Scars, Scars, Scars… Such Terrible Beauty!
Have you ever wondered what would’ve happened if Dr. Frankenstein would’ve protected and nurtured… the monster his brain, his circumstances, and his living created? If he would’ve embraced that terrible creature, incorporated its strength into his own life, accepted the monster as part of what made him who he was? I have wondered… and this year, for our 2nd Beautiful Freaks Fest, Emma, Rommy, and I wish to turn those wonderings into deliciously freakish art of terrible beauty.
The idea came to us quite organically (and… creepily, in the best of ways). I had been telling my Piano Man that whatever Halloween event I chose to participate in 2018 would play around the idea of scars. After all the physical and psychological stitching my flesh and soul have danced with these last few months, scars just… make sense. Then, a handful of hours later, Emma informs me that this year is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein… and that Elsa Lanchester’s (The Bride of Frankenstein) birthday is October 28, which happens to be the same weekend we had been considering for the blog party. And, just in case these details failed to overload our gloriously creepy meter, Rommy wrote “Uncomfortable”, a piece full of needles, and rage, and stitched flesh that morph into needed weaponry.
Emma, Rommy, and I understand that not everyone might see the effects of a life-sucking disease, or experiments gone wrong, or of characters remaking themselves through pain (to fight tormentors) as beautiful or as a source of strength. But… for this event, that’s exactly what we’re inviting you to do: let’s create art (short tales, dolls, poems, sculptures, songs, paintings, spells, jewelry… anything you can think of) that celebrates the magic of embracing the scars life has marked our skins and minds with and turn all that hurt into an artful armor of terrible beauty.
The prompt is quite open… here are some examples to entice your muse:
– “Praying Him into an Angel”, by Magaly Guerrero, a short story I wrote to help me deal (in a positive and humorous way) with deep scars carved by loss and grief.
– Drusilla, by Emma Yardis, an armless and legless doll who never allows her lack of limbs to keep her from being happy (or bringing joy to her adopted humans).
– “Uncomfortable”, by Rommy Driks, a poem that takes the current socio-political horrors and brews them into a piece of writing that bleeds and screams and hopes.
– The Broken Column, by Frida Kahlo, she “looks forward, unflinchingly… In spite of the brokenness of her internal body, her external sensuality is unmarred.” Frida painted her pain into masterpieces that continues to soothe and inspire the masses.
– Harry Potter’s lightning bolt shaped scar… all right, so Harry isn’t always all that fond of his scar, but when he understands that it is a part of him he can’t safely get rid of, he does what he must to benefit from it.
In short, my Wicked Luvs, your contribution to the Beautiful Freaks Fest can be about any topic… as long as said topic is centered around scars… and conveys a positive message. The world has as much negativity as it can handle at the moment. So, let us create uplifting art together, and sprinkle it with the sort of terrible beauty that makes us human (okay, not just human, but humans we can be proud of).
the notes and guidance and such…
– To join the party, add your blog link using the Inlinkz tool below. On party day, I will publish a new post where you can add the direct link to your contribution.
– Please do not leave links in the comment section. The comment section is for… comments. If you leave links there, we’ll delete them. Embrace the blue linky frog.
– We will party from Oct 26th to Oct 28th. You can post (1 entry per platform) every day of the party. Visit other Beautiful Freaks lovers. Spread the word… If you have questions, please add them to the comment section of this post, Emma, Rommy, or my slightly-chemo-poisoned self will be lurking around to answer them.