Update 1: Witches in Fiction 2015… Prospective Sponsor Drama

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):

Alchemy & Ashes
Eliora
Gothic Miniatures
SunshineShelle
Three Cats and a Broom

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.

Witches in Fiction 2015… Sponsors and Giveaways

Witches in Fiction 2015… Death Rites and Remembrances

Witches in Fiction 2015
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 (details and instructions after the party lists).

Party List
Catch a Fire (Sarah)
Daydream Believer (Gina)
Diary of Bones (Bones, aka Katy Magee)
Dreaming of Rosemary (Georgina)
Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility (Esther)
Gypsy Spirit Rising (Holly)
Kestril’s Rhythms and Groove (Rommy)
LeeSmithBlog (Witchyy)
Little Gothic Horrors
Magaly Guerrero
Ms Misantropia
Notes from the Underground (Ashtoreth)
Olde Baggs ‘n Stuft Shirts (Oma Linda)
Pen and Feather (Sharon)
Rue and Hyssop (Jen)
The Scrawler’s Wall (Ben)
She Who Seeks (Debra)
Sunshine Shelle
Verse Escape (Hedgewitch)

Party Sponsors
Alchemy & Ashes
Eliora
Gothic Miniatures
Magic Love Crow
Rhissanna
Sunshine Shelle
Three Cats and a Broom
Touch of the Goddess

This year’s theme is 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.

Need an example? Well, I’m adding a few: “Praying Him into an Angel”, a short story; “My Memories in Your Whiskey”, a poem; “Carnival of Bones” and “Till Death We Do Part”, by Sunshine Shelle, paintings; Eliora’s “Loved One Honoring Ritual Chest”, crafts; “You Should Dance When I Die”, poem/post combination (the post part could stand alone as an example of a ritual related to death)… These are just a handful of ideas to spark your imagination. You can choose to post about anything from banshees to professional mourners to graveyard curiosities to why different cultures approach death and dying in such different ways. Through this event, I wish for us to explore death as a part of life… by using the arts that make us feel alive.

Rules, Dates, Logistics and Such:
To participate, tell me why you’re joining Death Rites and Remembrances; include a link to your blog at the end of your comment, and I’ll add your name to the Party List (see below).
Your entry must focus on death rituals. Witches and magic motifs are optional. And extremely cool, of course… Then again, I might be a tad biased. 😉
Join the party (leave a comment and link) before the end of October 15th.
Try to publish your party post around Midnight, Oct. 17th, 2015, EDT. On the Day of the party, I’ll provide a place for your direct link; said place will serve as archive.
* This last bit is not a rule, but it would be really nice if you grabbed the party button and added it to your site… and Blogged about this entry… and Share it around the web… and Danced merrily because you’re loved and alive.

That’s all I have for now, my Luvs. Questions? Ask them here. Suggestions? Make them here. Feel like cackling? Go for it; it’s good for you. And I’ll will see your cackle and raise you a roar. Oh, and if you change your mind after joining the party, please send me an email as soon as you can, and I’ll remove your name from the list.

And yes, there will be giveaways… as always.
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* The party theme was inspired by a friend who lost a bit of her soul earlier this year… But what death took hasn’t kept her from celebrating the memories or the miracle of being alive.

* “Till Death We Do Part”, the art for the party banner, is the work of the deliciously talented, Michelle Kennedy of Sunshine Shelle. I do hope you feel the urge to grab the party button and add it to your sidebar *cough, cough, cough*.

Witches in Fiction 2015, button

– Witches in Fiction 2011… The First
– Witches in Fiction 2012… Sexy Dark & Bloody (a bit of an oddball)
– Witches in Fiction 2013… to the Bone
– Witches in Fiction 2014… Crafting Blooming Howls