“Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of that bitch.” ― Lili St. Crow

“Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of that bitch.” 

― Lili St. Crow

PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY: A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR, CELINE KOROPCHAK by Deborah Oster Pannell
Last year, I stumbled upon theblog, the_tovarysh_connection. I was struck by its simple language that resonated deeply within me. As I continued to read the posts, I became convinced that there was some deep spiritual presence at work in these words. At the time, the author was not named, and I found the whole blog a little mysterious, yet powerful. Occasionally I commented on one of the posts.
It wasn’t until a few months later that I learned that the author was a woman named Celine Koropchak, when she finally added a short bio with a photo to the site. My connection with her strengthened as she also began commenting on my blog posts. A classic internet friendship was beginning.
Soon Celine contacted me to let me know that she was planning to collect a year’s worth of her weekly writings into a book, and would I consider contributing a quote. I wrote back and asked her if I could please write the book’s introduction. When Celine asked for help in publishing an e-book edition, I brought in creative partners, writer Lillian Ann Slugocki and designer Jennifer Dopazo, who created the beautiful cover. Lillian developed an elegant, stylized format for the manuscript that became the blueprint for editing the book. We ended up titling it, One With All of Thee: Growing Your Sacred Connection.
Fast forward to the present. After formatting One With all of Thee for a soft-cover edition, I continue to work with Celine on marketing and promotion. I’m watching as she is slowly but surely becoming a full-fledged book author, embracing her role as scribe of the messages she’s been receiving from her special friends, her “Tovarysh,” for nearly her whole life. And slowly but surely, word of the book is getting around, and people are beginning to notice this scientist/blueberry farmer/book author who has some important messages to share with the world.
Click here to read the interview between Deborah Oster Pannell and Celine Koropchak.

PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY: A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR, CELINE KOROPCHAK by Deborah Oster Pannell

Last year, I stumbled upon theblog, the_tovarysh_connection. I was struck by its simple language that resonated deeply within me. As I continued to read the posts, I became convinced that there was some deep spiritual presence at work in these words. At the time, the author was not named, and I found the whole blog a little mysterious, yet powerful. Occasionally I commented on one of the posts.

It wasn’t until a few months later that I learned that the author was a woman named Celine Koropchak, when she finally added a short bio with a photo to the site. My connection with her strengthened as she also began commenting on my blog posts. A classic internet friendship was beginning.

Soon Celine contacted me to let me know that she was planning to collect a year’s worth of her weekly writings into a book, and would I consider contributing a quote. I wrote back and asked her if I could please write the book’s introduction. When Celine asked for help in publishing an e-book edition, I brought in creative partners, writer Lillian Ann Slugocki and designer Jennifer Dopazo, who created the beautiful cover. Lillian developed an elegant, stylized format for the manuscript that became the blueprint for editing the book. We ended up titling it, One With All of Thee: Growing Your Sacred Connection.

Fast forward to the present. After formatting One With all of Thee for a soft-cover edition, I continue to work with Celine on marketing and promotion. I’m watching as she is slowly but surely becoming a full-fledged book author, embracing her role as scribe of the messages she’s been receiving from her special friends, her “Tovarysh,” for nearly her whole life. And slowly but surely, word of the book is getting around, and people are beginning to notice this scientist/blueberry farmer/book author who has some important messages to share with the world.

Click here to read the interview between Deborah Oster Pannell and Celine Koropchak.

Introduction: One with All of Thee

It used to be that our sense of self was circumscribed by actual, physical contact – the people we spoke to, and the tangible experiences we accumulated during our days and nights. Now, we constantly interact and socialize via cell phone, text, instant message, email, chat, video conference, and a seemingly endless array of social media platforms and other digital communications technologies. The net effect of all of this random contact can be a sense of scattered focus, self-doubt or confusion. It can become difficult to locate one’s self and one’s purpose, let alone a sense of serenity, in such an environment of flux.

One With All of Thee is a book that addresses the need for many of us to reconnect with ourselves and the world around us in a more quiet and purposeful manner. It is not a book that has been “written” in the traditional meaning of the word. Rather, the words therein have been received by Celine Koropchak, who has been a conduit for divine voices since she was a little girl.

Read more of the fabulous intro by Deborah Oster Pannell at Modern Life Blogs.

Literary Maven

Lillian Ann Slugocki’s feature at Bloom:

Bodies Are Genuis: The World According to Meg Pokrass

"She is not a suicidal arrow, she’s a trickster, a shape shifter, a writer who chronicles the maladies of the modern world, and who makes us laugh.  And this, too, is a secret to her success.  Pokrass’s voice refuses the liminal spaces, it insists on being ringside, wearing a top hat.  Her texts are performance—bold, dark and funny."

 

Women in Publishing

 

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Should I traditionally publish or self-publish?

"It’s an important question—one that tends to result in heated debate—but it’s becoming an increasingly confusing and complicated question to answer because:

  1. There are now many varieties of traditional publishing and self-publishing—with evolving models and varying contracts.
  2. You won’t find a universal, agreed-upon definition of what it means to “traditionally publish” or “self-publish.” 
  3. It’s not an either/or proposition. You can do both. (See this interview with CJ Lyons.)”

Read more of this excellent article at Jane Friedman.  Certainly one of the best resources for the changing world of #publishing.  At BlueViolet Press we pay particular attention to her and her contributors, like Porter Anderson.