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(I always think of “My Sharona” when I hear about the coronavirus)

So, you’re probably home right now, going stir crazy or catching up on your video games/movies/books/etc. I’m stuck home as well.

Yaaaaaay, three months into the new decade and we already have a literal plague. At the start of the last decade, it was a major terrorist attack (in the US). It seems the current millennium is very bad at starting decades on a good foot.

Since you most likely have nothing better to do, let’s talk about the coronavirus. Because, fun fact: I work at NIH, which stands for the National Institutes of Health. I’m not a doctor or health professional, just a preservationist technician that likes to skulk about them for their candy. (I did the same when I worked at the Library of Congress and NIST, smarties tend to have bountiful snacks). If you think you’re getting bombarded with coronavirus (also called COVID-19) updates, imagine what my NIH inbox looks like since they are one of the many health institutions at the epicenter of all this. I mainly trust what I see from NIH over the news because, well, NIH is supposed to be one of the sources the news are supposed to be getting their info from.

Let’s get started with a funny video by Wavetro that is the basic run-down of what you should and shouldn’t do. Caution, there is swearing.

 

Okies! The basic gist:

  • Please wash your hands – hand sanitizer is not as effective as you think against viruses (they are generally pitched as anti-bacterial, not anti-viral, yes, there is a difference) – and wash them thoroughly
  • Avoid touching your face the best you can, germs can easily be transmitted through the mouth, nose and eyes. The average adult touches their face 30 times in an hour
  • STOP HOARDING TOILET PAPER AND MASKS – it’s not dysentery and the masks keeps germs in not out. Wear them if you are sick, not as a replacement for washing your hands. Plus, if you are not used to wearing a mask, it will make you touch your face more. Health professionals and patients need them most!
  • Social distancing is to avoid transmission spikes, the less people spend time with each other, the better it is. 6 feet or more is optimal. Staying home is even better, especially since asymptomatic people seem to be spreading it more because they have zero idea they have it.
  • Do not panic-purchase and if you are a seller, do not price gouge (seriously! That’s super unethical and very against the law)
  • Wash your freaking hands
  • Sneeze/cough into your sleeve, not your hands

I always think of the scene from The Bernie Mac Show when it comes to germs transmission. It’s from the episode titled “Now you got it”, starts at 3:26:

 

 

It’s a great episode, I recommend watching it. Also, this is why everyone at NIH, the CDC and everywhere else sounds like this:

Complete with the shrill voice

 

So please, stay yourself in the house. Let’s stifle the spread of the virus and it’s not hordes of toilet paper you need, just wash your hands and sneeze or cough into your sleeve. Here is an actual poster I took a picture of at NIH:

Sorry for the late update, this post is going to be short however.

Dawtas of the Moon Convention

Dawtas of the Moon is going into its third year. This is a convention for Black witches (primarily Black women in particular) held in Baltimore, Maryland between October 25-27.

It’s my third year going and I will be doing a workshop titled: “Witchcraft and Research: How to Effectively Research Your Practice” I also will be the closing keynote speaker on the last day, Sunday.

Tickets are still available, get them now!

 

MultiMind Publishing

I have mentioned a while back that I do creative writing. Another story was bought and now is out for viewing/listening. It’s a Sci-Fi Horror story acted out for audiostory by Nightlight, a story podcast that focuses on Black horror writers.

Click the picture to listen!

Black Witch will be 9 years old on Sunday!

 

I have been running this site for nearly a decade at this point. That’s a little astonishing for me because I thought I’d fizzle out completely by year five.

I remembered when Black Witch was the first and only Pagan blog dedicated strictly for Black Pagans. And trust, I looked everywhere, I could not find any blogs for Black Pagans or else Black Witch wouldn’t have happened.

Now, there are loads more, which is nice. There’s a sizable growth of them on Tumblr. This creates a better diversity of opinions and facilitates community. Granted, there is always annoying co-opting from outside groups (look in the bruerja tag anywhere on the internet, tons of non-Latin people bastardizing a cultural practice because “ooh, otherness and spookies!”). That sucks.

I still get crappy questions at least 90% of the time, I still would like to have questions that don’t suck. And to stop being contacted by racist fashion companies to vouch for their crappy products. Like, not everyone is impressed by goth sites that feature strictly White models. I’m snippy at them for a reason, I have an awful track record when it comes to being nice to bigots. And I prefer it to keep it that way. I mean, I got one fired, another looked at by the FBI, and even a couple apologies (that I never really fully accepted).

