[New Year, New You] Weekly Writing Prompt: Asking for Help

The New Year, New You Project is an experiment in Magical Radical Transformation.  Please see here for how to participate! 

Please remember to leave a link here to your blog entry with your response to this prompt or an update on your own Experiment.


Oh man, if last week’s prompt was about as popular as polyps, you’re gonna really love this week’s prompt.

It’s been interesting doing this Experiment so far because without even really intending to do so, we’ve sort of built an Egregor where most of us are generally on the same page.  If one of us is dragging ass, most of us are dragging ass, if most of us are having a rrrrrrrrrrrreow I own you kind of week, most of us are.  It’s so strange and amazing and magical seeing all the synchronicities.  I’d be totes freaked out about it except even my panic is now on a tight schedule.

So, we’re all getting tired and getting worn.  We’re all starting to lose hope and faith in ourselves, in our goals, in our ability to do what we’ve set out.  All the doubts are getting bigger than our intentions.

You tell them to shut the fuck up.  Right now.  You have work to do.


So with that established (and, a friendly reminder that it’s only Feb and there will be a follow up course so there’s no need to start breathing into a bag just yet as we still have plenty of time to continue to be awesome), this week’s prompt is about asking someone for help.  Most of us hate that shit with a hating that fires a thousand suns.  Asking for help feels almost like admitting defeat.  And by defeat, I mean admitting that you’re not invincible.

Well.  You’re not.  Sorry.


Asking for help can include exciting areas such as: needing medical attention in some area, starting therapy, asking your SO to do something for you around the house while you work on your goals, confiding in a friend about something that has been weighing on your mind and getting their input on the matter and considering that input, having someone read and critique your resume or writing, getting a trainer at the gym, attending a support group or asking someone else for input on your magical project (while I am far from omnipotent, if your project is not ceremonial based, I have a pretty good gen ed in magic matters.  Feel free to contact me at corvaxgirl  [at]    gmail    [dottie]    com, just let me know which blog is your and let me know you’re part of the Experiment).

Go forth!

Deborah Castellano
Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for purchase through Amazon, Llewellyn and Barnes and Noble.
Her frequently updated catalogue of published work is available on Author Central.

She writes about Glamour Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her podcast appearances are available here.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in old-world style workshop from 100% local, sustainable sources featuring tempting small batch ritual oils and hand-spun hand-dyed yarn in luxe fibers and more!

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their cat, Max II. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  

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18 Responses

  1. Rose Weaver

    Ouch…

    Say What???

  2. I avoided plenty of opportunities to ask for practical help and got a universal beat down.

  3. I'm late to the party again it seems, but thanks for making me think about it.

  4. I asked, and I'm getting; funny how that works, sometimes. Asking For Help.

  5. petoskystone

    Why is it that I'm the only one who can't figure out how to post a link instead of a long url? Someone left instructions on how they do it, early on in the nine weeks, but it didn't work for me.

  6. andrewbwatt

    Finally, got this one out the door. Talk about hard. I hate asking for help.

  7. @petoskystone you are not alone. i totally can't remember how to leave a link instead of a long url either….

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