Short Story Sunday: Witching

Sophia hated October. The closer Halloween came the more all of the wanna-be witches came out of the woodwork like so many Stevie Nicks fans dancing around in their long flowing black frocks. It made Sophia cringe.

Being a real witch wasn’t always easy these days, especially with all of the misinformation, myths, and stereotypes.

“Thinking about Stevie Nicks again?”

Sophia looked over at her cat. “Unfortunately yes.”

“I know how her music gives you headaches dear. Try not to think about it, or her witchy wanna-be fans,” said Virgil the cat.

“Thanks Virg. It isn’t just the stupid music connection and the flowing black dresses. It is the way they try to do spells and act like we’re all in some goddess infused mania. I’m an individual damn it. I’m not a cliché. I can do magic. I AM magic.”

“They’re just having fun,” said Virgil the cat. “Deep breath Sophia, deep breath.”

That cat licked his forearm rubbed his face then continued. “Just think of cats this time of the year. Every other girl is trying to be a sexy kitty with silly cat ears and tails. And those poor zombies. They’ve got a serious medical condition and people are making fun of them by dressing up in rags and staggering around like drunks. Don’t even get me started on the bull shit vampires have to deal with. The fake blood is enough to make them want to go on a feeding frenzy just to make it stop.”

Sophia rubbed Virgil under his neck. “Thanks sweetie. I know. I know. I shouldn’t be so sensitive. It is all just for fun. It still bugs me.”

“On a good note,” said Virgil, “people are going to dress up as something really scary.”

“What is that?” Sophia couldn’t imagine what the cat would say now.

“Politicians. Big elections coming up right after Halloween.”

Sophia felt a cold chill that gave her the shivers right down to her bones. “You have a point there Virg. Awwww man, I can deal with witches. I don’t even want to imagine those political ghouls.”

Virgil rubbed his head against Sophia’s arm.

“It isn’t easy being different baby,” said Virgil. “But you’re doing great. It’s Halloween. We’ll have fun tonight.”

Sophia poured a big bag of candy into the pumpkin shaped bowl. The neighborhood streets would be full of tiny monsters, princesses, kitties, and witches. That was a good thing. She’d make sure to send them all home with a safety spell and good dreams of a safe world and a future where they could make a difference for good.

~ end

Tangled Tales

Paper Cuts – More Halloween Fun

More paper cutting fun…I have so much cutting these things out. The best is how much everyone enjoys these little guys. All cut free form off the top of my head.

Happy Halloween!

More paper cutting fun!

The Cutting Edge – Vampire Maman Has Halloween Fun with Paper!

Halloween Paper Cutting Fun with Vampire Maman

When I was a small girl my mother showed me how to cut simple paper dolls with paper. Since then I’ve been cutting free form paper dolls – just for fun.

I don’t draw anything out – I just visualize a costume or character in my head, fold the paper, start at the feet, and cut.

As my Halloween treat to you, I’m going to share a few things I quickly cut this morning. It takes 30 seconds to 3 minutes to cut one of these little guys.


Happy Halloween. Don’t run with scissors!

I’d planned on doing something really scary but Vampire Maman has been really busy lately and my brain is on overload. Vampires can’t be scary all the time and we do a lot more than sleep and drink blood – especially when we have busy teens with school and sports and friends – not to mention the husband, elders, pets, a house to keep up, and a full time job, plus a blog to keep up –  you parents out there know how it is….
And sometimes real life can be a horror in itself. The PE teacher who bullies kids (I’m working on that one not trying to get my  blood pressure up over it), the elections, the horrible storm on the East coast, and friends who are dealing with health and economic issues right now. But in turn there are the little moments with good people of all kinds that make it good and warm and safe. Thank goodness for that.