Cuckoo clocks, roosters, and Slavic Pagan beliefs. Here’s a book that covers all three

Tier IV Author Patricia Robin Woodruff

Writers, I’m back! Miss me?

I spent October over at ChapterBuzz, organizing the semi-annual 10K Social Writing Challenge. Novelists were given 31 days to write 10,000 words—some starting from 0, others halfway done.

And I’m telling you, some seriously good books are taking shape.

Patricia Robin Woodruff is writing one of those books, The Roots of Slavic Magic: Finding Our Way Back to Balance. During the Challenge month alone, she wrote 20,000 words!

Even though The Roots of Slavic Magic is more of a non-fiction research tome than a novel, the subject matter in Patricia’s book is endlessly intriguing.

Here’s the premise:

What does the cuckoo clock have to do with the Slavic goddess of water? Why are roosters on weathervanes? What do Slavic Pagan beliefs have to do with the Philadelphia Mummers Parade? These fascinating questions are answered in depth in this reevaluation of the Slavic Pantheon that gets to the heart of this religion and its deep magic. By unearthing ancient petroglyphs and archeological sites, and analyzing secret traditions carried on for millennia, we discover anew the balanced energies and magic of the Slavic peoples.

According to Patricia, this passage from the book’s introduction “forms the essence of who I am, what I believe and why I do what I do.” Have a read:

I sat down as usual and started writing whatever came into my head … but this morning it was different. As I wrote, it was almost as if a vision unfolded before me. I could see to the beginnings of the universe. Everything condensed into one single point, which exploded outward, filling the emptiness with matter. All the matter/energy of the universe, forming and coalescing into suns and planets. Our tiny planet spinning and transforming. The energy solidifying into matter, becoming water and land and living things. Single-celled creatures mutating and transforming into more and more complex forms. Complex living things in the ocean, moving onto land, transforming and changing … The words flowed out of my pen so swiftly, sentences had no time to form completely.

We are all made of “star stuff.” We are matter. We are energy. We are continuing the process of creation by the will of the Creator. We imagine things and then we turn that energy … into art, relationships, writing or inventions.

Check out The Roots of Slavic Magic and help Patricia climb the ChapterBuzz charts!


No more excuses, my novelist friend. Last chance to enter this Writing Challenge!

Learn more about TimSunday, Sunday, Sunday!

The biggest writing event this side of NaNoWriMo kicks off October 1st, and we don’t want to leave you in the proverbial dust, so be sure to get on board now!

And when I say “biggest,” I mean possibly the most significant step you’ll take as an up-and-coming novelist—opportunities to meet fellow authors, get feedback on your work, and start growing your fan base abound.

Not to mention…

You could win an award for your novel-in-progress. Think about that: you could be an award-winning writer by next month!

Hurry, we’re peelin’ outta here Sunday morning!

Are you joining us for this Challenge? Our pens are at the ready

Learn more about TimWriter, there’s still time!

Time to hop on board as we all get ready to journey through October on a coffee-fueled, will-testing writing marathon to advance our literary careers by 10,000 words and a burgeoning fan base.

It’s the ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge!

In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, the Challenge is your chance to:

  • Write 10,000 words
  • Start building a fan base
  • Get valuable feedback
  • Meet your fellow authors
  • Be in the running for a book award

Are you in? You look like the kind of person who is.

But hurry—this ship sails in 2 days!

Sign up today:

You’re an aspiring novelist. Let’s remove the ‘aspiring’ part

Aspire no more! Your dream is about to get a whole lot closer to reality.

This is what the ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge is all about: spending the month of October writing, becoming a part of our writers’ community, and getting a 10,000-word headstart on your novel.

You may be thinking, “But 10,000 words is not an entire novel!”

You’re absolutely right. But I’d rather see you produce 10,000 quality words—that you can fine-tune with help from our community—than just write for the sake of filling up space and meeting a HUGE word count quota.

Can you do it? It takes focus, but at less than 350 words a day, it’s manageable. It’s also worth it: we had some amazing books emerge from the last Challenge.

You’ve always wanted to write a novel. This is your chance! Sign up today

What if Stephen King had decided to start writing “someday”?

Learn more about TimYou’ve been wanting to do it for a long time now. You’ve got tons of ideas: settings, characters, scenes, subplots.

It’s time to turn those ideas into action.

During the ChapterBuzz 10K Social Writing Challenge, you’ll write the first (or next) 10,000 words of your novel, meet and network with other writers, build buzz for your work-in-progress, attract new readers, and end up with a solid foundation to build the rest of your novel on.

This is your dream, and now’s the time to take action.

What if J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Andy Weir (of The Martian fame) had decided to start writing “someday”? We may never have heard of them.

Getting started is often the hardest part, but it’s also the most crucial.

At just under 350 words a day, this Challenge is manageable—even with your hectic life—and it’s a great opportunity to kick start your career, tell the world you take writing seriously, and possibly even walk away with an award.

Your chariot to the future awaits. Sign up now

By the numbers: how to write 10,000 words

Have you heard about the 10,000-word writing challenge coming up in October?

It’s called the 10K Social Writing Challenge, and it’s your chance to get busy writing that novel.

Today I break it down by the numbers:


Number of novels you need to get busy writing!


Number of writers who will become award-winning authors in October.


Number of days you’ll spend in your favorite writing nook, steaming mug in hand, creating your masterpiece.


Number of words you’ll write during the month of October.


Number of writers you’ll meet and professional connections you’ll make. This number is totally up to you!


Number of minutes you should wait before signing up. Starts October 1, so time’s a-tickin’…get in now!