Friday, January 17, 2014

6 Months In

Nine months ago I came to a decision that serving the community as a peace officer and a police dispatcher for 36 years was enough. We staged our house and sold it a few months later. Six months ago I finally retired from law enforcement and a few weeks later I moved to Sandy Hook on the Sunshine Coast. It is a beautiful quiet place that has definitely allowed me healing. I’ve taken what time I could from unpacking and setting up house to do just that. There were a lot of things to do: Finishing an enormous basement room, renovating bathrooms and kitchen, reclaiming a yard neglected for about two years by the previous owner due to illness and other issues. 

All this has kept me from writing, which is one of the things that I most wanted to do once I got here. However I made a decision that setting up house had to come first. That and one other dream.

I had a simple hobby telescope as a kid and I’d always wanted to get back into amateur astronomy. A few days after the house sold I purchased a brand new Schmidt Cassegrain reflector telescope and joined the Sunshine Coast chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Last month I became their media director and part of the observatory committee. Our RASC chapter is building an observatory at the Sechelt airport and I’ve participated in work crews to see this happen.



I’m happy to say that in the last few days I got back to the keyboard and got writing again. I’m going to get a few books out this year now that my time is my own.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Challenges of Starting a New Writing Career

Back in 2005 I retired from the Vancouver Police Department to become a civilian police dispatcher for VPD at ECOMM for Southwestern BC. The plan was for me to work a few years to pay off the mortgage and then retire completely from law enforcement in order to pursue my writing full time. Then the economy went pear shaped, prices went up, the number of shifts went down, and my finish line started to slide further into the distance. Stress was taking its toll on me and I started to reassess what I was doing.

At the end of April 2013 I made a decision: Sell the house, move to a cheaper house in Sechelt, BC, and retire as soon as possible. I know that I startled a lot of people with the sudden news of my impending retirement and move. My wife and I succeeded in achieving this, with me retiring in July 2013 and moving to the new home at the beginning of August.

This was a big readjustment, and for months I’ve been packing, staging, unpacking, renovating, and otherwise establishing a new life for myself. Retiring was the best decision I’ve made in a while: I’ve experienced much needed healing. Unfortunately, due to the aforementioned necessities of re-establishing our home, I’ve not been able to spend any time writing. I’d accepted this as part of the plan before I started packing. It’s taken a bit longer than I’d hoped (as is often the case in life), but I’m now about to get going on that writing. I never viewed this change as a retirement. Rather, I saw it as a change in profession to full time writer.


So stay tuned. I’ve got the third book in my sword and sorcery Purification Trilogy nearly done and hope to have it out in November, and I’m already forming the ideas for a new paranormal romance trilogy. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Yule Greetings


Dear Friends:
It has been a very stressful month for many within the Order of Scáthach and the Pagan community. People dealing with loss of family, with loss of jobs, with illness. It was a very poignant Yule this year, with people supporting one another. I’ve seen some sterling examples of how to deal with these stresses. One of our members cleaned out her mother’s kitchen after her passing and brought the food in to distribute to less fortunate within our ranks, thereby turning tragedy into triumph.

I’m now completed Ailchú’s Prophecy, the second book book of my Purification Trilogy, a sword and sorcery trilogy which I’ve written under my mundane name, C. A. Ennis. You can check it out at my C. A. Ennis Fantasy Blog. This book, as well as the first book, Fionuir’s Mural, are available from Smashwords and Amazon. I’m hard at work on the third book in this trilogy, Cathal’s Seer.

I also completed the Dark Man Trilogy this year: Dark Water, Dark Fire, and Dark Storm are available now as both e books (Smashwords.com) and print on demand books (Amazon Createspace): I’ve written them under the pseudonym Carrie Bryce. You can check it out at my Carrie Bryce blog.

