Witches in Fiction 2016: Spelling Healing into a Rotting World

The world is rotting in human madness.

That’s the thought that crosses my mind every time I read or watch the news—children around the world are going hungry, countries are closing their borders to people in need, nations dream of more elaborate ways to kill each other, the cost of health care is so high that those who need it most can’t even imagine a way to afford it, food is being poisoned, education is not available to all, the want for oil money is drowning the need for water and respect for the beliefs of others…

The world is very sick. Wherever we look, we find something dying. With that in mind, for the sixth year of Witches in Fiction, I invite you to Spell Healing into a Rotting World. Let’s grab our artistic weapons of choice, and use them to right something currently wronging our world.witches-in-fiction-2016This event is open to all imaginative bloggers, who wish to sprinkle a bit of magic into their art and then share it with the world: storytellers, painters, crafters, sculptors, potion makers, ninjas, gardeners, photographers, potion drinkers, knitters, poets, doll makers, singers, kittens with their own internet accounts, dogs suspicious of kittens with their own internet accounts, cats who have stolen their humans’ internet accounts… Yes, my Wicked Luvs, everyone is welcomed.

There is only one rule: Your entry must include some sort of magic and a fictional storyline.

The healing yum starts on Friday, October 21st, at 12:13 am EDT. And it will go on all weekend long. On party day, I’ll provide a post where we can share the direct links to our contributions.

If you are not sure how to approach this year’s topic with your art, let me know in the comments and I will try to help. Here are some ideas: a storyteller could write a short tale about a character battling one of the problems rotting the world; a poet could craft a healing spell; photographers, doll makers, gardeners, painters… can create a piece and write a wee tale about how said piece positively affected one of the issues rotting the world. Fiction gives us a universe of choices.

To join, leave me a comment which includes your blog link and blog name. I will add you to The Artistic Healers list (see below). The list will be updated a few times a day. If you join and then find out that you can’t participate, sent me a line and I’ll remove your name from the list. Please spread the word. And if you’re feeling especially festive, grab the party button. Every action starts as an idea. When that idea is born as art, the action is just a short step away. Create… and step!

The Artistic Sponsors
Alchemy & Ashes
Little Gothic Horrors
Magaly Guerrero
Magic Love Crow
Olde Baggs ‘n Stuffed Shirts
Three Cats and a Broom
Touch of the Goddess

The Artistic Healers
A Dash of Sunny
Anima ex Manus Art Dolls
Cackle and Hoot
Daydream Believer
Dreaming of Rosemary
Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility
Fanny Fae
Foreigner in My Own Backyard
Gypsy Spirit Rising
Incipient Wings
Holly’s Horrorland
Khaya Ronkainen
Kestril’s Rhythms and Grove
Laura and Her Favorite Things…
Lee Smith
Little Gothic Horrors
Magic Love Crow
Magaly Guerrero
Ms Misantropia
Notes from the Underground
Olde Baggs ‘n Stuffed Shirts
Pen and Feather
Rue and Hyssop
Witchcraft and Literature

65 thoughts on “Witches in Fiction 2016: Spelling Healing into a Rotting World”

  1. I love this year’s theme, and I’m so glad it’s at a time when I can join in. I already have something in mind, but I’m not sure how to use it yet. I will share your party on my blog. Hugs.

  2. I have taken my blog down for now, Magaly, but I am with you in spirit–the world’s ills, and all of us in it, need healing badly, and all we seem to get is more disease. May your words and those of your fellow artisans help bind the wounds.

  3. I have to put my thinking cap on!!!! “Visualizing a Goddess Crow, hugging the earth.” Sending out peace and hope to everyone. Let me know what you think.
    This is a brilliant idea!
    Big Hugs
    Add my name in. Crossing fingers I figure something out!
    Love you!

    • She likes to spend time in her shell, our gifted Shelle. We need to get her out every now and again. I try my best to nudge her out, so I get to see her yummy creations. I’m quite in love with this one, too!

  4. I’m in, always and forever. Plus I’ll sponsor a gift again if you like. (Feel free to pop me a note – or I’ll track you down somewhere. *wicked giggle*)

    I’ve been a quiet blogger this year, so I could use an excuse to write/create.


  5. Oh wow, your creative collaboration is relevant, intriguing and sounds like fun with all these fabulous Artistic Healers and Sponsors. I’ve been pondering for a while whether to participate or not as I don’t have the gift of magical powers. So just to be sure, I looked up the word “witch” again from the dictionary 🙂 and one definition says, “a fascinating or enchanting woman”…*cough, cough*…and for that reason, I’m in. 😀

    On a serious note though, I’m hoping to learn and stretch my imagination, whilst attempting to heal the world!

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