If you’ve been keeping up with my blog and my podcasts, you might have noticed I’ve been relatively quiet for a while. I’m not sure this is exactly breaking news since my blog posts and podcasts have always been sporadic at best. Even so, I wanted to give folks some updates, especially now that we are in this big Corona Virus pandemic.
First of all, I’m safe and employed. I work for a university. We closed for a week and transitioned over to teleworking. Last week, I had the full week’s vacation that I’ve been putting off for a while and it gave me the chance to take care of little projects around the house that have been nagging at me for a while. I’ve been staying close to home mostly with periodic expeditions to the grocery store. I have toilet paper – for now. I’m nervously hopeful the stores will restock before I run out.
We did have to cancel the Brotherhood by the Bog retreat that was scheduled for last weekend. I was disappointed, but it was probably for the best. I’m not sure how this pandemic will affect the Arcadia Gathering in October, but at least we’re still about six month’s out right now. We have a private campground booked in Northwest Virginia and I’ve been approaching potential keynote speakers for the event. I had been looking at the possibility of attending a general Pagan gathering this summer – perhaps the Pagan Unity Festival in Tennessee or Fire’s Rising at Four Quarters, but given the current uncertainty I might be gearing up for a summer staycation instead.
My “spare time” the past year or two has been mostly focused on home repairs and improvements and decluttering my life. Many of you know that I have my heart set on getting my childhood home back. In order to do that, I need to get the best price for my current house, weed out some of my excess clutter to make a move more manageable, and eventually start job hunting there. Right now, with the Corona Virus epidemic, I’m happy to have a secure job that allows me to telework. I know there are so many people living with more financial insecurity than I am right now. I’m not sure right now is the time for me to start job hunting, but the extra time at home is allowing me to take care of other things that will help me to move forward when the right time comes.
My book writing has been largely on hold since I’ve been spending so much of my time on other priorities. I do hope to get back to writing soon, and perhaps being home bound will give me more opportunity to write. For anyone interested, The Gay Guy’s Guide to Werewolves and Other Man Beasts is available from my Lulu store.
As for blogs and podcasts, I have a few ideas for some future blog posts and podcast episodes. I’m hoping that I can leverage a little more of my time to at least getting out the next podcast which is long overdue. In times like these, we need to try just a little harder to remain connected. I know that blogs and podcasts are outlets that folks use to feel connected.
I hope everyone out there is staying safe!
“Arcadia” has been adopted as the name of a new gathering for Queer Pagan Men in the East Coast / Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. While there have been such gatherings before, such as the Mid-Atlantic Men’s Gathering and Coph Nia, we are not aware of any current camping gatherings specifically for gay and bi Pagan or Hellenist men in the region. The closest gathering is “Between the Worlds” in Ohio, and there are many more gatherings on the West coast.
Arcadia will be held October 9-12, 2019 at a state campground in Cumberland, Virginia. The gathering is open to Queer men of Pagan, Hellenist, and other Earth-based spiritualities. All respectful seekers over the age of 18 who feel they would gain something from attending are welcome including trans folks, women, and our straight and non-Pagan friends – though all should be aware that most of our workshops, rituals, and activities will be primarily aimed toward Queer Pagan Men.
The theme of the first gathering is “Discovering Arcadia: Empowering Queer Men’s Spirituality.” The patron deity for our first event is the Greek god Pan.
Because this is a first-time event and because our planning committee is small, we are asking folks attending the event to help us co-create the space and to help us spread the word. We are specifically looking for folks to help with planning and running the event. We are looking for workshop, ritual, and activity presenters. We also have a contest going on to help design our event logo. If you’re artistic, please consider participating (see website for details). We want this event to succeed, not because it is the idea of any one person or group, but because the Queer Pagan community sees it as something valuable and because individuals within the community are willing to step up and do their part to make it a success.
For more information and to register: http://www.olympuscampgroundresort.com/index.php/events/arcadia
In episode 14: The Update Show, I provide updates on what I’ve been up to including:
- Conferences and gatherings – The Hero’s Adventure, Querent, and Between the Worlds
- Updates on my book and an LGBT werewolf workshop I’m hoping to do at Marscon
- My photography
- My local LGBTQ / Pagan / Alternative website
- Groups including the New Order of Chaeronea and Order of the Stone Circle
- My big project – I’m working toward starting a campground / retreat center
- Personal updates
You can find my show on my website: http://www.melmystery.com, and through iTunes and Podbean.