The first print run of my book Pagan Religions: A Manual for Diversity Training, the updated version of my original book The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, has sold out and the publisher has announced a reprint. It is available for sale at: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Pagan-Religions-Manual-Diversity-Training-Kerr-Cuhulain/9780971005068-item.html?cookieCheck=1

If you follow my daily affirmations on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, you may be interested in checking out my book: How To Be Glorious: Day By Day Empowerment. This book is the next step in the the cycle begun with my earlier Llewellyn books on Warrior philosophy, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick, Magickal Self Defense, and Modern Knighthood. It’s about taking charge of your life instead of letting your life take charge of you. It’s available as an e book from Smashwords and as a print on demand book from Amazon.com. You may also want to check out my book Modern Knighthood: Unleashing Your Inner Power to Master Yourself and the World. This is out on Smashwords.com as an e book, and now it is out as a print on demand book at Createspace.

I’m on Pinterest now if you’d like to check out what I’m following.

If you’re into cooking, check out my recipe blog now too: Cauldron and Chalice.

Check out the Order of Scathach’s YouTube channel for our training videos and monthly affirmations. All of the lessons of the Order of Scathach’s training cycle have been uploaded as mini video lessons now. I’ve also been posting monthly inspirational videos.

Hope you have a wonderful Yule. Wassail!

Kerr Cuhulain
Preceptor General
Order of Scathach
Order of Scáthach web site: http://www.dunscathach.com/
Order of Scathách training blog: http://dunscathach.wordpress.com/
Kerr Cuhulain’s blog: http://kerrcuhulain.blogspot.com/
Kerr’s latest Smashwords book: Modern Knighthood: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/34975
Check out Kerr’s daily affirmations:
Twitter: @warriorwitch
YouTube channel for the Order of Scathách: http://www.youtube.com/user/goibhniu13?feature=mhum

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lughnasad Greetings


Dear Friends:

More than 4 decades ago I started down this spiritual path. In the Lower Mainland in those days the Pagan community was invisible: Virtually unseen. Truly "occult". Did you know that the word "occult" means "hidden"? There was no internet. Contacts were made from obscure notices left on book store cork boards. There were few books available. People gathered in secret, in darkness, looking over their shoulders, fearful of how those in the community would perceive them due to the massive amount of misinformation in circulation. Wicca and other Pagan religions were recognized by no level of government. Pagans gathered in secret circles, put up magickal walls to fence out negativity, called on the guardians of the quarters to protect and shield them, called on their deities to aid them, all of them turning away from the light.

In the early 90s I travelled to the Memphis, Tennessee, area to help a group of less than 2 dozen struggling Pagans establish themselves as a legal religious entity in a hostile environment. In one public talk in Jonesboro, Arkansas, I required 2 bodyguards, body armor, and he entire police department in the front row to survive. The next morning an 18 year old named Charles Taylor asked my advice on becoming a police officer in Tennessee. He was already public about his Wiccan beliefs. At my talk at the Memphis Police Academy I was approached surreptitiously by 2 officers who whispered to me that they were Wiccan and all but ran away. Like a flower, trying to turn their faces to the light.

A few months later I travelled to Heartland Festival outside Leavenworth, Kansas. Again, a small group of people struggling to establish themselves, having signed the mortgage for 136 acres, hoping to create a Pagan sanctuary, fearful of the reaction of the local populace. 80 percent of the people that showed up for that festival called themselves Pagan because they drank until they fell face down. The organizers hoped for something better. Trying to turn their faces to the light.

A year ago I was invited to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas to conduct an Armoring ritual such as the one our Order is presenting later today. 400 men and women in uniform attended that ritual. All of them turning their faces to the sun.

Three months ago I returned to Memphis. I was picked up at the airport by Charles Taylor. Remember the 18 year old that wanted to be a cop? He was now Captain Taylor, a proud Pagan cop. He took me to meet the group that I remembered from decades earlier. They'd grown to 250 people, 3 generations, many of them legal clergy from 8 established Wiccan churches recognized right to the Supreme Court level. Several attendees were active Pagan military proudly wearing their religion on their dog tags. Every single person there turning their faces to the sun.

