Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 22 — A Hair Aflame

Saturday, January 27, 2018

It’s nice to see you here in the faery land of Thistledown.  

The Time of the Dreadful Drain

Once in a blue moon things change — in a good way. I wrote this intro last week, when for weeks I had been wondering if I could continue blogging/writing at all:

“Real world” things have severely drained me the past several weeks, depleted my energy and the will to write — or do anything else for that matter.  I made a downright herculean gathering of my will and energy and managed to write a few episodes in advance.  This is the last chapter from that group.  As much as I hate the idea of leaving you hanging, I’m so drained by the way things are, exhausted in every way… I might have to take a break for awhile. I’ll try, but I thought I should give you a heads-up.

Scrubbing bubbles

That’s what I was going to say. However, a few things happened… Yes the drain is still there, sapping away, but I have renewed inspiration via working with other bloggers in our wonderful community. 

Coming Up at Teagan’s Books

I’m going to do a guest post with Teri Polen at Books and SuchThat’s coming in April.

Then came a delightfully unexpected, spontaneous collaboration with Robert Matthew Goldstein at Art by Rob Goldstein.  He’ll create a Roaring Twenties image and I’ll add another story to the Pip-verse! 

Thistledown has been the hardest to continue during my Time of the Dreadful Drain.  But the little renewal I’m having today began with Suzanne DeBrango at A Pug in the Kitchen, when she suggested another collaboration related to Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam.  Look for that soon.

By then, my momentum was so high that I just up and asked John W. Howell at Fiction Favorites if he’d like to do another joint post for the Pip-verse.  And he said yes!

Maybe you should thank these bloggers.  Because of them Thistledown and Jazz Age Wednesdays won’t end yet. These shout-outs are my way of thanking them for helping me much more than they could realize.

Now to Thistledown

As stories sometimes do, the timeline backs up for this episode.  This scene was happening concurrently with “Hanging by a Hair” when Bedlam Thunder was in the dark abyss and her friends disappeared one by one. It’s the best way for me to show separate events that occurred at the same time.  Once again we view events from the point of view of Bob the hummingbird.  

Previously in Thistledown — Midsummer Bedlam

From Episode 21 (click here)

A chorus of warnings and exclamations erupted from the crochet circle.  However, before the first syllable was finished…

Field Yewwasp leapt into the black void.


Midsummer Bedlam 22

A Hair Aflame


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Jacob Kiesow, Unsplash

Breezes from the broad open window rustled the pages of the Etheraris Spiregris.  Some magic in the dangerous book anchored the periwinkle colored muskox hair there.  Bob the hummingbird saw the hair begin to vibrate.  Intuitively the little bird knew the magical hair should not behave that way. 

Field Yewwasp wouldn’t listen to reason after he rescued Rhymer Rainbow from the black maw of the abyss.  The furry faery was determined to try and reach Bedlam Thunder and River Mindshadow as well.  All the faeries of the crochet circle clearly thought it was too dangerous for him to go back into the dark portal.  Seeing the vibration from the muskox hair, Bob was certain the circle was right.

Bob darted toward Field to try and make him understand about the hair.  Valley Hummer was the only one who could easily communicate with Bob, but he had to try and make Field see reason.  However, Field Yewwasp was the fastest of all faeries.  He flew back into the portal before Bob could figure out how to tell him about the vibrating magical hair.

The faeries of the crochet circle held tightly to the thick rope of blue muskox hair.  They didn’t even notice Bob.  Meanwhile the periwinkle colored hair vibrated harder.  It started to sparkle and spark.  Bob flew in wild acrobatics just above the ancient volume that anchored the hair, trying to get the faeries to notice it.

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Hummingbird, Kunstformen der Natur 1904

Willow Rainbow had left the other faeries to the rope while she made sure her niece, Rhymer was unharmed.  Rhymer seemed fine to Bob.  The girl reached for a plate of cookies and started eating them while her aunt fussed over her.

