Panicking Over What to Share for the Beautiful Freaks Fest?

If the nearness of the Beautiful Freaks Fest (it starts tomorrow at 9:00am, EDT) is making your muse (and you) feel a tad insane, know that you’re not alone. So, be happy—feeling crazy, while in the company of other deliciously deranged people, is all kinds of cool. Seriously, this might be the easiest party to create things for…

…at least, it should be easy for us (proudly odd souls). It might come as an awful surprise to you, but most of the things we love and do seem freakish to the norms (unimaginative souls who have never appreciated the noble depths of Wednesday Addams, Igor, Edward Scissorhands, Arya Stark, Dobby *yes, a house elf who takes pride in fighting for freedom and wages is a beautiful freak*).

So, there is no need for panic. Unless panic makes you happy. If that’s the case, then panic until you squeal with maddening delight. The following are examples of Beautifully Freakish stories, dolls, poems, sculptures, paintings…:

– “A Hauntingly Mad Tea Party”, a very short story by Magaly Guerrero
– “Arabella”, a doll by Emma Yardis (of @GroovyGothic)
– “Must Love Freaks”, a poem by Magaly Guerrero
– “Baba Yaga Jar”, a sculpture by Sharon Rawson (of @TouchOfTheGoddess)
– “Baby Ghoul”, a painting by Gina Morley
– Pretty much anything involving characters created by Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton, Edward Gorey… and movies and books that remind you of these artists’ work.

And if no fictionally creative idea comes to mind, just post a picture of yourself, caption it, “Isn’t standing in a cave in the middle of the desert, with a sharp rock in your hand and a murderous smile on your face the coolest thing ever?” Really, my Luvs, post something like that, and you won’t even have to explain why you are one of the Beautiful (and, perhaps, slightly terrifying) Freaks of the world.

The Beautiful Freaks Fest 2017, hosted by Emma Yardis and the Wickedest Writer of Them All, starts tomorrow at 9:00am EDT. I hope to read you there. And if you haven’t entered my stitched poetry giveaway, follow the link.

“Isn’t standing in a cave in the middle of the desert, with a sharp rock in your hand and a murderous smile on your face the coolest thing ever?”

Of Red and Black Stitches and Freakishly Wild Things

I have spent the last few weeks (perhaps more *cough*) working on the logistics of readying an Etsy shop, which was supposed to be opened to the public today… When I say “the logistics” I mean “the nightmare”. So, before I get to the real purpose of this post, I want to take my cyber-hat off to Sharon, Lorelei, Stacy and every other Etsy goddess who sells her art online gracefully enough to make it look easy. You, freaking tricksters!

Anyhoo, my original poetry handwritten and stitched with ink and heart, won’t be found on my Etsy shop for a few more weeks. But… to those of you who have already fallen for one of my stitched poems or blackouts (and have been waiting patiently… or not so patiently), I’m making them available through PayPal.

If you see something you love and want, email me (magalyguerrero @ live . com), and I will get back to you. Soon, (after the Beautiful Freaks Fest), I will share a post (or three) with more details about the process.

For now, because you’ve been so patient with me, I want to share a few images of framed pieces with you, and host a pre-Freaks Fest giveaway. The details for the giveaway will be added to the end of the post.

This “Must Love Freaks” tanka poem is handwritten on a recycled passion fruit tea bag, and stitched to a 5×5 piece of recycled handmade paper.

“Powerful Freaks” is a quote handwritten on recycled coffee filter paper, and stitched to a 4×4 piece of recycled Moleskine parchment. This specific piece is not available for purchase because it’s mine! But worry not, my Luvs, I can craft a new one just for you.

Someone wanted to see a blackout poem bit on “its natural environment”. To which I said that what’s natural to me could look quite queer to him. But, since the prospective costumer is always right, here is a piece (not for sale) on my natural environment.

I made this blackout last night, and photographed it this morning (I’ve been playing around with light and such), to see when is the best time to photograph my poem bits (obviously, close to dawn is too blue of a time). It’s stitched to a 5×7 piece of recycled handmade paper.

Most of my poem bits available for sale will be One of a Kind or limited to 3 original pieces. But a few (certain quotes and “Motivational Snarks” *more on that later*) will be sold as Limited Editions (I haven’t decided just how many yet). “Made of Wild” is an example of what I mean:

That’s what I’ve been up to, these past few days, weeks… plus writing fiction, poetry, and delighting in other deliciously wicked things. What about you?

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(super easy) wee giveaway notes…
– For a chance to win the “Made of Wild” quote or the “Reality Is Disaster” blackout poem (frame not included), leave a comment telling me which piece you would like to win… and what you like best about it. See? Super easy. 😉 A winner will be chosen after the BFF.