When will my novels be available in other languages?

BJØRN ANDREAS BULL-HANSEN

My new novel Jomsviking is now being published here in Norway, and many of you have asked when it will be available in English and other languages. It’s my 17th book and finally, 21 years after the publication of my very first novel, it looks like the sales are taking off. The pre-sale is at almost 3.000 copies as I’m writing this on the 7th April 2017, which is very, very good by Norwegian standards — the publishing company actually placed an order for the second print yesterday.

But the book is still only available in Norwegian. I get asked a lot when my books will be available in English, and it actually hurts a bit every time I get that question. But that is only because I feel I should be able to say yes! It hurts because I really, really want you to get to know the characters…

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On Wolves and How To Start A Fistfight in Norway

BJØRN ANDREAS BULL-HANSEN

Norwegians are usually peaceful creatures. Much too peaceful, I would say, and way too patient. We rarely raise our voice while sober and most of us believe showing negative emotions are immature and childish.

But when it comes to wolves, everything changes. If you want to start a physical fight in Norway, you only need to bring up the subject of wolves, or more precisely, you need to say out loud that you want lots of wolves out in the Norwegian woods. If you do that, someone will probably stand up and call you names, while clenching his fists. Or, if it’s a woman, she will ask you if you want children to be killed by a pack of wolves.

Try bringing up the subject of wolves in a Norwegian dinner party. There is bound to be some idiot — I mean person — who will raise their voice and…

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Hugin and Munin – The Duality of Your Mind

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BJØRN ANDREAS BULL-HANSEN

Did you know that Odin’s two ravens Hugin and Munin are symbols meant to explain the duality of your mind? I have always been fascinated by this concept. As it often is with Norse mythology, the more you look into it, the more you learn about yourself and the world around you.

I’ve written about Hugin and Munin in my latest blogpost for Grimfrost. You’ll find it HERE.

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Out with the Old – In with the New

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As the year quickly draws to a close, I am reminded that it is once again the time to think about shedding oneself of any emotional baggage or regrets that bind us. We need to discard old burdens, push them out. And start to realize that the coming new year brings so many opportunities. We are essentially reborn into a much happier state of being – with new goals, new ambitions, new heights of achievement to attain, as well as the resolve to see these things through. Let go and see nothing but positive for the coming new year.

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Now, there are many traditions around the globe as we see this entrance into the new year, but I want to share one with you that my family has done for several years. It enables you to symbolically banish the old from your life and release it so it can burden you no more. It also adds a welcoming ritual to your celebration that will help ensure your luck in the new year to come.

First, gather up all the things that you would like to see happen in the new year. For example, if you wish for your business to succeed, grab a business card. If you need more income, grab a copy of the want ads, or job description you want – or gather up some coins or a dollar bill. Photos of your family are always a nice choice. Just grab whatever feels right.

On a piece of paper, write the following:

‘Out with the old,

In with the new,

May prosperity and fertility

Come to you

On this New Year

So it shall be.’

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Fold this little petition towards you three times.

You will toss these items into a plastic zip lock bag. You can also add money-drawing herbs like bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, magnetic sand if you have some. Anything that you desire in the coming new year.

Take the bag outside of your home and hide it somewhere that you will know where to find it.

A few minutes before midnight, light a candle – any color will do. Say the following:

‘As I light this candle,

I bid the the Old Year farewell,

With gratitude for milestones passed,

And memories cherished.

And I welcome the New Year in

With love and warmth and blessings.

That the quality of this new year be assured,

I now dedicate a moment to visioning

Some ways to make this year

A year of excellence,

A year of fortune.’

Pause for a moment to envision the kind of year that you want to have and the kind of person that you want to be. Enhance these visualizations by imagining your objectives charged with energy and bathed in glowing light. Then continue:

‘And thus do my wishes for the year 
take on their own life and purpose. 
So does the year itself 
take on a glowing life and power; 
A bright year, a bold year, 
a golden year, a year of magic! 
So may this year bring luck, 
and peace, and prosperity 
to one and all.’   

