Before Death: Twelve Notes on Writing and the Tarot by Teresa Carmody

In 2013, I sat down to write a story and decided to pull a tarot card as a way to begin. At that point, I didn’t know much about the tarot, though I had long been interested, had gone years earlier to a new age shop in West Hollywood where my then-lover and I purchased a deck to share. Yes, some people say your first deck should be “gifted,” but really: there are many ways to make and receive a gift.

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What or Who Are Your Patron Writer-Saints by Teresa Carmody

What if the writers you keep returning to are your patron saints? In other words, they want to help and protect you, guide you, push you further into your reason for being, which is also your writing. Or art. Your visionary work. These writers aren’t parents you need to slay or some other competition (which is how capitalism encourages us to see each other). But your council. If they goad you, it’s for a purpose.

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Hello, #ProcessNotes by Teresa Carmody

During a psychic reading at Hotel Cassadaga, Aylah (who insists she’s a scientist because she is) told me I should start a blog. That was many months ago, and only recently, on a trip to Buenos Aires to scout for our June 2019 MFA of the Americas residency, did the idea for the blog come together. Also, it’s more than a blog. I’ve started an Instagram. There will be videos. But let me back up slightly and lay out what happened and when.

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