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This website was designed using the WordPress theme Silent Nature by my dear friend, fellow Wily, and horror/dark fiction writer extraordinaire, Angel Leigh McCoy. I wanted a website that was easy for a newb like me to navigate and change, and Angel led me every step of the way (and is still leading:)
But don’t go bothering her to design you a website. She is way too busy writing great fiction and gaming content, and running the Wily Website for Dowloadable Speculative Fiction.
The Imagery used in the heading banner of this website is no accident and was chosen because of what it specifically means to me.
The Hooded Woman
First, there is the hooded woman on the left. That image is the avatar I use on my Livejournal as well, and it fraught with meaning for me personally.
In certain religious traditions, a woman is supposed to cover her head to show submission to men. Many women today, especially in Middle-Eastern cultures are still required to cover their heads and bodies in deference to their husbands. In my opinion, this is an act of oppression, a way to exert power and control over others.
However, the woman in the header image is cloaked and hooded by choice. She represents the power and mystery of the feminine which one can hide in shadows, or reveal under moonlight (or full sun) as an act of personal will. She is the goddess in all of us, our power and right to own ourselves.
I have chosen a night setting and dark colors for my website on purpose. As a writer, and a person, I believe strongly in the human need to embrace our shadow selves, or darker parts, rather than exile them to corners of our psyche labeled “sinful” or “bad”.
In the real world, I love the night- it’s star-studded ceiling, it’s silent wind, the pregnant moon, and all the creatures who come out to stumble about when most humans are asleep. I love cemeteries. The night holds no fear for me, and it is where some of my best stories come from.
Embracing the night in nature and myself does not mean I am a depressed person. On the contrary, I am quite content and experience much joy by looking at all aspects of reality and my inner self.
I don’t think I can say enough about the moon.
The moon is the image of the three aspects of the feminine; Maiden, Mother and Crone. The moon pulls on the earth’s waters, and on the very mysterious and cyclical nature of womanhood itself. In my deepest nature, I recognize a kinship with the moon. We wax and wane together, and I have even been able to track the phases of my creativity in relationship to phases of the moon.
I could write reams about my personal connection to the moon, but suffice it to say, I love her.
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