Monthly Archive: December 2009

Temple Oil Fund for poor, rural Siva temples in Tamil Nadu state, India

My friend Subramanian Lakshmi Narayanan, in Chennai, has started a fund to provide oil for lamps for the poorer Siva temples in Tamil Nadu.

The cost of oil is Rs1000 ($21.40 at current exchange rate) for a 15 kg “tin”.  The intial plan is to provide about 120 tins a year, or about 10 tins a month.  (That’s $2,568 per year.)

The names of the temples being supplied at posted on a blog… which currently is written predominantly in Tamil, but a translated page should appear in mid-January.  The website is .

Obviously I cannot cover these costs myself, but will be donating into this fund.  I transfer money to S. Lakshmi by putting funds into his son’s (student at Columbia University) account at Bank of America; I have been given written proof that the money has reached him and been used for the purpose donated.  So if anyone wants to participate in this project, I’d be happy to accept donations and transfer them in your name.  I am certain S. Lakshmi will be successful in getting others, mostly inside Tamil Nadu, to donate to this purpose.

If you would like to donate through me, please send funds through PayPal to or contact me to discuss other methods.  I assure you I will keep none of the donated funds, and have good experience with all the funds I have sent being used for the purpose for which they were intended.

Shivaya Nahama,
சிவாய நமஹ


As of January 1, my employer, Eternal Press, will become a part of Damnation Books, thus moving to the US after being founded in Australia and run for the past couple years from Canada.  The two brands will not be merged for a while (what do you think of “Eternal Damnation Books”?), but EP will be reorganized along the lines of the smaller DB. 

My job is not in danger per se, but the reorganization plan right now looks like I’ll be split over three departments — will I be made an executive assistant to the person who is over those departments, or what?  I’ll just play it by ear for now, but I hope I get to keep doing what I’m doing. 

I went ahead and got ISBN numbers for EP’s books scheduled for release through April — Canada does not charge for ISBN numbers but the US does.  So I saved my new boss some money. 

This is not too terribly traumatic, as the owner of DB used to be Marketing Manager for EP until not so long ago.  This will supply us with more money to properly advertise our offerings… which is odd, since one of our books is currently the #3 best seller at Fictionwise (now owned by Barnes & Noble), with the #4 book being the latest in the teen-fang-throb Twilight series.  You’d think we’d be generating money.

Wish me luck in the new year.  I hope we continue to grow at the fantastic pace we have been.


Writing News

I heard back from the editor of Green Egg, and she not only wants to publish my new series, “A World Apart, A World Together: Explorations in IndoPaganism”, but she also wants to re-publish my series, “Door to the Beyond: Paganism and Mental Health”, which I ended last May for lack of ideas after 24 columns.  I could not be more thrilled.  I have sent her the first 10 articles in the “Door to the Beyond” series, and tonight I sat down and wrote the first article in “A World Apart” and sent that in.  I also did final edits on a book to be published in February by Eternal Press.