Hello and Happy Samhain to all. Join with the Celts in believing the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest tonight, on Hallow’s Eve.
Put a light in a gourd and set out food (sweets) to keep the Sídhe (dark spirits) away. Hide your face behind a mask to keep the ghouls at bay. Or in modern times, to welcome and celebrate the harvest with neighbors and friends.
Samhain is also the time for writers to stock up on that sugar rush that will propel them to start NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writers Month begins at midnight plus one second tonight. It is the craziness that drives writers to put 1667 words down each day for 30 days, to accomplish 50,000 words in one month. Like I said, craziness. I won’t be participating this year as I have The Keepers of Éire to finish and a shoulder surgery to recover from, but many of my friends will be at their computers with words swirling in their heads at midnight and beyond. Rath Oraibh (Best Wishes) to them all.