Sunday, September 30, 2012

MONDAY, October 1 at 7:00pm: "A Night In The Lonesome October" Part 1

All manner of participants, both human and undead, are gathering from Soho to Whitehall with their ancient tools and their animal familiars, in preparation of the dread night when black magic will summon the Elder Gods back to the world. Some have come to open the gates...and some to close them.

Written in a series of 32 short chapters: one for each day for the foreboding month of October. Boldly original and wildly entertaining, “A Night in the Lonesome October” is a darkly sparkling gem - an amalgam of horror, humor, mystery and fantasy that is exactly what one would expect from the bizarre and brilliant imagination of award-winning author Roger Zelazny.

Explore the many works of author, Roger Zelazy!

Join Shandon Loring, Gyro Muggins, Caledonia Skytower and guests as they begin the journey, live in Voice.  Part 1 of 4.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

SUNDAY, September 30th at 2:00pm: TEA TIME at Baker Street!

More adventures with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Master Detective, Sherlock Holmes. THIS WEEK: "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor." Grab a cuppa and a smackerel of something and join Caledonia in the lower level of the library for mystery and intrigue!

The story entails the bride of the fictional Lord Robert St. Simon disappearing on the day of their marriage. She attends (and participates in) the wedding, but disappears from the reception.
The events of the wedding day are most perplexing to Lord Robert as it seemed to him that his bride, Miss Hatty Doran of San Francisco, was full of enthusiasm about their impending marriage. St. Simon tells Holmes that he noticed a change in the young lady's mood just after the wedding ceremony. She was uncharacteristically sharp with him. The only obvious happening at the church where the wedding took place that was out of the ordinary was Hatty's little accident: she dropped her wedding bouquet and a gentleman in the front pew picked it up and handed it back to her.  Is the case as "elementary" as Holmes suggests?
Presented Live in Voice.

SUNDAY 30 Sept at 11:30 a.m.: Tales with the Tinies with Bear and Derry


Join us for tales at the Haunted Library in Raglan Shire.  Bear bring "The Ghost Story" by Mark Twain. Derry offers a story for all the ceiling cats: "The Little White Cat". Then Bear will preview Shocktober month with some more spooky tales!  Biggies and tinies are welcome!   Come wander thru the haunted house...OooOOoOOo!!

This Week at Seanchai Library: Sept. 30 to Oct. 7

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."

Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time on Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, October 1 at 7 p.m. - A Night in the Lonesome October selections with Caledonia, Gyro, Shandon and more

Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Derry McMahon and Bear Silvershade

Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. - Petty Magic with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m. - Nocturnes from Ireland with Shandon Loring

Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time on Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower

And join us for this off-campus event too!

Sunday, September 30 at 6 p.m. – Stories with Bear and Derry with the tinies at Magicland the Haunted Library in Raglan Shire

Sunday, September 30 at 6 p.m. – Ghosthunters & The Incredibly Revolting Ghost at Magicland with Caledonia

Sunday, October 7 at 10 a.m. – The Spectre Bridegroom and more spooky stories with Derry and Bear at Haunted Fruit Islands
All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In July and August we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity BreastCancer.org Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Be sure and check out our Flickr group for great images of past story sessions.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

SEANCHAI LIBRARY'S Top 22 "Scary Stuff" Survival Strategies


LOTR makeup room photo of Ian Holm & Scary Bilbo Puppet
We discovered tonight at Shandon's Nocturne session that the "frequent flyers" at the Seanchai Library are not only the highly educated and erudite residents that we knew them already to be, but that they possess some high level survival skills that could come in handly during a spookable emergency situation.  So we thought we'd share their accumulated wisdom with you. (List in no particular order - pulled from the very active local chat from the session)  

 #1 - Stay away from the water

#2 - Stay away from the woods (that includes “beware of the moors...”)

#3 - Never split up

#4 - Remember where we parked

#5 - If the door is stuck, leave it stuck

#6 - When it seems that you've killed the monster, never check to see if it's really dead. It may not be quite dead. It could pull through.

#7 - Do not search the basement, especially when the power has just gone out.

# 8 - If you wake up and hear strange noises downstairs, DO NOT go check to see what it is!

#9 - Take a real weapon into the dark building.

#10 - If your car runs out of gas at night, do not go to the nearby deserted-looking house to phone for help.

#11 - Look for a hotel. There might be a light in the distance

#12 - If you're a male, get out of there as fast as possible! The only one who ever survives is the female.

#13 - If you here banjos ---- MORPH!!!

#14 - ABSOLUTELY NO sex breaks while being chased by the monster.

#15 - On no account do ANYTHING because someone dares you to.

#16 - Don't forget your flashlight.

#17 - You don't need to out run the monster, you only need to out run you friends.

#17.5 - Someone always trips when a group runs from a monster. Don't let it be You.

#17.75 - Be the tripper, not the tripped.

#18 - Don't look in magic mirrors, you fool!

#19 - Never trust anything in a web, no matter what "it" says or who sent you.  In fact, if it SAYS anything, trust it even less!

#20 - Don't be the trampy girl. She always gets it first

#21 - Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (God help you if you recognize this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine or Massachusetts.

