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Summary for the week ending Mar 26, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending March 26th, 2017.

Lots of posts to the blog this week, starting out the New Year, Annus V:iii, catching up on the old visual and video pools, which I’d not been keeping up on. Of course, I’ve been trying to move those in-house, but not much participation on those pools on the BBS yet. It takes the wind out of their sails to move them in-house, but one hopes there’s enough interest to keep them going. Honestly not sure if I should just call it done for those, but maybe I’ll give it a little bit more time.

If I weren’t using the BBS for Omnium Gatherum posts and, recently, posting pitches and submissions to the private Patron Lounge, there wouldn’t really be a reason to keep the BBS going. Of course, the importance of having a reason for the forum to exist beyond itself was one thing I contemplated and was intentional about for the BBS.

This week I completely plowed through getting all of the Thelema Coast to Coast pages and audio files back up on the site. Those pages were some that simply didn’t make it through the import process I used (which was a total SNAFU but so be it) so they were in worse shape as a whole than they would’ve been otherwise. I should have all the content back up to snuff, and redirects for all the old media URLs to the new URLs, so all the old links, wherever they appear, should still be fine. I did plow through these quickly, so I may have fumbled while fatigued, but I’ll keep an eye on it and look for anything amiss.

As I was working, I noticed that it was 10 years ago that TCTC was active for a couple of years. With 44 episodes over just a couple years, it sure made a stir; and there’s still a lot of interest in that historic podcast.

I also notice while I was working on these pages that I ran the final automated import for the new site a whole year ago. While I only put the new site into production at the beginning of this year, I actually did that last import back in March 2016, a year ago. From that point on, until the new site was put into production, I was having to maintain two sites, and duplicating all my effort across both for any updates or changes; and it was just super slow going. I really did think it was going to be much faster, and I’d have gotten much further along on clearing the dust and chaos. But, in the end, I just had to put the new site into production in spite of it not being ready.

The new site has been much better for my efforts to maintain and expand the site, and I keep burning the candle at both ends to get all the old content up to standards again while continuing to introduce new materials and improve the whole site beyond where it was before.

Even after a year working on the new site, and putting it into production for 2017, there’s still so much work to do! I definitely enjoy the work, and being of service doing it; but, whenever I stop to survey how much time and effort I put into the site, and through various frustrations and setbacks related to the site and my own life since I took over in 2009 (getting closer and closer to 10 years now! Wow! And wild!) … I wonder just how sane I’ve been and am to have kept going!

Faint gibbering heard from somewhere near the restricted stacks, indeed, amirite?

Here’s an illustration Binding Trump – to The Phantom Zone!! by Suzanne Forbes, a public domain work of art created for the ongoing #BindTrump ritual action started by author Michael M Hughes.

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

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Mar 19, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending March 19th, 2017.

Happy Astronomical New Year! It’s just turned into Annus V:iii as the Sun moved into 0° Aries this morning, Spring Equinox, the beginning of the 22 day Thelemic Holy Season.

“A feast for the Supreme Ritual, and a feast for the Equinox of the Gods.” – Liber AL II.40

“The Supreme Ritual is the Invocation of Horus, which brought about the Opening of the New Aeon. The date is March 20.

The Equinox of the Gods is the term used to describe the Beginning of a New Aeon, or a New Magical Formula. It should be celebrated at every Equinox, in the manner known to Neophytes of the A∴A.∴” — New Comment on Liber AL II.40

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

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Mar 12, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending March 12th, 2017.

Well, there’s 44 subscribers to the not-yet-an-email-list, so, I should probably start figuring out what the hell I’m going to do with it once there’s 93 and I have to actually launch it. If you want to help get it going, subscribe!

There’s been a couple pitches that came in right away, but the call for pitches is open and rolling. Early days, but I think the process is working pretty well. Patrons who have access to the Patron Lounge on the BBS have had a chance to review and offer feedback on these pitches, and will get to help review submissions when they come in. Hopefully we’ll see some fruit from this harvest published publically to the blog soon. Why not submit your idea for a submission you want to write for Hermetic Library?

