KICKASS WITCH : Putting The "K" In Magick
Do you ever feel like there's a gigantic gap between the way you're living now and the life of your dreams? Do you sometimes wish you could wave a magick wand and all of your problems would just disappear so that you could finally step into the kickass life you know you were meant to lead? I can't promise you that transformation is as easy as waving a magick wand, but I do have quite a few tricks up my sleeve and am more than happy to share them with you here. So, chin up, Gorgeous, stick around and, most importantly... BELIEVE!

Monday, January 5, 2015

MAJOR ARCANA : The Fool's Journey... I'm Writing A Novel & This Time I Mean Business!!!

Wanna see what I look like when I'm totally uncomfortable & hyper-self-conscious?

Alrighty then... take a look at my very first Youtube video!

(CCOR = "Co-Creating Our Reality", an online community.)

Yikes! How funny is that?

It also comes with a Part 2, but I actually bored myself silly watching it back just now and figured that Part 1 was enough to give you the gist of WHY I am willing to share this embarrassing bit of footage here.

And- make no mistake- it iS embarrassing, and I DiD hesitate in sharing it with you.

I even thought about removing it from Youtube all together, but something in me said, "NO!!! No Jo... this is an important part of your journey and a testament to how far you've come. It stays."

I started that channel and the 100 Day Challenge I mentioned in that first video, because I wanted to get back to writing the novel that I had, at that point, worked obsessively on for a year & a half before, as I say in the video, "something not so nice" happened.

Something not so nice? Ha! That's one way to put it.

Another way is to say that I got the most horrifying shock of my life and a nasty case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to go with it.

Which is another reason why this video makes me squirm... I am so underweight & uncharacteristically soft-spoken here.

Sure- my hair looks nice, and that is a really pretty dress, but what I see when I watch this video is a deeply wounded, frightened little girl.

I also see a fighter.

The angel of a therapist who helped me through those early months of recovery repeatedly told me that I was a strong woman. I probably laughed at her the first time she said that. I just didn't see it. Strong? I felt anything but strong.

I felt weak & used.

But now- when I look back on this video- I think how could I NOT see it??? 

Look at me there- carrying on with my hopes & dreams and making every effort to get back in the game...

That is strong!

I am strong. I know this now.

I did not share my PTSD recovery on that channel. In fact, no one knew what I was going through then except for my family and a couple of close friends.

But what did happen was that healing took place, and that is largely due to the incredible witchy community I found myself drawn to online...

I initially started making videos in order to track my progress at CCOR but soon found myself engaged with the wonderful witches of Youtube. It was there, interacting & sharing with that magickal community, that I felt myself coming back to life.

I thrived on those interactions and, as my confidence grew, found that I was actually pretty good at making videos & had something of value to share.

People started writing in to ask me questions about the Law Of Attraction, my high raw diet, and my secret for staying so positive & upbeat all the time. It was then that I realized I had found my sweet spot.

I was doing what I loved, and other people were benefiting from that. Ding! Ding! Ding!

And- just like that, KiCKASS WiTCH was born...

"Do what you love and the money will follow." 
- Marsha Sinetar 

Staring an online biz, even one as fun & engaging as KiCKASS WiTCH, is hard work.  And no- it's not quite as easy as "do what you love, and the money will follow."

It took me a long couple of years before the money really started to follow, but- I will say that it is the doing-what-you-love bit that allows you to put up with the many challenges of starting your own biz online and whatever poverty that entails.

At least- that's the way it worked for me.

I really do LOVE inspiring you to "create the kickass life of your dreams", and have so much fun thinking up new ways to do that.

KiCKASS WiTCH is the dream I did not know I had, and it lights me up in a way that gets me bounding out of bed every morning, eager to start a new day...

But- it is NOT the only dream in my heart, and, if I am going to carry on telling you to follow your bliss, THiNK BiG & all that good shit... I've got to walk my talk.

I've got to finish that novel.

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." 
-Oliver Goldsmith

You may remember from this CRAFTY WiTCH hangout I hosted last year that I am BiG on collage journaling...

I so am! And- I always have to christen a new day planner with mini vision boards for what it is I intend to create in the year ahead.

This year, I am working with Danielle Laporte's Desire Map Day Planner, which is in & of itself mega awesome, but I am the kind of person who really needs to make something like this my own before it will sing.

And so- this is what it looks like now...

See that yellow kitchen timer there? It's an integral part of my new writing schedule, which looks a lil' something like this...

Write 2 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Break those 2 hours of writing into 20 minute chunks with 10 minute breaks for moving my butt in between (thus- the kitchen timer).

This is the absolute bare minimum of writing I am requiring myself to do. Of course, I can always write more...

These 2 hours of writing a day are ONLY for moving forward, word after after. That means- no editing, no reading what I just wrote, no researching, no navel-gazing, no nuttin' but type-type-typing, go-go-going...  onward & upward until this thing is done!

I have decided that, since I tend to throw up all kinds of clown-like resistance to anything even resembling a deadline, I will NOT set a deadline for this project. I will instead commit to the writing, and that is what I'm doing here now.

I, Joanna DeVoe, kooky creatrix of all things KiCKASS WiTCH, hereby hold myself publicly accountable. I will be updating you on my novel-writing progress every other Monday here on this blog, and... what do ya know- another new series is born!

That means that BOOK NERD WEEKLY is going bi-weekly, as I will be splitting my Mondays between that & this.

Got any fun ideas for what to rename that series, since it won't be weekly anymore & BOOK NERD Bi-WEEKLY doesn't quite have the same charm?

I am calling this new series MAJOR ARCANA for the same reason I named my original Youtube channel that.

Major Arcana means "Big Secret"... and that's how I feel about my novel.

I want to share it with you. I can't wait to share it with you!!! But- until it's done, it's contents & title shall remain a secret. Shshshshhh...

You may also know that "Major Arcana" is the title given to the suit of 22 cards that make up the infamous "Fool's Journey" in tarot...

Since I am a tarot enthusiast & know that writing a novel with the intention of getting a traditional publishing deal is considered an extremely foolish thing to do, the name seems all the more fitting.

So yeah- traditional publishing deals don't happen all that often any more. And yeah- spending weeks, months, years writing a novel that may never see the light of day is a crazy thing to do with my limited free time.

But- what the hell! I'm cuhraaaazy like that, and HAPPY to take you along for what I hope will be the ride of a life time...

This is MY dream.  

This is me creating the kickass life of MY dreams, and I hope that, in sharing it here, I will inspire you to take a foolish Fool's Journey of your own! -xo


  1. OMG.... I remember that video! Look at you and your beautiful warrior self. How blessed I am to be your friend. I cannot wait to read your first book. I am so, so, so excited for you and inspired by your resilience. Blessings sweet girl.

    1. Oh yay! THANK YOU so much, my chronically inspiring, magickal friend... You give me hope! -xo

  2. Good luck with the book, I have to finish mine too! Slow and steady, we will gt there eventually! I have been through some hard times too, you are so inspiring, and to find out you went through bad times and came out the other side is inspiring to me too! Thank you!

    1. Thank YOU, Laura!!!! And- sooo much LUCK & GRACE & MAGiCK in finishing your novel this year!

  3. I've been watching your videos and reading your blogs for a couple of years now....You are brave, courageous and beautiful!!

    1. Wow! THANK YOU so much. That means a great deal to me!!! -xo

  4. Oh wow! You seem shyer, but it is pretty easy to see the talent there, even back then. You are sooooo so so strong my friend. It is always inspiring for me when you share these stories about your past to see how amazingly you come through the other side. You could easily use these experiences as an excuse to keep yourself down, but instead you climb up each one and use it as the next step to your success. You are incredibly strong and brave and definitely a fighter. Always fight! I applaud you for taking the fool's journey. And I am putting in my pre-order now for a reserved copy of your novel. Even if, on the super slim off chance that you don't get published, you have to print it off your own printer. I'll still buy it. lol

    1. Tara... how will I ever repay you for every kindness you've shown me? Your support has meant & means the world to me. You are beyond AMAZING. Thank you. -xo

  5. Hi Jo! I have been working on my book for the last three years. I can relate! This year I am doing the same. I feel this is our year! LET"S TAKE IT! <3 I can't wait to read your book! You are one hell of a KICK ASS WITCH!

    1. Yay!!!!!! LET'S TAKE iT!!!!!!! Whoop! Whoop! And THANK YOU so much.... -xoxoxo

  6. THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I'm so happy for you!!! YOU ROCK!!!! <3

    1. Woooohoooooo!!! THANKS for the boost, Queen Annika!!! -xoxoxo