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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A few changes.

Our radio show formerly named Witches in Stitches has been renamed, Desperate House Witches! Also, we are now at an earlier time, 9 PM EST and are an hour long!!

We now have the ability to take callers and have guests on :) The next 3 weeks will be just us talking but we're lining up guests as we speak.

Please join us!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Calling all listeners!

My sister and I have launched a radio program about witchcraft! Our first official show is on Friday @ 11pm EST....we hope you'll join us :)


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween

I hope everyone is enjoying their Halloween weekend so far. This is my favorite time of year! I have a little treat for you in honor of my favorite holiday:

Eris finally spotted Karen on the third floor, the children's wing walking with a young woman. Now to get her alone. She watched as her shapely body moved beneath her candy striper uniform. She was the epitome of what every guy wanted and that infuriated Eris. What chance did she have to win Billy's love back if she was still in the picture? Any doubt of what she was about to do dissipated with each swing of this bitches perfect hips.

She grabbed a nearby wheelchair and caught up to her. “Excuse me miss.”

They both turned to face her. Karen was beautiful. Almond shaped green eyes, silky blond hair, flawless skin and a smile that belonged on the cover of a magazine. “Yes,” they both answered.

Eris tried to hide a sneer and then remembered she had put on a face mask. “You,” she pointed at Karen, “would you mind helping me with a patient?”

Her smiled widened, “Oh, of course,” She looked at the other girl, “I'll catch up with you at lunch.”

She wanted to punch her but instead started down the hall with the wheelchair. She looked at each door hoping for a quiet room thinking she really should have planned this part ahead. Well past the nurses station and in an empty section she spotted the word coma on a paper taped below the room number. “Here.” She pushed the chair up to the child's bed and surveyed the room for any visitors. No one.

“Aw, poor little Bobby. He's been like this for almost a month now.” She moved closer to the bed and grabbed the little boys hand. “His Father was driving drunk, barely got a scratch on him too, the bastard.”

Eris reached into her pocket and palmed the syringe but stopped when Karen turned back to her.

“You're not going to be able to take him with the wheelchair.” She frowned slightly. “What is he having done?”

“Oh, an MRI. You're right, let me go get a bed.” As soon as Karen leaned back over the boy she sprang. Grabbed the needle, stabbed it into the girls neck and pushed the plunger as hard as she could.

“Hey! What are you...” She couldn't finish and her eyes rolled upward.

Eris caught her, heart pounding so loud she swore the nurses would hear her and come running. She quickly sat her in the chair and started taking off her shoes. The gown she had stashed under her white coat was placed over Karen's limp body and her feet propped up on the cold footrests.

“What's wrong with her?” Bobby had regained consciousness.

Eris' heart leapt to her throat. “Of all the fucking times to wake up kid, this was not it.” She slowed her breath, “She's um, not feeling well. I need to take her to the ER. I'll send someone in to check on you.”

Bobby started crying. “My head hurts.” He was getting louder.

“Be quiet kid!” She snapped, “They'll be here in a minute.” She just wanted him to shut up before she got caught. “Have to move quick.” She hit the call button on the side of his bed and quickly wheeled Karen out of the room and away from where the nurses would be coming from. She was just rounding the corner as she heard the footsteps running toward Bobby's room.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

More WIP

Eris disolved into tears. She had to get away from that computer with that stupid girls. Name on it. She got her shoes on as quickly as her waterlogged eyes would allow then headed downstairs wiping her face with the long sleeve work shirt she hadn't removed. Calliope was still in the kitchen and the kettle whistled as she walked past.

"Would you like a spot of tea dear sister?" She called out to her in a barely passable English accent.

Eris didn't even break her stride and reached for her coat, "No I would not, I'm going out and you are not Brittish you twit."

Unedited....still coming through :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


The big garden spider had just finished reworking her web when a green grasshopper became ensnared and messed it all up again. I was sitting next to the girl and we both watched as this beautiful, deadly creature quickly wrapped her victim up for dinner. It was like a split second ballet.

"Calliope," the man in the white coats voice had halted the girls humming. "It's time to go dear."

She turned and set her big grey eyes upon him and cocked her head slightly. "Go?"

"Yes." He replied, holding his hand out to her. "We're going to take you someplace safe."

Calliope looked at the outstretched hand and smiled. "Oh, I'm afraid I'm not allowed out of the house. Sister would be simply furious," Her eyes returned to meet his and she smiled sweetly, "but thank you." She turned back to watching the spider and resumed humming Green Sleeves.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


I could live here NO problem! Boston is amazing, so many fabulous restaurants, you can get almost anywhere you want within 20-30 mins and the people are SO nice! My husband and I stopped at a bar called The Plough and Stars in Cambridge (FAB place) and the bartender said that Boston had been voted the meanest city in the US. I ain't buying it, haven't run into a single mean soul yet.

The food, OMG, the food is out of this world! Let me see if I can remember them all...if not there will be another post. Tico was our first stop... Blood orange margaritas to start. Ash had a salmon tartare and fish tacos. I had a mushroom quesadilla with black truffle salsa, it was heavenly! We had lobster rolls at Morse Fish Company in South End. Been there over a hundred years and serves the best damn lobster rolls around at a reasonable price!

Enough about the food just now, I have gotten to hop the commuter train TWICE over to Salem. I honestly never thought I would get the chance to go once.

I had stopped writing this and saved it as a draft....I will do a second half, but I felt this needed to FINALLY be published.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spring Fever!

As of late I have been on a cooking, baking and creating frenzy. I have created dishes I've always wanted to try, most of them successful. I even have brewed up a small bottle of mead....bigger batch still needs to be brewed this weekend. I've also been drawing and writing....I know it's been a looooong time between books, but don't fret, another is coming. I'm in revamp mode and it can't be fought.

Another change is my store. I was...and still am sort of, with Etsy. My main store is going to be here for now. I have a slight problem with the way Etsy has been running things lately....resellers and copyright infringers are running rampant yet when a seller calls them out, THEY get punished not the wrong doers...WTH? I just don't feel comfortable with clique's, and that's what Etsy has become :( I have moved over to Storenvy, I also feel that I will have a lot more leeway with what I can offer for sale.

So that's what's been going on....how have you all been?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Two things...

If you're looking to switch your internet, for the love of Eddie Izzard's sacred shiny patten stilettos...DON'T go with Clear!! Why? Let me count the ways....
Even though we were well within the dark green coverage area....slow service.
Little to no Netflix or you get throttled to .25 mgb or less.
Mediocre to infuriating customer service....seriously, NOT easy to make my husband raise his voice, but alas, Clear were champions at it.
Unless you want to pay around $40 to check your e-mail and surf the internet...don't even think about being able to quickly load videos...go elsewhere. I wouldn't recommend this service to my ex-husband O_O

Anyway, rant over and Clear gone! I've been gathering together some VERY talented authors and we will have a surprise for you in the near future! I'm waiting on a few more replies and we will get going on the decision making....genre, time frame and rough idea of the direction we want to go with the project, but we will all be adding to an ongoing story! The what, when and time frame remains to be seen, but we are all pretty excited. This will be multi author and multi blog, so stay tuned for details!

Later taters!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Big Year.

Been busy with writing....I know, I know....when is the next one coming out? Soon. Now that the writers block, (a dangerous thing for a writer), has broken, things are rolling along nicely. Been working mostly on one but adding to other books as ideas, characters and scenes come to me.

I've also been adding more and more products to my Etsy shop.....would love ya forever if ya buy something! So far I've sold a tarot reading and a commissioned set of Pucas. Today my lockets should be arriving so I can make scrying pendants, (black mirrors). I have a ton of stained glass I still need to do something with as well....but that's neither here nor there at the moment.

Hope everyone is chugging along nicely into the new year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

So long 2010!

Or should I say good riddance? It has definitely been a rough one. This will be my last entry for this year because I am cleaning house....next year will be no drama....putting my boot in it's ass! You all will see a lot of changes and a lot more of the old me.

Hang on ladies and gents, it's going to be a spectacular 2011!!

Happy New Year :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Open for business!

I am proud to announce that my Etsy shop is now open! Right now I have tarot readings available.....still waiting on getting my labels finished so I can start selling my wares :)
I already have quite a few bottles of Four Thieves Vinegar, money drawing powder, and love drawing powder ready to go. All of my products will come in cobalt blue bottles, jars and bags! I love cobalt blue and hope you do too.
Ya know, a tarot reading would be an awesome last minute gift or for that hard to buy for person on your list.