Two weeks later I returned to Heartland Festival. The original group had grown to 650 people, 3 generations, many of them legal Pagan clergy, many of them proud Pagans who had defended their country in the armed services. Their mortgage on their land at Gaia Retreat Center is now paid off, as of this month. Not a drunk in sight. You couldn't point your finger at a single person including children and say they weren't full committed to this spiritual path, all of them turning their faces to the sun.

Vancouver Pagan Pride is just around the corner. Once again my Order of Scáthach is hosting this event, which will take place in Hawthorne Park in Surrey, BC, on Saturday, 18 August. You can check it out at: http://vancouverpaganpride.wordpress.com/ Then in September I will be teaching at Hamilton, Ontario, Pagan Pride Day 15-16 September 2012: http://www.ppdhamilton.org/ I look forward to seeing some of you these events. At both events I’ll be conducting Armoring Rituals and Selena Fox will be assisting me in this at the Hamilton Event. You can check out pictures of our Order’s Armouring ritual from last year’s Vancouver Pagan Pride on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151563882065117.841484.760800116&type=3

I’ve just become a volunteer Wiccan chaplain for Providence Health Care in Vancouver (St. Paul’s, St. Vincent’s, and Mount St. Joseph’s hospitals). I’ll be conducting a Lughnasad memorial service with Knights of my Order for a palliative care patient who died at St. Vincent’s on August 5. I’ve also been in contact with Fraser Health who are signing me up to be a Pagan chaplain for their hospitals as well.

The Dark Man Trilogy is complete: Dark Water, Dark Fire, and Dark Storm are available now as both e books (Smashwords.com) and print on demand books (Amazon Createspace): I’ve written them under the pseudonym Carrie Bryce.You can check it out at my Carrie Bryce blog. I’m now 54,000 words into writing Eluned’s Apprentice, the second book of my Purification Trilogy, a sword and sorcery trilogy which I’ve written under my mundane name, C. A. Ennis. You can check it out at my C. A. Ennis Fantasy Blog.

The first print run of my book Pagan Religions: A Manual for Diversity Training, the updated version of my original book The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, has sold out and the publisher has announced a reprint. It is available for sale at: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Pagan-Religions-Manual-Diversity-Training-Kerr-Cuhulain/9780971005068-item.html?cookieCheck=1

If you follow my daily affirmations on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, you may be interested in checking out my book: How To Be Glorious: Day By Day Empowerment. This book is the next step in the the cycle begun with my earlier Llewellyn books on Warrior philosophy, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick, Magickal Self Defense, and Modern Knighthood. It’s about taking charge of your life instead of letting your life take charge of you. It’s available as an e book from Smashwords and as a print on demand book from Amazon.com. You may also want to check out my book Modern Knighthood: Unleashing Your Inner Power to Master Yourself and the World. This is out on Smashwords.com as an e book, and now it is out as a print on demand book at Createspace.

I’m on Pinterest now if you’d like to check out what I’m following.

If you’re into cooking, check out my recipe blog now too: Cauldron and Chalice.

Check out the Order of Scathach’s YouTube channel for our training videos and monthly affirmations. All of the lessons of the Order of Scathach’s training cycle have been uploaded as mini video lessons now. I’ve also been posting monthly inspirational videos.

Hope you have a wonderful Lughnasad.

Kerr Cuhulain
Preceptor General
Order of Scathach

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Beltaine Update


Dear Friends: 

In the coming year I’ll be attending the following gatherings to teach:

·         Heartland Pagan Festival 24 - 28 May 2012.

·         Southern Delta Church of Wicca event 10 – 13 May 2012 in Shelby Park, Millington, Tennessee.

·         PPD in Augusta, Georgia, in October 2012 (still to be confirmed).

·         Hamilton, Ontario, Pagan Pride Day 15 September 2012.


