Sexy, Dark & Bloody Fiction – Pagan Culture’s 3rd Blogoversary Party

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I turned my Sexy, Dark and Bloody entries into a webserial:

Crows (The Haunting, Part 2)
Ciguapa (The Haunting, Part 3)
Enthralled (The Haunting, Part 4)
Dark and Bloody (The Haunting, Part 5)

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Pagan Culture’s 3rd blogoversary party theme was supposed to be Magic in Fiction… Then a lecturer told a student that his writing was “gore and not art.” A few days later, someone who calls herself an educated reader said to a writer friend of mine that no one would take my friend’s stories seriously because the witch in his tale was too good and “everybody knows real witches are evil”.

That load of uninformed egotistical crap made my blood boil. If you haven’t, go ahead and read “Concocting Truths” to see just how hot. After the rage simmered down to lukewarm indignation, I remembered “Sexy, Dark and Bloody,” a dramatic monologue “inspired by one of my favorite urban fantasy writer’s response to a ‘scholarly’ public who tried to put down her fiction.”

also recalled the words of Debora Geary and Neil Gaiman. The first wrote, “Words have power. And when you put them out there, it makes them real for other people, and maybe it changes the world a little… Or maybe it changes you.”  The second said, “To write books is... like magic, you get to make worlds and you get to take people to the worlds that you made.” I agree.

My witchy heart believes in the power of diverse expression. I wish to celebrate three years of Pagan Culture by rewriting stereotypes about witches in fiction. I invite you, my Wicked Darlings, to use your artistic weapon of choice to reshape the fictional stereotype that annoys you the most.

But don’t panic, my Luvs, the fun is not limited to fiction writers. Let me use Glinda the Good Witch of the South to illustrate how, at Pagan Culture, everybody can party equally. Imagine that I didn’t think Glinda was all that ‘good’ and I wanted to prove it. If I were a

fiction writer, I would create a story that shows how Glinda’s self-important, know-it-all attitude tarnishes her suposely absolute witchy goodness.

nonfiction writer, I would argue that true goodness doesn’t lack balance, and Glinda is just too damn good.

painter or a sculptor or a knitter or a gardener or a photographer or a reader… I would use my art and experience to explain my feelings about Glinda the Good not being as good as her name suggests.

Glinda is just an example, of course; your Sexy, Dark and Bloody contributions should attack the stereotype, which YOU find irritating.

The Party Rules:

1. Link your blog at the bottom of this post.

2. Add the Sexy, Dark and Bloody button to your sidebar.

3. Publish your party post on April 13th by 5:13 am EST.   

* Follow the guidelines for Witchy Fiction in 313 Words or Fewer, if you wish to publish your contribution at Pagan Culture.     

I know two months seems like forever, but I wanted to give you enough time to come up with mind-blowing posts. Also, I need to collect a wicked lovely bouquet of sponsors *wink, wink* and that takes time, too.

I’ll keep you updated via blog posts and email messages. As usual, your suggestions will be highly appreciated. Are you ready to party, my Wicked Luvs? And, please, share your thoughts on this year’s party theme ;-)

Edited 2/19/12





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77 comments:

  1. Bellatrix2/13/2012

    Count me in!!!

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  2. Gimme that badge!!! Cos this good witch has a head full of nasty mwahahahaha..... :D XXX

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  3. I'm all in be back in a minute with a link once I've grabbed the button.

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  4. I'm in; though I'm sure you knew I would be. I'll be back in a couple of days with my linked post because I already posted for today, and have something scheduled for tomorrow that I promised would go up tomorrow. But for you I'll hold off on posting the photos I was going to post on Wednesday and post about your special bloggerversary celebration instead.I love your theme, and the way you stand up for other people's freedom to express their creativity in their own way; be it by encouraging a writer to find their own voice and write their own stories in the style that suits them best, or whatever. I'm sure the guy in your class and your friend are greatful to you for putting in so much effort to prove the teacher and "educated reader" wrong.

