how to communicate with their loved ones to confirm their living status, spiritualism was an option to turn to, much like earlier versions had been for seamen for a millennia before. This helped this book gain popularity, especially during and after the 1918 Influenza.
The American Spiritualism movement is complicated. I argue that reactions to Southern Religious Spiritism movements, westward expansion, the introduction of new technologies, and the Civil War had a major role to play with its rise in inland America during the 19th century, but that’s just me and an argument for another time. The main thing is it provided comfort and studies show talking to a deceased loved one do help people feel better. This book, though related, is from a Scottish parapsychologist and should not be confused too deeply with the American movement.
It’s important to note that “spiritualism” as a broad category with many forms is an internationally present form of traditional religious belief dating back farther than anyone really knows. There’s extensive crossover with indigenous cultures of all continents, including those conquered by the romans in Europe. The concepts of this differs from Animism and can be considered similar in philosophical concepts.
Anyways, for this Halloween special edition we are going to try out a few of these methods of communicating with the dead. We have some interesting dead people in Missoula, and I have some interesting dead family members and a number of other potential people to talk to since we live between two cemeteries (quiet neighbors!).
The hardest part was choosing what to do! plus, I can’t just leave all these explanations out, can I? So I’ll be doing a special Halloween Twitch stream reading aloud from this book tomorrow, 31 October 2020. We might even do a laser show (we’ll see how our uploading goes).
For today’s post and following instructions we are going to be focusing on chapter 6: First Steps To Spirit Intercourse. For more on the other chapters be sure to check out the Halloween Twitch stream tomorrow!
Chapter VI: First Steps To Spirit Intercourse
For each of these early preparatory sections from this chapter Jacob and I are going to share our comments on what we found most interesting.
Advice To Beginners
A recurring meme of antique how to books is how they are all “at considerable expense” – Jacob and I have both noted this in other antique how to books, regardless of their quality of information.
The author is salty (Jacob: very) at many people. Especially those in the fields of theology and psychology. But this is a safe thing for skeptics to do. He ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
Be polite – being too skeptical directly towards a medium is rude and causes problems…
“This doesn’t actually say anything about what the dangers are” – I don’t disagree with Jacob on this.
Thoughts cause difficulties (Big Mood)
“Claiming to be spirits”
On To The How To!
Similar to the planchette used for the Ouija board, this was a toy that took a pencil and drew on a piece of paper. First, one must “magnetize” the paper by having all participants rub their hands over it. Because we do not yet have one of the original style planchettes, we balanced the pencil between our fingers with hands flattened and asked a few questions. The suggested questions in the book were about relatives in Australia or the Pacific (New Zealand?), but we opted for Boston and Florida.
“Does anyone have new warts?”
I believe we can take that as maybe a “no” or “try again”
Sit alternating male and female around an uncovered table and engage in pleasant but not frivolous conversation. Place hands upon the table and after a time the table will start to move and someone will need to take charge as the spirits get rowdy and begin moving things around. No minimum group size is recommended, so we decided to try with two.
With attention otherwise otherwise occupied, hold a pencil and let it do its own thing on a piece of paper and see what happens.
I hope you enjoyed this fun jaunt through and antique how to book on Mediumship. Join me tomorrow on twitch.tv/dreaminventor for a livestream of more of the book being read aloud. Happy Halloween Everyone!
Here are some exciting updates from authors I’ve previously reviewed and follow, as well as a two of my own 🙂
Sean Haughton’s new book Summer of ’16 is now available on Amazon! We catch up with George and Sally in an all new adventure many years after “The Secret In The Breeze” (the second book in the series). I have already purchased my copy as I am already invested in this series and can’t wait to read both the second and now the third.
Participating in a Summer Book Bash, all books from Creative James Media are on sale through 31 July 2020.
A new book, ‘Phantoms In The Moonlight’ will have its launch party on September 8 and you can join that here.
Fun Quizzes For Series Fans: Which Bracken Point Resident Are You? I recently had a great time with this quiz. For those curious, I got Jonathan – our favorite addiction specializing psychiatrist.
Be sure to sign up for Alaine Greyson’s newsletter here to stay up to date with all of her latest announcements!
In May I held a writing contest and the winner got their choice of one of these three shirts. I really like how they turned out and I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get these up.
“A Hundred Different Skies” Progress Update
The final poem list and order are finished! I decided that I will be taking the less enigmatic/ambiguous poems regarding my life and putting these in a separate collection to be released at a later time. Given the nature of a poetic memoir and the incredible adventures that my family has lived together, it’s essential we take our time in reviewing all poems with more personal content.
That’s all for the updates! Thank you for taking the time to read 🙂