Julius Caesar described with disgust the rituals of the druids, which according to him involved human sacrifices in the form of stuffing victims into a giant wicker statue of a man and lighting it on fire. And he never even saw ‘The Wicker Man’, which is pretty great if you like watching Nicolas Cage lose his shit.
Caesar himself, however, came from a culture steeped in secret ritual and mystery cults. Upon returning to Rome, he celebrated a Triumph, the highest honor that could be bestowed on a Roman and itself a giant ritual parade.
I had a point here.
Humans have a tendency to ritualize the things they see as important, whether that is appeasing the gods or honoring the generals. And if you’re with us on this poetic journey through the internet, I’m guessing one of the things that is important to you is writing.
Before I begin to write, I do a few things. I get something to drink, I lock my door, and I put a record on. A record, not because I’m trying to be super cool and retro, but because an album side lasts about 20 minutes, and that’s about how long I want the music to play. Once I really get going, the room goes quiet and I gain focus.
What is your writing ritual? Does it in any way involve the burning of Gallish prisoners? Let us know.