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Thursday, December 27, 2012

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Guests, Performers, Supporters!  Thank you for your enthusiasm for The Dickens Project. To Abbey Zenith, Rocky Vallejo and Rolig Loon of the CVL for the space and prims to do our voodoo for the celebration of the works of Charles Dickens.  Thanks one and all for your many generous donations to The Community Virtual Library.

A Final Round of APPLAUSE for the folks who brought The Dickens Project to life ....

Corwyn Allen


Dubhna Rhiadra

Ixmal Supermarine
Kayden Oconnell

Elrik Merlin

Klannex Northmead

The Avatar Repertory Theater
An Extra Special Thanks to Talus Ravenheart for her support, and to Stranger Nightfire who kept me company through several late night building/programming sessions as well as showed up brilliantly dressed at nearly all the sessions.  Thank you my Dears.

All My Thanks to Everyone ...*crosses fingers* .... See you Next Year!
Caledonia Skytower











Wednesday, December 26, 2012

THURSDAY, December 27th: Closing Day

Well, it has been an amazing two weeks!  Our celebration of Dickens has been a delight, well received, and now more than just Cale looks forward to the possibility of the return of The Project next year, and the possibility that we will all get to "walk in the footsteps of Scrooge."

There are some additional gallery panels on the ground floor of the Book Shop in honor of "Alternate Versions" Day today.  Everything from the Klingon "A Christmas Carol" to Rankin-Bass' "The Stingiest Man Alive."

There are no scheduled events for Closing Day at the moment, but that could change in a twinkling, so stay tuned.  And don't forget to show your appreciation for The Project, if you wish, which is a benefit for The Community Virtual Library.  The donation bin is near the gate ... he's wearing a toupe!

What happens once the Project closes?  
  • It all gets packed away and tied up with strong cording of hope.
  • If you want to keep up on Project news, follow this blog or join the Stories Unlimited! subscriber group - the joiner kiosk is near the gate across from "toupe guy."
  • If you have feedback or ideas about features of the next Dickens Project, illustrators to recommend for the gardens, recommendations for the expansion of the Scrooge Gallery, or any other ideas that might inspire -- put them in a notecard and send them to Caledonia Skytower  with the Subject line "About TDP 2012"
  • The next StoryFests Event will be the third annual StoryFest Celebration in March - date still pending.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec 26th - Other Dickens Day!

Charles Dickens wrote more than A Christmas Carol (*GASP!!!*). In a literary career that spanned more than three decades, he penned 20 novels, nearly 30 short stories, 12 collaborative projects, and a handful of non-Fiction, Poetry, Plays, Articles, and Essays.  If that seems incredible, play this fun video clip and have a chuckle ...



Before The Dickens Project *poofs* into the virtual mists, we would be remiss if we did  not take a moment to celebrate some of those other works.   We have some great selections prepared to share today.  So spend your holiday recovery day with us, have a toddy and enjoy.


Welcome to Other Dickens Day!
     @ 10am: Caledonia Skytower & Elegia Underwood with Oliver Twist & David Copperfield
     @ Noon: Klannex Northmead with a selection from Little Dorrit
     @ 2pm: Dubhna Rhiadra with a selection from the Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens
     @ 4pm: Caledonia Skytower with a selection from Great Expectations

All times slt.  All sessions live in voice.

Monday, December 24, 2012

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from The Dickens Project

So, you missed the readings of A CHRISTMAS CAROL?  Well, almost ...

 We will have a full schedule of  Other Dickens at The Dickens Project on Wednesday, December 26th ("Boxing Day" in the UK and Australia), and Radio Riel will also be broadcasting the Radio Riel Players production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL that day as well at times convenient to European and North American audiences.

Adapted from the Original Text by Saffia Widdershins and Presented by The Radio Riel Players.  Broadcasting Wednesday, December 26th at 11am and 7pm Pacific/SLT.  The entire program is approximately 90 minutes long. For details, visit radioriel.org

If you would like to tune a parcel media setting to the broadcast, use
http://main.radioriel.org

the following link will tune your personal player:
http://moto.slserver.com:8020/listen.pls



Saturday, December 22, 2012

SUNDAY & MONDAY, Dec 23rd & 24th: "A Christmas Carol" in Two Parts

Everyone has their holiday traditions.  Mine used to be about baking cookies and how much of the contents of my decoration boxes I could get out and up in the house.  Several years ago I was asked by then King Marik Zarco of the Bloodlines SL Clan of Blood Evolution to read A Christmas Carol out loud in their Kingdom.  That became an annual tradition which, in many ways, fed the kernel of an idea that eventually lead to The Dickens Project.

