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!