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WELCOME TO THE 2013

A to Z CHALLENGE!!!
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My A to Z Challenge theme is Wiccan Reads.

Each day of the challenge, you will find a new Wiccan Read, that is, a vocabulary word which relates to the Wiccan religion. In addition, I’ll provide a very brief excerpt from the draft of my current WIP, CRYING FOR MERCY—a psychological thriller about a history teacher at a small Catholic high school obsessed with the owner of an occult shop. Posts will stay at around 250 words to keep things moving.

To learn more about why I chose this subject, go here.
 For more info on the A to Z Challenge click here

And with that, it’s time to hit “A”!

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A IS FOR ATHAMÉ

ATHAMÉ: A ceremonial dagger, usually double edged, used for channeling and directing personal energy during ritual. Disregard all those awful “B” movies. The athamé is not used to cut and is therefore never used to draw blood—er, uh, despite the excerpt below.

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EXCERPT . . .

Blood, bright red and frothy, bubbles around the blade and soaks the bedding. She reaches for the athamé. With an awful sucking sound, the knife pulls free. She watches the dark stain spread as her mother’s face softens and dissolves into peace. Even in death she is beautiful, her skin pale as alabaster, eyes open, wide and unfocused as if in a trance, a gentle smile on her lips.

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Let’s hear about your challenge!
What is your “A”?

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