The Post Office managed to lose a package I was expecting. It came in the door, and the put a parcel locker key in my box, but there was nothing in there. They tried to gaslight me and say I picked it up already. No, really! But I hadn’t been in to pick it up. So, now there’s this Schrödinger’s parcel flying around. Hopefully it will find out it exists soon. It has cool stuff from Quadrivium Supplies for the upcoming postal exchange!

It’s been a long sequence of cold, rainy days at the Abbey of the Library. I think it’s been over 2 weeks of rain or snow, mostly rain, now, though there was one day where it was sunny for a few hours. I’ve been working on a bunch of new and old pages on the site, as one does, and the cats are busy with cat things.

I managed to accidentally delete the old Hermetic Library shop on Cafepress. Oops! I was checking it out, because I’d posted an image of a mugs and t-shirt. I noticed some ghost shop in my config and went to delete it, but actually deleted the one I didn’t want to delete. Welp. Okay then. I was going to re-create it, but then … Cafepress is so last millennium, innit? I don’t know, but maybe I’ll set up shop somewhere else … or not. I think I sold 2 t-shirts in the last year, so it’s not like there’s a rush. But, darn, I sure did think I had a great joke with the mug which had “let it kill me” on one side and “let it fill me” on the other!

LET IT FILL ME LET IT KILL ME Mug http://buff.ly/2lCQzq8

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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

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Submit your Pitch! Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Mar 5, 2017

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

Want to write for Hermetic Library? Now you can! This is the big news this week: the open and rolling call for pitch ideas which was formally announced. I’d love to hear your pitch idea, and you can read more about the process of how a pitch will proceed from idea to being published as a post to the blog, on the library site, perhaps as a special issue for publication subscription Patrons, or, maybe, just maybe, if there’s enough material and interest, it might become time to start up that journal I’ve wanted to do!

One of the things that’s occurred to me since I posted that announcement is that if you are interested in reviewing books, I may also be able to get a copy of the book for you. If you’re interested in that, then for the question on the pitch idea form where I ask about compensation, select “Other” and mention that you’d like a reviewer copy of the book. Then, if we go ahead with that pitch, I’ll work on getting the book for you. So, got a book you really want to review but don’t have? Submit a pitch and let me (try to) get that book for you!

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

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Write an article, review, or story for Hermetic Library

Interested in writing for Hermetic Library? Now you can!

I am announcing an open and rolling call for you to pitch ideas for submissions to Hermetic Library’s blog, site, private publication for subscription Patrons, or, possibly-maybe-once-and-future, journal!

(If you want to post to the Hrmtc Underground BBS or submit something to the wild & wooly Zine instead, go ahead! There’s no formal submissions process for either of those. What I’m describing here is specifically for publishing to the blog, site, and/or journal.)

I recently created an online form which you can use to submit a pitch for your submission idea. I’d mentioned it in a couple of places, and have it linked on the website and in the sidebar of the library blog, but wanted to make sure I more formally announce it to you here.

You’re probably already familiar with the library and the blog, but if not you should be sure to get an idea of what the library is all about before making a pitch. Consider taking a gander at the submissions guidelines for the Anthology Journal for some general idea of what I thought submissions to that might have looked like. Now that I’m thinking about it, there’s also the contributors’ guidelines in the Caduceus archive you can consider as well.

But, once you’ve got an idea that you feel is right for the library audience, you’re ready to start. You should submit a pitch idea for a submission!

What happens next, you ask? What’s the process of moving from making a pitch, developing a submission, compensating you, and, finally, publishing your work for the public audience of the library to read? Well, I’m so excited you asked! Let me tell you!

The Pitch

When a pitch comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for Hermetic Library Patrons. I’ll do that give them a chance to let me know what they think, and if they’re interested in reading the proposed submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with the idea as a submission.

If the pitch idea is not accepted, I’ll suggest that the author either revise the submission or that the author consider posting the submission to the Arts & Letters pool on the BBS.

