Culture with Real Fictionalized Witches in It

I’ve received a few emails from people saying they would like to participate in Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances, but they can’t think of how to add the witchy bit. This happens every year, and I’m always grateful to those who choose to ask instead of just moving on. You see, my Wicked Luvs, this kind of concern is one of the reasons why I started Witches in Fiction.

As I shared on this year’s announcement, “Witches in Fiction is an art-full event for likeminded people who wish to celebrate short fiction, poetry, crafts, painting, sculptures, myths, and all the artful things that bring smiles (and the occasional cackle) into a world with witches and magic in it”. 2015 is for Death Rites and Remembrances, “meaning that we can write, or paint, or sculpt… pieces about rituals associated with death and how we celebrate, honor and/or remember those whose flesh has left the world of the breathing.”

Anyone who joins the celebration is required to share a post that explores death and the rites that come with this important part of living. I would love it, if everyone found a way to add something witchy to their entries; however, this is not an obligation. This blog party is meant to bring different people together, in order to share our similarities (and I hope) celebrate our differences. All posts don’t need to have witches in it… All bloggers don’t need to be witchy to take part in it… What I expect (and again, hope) of this event is that each of us will learn something about another person, which will bring us closer to him or her.

I created Witches in Fiction, in 2011, thinking that it would be a wonderful (and safe) way to show those who don’t know much about us witchy folks that we are just people—not the warty archetype promoted by fairy tales, not the evil creatures televised by pop culture, just people… who grieve their dead, who celebrate rites of passage, who feel the changes of the seasons deep in their bones.

Witches in Fiction gives participants an opportunity to share myth and reality through art. It offers each of us the chance to “open our eyes and then open them again”… until we can see the dark and bright dancing in each other’s hearts. This is not a party for Witches about witches. It’s an event for humans who like to share, to teach, and to learn from other humans; and from cats, I’m sure we can learn tons of things from cats. 😉

If you haven’t read “Loving You through the Veil”, which contains the first Witches in Fiction pre-party giveaway, just follow the link. Haven’t joined the party yet? You have lots of time to do it. Witches in Fiction 2015 won’t take place until October 17th.

If anyone is wondering what I mean by “Real Fictionalized Witches”, read “Red Candle and Dark Whiskey” and “Unbreakable Chain of Chosen Blood”, a poem and a bit of flash fiction that portray acts that are realistically witchy.

Witch in Jeans, by Judy Stearns
“Witch in Jeans”, by Judy Stearns

Loving You through the Veil

I want to start Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances (the pre-party) with love that dares to see the light through the darkest of times. The following poem, inspired by Sunshine Shelle’s “Til Death”, feels just right to my Muse and witchy heart.

“Loving You through the Veil”

My words taste of you,
sing your scent into my dreams
until my all is you and me


Last spring, I rained
morning after morning…
and at night

summer scorched your absence
into my skin.

I await the fall,
when October thins
all barriers,
and you feel me, still

loving you through the Veil.

linked to Poets United, Poetry Pantry 272

Loving You through the Veil (1)“Til Death” (work in progress), by Sunshine Shelle

Loving You through the Veil (2)
Shelle’s desk, showing “Mistress Moon” (mine!) and “Til Death”

Loving You through the Veil (3)
Shelle’s Driftwood Castle, where wicked delicious art is born
(I just love it, so I had to show you… and giggle)

Witches in Fiction 2015, giveaway 1, sponsored by Sunshine Shelle

“Til Death” is 1 of the 3 gifts, with which my dearest Shelle is sponsoring Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances. 3 prizes, for 3 lucky Wicked Luvs:

1st Prize – “Til Death” (the finished piece)
2nd Prize – a customized painting, by Shelle (the winner dictates)
3rd Prize – a $20 voucher for any of the shops sponsoring the party (except Shelle’s)

Here is how to enter this giveaway: Leave a comment telling me what bits of my poem and of Shelle’s painting caught your attention, and why. For one extra entry, share your thoughts on the phrase, “Till death us do part”. Wishing for a second extra entry? Share this post on Facebook (tag me and Sunshineshelle Artist & Art). And you can get a third extra entry, if you add this words at the end of your comment: “Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!” Good luck, my Luvs. 😉

Giveaway Rules, details and stuff…
* I need to be able to contact the winners. If you don’t have a website or social media profile, through which we can interact, then please add your email to your comment. If your name comes up, and I have no way to contact you, I will choose another name.

* You can group all your entries in a single comment—or not… the choice is yours.

* To my Canadians, before you can claim your prize, I must test your mathematical brilliance by asking you a very obscure question, such as… what’s 13 + .5? Yeah, obscure…

* All Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaways will end on October 20th, 2015, at 10:13 pm, EDT. The winners will be chosen using Random.Org, and announced on October 21st, 2015.

* This giveaway is open worldwide, excluding any place where prohibited by law.

This is a pre-party post. Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances wont take place until October 17th; to join the celebration, click the link.