Deadly Nightshade

Multifarious Day 3

Tattoos, creativity and the meaning of freakish; 
sounds like the beginning of a wondrous week, doesn’t it?

Estrella Bravo’s Tattoo – During this week’s fully buttered yumminess, Natasha suggested we shared art we created while we were bored. I don’t get bored often, but when the muse of laziness sits on my chest, I work on worldbuilding. I create characters demographics, design house plans, come up with rules of magic... and because sometimes seeing a detail helps me understand the tale from a different angle, I draw. My last doodle was Estrella Bravo’s tattooed necklace described in the latest installment of The Haunting: a Webserial of Pre-Chaos. “They are belladonna fruit… deadly nightshade… six peduncles on your right side and six berries over your heart. A peduncle and berry in your middle makes thirteen marks; same number of spots as your dream witch table.”
I’m Freaking Kreativ – Most of us have already decided that I have a bit of an imaginative soul, but did you know that I was Kreativ blogger, too? Well, I am. IrelandBrady says so and I believe her. Thanks so much, my Wicked Darling! I, too, know a few people whose creativity makes me grin. But before I tell you their names, I’m supposed to share seven things about moi:

(1) I have bad dreams when I go too long without writing (2) The dreams escalate to nightmares if the lack of writing is joined by no exercise (3) I first imagined the world of Pre-Chaos while convalescent after hurting my hip (4) There was a nurse who used to freak out whenever he came into my room and I told him to hold on a minute because I was plotting something (5) Once my Piano Man entered our bedroom and found me crying for Sweettooth (6) I cried out of rage and sadness when I watched the destruction of The Tree of Souls (7) I believe fiction and other types of art can deal with issues about the human condition, in ways the social majority’s understanding of reality might never be able to comprehend.

The award rules said I need to bestow the honor upon 10 others, but 13 is a much sexier number, so here are 13 members of the growing list (in no particular order) of creative bloggers who inspire me to see life through multifarious eyes: (1) Gina (2) Oma Linda (3) Mina (4) SunshineShelle (5) Stacy (6) Debra (7) Penny (8) Militant Queer (9) Ellen (10) Robin (11) LJ (12) Kim (13) Petoskystone
Thank you, my Luvs. And remember that when I nominate you for an award, you are not required to write about it if you don’t feel like it. Just know that each of you have touched my life in the most positive of ways, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Word of the Week
Freakisha. Apt to change the mind suddenly; whimsical; capricious.
As in, “It may be a question, whether the wife or the woman was the more freakish of the two.”
(Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, 1861) I was looking for the word ‘freaking’ in my old dictionary, and stopped when I read the definition and example for ‘freakish’. I giggle for a while ;-) 
In case anyone was wondering about belladonna fruit... beautiful, isn’t it? And deadly...

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52 comments:

  1. It is truly beautiful! I imagine forbidden fruit.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. "Imagine forbidden fruit," I like that...

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  2. What a fun way to start a Monday...
    Just thought I'd let you know that you are Fabulous, as well as Kreativ :)
    http://pyrosunfire.blogspot.com/2012/07/feelin-fabulous.html
    I also just gave you a blog award.
    ~Sunfire

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    1. Now, I will do a little fabulous dance. Thanks so much, Connie ;-)

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  3. Firstly I am honoured to be on your list of Kreativ Bloggers...second I love that doodle of a tattoo necklace, it's a good job I have no spare cash this week lol...and thirdly don't you just love the way a words use can change so much over time. Love when you share these definitions :D XXX

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    1. No money!?! *sigh* lol

      Words are incredible. I do love how they change over the years, for even when they are not used to tell history within particularly context, words still speak of history.

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  4. Reading that I believe you're never bored. :)) That is one meaningful tattoo and I love the belladonna fruit. :) Congrats on the award!

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    1. Thanks NatashaMay. I love the belladonna fruit, too. And reading about it, the way it has been used in history, is one of those things that keeps me from getting bored ;-)

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  5. thanks Magaly. I appreciate the shout out.