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  5. I'm in! How can I not be in! Here is mypost :) http://beneaththewitchesmoon.blogspot.com/2012/02/sexydark-and-bloody-pagan-cultures-3rd.html
    This is going to be fun! I am already inspired. What a fantastic way to celebrate! Congrats on 3 amazing years.

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  6. Linda Wildenstein2/13/2012

    Oh my wickediest...I all in on this one.....but you knew I would not be able to resist such a lovely challenge. Oma Linda

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  7. Sparrow Brown2/13/2012

    I'm so excited!!!!  Here's my announcement: 
    http://barbedpentacle.blogspot.com/2012/02/im-attending-party.html.  Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help!

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  8. Welcome, dearest Bellatrix. Thanks for being the first. I've added you! 

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  9. Can't wait to see your "mwahahahaha." Please leave me a comment with your announcement post, and I'll add you to the sidebar. Also, the first button wasn't working, so you might have to reload it.

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  10. I figure that the best way of knowing that I'll have encouraging when I needed is to offer the same courtesy to those in need. You know, that whole philosophy of 'be nice to others and maybe they won't be nasty to you'? Okay, so maybe it's not a philosophy, but it should be lol

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  11. Thanks for the congrats, and welcome. I'm pretty excited and inspired, too!

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  12. It wouldn't be a party without my Oma, would it? 

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  13. It's wonderful to have you. I stopped by your blog and saw the ear of your muse, and wow, I can't wait to see what comes out of that!

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  14. Slommler2/14/2012

     What a wonderful way to celebrate your three year anniversary!!  Congrats!
    Hugging you dear one
    SueAnn

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  15. Oh, I love this!

    I want to play! :)Have to read through the party rules and then I will be back. ;)

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  16. Bellatrix S2/14/2012

    Here is my new announcement, thanks for being so on top of this all!  

    http://armedvenus.blogspot.com/2012/02/be-still-my-heart.html

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  17. Magaly, is this your Witches In Fiction party from last year and you have renamed it?? I will check back with what you write, because I have been making things ahead of time, for a giveaway. I have 3 bookmarks, 2 aceo's and a cute painting I have not completed yet. I want to make sure though I am signing up for the right one? ;o) Hugs ;o)

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  18. LOL! Nope, I don't think it is a philosophy.  I do, however, think it's a good way to live!

    Now to get caught up on blogs so I can start deciding which story to go with and write it.... So many possible ideas!

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  19. lilacwolf2/14/2012

    Good lord, what is she teaching?  I've never found a genre that I didn't like so long as the story is well told.  There are some writers who can't story-tell their way out of a wet paper bag.  And others who can take a genre I was never drawn to and hold me captive for the duration of the story.

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  20. Here's my post: http://ziglernews.blogspot.com/2012/02/magalys-sexy-dark-bloody-bloggerversary.html

    *Pulls a face upon discovering the word verification type of thing* I hate those things! The audioclips are so hard to figure out (when they work; though if you're reading this then I guess in this case the clip did work, since if it didn't I'd have had to e-mail you).

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  21. I didn't know that it asked for word verification when adding links. I'll take a look-see. 

    I've added you to the party list!

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  22. Yay! The more the merrier and the witchier, too ;-)

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  23. Thank YOU for being the first! 

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  24. Stacy, you are such a darling. Planning in advance, how delightful is that? I wrote a post to answer your question, but I'll answer it here, too. Every blogoversary party will be about witches in fiction with a new subtheme every year. This year is about stereotypes that really annoy us. 

    I'm happy beyond believe that you already have gifts for the party. You are the best!

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  25. She has issues... that's my verdict. I'm like you in that sense, there are genre that I don't care much for, but then a special kind of writer comes with a story that is so magnificent that I would want to experience it even if the creator decided to rap it ;-)

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  26. ljrich2/15/2012

    "real witches are evil..."