Caledonia (me) will be reading the entire text, "soup to nuts" December 23rd and 24th at 3pm SLT live in voice.  The sessions will be 90 to 120 minutes in length and divide the novella into two parts.

Come and hear the words one more time (or for the first time if you haven't already) live in voice, and explore The Dickens Project - celebrating the words and works of Charles Dickens.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/179/204/23

Benefits the Community Virtual Library.

THIS WEEK at The Dickens Project!

Kayden Oconnell presenting  Stave Three of "A Christmas Carol" on 12.19
As we make the clubhouse turn into the last days of our celebration, there are still many delights to enjoy!

Saturday, December 22nd - @ 8:30pm - Dickens Late Night with Caledonia - she'll read to whomever desires it ... "A Christmas Carol", bits of "Oliver Twist", some Christmas Short Stories ... Who knows?  Come and find out!
 
Sunday, December 23rd - @3pm: Caledonia Skytower A Christmas Carol (120 minutes- 1st half of novella)

Monday, December 24th - @3pm: Caledonia Skytower A Christmas Carol (120 minutes- 2nd half of novella)

Tuesday, December 25th - CHRISTMAS DAY

Wednesday, December 26th - OTHER DICKENS!
     @ 10am: Caledonia Skytower & Elegia Underwood with Oliver Twist & David Copperfield
     @ Noon: Klannex Northmead with a selection from Little Dorrit
     @ 2pm: Dubhna Rhiadra with a selection from the Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens
     @ 4pm: Caledonia Skytower with a selection from Great Expectations

Thursday, December 27th - Closing Day - "Alternate Versions Presentations" TBA
Another lovely photo of the A.R.T. performance at The Dickens Project shared by Elin Vondran

Friday, December 21, 2012

FRIDAY, Dec 21st: Stave Five ~ "The End of It"

And so it come about ...

"Yes!  The bedpost was his own.  The bed was his own, the room was his own.  Best and happiest of all, the Time before him was his own, to make amends in!"




... We'll actually begin a tiny bit back into Stave Four to savor fully the reclamation of a soul - Ebenezer Scrooge's!

Today: Stave Five of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
@ Noon with Elrik Merlin
@ 4pm with Caledonia Skytower (all of Stave Four & Five)

@ 8:30pm - DICKENS LATE NIGHT w/ Caledonia
By request, Caledonia will be at The Dickens Project at 8:30pm with her store of Dickens, and she'll read to whomever desires it ... "A Christmas Carol", "Bits of "Oliver Twist", some Christmas Short Stories ... Who knows?  Come and find out!
All times SLT, all sessions live in voice.

Benefits The Community Virtual Library

ENJOY some wonderful shots of Thursday's Avatar Repertory Theater performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL taken by zzbottom and generously shared in a slide show on her flickr stream

Thursday, December 20, 2012

THURSDAY, Dec 20th: Stave Four & More!

Dubhna Rhiadra as "Ebenezer Scrooge"
At Noon: Stave Four ~ The Last of the Spirits
" The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached.  When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which the this spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery."

@ Noon - Dubhna Rhiadra 
Live in voice - all times SLT. 

 (Note: Caledonia will be presenting Staves 4 & 5 in an evening session on Friday) 
 
 At 3:30pm SLT : The A.R.T. presentation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
 Adapted by Ada Radius and Directed by Corwyn Allen, A.R.T. presents this one hour 
performance featuring 9 unique voices, snippets of carols, and with Kayden Oconnell as 
"Ebenezer Scrooge."  So popular last weekendthat it crashed the sim.  Avatar Repertory
Theater generously shares their version of this holiday classic. Presented Live in Voice.

Photo taken and shared by Elin from Saturday's performance

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec 19th: Stave Three ~ The Second of Three Spirits

And more to come ...
"Awaking in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore, and sitting up in bed to get his thoughts together, Scrooge had no occasion to be told that the bell was again upon the stroke of One."

Today:  Stave Three of A CHRISTMAS CAROL,
 Presented for your enjoyment.
@ Noon with Ixmal Supermarine
@ 5pm with Kayden Oconnell
Live in voice - all times SLT. 
The session will last roughly 45-50 minutes, so don't be late! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TUESDAY, Dec 18th: Stave Two ~ The First of Three Spirits

And it continues ...
"Marley's Ghost bothered him exceedingly.  Every time he resolved within himself, after mature inquiry that it was all a dream, his mind flew back again, like a strong spring released, to its first position, and presented the same problem to be worked all through. 'Was it a dream or not?'"

