The Tangled Path is….

Oh no! This is the part where I have to stick myself in a box. Argh, I’m terrible at this. Let’s just touch on some topics that you may experience here in The Tangled Path:

  • Creativity and the creative process (I’m a writer, artist, harpist, etc)

  • Spirituality, near-death experiences, apparitions and such

  • Nature - aka my woodsy lifestyle

  • Fiction and art

Of course…you may have noticed that all of these things can be bundled into the same post, so perhaps they are not entirely different or separate from each other :)

Muddling through the middle

I never feel like I have The Answers for much of anything. If you are looking for The Answers, may I suggest going elsewhere? But if you, like me, are just muddling through the middle, I’d love to have you here.

A few months ago, I wrote that The Tangled Path is for “practicing creative people,” but oh my gosh, I cannot stick to a theme. So if you are a practicing creative person, you might find things interesting here, but also if you are just, I don’t know, a human person, you might find something relatable in these posts.

What you’ll get

I send out a weekly newsletter (usually an essay, but sometimes fiction or art or goodness knows, whatever else perches on my shoulder and starts whispering to me in eldritch voices).

Every new thing goes straight to your inbox. You won’t miss a beat. (Unless you don’t check your emails.) (I mean, obviously.)

What it’s like

It is totally free to subscribe. You’ll get a free essay (or Other Thing) every other week. And every week in between, paid subscribers will receive their Thing.

By my math, that is two free essays a month and two other times when you will get several tantalizing paragraphs and wonder if you should do a seven day free trial. The exception, of course, is always March, the longest month of the year which always feels like it has 3,452 days.

“Who are you?”

Oh, right. That might be relevant information.

I’ve written some published books (the Waking Land trilogy, which are fantasy novels), some unpublished books (genre: take your pick!), an increasing number of essays on here; my work has also been anthologized in Unfettered III and The Best Buddhist Writing; currently I seem to be writing newsletters for a living; and if you really want to delve into the deep cuts, I have also written some very, very unpublished murder mystery dinner theater plays for my friends.

I’m a folk harpist and (at one time) certified therapeutic harp practitioner. I am also a mixed media artist and have a natural dye/eco-printing side business with my mom and aunt.

A few of my favorite things, in no particular order:

  • almond butter

  • tea

  • Derry Girls

  • neolithic monuments

  • Howl’s Moving Castle

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Callie Bates

Unraveling the knots of life at the Tangled Path. Author of the Waking Land series, essays, more. Artist and harpist.