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Diana Rajchel
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A bit derpy but kind of where I'm at right now.
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A meditation of sorts on the nomination of my book for the Diagram Prize. After all those times I tried to win at a Bulwer-Lytton contests...
This is actually a rather serious analysis. #writers   #writerslife   #pagan   #wiccan   #witchcraft   #diagramprize   #twincities   #bayarea   #literature   #publishing  
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Just a thought on something I might propose for a workshop at next year's #pantheacon  - stepping outside the ego, a necessary skills for ecstatic dance and trance work.
Ecstatic dance is awesome. Done well, you tune out your chatter and start a conversation with your body: how do you feel? Where do you need to move, to stretch, to play? The music keeps your brain busy while you keep that conversation going with your body. I've been involved with and interested ...
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Winter Solstice near twilight in Golden Gate Park.
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From last night, after the party. +Michael Janssen likes to keep shooting pictures of me until I get annoyed. You can see the process happening here.
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Gee, G+ sure seems to be filling up with profiles from widowers that just happen to want a relationship with a good woman. The parameters described seem to require a lobotomy, but hey, we all have our preferences. (Pretty sure it's spam.)
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Missed out on the Diagram Prize - by 1%. Ah well. :) Congrats to Margaret Meps Schulte!
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My book +Divorcing a Real Witch is up for an "oddest book title of the year," award. I am ranked under a book on pavement...http://www.welovethisbook.com/features/oddest-book-title-prize-reveals-shortlist.   #pagan   #books   #publishing   #wicca   #witchcraft   #divorce  
Diana Rajchel’s self-help book on pagan relationships competes with Nature’s Nether Regions and Advanced Pavement Research for the annual non-fiction prize
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Hmmm... I did not take nearly enough pictures in the first half of 2014, but then, I didn't know I was going to need something to remember it by...
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A few months ago, when I was buried in finishing the work on the book on Samhain, I kept looking up expecting it to be fall, only to see a humid Minnesota summer. I yearned to go and play and sweat and have silly nights at Jager with +Joseph Finn and +Michael Janssen and +Bridget Traut  and Ashley and Heather and a few others (+Jonah Rees mortuary stories seemed to stick, even when told after midnight.) Sometimes I made it. Sometimes the demands of writing HAD to win - the average writer doesn't even start to succeed at the field until around age 35, and my time had come, and I had to set aside most of my play. I'm on a "reading vacation" now, but when I look up expecting winter, all I see is the green of mid-spring, where there's mud everywhere. I miss interrupting Rob's act by swearing at the top of my lungs about snow in in the middle of October. I miss the cozy fireplaces. I miss having a bartender who not only knew how to make but cherished a good sazerac with me. What I find out here will be different, and after trial and error most will be good... but it will never replace what once was. Writing - my hard work at my career combined with Mike's hard work at his career - took away those things, and I am curious to see what the universe is going to give me in its place.
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Mike and I have been married for 5 years as of today. On our first anniversary we actually got snowed in. For our fifth, it's Pineapple Express. For our tenth, we'll pick another place that needs the water tables raised.
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A SNOW PRIMER FOR CALIFORNIANS
So snow is coming to parts of California that don't normally get it. Not only that, it's likely a blizzard. Here's my primer as a lifelong Midwesterner/adult life Northerner with experience not only with lake effect snow from Chicago, but 18 years of Minnesota snow and cold experience:
1)DO NOT DRIVE IF YOU CAN HELP IT. Driving safely on snow requires snow tires with a certain degree of skid resistance. Most cars in CA will not have this, at all.
2)Buy a large bag of kitty litter or birdseed. If you happen to be near a beach, gather yourself a couple buckets of dry sand. Keep one of these in the trunk/back of your car at all times. Keep the other in/around any outdoor to indoor entryways of your home. Businesses should do the same - ice has a weird way of pooling in front of business doorways.
3)Also buy 6 feet of chain at your favorite hardware store. Keep this in the back of your car. If you get stuck in a snow or ice bank, throwing chains down around the tires along with kitty litter/seed gives you some traction to get out. You may still need someone to come push.
4)Try not to drive alone and really, REALLY don't be the twit with your phone to your ear or worse, in your hand texting. Blizzard conditions will require ALL your attention. You already risk the lives of others when you screw around with your phone while behind the wheel; you're pretty much asking to kill someone and be killed yourself if you do that while driving in a blizzard. If you need to let someone know you're OK, pull over and send that text or make that call. Your time isn't more precious than someone else's life.
5)If you get stuck outside in the snow - try to stay dry. Rain boots may work, even though waterproof snow boots are better. Most typical California wear for rain will work minimally, but it won't keep you safe for more than about ninety minutes. After that you're at some degree of risk for hypothermia; basically, once things start going numb, it's time to duck in the first door that will have you.