Today: Stave Two of 
A CHRISTMAS CAROL

@ Noon with Dubhna Rhiadra
@ 5pm with Brokali/Caledonia

Live in voice - all times SLT. 
The session will last roughly 40-45 minutes, so don't be late! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

MONDAY, Dec 17th: Stave One ~ Marley's Ghost

And so it begins ...
"Marley was dead, to begin with.  There can be no doubt whatever about that.  The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner.  Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's hand was good upon 'Change for anything he chose to put his hand to.  Old Marley was dead as a doornail."
 
Today:  Stave One of A CHRISTMAS CAROL,
 Presented by two talented performers at two different times, for your enjoyment.
@ Noon with Ixmal Supermarine
@ 4pm with Corwyn Allen
 
Live in voice - all times SLT. 
The session will last roughly 40-50 minutes, so don't be late! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

THIS WEEK at The Dickens Project!

It's the week we go Stave by Stave and savor the rich language and many delights to be found in Dickens' first Christmas Classic, A Christmas Carol. Each of the individual Stave readings should be between 30 & 40 minutes in length.

Monday, December 17th - Stave One ~ Marley's Ghost
                                    @ Noon: with Ixmal Supermarine
                                    @ 4:00pm: with Corwyn Allen

Tuesday, December 18th -  Stave Two ~ The First of Three Spirits
                                    @ Noon: with Dubhna Rhiadra
                                    @ 5:00pm: with Brokali

Wednesday, December 19th - Stave Three ~ The Second of Three Spirits
                                    @ Noon: with  Ixmal Supermarine
                                    @ 5:00pm: with Kayden Oconnell

Thursday, December 20th - Stave Four ~ The Last of The Spirits
                                    @ Noon: with Dubhna Rhiadra
                                    @ 3:30pm: Avatar Repertory Theatre presentation (rescheduled)

Friday, December 21st - Stave Five ~ The End of It
                                    @ Noon: with Elrik Merlin
                                    @ 4:00pm: with Caledonia Skytower (Staves Four & Five together)
                                    (TBA a possible later presentation ~ stay tuned~!)

Photo of the A.R.T. performance shared by Elin
When Dickens’ publishers required him to pay back advances due to the poor sales of Martin Chuzzlewit, he knew he needed some other means of income. At that point in his career, 1843, Dickens was doing well, but had not reached a level of financial security that would allow him to go for a stretch of time without income. So Dickens “decided to throw off" a complete Christmas book in the intervals of writing the monthly serial parts of Chuzzlewit. In an era when an author’s manuscript was published and available to the public in much shorter times than the 21st Century, A Christmas Carol went on sale in December and was a tremendous success.

Merrytricks Resident also took some great shots around the Project on Saturday, which she has posted in the Web tab of her Profile, and she openly invites folks to look, like, and comment.

Have you taken some great snaps at The Dickens Project?  Feel free to share!  Send them, or links to them, to Caledonia Skytower.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

SATURDAY, December 15th!

Photo taken by Laurin Sorbet - visit her blog (see link in post)
UPDATE: This performance was so successful it crashed the sim.  Due to cast members having other commitments, we have rescheduled a "do-over" performance to 3:30pm slt on Thursday, December 20th. Thanks everyone for their patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL adapted by Ada Radius into a one hour performance featuring 9 voices, snippets of carols.  A delightful way to begin what will be our week of presentations exclusively from this title.

Another lovely blog post today from Laurin Sorbet!  It follows up the article in the SL Enquirer and Inara Pey's great sneak post on Thursday.

Keep spreading the word!  12 days to go! There's a lot Dickens left to share and enjoy.

Friday, December 14, 2012

HAPPY OPENING DAY!

The Dickens Project is Open ... the gates are wide and we are ready for guests:
~ TODAY (Friday): The Inaugural Reading will be at 2pm - Caledonia Skytower will be reading one of Dickens' many Short Stories Live in Voice in the Square.
~ TOMORROW (Saturday): The Avatar Repertory Theater will present Ada Radius' adaptation of A Christmas Carol at 5pm.

All times SLT, All performances Live in Voice. Stop in and check it out, and then come back, as you never know what we might add or adjust!

The Dickens Project is free, donations accepted to benefit the Community Virtual Library.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/179/204/23

How Cool is THAT?!  Thank you Phoenix/Firestorm!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

THE DICKENS PROJECT HAS LANDED!

Defying all odds, the build is not securely down on terra level on Info Island, though it is not yet "Open."  Thursday will be about some final texture finessing, fixtures and dressing, and some final scripting.  Might be sneaking in to put a few final touches in over the weekend, but there'll be no "plywood" showing when the gates swing wide on Friday!

MAKING PLANS?  Scroll down two posts to see the Working Schedule.  It will be updated and re-posted for the weekend Thursday late, late, late!!!

The Dickens Project lands on Info Island


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ALMOST TIME TO OPEN!


