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Thursday, December 26, 2013

LAST DAYS of this year's DICKENS PROJECT - December 26th & 27th

Thanks to everyone who has helped to make this year's Project a great, and fun experience!

God Bless you, everyone!



Thursday, December 26th at 1:00pm ~ Short Stories & Selections with Caledonia

All sessions are presented Live, in Voice.  All times are SLT.
 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cookie/64/36/32  

Don't forget to check out the "Christmas Past" skybox section!  The teleport is to the left as you enter Dickens Square, over by the "Christmas Past" Illustrations and the Muffin cart - look for the Red Teleport Disc on the cobblestones in front of the banner.

THE DICKENS PROJECT's last day for this year is tomorrow: Friday, December 27th.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

CHRISTMAS WEEK at The Dickens Project!


We roll into our final week of this year's Dickens celebration with stories both familiar, and less so . . .

 Sunday, December 22nd

Freda Frostbite graces THE DICKENS PROJECT stage with selections from "Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy".  It was among several collaborative works published in ALL THE YEAR ROUND, a Victorian weekly literary periodical founded and owned by Charles Dickens. "Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy" appeared in the Extra Christmas Number (1 December 1864[13]) and was a collaboration with Charles Allston Collins, Rosa Mulholland, Henry Spicer, Amelia Edwards, & Hesba Stretton.
 Presented live in voice. 



 Monday, December 23rd, &Tuesday, December 24th

  • 4pm Both Days - A Christmas Carol in Two Parts
"'It's Christmas Day!' said Scrooge to himself. 'I haven't missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can. Of course they can. Hallo..."

So, you missed hearing the timeless words of Charles Dickens' story of transformation and redemption during "By-the-Stave" week?  No worries!  Caledonia Skytower shares her personal holiday tradition of performing the entire text, unedited, in the days immediately before Christmas.  Presented in two approximately 90 minute parts (because Cale's voice won't last for 3+ hours)
 



All sessions are presented Live, in Voice.  All times are SLT.
 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cookie/64/36/32  



Don't forget to check out the "Christmas Past" skybox section!  The teleport is to the left as you enter Dickens Square, over by the "Christmas Past" Illustrations and the Muffin cart - look for the Red Teleport Disc on the cobblestones in front of the banner. Open now for your exploration, and maaayybe there'll even be a reading there.  Stay tuned!





 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"BY THE STAVE WEEK" CONCLUDES - Plus an Important Announcement

We've enjoyed some wonderful performances this week, thanks to all!  

Klannex Northmead
Kayden Oconnell
Dubhna Rhiadra

Corwyn Allen








 
Ixmal Supermarine


Still to come . . .




Thursday, December 19th 
  •  Stave Four ~ "The Last of the Spirits" at 1pm with Dubhna Rhiadra & 5pm with Corwyn Allen
  • 9pm - Dickens Late Night - Caledonia Skytower and Finn Zeddmore in Dickens Square

 Friday, December 20th 
  • Stave Five  ~ "The End of It" (actually a bit of Stave Four + Five) at 1pm with Ixmal Supermarine & 5pm with Caledonia Skytower in Dickens Square 
  •  9pm - Dickens Late Night - Caledonia Skytower & Kayden Oconnell 


 Sunday, December 22nd
  • Noon - Other Works of Dickens: Selections from Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy with Freda Frostbite
    in Dickens Square 
All sessions are presented Live, in Voice.  All times are SLT.
 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cookie/64/36/32  

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
It is will sincere apologies that we announce that the planned "Walk Through" Sections of this year's  Dickens Project will not all be opening as planned.  The sections were all begun, but RL circumstances and internet challenges (plus prims) have conspired against completing these areas to our standards, and realizing this goal has ceased to be realistic.

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening the "Christmas Past" area today (12-19) and it will be available for exploration through the balance of this year's Project.  We hope to schedule an impromptu reading of Stave Two with guests invited to explore while the reading is in progress to experience the "Greater Vision" of The Dickens Project.

Look for the teleport station near the "Christmas Past" Illustration slide show.

Thank you all for your support, and a Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

THIS WEEK at The Dickens Project . . . more, more, more!

All sessions are presented Live, in Voice.  All times are SLT.
 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cookie/64/36/32

Monday, December 16th 
  • Stave One ~ "Marley's Ghost" at 1pm Dubhna Rhiadra & 5pm with Kayden Oconnell in Dickens Square

Tuesday, December 17th
  •  Stave Two ~ "The First of Three Spirits" at 1pm with Corwyn Allen & 6pm with Caledonia Skytower

Wednesday, December 18th 
  • Stave Three ~ "The Second of Three Spirits" at 2pm with Ixmal Supermarine & 6pm with Kayden Oconnell
 Thursday, December 19th 
  •  Stave Four ~ "The Last of the Spirits" at 1pm with Dubhna Rhiadra & 5pm with Corwyn Allen
  • 9pm - Dickens Late Night - Caledonia Skytower, Shandon Loring and Finn Zeddmore in Dickens Square
Friday, December 20th 
  • Stave Five  ~ "The End of It" (actually a bit of Stave Four + Five) at 1pm with Ixmal Supermarine & 5pm with Caledonia Skytower in Dickens Square
  • 9pm - Dickens Late Night - Caledonia Skytower & Kayden Oconnell in Dickens Square



The Dickens Project iSL 2013 is offered freely to Second Life Residents, with tips accepted to benefit War Child North America   ~ working towards a day when no child will know war.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

THE DICKENS PROJECT IS BACK! ~ December 13th through 26th

It was just a year ago that we tried out something new in celebration of the the Dickens Bicentennial of his birth.  We thought "there are celebrations all over the real world, why not in the virtual world as well?"  That was how The Dickens Project iSL was born. 

After two weeks, thousands of visitors and nearly thirty hours of live voice programming from the author's works, we decided it was too good an idea for just one year.  So we are trying it again!  Thanks to the generosity of Thinkerer Melville, this year's Dickens Project has found a home on Cookie, and will feature the next steps in the "big dream" of a totally immersive environment for the enjoyment of live readings from the vast Dickens canon of works.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cookie/64/36/32

In less than a week, the first presentation will mark the opening of this year's celebrations.  To whet you appetite, here is the preliminary schedule.  Check back often for updates as we countdown to opening day, as the schedule will be subject to change, even once the the Project starts.   All times SLT.


 


Friday, December 13th - Opening Day
  • Noon - Dickens' Christmas Short Stories - Caledonia Skytower in Dickens Square
  • 5pm - A Christmas Carol (an adaptation by Ada Radius) - Avatar Repertory Theater in Dickens Square
Sunday, December 15th
  • Noon - Other Works of Dickens: Chapter Ten from Little Dorrit "Containing the Whole Science of Government" with Klannex Northmead in Dickens Square

Monday, December 16th 
  • Stave One ~ "Marley's Ghost" at 1pm Dubhna Rhiadra & 5pm with Kayden Oconnell in Dickens Square

Tuesday, December 17th
  •  Stave Two ~ "The First of Three Spirits" at 1pm with Corwyn Allen & 6pm with Caledonia Skytower

Wednesday, December 18th
  • Stave Three ~ "The Second of Three Spirits" at 2pm with Ixmal Supermarine & 6pm with Kayden Oconnell
     
Thursday, December 19th 
  •  Stave Four ~ "The Last of the Spirits" at 1pm with Dubhna Rhiadra & 5pm with Corwyn Allen
  • 9pm - Dickens Late Night - Caledonia Skytower, Shandon Loring and Finn Zeddmore in Dickens Square
Friday, December 20th 
  • Stave Five  ~ "The End of It" (actually a bit of Stave Four + Five) at 1pm with Ixmal Supermarine & 5pm with Caledonia Skytower in Dickens Square
  • 9pm - Dickens Late Night - Caledonia Skytower & Kayden Oconnell in Dickens Square

 Sunday, December 22nd
  • Noon - Other Works of Dickens: Selections from Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy with Freda Frostbite
    in Dickens Square
 