As for those with houses/apartments:
1)you'll save yourself some misery, sprains, and broken bones if you pre-emptively put out a thin layer of kitty litter or birdseed at any exposed-to-outdoors entrance before the storm.
2)it's unclear whether this will be a fast melt-off or not. Just in case, order a snow shovel on Amazon. The good news is that it is really GREAT exercise. Optimal snow shoveling involves scraping the sidewalk - making sure no snow or ice is on that cement AT ALL. Otherwise you may get nailed by "black ice" a type of ice that is not visible to the human eye, but you sure know it's there after you wipe out on it.

So that's my advice about snow for snewbies. Share freely, but definitely don't take me for gospel - other people have other methods for dealing with it, especially those that lived in winter climates harsher than those that I did.
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Author, organizer, clergy, blogger, journalist
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writing, editing, manuscript review, blogging, coordinating group projects, organizing events, volunteer management, journalist Woo skills: tarot, keeping a straight face, house cleansings etc.
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  • Self-employed
    Writer, 1992 - present
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Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis, MN - Sheboygan, WI - Mankato, MN
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Not a phone person. Seriously. I get weird.
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Cheerfully Flying Under the Radar
Introduction
Writer. Blogger. Out of the Wiccan broom closet whether I like it or not. There is no party with which I'm involved that has a line that goes anywhere near my toes.

Published Book: Divorcing a Real Witch: for Pagans and the people that used to love them. Published by Moon Books, 2014. 

Want to see what else I've done? Visit my published works list.

Artist's Way
Also, I am very much involved with the works of Julia Cameron. She is, for lack of a better comparison, my Oprah Winfrey. I have spent since 2008 working through her Artist's Way book series and it has made a wonderful difference in my creative production as well as in the rest of my life.

A few other points:
  • I am neither elitist nor lowbrow.
  • I am 15 years behind on my reading, at the very least.
  • My two most notable fandom/geekouts belong to Daria and Doctor Who.
  • I have a life partner. He has his own stuff going on.
  • My orientation is...tricky. (Not yet recognized?)
  • I am an ally to LGBT rights, women's rights, human rights, and generally making an effort.
  • I am a feminist. Not post, not pre. Right NOW. Because the world needs me to be one, and I'm doing it for myself.
  • Yes, I AM Pagan. No, I do NOT: camp, enjoy JRR Tolkien or related works, see anything praiseworthy or worthy of criticism in being a Luddite, hate Christians or atheists, consider men "the enemy," collect crystals, collect cats or other pets, and when I do wear patchouli I'm extraordinarily picky about its quality and sourcing. I also stopped being a hippie when I discovered Oxford heels.


Bragging rights
For Fat Chic: 2011: blog mention in People Style Watch 2010: blog mention and link in the New York Times; actually paid off TWO of my student loans!
Education
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
    mass communications, 8 - 4
    journalism/mass communication
  • Lakeland College
    Writing, 1994 - 1996
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Creative Writing, 1999 - 2002
    MFA courses
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Actually, Diana is NOT my Craft name.
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“You have an old soul.” “It’s just mature for its age.” | Diana Rajchel
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In California now | Diana Rajchel
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Moving losses to date: 1 yoga block; 1 can suntan oil. I suppose I could go to yoga classes with a coconut scented block, but the grease mar

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For #nanowrimo and #amwriting: the draft dimensions. Posted on 12:32, November 21st, 2011 by di. 032311 091. I'm 30K into nanowrimo as I

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Why having expectations is a failure
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Why having expectations is a failure. Posted on 10:38, November 16th, 2011 by di. Actually, it's having expectations that you do not ver

Prohibiting Magic as an Avocation
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Prohibiting Magic as an Avocation. By di. Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Disclaimer: This could very well all be wrong. There is no malice a

Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 8: Clean up Broken Links
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Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 8: Clean up Broken Links. By di. Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 8: Clean up Brok

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Mercury Retrograde Boot Camp Day 4: Review – Todo lists. By di. Friday, August 5, 2011. mercury_rx. Mercury Retrograde starts tomorrow – wha

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Available in:NOOK Book (eBook). Spells that go straight to our visual core; from grounding to reversal spells, this book offers a range of c