Beautiful Freaks Fest, 2017


My muse and I have been spending wild days and wilder nights writing beautiful freaks… There is a spider who loves a witch, an armless vampire dolly who enjoys a loving nibble, and there is moi: a witchy writer who celebrates everything unique (especially when the uniqueness in question comes with a serviceable hammer and a grin full of pretty teeth).

The other day, while chatting with my friend, Emma Yardis, we discovered that my muse and I were not the only ones with beautiful freaks in our minds. So, we have combined the power of our freakishly awesome yum and decided to co-host a blog party… and we would love for you to join in the freaky fun.

Join us in a celebration of all the misunderstood monsters, misfits, outcasts, and oddities of the world. Let us explore the tragic, ironic, mad, funny… from the quirkiness of The Addams Family to the deep mind of the Frankenstein’s monster, from the fun creepiness of carnival and sideshow attractions to the eeriness of wax museums. Think characters from Tim Burton movies and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, gentle igors and adorable harpies, mummies with loving (if mildly shriveled) hearts… all the so-called monsters and aberrations who are often kinder than the humans in the stories they bring to life.

Write a story (313 words or fewer), make a doll, birth a poem, paint a pretty freak, share a review, retell a myth, create a new myth, craft jewelry for a vampire… post something you love about beautiful freaks and tell us why you love it. Have a blast. Grin madly.

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the wee notes…
– To join the party, add your blog link using the Inlinkz tool below. On party day, Emma and I will publish new posts where you can add the link to your contribution.
– Please do not leave links in the comment section. The comment section is for your, um… comments. If you leave links there, I will delete them. Embrace the blue linky frog.
– We shall party from Jun 23rd to Jun 25th. You can post (one entry per platform) every day of the party. Visit other Beautiful Freaks lovers. Spread the word. That’s what the Fest is all about. If you have any questions, please add them to the comment section. Party!

Magaly on Instagram: @magalyguerreroindarkerwords
Emma on Instagram: @groovygothic
Our party tag #BeautifulFreaksFest2017

Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2017

“April is the cruellest month”, T.S. Eliot said. His dark pronouncement was quite correct, methinks. So, on April 21st, 2017, we get to echo his sentiment by crafting some dark and cruellest poetry of our own. And since we are irrepressible word-rioters, let’s spice things up with Percy Shelley, and remind society that “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world” (or, at least, the self-proclaimed activists of their nations). Yes, I’m inviting you to join me on a long weekend of deliciously dark poetry of Protest and Outrage.

Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month: Protest and Outrage is open to any person (with a blog or public virtual platform) who enjoys writing, sharing and reading dark poetry.

The phrase “protest and outrage” might nudge our minds towards socio-political thought, but this event is not about politics. Your dark protest can explore road rage, the weather, pain that refuses to let your body bend in the way you want it to, and yes, it can also be inspired by any social mayhem that might be getting on your last nerve. Let’s protest darkly and bare our poems in outrage. And let’s have a blast while we do it.

Please know that this is not only for people who have claimed words as their artistic weapon of choice. If you paint, protest on canvas and craft a poem to go with it. If you garden, show your outrage through a poem birthed out of plants and soil. If you are a dragon rider, well… if that’s your case, I hope your poem is full of fire, claws and teeth.

To participate, leave me a comment that includes your blog’s name and URL. If you are not a blogger, but wish to join the poetic fun via a social media platform, then leave me a comment with the name you use in said platform and the direct link to your profile.

Example for blog and website users:
– Magaly Guerrero
http://magalyguerrero.com/

Example for Instagram users:
– @MagalyGuerreroInDarkerWords
https://www.instagram.com/magalyguerreroindarkerwords/

Example for Facebook users:
– Magaly Guerrero
https://www.facebook.com/MGuerrero13

I’ll update the Darkly Outraged Participants list (see end of post) as the names come in.

Rules and Stuff
1
. The party starts on April 21st (9:13am EDT) and ends on April 25th (11:59pm).
2. You can post a new poem every day of the party (I reserve the right to delete links to poems that fail to meet our deliciously dark protest and outraged theme).
3. Be respectful with your poetry and your comments. This doesn’t mean that your tone can’t be fiery. Just keep in mind that this is a civil poetic exchange, not a brawl.

On the first day of the party, April 21st, I will publish a post to house our links. The post will stay on top until the 25th (lucky post *cackles*).

Also, the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads will be hosting its April Prompt-a-Day Challenge. I will be the host for April 3rd, 9th and 21st. Our Rommy will host on the 15th and 28th. The more the merrier, so stop by if the poetic mood hits your muse. 😉

Ready to Protest darkly and be poetically Outrage(d)? I am. So is the lady below.
Grab the banner. Spread the word. Poetize darkly.

Darkly Outraged Poets
1. Magaly Guerrero
2. Groovy Gothic (IG)
3. Rasz Art Designs
4. The Passionate Crone (poetry)
5. Daydream Believer
6. Kestril’s Rhythms and Groove
7. Khaya Ronkainen
8. Vanessa Condez (IG)
9. Helen Patrice
10. Ashtoreth Eldritch
11. SunshineShelle
12. A Dash of Sunny
13. Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility
14. Pen and Feather