When I was in college I had a design professor from London one year.  A little elven man who ran about most of the Fall chuckling, "It's almost Panto Time!"

I feel like that now ... "It's almost Dickens Time!"  Have been listening to Klannex Northmead's daily 1pm readings from Little Dorrit at Written Word (most days but Sunday's & UK Bank Holidays  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/15/244/22) through out December at 1pm SLT) while working on promo texts, uploading images, looking for props on Marketplace, and eating lunch.

The Dickens Project Build is almost ready to move down to the terra level ... and Friday's Opening is almost upon us ... more in progress shots below.  It's nearly time to put the roofs on and start moving!

LEFT: Ixmal Supermarine checks out the build in costume, all ready for next week's readings.
BELOW: The Notable Scrooge Gallery panels being hung above the Poulterer's Shop.





Three Alcoves celebrate Illustrations past and present of "A Christmas Carol"

The first of the roofs goes up ... only three more to go!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

WORKING SCHEDULE: Update!


WORKING SCHEDULE: Updated 12.20.12
(Subject to Change - this is a document in progress - All times SLT)

Friday, December 14th - Opening Day - @ 2:00pm: Caledonia Skytower with The Opening Story!

Saturday, December 15th  - @5:00pm: Avatar Repertory Theatre presentation, adapted by Ada Radius (with Singing!) RESCHEDULED DO TO SIM CRASH - See Below
Sunday, December 16th - No planned events as of yet ... "doors open" for everyone to look about.

Monday, December 17th - Stave One ~ Marley's Ghost
                                    @ Noon: with Ixmal Supermarine
                                    @ 4:00pm: with Corwyn Allen

Tuesday, December 18th -  Stave Two ~ The First of Three Spirits
                                    @ Noon: with Dubhna Rhiadra
                                    @ 5:00pm: with Brokali

Wednesday, December 19th - Stave Three ~ The Second of Three Spirits
                                    @ Noon: with  Ixmal Supermarine
                                    @ 5:00pm: with Kayden Oconnell

Thursday, December 20th - Stave Four ~ The Last of The Spirits
                                    @ Noon: with Dubhna Rhiadra
                                    @ 3:30pm: Avatar Repertory Theatre presentation (rescheduled)

Friday, December 21st - Stave Five ~ The End of It
                                    @ Noon: with Elrik Merlin
                                    @ 4:00pm: with Caledonia Skytower (Staves Four & Five together)
                                    (Possible later reading by Caledonia)

Saturday, December 22nd - OTHER DICKENS! TBA
Sunday, December 23rd - @3pm: Caledonia Skytower (120 minutes- 1st half of novella)

Monday, December 24th - @3pm: Caledonia Skytower (120 minutes- 2nd half of novella)

Tuesday, December 25th - CHRISTMAS DAY

Wednesday, December 26th - OTHER DICKENS!
                                    @ 10am: Caledonia Skytower & Elegia Underwood with Oliver Twist & David Copperfield
                                    @ Noon: Klannex Northmead with a selection from Little Dorrit
                                    @ 2pm: Dubhna Rhiadra with a selection from the Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens
                                    @ 4pm: Caledonia Skytower with a selection from Great Expectations

Thursday, December 27th - Closing Day - "Alternate Versions Presentations"
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Under Construction . . .

The facade of Scrooge & Marley's

Inside the Bookseller's Shop with stairs leading up to the gallery level

The "Yet To Come" Gate in Progress

Gallery level installed almost all the way around, ready to be finished and roofed.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

"TDP" Site Secured - Schedule Preliminaries

We Have a Home!  The Community Virtual Library has generously given us a huge plot on Info Island:  a rough footprint of about 50m x90m and over three times the prims we were seeking for the beta version of this project!  Thank you Abbey Zenith and the CVL!


Buzz has begun as various performers begin considering how they might participate.  We have begun a very preliminary schedule with the first few bookings into it, as well as some "wish for" possibilities.  Interested in presenting?  Interested in one of the "Wish Fors"? Inspired with an idea of your own?   Contact Caledonia Skytower by notecard in world.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE:
(Note: anything in italics is NOT set in stone)

Friday, December 14th - Opening Day
Saturday, December 15th - TBD: A.R.T. Partnership Presentation** 
Sunday, December 16th - TBD: A.R.T. Partnership Presentation**

Monday, December 17th - Celebrate Stave One... A Visit from Marley's Ghost*
Tuesday, December 18th - Celebrate Stave Two... Christmas Past*
Wednesday, December 19th - Celebrate Stave Three... Christmas Present*
Thursday, December 20th - Celebrate Stave Four... Christmas Yet to Come*
Friday, December 21st - Celebrate Stave Five ... Scrooge Awake!*
Saturday, December 22nd - 
Sunday, December 23rd - @4pm: Caledonia Skytower (90 minutes- 1st half of novella)