“Aunt, the cookies are so good they make me sputter,” Rhymer began, clearly hungry after her ordeal.  “But look at Bob, he’s all aflutter.  He wants us to know he’s on the job.  He must mean the hair ― see it throb?”

Gradually all the faeries turned to look at the periwinkle hair draped like a bookmark on the Etheraris Spiregris.  Bob noticed their looks of consternation and murmurs of worry.  Willow Rainbow approached it with caution while the others continued to tightly hold the crocheted rope. 

The magical hair sizzled and popped loudly.  Willow jumped back from it.  Her wings unfurled with her surprise and rustled in agitation.

The dark portal started to make a groaning noise.  The sound made Bob think of metal that bore too much weight and was about to collapse.

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Fairy_CE Brock

Field Yewwasp flew back out of the black maw, though not as quickly as he had entered it.  He held to something that seemed to resist being brought back.  With a firm tug he pulled River Mindshadow out of the portal.  To Bob’s astonishment, River tried to resist and go back into the abyss!

“You don’t understand!” River cried.  “Bedlam is still in there.  We can’t leave her alone in the darkness.  Worse than being lost to us, I’m afraid she will lose herself.  There is something powerfully wrong about that light-less place!”

Bob darted up to the ceiling as the periwinkle muskox hair sizzled and lifted up from the pages of the ancient tome.  The hair sparked and burst into purplish-blue flame.  Then it was gone. 

The black portal popped shut.

The End


This Week’s Faery Namers

Click the links to reveal the identity of the namers.  Enjoy a visit to their fantastic blogs.

Willow Rainbow

Rhymer Rainbow

River Mindshadow

Field Yewwasp

Is Bedlam lost in the dark abyss forever?  (Is Teagan lost there with her?)  Fly over next time and maybe we’ll find out.  Until then…

Hugs on the wing!



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96 thoughts on “Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 22 — A Hair Aflame

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  3. Oh Teagan, the struggles are real and I feel them too… this past week has been tough for me so I totally get where you’re coming from that there’s a lot of obstacles so far this year… do take time for yourself.. and I look forward to those projects you’re talking about doing.. I’m sending huge hugs and really wish were were within a closer physical distance to hug in person..

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    • You’re so kind, Christy. Thank you. If only it was just this year… I’m dealing with the dam-break of the past 5 or 6 years of ongoing, continuous bad stuff. I try to find a way out, but I’ve been trying all that time too. My blog is truly my sanctuary, but I reach a point (more and more frequently) where I can’t even do that.
      Wishing you a new week of warm breezes, peaceful sounds, and — hugs.

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  4. First I am so pleased the Dreadful Drain, was not so draining and you have had renewed vigour and inspiration to carry on creating your wonderful series Teagan..

    So pleased River was rescued but oh no, the portal now closed and poor Bedlam still not found.
    But I am sure that muskox hair will sizzle and sparkle someone’s attention..

    So enjoying my time here this afternoon Teagan.. ❤

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  5. I am a week late but I will love reading this episode at the same time as the new one. Heart stopping is all I can say when the portal closed. I am rushing over to read the newest episode. Teagan you are so gifted and I am sorry I am late reading this.

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  6. I look forward to these installments, Teagan, and heartily thank all who have helped you through the Drain. You are a very talented individual. Keep writing! I am still hoping you finish Guitar Mancer.

    January has been hard month here for many. Two of my older friends passed away in January, and with a relative in Hospice now, I’ve had that feeling of “the line is getting shorter”.

