Today is Samhain, or Halloween if you prefer. It’s the end of the Celtic year, the time to prepare for what is yet to come. Unlike the Julian calendar, the Celts did not step from one year to another with the tick of a clock. Our New Year begins on Winter Solstice, December 22nd-ish.
This is the time to take stock, to go through the herds and decide which beasts are destined for breeding and who has a date with the dinner table. As NaNoWriMo draws closer (T-minus 16 hours and counting, give or take) it’s time to cull the herd.
I have my cast of characters. I have their world framed, if not entirely built, and they are all more or less on speaking terms with me. Now comes the culling- to see what ideas get to make it to the next generation and which ones are going to be the entree of the next big celebration.
I’ll be sharpening my scythe tonight, keeping the hearthfire lit and welcoming those from Beyond who care to visit. It is the night before the Time without Time, the Place between Places.
A perfect time to go walking in another world. Join me, won’t you?
See you on the other side of the Veil.