If the pitch is accepted, then I’ll ask the author to submit the article, review or story for consideration.

The Submission

When a submission comes in, what I plan on doing is posting it to a private forum for Hermetic Library Patrons. I’ll do that to give them a chance to let me know what they think about the various merits of the submission. I’ll take their feedback into consideration on whether to accept or reject the pitch, and move forward with negotiating compensation for the author and then posting the submission to one of Hermetic Library’s projects.

If the submission is not accepted, I’ll suggest that the author consider revising the submission, posting to the Arts & Letters pool, or submitting to the Hermetic Library Zine instead.

If the submission is accepted, I’ll then need to take into consideration what the author has asked for compensation and if I have the budget. Once I’ve successfully compensated the author for their work, I can then post the the article, review or story for the public to read in one of the variety of places I publish.

Places Where Submissions Will Be Published

As already mentioned, rejected pitches can still be developed and posted to the Arts & Letters pool, while rejected submissions can be re-submitted to the Hermetic Library Zine instead.

Accepted article, review or story submissions may be posted to the Hermetic Library blog, added to the Hermetic Library itself, privately printed as a booklet sent to Patrons who have selected the Publication Subscription perk, and/or collected for publication in an Hermetic Library Journal, which could then be actually launched!

 

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, do get in touch. Also, if the process seems daunting or there’s some aspect of it that creates difficulty for you in some way, let me know so we can find a way forward that works better for you. Finally, if you’re thinking of something that doesn’t seem to fit what I’ve described here, get in touch and let me know what you’re thinking so we can figure out whether and how we can consider your cool out-of-the-box idea.

Current contact information should always be up on Hermetic Library, so you can reach me via email or post.

I look forward to hearing from you, so submit your pitch today! (Besides, you read this far, right? You might as well follow through with a pitch too!)

Summary for the week ending Feb 26, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending February 26th, 2017.

Rain, hail and snow at Hermetic Library abbey this week. Continued to work on the site, in between cleaning the satellite dish of snow and loading the wood stove. Close, but not quite close enough, to start sending out the postal exchange boxes, but lots of cool stuff came in for them this week. I’ve been showing pictures of what’s been coming in the post over on Instagram.

Mail call 21feb2017

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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

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.

Summary for the week ending Feb 19, 2017

Here’s a summary of activity for the week ending February 19th, 2017.

Been working through the site, cleaning import cruft and so forth. Still lots to do, but things keep getting more and more sorted. Traffic took a big hit, as expected, when the new site came into production, but it’s been picking up again as cruft is cleared and pages come back. Finished migrating Beth Kimbell’s blog, and am close to having all the posts from Colin Campbell’s moved. The list of new pages on the site has been taken over by repeated “sidebar” links, as I’ve been adding new navigational sidebars to lots of multi-part documents; but it looks amusingly like the same thing listed over and over. There was no mail call last week as I was stuck on the mountain, so nothing new via post; but I should have some fun stuff if I make it to town tomorrow.

Reached over 93 followers for Valentine’s Day on the new Hermetic Library presence on Instagram, which is, of course, arbitrarily appropriate.

Very slowly gaining subscribers to the as yet still nascent email list. Also noticed a few people dropping in to the new Hrmtc Underground voice chat, though I’m not able to hang out there much yet while I’m still on satellite Internet.

This week, I also created an online form so people could submit idea pitches for reviews, stories and articles for the blog. This is something I’ve been hoping to get to eventually. Thanks to the erudite and elegant Patron, Funding and Featured supporters of Hermetic Library and my work, a rank of excellence you could easily join, I’m just about able to afford starting this process! I’ve talked about this a lot as something I wanted to be able to do, and we’re just getting to the point where it will be possible.

Part of this is also thinking how to handle the submission workflow, and I think I’ve got that sorted out in my mind well enough to get things moving smoothly if submissions start rolling in. Whew! Build it, and they will come? I’m ready … I think. Egad, what have I done?!

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

Be sure to check out the actual Hermetic Library, and all the ways you can participate at the library and support the work.