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Summary for two weeks ending Mar 24th, 2019

Here’s a summary of activity for two weeks ending March 24, 2019.

I’m working on two new promotions. I’m still trying to get some final details sorted, so I’m not sure which I’ll be doing; but, I’m going to start one of them up for the month of April. This will be similar to the previous, but will go for the entire month. Then, whichever I don’t do in April should be ready for May.

By the by, May is the month of the anniversary of my birth. I’ll be 50 this year! Also, later this year, in September, will have been 10 years that I’ve been Librarian of Hermetic Library. Wild, and funny. All I want for my birthday is a bunch more Patrons so I can keep doing all this and do more. Become a Patron so I can send you gifts for my birthday!

I’ve got digital files for a chapbook of poetry that was sent to me and I’m hoping to share with Patrons with the Publication Subscription perk. I’m not finished figuring out how to do production on that, but when I’ve got that sorted I’ll be preparing them and getting them in the post. Getting something sorted has been a bit delayed, but, either way, I’m hoping to have this or another thing ready to post soon.

I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do with the Zine. It’s been too long since an issue, and I don’t seem to be getting submissions for inside and cover that I feel I need to make another one happen. As I’ve been posting the call for submissions every month for far too long, I’ve started to think about how I could do things differently; do things in a way that doesn’t require that I have a full set of submissions before getting things out. What I’m thinking about is moving submissions for the zine to a mailing list. That would make the zine a kind of ongoing and rolling release, instead of something that ended up sitting on the back burner for months and months. My current plan is to link the mailing list to patronage, probably as part of the Research Topics perk.

I’m also thinking that I might move participation in the overall submissions process from the BBS perk also to the Research Topics perk. That would change the BBS perk a little bit, but still leave its core perkiness. But, this would also increase the overall value of the Research Topics perk, and start to bring together more researchiness in the mix, with articles, essays, and submissions, along with the previous, and kind of lonely, perk of suggesting research topics to add to the list of calls for submissions. I think this makes a lot of sense to have all these things together. I’ll do a little more thinking, and consider the options for mailing list integrations, but probably will start doing this in the next month or two.

Still looking for help and others to join me in a working community around the library, of course.

Lots of new pages and work on old pages on the site, which is pretty much every week, really. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

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Help get some conversations started over on the BBS and in Chat.

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Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from this last week

Summary for the week ending Dec 10, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending December 10th, 2017.

The big news this last week is that Magick, Music and Ritual 13, the Hermetic Library Anthology Album for 2017, was just released. So please check that out, and add that to your music collection by either buying it at Bandcamp or become an ongoing Patron of the library so I can send you a gratis download code!

Magick Music and Ritual 13 The Hermetic Library Anthology Album 2017

In less happy news, I spent a lot of time this last week trying to figure out new options to replace Patreon, which has, like so many popular platforms before it, gone the way of not-in-a-good-way-evil. So, in addition to all the previous ways I’ve created to support the work, which I detail on the library site, I’ve added new options to subscribe to the library’s Bandcamp and a new profile at Liberapay.

I could always have set up my own private membership system, but I didn’t do that before and I still actively want to participate in a space with others around patronage. Not only does a larger pool of creators and patrons, beyond what I’d have alone, create the potential for an economy of scale, but it also creates the potential for synergy. I want to participate with others so that we each help each other out even if we’re not directly supporting each other. I want to participate in a patronage system that helps to surface other creators that people interested in my work will also find worth supporting, and, of course, visa versa.

I’ve always hoped that part of what I’d be doing with my work on the library is helping to create interest and support for the work others are doing as well as for the library itself. Well, that work continues, and continues to change over time. And, as annoying as it has been this week to have to deal with the extra work caused by responding to Patreon disrupting itself, that things continue to change is really no surprise, in the long run. Platforms like Patreon are never my friend, nor yours. They are useful for as long as they are aligned with our goals, and only that long. Sometimes things change or quit being what they were, and it is time to move on.

