Again. So I’ve been awake since 4 AM, reading and answering email. Don’t have quite the concentration level for actual writing work.
Trolls and Legends has been wonderful so far! I shared a ride here with Russ Nicholson and Jackie. Russ is an artist who has work on exhibit this weekend. He’s best known perhaps for his work on the Fiend Folio for the UK edition of Dungeons and Dragons. And this illustrates yet again the best part of fesitivals such as this, which is the cross-pollination of all things fantasy. I also encountered Richard Morgan and very much enjoyed catching up with him since our last meeting four or five years ago at Imaginales.
The venue is lovely, a great hall divided up into spaces for music, art, gaming, books, costumes and all other things fantasy. The entry is decorated with art contributed by school children, of an excellent quality. Dragons are very much in evidence everywhere! I hope to arrive early enough today that I can browse through the Fairy Market before it becomes packed with visitors! The pre-registered guests have zoomed in number since last year, so I anticipate that this will be the largest and best Trolls&Legendes ever.
Today was a day for people to set up their booths, hang art, and make all the final adjustments for the festival. It was a good time for me to wander about a bit and get a feel for the lay out of the hall. I had glimpses of old friends and met many new ones. At these gatherings, the challenge is always to find a time and a place for good conversation as there are so many interesting people and wonderful displays. There are simply so many people I want to meet and talk to that there are not enough hours in the day.
Tonight was a night for music at Trolls and Legends. I was able to catch part of Dunkelshon set. Lively crowd and good music! The costumes began to come into evidence. There were poi spinners and balloons bouncing about overhead. Unfortunately for me, that was when my jet lag caught up with me and I had to retreat to the hotel before long. And now of course, I am wide awake and listening to bird song through my open window.
Very excited about today! I hope to meet many readers and artists of all sorts!