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Badass Books – Basic Witches

Basic Witches: How To Summon Success, Banish Drama And Raise Hell With Your Coven

I was sent a copy of Basic Witches, published by Quirk Books and it’s so cute and full of empowerment and witchy wisdom so I wanted to share a few words about it.

What is on the one hand, an introduction to witchcraft Basic Witches is also a cool introduction to feminist ideas. Through witchcraft (and we’ll get into that in a moment) we gain empowerment, something I totally agree with.

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The night is dark and full of terrors.

Witches are the original Badasses. Society has always feared powerful women and by embracing the very things that society deems unbecoming of a woman, we gain a sense of independence and empowerment.

Basic Witches is a mix of spells, a little bit of witch history and a fun read covering many different aspects of self empowerment, positive thinking and self acceptance. From enchanting a special piece of jewellry to rituals for regaining strength and confidence I really enjoyed the fun take on witchcraft. The potions are a fun read, I like to work a little magic when I’m in the kitchen!
There is even a section on witch exercise , yup coven callisthenics!

Authors Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman are both accomplished writers. Saxena is a Staff Writer for Elle as well as having articles on sites like The Daily Dot, the New Yorker, Buzzfeed and more. Zimmerman is a contributing Editor of one of my favourite sites the Establishment. Her writing has also featured on Atlas Obscura, the Guardian and plenty of other cool sites. And I love these cute witchy illustrations by Camille Chew, an artist I was already a fan of after spotting her work on Pinterest.

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What the authors call witchcraft is not your usual definition, theirs is best described as living true to oneself and Basic Witches is like your very own punk DIY grimoire (spellbook). This approch to witchcraft is right up my alley and while I think this book would be of more benefit to a younger reader I think plenty of adults will not ony get a kick out of the irreverent style but perhaps they’ll also find it a great read with powerful intentions.

Blessed Be Badasses!

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

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Badass Beats Vol.4 Now on Spotify!

Instead of having a ton of YouTube videos lined up I’ve decided to shift the playlist over to Spotify. Hopefully that works better for you Badass folks.

So here it is, get your day off to a great start with a Badass soundtrack. It’s an other mix of hip-hop, metal, pop and more. Enjoy!

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/115498591/playlist/02SR93irZfZ4GYcMYDSNX8

10 Ways To Bring Creativity Into Your Life 

If you want to nurture your creative side and I highly recommend you do because it can benefit you into so many ways. It not only lifts your mood but it also makes any art you make regularly, better. Working the creative side of your brain also helps your problem solving skills by forcing you outside the box.

So, with that in mind, here are 10 ways to jump start your creative spark.

Number One – Get Messy

Dig out your paints, canvases are fairly cheap if you know where to look or you can use thick card and get cracking. Don’t worry if you don’t know what it is you want to paint. Just get used to the feel of the brush, have fun with the colours and textures and make a mess!

Number Two – It doesn’t have to rhyme

Poetry. Get writing in a way that perhaps you’re not used to. Poetry is a great way to flex your creative muscles.

Number Three – Adult colouring books

Man, I love these. They allow you to be creative without needing the necessary drawing skills. They may seem childish to some but I’m a big fan. I find them relaxing and inspiration seems to flow bette then I’m relaxed.

Number Four – New Hobby

Knitting, crochet, gardening, sewing,hiking, play a sport *cough* roller derby, start a band, scrapbooking, whatever. Have a think about what activities you’d like to try and see what you can find.

Number 5 – Do not invite Negative Nancy or Nigel to play

Stop criticising yourself, stop doubting yourself and just go for it. Do not allow negative energy to stop you from creating something.

Number Six – Use pen and paper

The act of writing things down by hand is such a different experience to tapping away at a keyboard. I love to do both but sometimes my hands hurt and I can’t do either for long which sucks because the feeling of the pen in your hand and a fresh notebook is one of life’s simple pleasures.

Number Seven – Go outside

Take a pen and pad with you and sit outside for 20mins. No music, no chatter, no Twtter. Just sit and admire the view. Take it all in and allow your mind to wander.

Number Eight – Perfect is boring

Forget the idea of perfect. That’s not what being creative is about. Creative people can often be perfectionists at heart, never happy with the finished item. But we as creatives need to let that trope die, what you make when you start creating will be never be as good as what you have in your mind – and that’s OK.

Number Nine – Put a pin in that

Create a mood/inspiration board on Pinterest. Cut out pictures, collect postcards or posters/prints that inspire you and keep them where you can see them.

Number Ten – Freedom

You have the freedom to create whatever you want. You can express yourself through so many mediums and you can say as much or as little as you want in your art. It doesn’t matter what way you express yourself, it can be drawing, writing, painting, spoken word etc you are in control. You might surprise yourself with what you can come up with when you realise you can be as honest as you like.

Now go make something wild!

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

Reasons to Start Blogging 

If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog – do it!

Think you’ve got nothing to say or maybe too much to say and you don’t know how to focus? Unsure of your voice? Are you scared to share what you want to talk about? Or just shy in general and the thought of sharing something personal makes you break out in a cold sweat?

I understand.

Writing is intensely personal and putting it out there for the world to see and judge can be daunting. But let’s be real, at first very few people, if any will read what you’ve written – and that’s a good thing!

The more you post, the more confident you become at sharing your work and while your audience is growing your writing will get better. This also gives you time to find your feet. Getting a better grasp of what you want to write about, how your blog looks etc

Here are a few reasons you should start blogging! 

You’ll become a better writer – All writing helps you become a better writer.

You’ll become a better thinker – writing with intent helps to focus your mind.

You’ll become more confident in yourself and your abilities.

Blogging creates opportunities.

You can meet new people.

It’s free, so why not? What do you have to lose?

You get to tell your story, your way.

Sharing your life can inspire others to do the same.

You can make some money through sponsored posts and advertising once you’ve built a following.

Its a great way to express yourself and also an easy way to share information with other people.

Moxie McMurder

The Badass Manifesto

Imposter Syndrome and Freaking Out Over Positive Things

Ever had something really good come your way and even though it may be something you’ve been dreaming about for some time, you freak out?
The anxiety hits like a smack in the face and suddenly you’re holding your burning hot post-slapped face and questioning if you deserve the good thing.
Are you actually ready for the good thing? Is the good thing really what you want? Suddenly you start self sabotaging. (Which I’ve written about before – Get Out of Your Own Way) and stalling.

Well, I recently had a serious case of Imposter Syndrome, the persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. It’s a horrible feeling but for the most part I can talk myself round, this time however I became seriously freaked out!

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You see, I’d had an idea for a book, very niche but I decided to approach a few indie publishers to see what, if any, interest there was.
Now, a lot of publishers won’t accept manuscripts or any unsolicited work and many won’t even speak to you if you don’t have an agent.
So, in typical Moxie fashion I just started emailing some literary agents and after a few back and forths with one agent, they asked to see the first 3 chapters of the book I’ve been working on (not the one I’d been shopping around) and based on this request, I freaked the fuck out!

Who the hell do I think I am? They’ll think it’s shit. Oh no. What have I done?
WHO THE HELL DO I THINK I AM? WHO AM I? WHAT AM I DOING? I’M NO WRITER. SHIT. FUCK. NO. NO. NOPE.

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I got this email about a month ago and I’d been stalling ever since. Telling myself I needed to do one final polish before sending it off – lies. Telling myself I wasn’t ready – more lies. All I was doing was making excuses. And dammit, if anyone is going to stop me from achieving my goals it sure as shit shouldn’t be me!

So, I got out of my own way, put my insecurities about my work to one side and sent over the chapters. Now, part of this was down to me having a Wonder Woman Day, and part of it was a decision to take control. What’s the worst that could happen? This one publisher could shoot me down, big deal. Or they might give me some useful feedback or any other number of endless scenarios. At least I know that I tried and I’ll keep trying. Even if it is as my own pace.

No one is going to give you permission to try and achieve your goals, only you can do that. Give yourself permission to try and give yourself permission to fail and try again.

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto