I have a number of new developments to share with you.
First and foremost, I have registered for Leaky Con 2014. I have never been to a Leaky Con before -the size of their conventions had seemed too overwhelming- but it seems I am now up for a new adventure, and am no longer worried about the scope of the event or doubting my ability to handle it. Rather, the prospect of attending Leaky is intriguing and exciting me.
I have also made my hotel reservations, and shall be staying at the Hilton Orlando, which is linked to the Orange County Convention Center, where Leaky will be held, by a covered walkway.
I plan to do this convention my way. I shall rest whenever needed, I shall abstain from activities that do not suit or interest me, I shall eat leisurely meals and not rush to or from anything. Sunday, the last day, will be spent for the most part lying in the shade with a book and a cocktail, near one of the Hilton’s many pools, where I shall gaze at the sky and palm trees.
I shall likely submit a lecture proposal, and if it appeals to the organizers, I shall ramble. Whether or not I ramble, I shall sign books.
Because I have decided to go to Leaky 14, I have altered my book writing schedule. Next on the agenda are A Princely Calling: The Mystical Secrets of Severus Snape (a series of meditations on Professor Snape’s characteristics, how I understand them, and how my interpretation of them relates to my life’s journey), and my first novel, Outlaw in the Land of Perfection, both of which I want finished in time for the convention.
My tarot deck and book may be done in time for MISTI-Con 2015, but if not, they will be available in time for Quietus 2016. I shall definitely have more new titles to sign at MISTI 15.
I have been having an especially wonderful autumn. My joy will be overflowing into my upcoming titles!
I have continued wandering around the Byward market on a regular basis, which has been very good for me on many levels. It is a magical place; it nourishes me, body and spirit.
I have also been adding yet more ties to my collection. This has been more gratifying than words can express.
Emporio Armani trunks are now part of my personal wardrobe as well. The sense of fun, adventure and empowerment such things have given me had, I have no doubt, a great impact upon my sudden belief that going to Leaky was not only possible, but that it would be stimulating and positive. I am eager to enlarge my horizons and experience new things.
When I am at the convention, I shall be carrying a few copies of my most recent books with me, in case I come across someone who would like either or both. I plan on giving copies of Outlaw to authors whose works I shall acquire (I have a General/Lit registration).
Halloween has been particularly joyful to me this year. I even treated myself to an extravagant and delicious pumpkin caramel apple made by the talented folks at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. It will be a new and welcome addition to my holiday celebrations:
It can be good to indulge oneself. I want to pour indulgence and joy over the world.
In other news, I have been reading a fantastic book of short stories that I would like to share with you now:
It contains truly riveting, original and well written tales. Click on the cover above to obtain your own copy! I highly recommend it. Thoroughly Modern Monsters is like a trick or treat bag filled with chocolate, candy and all manner of delicious things. Every time I started reading one of the stories, I had to know how it ended; I devoured them one after the other.
Another book I recently added to my magical library can only be described as a perfect repository for one’s mystical explorations:
Rik has a most helpful segment at the beginning, and I love the way he laid out the journal. I also love its dimensions (7.5 X 7.5 inches). The categories pertaining to the readings are not only useful, they are inspiring. Rik, who is a gifted teacher, knows how to give the right amount and kind of guidance. My copy is sure to become a personal treasure.
Next month, I shall be participating in NaNoWriMo to flesh out Outlaw.
I am looking forward to a creative winter, and a wondrous summer.
Next week, I shall be seeing Eraserhead at the By Towne Cinema, and I am so excited. I saw this surrealistic film many, many years ago on VHS, and it will be amazing to see it on a big screen -especially on Halloween night. Not to mention that the By Towne is a happy place for me, and simply going there warms my heart.
Logospilgrim, the quiet professor