I'm. Very. Tired.
I can honestly say that this has been the busiest October Season I've had in some time. And for me it started back in September, returning to the Storytelling By The Sea Festival in Trinidad CA , then doing the back-to-back medieval faires.
But the real activity began in October, as All Hallows approached. There were the events posted on my CALENDAR Page, but also some private or last-minute engagements that didn't get noted; I addressed two groups of wonderfully imaginative students at Arcata High School in classes on storytelling and mythology, I hosted a variety show to raise funds to bring the famous alternative performer The Enigma to Humboldt County (you might remember him as the blue, jigsaw-tattooed individual who appeared in that classic episode of THE X FILES. He's an impressive and gracious individual offstage as well, as is his partner Serana Rose ) and I made an appearance at the Dia De Los Muertos celebration in Old Town Eureka CA on Saturday, November 2.
It was a busy time, but it was also wonderfully fulfilling, delightfully entertaining and quite exciting to share my affection for all things macabre and my ghostly tales with so many human companions and friends, both new and old. I had the best time ever, and wouldn't have missed it for anything.
But it did take up most of my attention and time. And when it was finished, I slumped to my crypt just to catch my breath and rest a bit. (Did I mention I was tired?) November has always been the time to meditate and start renewing my energies, but now I have the TELLABRATION event in the middle of the month, and then my Christmas appearances in December that I have to begin planning.
All through October I tried very hard to work on my site; I tried to think of a good topic to espouse upon on my THOUGHTS AND REVERIES Page. But every time I sat down to try and write something, another thing took my attention. And it soon became clear that I simply wouldn't have the proper time to do a full new crypt for November, and I didn't want to rush and make it a shoddy effort.
So I beg your forgiveness, my Friends. This month's site may look a bit familiar to those who visited in October. I've left my long essay “What Makes A Good Ghost Story?” up for another month .To those who've read it already, I apologize for the rerun. For those who haven't, or who are new to exploring my domain, it may serve as a fine introduction to what I do. (And, in truth, I'm rather proud of the essay, so I don't mind terribly letting it sit another 30 days.)
I have changed my other pages, this month focusing on the festivity of Dias De Los Muertos mentioned above, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead. (No relation to Mr. Romero's film of the same name.) I have a short animated video of the holiday on my PARTING GLASS Page, a company that will supply the right confections and decorations for the event on my SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL and STRANDS OF THE WEB Pages. I've also included a beautiful drawing of myself, done by one of the Arcata students, in my TWILIGHT GALLERY for this month, and I hope you find it as charming as I.
And last, but certainly not least, I've updated my CALENDAR Page to reflect my performances in November, and will soon be adding the December events (or events) as well, once the details are finalized. Again, I hope you'll forgive the truncated crypt for November, but have I mentioned that I'm very tired?
Now, before I drift off to some (I feel) much deserved and needed rest, a few thank yous are in order from the past Season:
To everyone who attended the STORYTELLING BY THE SEA FESTIVAL and mentioned how happy they were to have me back, including high praise from featured performer Willy Claflin, and to the North Coast Storytellers for inviting me to return;
To all who attended both the EXCALIBUR FAIRE (and braved the second, very wet day) and the MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL OF COURAGE, who enjoyed my stories and my company, especially to Howard Emerson, harpist extraordinaire for adding his talents to my performance, to Rick and Bettina and everyone behind the scenes who put on such a fantastic event;
To the students in Ms. Clark-Luera and the students in her English 3CP and Arcata Arts Institute classes for a remarkable and enjoyable afternoon;
To everyone at the ALL HALLOWS FANTASY FAIRE in Sonora CA, for making me again a part of their wonderful event, to Patrick, Gary and Lissa for all their considerations, to the Fire Circle and dancers for asking me to be part of the ceremony, to my HorrorHost companion Lord Blood-Rah for his fine company, and to all the performers and customers, but especially to the witch youngsters and my special friends Phoenix and Poloma;
To the Humboldt County Library and Joann for letting me tell my tales again for Family Literacy Night in October, and for distributing the free books to my young friends;
To Shea and Margarita for asking me to host the OUT OF SPITE Variety Show, to my fellow performers that night (especially to Margarita for her dancing);
To all my fellow ghosts, ghouls and spectres at the BLUE OX HAUNTED MILL for an astonishingly successful first year, for all your very hard work, and for making me a welcome part of this exciting event that I trust will grow even more amazing in the years to come, and to all who waited sometimes for hours in line to experience the macabre and magnificent;
To Gail and her wonderful staff at Old Town Coffee and Chocolate, my regular haunt, and to my costars Paul, Amanda, Eine and the very appreciative audience;
And to all the musicians, dancers, artists and participants in the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, an event I trust will also continue to grow in times to come;
To everyone who touched or was touched by my ectoplasmic presence during this Season of the Witch and express gratitude for it, please believe me: the pleasure was all mine. Thank you all so much!
And now…I'm off to sleep and closing the lid…