Wil Wheaton recently wrote a good blog post about self-publishing.
I don’t plan to self-publish Isaac’s biography. But Wheaton’s post reminds me that I’ll need a content editor, a copy editor, and a layout designer for the book. If a publisher does not offer those services, I probably should find a different one.
For those of you who thought they were off the hook: Sorry, but I’m still going to show the book to Isaac’s widow, my writing coach, and other friends who can’t run away fast enough. I’ll want some input before I send it to publisher to be slashed by an editor’s red pen.
My Wiccan clan held its annual Bardic Circle last night, as it does every Imbloc. For those unfamiliar with the custom, in a Bardic Circle everyone is asked to offer some aspect of performance or creativity, in this case as an offering to Brigid in her aspect as Goddess of the Arts.
My offering was to read a description of the eclipse ritual at the Stonehenge replica in February 1979.
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I’m looking for people who were at the ritual at the Stonehenge replica near Maryhill WA on February 26, 1979, during the total solar eclipse. I’m trying to put together a description of everything that happened during the ceremony, as part of Isaac Bonewits’ biography.
I already know that Tim Zell (now Oberon Zell-Ravenheart), Morning Glory Zell (now also Zell-Ravenheart), Selene Bonewits (now Selene Kumin Vega), and Isaac Bonewits were there leading the ritual, and that Margot Adler was there as well. I’ve asked them about it, or will do so when I interview them. I’m reaching out to other people who were there, to ask them what they remember of that time and place.
I’d be especially interested in any pictures you have of the ritual. There were plenty of photographs that appeared in the newspapers, but obtaining publication rights is difficult and expensive.
I can be reached at: bonewits.research of gmail.com
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Last night, I had a powerful dream: I was writing a module for Mystic Realms. I felt proud of creating a good story with lots of action, but requiring only one NPC.
Of course, I didn’t write it down when I woke up. Now the perfect MR module is lost forever.
Not that it matters, since I haven’t played in a LARP for 8 years. In fact, I’ve now been away from Mystic Realms longer than the time I played in the game.
I can’t go back: I’m not physically up to it, I don’t have the time, life has changed.
But MR still haunts my dreams.
I recently had an insight connected with the biography: In order to give Isaac’s actions or opinions some context, it would be a good idea to include some mention of historical events, especially ones related to religion or paganism. For example, in February 1979, the month in which the big eclipse ritual took place at the Stonehenge replica, Ayatollah Khomeini took power in Iran.
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Did you understand my earlier post about neutrinos? No? Then maybe this will help:
I’ve posted about the trials and tribulations of getting permissions to use old newspaper photos of Isaac in the biography. In some cases I’m quoted a price that seems high for something that’s valueless to the owner; in other cases the rights are ambiguous and I get unhelpful answers to my queries.
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As long as I’m in the mood to make lists, I might as well set down my reading list for the biographical research. As with the interviews, I anticipate this list will expand; for example, before I finish reading these books, I believe Deborah Lipp’s and Oberon Zell-Ravenheart’s memoirs will be published.
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One of daunting tasks associated with researching the life of Isaac Bonewits for his biography is the number of people I want to interview. Here’s the list as of 27-Apr-2012. It’s an ever-increasing list; it seems that every time I speak with someone, they say “You know, you should also speak with…”
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