Saturday, October 31, 2015

Episode 97: Inciting A Hallowed Riot (2015)

Episode 97 of Inciting A Riot: the Podcast brings back the Hallowed Riot for the fifth year in a row. 

Tonight's story selections are:

The Picture in the House written by H.P. Lovecraft - read by Vinna Harper

Gossip's Tree - written and read by Rommy Driks

Three Ghosts - written and read by Eric Riley (contributing vlogger at and on Twitter @FritterFae)

Requiem of the Living - written and read by Katrina Ray-Saulis

The Swamp Witch's Daughter - written and read by Fire Lyte

Blessed Samhain! Happy Halloween!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Call for Hallowed Riot Submissions!

Samhain is days away, and that means I'll be producing the annual Samhain special for release on Halloween! As always, I'm putting out a call to you, the Rioter community, for submissions in the following categories:

  • Short Stories - funny, scary, thrilling, sweet, terrifying, or all at once, a good short story on Halloween is what makes the Hallowed Riot such fun to produce. 
  • Folk Lore - a spell, a rite, a prayer, a bit of trivia, a cautionary tale, any of these could be a great addition to the show! 
  • Music - What would the Hallowed Riot be if we didn't have witchy music to enjoy?

Submissions must be emailed to Friday, October 30. 

These can be an email with a suggestion for someone else's work, or an original contribution of your own making! 

While I love reading these stories and tales myself, I think it's more fun when it feels like we're sitting around a fire telling these stories to one another. So, for the truly brave Rioter out there, I encourage you to whip out your smart phone or get in front of your computer and record your submission! Make sure to record in a quiet space with limited noise pollution. Speak slowly and clearly. If you mess up a bit, I can always edit your audio to remove a mistake or two. 

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with for this year's show!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Episode 96: Inciting Chris Orapello's Riot

Episode 96 of Inciting A Riot: the Podcast finds us sitting down for a chat with the incomparable Chris Orapello. Chris is a pagan artist, podcaster, and expert on initiatory traditions in and around the community.

We discuss secrecy, covens, initiation, dedication, and whether Gardnerians have special ownership on the term Wicca.

It's a fabulous interview, and I'm so grateful to Chris for coming on the show. Find more from him at!

Don't forget to write in with your suggestions for this year's Hallowed Riot Samhain Special!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Augustus Sol Invictus Drank Goat Blood, And That's All Pagans Care About! #PaganRage

In the last 24 hours, I've seen the story about Augustus Sol Invictus. He's a would-be Libertarian political candidate from Florida hoping to fill a spot in the U.S. Senate. He's also a former drinker of goat blood. That is what made headlines around the country yesterday, and that seems to be the only reason pagans are sharing the article.

And, thus, my chagrin at the nature of discourse on politics and current events in 2015.

Pagans are sharing this article all over social media. Some say that he should be judged on his politics, not on his religious beliefs. Some are now arguing about whether or not he's a real pagan. Still others completely missed the part where this was about a Senatorial candidate and jumped right to "OMG U guyzz, stop being, like, sooooo ignorant about Paganism and majjyyyck already, ok? Like, stop oppressing us."

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Episode 95: Inciting A Stolen Riot

Episode 95 of Inciting A Riot: the Podcast finds us inciting a stolen riot! I know a good idea when I see one, and I’m not above stealing it and sticking a pagan flavor on it. Find out what that is in the spirituality segment!

News: Oregon shooting, John Boehner steps down, City of Los Angeles v Contreras, woman claims she's in a sexual relationship with Bigfoot, new study says gaydar is not real, Ahmed Mohamed homemade clock, Eric fanning army secretary 

WOTD: Consternation

Interview: Twila York

Music: (Interview: Bell, Book, & Canto) Invocation & Dance

Gripe: Cursive - can't read historical documents

Spirit: War Room

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Book Review: Go Set A Watchman

Today I had the privilege of finishing the novel Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. This makes only her second published novel, the first being the iconic To Kill A Mockingbird. Some have called Lee's initial TKAM a "great American novel." Despite it being her first and - until now - only book, she won nearly every literary prize there is and then some telling the story about a girl named Scout, her brother, and her lawyer father Atticus. The book discussed issues of race and justice and inequality at a time (1960) that these issues needed to be discussed. 55 years later and the United States is embroiled in another time of turbulent, violent, and complex discussions about race.

And, once again, Harper Lee is there with a novel whose prose perfectly sums up the issues at hand.

Friday, July 17, 2015


Literary Maven, Vinna Harper, and I have spent the last several months quietly crafting our own little not-actually-a-spin-off show. It's a pet project where we invite listeners to submit their favorite guilty pleasures in the realms of music, movies, literature, and pretty much anything else. We take a listen/watch/read and review it! In podcast form!


