Wednesday, September 1, 2021

#GiveBackGetInvolved: NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is coming up fast! During the month of November, amateur and professional writers from around the world and of all ages are encouraged to take part in a 30-day writing challenge to draft a novel of 50,000 words or more. September kicks off two months of NaNoWriMo prep available to those who wish to participate! The challenge is intense and fun. I completed it once, back in 2010, and I think I'm still recovering I'm not sure I'll have the chance to do it again this year, but encouraging others to do it inspires me to want to try again in the future!

The NaNoWriMo organization also offers other year-round writing challenges, coaching, programs, opportunities, and resources for writers, librarians, and educators. They also provide post-November advice and assistance to writers who complete the NaNoWriMo and want to move forward with possibly publishing their novels. The Young Writers Program is designed specifically for writers under 18, who are definitely encouraged to participate!

If you decide to do it, please let me know how it goes! I'd love to hear all about your project and process, and I'm rooting for you!

Monday, August 9, 2021

Haiku #14: wishes

In collaboration with the Haiku Society of America, the Chicago Botanic Garden put out a call for submissions in mid-2019 for its Words in Bloom: A Year of Haiku at Chicago Botanic Garden exhibition. Out of around 1,400 submissions, 32 haiku were selected for placement throughout 2020 in the English Walled Garden, Japanese Garden, Native Plant Garden, and Prairie areas. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, sign placements were delayed and staggered, but the entire exhibition will be on display for at least the remainder of 2021. I was honored to have my poem "wishes" selected for the Native Plant Garden, and am so excited to finally be able to share it with you now:


Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.
Photos by Tia Haynes.

"wishes," copyright 2021 Amelia Cotter

Friday, July 23, 2021

New Item: Omega (Ö) Pathworking Solid Perfume and Anointing Balm!

Introducing our newest handmade item from Amelia's DragonGoddess Boutique! Jonathan's latest creation is a solid perfume and anointing balm, ideal for Magickal or personal use, that smells and feels absolutely lovely. All DragonGoddess Boutique items are available from my online Store and now at my in-person appearances as well! Thanks and Happy Hauntings!


Each attractively packaged kit comes with one fragrance tin and corresponding affirmation card.

About: This solid perfume and anointing balm was handmade by Amelia’s husband Jonathan, using premium essential oils, extracts, and absolutes. Inspired by ancient anointing oil and temple incense recipes, it can be applied before meditation or ritual work, or used like a standard, unisex perfume. Test on a small patch of skin on the forearm before applying.

Fragrance: Earthy, floral, resinous, and woody spices with a honeyed finish.

Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Beeswax, Benzoin Extract, Myrrh CO2 Extract, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Essential Oil, and Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil.