Sounding Out! Podcast #54: The Sound of Magic

Originally posted on Sounding Out!:
Each of the essays in this month’s “Medieval Sound” forum focuses on sound as it, according to Steve Goodman’s essay “The Ontology of Vibrational Force,” in The Sound Studies Reader, “comes to the rescue of thought rather than the inverse, forcing it to vibrate, loosening up its organized or petrified body (70).…

Louhi at @FolkloreThursday

My introduction to Louhi, witch of the north in The Kalevala, appears at @FolkloreThursday today. Folk familiar with my work know that she appears in my stories in Dream Book which were inspired by Finnish mythology in both The Kalevala and The Kanteletar. Some helpful links: The best translation of The Kalevala; the only English…

#FolkloreThursday Guest

Top of the hour, guess who gets to be a guest host at #FolkloreThursday? Me! Whoohoo, my fave hashtag. And apparently a lot of other people’s too. The moderators warn it’s particularly heaving today as the media coverage has grown. It may be all I can do to keep up with the flow of tweets.If…

#FolkloreThursday Freebie: Hard-Boiled Witch: Abra Cadavra

Today only! When a new burlesque club opens in Dundee, the owner calls on Hecate Sidlaw to deal with some strange attacks — by a skeleton! She and her familiar Henry need to get to the bottom of the magical threats, if she can get him away from the performers long enough to investigate. Looks…

NYC, Munch, Folk Art & QoE

Being far too lazy to choose between photos, I have posted the majority of them to a Facebook album which is publicly visible. But I had a fabulous day out with the Queen of Everything. As I got there a bit earlier than she did I popped over to the Morgan to see Warhol by…

#FolkloreThursday Freebie: Hard Boiled Witch 3

I’m running with the idea! Get the third Hard Boiled Witch story for free today as part of the Folklore Thursday fun. They’re getting a lot of good buzz. Drop over on Twitter to catch the madness and bring your giants, witches and fae. Hard-Boiled Witch: Charms O’erthrown Hecate Sidlaw finds herself in a wild…

#FolkloreThursday Freebie: Hard Boiled Witch 2

Up for grabs today: the 2nd Hard Boiled Witch saga, Toil and Trouble! Collect them all. Just 99¢/99p each (buy UK) for all the adventures of Dundee’s favourite witch. Click the picture to buy! Synopsis: Hecate Sidlaw finds herself caught between a wannabe witch and one of the oldest hereditary powers in the land. When…

#FolkloreThursday Freebie!

Today only get the first chapter in Hecate Sidlaw’s Dundee adventures for FREE in honour of #FolkloreThursday. If you’re on Twitter hop on over there to see all the fun. People sharing folklore from around the world and having a great time. Follow the hashtag and @FolkloreThursday for more! CLick the picture above or the…

#FolkloreThursday: Palakainen

My Finnish murder ballad-based story ‘Palakainen’ first appeared in the Mythic Journeys magazine. It’s included in the Dream Book collection from Fox Spirit Books. Like all the tales in Dream Book I wanted to keep the original well in mind; I tried to capture the feel of the Kanteletar in the language, giving it something of…