League of Space Pirates

So I must consider Noah Scalin a pretty damn awesome and consistent creative partner. He has done a book cover for us, I have worked with his father, and I continually collaborate with him.  This time it is with his League of Space Pirates project.  They have an album out, we have several local authors that incorporated each song into a short story.  You can see it here.  (my story is “Loy on the Shore“.) And a wonderful thing that will be happening at Hardywood Brewery is a event based on the pre-sale book release on Friday, October 21st. Not only will there be readings, but the Pirates will play as well as my band Get in the Car!  Fun!

 

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The Memorial Library of Kenton J. Stanfield

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Curators Thea Duskin and Noah Scalin are pleased to present a recreation of the study of Kenton J. Stanfield (1890 – 1937?) displaying unusual artifacts from his collection, as well as the enigmatic state it was in at the time of his disappearance.

Curators Thea Duskin and Noah Scalin are pleased to present a recreation of the study of Kenton J. Stanfield (1890 – 1937?) displaying unusual artifacts from his collection, as well as the enigmatic state it was in at the time of his disappearance.

An opening reception will be held Friday, February 13 from 5:30-7:30pm.

While mostly forgotten today, the native Richmonder was known in his lifetime as an intrepid world traveler, an expert in gemology, and writer of some renown. After his unexplained disappearance in March of 1937 Stanfield’s home (at 5317 Marshall Street) was preserved intact until its destruction in the 1980s. Luckily the contents were saved by the son of a former student of Stanfield, who recently provided them to Duskin & Scalin. Thanks to the work of researchers Phil Ford & Alane Miles, the curators have managed to produce an accurate representation of what Stanfield’s study looked like at the time of his disappearance.

The exhibition, “The Memorial Library of Kenton J. Stanfield” will be on display on the second floor of Chop Suey Books from February 13 – March 31.

Art Installation project at Chop Suey Books

LettersRecently, my friend Noah Scalin asked if I would like to write some back story to a mysterious art installation he and Ghostprint Gallery‘s Thea Duskin were going to be working on in February. Without giving too much away, the installation will run about 6 weeks in the exhibit room at Chop Suey Books. My writing partner, Alane Cameron Miles, and I have had a wonderful time creating the content for this project, writing a series of letters, notes and news articles in order to bring the character featured in the installation to life. This may also lead to the possibility of some sort of publication with Noah & company.

Be on the lookout at Chop Suey in mid February for the opening. It should run through April.

New projects in the works

Several things to do!

 

First, a top secret sci-fi project with Skull-A-Day and friend Noah Scalin.  Expected to come to fruition by the end of the year.

Also, I have been co-writing lately with another good friend, Alane Miles. We have produced a zine called “The Atheist and her Spiritual Advisor”, a kind of series of dialogs that has already peaked interests in other media outlets and may lead to even bigger and better things. Fingers crossed!

Richmond Young Writers Summer Workshop

We had a teriffic time.  A group of ingeniously creative kids, Julie Geen, and myself talked about environment, and how environment can and should be treated just as a character in your horror story.  A perfect recent example is Lemony Snicket’s new childrens book called The Dark. Delightfuly illustrated by Jon Klassen of “I want my Hat back” fame.  I wrote a review here.

We took a trip to the Byrd Theatre like last year.  It was a lot of fun to see the faces light up with wonder when we went to the spooky basement to see the cold spring that was dug up when first under construction in the 1920s.  They housed it in a room called the “Pond Room” and has stayed there ever since.  That water is usually 3-4 feet deep at any given time, and is cold at around 52 degrees.  Our tour guide was the equally historic projectionist, Bill, who not only gave us great information on the Theatre but of some of the colorful employees as well, including one employee that dared to swim in the cold pond.  Fantasic story fodder for the workshop!

I also came up with a thought the other day and maybe it will help others that may feel they have a lot going on in their creative lives.  At times, I feel like my creative ideas are like buckshot from a shotgun.  I need tofocus my energy on one thing at a time and become an assassin of one project at a time.

Okay, photos!

The lobby of the Byrd.  They used to have a fish pond where the popcorn maker now stands.

The lobby of the Byrd. They used to have a fish pond where the popcorn maker now stands.

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In the basement, just outside of the Pond Room. The kids loved it.

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Marquee lettering. So awesome!

Richmond Young Writers Summer Workshops

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Richmond Young Writers are a great group of people.  They offer writing sessions nearly all year round to young aspiring writers ages 8-17.  A creative bunch, not only the instructors, but the kids that show up as well.  I was lucky last year to be able to be a guest writer with my pal, Julie Geen, for their Summer Sessions and I have been asked back this year!  So, if you have a kid 11-13 interested in getting their creep on, sign up for this one!  (June 17-21, 10am – 1pm) There is also a great variety of other themes with other guest folk like Meg Medina, Lana Krumwiede, Hershel Stratego, and Dennis Danvers.  Good stuff.

Check out the website, and sign them up!

Also, Beth Brown and I are being interviewed about Richmond Macabre 2 on the WRIR 97.3 local media news program, Open Source.  The air date will be announced soon!

WRIR 8th Birthday Party

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Friday, Feburary 1st (this Friday!), I will be MC-ing the annual Radio for the Rest of Us Birthday bash at the Renessance Ballroom 107 W. Broad Street.  More info here.  Lots of great bands and performances..and cake!  A 10 dollar suggested donation to one of the country’s best non-profit low-power FM radio stations, 97.3 WRIR.  Support independent media, support independent radio!