Words from the otherworld: The Sphinx and Drifting Sunsets.

“To attain the SANCTUM REGNUM, in other words, the knowledge and power of the Magi, there are four indispensable conditions–an intelligence illuminated by study, an intrepidity which nothing can check, a will which cannot be broken, and a prudence which nothing can corrupt and nothing intoxicate. TO KNOW, TO DARE, TO WILL, TO KEEP SILENCE–such are the four words of the Magus, inscribed upon the four symbolical forms of the sphinx.”


This last month or so has been a strange one. A new novel, Sunset Drift, has come into being. I am about ¾ of the way through but in order to write it I have had to go completely dark on social media. I don’t know why I had to go dark all I know was that any time I went to talk about Sunset Drift I felt gagged. The words just wouldn’t come forth. My Muse wanted me to stay completely silent about my writing and considering how quickly the story and words were coming to me I wasn’t about to argue.

The only people who knew about Sunset Drift were my two crit partners and my best-friend. Not even partner knew. All he knew was that I was locked in my office and wouldn’t come out except for coffee.

I took a breather yesterday and decided to look into the power of silence. I asked my best-friend and she guided me to the Sphinx. The Sphinx! Of course, I immediately faceplanted the desk.

The four powers of the Sphinx are to Know, to Will, to Dare, to Keep Silent. These instructions are considered by some to be central to attaining wisdom, magickal power and successful spell-work. The part I am focused on today is to Keep Silent. In the Thelemic tradition keeping silent helped the practitioner keep their magick and intent pure. It also prevented anyone from casting opposing magick or sabotaging his or her work. Finally, it ensured whatever energy the person had devoted to their work, magick, art etc., stayed focused on the work and didn’t get distracted by, say, blog writing.


Today I feel like the gag has been lifted and I can finally talk about Sunset Drift. Sunset Drift is the book I have been writing while waiting for my beta readers and editor to get back to me regarding Rain. Sunset Drift is a very different novel, a loose and gritty retelling of the King Arthur legend – but this time Guinevere gets both Arthur and Lancelot (why not I say!) It is still a paranormal erotica-romance but it has some thriller and horror elements. It is also has a very ‘grunge’ feel. I have created a Pinterest board to create the feel of the book. I think the opening song in the soundtrack for this new book would be ‘Smells like teen Spirit’ by Nirvana but covered by Scala and Kolacny Brothers.

I hope to have Sunset Drift finished by August so I can pitch it at the Romance Writers Australia conference. I am aware my style of romance is niche – lets just hope my brilliant personality and awesome cowboy boots wins them over. In the meantime you will see me back here and on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter.


  1. Aspenjlee says:

    Sunset Drift sounds fascinating Catherine. Hope it all goes well with your pitching. I’m heading to the conference as well, may run into you there.

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