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    • Oh Lavinia, I’m so very sorry to hear about your friends. Losing two so close together is horrible.
      Thank you for your kind words. Guitar Mancer still calls to me. It was interesting (the parts of it that I did) sharing it here. Luci’s dad was originally a very small part. Then he became so popular here — which really took me by surprise… (I can’t help wondering if that was simply because I added photos of James Garner. I wonder if “Grover” would have gotten a second glance with out the pictures.)
      Anyway that caused the need for a rewrite of the ending, giving him a more integral part in the resolution of the story. In other words, I have quite a lot of work to do in the big content edit for it. I appreciate your encouragement with that one more than I can say. ❤
      I'm working on my "final" edits to Atonement in Bloom. Since I stopped and started on that novel over the course of at least four years, the big round of what I call content edits was quite an undertaking. But I finished that and have started final edits. (Then I'll do a couple of proofing rounds…) I still hope to publish it this spring.
      Heartfelt thanks for your visits. Hugs on the wing!

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  7. Oh no! I hope that’s not the last of Bedlam. Are we ever going to see that black portal open again? 🤔 A tearful ending to this episode, Teagan. Now you’ve got me thinking all sorts of what could possibly happen next.
    So very pleased that you came through that bad spell (with the help of those bloggers). The community here is simply brilliant.
    Hugs to you.

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    • Thank you kindly Hugh. You are a big part of that community too! The story I wrote in honor of your featuring me has been very popular.
      I’m not so sure about that portal opening again… that “pop” sounded rather final. But who knows with the faery magic of Thistledown! 😀 Tune in this weekend to see Bedlam’s next predicament. Hugs on the wing!

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  8. Sorry to hear you have been going through tough times my friend. I’m thrilled to hear you got your mojo back through fellow bloggers….and look forward to reading much much more of your talented writing and to close it out…can we say “Uber Cliff Hanger”!!!! I hope the rest of the year goes well for you Teagan!!

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  9. Sorry you’ve been experiencing the Dreadful Drain, Teagan – sometimes we all need breaks. But I sure am glad you’re recharged, and I’m looking forward to your visit in April! What about Bedlam? Such a cliffhanger!

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  11. Poor Bob! He was trying so hard to warn them. And what about Bedlam? She’ll be terrified. Wow! This is definitely a cliffhanger. Teagan, we all feel like hanging it up from time to time. And sometimes a break is needed. All of it can get to be too much. Do what is best for you! The world will not stop turning. Hugs!

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  12. Such a cliff-hanger. Poor Bedlam! Now what?? Ha ha. I’m so sorry that your energy for writing and blogging has been lagging, Teagan. I think your energy is amazing and I would be pooped out if I did all you do. But I’m glad the blogging community has inspired you. Remember to take care of yourself and make the adjustments to accommodate your happiness and life. Sending huge HUGS. 🙂

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    • Hi Diana. I’m delighted you enjoyed the chapter. We have a truly wonderful community and you are an important part of it. There are definitely some things I’d like to “adjust”… and I’ve been trying for nearly six years. LOL, life needs a chiropractic adjustment! Thank you for all your encouragement and support. Hugs on the wing!

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  13. Oh poor Bedlam, what will become of her? I suspect this was her destiny right from the beginning and I can’t wait to hear more about her journey! I’m so glad your coming collaborations have managed to pull you through the drain – perhaps these bloggers are your own crochet circle 🙂

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    • This entire community is my ‘crochet circle,’ Andrea — and you are an important part of it. 🙂 I’m already halfway down the drain again (since Monday is fast approaching), but trying to keep my head out. Heartfelt thanks for visiting. Hugs on the wing.

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  14. Teagan, it’s so difficult sometimes to continue with what we love because life can drag us into deep holes my friend. I am glad you found some other bloggers to collaborate with and give you the needed push to continue. Hugs on the wings, I can’t wait to read next weeks stories .

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  15. Shut? Shut? What do you mean shut? Oh, Teagan, you’ve left us hanging. At least it seems you’re going to keep the adventure going. I’ve enjoyed the collaborations you’ve done in the past, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming ones. And I hope things settle down (or at least get out of your way).

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    • Hi Dan, thanks for making me smile. I think you heard the portal close the same way I heard it. 🙂 Tune in next week to see where Bedlam lands.
      Yes, if they’d at least get out of my way, it would be an improvement. You’d think they would have better sense…
      I’m very happy to hear you have enjoyed the collaborations of the past. It was fun when we worked together too. Have a relaxing evening. Hugs on the wing!