Monday, December 24th - @4pm: Caledonia Skytower (90 minutes- 2nd half of novella)
Tuesday, December 25th - CHRISTMAS DAY
Wednesday, December 26th -
Thursday, December 27th - Closing Day - "Alternate Versions Presentations"

* ~ "Wish Fors" - A great day for presentations, solo or in groups, of that particular stave of the novella schedulable anytime from 9am -9pm SLT

** ~ Once, not both days . . .(no way we would be THAT lucky!) pending confirmation and pending agreement with the Avatar Repertory Theater Company.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

ANNOUNCING: The Dickens Project!

We are in the waning months of the Dickens Bicentenary Year of celebration, and what better way to wrap up that year than with a tribute to his masterwork A Christmas Carol.  StoryFest Events will be launching The Dickens Project as just such a tribute. 

Sponsored by Stories Unlimited! and the Community Virtual Library, The Dickens Project will be an interactive environment for the presentation of A Christmas Carol which will be open to presentations of that work in whole, part, or adapted (as long as it is true to the original story) beginning December 14th through December 26th.  On December 27th, the last day of the Project, the venue will be open to "alternate version" presentations and tributes to the classic.

Any and all voice performers in Second Life are welcomed.  Presentations may be solo, duets, or larger groups of voices.  They must be live and in voice.  StoryFest Events will take care of booking time slots and promoting (though presenters are encouraged to promote through any avenues that have as well) and having our finger on ban/eject when needed. The Dickens Project will be located in Info Island in the Community Virtual Library Estate, and tips to benefit the CVL will be encouraged.  More about tipping later.

Here is the approximate Project Timeline ....
  • Dec 5 - Deadline for Presenter Requests
  • Dec 1 to 13 - install components of the environment
  • Dec 10 to 13 - Make available for presenter preview
  • Dec 14 - Opening Day
  • Dec 27 - Alternate Versions Day, and then it all goes Ba-Bye!
Interested?  Apply to Caledonia Skytower by notecard in world for a presenter slot by December 5th.  Be sure to include the times and dates you would prefer to perform.

We hope that this year's project will be well recceived well enough for it to be a beta test of a more expanded project in December 2013 ... Lord and the Lindens willing.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

It Was A BOO-tiful Thing!


Dubhna Rhiadra as "Bill Door" from "Reaper Man" ~ Photo by Crap Mariner

What a great day!  We had a great range of stories from the humorously macabre to the out-and-out gruesome.  Great scary fun!  Great crowd, appreciative audience.  Good times!

Thankks to Dubhna for hosting us on her lovely land again.  Thanks to all the presenters for great jobs done, one and all.  Thanks to the folks who showed up, some of whom spent the entire day with Dubhna and I ... soup to nuts around the fire!  Thanks for all who were able to donate to War Child, and the 2451L that will go to the charity.

Check out Crap Mariner's Flickr Photostream to see the wonderful 40+ shots he took of the event, bless'im . . . and he "mobility impaired" as it were.  Thanks Crap!

Information will be up on the blog in the first week of November about the next StoryFest Event: The Dicken's Project.  Come back and check it out!  The Dickens Project will open December 14th, with its final day on December 27th.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

BOOFest! Sunday, October 21st

Over a dozen voices performing spookable tales of the season around the blazing fire at Bran NON-STOP at BOOFest! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bran/78/141/24

This year's BOOFest benefits War Child North America, and is produced in partnership between Stories Unlimited! and Branwen Arts

~~ 9:30am – Introduction & Welcome – Hosts Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower

~~ 9:45am –  REAPER MAN by Terry Pratchett
 A Selection from Terry Pratchett’s grim and delightful novel.  Death has been told he has lost his job, because he has been showing disturbing indications of individuality. The Auditors, who appear as grey floating faceless figures, have therefore appealed to Azrael himself to banish Death and allow a new Death to take his place, who will emerge after a period of … readjustment. Death then becomes subject to his own death, he is given a lifespan, in the form of a timer, to live out as he sees fit. He and his horse, Binky, must come to live as mortals in the world.  Presented by Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra.

~~ 11:00am: THE WATER GHOST OF HARROWBY HALL by John Kendricks Bang
A classic ghost story from the past which can still raise a smile at that perpetual battle between the sexes -  even from beyond the grave. Relax and listen to this short charming and unusual tale of one man’s attempts to relieve his family of the legacy of a watery annual visitor, and said visitor’s tenacity at not being dismissed.  Presented by Queen Bluestar.



