Thursday, December 24, 2009


Apparently, it's no longer Halloween...

I realize I've been distracted lately. I started a new business. Raised my art to a whole new level. I'm having one hell of a time writing this novel. So maybe it's no wonder I'm not always entirely... present.

For instance, I forgot to renew my car registration. And I paid my last power bill late. Not for lack of money, just forgot.

Also, I failed to notice the wagons. Their colors were certainly bright enough, but I had that witchy pinup to do. At night, I was so tired I slept right through the violins, the dancing, and the strange, sad chanting of the Clans Dynamo.

Working my way through a thorny bit of dialogue, I wandered right past the Uncles Dynamo, Sergei and Volstov. Didn't even occur to me to wonder why they were throwing a goat.

Other people were running around buying presents. Carols were piped in on sound systems everywhere. I didn't notice, any more than I noticed the fire department's recent agitation or the night Mad Uncle Ludwig drew the lightning down to Castle Dynamo.

But now Great Aunt Agatha Dynamo is here. And there is no ignoring Great Aunt Agatha. If nothing else, the erratic beeping of her court-ordered ankle bracelet (a memento of the last Gathering of the Clan Dynamo) makes it difficult. As does the juggling. And that horrible thing she does with the horseshoe.

But the knives are the worst. She has dozens of them hidden in the folds of her dress, and she's a dead shot.

She keeps thumbing the edge of her favourite blade and chuckling softly to herself.

That's when it hit me: Christmas. Of course.

So now I'm off to bed to listen for the sound of reindeer hooves. It's that or stay awake and listen for the sounds of Aunt Agatha padding barefoot down the hall.

I hope the Clan like their gifts this year: I see myself giving wiper blade refills and pine tree deodorizers...

Oh dear.


ANNA-LYS said...

Good Yule Season, dear <3

Charles Gramlich said...

LOL. That's a cute little witch, though. It's often very nice to be so inside your imagination. Nothing is more fulfilling, I think. Happy holidays!

Angie said...

Hee! Sounds like you're going to have a fun Christmas in spite of yourself. Or at least a memorable one. Happy Holidays, hon! [wave/hugz]


Barbara Martin said...

Have a Merry Christmas, Steve. Loved your distractions. Family is always interesting at this time of year.

Lana Gramlich said...

*LOL* Happy holidays, regardless. My best to y'all for 2010!
That witch tat ROCKS, btw!

Erik Donald France said...

Hey man, Merry Christmas and a Happy 2010!

I, too, dig the season of the witch tattoo . . . whatever the season . . . Keep those energies churnin'

SQT said...

Merry Christmas Steve! That tattoo is a beaut too.

RK Sterling said...

Hope you survived and had a good one.

The witch tattoo is awesome. :)

cs harris said...

I know the feeling. I reared my head around the 20th and went, Eeek! I'm supposed to be buying Christmas presents! Hope yours was fun.

Shauna Roberts said...

Everyone should have a Clan Dynamo Christmas at least once, I think.

Hope it was very happy and 2010 exceeds 2009 in your increasing awesomeness.