    I'm going to go dig my brain out of my skull now. LOL

    I'd be all over this if I could write stories. But.....I can't. So, I'll be reading.:D

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  27. You don't have to write a story, my love. You can write a post discussing why the idea that "real witches are evil..." makes you want  to dig your brain out of your skull. I would really like to read that ;-)

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  28. Thanks my friend ;o) I am not sure what or if I am going to write something, but I know I will have  a "Big" giveaway in honor of your party ;o) I hope that's ok ;o) I will grab your button ;o)
    Hugs ;o)

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  29. A "Big" giveaway, makes you a sponsor, my dear! I guess I better start my Sponsor list ;-)

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  30. ljrich2/15/2012

    HAHAH!

    Except that post wouldn't be "Sexy (unless you like rants), Dark, Bloody (unless I describe the digging process) Fiction".;)

    But, I just might do that.:D

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  31. GabbyLowe2/16/2012

    I will definitely be sponsoring-I just need a little time to get my thoughts together and figure out what the prize pack will be.  I am also waiting to hear from the publisher on the cover, so I'm glad you gave use some time! Love the theme and love your blog!

    Laura
    http://authorlauradeluca.blogspot.com

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  32. Yep, apparently it does; hasn't done it at all in any comments where I haven't posted links though, so the link must be the issue.  I did think it was a bit odd when I saw it.  I mean, I know you wouldn't put it there after all your campaignes to encourage people to make their blogs more accessable to the visually impaired community... Still, I always get frustrated when I see it (sorry about that, though I'm sure you can understand myy frustration).  But, hey, at least the listen and type thing did work, so at least it posted my comment. ;)

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  33. I've added your blog to my sidebar, and thank goodness you'll have a lot of time to think ;-)

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  34. I would love to join if it is not too late to sign up.

    Sorry to have fallen behind again, sweetie. I have not felt well and just doing more than the daily requirements can be very taxing. Please do not take my absence as lack a interest or affection, cuz you know I love and adore your wicked self. Sending many hugs to you. Mina 

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  35. ...And happy 3rd blogaversary!

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  36. You spend your time getting better, my Mina. Our bodies and souls know best.

    And of course you are in time, the party is not until April ;-)

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  37. Thanks, my love! I've added you to my sidebar ;-)

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  38. Big hugs, my sweet! I grabbed your button today. 

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  39. Rue - Jen3/05/2012

    Hopping on board!  (I'm always a little late to the party - but I won't be late on April 13th!)  Also, if you are interested...I'm willing to donate a deck of tarot cards (I have a few left in my shop stock to choose from.)

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  40. WoooHooo! I've added your blog to the party, and Three Cats and a Broom is now a sponsor. I'm sure you'll make a Wicked Darling very happy with a new tarot deck!

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  41. Heck yes I want to join!!! Whoo hooo!!!

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  42. Sweet! I want to celebrate with you! I can't fit the button on my sidebar (it only takes images up to 190) but I posted about it here: http://paganbydesign.blogspot.com/2012/03/30000-views-in-one-year-and-other-pagan.html

    Can I still play too? :)

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  43. Hooray! It is sooo good to have you. And guess what? Your Penny has been whispering in my ears lately. She wants to come out and play with Alexis, the little witch from "Blessed to Death." Would you tell her that I have homework? She won't listen to me *sigh*

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  44. Joining... (can't believe I hadn't already)!!!
    Hey I'm happy to sponsor a prize if you want, anything (winners choice) from my Etsy shop, you pick the winner...?? I'll do something else with prize attached for my post... WHEN I THINK OF SOMETHING ;)

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    1. I figured you would eventually stumble in. If not, I had planned to go and drag you, paint brush and all ;-)

      Of course I would love for you to sponsor a giveaway. What kind of monster would I be if I deprived a Wicked Darling with one of your treasures? I added you to the sponsor list, and guess what? I was opening the party with a story inspired by one of your pieces, so I guess this is purrrrrrrrfect!