~~ 11:30am: THE MONKEY’S PAW by W. W. Jacobs
Kayden Oconnell presented this bit of early 20th Century classic horror.  The story is based on the famous "setup" in which three wishes are granted. In the story, the paw of a dead monkey is a talisman that grants its possessor three wishes, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate.


~~ Noon: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE FREAKY IN 100 WORDS
The Prim Reaper Returns!  Always unpredictable and irreverent, no subject is too sacred, no cow too holy for Crap not to pull it out, examine it, and bang it on the table a few times before putting it back where he found it - albeit slightly crumpled.  Long ago, he swore an oath to write a 100 word story every day until the day he died. He's not dead yet.  And no, he NEVER has opinions! http://firstlife.isfullofcrap.com/  (photo of Crap as "The Prim Reaper" by Bear Silvershade)

~~ 12:30pm: NIGHTMARES with Hakeber Haber
Have you ever wondered what nightmares are made of? Listen to Hakeber Haber's tales of horror and find out. Don't worry, nightmares can't hurt you, right? Featuring three of her original works:  Nighty Night, Yes, Master and Memory of the Sun.






~~ 1:30pm: THE CASE OF LADY SANNOX by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In this tale, Conan Doyle pits the reputation and intelligence of a medical man, trained in clinical discourse and behavior, against his all-too-human failings: lust, greed, even curiosity (recalling the "curious cases" of the pre-clinical era).  The famed surgeon Douglas Stone flaunts his notorious affair with Lady Sannox, although his professional reputation begins to suffer. One night a mysterious Turk asks him to attend his wife, who has cut her lip on a poisoned dagger.  Presented by Corwyn Allen.

~~ 2:00pm: TALES with Lycanthia
Once you have heard one of Lycanthia Wolfhunter’s stories, you never quite forget it.  They are gruesome, sensual, and posses a righteous sense of justice that is delightfully unique.  Today she presents four original short stories: Zombies Can Scream, You Always Kill the One You Love, Get A Head, and Trick or Treat.





~~ 3:00pm: MICROFICTION with Brokali
It is a chance to reach inside your day, their day, and everyones night. The coldest, warmest, darkest night without the over use of adjectives and never an adverb.
The best part is when we paint with microfiction what we see is obvious and real. Let's splatter it across our hearts and then share more. And more. More.



~~ 3:45pm: UNWIND by Neil Shusterman
Selections presented by BigRedCoyote.  In a world where medical science made it possible to replace any part of the human body by transplanting the part from a donor.Healthy donors were those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen who society determines were expendable.  An unruly child would be retroactively aborted.  Of course the child's life does not technically end.  The child's parts would be used for transplants.  And the child would continue to "live" as part of another body.  The process of harvesting the parts was called Unwinding. This is the story of how one boy is Unwound.

~~ 4:15pm: GHOSTS ON A BUMBOAT with Singh Albatross
Singh presents a selection from his Singapore novel: When Ralph Drummond steps on a curbside Hungry Ghost Month offering he collapses into a coma. Will he survive the psychic battle when the Gates of Hell open? Can his wife Winnie and their new Singapore friends Alvin and Fay save him? What is the Water Clan and who is the Geomancer?





ALL Times SLT
ALL presentations are live in Voice Chat.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

BOOFest Preliminary Schedule

Oy!  What a challenge!  So many great people wanting to participate.  This schedule is preliminary, and subjectt o change and revision, as everything in life seems to be.  Check back on the day of the event for the most up-to-date posting.

BOOFest 2012 ~ Sunday, October 21st at Bran:  9:30am to 5:00pm SLT

~  9:30am:  Welcome and Selections from Terry Pratchett's Reaper Man with Host Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower

~  10:30am:  Shandon Loring

~  11:00am:  Queen Bluestar with an original story - The Water Ghost

~ 11:30am:  Kayden Oconnell

~ Noon: Crap Mariner with the Good, the Bad, and the Freaky in 100 Words.

~  12:30pm:  Habeker Haber with her own original spookiness: Nighty Night, Yes, Master, and Memory of the Sun
~  1:30pm:  Corwyn Allen with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Case of the Lady Sannox
~  2:00pm:  Lycanthia Woolfhunter with more orginal works of horror: Zombies Can Scream, You Always Kill the One You Love, Get A Head, and Trick or Treat

~  3:00pm:  Brokali with Spooky Flash Fiction

~  3:30pm:  Monday Jinx

~  4:00pm:  Big Red Coyote with Selections from Neal Shusterman's Unwound

~  4:30pm:  Singh Albatros with a Selection from his novel Ghosts On A Bumboat

All times SLT.  All Sessions will take place around the Fire at the Story Circle on Bran's terra level.  SLURL, And more information of Individual sessions will be posted here on Wednesday.