Well, because apparently the other 7,243 "bad ____ review" style shows just weren't enough. THE WORLD NEEDS ANOTHER BAD MOVIE PODCAST! Also, because we wanted to, and we were already watching bad movies all the time anyway.

The show is called Because Reasons, and it comes out EVERY TWO WEEKS! I know...I know... Every two weeks?! You can't even get the Riot out consistently. 

Never fear, Rioters! We already have the first 5 episodes recorded, and are planning on releasing them every other Friday, and will continue to record in the meantime so that we can keep up with our self-imposed deadline!

What should YOU DO?! How can YOU HELP?! I know these are all questions you're asking yourself. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

'Murica & The Meme-Based Political Discussion

America is careening headfirst into the most patriotic weekend on the calendar:
Independence Day. ���� It's a time of flag waving and hot dog eating and fireworks exploding and a time when folks pretend, at least for a day, like the political history of this country is a nice, straight line of nice, polite people that did nothing but have sex with bald eagles on a red, white, and blue bedspread and give birth to tiny, crowned Lady Liberties that spend their respective lifespans baking apple pies and killing terrorists. It's a time when we fall in love all over again with the idea of America.

And...that's great. But, when July 5th comes around, I think we need to have a discussion.

So go...have your fireworks...and then come back and read the rest of this.

I'll see you then.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Episode 95: Inciting A #LoveWins Riot!

Episode 95 of Inciting A Riot: the Podcast celebrates #LoveWins! 

We're looking at the recent Supreme Court decision that recognized same sex marriage nationwide. 

The majority opinion, the minority dissent, and reactions from YOU, the Rioter community!

Music included:

Somebody Loves You - Betty Who
We Are The Night - Steve Grand
Safe In My Hands - Eli Lieb
Proud - Heather Small

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Confederate Flag & Easy Activism

News has spread like so much wildfire throughout the 24-hour infotainment cycle and social media outlets everywhere: The Confederate Battle Flag (might) soon be removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol. This is due to the emotional and political aftermath following the Mother Emanuel massacre last week. It's not happened yet, as the flag is permanently affixed to its respective flagpole and further padlocked literally and figuratively. It requires an overwhelming majority vote from the state congress in order to remove the flag completely.

Similar actions are being taken in Mississippi - whose state flag includes the "stars and bars" of the confederacy - where lawmakers are considering changing the state flag completely.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Episode 93: Inciting A Sorting Riot

Episode 93

News: Mother Emanuel Shooting, USA PATRIOT Act/USA FREEDOM Act, Boy Scout gay ban unsustainable, Girl Scouts welcome trans members, Nebraska death penalty, Tsarnaev verdict, Elonis v. US, the Dalai Lama is threatening to be reborn as a precocious blonde woman

Music: Amazing Grace - Kellianna - from the album “Traditions"

WOTD: Dauntless 

Gripe Dept: Etsy ban on magical services 

Sociology: Duggar

Spiritual: I’m a Hufflepuff

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Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Inciting a Literary Riot: Brigid

Good evening Rioters! My deepest apologies for the delay in putting up a new book review but tonight I have one I'm delighted to share with you. As of May 2015 Red Wheel/Weiser Books has released Brigid by first time author Courtney Weber. The book focuses on various portrayals of the goddess Brigid throughout history, from Christian saint to Caribbean Voodoo deity, all the while interspersing the mythology with personal anecdotes and opinions. Think Eat, Pray, Love meets Mists of Avalon.

This engaging book sets out to discuss the question: Who is Brigid? What follows are various myths and folktales that all in some way tie back to Brigid through name, association, symbolism, and history. As someone who has not spent much time working with Brigid or reading her stories I was delighted with the assortment of tales found in Weber's book. Both the stories and historical snippets were well rendered. The one main thing that did detract a bit from the overall enjoyment of the book were the italicized reflections at the end of each tale. Though not terrible they felt a bit like a parent asking you for the morale of the story you just enjoyed. I admit this may be entirely personal preference but I could have done without these.

Aside from the mythology, the other strongest element in the book was the personal point of view. Instead of a dry text about the history and significance of the deity as told by an omniscient author, Weber offers you the chance to experience Brigid in all her forms through the eyes of one of her devotees. I found most of the personal anecdotes to be honest and entertaining, Weber's pleasant narration leading me further in to the book. Even though Brigid as a goddess has never drawn me to work with her, through Weber I felt the emotion of connecting to a deity and how that impacted her life. Honestly this is one of the better Pagan books I've read from a main Pagan Publisher and I hope to see more of this ilk.

