Thursday, October 8, 2009
Doing the Highland Fling
The Spring Fling 2010 website went live here today and I thought that the warm-up dancing should begin. There's still a little bit of tweaking to be done, but we thought that we would give the masses a peek at what've we accomplished so far. Once registration opens on November 1 (Samhain on some calendars) which is appropriate because we're lucky enough to have Lindsey Faber from Samhain Publishing as one of our editors taking pitches, then we hope to have everything confirmed and the line dancing can begin in earnest. Though I won't be joining in the electric slide, sorry ;-).
Speaking of dancing, Wikipedia tells me that the Highland Fling (that'd be a cool name for a conference focusing on Celtic/Scottish romances, wouldn't it?) is a dance that warriors did when they returned victorious from battle. It involved very precise leaping and prancing on a targe, a small round shield with a steel spike in the middle. Um, I don't know about you but I think that should I have made it back from battle with my feet intact, I wouldn't risk driving a spike through them by dancing on my shield, spike side up. What if you bent it or once the single malt started flowing and you know it would, someone landed on it? What was wrong with a dance floor or the ground? Well, anyway. Though I don't like the idea of the Highland Fling as a dance after battle, it's still nice looking done on a stage like this.