Donations received during BOOFest will benefit War Child North America

Sunday, September 2, 2012

CALL For Presenters for BOOFest 2012

Soon it will be time again to gather round the crackling fire as the air crisps with Autumn, and tell ghosty-ghouly tales.  We'll gather at Bran on October 21st for the 2nd Annual BOOfest.  The sim is planning on holding BOOStock the day before on Saturday, October 20th, so it will be a big weekend.

BOOFest will be held in a single day this year, like last Spring's StoryFest.  Submissions for story presentations will be accepted for 30 minute and 60 minute time slots and there will be a mid-day break.  Tentatively, stories will begin at 10am SLT and conclude at 5pm SLT, but that may be subject to change.  Story presentations must be live, not pre-recorded.  Those interested in Presenting should contact Caledonia Skytower or Dubhna Rhiadra in world via notecard (PLEASE!). 
Include the following information in your notecard:
  • The size time slot you need (30 or 60 minutes)
  • Your name. Whether you are performing solo or with others (please include their names),
  • The piece you intend to present if you know it (not required till we actually get to October). 
  • Time of day preference or any time constraints we need to consider when scheduling you.
As with StoryFest, there will be no stream available, and limited rezzing.  Just your voice in the dark . . . Mwwwwahahahahahahahaah!

Submissions to present will be accepted through the end of the Virtual Day on September 30th.

Tips from BOOFest will benefit War Child North America, and Branwen Arts.

BOOFest 2012 is excited to already include these storytellers:
  • Singh Albatros
  • Corwyn Allen
  • Dubhna Rhiadra
  • Monday Jinx
  • Lycanthia Wolfhunter
  • Queen Bluestar
  • BigRedCoyote
  • Caledonia Skytower
  • Kayden oConnell
  • Hakeber Haber
MORE applications coming in every day ... we are in for some GREAT stories this year!  Final list to be published aftert the DEADLINE OF SEPTEMBER 30TH

Saturday, August 18, 2012

THE BARD TIMES ARE ROLLING!


Crap Mariner IS "The Prim Reaper"!!!
Whew!  Who would have imagined that we'd actually have been on time and ahead of schedule!  BOTH DAYS!  Thanks to all of today's performers and thanks tot he great audience.  Over L$5800 in donation to War Child North America from our efforts during this great weekend!  Thanks one and all for the support and the fabulous time!  
Enjoy these photos of BARD courtesy of  BEAR SILVERSHADE
And here are some great shots by CRAP MARINER

BOOFest '12 is coming up soon!  Call for Presenters will post here on September 3rd and be available in world in notecard form from Stories Unlimited! and through Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra.  be sure and check back!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

BARD ON THE BEACH '12:Schedule

Saturday, August 18th – 3pm to 4:30pm:
·        Welcome and Intro: Caledonia Skytower
·        “If You’ve Ever Said”: Corwyn Allen
·        "Anatomy of a Murder or, the Macbeths at Home": Madame Thespian Underhill as “Lady MacBeth” & Joff Fassnacht as “MacBeth”
·        Sonnets! Sonnets! : Klannex Northmead
·         “As You Like It” - Act I, Scene 3: Dubhna Rhiadra, Lycanthia Wolfhunter, & BigRed Coyote
·        “The Tempest” – Prospero : Corwyn Allen
·        The Prim Reaper  Presents Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Crap Mariner
·        Ariel’s Song from “The Tempest” : Singh Albatros

Sunday, August 19th – Noon to 1:30pm:
·        Welcome and Intro: Caledonia Skytower
·        “The Tempest” – Caliban: Corwyn Allen
·        100W Shakespearean Stories “Keep It Brief” – Crap Mariner
·        Portia and Her Suitors from “The Merchant of Venice: Derry MacMahon & Bear Silvershade
·        “A Shakespearean Romance”: Sonnet and Story: Ludo Merit
·        “Twelfth Night” Viola & Feste the Clown from Act II, Scene 1: Caledonia Skytower & Crap Mariner
·        More Sonnets!  More Sonnets!: Klannex Northmead
·        “Richard III” Act I, Scene 2: Caledonia Skytower & Corwyn Allen

All times SLT and everything subject to change.
The Festival takes place, once more, on the scenic sands of Mango in the Fruit Islands
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mango/87/136/23

Tips from this year's BARD will benefit War Child North America
War Child strives to empower children and young people to flourish within their communities and overcome the challenges of living with, and recovering from, conflict. To achieve this, War Child works collaboratively with those communities to increase access to education, overcome the obstacles of poverty and create a protective environment for the rights of children and youth.  The ultimate goal of War Child is that someday we will live in a world where no child knows war. 

