I was proud and embarrassed at the same time. It is hard for me. I want to say to them, have you seen the amazing artistry of Pumpkinrot and the Mitchell Cemetery or fantastic work from Terror Syndicate and DC Cemetery?!?! Their props make my tombstones look a bit comical.
I am not them (though I often wish I was :)
Over time I have to admit that I have grown quite fond of the graveyard, I have designed practically every tombstone. There are now 62 of them. Yeah, that is a lot of tombstones.
It is the prop that I have been making the longest. They are a necessity. How can you have a graveyard without tombstones! I have a thing about coming up with the sayings and setting the text in my design program so that I get the perfect look for each saying. I have a bit of style that I keep to, but likely no one would notice or understand. But on a whole, some of them I am quite proud of :)
Today, they serve two purposes, they are a background for the props and they have some amusing sayings to give the visitors something to read. But I did not think that anyone ever noticed them.
Which brings me back about a month ago:
Leonard asked me a few times to do a seminar for Hauntcon on creating tombstones. I said I would be happy to help, I have taught classes at the house; sounds like fun. I need about 4 hours (depending on how fast the paint dries.)
He replies with "You have an hour."
"I don't see how that is possible. Sorry."
A while later....."Are you sure you cannot do a tombstone class?"
"In an hour?! No. What I can do is talk about shaping and we could carve out a simple epitaph, but there would be no time for painting. I could pull the tombstone chapter of my book out and print it for them so they could finish at home."
"It has to be finished when they leave the class."
I thought about it a while, thinking of any way I could do a tombstone in an hour. Smaller, less detailed......but the thought of that bothered me.
Why? Two things. I did not want to instruct a class that did not meet my standards. I have spent extensive time coming up with my tombstones. I don't want to compromise just to help a friend. Second, I could make smaller simpler tombstones, but again, husband reminds me that we don't want people coming to the class thinking they are going to make a tombstone like The Davis Graveyard, and end up with a 1- 1/2 foot, poorly painted tombstone.
My final answer was "no". I hated to do it because I knew how much he needed someone to instruct a class.
Honestly, I still feel a little bad about it. But I know that I made the right decision.
The person that paid for my decision is my new friend Brian (the DJ) who Leonard talked into doing three take and makes classes. Sorry Brian :(
I felt bad, so I bought him a drink :)