More Fun In Austin Texas and Other Stuff in Vonnieland

Wow. It’s the end of October already – where did the time go?

First – I have an announcement from my awesome friends in Austin, Texas! Make sure you mark your calendars for the fun day – and visit their links for more information.

“Howdy LesFic Lovers,

The Lone Star Literary Society is sponsoring one more event this year! Come play LesFic trivia with us! We have lots of prizes for fans and authors to win!!! Here’s the pertinent information:

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Place: The Genuine Joe Coffeehouse
Location: 2001 West Anderson Lane, Austin TX 78757

The LesFic Trivia Event serves a twofold purpose. It’s an opportunity for fans and authors to mingle and have fun. The event is also a fundraiser to help with expenses for the 2015 Lone Star LesFic Festival.

For LesFic news and updates about next year’s Festival, please check our website and Facebook page:

I’m all ready for NaNoWriMo this year! I have my notes together and my keyboard oiled up (figuratively). If anyone is interested in my progress – my thingy is ymh99.

I’m looking forward to sprinting with ya’ll and all about encouraging people to create.

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Samhain
The entire article is HERE – The Library of Congress – Research Centers

“Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays. According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored. The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle.

The festival observed at this time was called Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween). It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year traveled into the otherworld. People gathered to sacrifice animals, fruits, and vegetables. They also lit bonfires in honor of the dead, to aid them on their journey, and to keep them away from the living. On that day all manner of beings were abroad: ghosts, fairies, and demons–all part of the dark and dread.”

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It’s been a long time since I’ve had children in the house to get excited about the holiday. Truthfully, all the commercialism and hype makes me sad.

Maybe it’s my Celtic roots – I get totally squirrely. I can hear you laughing – okay I get WORSE! LOL.
For me – the energy is alive, palpable, and more often than not – overwhelming.

Or maybe it’s because I can see my kids’ faces all made up. Remembering The mornings I got up at 4 am to make them up before daycare – only to get there and see no one else had done the same, and the kids wiping it off.

The year I marched them through an apartment complex. My son was in ICU for pneumonia, Dezi – my oldest was wrapped like a mummy (who fell apart half way through and cried) and my middle child, Kerri-Ann was as green as Kermit could be! I don’t know why that’s the one memory that’s stuck this year – but it is 🙂

I fed off their excitement. As they got older, it was much easier for me to let others take them out – we didn’t have a car – we didn’t live in a great neighborhood.

They had friends whose parents had both – so I let them go.

Or I was just too damn tired after working as a single mother to keep a roof over our heads and groceries in the cupboard.

I wish I could have some of those holidays back. I would do things differently.

I would worry much less, smile more – and enjoy the little moments that sped by like a locomotive.

Sandy and I now live in a neighborhood now where we don’t have many children.

But I sit by the door anyway, chase them down if I have to – and if I see my child’s face in another little person – I consider myself totally blessed 🙂

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