You set up your business and you’re working on your own… and your friends support you, but you’re working so hard and feel alone. You might try to get into one of the monthly events, but the best ones are tough to get into, and the small ones are often just pop-up shopping malls.
But then you apply for Fantasy Faire. You come here with your new store, and there are people to welcome you and talk you through it. And you are given your store building to decorate in advance, and you think … this looks nice.
Then you come in and realise that your store is just a part of this fantastic land with all sorts of wonderful things around you. And that YOUR land is just a part of a whole incredible series of lands, all filled with people planning the most amazing things. And you’re in a group that’s filled with friendly people, and jokes and plans and ohhhhh the an…ti…ci…PATION!
So you begin to make friends there, and the names you see in chat start to bump into you inworld, and everyone is friendly and excited and tells you about the buses and the parties and the legends and the stories. And suddenly you are a part of a community like no other.
Maybe you have a bunch of kiddies fighting to save the world on your doorstep, or maybe they are elven warriors, or the nicest set of demons you could hope to meet. And you see stories about your land appear on a fantastic blog, which is packed with information and stories and pictures. Maybe you go to see an author you love reading, or The Most Amazing Dance Show. Perhaps you take time to do the Quest – and get your own gift back together with a positive cascade of others! You listen to the radio which talks about the people you’ve met, and the injokes that you share. Of course, you go to the parties and the jail and bails and you find that they’re everything people said they were.
And you realise that you are a Fairelander, and will be from now on.