Summer is almost over and fall brings out festivals and fairs. One of my favorites is the Heavener Runestone Viking and Celtic Fest. It will be held on October 8 & 9, 2016 at Heavener, OK. It is a fascinating place full of mystery and fun and I can’t wait to be a part of it again.
I was so enchanted by the area I wrote an Oklahoma fairytale called Glome’s Valley. It is a young adult novel full of Vikings, ghosts, trolls, fairies and Norse gods set in the Oklahoma forest.
Ethan was bored because he was not home enjoying summer with his friends. Instead he was stuck in the woods with Dad as he studied the Heavener Runestone. Then he found new friends.
The silver sword glistened in the sun as Ethan swung it at the nearest troll. He took aim, sliced the air––and missed by a mile. He had never tried to hit anything with a sword except in his video games back home. This was different. This was real life. The troll laughed and charged.
Bob suddenly appeared at the end of the bridge, head down and running full speed. His yellow fur glistened in the sunlight, knocking trolls off the bridge as he cut a swath through them until he reached the other end. Bob turned to do the same with the remaining trolls.
Ethan held the sword in both hands and swung again. Suddenly the sword started to vibrate and a low sound, almost like the deep tone of a church bell, echoed through the air. At first Ethan didn’t know where the sound was coming from. It was getting louder and louder, and then he realized it came from the sword in his own hands. All the fighting stopped and everyone turned to look at him, even Bob.
Glome’s Valley is a children’s book set in a real place in Oklahoma. If you haven’t been to the park you should take the kids and go. You will love autumn in the forests of southeast Oklahoma. Heavener is near Poteau and the Talimena Drive. By October the weather will be exquisite and you’ll be grateful to live in a state with so much diverse geography.
See you at the festival!