A few days ago, I received an unsolicited email from a couple of shop owners who wanted to sponsor Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances. I was busy, so I didn’t get to reply to the message until last night. The individuals in question are not readers of my blog; in fact, I’m not sure how they came across it. After reviewing the shop and their request, it was easy to see that we weren’t a good fit. I declined their offer, and thanked them for their interest.
I thought that was going to be the end of it. But this morning, there was a disturbing follow up. One of the owners of the shop sent me a message composed of a string of insults and these words: “…wiccans like you are fake. You talk of helping people but you only help who you like. That’s not what being wiccan is.” I pointed out that it was only one of the owners of the shop, because a second person emailed me (about 15 minutes after the first person did) and apologized. It seems business hasn’t been good lately, and the situation is affecting her partner.
Do I feel bad for them? Yes… but at the risk of sounding rather harsh, I must say that I feel bad for a whole bunch of people whom I still wouldn’t invite into my house. I always refer to my blog as my cyber-home, and I mean that. If I invite a friend to my home, I would never offer him or her food or entertainment or treatment that made me feel uneasy.
There was nothing wrong with the merchandise sold by the shop discussed above, but something about the way their goods and services were described left me feeling kind of uncomfortable. Also, I didn’t appreciate that they sent me the request without taking the time to learn a bit more about my blog or me; if they had, they would’ve known that I’m not Wiccan.
But that’s enough unpleasantness for one post. I just needed to get that out of my chest, in order to move on. Let me, instead, introduce the Witches in Fiction 2015 Sponsors (as of 9/24/2015):
The Wicked Darlings who bring these shops to life either volunteered to sponsor (without me having to ask) or were contacted by me at their prior request. These will be the five individual giveaways. If you are interested in adding your name to the sponsor list, you shall share your giveaway day with moi and become part of a virtual basket. The latter is often the last giveaway, posted a day or two before party day.
If you wish to jump into the Virtual Basket with me, email me (magalyguerrero @ live . com) with a short description of your prospective giveaway.
If you’ve yet to join Witches in Fiction 2015, follow the link for details.