Monday, December 23rd
  • 4pm - A Christmas Carol (Part 1) - Caledonia Skytower (possible repeat at 9pm)

Tuesday, December 24th
  • 4pm - A Christmas Carol (Part 2) - Caledonia Skytower 

Thursday, December 26th
  • Times & Titles to be Announced -  Other Works of Dickens 

Friday, December 27th - Closes 

The Dickens Project iSL 2013 is offered freely to Second Life Residents, with tips accepted to benefit War Child North America   ~ working towards a day when no child will know war.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

ANOTHER GREAT FESTIVAL

BOOFest 13 was another terrific time with terrific stories.  Tnanks to all who shared their time, talents and appreciation with us at Bran.  AND we raised L$2800 for War Child North America.

Here's some snaps the the day courtesy of becca draele, Dubhna Rhiadra, and Caledonia Skytower:


Lycanthia Wolfhunter
Bhelanna Blaze
Kayden Oconnell
Dubhna Rhiadra
Corwyn Allen
Crap Mariner
Freda Frostbite



Saturday, October 26, 2013

BOOFest 2013 - Sunday, October 27th beginning at 10am SLT

More fun, more stories!  Make yourself a warm cuppa, and put on your comfiest sweater to join us around the blazing autumn fire for eight hours of great stories ...

10AM - ASIAN GHOST STORIES with Lycanthia Wolfhunter
Always macabre and challenging, Lyca brings dry British humor, wit, and the questing mind of an eternal student to all her stories.  Her speciality?  Tales of horror with a righteous sense of justice. See what Lyca has for us this time?






11AM - BHELANNA BLAZE
Bhelanna is a Playwright, fiction writer, Voice Actor, Director, Dramturge, and founder of the Founder of Cold Shot Play Readers and Cold Shot Flash & Dash for Writers.  Additionally, she is author of "A State of Affairs and Imaginings", available as a Kindle eBook, on Amazon.com.  http://preview.tinyurl.com/lmrmqpl
Today she shares two stories: SUNBIRD By Neil Gaiman, and THE WITCH DOOR by Ray Bradbury.



11:30AM - CLASSIC TALES with Kayden Oconnell
Dubbed by Crap Mariner as "The Voice" this talented Actor, Director, and Writer shares two classic stories of suspense: Nathaniel Hawthorne's THE MINISTERS BLACK VEIL, and Edith Nesbit's JOHN CHARRINGTON'S WEDDING.





  
NOON - Mavromichali Szondi (Unconfirmed)

12:30PM - HALLOW'S EVE: A HALLOWEEN FAIRY TALE with Dubhna Rhiadra
Dubhna shares this wonderful tale by author Sarah Diemer. Laluna is a reluctant witch.  Her dream is to open a cupcakery, but her beloved grandmother has just willed her the family magic shop, and she’s determined to do her proud.  On her very first day in charge, the young witch’s generous nature leads her to make a big mistake, and setting it right may cost her everything.



1:30PM - TALES OF LORD DUNSANY with Corwyn Allen
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (24 July 1878 – 25 October 1957) was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes many hundreds of published short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays. Corwyn shares selections from his works in the spirit of the season.



2:30PM - SPOOKINESS, 100W AT A TIME  with Crap Mariner
If we've said it once, we've said it whole bunches of times, and we REALLY mean it!  Long ago, he swore an oath to write a 100 word story every day until the day he died. He's not dead yet.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.  He's a man with a mission!
http://oneadayuntilthedayidie.com/  



3:00PM - ORIGINAL SPOOKY STORIES with Fred Frostbite
Freda (aka Stephanie Mesler) will be performing, THIS ONES FOR THE GIPPER  a new spooky story and A DIVA SCORNED which premiered at the very first BooFest.  Maybe a Halloween poem or two if there is time.Check out her fresh new website at http://www.apoetsprogress.com





4:00PM - HER OWN WORDS with Caledonia Skytower
Caledonia (aka Author Judith Cullen) presents her own words, but actually, that is the title of her most recent short story as well.  Have you ever been haunted by your own words after the fact?  What if you were haunted by them, literally?  HER OWN WORDS was written as a haunting tale for several online ghost story contests this month, one of which is reader voted!  Click Here for more about that and to visit her site.



4:30PM - THE TELL TALE HEART with Caledonia Skytower & MadameThespian Underhill
We wrap up our day of spookable story-ness with a classic from the Master of Macabre himself!  For what would October be without something from Edgar Allan Poe?  These ladies add an unsettling twist to the tale, whose original narrative voice is a man - are they mad?  You be the judge.












http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bran/78/141/24

All presentations live in voice.  BOOFest is free to all SL residents.  Donations accepted to benefit War Child North America  





Sunday, October 20, 2013

COUNT DOWN: It's Coming! It's Coming in One Week!!!!!

Stranger Nightfire gracing the very first BOOFest
Here's the preliminary line up of performers  and stories for this year's festival. Times and stories subject to change. All times SLT:

10am - Lycanthia Wolfhunter, Asian Ghost Stories

11am - Bhelanna Blaze - TBA


11:30am - Kayden Oconnell selections from "All Hallows Eve"

12:00pm - Mavromichali Szondi, J├Ągermeister

12:30pm - Dubhna Rhiadra "Hallows Eve" by Sarah Diemer

1:30pm - Corwyn Allen selections from the Ghost Stories of Lord Dunsany

 2:30pm - Crap Mariner with Spooky 100w Stories

 3:00pm -  Freda Frostbite with a new original story "This Ones for the Gipper"

 4:00pm - Caledonia Skytower with a new original story "Her Own Words"

4:30pm - MadamThespian Underhill, Ada Radius, & Caledonia Skytower with Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart"

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bran/78/141/24

All presnetations live in voice.  BOOFest is free to all SL residents.  Donations accepted to benefit War Child North America 


AND THAT'S NOT ALL! . . . Saturday, October 26th Branwen Arts is hosting their Second Annual BOOStock.

Bran Estate welcomes Boofest with an evening of music and fun by some of SL's best live musicians and DJs. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bran/251/246/3022

All times SLT:

12 noon ~ DJ Dub playing unusual tunes in a chilling set designed by Fae Varriale.

1pm ~ Deceptions Digital playing her own original compositions of electronic music:  a mix of dubstep, minimal house, trance and ambient.

2 pm ~ Juchu aka Echo Starship.  Echo Starship plays live improvisational music with ambient, experimental and electronic elements using synths, guitar and loops inspired by Brian Eno, bvdub, Tangerine Dream etc...

3pm  ~ The Killer Waffles: Tiny tribute band playing all your fave Alice Cooper, The Dead and other tunes. Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid! 


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

JUST UNDER A WEEK TO GO! Submission Deadline October 14th!

There are some great stories and storytellers already lined up for this year's event! (not listed in any particular order)

Crap Mariner with Spooky 100w Stories
Freda Frostbite with a new original story This Ones for the Gipper
Bhelanna Blaze and Roberic Unplugged
Corwyn Allen
Lycanthia Wolfhunter, Asian Ghost Stories

Mavromichali Szondi, J├Ągermeister
Caledonia Skytower with a new original story Her Own Words

The deadline for submissions to present for this years BOOFest is the end of the virtual day, Monday, October 14th. See the Call to Performers post for details and send your submissions by notecard to Caledonia Skytower.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

TIME TO GET YOUR SPOOK ON!

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 27th for the 3rd Annual BOOfest.  The region is once again planning on holding BOOStock the day before on Saturday, October 26th, so it will be a big weekend. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bran/78/141/24

CALL FOR PERFORMERS:
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 October 14th.

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

Saturday, September 14, 2013

BARD 2013 In Pictures!

Thanks to Everyone who came and performed, and to all the great audience members who clapped and enjoyed!  Huzzah!

Thank You Crap Mariner for the photos! 
 Thanks to Crap and the Citizens of Nowhereville for letting us part out Weenie Wagon on your beach for a summer's day of Shakespearean merriment!