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