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  6. Don't think I've ever seen that dark souled fruit before - yes, scary but perfect, I certainly wouldn't dare to pick it, it screams admire me but don't touch! Now you & Karen Anne have both graciously given me this wonderful award so it's about time put up a post to prove I deserved your sweet kudos :) Thank You!

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    1. I think it is about time, indeed. Do let the rest of the world into the secret that is your greatness ;-)

      I just put the words belladonna and scary in my mind *lets them circle around a few times* yep, scary can be a way to see it indeed...

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  7. Yay! Thank you!

    I tried to grow a variety of belldona once and my landlord killed it accidentally when moving in my neighbor by crushing the jar w a box spring inadvertently smooshing the poor plantling to death.

    :(

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    1. Poor thing. I would have been crushed ;-(

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  8. Oh honey, what an honor. Thank you so much for the wonderful award. You have helped me to realize I even had multifarious eyes. ;-) Hugs forever and ever.

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    1. If someone has multifarious eyes, it would be you. Honest, loving and inspiring multifarious eyes ;-)

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  9. Thank you, Magaly! To be called Kreativ by you, one of the most Kreativ people I know, is indeed an honour! I will post it on my blog this Friday.

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    1. Only an extremely Kreativ person would be capable to use humor to speak about the state of the world, the intricacies of human nature and keep HRH from taking over the world ;-)

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  10. Thank you for the award my friend ;o) I promise to post about it after the blog party! Karen Anne, gave it to me too ;o) I have to thank both your girls! You are so freaking Kreativ! You truly are! The belladonna fruit is beautiful! You know, it's calling to me! But, I know I shouldn't touch it! Hugs ;o)

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    1. If I had a garden with space to set a little belladonna kingdom, I would. They are so beautiful, but when one has a Little Princess making life interesting, poisonous plants--even one with other uses and as gorgeous as this lady--are not an option.

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  11. I'm not at all surprised by the ladies you shared the award with. :) They are all wonderful. What a funny example from the dictionary. Now I'm curious about that wife and woman...

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    1. Yay!

      I will discuss women, wife, husband, witch, slavery and rape in a couple of weeks... I just need to digest the definitions before I share them. If I don't, I might not be able to write objectively. By the way, the word racism doesn't appear in my old dictionary. Which makes perfect sense, if one thinks that it didn't matter much to the "writers of the dictionary" until the late 1930s. But the idea still annoys me.

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    2. Racism didn't exist because there was NO social stigma for being such an ass. Shoot beating your wife and children was considered being responsible. Not everything from the "good old days" was good.

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  12. Thank you, my dear. I'll write about this in the next couple days.:)

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  13. Creativity in any form is good for the soul, and I think knowing creative souls is good for it too!

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    1. I totally agree. The might wither if not put to crafty use ;-)

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  14. Isn't it wonderful how even when we're 'not busy' our imaginations are?! I can't think of a better, more deserving witch for this award ~ congratulations!! I always love finding out more about you ~ truly intriguing and inspiring all at once. I had no idea what Belladonna looked like, how enchanting!
    ♥Sharon

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    1. Kreativ, "intriguing and inspiring all at once," if my head continues to grow it won't fit in NY ;-)

      You are so right, the mind is such a beautiful and complex thing. It is always doing something, even if the activity is not all that clear to the conscious "I."

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  15. In our backyard we have a tree that just magically appeared years ago, have never known what it was but it bears the most extraordinary flowers I have ever seen. At first it sprouts these delicate white floral bunches; as the flowers seem to fade away they turn into tiny delicate little green pods (much like japanese lanterns); as time goes on they begin turning a beautiful color of purple and then they "pop" open to reveal a gorgeous shade of deep blue type of berry(?) ... the color combination is spell binding ... five purple petals surrounding a deep blue berry (quite similar to the photo above only prettier) ... they are just stunning in their beauty! I am always clipping them in their various stages and making miniature bouquets in miniature vases. I wonder if this "unknown" plant in my backyard could be related to the Belladonna Family? Perhaps I should take a clipping to a local nursery and find out?

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    1. I would definitely try to find out out if it's belladonna. As much as I love the all around beauty of this bloom, I would not like to have any of her family over at my yard without knowing they are visiting ;-)

      How nice it would be to have a yard where plants just popped up...

