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The podcast where you'll get your dose of magic and dash of writing advice all in one juicy elixir. Join a couple of authors in our ramblings about all-things fantasy, paranormal fiction, and magical realism. Our goal is to help you iron out your mystical world and open up the floor to a weird and witchy conversation. ★ Follow us @writingthebroom and get in touch: writingthebroomstick@gmail.com / writingthebroomstick.com ★ Hosts: Katrina Tortorici Anglehart (K.T. Anglehart) is a freelance editor and author of teen/YA urban fantasy "The Wise One"—the first of "The Scottish Scrolls" series. She enjoys laughing at her and Genny's shenanigans while trying desperately to maintain her composure. ★ @kt_anglehart | ktanglehart.com ★ Genevieve Methot is a freelance writer and emerging author of new adult fantasy trilogy "The Needle of Ingress" (release date TBD). She is often called out for being self-deprecating and breaking out in song during awkward moments. ★ @genny_met

Writing the Broomstick K.T. Anglehart & Genevieve Methot

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The podcast where you'll get your dose of magic and dash of writing advice all in one juicy elixir. Join a couple of authors in our ramblings about all-things fantasy, paranormal fiction, and magical realism. Our goal is to help you iron out your mystical world and open up the floor to a weird and witchy conversation. ★ Follow us @writingthebroom and get in touch: writingthebroomstick@gmail.com / writingthebroomstick.com ★ Hosts: Katrina Tortorici Anglehart (K.T. Anglehart) is a freelance editor and author of teen/YA urban fantasy "The Wise One"—the first of "The Scottish Scrolls" series. She enjoys laughing at her and Genny's shenanigans while trying desperately to maintain her composure. ★ @kt_anglehart | ktanglehart.com ★ Genevieve Methot is a freelance writer and emerging author of new adult fantasy trilogy "The Needle of Ingress" (release date TBD). She is often called out for being self-deprecating and breaking out in song during awkward moments. ★ @genny_met

    {EP 23} Witches & Witchcraft 101: Getting Into the Mind of a Witch

    {EP 23} Witches & Witchcraft 101: Getting Into the Mind of a Witch

    For millennia, witches have been a source of fear, fascination, persecution, oppression, hope, and bewilderment. Tales of witches go back as far as time and appear in every culture on the planet. So, as a writer, how do you even begin to understand the complex nature of a witch’s reality without relying on stereotypes or misconceptions.
    Welcome, writers and weavers to another spooky episode of Writing the Broomstick.
    In this episode, Katrina and Genny finally get to talk about one of their most beloved subjects: witches (for those of you who haven’t been paying attention). Because of the immensity of this topic, we decided to focus on what it’s really, really like to be a witch in modern society. 
    First off, we discuss spells—no, not how to create your own spells, but more precisely, what a spell actually is. Here’s a hint: if you’ve ever dropped to your knees and joined your hands together in prayer, you’ve probably already cast a spell before.
    We want to give our writers more insight into the devotional aspect of witchcraft, so not only do we understand the spiritual mechanics behind spellcasting, we also open up the discussion to rituals in general. 
    We try our best not to go off on crazy tangents because it really is a subject we’re both passionate about, but alas, we make a brief stop to talk about the history of witch persecution (Katrina gets very upset) before moving on to a much more lighthearted topic: style.
    We can’t really talk about the modern witch without mentioning what they wear. And yes, they do have other colours besides black in their wardrobe.
    Call it kismet, fate, or the divine workings of the universe, our resident tree expert, Sonja F. Blanco has just released her new book this week, and we couldn’t have planned our episode at a better time?! Be sure to get your copy of Witch of Ware Woods.
    SOURCES:
    https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/10/royal-obsession-black-magic-started-europes-most-brutal-witchScottish Witchcraft by Barabara Meiklejohn-FreeWicca: The Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunninghamhttps://www.britannica.com/event/Salem-witch-trials★  ★  ★
    Let us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.

    Do you like Celtic folklore, YA urban fantasy, AND free stuff? Read the first three chapters of Katrina’s debut novel, “The Wise One”.
    And, if you want to see what Genny’s reading lately, check out her Goodreads review page.

    • 36 min
    (EP. 22) Writing Prompts to Inspire Your Ghost Story

    (EP. 22) Writing Prompts to Inspire Your Ghost Story

    Ever walk into an empty room and feel like you’re being watched? Ever feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end for no apparent reason? Maybe you’ve encountered a real-live ghost. In this week’s spoooooooky episode, we’re talking about things that go bump in the night, particularly phantoms, spirits, apparitions, poltergeists….you know, ghosts! 
    Whether you believe in the existence of ghosts or not, you want to create a well-rounded ghost character that makes us true believers. 
    But Katrina and Genny are sick of reading the same old clichés. Either ghosts are as friendly as Casper or as evil as demons. We want to read ghost stories that go deeper than the stereotypes. We want to be awed, bewildered, heartbroken, overjoyed, and inspired by ghosts.
    Think you got what it takes to write an out-of-the-attic ghost story? Here are some writing prompts to help you get started:
    Ghosts are dead. All the other details are up to you. Your ghost is ancient. Everyone in your story is a ghost except your protagonist. What if society in your book fully embraced the idea that ghosts exist. In other words, what if what we usually ascribe as pseudoscience became the subject of hard scientific study? Everything we think we know about the afterlife is dead wrong Your protagonist can feel themselves disappearing, but no one else notices?A school for ghosts! A bad ghosts vs. good ghosts warHow about a group of friends move into a dorm and become best friends with the ghost(s) that dwells there? A.K.A. Casper Goes to College How about a haunted island? Before we even get to our writing prompts, Katrina and Genny prove that they are true believers in ghosts by sharing their personal encounters with these supernatural beings.
    What about you? Have you ever seen a ghost? 
    Stay tuned for another spooky episode coming next week!

    P.S. We feel the need to apologize in advance for our hyperactiveness in this episode. We're blaming it on too much coffee and the fact that it was the first time we recorded two episodes in a row. Either that or it's almost like we were...possessed ;)
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    Let us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.

    Do you like Celtic folklore, YA urban fantasy, AND free stuff? Read the first three chapters of Katrina’s debut novel, “The Wise One”.
    And, if you want to see what Genny’s reading lately, check out her Goodreads review page.

    • 31 min
    (EP. 21} The History and Cultural Origin of Halloween (or Samhain)

    (EP. 21} The History and Cultural Origin of Halloween (or Samhain)

    Halloween….the spookiest time of year. When the veil that separates the living and the dead gets dangerously thin. 
    Welcome back, writers and weavers to season three of Writing the Broomstick!
    No matter where you live in the world, we’re willing to bet that your culture commemorates the end of summer and the beginning of winter...when our ancestors prepared themselves for the harshest months of the year. 
    In ancient Ireland, the Celts celebrated with the Samhain festival—a time when rural farmers stared darkness in the face with a giant celebration and where spirits roamed the earth. 
    But how did Samhain evolve into Halloween? 
    Katrina and Genny take you on a quick tour throughout Celtic Ireland where the seeds of our modern-day Halloween were sown. We discuss the origins of the Jack-o-lantern, trick-or-treating, costumes, and spookiness in general.
    We then trail off into dreamland where both girls share their experiences of Halloweens gone by. 
    Suggested Reading for the Spooky Season:
    The Wise One  by K.T. AnglehartSources:
    https://www.history.com/news/history-of-the-jack-o-lantern-irish-originshttps://www.irishcentral.com/roots/irish-traditions-halloweenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-history-of-trick-or-treating-is-weirder-than-you-thought-79408373/https://www.ireland.com/en-gb/things-to-do/events/puca-festival/https://wfupress.wfu.edu/arts-and-culture/spooky-history-of-samhain/https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/origins-halloween-samhain-002271https://www.brown.edu/Departments/Joukowsky_Institute/courses/13things/7448.html

    • 23 min
    {EP. 20} Magical Abilities You Can Give Your Fantasy Character

    {EP. 20} Magical Abilities You Can Give Your Fantasy Character

    If you could have any magical ability in the world, what would it be? Would you fly over the rooftops of your hometown? Would you control fire and water? Would you bring your poor houseplant back to life? 
    In today’s episode, Katrina and Genny discuss the limits of one’s imagination—more specifically, all the wonderful and weird and unexplainable magical abilities you can give your character. 
    After all, fantasy is where magic can feel free and safe to express itself—why wouldn’t you want to sprinkle a little magic into your world?
    Before we dive in, we make the distinction between superpowers and magical abilities, because some of us might not even remember a time when there wasn’t a new superhero movie every three months, and we want to make sure everyone knows the difference between the two.
    We also go a bit deeper into the conversation to help you think about your character’s story arc. So, here are some things to think about: 
    Is their magical power serving some greater purpose within the story? Does the character need their magical ability to defeat the villain or is the ability itself seen as the antagonist?How do people in your character’s life feel about this power? Do they know? Do they accept it?Is your character’s ability in line with or in conflict with the ways of their ancestors?What are the consequences of using this power?And Hooray! We made it to episode 10! Not without incident, swearing, scheduling conflicts, technical difficulties, and moments of crippling self-doubt along the way. Before we shut down for a few weeks and get ourselves ready for an explosive Halloween-heavy, spooky, scary month of episodes, we just want to say thank you all so much for listening to two girls rant about writing, fantasy books, witches, and random moments of real life. 
    We’ll be back in just a few weeks to start season three!
    SOURCES:
    https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-a-superpower-and-magichttps://www.adazing.com/list-of-superpowers/★  ★  ★
    Let us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.

    Do you like Celtic folklore, YA urban fantasy, AND free stuff? Read the first three chapters of Katrina’s debut novel, “The Wise One”.
    And, if you want to see what Genny’s reading lately, check out her Goodreads review page.

