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Meet the People in my Head: Marc Sindri

It is coming up on the one-year anniversary of the publication of “Camp Arcanum” and the release of its sequel “Power Tools in the Sacred Grove” is fast approaching.  To celebrate, I would like to introduce you all to the people that have been living inside my head for the last few years. I shall use quotes directly from the book where possible, so you will see what you can find for yourselves with only a few secret hints from my knowledge. The first will be Our Hero, Marc Sindri.

Marc Sindri is a contractor who specializes in the construction and maintenance of renaissance faires, starting at clearing the land with chainsaws to building bathrooms ladies in Elizabethan gowns can use easily, he has it planned out and locked in his head. As the construction of Arcanum Faire spins out, he composes what he calls his “For Want of a Nail” mantra, a step-by step program for building and opening the faire on time. It goes something like this:

Plot the land; pull the permits.

Fill the tool barn; build the camp.

Find the men; file their papers.

Design the faire; post the plot.

Clear the paths; trim the trunks.

 And so on…

The poem runs through his mind regularly and he uses it to shift focus away from things that might divert him from his goal: distractions like severe pain, hallucinations of little monsters and naked witches dancing around a bonfire.

He is a large, well-muscled man in his late thirties. His friend and lackey Eleazar describes him at first glance as ” six-foot-three of excessive manhood clad only in his black jeans… muscles and assorted scars as he pulled on his black tee-shirt…(Eleazar) knew he couldn’t compete with washboard abs and pectoral muscles fit for a gladiator movie.” The ren faire libertine also refers to Marc as “the little black hole of social responsibility he always was” and “must have been born under a wet blanket.” Marc prefers to think of himself as hard-working, dedicated, and frequently delivering on miracles.

Marc is a fighter and he is not above head games and dirty tricks to guarantee he comes out on top. In coming to Arcanum, he discovers how truly versatile a weapon a shovel can be. Check out chapter thirteen to seen how many opponents he can take on with a shovel in his hands.

Marc describes himself this way: “I’m kind of like a chainsaw: just fine on a job site, but not something you want to cuddle with or leave around small children.” There is a human being at his core, but you have to get past the whirling steel, noise, and smoke to reach it.



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What Shall I Do at Book Signings?

Though I have been writing since I tried my own hand at a monster movie at the age of seven, illustrated in crayon, it is only this year that I have had the opportunity to do book events as a real Novelist. I have been doing festivals and children’s parties for decades as a mime and balloon delivery guy, but I’m looking for activities in my skillset that would be appropriate for my reputation as an author and my book.


Well, duh… This is obviously the main component of any book signing event, but WHAT should I sign? I have in the past personalized signatures for the customer, like the woman who showed at the Post Mortem Press table adorned with a brooch made of a bat’s skeleton torso. I signed her book: To the lady with the lovely ribcage. I would like to have a catchphrase appropriate to Camp Arcanum like “Beware the undead, skinless bunnies.” or “Wishing you sex, magick, and chainsaws.”, but even I have trouble signing that with confidence.


I have learned to do public readings from my book, I just have to be careful with selection. If there is any chance of children over-hearing, I don’t pick the chapter with the bi-sexual sex magick ritual or the unfortunate spatter demise of a raccoon. I also try to put the excerpt close enough to the front of the book to give away too many spoilers.


In my mime and renaissance faire days, I did a fair amount of juggling, and that is reflected in my ren faire performer Eleazar in Camp Arcanum. While I am not as proficient in manipulating assorted objects as my Eleazar-consultant Stuart Sisk, I can keep three lacrosse balls in the air. One just needs to check ahead of time that the venue owner doesn’t mind my playing with my balls in their location (Com on, you all were thinking that!)


Who doesn’t love balloon animals. I can do the simpler ones, but to accurately depict undead, skinless bunnies I would have to smear them with KY jelly to give them the proper feel of slimy decomposition.


As a mime and a make-up artist, I’ve done a TON of facepainting. Kids love getting bright intricate colorful designs put on their bright, little faces. I’m just not sure how Mom and Dad will feel about pentacles and inverted Kabbalistic Tree of Life designs.


I learned to use a chainsaw to cut down trees while growing up in Tennessee. There aren’t many trees to harvest in bookstores and the authorities don’t like it when you take down trees from parks. I could apply my sculpting skills to carving crude wooden bears or even cruder self-portraits from telephone poles.  The sound, smell, and sawdust might be a little off-putting, but come on. There’s a chainsaw on the cover of my book, we need to do SOMETHING. Maybe chainsaw juggling?

I am sure there are plenty of creative activities I missed, so if you have any suggestions, let me know.


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