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Footlight Confidential with Lauren Weyland – May 19

lauren posterFor the month of May, Footlight Confidential is proud to announce that our guest is the incomparable Lauren Weyland. Lauren performs the stand-up live comedy routine LaurenLive, in which she talks about the peculiarities and quirks of living in SecondLife and FirstLife!

About Lauren Weyland

Lauren was born on Sandbox Island on October 1, 2006 into a relatively modest family. Poorly educated and half naked she was turned out into the world, unable to learn the craft of building or scripting, Lauren instead made watercress sandwiches for those that could build and entertained them with her jokes. Since then she has moved on and performed at dozens of Clubs, Corporate Events, and enumerable  Benefits, written and performed in Theater Plays, and  maintains a regular show night at her club “Lauren’s Place” on Cookie Island.

Lauren has one child Lula. In a quirk of SecondLlife she lives in the sim Old Wives although she has never been married. When not working on comedy Lauren can be found landscaping at her home, making a gourmet meal or just kicking back on her dock reading a good novel. She is also writing an autobiography called, “Beneath The Skin: Second Life Exposed” and ” Laughter – The orgasm you don’t have to worry about if your partner is  finished.”

You can catch Lauren’s performance Tuesdays at 5 pm PT at in Second Life (slurl) or watch it on live stream.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Footlight Confidential

 

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February Events at Bookstacks

Snow! Blizzards! Mother Nature is doing her best to encourage us to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book. Or to head into Second Life for a book discussion. I hope you can join us for these Bookstacks’ events.

Note: If you are interested in holding a book-related event at Bookstacks, please contact Kghia Gherardi.

February 17, Noon
Footlight Confidential: Oscar Month – Join Dilana Llewellyn for interviews, readings and lively discussions on all things performance; both SL & RL.

February 19, 5 pm
Reader’s Block - February’s topic: Second Chances – Was there a book you didn’t like [because you were forced to read it in school, for example] but you read it again and decided it was great?

February 20, 4 pm
Book Discussion: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Part of the Caledon Library series, Magic, Monsters and Other Worlds: The Fantastic in Victorian Literature, JJ Drinkwater and Kghia Gherardi will look at the monsters as seen from a Victorian perspective. (Note: this discussion is held at the Caledon Library)

Saturdays, 2 pm
Science Fiction Saturdays - Hosted by Simeon Beresford and Neb, this weekly gathering of Science Fiction and Fantasy lovers cover everything from their current reads to the classics of the genre and anything in between.

Sundays, 3 pm
Poetry Libre Open Mic - Serene Bechir and Leonardo Zimring bring together some of the greatest poets on the grid to share original works and favorites, often with an international flavor.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in book discussion, events

 

Upcoming Book Discussions in January

Dracula CoverBookstacks is hopping – or at least reading – in the new year. We have some great discussions lined up this January! The events are held at the Bookstacks Pub in Second Life, unless otherwise noted. Times are Pacific Standard.

Saturdays, 2 pm
Science Fiction Saturdays – Hosted by Simeon Beresford and Neb, this weekly gathering of Science Fiction and Fantasy lovers cover everything from their current reads to the classics of the genre and anything in between.

Sundays, 3 pm
Poetry Libre Open Mic – Serene Bechir and Leonardo Zimring bring together some of the greatest poets on the grid to share original works and favorites, often with an international flavor.

January 16, 4 pm
Book Discussion: Dracula by Bram Stoker – Part of the Caledon Library series, Magic, Monsters and Other Worlds: The Fantastic in Victorian Literature, JJ Drinkwater and Kghia Gherardi will look at the monsters as seen from a Victorian perspective. (Note: this discussion is held at the Caledon Library)

January 22, 5 pm
Reader’s Block – January’s topic: I Liked the Book Better. Lludmila Mirrikh is changing from her cozy mystery discussions to a more general book topics, all in an effort to figure out what to read next.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in book discussion

 

March Cozy Mystery Discussion

Join Lludmila Mirrikh at the Pub in Awen for a discussion of A Small Death In the Great Glen by A D Scott scheduled for Monday, March 26 at 11am PST and Tues. March 27 at 5pm PST.

In the Highlands of 1950s Scotland, a boy is found dead in a canal lock. Two members of the local newspaper staff set out to investigate the crime. Together, these very different Scots harbor deep and troubling secrets underneath their polished and respectable veneers.

Put on your best tartan plaidy! We’re goin’ to bonny Scotland – och aye the noo!

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in book discussion, Cozy Mysteries

 

Cozy Mystery Discussion: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Join Lludmila Mirrikh Monday, February 20 at 11 am PST or Tuesday, February 21 at 5 pm PST for a discussion of the southern mystery novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin.

There was never any proof that Scary Larry killed that young woman – her body was never found – but now another young woman has gone missing. The only person who seems to give Larry the benefit of the doubt is the town constable, but he won’t say why.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in book discussion, Cozy Mysteries

 

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Interview with fantasy author Teresa Edgerton

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Head shotShow Notes

Author Website | Amazon Author Pages: US / UK
This show’s music: “Polwart on the Green ” by Musica Pacifica on the album Dancing in the Isles available on Magnatune.com

We begin the interview discussing Teresa’s early influences – The Wizard of Oz and The Lord of the Rings – and the way they helped her define the type of books she wanted to write.

Teresa’s characterizes most of her books as alchemical fairy tales, starting with her first Celydonn book.  She reveals she doesn’t use the internet for research; instead she focus on books that explore the daily life in earlier times, research that gives life to the details. To add further realism to her works, she call on her husband and friends who are historical re-enactors.

While Teresa’s books are character-driven, the world building aspect is very important. She wants readers to feel as if they can breath the air of the worlds she creates. While many or her books depict an 18th century type of society, she leans heavily on a 19th century style of writing. Her works recall authors such as Rafael Sabatini, Russell Thorndike, Charles Dickens, Georgette Heyer, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Teresa is re-releasing her earlier works, both in print and in ebook formats. Her first re-release is Goblin Moon, a proto-steampunk novel or fantasy of manners. Teresa’s books are also available under the pseudonym Madeline Howard. The series written under this name — The Rune of Unmaking — are darker, reflecting many of the changes the author has gone through in her life. She is working on the third book in the trilogy. This series revisits the world of Goblin Moon, but centuries separate the series, allowing Teresa to explore evolutions of mythology.

Re-release coverIn addition to working on her own books, Teresa shares advice with new writers on the SFF Chronicle website. She highly recommends all writers read a lot and read broadly. Also, any problem can probably be solved by looking back at what you’ve already written.

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Following the interview with Teresa, Kghia and Simeon reflect on some of their past interviews. Kghia’s favorite interviews include Barbara Hambly, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Seanan Mcquire. From previous seasons, Kghia has enjoyed interviewing some of her favorite authors including Gail Carriger, Marjorie M. Liu, and Vicki Pettersson. For Simeon, interviews with Donna Fletcher Crow, Nancy Holzner, Barbara Hambly, and Peter May stand out.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Bookstacks News, off the shelf

 

Books Discussion: Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards!

Join Lludmila Mirrikh at The Pub in Awen to discuss the first of the Sam Vimes fantasy/adventure/mysteries by Terry Pratchett: Guards! Guards! 

  • Monday, January 23 at 11am PST
  • Tuesday, January 24 at 5 pm PST

This story is nothing but pure fun. How would your average police handle a gigantic, flying serial arsonist? Pratchett riffs on many aspects of the mystery genre (the detective forbidden to pursue his inquiries, the rookie) as well as fantasy (What do dragons eat? Virgins, of course!) and it’s a million-to-one chance you’ll love it, but you just might.

It’s the beginning of a series that will only get better.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in book discussion, book groups, Bookstacks News

 
 
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