It's been busy and today I will be putting away the last of the props and materials. The weather could not have been better, and feedback has been positive, especially over some of the new twists I added this year. There were also some standout moments where people really came through for me. BUT..........the experience was far from perfect, and I am not in the best of moods regarding future events. However, there is a lot of time between now and next year, and depending on circumstances I might find myself back in a willing frame of mind. I just don't know for sure.
I explained it to my daughter this way: imagine a balance scale upon which I could add stone after stone of positive moments and experiences to one side, and then dropping one cinderblock of work and a second cinderblock of stress induced by Rosa's anxiety over the party onto the other side, thereby catapulting all the positive stones straight into the sky.
The RenFaire is becoming an unpleasant repeat of my blogging experience: a lot of work and effort rewarded with just enough positive interaction to let me know what I'm doing is appreciated enough for a limited number of people to want to participate, but not enough to balance out the amount of work going into it all. I believe the similarity between the experiences is making each feel worse by compounding the issue at the heart of it all.
But enough of that. Right now my challenge is to get everything put away and try to muster some Halloween spirit, which I did have going already but was also negatively affected by the stresses of the RenFaire.
In the meantime, here is a shot of Rosa and me from this year: