I have kept bees for well over a decade now. They are magical and more interesting than I ever thought they would be. I had a dream one late Winter about being a bee and flying low over the snow, looking for little purple flowers. I did not know at the time that there are snow crocus flowers just like that, some of the first to bloom. The hive mind is a very real phenomenon! So I have decided to write an epic poem about bees, the Saga of Sigewif, as if they are fairies, or Anglo Saxon warriors… and something in between. It’s a fun venture so far, tying my interest in music & old poetry with myth, illustration, and making things from the story, like famous swords or jewelry and hopefully, a book and CD.
As many people know, bees are facing difficult times. The perils of importing new pathogens through global trade, new pesticides, and even things like cell phone radiation are all thought to be lurking dangers. As an encouragement I will be donating some of my profits to good bee-causes. I will start with profits from my Patreon, once it reaches a certain level of subscriptions. I want the Saga of Sigewif to be educational, entertaining, and a way to help the bees. For the past two years I have lost all of my 4-5 hives over Winter due mostly to varroa mites, and most likely a particular virus one year. It can be heartbreaking.
I’m sharing more details of the progress on http://www.patreon.com/jarthurloose and will also incorporate more here on my website as I figure out new options available through WordPress. I’m starting to get the knack of it. You will also find more here on my website, at https://jloose.com/saga/ as I work on this epic tale.
Thanks for checking me out here, where I hope to regain some control of the social media mess out there and explore the creative playground that is the Saga of Sigewif.