Who is this book for? Those who work with Brigid (obviously), anyone looking for a personal account of Pagan worship, and anyone interested in mythology and folklore.

To purchase a copy of Brigid visit:

To learn more about Courtney Weber visit her at:

Until next time,


PS! Check out Vinna's most recent podcast interview with Mogg Morgan of Mandrake of Oxford publishing!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

She was already baptized.

Facebook is a strange place. In our small town we had somewhere between 61 & 69 kids graduate in our senior class. (Nobody in our class knows the actual count, because some folks were held back, others moved, and the truth is that nobody cares.) Incidentally, at the time we were our school's largest graduating class. Our 10 year reunion came and went last year. As far as I know something like a dozen people attended. Facebook makes the need for a reunion unnecessary. We see the folks we want to see online, and that's enough for most of us.

Yesterday, I was browsing my mundane timeline when I saw a video posted of a baptism. While I will not repost the video here for privacy's sake, the text accompanying it reads as follows:

What an amazing day today has been. Anyone who knows me knows my love for my Lord and Savior. They also know my love for the greatest gift he has ever given me, my wife. Well today I witnessed my wife get baptized and it is a day I will always remember. A lot of couples have different things that only they can say they experienced together, well me and my wife have ours. We were both there when the other received God as our personal savior and both there when the other was baptized. God is so amazing. Ruth 1:16-17 #whereyougoiwillgo

Now... My immediate reaction was an eye roll. No, I don't hate love and affection. No, I'm not anti-Christian. And, no, I don't morally object to hashtags on Facebook. However, there's an issue with the above mentioned "first time". It wasn't her first time. I was actually there for her first time. I went to Sunday school with her. Youth group later on. I went to church camps and Bible camps and camp outs and all sorts of events over the 13 years of our growing up. And, most germane to this conversation: I saw her baptism. The actual first one.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Story of Failure


Two days ago I had a pretty disastrous trail run. Disastrous for me, that is. Normally, I run for a good 6 miles or so on cardio days when the weather is nice and I am not working. I'm able to run at a good, steady pace and, by the end of the summer, I'm usually able to up that to 8-10 miles at an 8-9 minute mile. I enjoy exercise. I'm no muscle bound cover model, but I enjoy the cathartic release of stress through physical activity.

Two days ago I went out for my usual run. It was a gorgeous day that had, thankfully, proven the weatherman to be wrong in his forecast of gray skies and possible rain. It was warm and I needed a break from studying. It ended abruptly, however, as I realized about 1.5 miles in that I was not feeling well. My hands, lips, and legs started a familiar tingly feeling that begins when my blood sugar drops out. I'm just a touch hypoglycemic and I hadn't eaten enough that day...apparently. I walked the final half mile of my first lap through the preserve in defeat.

I have a little app that keeps track of my running progress. I normally share that run on my personal social media for a few reasons. My father is a runner, and running is a way that I connect with him. A lot of my family is made up of pretty active people. And, sure, it's a bit of a humblebrag. Hey! Look at my awesome running skills!

That day I did not share my run to social media. I drank a sports drink, got in my car, and headed home feeling more than a bit defeated.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spiritual Parenting & Indoctrination: An Invitation

Rioters! It's been quite a while since we've had a good roundtable discussion on the Riot, but I think it's high time we discuss the notion of raising our children with (or without) spiritual beliefs.

Inspired by a discussion I had yesterday on social media, I would like to extend an invitation to all the parents out there that would be interested in coming on and discussing the issues involved when it comes whether or not to raise your children with spiritual beliefs.

The discussion will include:

  • Do you have a particular faith? If so, is it different from your parents' faith? How did you come to it?
  • Do you share your specific faith with your children? At what age did you start? Are there specific rituals (such as baptisms, naming ceremonies, high holidays, etc.) in which they participate?
  • Do you expose them to other spiritual beliefs? How do you discuss the differences and similarities between another faith and your own?
  • The word "indoctrination" gets thrown around when it comes to certain kinds of faiths and practices. Do you feel it is "indoctrination" to teach children about faith or spirituality (or lack thereof) at an early age? Why or why not?
And so on.

Please write to to let me know whether you would be interested in participating in this discussion. It will be held via Skype, and would, ideally, include members of multiple faiths (and hopefully at least one representative from a non-faith group/agnostic family). 

As with discussions in the past, you may use whatever name you would like publicly to protect your personal life if you so choose.

My goal is to get this discussion to happen some time in the next week so that it can be broadcast by end of May.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte