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.
The lobby of the Byrd. They used to have a fish pond where the popcorn maker now stands.
In the basement, just outside of the Pond Room. The kids loved it.
Marquee lettering. So awesome!
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!
This Saturday, December 1st, I will be at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg, Virginia for their annual Writer’s Fest. I am very excited to be doing a workshop similar to the one I did with the Richmond Young Writers summer program. Here is a teaser of what will be happening:
That’s right! Turning every one of them into Cthulhu heads! Nah. This is a photo of my daughter that I use on the title slide of my workshop called “Look out! Behind you! Creepy places & creature creations”. It should a great time, we’ll even be touring the old building, which before it became a school, was used as a morgue during the influenza outbreak in 1918! Amazing material!
The whole day is packed with writer’s and poet’s, as well as some bonus fun with a book and bake sale. Open to the public and runs from 10AM – 7PM!
I’ll be doing a workshop with some high school students as part of their annual Writer’s Event. Saturday, December 1st at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg.
Body of Evidence
An upcoming book art project with artist Chuck Scalin, Tom DeHaven and other authors. Event will be Wednesday, December 5th at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond.
Plus Richmond Macabre II should be coming out soon!
More on these as they develop!