Creative Collaborations and Sponsors for Witches in Fiction 2016

One of the things I love most about Witches in Fiction (and other themed blog parties) is seeing the wonders different souls can create, while being inspired by the same idea. This might be one of the reasons why I find so much joy in the creation of the party banner. I tell Shelle what I’m thinking, she tells me what she thinks about it, we rant and shake our fists, and awesome is born.

When I started writing this post, my intention was to explore the different bits that inspired the Spelling Healing into a Rotting World painting. Then I thought of something, which I believe is better: I would love to know what you see in the following close-ups of the painting. Tell me about the expressions on the faces, about the items included in the painting, about the colors, the mood, the feels…

the Painter
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the Writer
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she could be the Knitter, the Singer, the Ninja, the Potion Maker (the Potion Sniffer?)
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the Gardener
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the Sculptor
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I plan to examine the painting in the future. When I do, I want to include your insights. I’m really, really, really curious to learn what you see. I think this painting tells so many tales…

Sponsorship… There are 5 artists sponsoring this year’s party: Alchemy & Ashes, Eliora, Three Cats and a Broom, SunshineShelle, and Touch of the Goddess. They have filled the 5 individual slots I set aside for this year. However, there is a lot of room left in The Basket: the last giveaway of the party, which will include my own giveaway and the giveaways of anyone who wishes to sponsor starting today. If you are interested, please email me at magalyguerrero @ live . com.

P.S. This just occurred to me… My contribution for this year’s party will be a story inspired by Shelle’s painting. I will try to incorporate “what you see” in the tale. I always love what we create together (like “On the Wheel of Living and Dying”). What do you see, my Wicked Luvs?

Fall in the Coffee Cherry

“You have no seasons in that small island of yours,” she says, with a smile that stinks of nurtured ignorance and mirth-rich malice. “That is why your people migrate to our lands, right? Searching for more, wanting better, needing our green Springs and the vivid orange of our Falls? So sad.”

For a fiery moment, I taste her nasty thoughts wanting to crawl into my words. But I magic the flames into a knowing grin—she shan’t pull her rot out of my tongue. And I speak my truth: “In my small island, Fall sleeps in the reds of the coffee cherry. We arouse it awake with our fingers, berry by berry, until our baskets are full of warming cups. We drink October all year long. And so do you. But the taste buds of your spirit are dead. So you fail to notice. So very sad.”

the reddest berries
lose their dresses for the Fall,
to warm coffee cups

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the wee notes…
– All right, so maybe a wee bit of her nastiness touched my pen’s tongue *cough, cough cackle*.
– In the bit of the Dominican Republic where I was born, coffee harvest used to begin in October.

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Witches in Fiction 2016: Spelling Healing into a Rotting World

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The world is rotting in human madness.

That’s the thought that crosses my mind every time I read or watch the news—children around the world are going hungry, countries are closing their borders to people in need, nations dream of more elaborate ways to kill each other, the cost of health care is so high that those who need it most can’t even imagine a way to afford it, food is being poisoned, education is not available to all, the want for oil money is drowning the need for water and respect for the beliefs of others…

The world is very sick. Wherever we look, we find something dying. With that in mind, for the sixth year of Witches in Fiction, I invite you to Spell Healing into a Rotting World. Let’s grab our artistic weapons of choice, and use them to right something currently wronging our world.

This event is open to all imaginative bloggers, who wish to sprinkle a bit of magic into their art and then share it with the world: storytellers, painters, crafters, sculptors, potion makers, ninjas, gardeners, photographers, potion drinkers, knitters, poets, doll makers, singers, kittens with their own internet accounts, dogs suspicious of kittens with their own internet accounts, cats who have stolen their humans’ internet accounts… Yes, my Wicked Luvs, everyone is welcomed.

There is only one rule: Your entry must include some sort of magic and a fictional storyline.

The healing yum starts on Friday, October 21st, at 12:13 am EDT. And it will go on all weekend long. On party day, I’ll provide a post where we can share the direct links to our contributions.

If you are not sure how to approach this year’s topic with your art, let me know in the comments and I will try to help. Here are some ideas: a storyteller could write a short tale about a character battling one of the problems rotting the world; a poet could craft a healing spell; photographers, doll makers, gardeners, painters… can create a piece and write a wee tale about how said piece positively affected one of the issues rotting the world. Fiction gives us a universe of choices.

To join, leave me a comment which includes your blog link and blog name. I will add you to The Artistic Healers list (see below). The list will be updated a few times a day. If you join and then find out that you can’t participate, sent me a line and I’ll remove your name from the list. Please spread the word. And if you’re feeling especially festive, grab the party button. Every action starts as an idea. When that idea is born as art, the action is just a short step away. Create… and step!

The Artistic Sponsors
Alchemy & Ashes
Eliora
Three Cats and a Broom
SunshineShelle
Touch of the Goddess

The Artistic Healers
Daydream Believer
Dreaming of Rosemary
Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility
Gypsy Spirit Rising
Holly’s Horrorland
Kestril’s Rhythms and Grove
Knusperhaus
Laura and Her Favorite Things…
Lee Smith
Little Gothic Horrors
Magic Love Crow
Magaly Guerrero
Moonstruck Musings of a Painter
Ms Misantropia
Notes from the Underground
Olde Baggs ‘n Stuffed Shirts
Pen and Feather
Rue and Hyssop
SunshineShelle