I’ll be doing a Facebook Live at the Black Witch Fan Page on June 9th at 2 PM EST. Be there!

It’s getting to be that time of year again! Gift procurement for the holidays. My shop, BW Shoppe, will be having a free shipping sale between the dates November 20 and November 26). All free shipping is domestic, except on November 26 – that day will include international free shipping.

Here are the wares available on the site:

Bookbinding Supplies
These have sold surprisingly well! There are awl guides, sewing cradles and corner cutter guides. I designed each of these items myself.

Gender Signs
The BW Shoppe has a vast array of gender symbols that can be turned into keychains, key charms, whatever. There are four versions: one with a hole at the top for keychains and phone charms; one with no hole at all; one with a pentacle in the middle; one with no pentacle at all.

 

These took forever to design but they look wonderful!

Black Superhero Symbols
I’m a fan of comics and there isn’t enough product with Black superhero symbols or visuals on them (when was the last time you saw a Static Shock mug or a Moon Girl stuffed toy?) I 3D printed some small ones to be used as keychains and trinkets (why so many key charms? Because repairing a 3D printer in the middle of a long print sucks).

Right now, I have Black Panther and Static Shock available. I would like to add more in the coming days, however.

Handbound Books
As I am a bookbinder, I also have journals I have bound sold online. They vary in their styles so give them a gander

That’s the snippet of stuff I have available on the site, please visit!

It’s been awful quiet on this here blog, I know. I have been massively busy with my alternate project MultiMind for my creative works. 

For a long time, I have been writing short stories, novellas and novels. I’ve been omega busy editing them and submitting them for publication. One recently was bought, too! 

I do these in clumps or else, they’d never get done. It’s currently clump time. However, Ask Black Witch for this month will still happen and new posts will arrive in Sept! 

8 Years of Black Witch

Yesterday was the 8th anniversary of Black Witch. I am super surprised at how much time has passed. This past year was a few changes for me personally but the blog has remained mostly the same.

I still try to post on time. Black Witch is supposed to update every Friday but sometimes I get too tuckered to do Fridays. But still! That’s the goal.

Today is the last day of the BW Shoppe Anniversary sale. So far it seems that bookbinders have really been taking use of it the most! All my 3d printed bookbinding equipment (sewing cradles, awl guides, etc) have been flying off the racks. Still working on those prints as we speak.

In this past year, Black Witch has been on Vero but I am considering an Instagram (despite the fact I hate the app enough to not want to use it for its ads and algorithms) but that’s so I can keep up with people that I like and care for. It still might be awhile.

Either way, thank you so much for sticking about and reading Black Witch.

W00t, Black Witch is on Vero! It mainly features my 3D prints because I like to take pictures of them but I despise the current creation of Instagram. This means I steered to Vero, a new picture sharing app. No algorithm (for now), no ads (always a plus for me), it’s spiffy.

What is also great because I have added new stuff to the BW Shoppe. I first put up stuff for bookbinders, such as sewing cradles and awl guides I hand-designed because I, too, do book arts.

That did pretty well and I have added more things to the shop that are more Pagan oriented. I really am most proud of the gender phone/ key charms that I created:

These are available in the BW Shoppe in individual forms and in packs.

I also had created knickknacks using the BW logo, the bolt, and went from there. Partly because I love art toys and while these are a bit off from the traditional vinyl, I still think they are nifty. Those will be up soon, stick around!

I have been late on postings but I haz a reason (I have been posting a lot of non-Pagan-y posts, mainly site updates (can they be called updates? Whatevers, it shall be.)) I have mostly finished the cat feeder! The automatic cat feeder that I have been working on for a little over a year. The reason why it took a little over a year is because I kept changing my mind and, thus, changing the design.

For those who are going “What does this have to do with being Black or Pagan?” I made a robot and it didn’t blow up, chuck my cat, murder me, prank call the CIA with terrorist threats, or set anything on fire so hush. (It did throw food at me once and tried to randomly tell the time from 2021). And I’m Black and I’m Pagan, there ya go.

Here is a crappy video of it working:

So crappy, such wow, very amaze. It was late at night, I got tired of setting up things again and again and testing things again and again that I just laid out some aluminum foil for easy clean up and called it a day. All I cared about was not having to solider things together again. I got annoyed that I figured I’d have to 3D print another container for the cat feeder and I’m impatient so I went to the craft store and bought a cardboard box, glue gun, some oven clay (clay that is hardened in an oven). In the video is what you get from all of that. And a hackneyed chute that basically is notebook paper. Eventually, it’s going to have a 3D printed form but I just want this to work now since my 3D printer is away. I’ll eventually have it under the same roof as me, just needs the space for it. Either way, I have a functional robot.

