Monday, September 19, 2011

The Renn Faire and Monty Python References and...Slasher Film Cheerleaders?!?

A few weeks ago, I went to the Renaissance Faire with a bunch of friends. It's a tradition that we go every Labor Day, and this year was just plain silly fun. For starters, my son's battle axe was stolen by Jack Sparrow. I even have pictoral proof.

Give it back, or I'll bite your kneecaps off! I've given Jedi bloody noses before. You don't want to mess with me.

And I'm not kidding about that Jedi thing, either. I pity the bully that tries to pick on my kid. I REALLY pity the one that tries to pick on his sisters.

Things like that always seem to happen to our group. One year, one of the guys from the ninja dojo got picked to go up on stage with the belly dancers. The kicker is that he dated a belly dancer at one point, and he really went to town with the hip swivels. So of course we threw cash at him. I may have hit him between the eyes with a quarter, but I'll never admit it in public.

And if you'll reread that sentence, you'll notice that I really didn't admit it. I admitted the POSSIBILITY, that's all.

The other awesome thing that happened at the Faire is that we started talking HALLOWEEN. I LOVE HALLOWEEN! I forced my kid to be born three days in advance just so it could be on Halloween. (Okay, so that's a slight exaggeration. But I would have done it if I could have.) And this year, I really want to be the Kelda from Terry Prachett's Tiffany Aching books. And then have a bunch of the guys be Nac Mac Feegle, so I could fold my arms and tap my feet and have them yell, "WAILY WAILY WAILY!"

We practiced this at the Faire, and it was fun. I suggest you recruit someone to do the wailing and try it yourself.

I'm thinking this Halloween is going to be EPIC. Even epicker than the time I dressed up as the slasher film cheerleader and a little old couple took one look at me and drove off the road.

Have you started thinking Halloween yet?

Oh, and my agent will probably be very pleased to know that I think I've settled on a plot for my fifth book, and it will be set at a Renn Faire. Of course, I have to finish book FOUR before I can get that far.


Anonymous said...

Omgosh I love ren faires heres my entry about my day at one this year (my second time that I remember and had fun at) and there are photos at the bottom and I got a dragon rawr

Oh right now I remember what I was going to say yay at book at a ren fair! sounds fun I still have to read your first book though (I should get on that sometime in october since my library is hinky with getting books on time lately so I have 4 out of the 6 books I'm request in transit) but yeah I'll get to your book soon

Scillius Maximus said...

"OH NO! Not the tappins of the feet!!!"

Nicole Zoltack said...

I love going to the PA Ren Faire. We try to go once a year.

Giles Hash said...

I've never been to the Renn Fest before, and Colorado throws a great one. It makes me sad. I'll try to go next year :)

Lori M. Lee said...

I totally want to attend a renn faire one day! I've wanted to for aaages but no one is ever around to go with me, and I'm too chicken to go alone lol.

Also, your son is bad@ss.

Carrie Harris said...

Kate: Rawr indeed. :) I read a mystery set at a Ren Faire a couple of years ago...I tried to look it up but I barely remember anything about it. Bad Carrie. No biscuit.

Scillius: See what I mean? Fun. FUN.

Nicole: I've never been to that one. The Holly, Michigan faire is really terrific. I think I should make it a goal to visit each one in the US at least once. Wouldn't that be AWESOME?

Daphne: Thank you for humoring me. ;)

Giles: It is totally worth it, if only for the giant turkey legs and the BEER.

Lori: Come to Michigan. I'll go with you. You think I'm kidding, but TOTALLY NOT.

LinWash said...

I couldn't go to the faire this year, because of school deadlines, but they're fun. And it's great to know your next book will be set at one!

Julia Muldoon (PiscesMuse) said...

Love the. Tiffany achen series by pratchette! Brilliant costume choice if you can get the wee free men to Wally!

Pabkins said...

I just went to the renn faire this past weekend! There is always a Jack Sparrow now adays. I haven't read the tiffany achen by pratchett but I will have too. Currently my favorite book of his is Mort. Love the belly dancing snippet of info thanks for sharing!