I've been away busily writing for Gaslight Underground over the last several months and I've really missed talking with you. I'm going to try to incorporate my blog writing with all of my other duties so that I can keep those of you who're interested up to date with what's going on with me, my projects, my band and my own little view of the world.
About me: In April my grandmother, Eunice McCleanon died. She'd been battling lots of health issues as well as Alzheimer's for quite some time. My mother and sister had been saints and took care of her for several years. They really improved my grandmother's quality of life with a lot of hard work on their part and love. My uncle flew in with his wife and it was great to be able to talk with him, Tony Harris proved to be a tremendous friend to our family as he provided my mother with a strong shoulder to lean on and my dad was on the phone with us several times a day to make sure we were alright. You guys are true heroes and I love you all.
For my part, I went through a lot of emotional stuff during my grandmother's last days, not the least of which was having to perform with Pandora Celtica at Anomaly Con the day she died. (I had gotten the call very early that morning.) My girlfriend, Nessa was really amazing for helping me get through the weekend. My band was great in standing by me as well as Shawn & Ellen Gore who helped tremendously. James Nay & Derik DaSilva even stepped in and helped so I want to say to all of you - thank you SO much! You've proven that love is really, truly all you need.
So as of now - I've started working out again, I'm trying out Google Calendar so that I can better organize my time and life is really very good. In fact, I was surfing around on the web and I came across this really groovy piece on me, which you can read here. I was practically blushing when I read it. Thank you Steampunk Tribune!!
In other news my band, Pandora Celtica is preparing for a big show on August, 21st at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. We're calling it our "Mad Faerie Revel" and we'd really love for you to be there! You can go here to get details and to buy tickets in advance. There are only about 130 seats available and if we can sell out the show we'll be able to book that venue for future gigs. By the way we're going to be performing 2-3 brand new songs!!
Lannie was one of the judges for this regional harmony competition Pandora Celtica was involved in earlier in the year. She was the only judge that really "got" us and I think she really appreciated the fact that we were different than everyone else in the "competition". Speaking for myself, she was really the only bright spot in that whole experience and we like her lots and lots!
I'm going to try to do my blog at least once a week and I'd like to add book & movie reviews, interviews with cool people in the Steampunk, Art and Gaming communities as well as turning you guys on to other really cool blogs out there. In the meantime, I'm leaving you with a new piece of art on sale in my Etsy shop here. I call the piece "Sabina" and I really very much groove on it. I hope you do too:
OK - until next time... Remember that love is really all you need. :). - Chaz
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