I’ve just posted pictures of our Order’s Armoring ritual from last year’s Vancouver Pagan Pride on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151563882065117.841484.760800116&type=3


The first two books (Dark Water and Dark Fire) of my Dark Man paranormal romance trilogy are out both as e books (Smashwords.com) and print on demand books (Amazon Createspace): I’ve written them under the pseudonym Carrie Bryce. I’m about 49,000 words into the third book which I hope will be out this summer. You can check it out at my Carrie Bryce blog. Once that’s done I’ll turn my attention to finishing the second book of my Purification Trilogy, a sword and sorcery trilogy which I’ve written under my mundane name, C. A. Ennis. The first book is Fionúir’s Mural and the second will be Eluned’s Apprentice. You can check it out at my C. A. Ennis Fantasy Blog.


The first print run of my book Pagan Religions: A Manual for Diversity Training, the updated version of my original book The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, has sold out and the publisher has announced a reprint. It is available for sale at: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Pagan-Religions-Manual-Diversity-Training-Kerr-Cuhulain/9780971005068-item.html?cookieCheck=1


I’ve released a book of self empowerment which grew out of the daily affirmations that I post on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+: How To Be Glorious: Day By Day Empowerment. This book is the next step in the the cycle begun with my earlier Llewellyn books on Warrior philosophy, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick, Magickal Self Defense, and Modern Knighthood. It’s about taking charge of your life instead of letting your life take charge of you. It’s available as an e book from Smashwords and as a print on demand book from Amazon.com.


My book Modern Knighthood: Unleashing Your Inner Power to Master Yourself and the World has been out on Smashwords.com since December as an e book, but now it is out as a print on demand book at Amazon.com. 

I’m on Pinterest now if you’d like to check out what I’m following.

If you’re into cooking, check out my recipe blog now too: Cauldron and Chalice.  

Check out the Order of Scathach’s YouTube channel for our training videos and monthly affirmations. All of the lessons of the Order of Scathach’s training cycle have been uploaded as mini video lessons now. I’ve also been posting monthly inspirational videos. 

And finally, our youth group, Scathách Kids, is now fully operational. Please check it out at: http://scathachkids.wordpress.com/ 

Hope you have a wonderful Beltaine. 

Kerr Cuhulain
Preceptor General
Order of Scathach
Order of Scáthach web site: http://www.dunscathach.com/

Order of Scathách training blog: http://dunscathach.wordpress.com/

Kerr Cuhulain’s blog: http://kerrcuhulain.blogspot.com/

Kerr’s latest Smashwords book: Modern Knighthood: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/34975

Check out Kerr’s daily affirmations:

Twitter: @warriorwitch




YouTube channel for the Order of Scathách: http://www.youtube.com/user/goibhniu13?feature=mhum



Friday, March 23, 2012

Eostre Update


Dear Friends:



In the coming year I’ll be attending the following gatherings to teach:

·         Heartland Pagan Festival 24 - 28 May 2012.

·         Southern Delta Church of Wicca event 10 – 13 May 2012 in Shelby Park, Millington, Tennessee.

·         PPD in Augusta, Georgia, in October 2012 (still to be confirmed).

·         Hamilton, Ontario, Pagan Pride Day 15 September 2012.



Both of my first books of fiction are now out as both e books (Smashwords.com) and print on demand books (Amazon Createspace). The first is the first book of a sword and sorcery trilogy which I’ve written under my mundane name, C. A. Ennis. It’s called the Purification Trilogy and the book is Fionúir’s Mural. You can check it out at my C. A. Ennis Fantasy Blog. The second is a paranormal romance which is the first book of the Dark Man Trilogy: Dark Water, which I’ve written under the pseudonym Carrie Bryce. You can check it out at my Carrie Bryce blog. I’ve just finished the second book in the Dark Man Trilogy, Dark Water, which should be out as an e book and print book in April.



The first print run of my book Pagan Religions: A Manual for Diversity Training, the updated version of my original book The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca, has sold out and the publisher has announced a reprint. It is available for sale at: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Pagan-Religions-Manual-Diversity-Training-Kerr-Cuhulain/9780971005068-item.html?cookieCheck=1



I’ve released a book of self empowerment which grew out of the daily affirmations that I post on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+: How To Be Glorious: Day By Day Empowerment. This book is the next step in the the cycle begun with my earlier Llewellyn books on Warrior philosophy, Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick, Magickal Self Defense, and Modern Knighthood. It’s about taking charge of your life instead of letting your life take charge of you. It’s available as an e book from Smashwords and as a print on demand book from Amazon.com.



My book Modern Knighthood: Unleashing Your Inner Power to Master Yourself and the World has been out on Smashwords.com since December as an e book, but now it is out as a print on demand book at Amazon.com.



I’m on Pinterest now if you’d like to check out what I’m following. Check out my f you’re into cooking, check out my recipe blog now too: Cauldron and Chalice.



Check out the Order of Scathach’s YouTube channel for our training videos and monthly affirmations. All of the lessons of the Order of Scathach’s training cycle have been uploaded as mini video lessons now. I’ve also been posting monthly inspirational videos.



And finally, our youth group, Scathách Kids, is now fully operational. Please check it out at: http://scathachkids.wordpress.com/



Hope you have a wonderful Eostre.



Kerr Cuhulain
Preceptor General
Order of Scathach
Order of Scáthach web site: http://www.dunscathach.com/

Order of Scathách training blog: http://dunscathach.wordpress.com/

Kerr Cuhulain’s blog: http://kerrcuhulain.blogspot.com/

Kerr’s latest Smashwords book: Modern Knighthood: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/34975

Check out Kerr’s daily affirmations:

Twitter: @warriorwitch




YouTube channel for the Order of Scathách: http://www.youtube.com/user/goibhniu13?feature=mhum



Monday, February 13, 2012

Previews of Fionuir's Mural and Dark Water

I've put the first chapters of my sword and sorcery novel, Fionuir's Mural, and my paranormal romance novel, Dark Water, on my blogs for you to check out.

Fionúir’s Mural is the first book of the Purification Trilogy, a coming of age story in the swords and sorcery genre, an unforeseen hero’s quest set in a world called Eilir.

This is the story of a 13 year old boy in exile and out of favor who discovers himself the subject of a 250 year old mural painted by the prophetess Fionúir, depicting two famous historical battles and one that has yet to occur.  It is about the boy’s quest across foreign lands to discover who the other figures depicted alongside him in the mural are and what part they play in his life and in Fionúir’s prophecy.  It is about the boy discovering who he truly is and what he is capable of and mastering that knowledge to face his world to overcome adversity and defeat the enemies who would see him and his family dead.  He is helped by a dream companion who has been with him since his youth, a mentor, who turns out to be the spirit of one of the heroes of the first battle depicted in Fionúir’s Mural.  It is about breaking with tradition and doing what works, blazing a trail instead of following the beaten path.  It is about perseverance and honor.  It is about finding true friends and true love.  The time for the final battle of Purification approaches.  It about who dares… wins.

Dark Water is a personal empowerment story in the paranormal romance genre, the first book of the Dark Man Trilogy (2nd book Taming the Inferno and 3rd book Taming the Storm).

This is the story of 3 women from 3 generations of a family haunted since the 17th century. Their ancestor Katherine defeated an unwanted suitor and the sorcerer that was his accomplice, in doing so trapping the demon the sorcerer had summoned in this world to bend her to their will. Ever since this demon, the Dark Man, has haunted her descendants. 300 years later a family tragedy finally brings these 3 women together to fulfill their ancestor's prophecy that her descendants would one day defeat the Dark Man. But fate has brought them face to face with descendants of both their ancestor's suitor and his sorcerer, and the final battle for domination looms. They must decipher the meaning of the prophecy and use it to survive. In Taming the Tides Bea discovers her gift and her place in the prophecy with the help of her grandmother, aunt and cousin. It is about Bea learning to use her power to free herself from her family’s designs and the Dark Man. She must succeed to protect her new found love and her dreams of a future free of the Dark Man.