Sweet and Dark Pleasures Should Be Shared

Most flowers save their delights for Spring. Not my Montauk daisy. She enjoys blooming for Autumn. Either that, or she prefers to flourish whenever Nature’s skirts go from greens to golds to crimsons… towards the arms of Winter’s dark.

Last week, I wrote about screams that meant nothing and of lovers who know ink. There was pleasure and chocolate and poetry… on Instagram (I brought it here, in case you missed it—sweet and dark pleasures should be shared with all). 😉

Pleasure is dark
chocolate
and you,
whispering poetry
on my spine.

Speaking of sharing and of sweetness and of friends with spines…

Emma, mistress of Groovy Gothic, sent me a raven, a hammer, a blade, some dark words a red death. Yep, I’ve been grinning like the happiest of maniacs.

Stacy, from Magic Love Crow, blessed me with a murder of crows to stick with… I’ve stared at them for days, trying to figure out what surface deserves this beauty.

Then, when I thought my grin couldn’t get any bigger, Ms Misantropia presented me with a silver hammer that proved me completely wrong. My grin has grown to nearly violent proportions.

Emma, Stacy, and Katarina, you rocketh my October very mucho *wild giggles*. Thank you so much. I’ll treasure your gifts… always.

I’ve been doing wild things with words in them. What have you been up to?

In October, When All Things Can Be…

“What is normal? Normal is yesterday and last week and last month taken together.” This quote, from Terry Pratchett’s Snuff, came to mind while I watched two people discussing the use of metal detectors at the entrance of New York Comic Con. One person was upset because he didn’t think “other people’s problems should affect [his] Con”. The other was mad because “no one told [her about the change] before she got there”.

I listened to them, wondering if getting angry about things that have nothing to do with the real issue is going to be our society’s new “normal”. I also grinned a lot… in order not to kick them until the nonsense left their twitching bodies. Kicking strangers is wrong. You should only kick your friends, lovingly… if they are into that kind of stuff *cough, cough*.

Anyhoo, back to things that keep me sane. In case you missed them, last week, I published two pieces of tanka-prose: “Reclaimed” and “Wild Magic”. If you haven’t, take a look-see.

My Comic Con Hoard: not as impressive (in bulk) as in earlier years, but quite delicious. I mean, there is something about free books that makes a bibliophile happy, happy, happy.

For Ye, not on Instagram or Facebook: last week, I shared this magnetic bit *giggles*…

In the story of us,
you are naked
and I am plotting
moans.

…and some tanka.

Stitched words will
push flesh into flesh,
magic you
mine, in October—
when all things can be.

October’s Heart-Bits with Magaly Guerrero: are you in? If so, do you know what you will do for it? If you do, you are ahead of me. Knowing my muse, she will decide at the last minute—she uses anxiety as fuel, the mad thing. No wonder we love each other to pieces.

I Have a New Facebook Page: no, this is not an invitation to slap me around (for creating more places to you to get lost in). In truth, now that my profile is back to normal (for some time, no one could “Follow” me, and most of my posts were being marked as spam), I will use Words by Magaly Guerrero to share my words… plus, words on works that catch my eye (and possibly, my ear and heart and my left toe, which has always been a tad loose).

Even when the world looks bad, life still gives bits of good. Find bits of wonder, hold them close to your heart, feed on the joy they bring, let it grow… Then use the energy to face the big bad things. This week, my tiny-giant-bits of wonder are free books and this place (where I share words with you). Care to share one of your tiny wonders with me?

October’s Heart-Bits with Magaly, 2017

Writing fills emptiness. Words help heal hurts. Stories spell fantasies real… Would you write with me? I combined Witches in Fiction and Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, and they have birthed a new Autumn event: October’s Heart-Bits with Magaly. I hope you are ready to art deliciously dark words that nourish and tickle the eerie bone.

This year’s theme is simple: Love Is Love Is Love… and Words. Some might think the topic too tame for October (when the Veil thins and the Dark thickens). But love is only as bright or as dark as the feelings that feed the hearts doing the loving.

For our first October’s Heart-Bits with Magaly, let’s art love… all sorts of loves:
– if you are a storyteller, write a tale that shows us how you love words (even why).
– if you are a poet, or a painter, or a gardener, or a sculptor, or a chef, or a singer, or a potioneer, a jewelry maker, or an eccentric dragon who delights in hoarding princess dresses and exquisitely tiny teacups full of dainty skulls… create an entry that shows and tells (even chants) why you adore your chosen love, how loving your art makes you stronger, happier, more human (or just slightly less inclined to slap random people).
Your posts must contain at least one magical element and some sort of love (dark love, sweet love, ridiculous love, terrifying love, insane love, gentle love…). Short stories should not be longer than 513 words and poems no longer than 5 stanzas.

Need an example? Fine, I’ll give you some…
– I love words, so the story or poem I craft for this event will reflect how writing and reading (and all things bookish) can feed mind and soul. I might birth a loving, lusty (or lovingly lusty) entry about ink and paper and love. It will contain the sort of word-love that speaks to me, maybe sentences like this one: “The screams of the world try to eat at my bones, but I have red ink in my soul. I will spell armored words onto my skin, let them become part of my flesh and bone, and share the wild word-magic with all.”
– If you are a lover of Japanese tea ceremony, you could craft a tale or poem or paint something that illustrates your love of this deep and sophisticated art (and if you are feeling extra nice, you could even walk the rest of us through the wondrous steps).
– You paint, garden, perform, sculpt, photograph…? Birth a new piece, infuse it with the pleasure you get from it, then write a story or poem that shows us your pleasure.

The fun starts on Fri, Oct 27th, at 10:13 am EDT. It will continue until Tue, Oct 31st, at 10:13 pm EDT. On party day, I’ll have a post for us to link our entries. You don’t have to do anything right now, other than leaving a comment to let me know you are in. If you’re feeling extra celebratious (that should be a real word), spread the news.

“Love Is Love Is Love… and Words”, by Shelle Kennedy

Writing fills emptiness. Words help heal hurts. Stories spell fantasies real…
…felt art (loved and shared) can accomplish anything. Would you write with me?