Help Me Help Out Vancouver Pagan Pride

I honestly cannot believe that September is more than half-over already. I feel like we JUST finished August.

This month has been a bit of a whirlwind of downtime for me, if that makes any sense at all. We did Pirates and Fairies on Labour Day Weekend; it’s our yearly excursion to the lake for fun and glitter. It gives new meaning to the term “glamping”.

Usually we have a really incredible time but this year it was *so hot* we had trouble functioning. Mr. Katje is usually the one up till 7am; he was falling asleep at 2am because of the heat. Our brains didn’t work properly and we just wanted to sleep the entire time.

Despite the heat we DID have fun, and got to hang out with some good friends and swim in the lake. Mr. Katje got sunburned; I did not. We both wore sunscreen.

After coming home I was so tired I was barely able to function during the week. I managed to help out my friend with getting things ready for the event she was organizing, Vancouver Pagan Pride Day, on Thursday the 7th. Then Saturday the 9th was the actual event and I was there all day.

It poured for the first few hours before finally becoming dry around 1pm. I was in so much pain that weekend.

Normally I’m a person who likes rain, but doing an outdoor event in the rain? Nope. Nope nope nope. I’ve done it multiple times and EVERY TIME I swear “Never again!” Especially if you’re selling books — NO ONE buys books in the rain. When you have that on top of “sitting in rain makes me hurt all over for days”….yeah.

However, I’d committed to volunteering at VPPD and I wanted to make the event as successful as possible, so I showed up and stayed all day to help out. My books were on the snack bar table, which was the community vending table this year. Didn’t sell any (told you) but that’s okay; I made some good contacts and new friends (YAY NEW FRIENDS). Worth the pain. 😉

Mainly, though, I was there to make the day a success for my friend. She has been working herself to the bone to make VPPD a great day for the community every single year, and it has been so hard on her. Rain hurts turnout, which hurts things like raffle sales, concession sales, and donations, which in turn hurts the event.

Events like this cost money. Quite a bit of money in Vancouver, which is a SUPER expensive city. We need to give back to events like these if we want to continue to HAVE them for the community.

Ok, I’m not going to get into a rant about lack of pagan infrastructure on this blog. That’s best saved for my blog at moragspinner.net…where I’m sure I’ll rant AT LENGTH about this particular thing, because it’s a huge thorn in my side right now/always.

But anyway, my point is: if you want pagan events to continue, you need to support them. If you can’t support them financially you need to support them in other ways…like word of mouth advertising to get people there so that there’s a bigger turnout and better chance of ACTUAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

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And rain hurts turnout. So this year…I don’t know the exact numbers, but we didn’t do as well as we should have. Actually, we’re kind of in major trouble.

TO THAT END (the point of this post, finally, sheesh).

From now until Imbolc, if you buy an ebook by either me or my mom at our Ecwid store I will be donating 80% of the proceeds to VPPD to help make up for the shortfall from this year’s event.

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I have the best fans

I spent Saturday at Vancouver Pagan Pride Day. No booth; I was just there as an attendee. I did bring 40 cards with codes on them for free downloads of Bellica. I figured I’d talk it up a bit and hand out the cards, maybe, sort of? I’m terrible at talking myself or my books up.

So when I first arrived I went and sat with my friends in the ATC-Canada booth and handed the copy of Bellica I’m donating to the Vancouver Island Pagan Pride silent auction to the auction coordinator. Many of my friends have read Bellica, and they are all great big fans of it. This isn’t just because they’re my friends; I make it a point to cultivate honest people in my life. They really do like the book.

I sat by Michele and Mary and chatted for a bit, relaxing — I was tired, because I’d been up early after little sleep, and it was a hot day. Made me want to catnap.

At some point the cards with codes on them came up and I showed them to my friends. Michele asked if I’d handed them out yet and I said no, I was just sitting and relaxing for a bit, and anyway I was kind of shy. Without missing a beat Michele stands up, grabs the cards and the copy of Bellica I’d brought, and starts canvassing the vendors. She talked up Bellica to everyone and even got people to come over and talk to me. It was super cool. I had my own one-person volunteer street team.

One person was interested in buying the paperback copy we had that day, and I ended up bartering with her because I wanted something she was selling. It was great. I love barter deals (that is, of product for product — I don’t do barter deals of time for product or time for time, because it almost always ends badly).

kitchen wand!

Yep, it’s a Kitchen Wand. Because I’m a kitchen witch, natch. I’m not doing much cooking these days but as soon as Ogre and I get a place together that’s going to change, and I’ll be using this wand daily. (Wands are for using, not for sitting pretty on a shelf.) It’s made of beechwood and is totally foodsafe. (If you want to know more about it, you can read the information on their site.)

This is why I love my fans so much. Michele’s work as my street team made my day at Pagan Pride thoroughly enjoyable, and allowed me to pick up something I wanted even though I didn’t have any cash. Mary talked up my book to anyone who came by the tent to say hello to me, and both of them agreed to be beta readers for Stranger Skies and The Jade Star of Athering. Since Saturday 2 codes have already been redeemed.

I may not have a huge following, but small and excited is streets ahead of large and dispassionate.

-Kat