Autumn Has a Thing for Blood-Red

While walking home from the library, I noticed a flower that made me think of sun and blood. I stared at the bloom for a while… from different angles… touched a couple of its petals…and then, I began to laugh. I must’ve laughed too loud because a woman stopped a few steps from me to ask if I was okay. “Sure,” I said, still grinning and pointing at the flower, “I’m just a bit surprised that I never realized that autumn seems to like blood-red nearly as much as I do.” The woman crossed the street without saying another word. And I giggled.

My mind is always full of thoughts and observations that might seem uncanny to people who don’t know me. Which is why I don’t make it a habit to talk to strangers about blood and fall. But my pain levels were so high these last few days that my brain was busy keeping me from crumbling. So yeah, things like being mindful of strangers’ sensibilities were not a top priority.

Anyhoo, I just wanted to share that pinch of delicious madness with you… Mostly because every time I think about it, I start giggling… And we all need a bit of a giggle every now and again. Of course, the blood-red bloom that enticed the random nuttiness deserves at least a haiku:

sun filled, she
and her blush crimsoned—
with blood strokes
Sunflower

Now let me show you the Halloween yumminess I received from two of the wickedest of Luvs.

Ms Misantropia sent me some sparkly goodies and a balloon (which I’ll probably have to fight the Little Princess for… and she’ll win… that girl is very determined). This was the perfect detail, since I want to decorate my Poem Bits cork board with things that make me think of friends.
Halloween Yummies

Oma Linda sent Halloween bling and crafty bits for the Little Princess and me. I suspect that every single thing with a smooth surface will have its name stamped on it before the end of the calendar year (Did I mention that the Little Princess really loves labeling things?).
Halloween Yums

I love the other side of the heart. 🙂
Heart

I shared this picture with Facebook and Instagram friends. But since I love looking at myself, I figured that I would share it here, too. Wow, I get more stunning (and less modest) every year.
Magaly Guerrero 2015

Fine, I will stop rambling. I know you are waiting to know the identity of the Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances giveaway winners. Well, I present you the lucky ones:

Sunshine Shelle’s Giveaway
1st – Nina: “‘Til Death”
2nd – Oma Linda: Customized Painting
3rd – Michelle Willms: $20 Voucher

Three Cats and a Broom’s Giveaway
Sharon – The Ghost Tarot, by Davide Corsi

Gothic Miniatures’ Giveaway
Jonquil – Graveyard Mini Book

Eliora’s Giveaway
Edited on 10/23 (The first winner did not reply within 48 hours)
Lee Smith – Ancestor/Love One Honoring Ritual Chest

post-Comic Con Booty Giveaway
Ms Misantropia – Charlene Harris’ Midnight Crossroad, a tote, and a copy of The Rich and the Dead, edited by Nelson DeMille.

Alchemy & Ashes’ Giveaway
Edited on 10/23 (The first winner did not reply within 48 hours)
Hedgewitch – Salem Village Cider Soap and a Spiced Orange Lip Balm

And the Winners of the Virtual Basket
Sunshine Shelle – “Evermore”, by Magic Love Crow; “Skull Tea Set”, by Rhissanna; $31 credit for any of the shops sponsoring the party, an e-copy of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories, an e-copy of Thorn in Red, and an e-copy of Blooming Howls, by Magaly Guerrero

* Since the “Clean and Clear Smudging Mist”, by Touched of the Goddess, was meant for U.S. residents only, I used Randomizer to select a second name for the smudging mist: Lee Smith.

Congratulations, my Wicked Darling Winners!
Please message me with your mailing info (magalyguerrero @ live . com)
and I’ll forward it to the sponsors.

Halloween is coming… I better go find myself a dead tree. 😉

Death Rites and Remembrances (Witches in Fiction 2015)

“My words taste of you
[…]
I await the fall,
when October thins
all barriers,
and you feel me, still

loving you through the Veil.”
M.G.

Welcome to Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances.

This year, we are using fiction, crafts, poetry, sculptures, painting, myths, and a slice of life or three to celebrate the memories of loved ones who no longer dance in the world of the living.

The journey started with “‘Til Death”, a painting by Sunshine Shelle. You saw the work in progress in the first pre-party post; now you get to witness the magic of the finished piece. For the chance to win “‘Till Death”, a customized painting by Shelle, and/or a $20 voucher, fly over to “Loving You through the Veil” and enter the first Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaway.
1. Til Death, by Sunshine Shelle
The celebration was carried forward by Three Cats and a Broom, in the shape of Davide Corsi’s The Ghost Tarot; read Shaking It and Twisting It until It Says Yes, to enter the giveaway.
2. The Ghost Tarot, from Three Cats and a Broom

No remembrance event would be quite complete without a graveyard. So please follow the link to “A Rattle and a Wee Book on Her Grave”, for a chance to win the Gothic Miniatures’ handmade book that inspired the tale with the graveyard in it.
3. Graveyard Mini Book, by Gothic Miniatures

At the heart of Death Rites and Remembrances, Eliora’s Loved One Honoring Ritual Chest planted the seed that sprouted a poem of “Love, Death, [and] Memories”. Losing someone we love hurts, regardless of circumstances… Eliora’s giveaway offers gentle soothing for the soul.
4. Ancestor - Loved One Honoring Ritual Chest, by Eliora

Speaking of soothing, Alchemy & Ashes’ giveaway contains Salem Village Cider Soap and a Spiced Orange Lip Balm, which should offer needed calm… while we “Remember the Witches”.
5. Handmade Soap and Lip Balm, by Alchemy and Ashes

The sixth (and last) Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaway is a virtual basket put together by Magic Love Crow, Rhissanna, Touch of the Goddess, and the Wickedest Witchy Writer of Them All (yes, moi). Just open the door to my previous post, to delight in Seven Dark Haiku and a Basket Full of Yum.

“Evermore” (detail), by Magic Love Crow
6. Evermore, by Magic Love Crow (detail)

“Skull Tea Set”, by Rhissanna
7. Skull Tea Set, by Rhissanna

“Clean and Clear Smudging Mist”, by Touch of the Goddess
8. Clean and Clear Smudging Mist, by Touch of the Goddess

From Magaly Guerrero:
~ a $31 credit for any of the shops sponsoring the party
~ an e-copy of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories
~ an e-copy of Thorn in Red
~ and, an e-copy of Blooming Howls
9. Books, by Magaly Guerrero


Instructions for the Wicked darling Partiers
:

Please leave me a comment sharing your thoughts about this post or about what this year’s party did (or is doing) for you. At the end of the comment, add the title of your post and the direct link to it (for an example of what I mean, read the first comment). Every couple of hours (while I’m awake), I will add your posts to the Party List as you leave the direct links at the end of your comments. This will become the party archive.

Party List:
– Magaly Guerrero – Death Rites and Remembrances (Witches in Fiction 2015)
– Olde Baggs n’ Stuft Shirts (Oma Linda) – Death Rites and Remembrances…
– Kestril’s Rhythms and Groove (Rommy) – “Rosemary
– Little Gothic Horrors – Witches in Fiction: Death Rites and Remembrances
– Catch a Fire (Sarah) – Death Rites & Remembrance: Witches in Fiction 2015
– Verse Escape (Hedgewitch) – “The Eclipsed
– Diary of Bones (Bones, aka Katy Magee) – bits of death, as remembrances
– Dreaming of Rosemary (Georgina) – Death rites and remembrances – Witches in fiction
– Daydream Believer (Gina) – Witches in fiction 2015 ~ Death Rites and Remembrance…
– Rhissanna – Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances
– Sunshine Shelle – Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances…
– She Who Seeks – Witches in Fiction 2015 — Death Rites and Remembrances
– Notes from the Underground (Ashtoreth) – Dancing with the dead
– Pen and Feather (Sharon) – “Just Not Today” for Witches in Fiction 2015
– Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility (Esther) – “Tiny Beads of Magic Dust
– Gypsy Spirit Rising (Holly) – Witches In Fiction 2015 ~ Death Rites & Remembrances
– Ms Misantropia – Witches in Fiction: Death rites and remembrances
– LeeSmithBlog (Witchyy) – Flirting with Death
– Rue & Hyssop (Rue) – Death Rites and Remembrances: My Grandfather’s Music
– The Scrawler’s Wall (Ben) – Witches in Fiction 2015: “Sunday Ritual”

Witches in Fiction 2015... Death Rites and Remembrances
Thanks so much for participating in Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances. Do visit the Wicked darling Partiers who chose to add their touch, time and thoughts to this event. The experience has already been extra rewarding for me… I wish, I wish, I wish the very same for you.

♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥♥

'Til Death, by Sunshine Shelle (Detail)

“‘Til Death”, by Sunshine Shelle (detail)

Seven Dark Haiku and a Basket Full of Yum

By crafting birthed of soul and heart
and the turning of mind-gear,
infused with memories and with love spiced,
Witches in Fiction dances near.

It’s true, my Wicked Luvs… October 17th, and with it, Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances is almost here. I’m so excited about this blog party; for I’ve glimpsed some of the yumminess you’ve conjured for the occasion, and I can barely wait for the feast. But before our full blown celebration of the memories of our dead starts, we have a sixth giveaway:

pre-Witches in Fiction 2015, sixth giveaway, is a virtual basket sponsored by Magic Love Crow, Rhissanna, Touch of the Goddess, and moi.

The lucky Wicked Darling to win this giveaway, will take home an 8” x 10” painting, a tea set suitable for dolls, a bottle of smudging mist, a $31 credit for any of the participating shops, and a copy of my three books (if you own my books, we can transfer them to a friend). I’ve listed the contents of the virtual basket below, preceded by a haiku… follow the individual links to learn more about each item and/or its creator:

“Evermore”, by Magic Love Crow
kissed by winter, love
liquid salt over the bones—
forget evermore
Evermore, by Magic Love Crow

“Skull Tea Set”, by Rhissanna
cloud brew in two cups
a memory served in bones—
tiny skull tea set
Skull Tea Set, by Rhissanna

“Clean and Clear Smudging Mist”, by Touch of the Goddess
so much leaden air
stagnation of heart and home—
Goddess in the mist
Clean and Clear Smudging Mist, by Touch of the Goddess

And from moi:

a $31 credit for any of the shops sponsoring the party
for Halloween night
gift for a Wicked Darling—
the Witches’ New Year
Gift Card

a copy of AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories, by Magaly Guerrero
running through the trees
heartbroken but strong of will—
self-saved witchy child
AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories

a copy of Thorn in Red, by Magaly Guerrero
dark forest of tales
hearts are crafted and minds made—
lies kiss truth with tongue
Thorn in Red
and, a copy of Blooming Howls, by Magaly Guerrero
first, there was darkness
small seeds dreaming giant trees—
death and birth of worlds
Blooming Howls

Here is how to enter this giveaway: in a few sentences, tell me what comes to mind when you read the phrase “Death Rites and Remembrances”. For one extra entry, visit Magic Love Crow, and come back to tell me a bit about a painting you liked. For a second extra entry, stop by Rhissanna’s shop, and come back to tell me which of her creations you liked best. For a third entry, fly over to Touch of the Goddess, and come back to let me know what caught your eye. For a fourth extra entry, follow my blog via email. For a fifth extra entry, tell me three words that come to mind after reading one (or all) the haiku preceding my 3 books. Wishing for a sixth extra entry? Share this post on Facebook (tag me, Magic Love Crow, Rhissanna, and Touch of the Goddess). Yes, with 7 items in the basket, you should get a 7th extra entry… and you will, if you add these words at the end of your comment: “Magaly, do throw my name into your witchy cauldron!”

Giveaway Rules, details and stuff…
* I need to be able to contact the winners. If you don’t have a website or social media profile, through which we can interact, then please add your email to your comment. If your name comes up, and I have no way to contact you, I will choose another name.

* You can group all your entries in a single comment—or not… the choice is yours.

* To my Canadians, before you can claim your prize, I must test your mathematical brilliance by asking you a very obscure question, such as… what’s 13 + .5? Yeah, obscure…

* All Witches in Fiction 2015 giveaways will end on October 20th, 2015, at 10:13 pm, EDT. The winners will be chosen using Random.Org, and announced on October 21st, 2015.

* Every item in this giveaway is open worldwide, except the “Clean and Clear Smudging Mist”, which will ship only to the US (If the winner resides outside the US, then I’ll choose a second name for the smudging mist). This giveaway excludes any place where prohibited by law.

This is the last pre-party posts. Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances will be here on October 17th. You can still join the celebration, just click the link.

Other Witches in Fiction 2015 pre-posts and giveaways:
– “Loving You through the Veil
Culture with Real Fictionalized Witches in It
Shaking It and Twisting It until It Says Yes
Not All Witchy Souls Are Religious
– “A Rattle and a Wee Book on Her Grave
– “Love, Death, Memories
We Have an Obligation to Imagine… and I Do (NY Comic Con booty giveaway)
Remember the Witches