I was listening to the song that inspired Kiki Howell’s “The Sorcerer’s Songs” and I found myself flying over memory lane. I thought about all the things I could have done better or not done at all… then I stepped on the breaks of my broomstick and told myself, “Stop the nonsense Witch, and listen to the entire song! You’ve become who you are because of the decisions you’ve made in the past: the good, the bad, the ugly and the I-must’ve-been-freaking-insane!”
Witches in Fiction was one of the events that came to my mind. I’ve, more than once, thought that I could have done things better. Okay, I’m certain things would have been much better if I had begun the party planning earlier. I don’t remember if I told you this, but I had to turn down many people who wanted to sponsor giveaways. Also, I received several last minute emails, from Wicked Darlings who wanted to participate, but had no clue what to do—some of these got stuck in my junk mail and were not discovered until after the party. I wish those two bits were different, but aside from that, I would not change a thing if I had the chance to go back. Besides, I’ve taken all those tips and filed the Afterparty Lessons area of my brain. Now I know that I have to start planning earlier, I should offer ideas and guidelines for those who need it, I need to set a deadline for participation…
…the Nifty Bits! One or two might not be party related, but I wanted to show them off anyway:
|I took these pic early in the morning. The weird angle should tell you that I hadn't had my tea yet. Thanks my Sunshineshelle!|
|I did the happy skeleton dance when I saw these beauties from Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts. Linda, if you feel a phantom squeeze is me hugging you; I LOVE my skullies!|
|Books, books, books! From All Rocks Go to Heaven, The Balanced Witch and Marcia Colette.|
|Gracias Expressions of Misty Boston Girl! I LOVE everything, especially the extras!|
|Genesis the kitty from My Journey in Bits and Pieces came with a friend! Gracias!|
|The Irish Goddess knew my feet were going to need some loving after the party, so she sent this.|
|This baby flew straight to my altar, courtesy of MagicLoveCrow. You brought pink to my altar and that means the world to this Witch!|
|All this goodness came from Debra, She Who Seeks, Her Royal Highness's human. Thanks your Royal Highness!|
|And this cover was just too cool not to show you a bigger pic. Marcia is always inspiring artists to create great covers; check out the cover for The Spider Inside Her and you'll see what I mean!|
|Here is the bunch!|
…wicked cool Buttons! I don’t want to overwhelm your senses, but I might have to. Don’t worry though, for it will be in the most wonderful of ways. MagicLoveCrow and Sunshineshelle combined their artistic powers and made beautiful magic! Yep, the new banner came accessorized with wicked cool buttons. Jump to the sidebar and snatch the new codes and get one extra entry to the Predators of Darkness: Aftermath and The Unfinished Song: Initiate!
|MagicLoveCrow's daisies and witchy baby crow make a perfect Pagan Culture picture, flying around Sunshineshelle's stunning skull girl. And all I can say about Shelle's frog and kitty is that the woman can probably see inside my head; she drew exactly what I wanted!|
|If I were a wimp, the combination of the piano keys and my perfect typewriter would have made me cry. But I would hate to act like a wimp, so I'll just be a liar and say that this lovely button didn't make me cry a bit. Sunshineshelle is not just amazing with paint, pencil brush... she can do digital magic too. You've made me a very happy Witch Shelle luv!|
|Nothing says witchy like a crow flying on a broom and a frog hopping under the full moon. Something you don't get to see in this pic (but you will soon) is that the artistic goddess of MagicLoveCrow drew 13 daisies; even more amazing, she didn't realize it until she was done!|
…and Sweet Moleski Bits for a Buck! Who the beep is Moleski? You are probably wondering. Well, my luvs, no one other than our own wicked Cogent Ascending. If you’ve never read his writing, you need to fly to his blog and laugh a like a loon… I usually sit down right after; it would be too embarrassing to fall on my ass when my brain gets hit full blast by the social commentary weaved in Cogent’s, um, I mean Moleski’s words. Guess what? Our dear one is giving you the chance of showing just how much you love his insight. No, really, you can fly to Amazon (lots of flying on this post, huh?) and purchase some sweet Moleski bits for buck! Here are a few lines on some of the flashes I’ve read:
“The Damned Thing” – After I finished laughing at the irony, I began to think about where my tax dollars go. Finally, I wanted more…
“I Will Never Sleep Again” – Wow! This one puts all man St. Nick in a position I (and probably you) never imagined him in. Wow!
“Medium” – The creators of the universe discuss their work over coffee and a cigarette. This one left me thinking and nodding a lot.
“The Living Dead” – I wonder if the fact this story made me grin for a long, long, long time after I was done reading it makes me a terrible person. Probably not; some people just deserve what they get, and sometimes it just happens to be dark and nasty.
“The Promotion” – Can you say horrible person gone wild? If you can’t, read this and you’ll probably be screaming it.
Have a buck or, um, five? Stop by Shawhan Moleski’s Amazon page and support a bloggy friend by buying something dark, bloody and freaking hilarious ;-)