The last few weeks have been chaotic for not just me, but a lot of people I know.
Suffice it to say – enough already!! It is time to relax and unwind.
My day job, as most of you know, is a librarian (like Batgirl…coincidence? I think not.) The GLA put on a wonderful COMO Conference in Athens this year that I was not only attending as a professional librarian, but an author! For those that are not used to the fact that librarians LOVE acronyms, GLA stands for the Georgia Library Association and COMO stands for the Georgia Council of Media Organizations.
Anyway, after a very busy day of watching awesome presentations from my fellow librarians, I was thrilled to be a part of the author’s reception. It went a lot different than they had gone before as far as how the authors would interact with the attendees.
Last year, and the few years prior, the authors had tables set up with their books and people walked around and talked to the authors that they were interested in and maybe bought a book. The author had the table “buffer” between him/her and the attendees. Not a big deal for some but I’m a bit of an introvert and not the type that carnival calls people to get them to look at me or my book. We were instead asked to mingle and network.
Which for me was a little worrisome (terrifying) at first but I persevered and went up to random tables of people eating (really wonderful food and wine) and handed them my card and explained my book in a sentence, then I excused myself to go to the next group. All of the authors were doing this so it was tough not to step on anyone’s toes. Finally, my boss insisted I meet a local author so we could speak to him about library funding ideas and my book.
His name is Terry Kay and is a wonderful writer. My book club read his book “The Book of Marie” a few years ago and loved it. What a beautiful story. Here is a bit about it taken from Amazon.com:
“In spring 1962, a young black girl is killed at a civil rights demonstration on a university campus in Atlanta. The next day a home in Georgia is burned. Both events are etched into the memory of Cole Bishop, eerily playing out the predictions of a former classmate named Marie Fitzpatrick. Cole and Marie are high school seniors when they first meet in fall 1954. He is a native-born Southerner accepting the traditions of segregation as a way of life. Marie is a recent transplant from Washington, DC, a brilliant and assertive nonconformist with bold predictions about a new world that is about to be ushered in by desegregation. The story revolves around the fiftieth reunion of the Overton High School class of 1955.”
He was kind enough to discuss the plight of public library funding, or lack thereof, and was so thoughtful as to not only ask me about my book, but give me writing advice which I will definitely try.
Samhain/Halloween is coming up quickly!
My second book will be set in the end of November-December, after Samhain. I decided to skip over that very important date because I didn’t want it to overshadow the main plot and have it turn into a “Halloween” book.
According to paganwiccan.about.com:
What is Samhain? (Pronounced Sow – wen)
“Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died. This is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin, so it's the perfect time of year to make contact with the dead. “
History of Samhain:
“Around the eighth century or so, the Catholic Church decided to use November 1st as All Saints Day. This was actually a pretty smart move on their part – the local pagans were already celebrating that day anyway, so it made sense to use it as a church holiday. All Saints’ became the festival to honor any saint who didn’t already have a day of his or her own. The mass which was said on All Saints’ was called Allhallowmas – the mass of all those who are hallowed. The night before naturally became known as All Hallows Eve, and eventually morphed into what we call Halloween.
The Witches' New Year:Sunset on Samhain is the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The old year has passed, the harvest has been gathered, cattle and sheep have been brought in from the fields, and the leaves have fallen from the trees. The earth slowly begins to die around us.
This is a good time for us to look at wrapping up the old and preparing for the new in our lives. Think about the things you did in the last twelve months. Have you left anything unresolved? If so, now is the time to wrap things up. Once you’ve gotten all that unfinished stuff cleared away, and out of your life, then you can begin looking towards the next year.”
On that note, I’ll be attempting to post more information throughout the month about rituals, foods, and other bits about this wonderful time of year. I love the fall! Beautiful colors paint the landscape and the air is crisp (well, not today, it’s 84 degrees at the moment).
Here is one of my favorite songs about this time of year.
“All Hallows Eve” by Type O Negative.