There is no obligation to tip at BARD.  It is offered freely to the SL Community.  All tips received will be forwarded to War Child through the West Of Ireland in SL, which collects and forwards donations to the charity monthly. Donations go directly to the charity, and none are used to pay overhead or other expenses. Ninety cents of every donated dollar received by War Child goes directly to programs.

THE PLAYERS

Alpha by First Name ...

BIGRED COYOTE:  High School Teacher, Sage, Apprentice Bard.  He brings a great passion for stories to his presence on the SL grid.








CALEDONIA SKYTOWER loves language, music, and stories of all kinds, regardless of their source: theatre, poetry, literature, traditional telling. Story Staff of the Seanchai Library, Manager/Producer of Stories Unlimited Subscriber Group and StoryFest Event Group, Landscaper, Builder, "Artist."




CORWYN ALLEN is a poet and actor. He is a member of the Avatar Repertory Theater troupe and the host of Poetry on the Halfshell, an open mic for poets, Thursdays at 4pm SLT.
CRAP MARINER - Always unpredictable and irreverent, no subject is too sacred, no cow too holy for Crap not to pull it out, examine it, and bang it on the table a few times before putting it back where he found it - albeit slightly crumpled.  Long ago, he swore an oath to write a 100 word story every day until the day he died. He's not dead yet.  And no, he NEVER has opinions! http://firstlife.isfullofcrap.com/


DERRY MCMAHON & BEAR SILVERSHADE bring good literature to life at the Seanchai Library.  They present a wide range of stories from the classics to chick lit; including science fiction, fantasy and food stories.  Watch for their gallery shows, as they are quite addicted to SL Photography.


DUBHNA RHIADRA Doov-na (It's Irish).  Where else but in SL can a Blackfoot elven celt find a home?  I'm a wild woman of the woods, a storyteller, a dancer,or a pixie who'll drop twigs in your hair and run away giggling. Both of these are me: Elf and Pixie: you may see me as either.  Founder and co-director of Independent Ballet Company.




JOFF FASSNACHT is a well established presence in the Virtual Theatre Scene, having performed with the former SL Shakespeare Company, and Coventry University.  Joff is a company member of the Avatar Repertory Theater, and may be most recently remembered for his performance in the title role of ART’s Oedipus Rex, and as “Humpty Dumpty” in Through the Looking Glass. For more on Joff, visit his Actor Bio page at the ART Website:  http://www.avatarrepertorytheater.org/
LUDO MERIT came to Second Life to develop a role playing game, but she keeps getting distracted by things like Shakespeare, acting, philosophy, spirituality, psychology, other roleplay, and all sorts of fun. She is a JOAT, Jill Of All Trades, master of fun.







LYCANTHIA WOLFHUNTER Writer, guerrilla  poet, creator, folklorist, storyteller, mythographer  and eternal student.










MADAME THESPIAN UNDERHILL (a charter member of SL since 2002) has been working in virtual theater since 2008, beginning with the SL Shakespeare Company in HAMLET and TWELFTH NIGHT.  Since 2009 she has been a member of the Avatar Repertory Theater Company performing and/or directing in THE TEMPEST, SHAKESPEARE AT THE PAVILION, 13 OBJECTS, OEDIPUS REX, THE VIRTUAL SHORT PLAY BUFFET, ALICE IN WONDERSLAND, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS,  and many Friday Night A.R.T. Plays Around pieces.  Also with A.R.T. she was involved in virtual theater demos for the 2010 SLCC Convention, the Virtual World Best Practices in Education 2010 event and two different years for the SLBirthday events.
 
SL Machinimas includeToxic Menges' "Little Red Riding Hood" and Phaylen Fairchild's "DIVAS" series (season II, episode 4) as the voice of Onyxia.

KLANNEX NORTHMEAD.  Pirate Neko Poet against Bad Things.  http://www.piratenekopoet.com/

SINGH ALBATROS (Chris Mooney-Singh’s) recent poetry collection: ‘The Bearded Chameleon’ (2011) explores cultural adoption as a convert to Sikhism. ‘The Laughing Buddha Cab Company’ (2007) looks at Asia through a series of taxi rides. His fiction has appeared in ‘The Best of South-East Asian Erotica’, ‘The Best of Singapore Erotica’, ‘Love and Lust in Singapore’ and ‘Crime Search: Singapore’. Two short plays were produced for the Singapore Short and Sweet festival in 2008 and 2009. He is presently a post-graduate research scholar at Monash University, Melbourne. He has been in world as Singh Albatros for nearly 3 years and since then a part of the literary scene here. He recites and sings his poetry and has just completed a ‘psychic realist’ novel set in Singapore.