I’m not a staff member, but I’m confident you can still submit a character and play. It is however to late to submit BGS for skills like sage or speak with long dead.
You provide your own spell packets. You can sometimes borrow a few or scavenge some, especially as a new player. My favorite seed is “Nyjer” seed – its a small fine black seed and generally be found at a grocery store. But any seed without sharp seeds in it will work. Anything with sunflower seeds is a strict no-no.
If you use discord, Discord is a server where we chat.