Well, I hope to keep the library going and growing. Consider joining me in that work. Consider supporting others doing that work as well. I feel like we’re on the right path if we’re helping each other be the best of ourselves that we can be. So, I will keep trying to support others doing that work, and hope that I can find others who will try to help support me doing that work. And, I hope that others are also seeking others. As has been said, “find the others.”

Lots of new pages and work on old pages on the site, which is pretty much every week, really. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Pitch your Idea! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and drop a buck in the tip jar or become a Patron!.

Consider also checking out what I’m up to on my personal blog and at Odd Order.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Summary for the week ending Nov 5, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending November 5th, 2017.

Lots of new pages and work on old pages on the site, which is pretty much every week, really. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Pitch your Idea! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and drop a buck in the tip jar or become a Patron!.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS

Summary for the week ending Oct 1, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending October 1st, 2017.

Well, the deadline for submissions to both Hermetic Library and Odd Order anthologies has past! I’m getting submissions sorted and will now start to work on creating cogent playlists. Look for the Odd Order anthology in the next month or so. The library anthology will release in December, as usual.

I’ve been in contact with someone about the cover for the library anthology, but that’s not settled yet. If you want to talk about being featured as the cover artist this year, let me know.

Also, it’s Inktober! So, I’ve started posting panels for season 2 of Aethyrs. Those should post every day this month, if I keep up and get them done. Last season was a meditation on the theme “As brothers fight ye!” and this season is “Do that, and no other shall say nay.” Or something like that. We will see!

Aethyrs 2 panel 1 Do that, and no other shall say nay

Anyone want to do guest panels for this season?

Another milestone which happened at the turn into October is that we’ve come full circle to the point in the year when I started to post notable calendar dates, such as rituals and feasts. It’s wild that it’s been a whole year already! I’m thinking of posting a summary of all those this week, but I’m ready with all those previously posted as well as some new additions for this coming cycle.

I started with T Polyphilus’ Liturgical Calendar, but I’ve been adding more and others as I’ve gone. So, take a gander at what I’ve posted, and let me know if you have any additions to what I’ve posted over the last year.

Last week was Banned Books Week again. It’s always a good time to remember that there’s lots of fun and interesting material and authors at the library that some people find subversive, offensive, or outsider. It’s material some people don’t want you to read from authors some people hate that some people wish wasn’t online.

Banned Books Week always reminds me that there are people who wish Hermetic Library didn’t exist, and how I’m glad that I was the one that took on the role as librarian to keep it going and growing, instead of the alternatives. It’s not always easy to keep going, to be honest, but it’s an honor and privilege to be of service as librarian. But, weeks like this last one focused on censorship make me recall times when the work of the library has come under direct threat, times I’ve been asked to remove someone’s name from something because they are being harassed, or when the things I’ve linked to disappear, and so on. I’m also reminded of all the times that I’ve self-censored what I’m doing at the library. I don’t really talk about it a lot, but, both on a personal and on a subject matter level, the struggle to keep the library going is real. So, I guess what I’m saying is that being the librarian has been a privilege, but it has also been solemn with adversity.

I stand in solidarity with all authors, scholars and practitioners, at the library or in the community beyond, who were and are and are to come, that face harassment, discrimination, and censorship—or worse. Let’s celebrate all that we’ve accomplished! Let’s all keep going and fighting the good fight to accomplish our ongoing work! Let’s lend what support we can to those across the whole community doing their work in the world in spite of opposition to what they do, how they do it, and who they are while they do it!

Lots of new pages and work on old pages on the site, which is pretty much every week, really. You can always check the front page of the site which shows the most recent changes and new pages, or check out the Recent Changes special page for a full list.

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Pitch your Idea! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and drop a buck in the tip jar or become a Patron!.

Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last week

Some top pages at the library

Some top posts on social media

Some top posts on the BBS