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    2. Actually, years ago we wanted our yard to resemble the mountain forest. So we went up into the mountains and gathered wild sword ferns, fox gloves, triliums, etc., forest vegetation. We planted them in our gardens, but something was missing ... oh yes! It was missing the mountain mulch of pine needles, dead leaves, dropped pines cones and the like. So, back to the mountains we went and gathered up bags of what we called "Forest in a Bag"! We placed that on our garden beds as one would bark chips. Well, later we learned we had unexpected "benefits" from putting so much mountain mulch into the gardens ... all kinds of unusual plant life began springing forth ... guess we had also brought along a lot of mountain "seeds"! LOL! To this day, anything wild grows with wild abandon in our yard ... domesticated plants don't seem to thrive quite as well. However, shamrocks have found their "roots" here and are spreading throughout with mischievous glee ... they get along quite well with their "wild" friends! Happy day to you Magaly!

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    3. Now I want to go and get lost in the dreamland that is your garden-forest. I close my eyes and I can see and smell your greenery. It's amazing, thanks for sharing the view, my dear friend!

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  16. Congragulations on your award! I loved the necklace. Brightest blessings!

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  17. Belladonna fruit...wow. I had no idea anything could look like that. Neat! :)

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    1. Nature is quite the creatress, isn't she?

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  18. The Belladonna is beautiful and it's petals form a five pointed star. Perfect! Strength, beauty and danger rolled up in one. Congrats on the award! I remember back in the day when you would tell us that you weren't creative (couldn't draw or make things), and look how far you've come.

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    1. Carmen, you've made my day. I, too, remember when I was about to give up because my doodles didn't resemble anything anyone but me (and only minutes after drawing it) could decipher. I am getting better, aren't I? It feels great to see from someone else's perspective. "Strength, beauty and danger" indeed!

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  19. Isn't it strange that some of the prettest and most unusal things are deadly. It looks quite magical.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Indeed, thinks like belladonna might explain why so many people are attracted to the uncanny.

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  20. Anonymous7/18/2012

    Dear Ms Magaly

    It has been a long time since I posted on your blog - My only excuse is that I have been super busy...I started an online radio show and wouldn't you know it, its kind of been a small success. We are revamping it so it is down now and I am I guess you could say on Vacation while my team works away. So while I was thinking about what I would do with my free time I decided to get back to my core, writing (I wont post my link b/c that isn't the point today) and when I decided to restart my blog I wrote for hours last night, and then I started thinking about the online writers I love and admire and this huge wave of sadness hit me. You see I realized I havent spoken with you or read your blog in months and I am sorry for that, but I wanted to tell you hello, wish you and your's well and say I am back where I belong with the other wicked darlings and pouring over some of the things I have missed, did you know reading this blog feels like coming home again? Te Amo Dear Ms. Magaly, wishing you well, Syn.

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    1. My dearest, Syn, it has been a while indeed. I'm glad to have you back and to know that Pagan Culture feels like coming home. It sounds like you've had quite the adventure this last few months. Radio station? Vacation? I must know more...!

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  21. I have never seen the belladonna fruit before....it is everything I imagined and more!

    Your doodle is wonderful....and I love the fact that you "were plotting somethig" whilst in the hospital...heeheehee! Perfect! That mind of yours makes me giggle :)

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  22. I have never seen belladonna fruit. That is magical! Deadly, but no less magical.

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    1. Belladonna has medicinal uses, too. But the herbalist has to be very, very, very experience to even think about it. And yes, it's quite pretty ;-)

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  23. That belladonna is gorgeous!!! <3

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    1. Isn't she? I think Nature was really happy when she made this belladonna tree ;-)

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  24. the Belladonna fruit reminds me of the .earth stars' i find (a kind of lichen/fungus/'shroom)...but that dark...black...marble-like eye...is very fitting. nature sure is freakishly (freaking!) amazing.

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    1. You know what is "freakishly (freaking!) amazing?" As you were commenting on this post, I was adding a picture of the Belladonna fruit on my sidebar. How witchy cool is that!?!

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