When she reached the point where she could first see the water, she paused to look into the inky black river. The waves lapped at the rock walls that kept it contained, splashing with a noise that reminded her again just how powerful it was. The soft chuckle of it against the hulls of tin boats reached her even from this distance, as if it was laughing at the fact that these creatures thought they were safe from the wrath of the ocean by imagining they could tame it with wood and sails.
The idea of the sea had always terrified her, along with the vastness of the sky and whatever was outside it. It made her feel so small and ineffectual, her struggles so tiny. Val stared into that water and it felt like it stared right back. She shook her head. Ever since that girl had told her about people controlling the forces of nature, she had been paranoid.
Idiot, it can’t get you from there. And even as she walked closer and closer to the jetty that stuck out over the water, she kept repeating it. Suddenly she could feel and smell the salty spray and was close enough to the stone wall that she could jump in.
It can’t get you from here. She couldn’t swim. It can’t reach you. So deep, too deep… It can’t get you from here.
At that moment, with Val leaning over the edge of the ledge, a particularly large wave crashed into the shell-coated rocks and she jumped back. Her hair was splattered with droplets of salt and she shivered. It probably hadn’t been the best idea to leave her leather jacket behind, even for the sake of disguise. It was freezing near the river.
She glanced back at the cold water and shivered. Pointedly turning her back to the churning water, Val scanned the crowd for any sign of a gemstone trader. That’s enough of poetically staring into the sea, you have work to do.
Blithe here again, with more information to share with all the new witchlings out there. Here is a bare bones beginners guide to help everyone out there wondering where the hell to start getting into witchcraft, and writing their own spells.
First, shake off all your fears. Don’t worry about doing something wrong. Belief in yourself, in your craft, and your own power are inherent. It’s okay to try. It’s okay to discover things for yourself. It’s okay. Don’t be scared.
Second, know that spell crafting is different for every witch! Some witches don’t use herbs. Some witches only use candles. Some witches don’t use any tools at all - just their own energy! They’re all valid ways to practice your craft - and you will find your own too! This is NOT meant to be a guide to teach you the ONLY way to do spells - such a thing does not exist. Instead, I hope to give you the tools to find your own way, coinciding to what you believe and practice.
As I couldn’t single my mixtape down I’ve just added all the music from my playlist I made at the start of march. I’m completely in love with this playlist. Some very new music and unknown artist’s in there which are 100% worth a listen too. This hole playlist will be available to listen to on my blog very soon!
Gabrielle Nowicki - 2016 - Learning a new skill -
I’m moving the workshop out to the garage to build more automata and other Gubbinsy Type Stuff.
I’ve wanted to work with metal for quite some time now, so I began with what I have on hand (as usual), I have a stack of coffee cans that were stashed in the greenhouse… just because… you never know when you might need about 20 nice, shiny coffee cans… I used a Weller 240/325 watt soldering gun that I inherited from my Dad.
It was a painful process, due in part to the learning curve, but mostly because the gun is heavy to hold for long periods if you have tendinitis in your lower arms, as I have. Oh, and next time I’ll be patient and use a ruler…
I looked into brazing but our tanks are old and to replace them and get the new ones filled, and keeping them filled, would be dear.
I’m going to pick the brain of a welder friend of mine, this weekend, to see if mig welding something this small is possible. The boat is about 3″ long.