Yes, that is a Pringles can. I usually try to paint stuff and basically make it mine but I am just in the testing/prototype phase so I’m not slapping bolts and BW’s on everything. That and it’s a machine designed to feed my cat – she seriously does not care what it looks like.

Does not care at all

When I originally thought this up, I figured that the cat feeder should have a camera, bluetooth, wi-fi connectivity, two motors and an LCD screen.

A cat seriously does not need all of that. As long as it vomits food once a day, it does not matter to her what it looks like or what it does. So now I have a spare servo motor and teeny LCD screen that’s currently sitting in my project box.

I had coded everything from scratch, which actually didn’t take as much time as I thought it would, especially since I whittled everything down to a single motor and some teeny clock to tell the mini computer the time and when to feed the cat. It’s only 60 lines of code (because I love spaces and gaps). I already have a background in code from since I was in high school (I had one Intro to Tech class, that was it) but I pretty much put it all together with ze power of the internets.

Woo! This is why I took so long posting stuff and suches. The second post will come later. And, look! I 3D printed a water dish for my cat as well.

It’s a gravity watering dish. You use a random soda bottle, fill it with water, flip it upside down and there you go. The dish says filled with water, nothing overflows, I never have to worry about my cat being thirsty because of my forgetfulness.

Amazing news, everyone! Black Witch is now outfitted with a 3D printer!

The World is Mine! I can print whatever I want!

This is great! I used to repair them and make CAD files to 3D print for others so I got one of my own. I’m still sorting the code out on the profile files so I can have a more plug-and-play experience.

I plan to add these 3D printed items to the Black Witch Gift Shoppe (which is currently empty because I very sporadically fill it). I plan to restock the shop with journals but I also plan to add knickknacks to the store. Here is a WIP of a sample CAD (Computer Aided Design) shot:

 

More will be added! The thing about 3D printers is that they are fairly versatile – if you can think it, it can be printed. Things can be printed in a variety of materials: wood, metal, plastic, flexible, etc.

This also means that I can eventually open up a small custom 3D print design service because 3D printing is still new to a lot of people and thus still not very present or chatted about much in the Black community, where we could get a lot of usage out of this. It isn’t because Black folks are tech-adverse or not bright, it’s because tech (and the rest of STEM) has a serious racism problem they like to gloss over a bunch that basically boils down to this: keep them out by any means necessary – tokenization, make subject appear too complex or boring, plain old micro-aggressions or blatant “we seriously don’t want you here – get the hint and leave, dummy” racism.  I could go all day about this but long story short, hopefully having a small 3D print custom design service on Black Witch will be useful to those who could really use it. I’ll be creating a page for it quite soon, I just want to make sure all the details and pricing make sense, especially for those who are new to 3D printing and thus don’t know the terms.

Huzzah, hopefully, this will make things super easier!

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It’s that time of year again for the Black Witches convention, Dawtas of the Moon. It’s the second year for the convention, last year was pretty decent. So if you missed it, here is your second chance!

Let it be noted, this is an event for Women of Color (WoC) only. As best described on the event’s ticket site:

“This event is for WOMEN OF COLOR ONLY! If you are not a woman or a woman of color and you decide to purchase a ticket, understand that you will NOT GET A REFUND AND YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY AT THE DOOR WITH A THANK YOU FOR THE DONATION.

If you’re not of this intersection, please be mindful. Last year was only WoC, no other.

There will be plenty of workshops available for participants, such as elemental magick, astrology, Voodun, and more! I will be teaching a workshop on the first day, October 20, on cartomancy called “Cartomancy, Playing Card Divination”. Last year, I did a workshop on how to research and being in metaphysics/witchcraft. This time, I will be teaching playing card divination, cartomancy.

On the ticket site, there is a rundown of events and times per session. My workshop time is 11:30 AM-12:30 PM and there are three workshops per session (to give con goers variety and choices).

The game plan is that I’ll work with a small group (I haven’t a clue what capacity will be so I’m expecting 15 people or so for my workshop) and showing how to do cartomancy and a super basic spread. Afterwards, I will be available to talk to and suches. I’ll most likely be floating around the venue, particularly around the food areas. I am not sure if I’ll be at the Black Witch Masquerade Ball, however, though.

Check out the tickets on the eventbrite, most ticket sales end on Oct 19.

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