So stop on by; Cobaltraven Magickal Notions

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year has been a strange one with all the ups and downs, friendships growing distant, writers block. I have a lot to be thankful for though. Between catching up with old friends and family, having our health, getting my spark back and a few other things I won't mention here.....I am grateful and feel blessed. Tomorrow will be spent with people I love. I wish you all could come too!

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Two things.

I am wearing purple in support of bullying victims on 10/20... everyday really. I am a straight, happily married female, but have witnessed, sometimes firsthand, the abuse that goes on with homosexuals. Anyone that knows me, knows that I am VERY supportive of the gay community and will do anything within my power to be available for anyone who needs to talk....seriously, you need an ear, PLEASE e-mail me. I was bullied as a kid, sometimes called gay because I played with "boys toys". I don't care how people see me but when the word is used as a weapon, it's hurtful as a child even if the word is bowl...it's the power behind the words hurled at you... I encourage you to use your words wisely, it may cost someone their life. I was lucky because I was brought up in a household where my parents would have accepted if I was gay...I almost felt like I cheated someone along the way. Someone could have used that acceptance! I did need it when I came out of the broom closet to them, but still, Paganism is much easier to live with hiding rather than who you are and who you love.

Second but not diminished, I ran across a posting on Reddit and it hit my heart. I have two boys so I would like to encourage you to buy a piece of artwork or make a donation to Aidan.....he is a little boy struggling with Leukemia. Like many of us, his family is dealing with the US health care crisis so PLEASE help any way you can. I will proudly display one of Aidens pictures in my home.

I may not know you, but please know that you are loved. Don't be afraid to reach out to someone if you need it!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Moved me to tears....

This is my friend's daughter, Coco. She has Autism and is probably one of the most insightful little people on the planet!

Here is her blog Cocoisims

*warning* You will fall in love with her :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010


This was posted to my Node blog but I was informed you have to be a member to read it.

Most of you are aware of what Square is or are highly pissed off that you've been waiting months to receive your dongle/card reader. For those of you who don't know what Square is, here's the run down. If you have an Android or an Iphone (I have the former) you can go to the app store/market and download the Square app....sign up here https://squareup.com/ for free and Square will verify your bank account, send you a card reader and viola.... you are an instant, on the go merchant able to take cards from your phone!
I am an author and I also do tarot readings so this service is highly valuable to me. Now when I go to book signings I don't have to turn people away when they don't have cash. Best thing is, I don't have to pay a monthly fee for using Square.... which is cool for those times when I'm not selling anything!
Watch this:
"Okay Chelbie, that's great. Now what was that about people being pissed off for having to wait for months thingy about?"
Glad you asked! Well, while Square is a fantastic service, they did jump the gun a tad with their launch (they will fully admit this as well). They had people clamoring for the reader (which is free BTW) when they launched initially in March....they couldn't produce them on that big of a scale, so peeps had to wait. They fixed the reader problem by late May when I signed up, but peeps (myself included) still had to wait. Mobs were starting to gather in the forums wanting Jack on a pike. Now there was an underwriting issues and they were scrambling to get it all worked out. We were placated with "Soon" and "We're almost done." The mob was furious and now using kittens as torch fuel! *kidding* Now we were all pretty frustrated at no clear set date and vague answers, but in Square's defense, you can't give answers you don't have. The mob would have been satisfied with being able to use the app by entering in the card number, but it couldn't be fully launched without the reader *catch 22* .
I received my reader a few weeks ago and it works beautifully! Absolutely thrilled with Square...it was worth the wait. Now some are still waiting on their readers but the line is getting shorter as they're shipping them out. So as far as launching early, yeah, probably not the best idea....but they were excited and we all make mistakes right? So everyone take a deep breath and put your big boy/girl panties on, you reader is on it's way. If you haven't signed up and could use something like Square, (even for just yard sales) get to it!
Later taters!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Childhood Nerd Syndrome ;)

Reposted from my Node account:

I started pretty young....it was all innocent at first with Wonderwoman, Sid & Marty Kroft hour, Bionic woman and Starsky & Hutch (met them one in LAX when I was 5. Paul Michael Glassier tweaked my nose & gave me a piece of gum. David Soul was kind of a dick, but I digress).
My favorite show in the whole world though, even above cartoons or the Bugaloos was In Search Of hosted by Leonard Nemoy. In fact I still get chills when I hear the theme song!

