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To Journey to the Lands of the Fae

I suppose it makes sense that nothing about a trip to Faerie would be straightforward.

I started my preparations for the convention as I always do, by writing an e-mail to the programming department, offering to participate on panels. For the first time in…I don’t know how long, the convention had more than enough people doing panels, and the ones I was most interested in doing ended up being ideas saved for another convention, so I had no panels to do. Which, although I love doing panels—you get to talk with the most interesting people—was a nice change of pace.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

So, I knew there were to be no panels, and I was already behind on NaNoWriMo, despite nearly catching up last weekend (next year I’m going to do a nano novel where I don’t have to keep stopping and thinking about worldbuilding stuff), and I’m working to impress my current employers because my current assignment is a much better fit for how my brain works than the previous one, and I want to get a good recommendation out of this when I’m again looking for permanent work. And, of course, I wanted energy to enjoy the con and to perform in the song circles, so when I was running short on time I gave up the plan to take art for the art show.

So, although I have cool wing-stuff to put on my fairy cat from sketchfest, and the guardian gargoyle to finish, and a plan for this music box that would make a perfect yule gift for the right demented fan, I didn’t push myself to get them finished or to take other art for the art show. And I didn’t try to squeeze in time to go buy a new tuner to replace the one that has suddenly gone dead, despite new batteries.

Instead, I grabbed my hand-me-up hand-painted green knotwork shoes, and my spring sky with butterflies, packed instruments and music and my dance of leaves, with material to add some gussets in hopes of wearing it again. I left the easel behind, and the acrylics, packing only a single sketchbook and my ancient store of colored pencils. And I packed jewelry—amber, amethyst, and the foam of volcanoes, moons, stars and leaves, butterflies, spirits and peace signs, and the stag who found me in festival mud.

And, after consulting with My Angel regarding arcane matters of wood and leather, I went to sleep and then to work with dreams of good music and maybe dancing filling my head.

I returned from work to find a box on my front porch. A box? Was I expecting a box? I couldn’t think of anything.

I took a few minutes before starting to pack the car to open the box. Inside were an owl, a mushroom, and a leaf – all hand-made shakers, with a card that said,

“Dear Deirdre,
Thank you again for the stories!
Mikka"

Thank you, kelkyag , for starting my trip out with the right touch of magic.

As soon as I could get us out of the house, we set off with an arcane set of directions, to wander unfamiliar streets that shone in the dark, hoping that if we performed the spell just right, we’d arrive in a place of music and magic, friendship and fun.


(Pictured here are the three shakers, on my drum, but once again, I'm getting ahead of myself.  More after I've had a chance to catch up on some sleep.)

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sweetmusic_27
Nov. 16th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
OMG those shakers are awesome!

Also *hugs* and thanks for my faerie gold. 8)
wyld_dandelyon
Nov. 16th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
You're welcome, and thank you for the music.

freeimprov
Nov. 16th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
It was really awesome meeting you for real at Windycon. :) We have to play together again sometime!
wyld_dandelyon
Nov. 16th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
Yes! Soon, I hope.
kelkyag
Nov. 16th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad they got there safely! (And sorry it took me so long to get them into the mail.)

I am most curious about the dance-of-leaves that needs gussets.
wyld_dandelyon
Nov. 16th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
*sleepy-brained musician stares at post* Do I need to change your name in the post, or do you have two LJ accounts?

They're wonderful!

Oh--the dance of leaves started out as a bridesmaid's dress, and gained hand-applique...I am planning, one of these days, on doing a post about it.
kelkyag
Nov. 16th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
I just have the one. This frequently confuses people. :)

Yay!

I shall wait impatiently for the post, and hopefully a picture or two.
wyld_dandelyon
Nov. 16th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
Hmm...I wonder who the LK Mikka is?

Yes, when I do it, there will be pictures! Or maybe even some with some part of the rest of the Windycon report.
kelkyag
Nov. 16th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I've occasionally considered trying to figure that out, but that seems sort of stalker-ish. :)
tuftears
Nov. 16th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
Those are cute! ^_^ I hadn't heard of drum shakers before.
wyld_dandelyon
Nov. 16th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
LOL

I've had the drum for a while. But it did make a convenient platform for taking pictures.
ellenmillion
Nov. 16th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
Those are *adorable!*
xjenavivex
Nov. 16th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
hi you!

Those are beautiful. This post felt like magic to me.
wyld_dandelyon
Nov. 17th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
I'm glad!

And I agree about the shakers.
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