Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Hard at Work: Ripley Do you Believe? Ghost Walk!
It's coming! This weekend in Ripley, WV, the annual Ghost Walk!
And I am hard at work, reviewing my notes, prepping new stories, thinking of new ways to tell the older ones, and getting all my actors lined up and ready.
I love this event, even though it means a lot of work on my end as I get all these stories into my head. We started this walk about 6-7 years ago, and at first had only one real story. Before the first walk, I'd expanded that to 12 or so. Now I don't even know how many stories I've collected, how much history I've added or how much folklore. It's always a work in progress, and it's always fascinating because every year there is new material that pops up.
So that's where I've been since the Book Festival (which, by the way, was supercool--my session went perfectly, I met two YOUNG women who are into folklore and ballads, saw lots of friends, and came home, of course, with several new books to read). My head is in books, notes, thinking, and even doing a walk-around of one site on the walk to be sure a new "ghost" will work as I want him to.
I love this life, even if it means I have to get tunnel vision occasionally and focus hard on what's coming up next. (Or what's coming up beside me in the dark....)
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