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  16. Another episode where I am totally glued to every word. So exciting! And, thank you. On another note, I firmly believe that good things happen to good people who do good things. Often unexpectedly. I’m not surprised that you had a rush of goodness from fellow bloggers. Way to go, Teagan! I hope you feel better soon.

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  17. Thank you for asking me to do a collaboration with you Teagan. It will be so much fun and I’m glad that in a small way I keep the drain from shutting you down. We can’t have that. (Makes me want to ask the audience to clap their hands to make Teagan glow brighter) Hugs. I hope Bedlam is okay.

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  19. Aww it makes me sad when I read another cyber-friend is faltering. But it makes me delighted to hear that you’ve got friends pulling you out! I have every faith in you Teagan, you know those words have to come out of your mind eventually! Plus what would we do with Bedlam stuck in a dark hole?? Egads, we’d all be left hanging on the edge of that cliff! LOL! I am looking forward to all your new collaborations, those always turn out to be loads of fun! Huge hugs!! XOXOXO

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    • You are so supportive and kind, Kathryn. You are a big part of my cherished blogging community. Tune in next time to see how and where Bedlam lands. At least one of us will escape the black abyss. But what will Bedlam find next? o_O
      Heartfelt thanks for visiting. Hugs on the wing!

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  20. Sizzling muskox hair fluttering Bob, fussy, fretting, fiery, furry fairies, and Bedlam still stuck in a black hole with a high probably that she’s doing the “Time Warp” again. Can’t wait to see what’s next As far as Drain-O goes, I know the feeling. It’s like when you have that feeling of “I got one foot on a banana peel, The other in the Twilight Zone.” (“Life sucks then you die” The Fools), you just know whatever you do next you’re going down that drain — Oh! I’m happy to hear you are hanging on the edge of the black hole, slowing pulling yourself out of the eternal Drain-of-O and its “abyssmal” undertaking of forever trying to suck the life out of you. Maybe doing the “Time Warp” again with Bedlam will help things improve even more.

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    • Ha! Tim, I had forgotten all about that crazy song. I think both my feet may be in the Twilight Zone, no banana necessary. o_O LOL and I might choose a Rocky Horror world over Mordor Monday. Thanks for the giggle and guffaws comment. Now let’s do the time warp again. 😀 Hugs on the wing!

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  21. Sounds like we’re in the same (sort) of place right now, dear Teagan, but I’m so pleased you’ve pushed through, we would miss you so much and it gives me hope that I can push through as well.
    This was a delight (which I shared all over the place!), as are you, my friend, thank you for sticking with us. 🙂
    Mega Here with us in the hairy moments! hugs xoxoxoxoxox

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    • Dear Donna, I’m so happy to hear from you. You’re pushing through and we’re all pulling for you — that should create a whole lot of momentum! Go Donna!
      I hope you’ve been feeling better than you were previously.
      Hairy moments certainly abound. Big hairy monsters.

      Huge thanks for commenting. Hugs on the wing!

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  22. I am so pleased that the blogger community has provided such inspiration (who needs superheroes with them around?) and I look forward to all of it. I’m quite concerned about Bedlam… Scary!
    Big hugs and take care, dear Teagan!

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    • Thank you Olga. You are a true wellspring of support as well, and I appreciate you more than you could possibly know. You are definitely a superhero!
      Yes, I’m worried about Bedlam in that bottomless abyss too… A twist is coming next week. Heartfelt thanks for visiting, my friend. Hugs on the wing!


  23. I’m so glad you got your mojo back! I’ve had days like that where I have lost the will to continue but, you’re right, blogging friends have a way of pulling you out of the abyss. Sending loving hugs, dear Teagan. The blogging world wouldn’t be the same without your contributions. xx

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