    • 47 min
    {EP. 19} How to Get Creative Writing Time and Seasons in Your Fantasy Novel

    {EP. 19} How to Get Creative Writing Time and Seasons in Your Fantasy Novel

    Writing about time in your fantasy novel is a real see-you-next-Tuesday. I mean, all our months, weekdays, and seasons sound so...Earthly. And if you’re wondering if your reader notices when you say “February” when describing a month of the year in your fantasy world....they kinda do. 
    The days, months, seasons, and even the year itself are all products of our human—aka real—history. So, how the heck do we talk about the passage of time without using names in the Gregorian calendar?
    In case you haven’t guessed it, that’s what we’re talking about in today’s episode. We give you, our listeners-come-writers, tips and tricks for choosing the names of your own months, days, and seasons, and we also tend to talk pretty harshly about Mondays (but seriously, who likes Mondays anyway, amiright kids?).
    While we’re at it, we take a stab at science—that’s right, science—to explain how writers can play with the very idea of seasons, even though Genny likes to point out that if you’re going to mess with units of time, you’re probably going in way too deep. 
    As the very witchy, Celtic-obsessed one, Katrina gives our pagan-curious listeners some inspiration for their fantasy calendar: the Wheel of the Year. And of course, the second after we stopped recording we realized that we spent all this time talking about ancient and mystical calendars without ever once mentioning the Mayan calendar…so yeah...oops.
    Here are our tips for creating your own fantasy calendar:
    Decide how intense you want to get.When in doubt, follow the seasons! Get your inspiration from the sun, the moon, and the stars.get inspiration from the Wheel of the Year. Demonstrate society values in your calendar.SOURCES:
    The Wiccan Year, by Judy Ann Nockhttps://www.britannica.com/technology/sundialhttps://www.time-for-time.com/history.htmhttps://www.space.com/20433-game-of-thrones-seasons-science.htmlhttps://www.worldhistory.org/Wheel_of_the_Year/★  ★  ★
    Let us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.

    Do you like Celtic folklore, YA urban fantasy, AND free stuff? Read the first three chapters of Katrina’s debut novel, “The Wise One”.
    And, if you want to see what Genny’s reading lately, check out her Goodreads review page.

    • 27 min
    {EP. 18} The Origins of Satan + Tips on Writing About the Devil in Your Dark Fantasy or Horror Novel

    {EP. 18} The Origins of Satan + Tips on Writing About the Devil in Your Dark Fantasy or Horror Novel

    The Devil, the Beast, 666, the Dark One, Lucifer, Beelzebub,  Satan—whatever you want to call him, this character has been a point of fear and fascination for 3,000 years, and it’s a figure that pops up quite frequently in dark fantasy and horror novels. 
    So naturally, why wouldn’t we spend an afternoon discussing the Prince of Darkness? Rock on, Beelzebaby!
    Katrina and Genny explore the origins and evolution of Satan—from the pious angel to the leather-jacket wearing man-about-town and every iteration in between.
    As you’ll find out, it didn’t take us long to discover that Satan is a hodge-podge of multiple characters—a cultural byproduct of centuries of invasion and religious assimilation.
    While we loved talking about Satan the character, we also wanted to share some helpful writing tips for any dark fantasy writers out there who wanted to take a stab at creating their own version of this dark and evil figure.
    So, without further ado, here are our Top 9 tips (we couldn’t think of 10) for writing about Lucifer:
    Tip #1: Read the Holy Bible. 
    Tip #2: Read the Romantics if you’re going to make him a tragic hero. 
    Tip #3: Go local. 
    Tip #4: Decide what Satan has to do with evil. 
    Tip #5: Write until you scare yourself. 
    Tip #6: Read until you scare yourself. 
    Tip #7: Be brave enough to write about God. 
    Tip #8: Stay away from the campy version. 
    Tip #9: Read books about Satan. 
    Recommended Readings
    Goethe’s FaustLord Byron’s Childe Harold’s PilgrimageMary Shelley’s FrankensteinThe Monk by Matthew LewisThe Satanic Verses by Salman RushdieSource:
    History of the Devil★  ★  ★
    Let us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.

    Do you like Celtic folklore, YA urban fantasy, AND free stuff? Read the first three chapters of Katrina’s debut novel, “The Wise One”.
    And, if you want to see what Genny’s reading lately, check out her Goodreads review page.

    • 32 min

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sahula6 ,

If you’re into fantasy - this is for you!

Really enjoying this podcast so far! Katrina and Genny are hilarious and passionate about writing, fantasy and all things witchy. I loved Katrina’s book, “The Wise One”, and so excited to learn more about her journey :) Can’t wait to read Genny’s book when it comes out!

rcaimano ,

Love this!

As a fantasy fiction nerd with aspirations of writing my own story this is such an interesting podcast! Can’t wait to hear more from Genny and Katrina :)

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