From By Candlelight, by Janina Renée

Allow the candle to burn continuously, or relight it every morning to reactivate the energies of your eve celebration. Whether the candle takes a few days or a few months to burn down, you can be satisfied that its flames will radiate your blessings to last the twelve months out.

The morning of January 1, go outside and bring the zip-lock baggy inside your home. Symbolically, you will be bringing all these wonderful opportunities into your new year!

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Anything written on paper in the baggy, remove and burn. Scatter the ashes to the wind.

Stay positive and focused this year, my Witches. Like attracts like… so focus on all the best things in your life – and it shall attract more.

Blessings to each of you, from the Swamp Witch & all of us at Inexplicable Things. May the new year be more prosperous than you can imagine! 

Please be sure and visit us at http://www.inexplicablethings.com and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InXplicableThings/

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Garlic & Onions in the Pantry

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When a Candle isn’t a Candle!

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Conjure workers, root doctors, and Swamp Witch’s alike, use candles.
In fact, most spiritual paths use candles in some form or fashion. I won’t speak on all the other paths, but I can tell you, chere, that in Swamp Conjure, a candle is considered a tool. This particular tool is used to help focus your mind and intent on the task at hand.

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Now, keep in mind that in many of the traditions that are based upon the different forms of folk magick, a candle isn’t always ‘just a candle’.
As I said, candles are tools. But not all tools are created equal.
Enter the “fixed” candles.
These are magickally “fixed” candles – dressed with magickal conjure oils and then dusted with herbs or blow powders. The oils and powders add additional power that help in manifestation of your intent. These fixed candles are often hand-prepared, which helps to impart certain energies into the candle as it is created.
Miss Sha’, Swamp Witch that she is, takes hers a wee step further, and adorns them with a symbolic charm. The charms are meant to, again, focus your intent on the goal. As the candle burns, it releases the charm symbolizing attainment of this goal.
The fiixed candles created by Inexplicable Things can be made for nearly any intention – and are quite popular. We currently offer several varieties, but one of our most recent additions is a Money-Draw fixed candle that we call, ‘The Benjamins.’
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Prosperity means different things to different folks. To some, it’s wealth and status. To others, it comes in the form of success and promotions. But one of the most common forms is cold hard cash. And who couldn’t use a little extra dough?
Our “Benjamins” is anointed with our #1 best-selling Money Oil, which we call Fast Cash Oil. This oil has proven quite effective when it comes to needing some extra dough for a bill, or rubbing on your last $20 bill before dropping it in a machine at your favorite casino. We have also dusted this beautiful candle with our Crown of Success Powder and just a pinch of magnetic sand. You may also find small pieces of shredded cash stuck to the candle when it arrives!
Use this candle however you see fit – but a common Swamp Conjure use is to carve your desire on the side of the candle. Write out a petition – be sure to be very specific – and place this petition under the candle as it burns. Light your candle. When the charm is released, your working is well on the way. Repeat this process, periodically, if you wish to boost the energies.
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Boom! That’s all there is to it for using the fixed candles created at Inexplicable Things. Here in the swamp, we like to keep things as user-friendly as possible! Nothing fancy!
We also currently offer a Fixed Road Opener Candle, as well as a Flames of Passion Fixed Love Candle. There will be more forthcoming!
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To see any of the items we spoke of here, please visit Miss Sha’ and Mr. Kelly at www.inexplicablethings.com.

The Benjamins – Fixed Money Drawing Candle: http://inexplicablethings.com/products/money-draw-candle
Fast Cash Conjure Oil: http://inexplicablethings.com/products/fast-cash-money-draw
Crown of Success Powder: http://inexplicablethings.com/products/crown-of-success-powder
Fixed Road Opener Candle: http://inexplicablethings.com/products/road-opener-candle
Flame of Passion Fixed Love Candle: http://inexplicablethings.com/products/passion-love-candle

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