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Witchcraft, Wicca, Devil worship, old crones eating babies, hexes and that Voo-Doo-that-you-do-so-well, you and I have been conditioned to think these things when you hear the word Witch and now according to The Guardian, young women everywhere are flocking to witchcraft. Lock up your virgin’s! Witches are on the loose. But this isn’t your great-great-great-great- grandmothers witchcraft, or is it?


Every generation or so you hear about a resurgence in interest in the natural spiritual arts, whether it is witchcraft, Wicca, Shamanism or tree hugging. It is not a true resurgence according to Sandra Stevens, owner of At Mystic Mountain in Royal Oak, Michigan, but people feeling more comfortable to come out of the closet about their beliefs.  Practitioners of Witchcraft have been persecuted for centuries and still are in less educated and more superstitious parts of the world.

 “People are not more interested in Witchcraft now than they have before, it is just more acceptable for people …

To my son on your 11th birthday

Dear Colin on your 11th birthday,

As I snuggle next to you as you go to sleep on the eve of your 11th birthday, I think about the moment you were born. I pulled you to my chest and every bit of pain faded and wonder filled my heart.



As I snuggle next to you, I remember how I couldn't sleep at all that night. Not one wink of sleep. It was just after midnight and I stared at you in that lucite bassinet. Thought how it didn't feel right to not have you by my side. So I took you out and laid you down next to me on the bed in the birth center hoping the nurse wouldn't make me put you back. I wondered when you would wake up so I could feed you and look into those dark little eyes.

As I snuggle next to you, I know the day will come very soon where you will not ask me to lay next to you as you go to sleep.
I've told you that it is okay with me, then you say "mom, will you lay next to me?"

As I snuggle next to you, I think of the big hearted young man you are growing up to…

Street Kings: Motor City

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Street Kings: Motor City byHope Cobb , Published in Michigan Movie Magazine
Images courtesy of20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Hope Cobb

Detroit is rapidly becoming the urban action film setting of choice for Hollywood.Productions 
like Red Dawn, Kill The Irishman, Transformers 3, Detroit 1-8-7, and Real Steel have flocked 
to Detroit to take advantage of the abundant, relatively barren cityscapes, and film friendliness.  
MMM recently had the opportunity to visit with Street Kings: Motor City, one of the latest films 
to take advantage of Detroit’s post-industrial back lot.

Street Kings: Motor City stars acclaimed actors Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) and Shawn Hatosy 
(Southland, Public Enemies). Liotta plays Marty Kingston, who is shot and barely survives 
while trying to save his partner during an undercover drug bust.  Four years later, after his 
partner is killed, he teams up with Detective Dan Sullivan (Hatosy) to investigate multiple 
brutal slayings of fellow officers.
“Street Kings, was…

SECOND GUEST BLOG BY UBER TALENTED NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAVID FARLAND The Artistic Mind: Staying Creative through Depression By David (Wolverton) Farland

But treating depression isn’t what this article is about.It’s about writing through depression.Here’s a bit of advice on how to do that:
As a teen suffering from bipolar disorder, I never received medical treatment.  The wisdom of the time was that you just had to tough it out.  Things have changed, and I know several writers who live with it now, thanks to the proper medications. 

Having bipolar disorder is an emotional roller coaster.  I recall one day walking down a street.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and I felt so alive that I almost imagined that I could take flight.  A few days later I was walking down the same street.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and I felt so terrible that I thought, “I wish I had my shotgun.  I’d make those damned noisy birds shut up for good!”  That’s when I realized that there was something wrong with me.

By then I was already writing, so what did I do?  I’d be a liar if I said that I ever got anything done in my down times.…

GUEST BLOGGER DAVID FARLAND!!!! Writing thru Anxiety and Depression By DAVID FARLAND NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Part One

The Artistic Mind: Staying Creative through Depression By David (Wolverton) Farland

Depression is a common ailment.  At one time or another, the average person suffers through at least one episode of major depression in their lives.
Among writers,according to one article in the Scientific American, rates of depression may be as much as ten times higher than in normal populations, the rate of suicide as much as 18 times higher.
So what can you do about it?  I’m not a doctor.  I’m just a writer who has suffered through depression a number of times in my life.  It runs in my family.  Both my father and my grandfather attempted suicide on multiple occasions.

You should know that there are several types of depression, and each needs to be treated differently.  I suffered with bipolar disorder as a teen and into my early twenties.  By my mid-twenties it went away, but in my early thirties I began to suffer from seasonal affective disorder.  I beat that, but in my mid-forties got hit with a bout…

David Farland is guest blogging on depression etc..

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David Wolverton who has published under both his pen name David Farland, has penned nearly fifty science fiction and children's books. Dave has been a Judge for one of the world’s largest writing contest, WRITERS OF THE FUTURE! Fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and yound adults.




David Farland will be guest blogging here on Oct 28th! Ask him anything...This blog is specially designed toward the artistic mind and depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline personality disorder.... Questions about WRITING, ACTING, SCREENPLAY'S anything goes. If you miss this chance, you will regret it. !!!!! Hit me up with a message on my gmail. hopeacrenshaw@gmail.com. All questions are anoymous. You can post your questions on my last blog and don't leave a signature. Please do this. Creative minds can be confusing and we are not alone
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This blog is to let us artistic types to know we are not alone. That goes for Writers, Actors, Artist's, Designers, Musicians etc. Please feel free t…

Depression…It hurts.

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So many people said don’t tell anyone. I AM NOT ASHAMED, ARE YOU? I'm sure a least 75% or more of my friends have felt this.
It hurts everyone in your life. This is not a commercial for cymbalta, but an acknowledgment that the saying is true.  Most people have experienced depression at one time or another in their life. Mine has been awful, going on for years, not that you probably would have noticed.  I wish I could be truly honest about what I’m going/went thru, but then my ex husband would use it against me. I’m sure he would be in court faster than you can say Prozac.  But go ahead and try. I dare you.
Doesn’t someone have to come out of the closet and say that they are hurting? Maybe say, “Hey, I need help?”  Of course when you are depressed, you might not reach out for that help.  Yes, we are dumb asses. That is why YOU need to make the first move sometimes.  The symptoms aren’t always  noticeable but they are there.

I’ve had quite a few people tell me this last year how mu…