My other favorite thing as a kid was Omni magazine (http://omnimagazineonline.com/). I would steal them from my father ALL the time. I was heartbroken when they got thrown out :( All those articles and Geiger artwork gone *sigh*

Needless to say, this did nothing for my popularity points in the neighborhood or in school ;) But whatev, I would rather have grown up the outcast only child who has thousands of stories lined up in her head for books than anything in the world. I wear my nerdiness proudly and there are many facets to said state of being.

So what are your nerd badges of honor???

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Okay normally I don't post stuff like this but.....
On top of boycotting BP and it's affiliates, for obvious reasons, I am now boycotting Mattel.
Here's why, http://www.speakupforsay.com/ feel free to join me.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th!

Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday! Enjoy the libations but have a designated driver please... I'm out on the road with you!

Also wanted to pass along a message from Kate Douglas.... this is for unpublished authors.

"Wanted to get this out for those of you who are writing with the hope of one day getting published--Kensington Brava has a neat contest going. Check it out at bravaauthors.com Unpublished only!"

So if you're an aspiring author take a chance and enter. Good luck!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Follow up

Yesterday had me stressed quite a bit..... it was mostly the comments in the forums that had me all riled up and confused. Me being me, should have known better than to listen to the hysteric masses, I usually don't fall into that trap. Not to say I'm not fallible, I'm not so brazen as to claim that, but I can usually spot that from a mile away. Thankfully the Square staff saw this and answered questions, finally.... another reason panic can get out of hand is if "mommy & daddy" don't calm the "kids".

So, that being said, it looks like the ship will sail after all once they get all the paper work in place. I am going to wait my turn in line, but Square looks like a very viable and excellent option for me at this point. If you have and Android, Iphone, Ipad or Iwhatever.... you can use this app. They are working on this option for Blackberry, so take heart.

Here's the run down that I got out of yesterday.... you sign up, activate your bank account, they will run a credit check, (to affirm that you are a meat-popcicle & not Hal 2000), they put you in queue for a reader, once you get it, activate it with the little code and you're good to go. You do have the option of opting out of the credit check, but you don't get a reader.... you can then only use the app to keep track of cash transactions.

I plan on using this for book signings and conventions... no more turning fans away because of cards. I also plan to use it to do Tarot readings on the fly *for entertainment purposes only* (legally have to add that in there). click on the word Square <~~~that one right there, to check out their website!

Friday, June 18, 2010


Sorry, but I have to get this off my chest....

I signed up for a service called Square which will allow me to take credit and debit card payments anywhere I go with my phone. As an author this is an ideal service as I had to refuse a few book sales recently because I didn't have the capability to take cards.....I had already signed up for Square at this point....let me explain. You are required to activate a card reader that attaches to your phone via headjack....hadn't received the reader yet and you can't use the service until you activate said reader. After you activate, you can THEN take payments with out the dongle (at a higher rate) but NOT until then.
Some people signed up with Square months (we're talking March & April) ago and are STILL waiting on readers...I've only been waiting since just before the Con Carolina's event. I don't mind waiting a bit because, hey, the dongle is free. My problem is I can't use the service AT ALL until they send me this damn piece of plastic....and NOW when they finally do give us an update on the slow progress of things have told us we need a credit check or we can cancel our service.... doesn't seem to be a choice. I'm pretty sure there is some sort of legal issue with changing the rules midstream but will cross that bridge when they answer the question of whether this is the case or not. A lot of people are canceling their accounts and going with other services such as GoPayment. I may have to go with them as well, but am not sure if my needs warrant a monthly $12.95 bill, (which is WAY reasonable BTW), just yet.

*sigh* I will update you all again as things progress. This is a fledgling company and the services seem awesome IF we ever get the chance to use it...but be warned....their communication is almost NON existent, save for poor Beth who has been thrown to the wolves of the CEO's making and the fact that you can't use it until you get the reader. If you're considering signing up, I would highly recommend waiting to see if this ship sinks or not, because it's REALLY iffy at this point. They launched WAY too early and are pissing off a lot of people right now.

All right I have gotten at least a satisfactory answer on the credit check issue...they always do one and have not done one on anyone yet....but at least there is not a second.


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