      Now back to studying *sigh* my eyes are going to fall off. I should probably write about that...

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  45. Thanks for your clarifications in your other post Magaly, I'd love to join in :)

    Jane x

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  46. sorry for being a bit thick this morning but do I need to put a link to my blog in the linky above?

    Jane x

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    1. Yes please. And you aren't thick! It's all my fault. I hadn't noticed that I didn't change the "leave me a comment" bit to "add your link at the bottom." Silly me. I added inLinkz after the party had already started and forgot to modify the rules *sigh* no wonder everybody is asking.

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  47. I got put in the same sentence as *Neil Gaiman*. WAHOOO!!!!

    Just in case anyone thought writers were all staid and mature :D.

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    1. I think the reaction is quite mature, Neil Gaiman rocks!

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  48. He surely does - and happy early birthday!

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    1. Indeed on the first, and thanks a bunch on the second ;-)

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  49. Woops on signing up for the wrong year, I can be a bit of a ditz some times.. I hear you on the sterotypes, makes my blood boil too. So count me in, I'll participate in last years on an alternate plane ;)

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    1. Hey, I might be interested in checking out that plane, so send me a link or some pics at least lol

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  50. http://crimsonrose1014-witchywoman.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'll add your blog to the linky.

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  51. Aaah! I JUST saw this! Only a few days, but... I'll come up with something, for sure! :D

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    1. Welcome to the party. I just read what your wrote, and yum!

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  52. Well, I thought I was going to leave you hanging with "Beware the Captive Innocents", but my characters are pulling my sleeve and wanting me to continue. I don't know where this is going, but here is part two: "Secrets in the Cellar" http://paganbydesign.blogspot.com/2012/04/secrets-in-cellar.html

    I hope you enjoy! :)

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    1. I'm working on the conclusion of "The Haunting" and the story is going into weird places, so I get it lol

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  53. Just read "Of Wiccan Bondage" at The Barbed Pentacle - couldn't figure how to leave a comment - but Magaly your circle is wide & this party has so many layers & each a unique take on 'sexy, dark, & bloody' - it's sorta like roaming through a great book department picking up writings from all different sections, children's, arts & through to adult sealed section, amazing mix & all thought provoking... OK back to the party!

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    1. I find Sparrow's mind fascinating. I was thrilled when she joined the party, because she possesses so much knowledge of a world I've never experienced--and she knows how to 'say' what it all means.

      You can leave her a via email, Facebook, Twitter...here is a link to her links: http://barbedpentacle.blogspot.com/2012/04/melt-me-hot-wax-rituals-giveaways-and.html

      Actually, this is the link to her latest giveaway, which I've entered. Hey, sexy candles? The possibilities ;-

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  54. I totally missed everything.
    But I wrote a little tiny story.
    Because I am annoyed by the 'Charmed' witches kind in TV and movies.
    No, we don't all look like models. :p

    http://witchydiary.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/one-bad-witch/

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    1. What are you talking about!?! Of course we do! We look like models of real people, who eat, and had terrible hair days, and have to get creative because we live in 7th floor apartments without gardens... wait a minute... damn, guess we don't look like The Power of Three after all lol

      I'm adding your post to the list. Better late than never, right?

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    2. Thank you!
      Happy you liked it. :)
      Usually I don't write fiction in English.

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  55. I suck I never wrote my post, I should do that now, probably, possibly, depending on whether the wine will let me or not. =]

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  56. Done and done! Post is up:

    http://livingafaerietale.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-faeries-may-sparkle-but-not-with.html

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    1. I've no idea how I missed this. But I just read it, and yum!

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  57. I was about to apologize for not getting my post done, but like Amanda maybe late is better than never? I'll work on it in the next day or two.

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    1. Late doesn't exist if you get to the party while the music still playing. And at Pagan Culture, the music never stops ;-)

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