#22 - Puppets! Puppets! NO PUPPETS! ... Noooooooooooooo! THEY ARE WORSE THAN CLOWNS!!!!

Mille Gracie to Tabitha, Herndon, Dagmar, Blythe, kram, Rick, Stranger, Blythe, Gyro and everyone else for this mass of IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS!   ... Did everyone remember to lock all the doors and windows last night?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

THURSDAY, September 27th at 7pm: "NOCTURNES"

NOCTURNES
Dark, daring, utterly haunting tales of lost lovers, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts.

from author John Connolly of Dublin, Ireland.
ISBN: 978-1416534600


Tonight:
Deep, Dark Green
Nocturne
The Erlking


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

WEDNESDAY, September 26th at 7:00PM: Selections from GHOSTS ON A BUMBOAT

Caledonia welcomes a special guest to the library, Singh Albatros - poet, musician, and author. Singh presents a reading from his Singapore novel "Ghosts On A Bumboat"


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?
Narrated by a golden carp, this magic realist novel draws on Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions in the South-East Asian megalopolis where ghost tales are still the powerful underbelly of the popular imagination. Presented in live voice.

SINGH ALBATROS (Is the Co-Founder of the CREATIVE ARTS VIRTUAL ACADEMY AND WORLD MUSIC TEMPLE in SL)

Monday, September 24, 2012

TUESDAY 25 Sept at 7pm: Scary Ghosty Dolly Stories


What do you do when the dolls are more scary than the people? Join Derry McMahon for "The Doll's Ghost" and "The Haunted Doll's House". Time to get your spooky on for October!  Stories in live voice at Seanchai Library.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

MONDAY, September 24th at 7:00pm: A TALE OF THREE WISHES and more by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Caledonia presents A TALE OF THREE WISHES and more short stories by beloved author Isaac Bashevis Singer, for the Jewish High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukot.
In the title story, when their wishes fail, three children learn that they must deserve by effort what they had wanted to get too easily.
Learn more about Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer
... and also at the Jewish Virtual Library.
Presented Live in voice.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

SUNDAY, September 23rd at 2:00pm: TEA TIME at Baker Street!

More adventures with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Master Detective, Sherlock Holmes.  THIS WEEK: "The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb." Grab a cuppa and a smackerel of something and join Caledonia in the lower level of the library for mystery and intrigue! 

In his narration, Dr. Watson notes that this is one of only two cases which he personally brought to the attention of Sherlock Holmes. The story, set in 1889, mainly consists of a young London consultant hydraulic engineer, Mr. Victor Hatherley, recounting strange happenings of the night before, first to Dr. Watson, who dresses the stump where Mr. Hatherley's thumb has been cut off, and then to Sherlock Holmes himself.

This case is one of the few where Holmes fails to bring the villains to justice. (Others are "The Five Orange Pips" and "The Hound of the Baskervilles", though in both those cases Providence exacts vengeance on the villains.)

Presented Live in Voice.






This week at Seanchai Library: Sept. 23 to 30

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."


Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time on Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, September 24 at 7 p.m. - A Tale of Three Wishes and Other Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. - Scary, Spooky Dolls with Derry McMahon

Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. - Selections from Ghosts on a Bumboat with Singh Albatros at Seanchai Library

Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. - Nocturnes from Ireland with Shandon Loring

Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time on Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower


And join us for this off-campus event too!

Sunday, September 23 at 6 p.m. – The Littles and the Lost Children at Magicland with Caledonia

Sunday, September 30 at 6 p.m. – Ghosthunters & The Incredibly Revolting Ghost at Magicland with Caledonia


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In July and August we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity BreastCancer.org Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Be sure and check out our Flickr group for great images of past story sessions.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

THURSDAY, September 20th at 7pm: "Miner's Tales of the Old West"

The discovery of gold in California launched the nations first goldrush. "A glimmer in the clearwater caught his eye and he picked up a yellow rock about the size of a dime and weighing half an ounce. He saw more and picked those up too."


Real stories from journals, diaries, logs, interviews, letters, newspapers, and books.   Shandon Loring, a little dusty from the road, but still in voice and as live as ever!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, September 19th @ 7pm: AVAST! TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY!

Talk About PHENOMENAL: 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the worldwide celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Ever since Dave Barry mentioned it in his nationally syndicated newspaper column in 2002, what once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up. Perhaps you're one of the millions of people from South Africa to the South Pole, from New York to the Pacific Northwest, who've made it your own personal excuse to party like pirates every September 19th (and sometimes for days before and after)!

Join Caledonia Skytower and Crap Mariner (and any other Scurvy Dogs that show up) at the Seanchai Library for stories in celebration of this hallowed (hello?!) day! 

Check out the fun and games (yeeeesss, games!) at the one and only, official, accept-no-substitutes Talk Like A Pirate Day Website.

Monday, September 17, 2012

TUESDAY Sept 18 at 7pm: Derry McMahon and Chick Lit

Time for another dose of chick lit.  Stories of food, wine, travel, shoes, shopping and other things that bring a smile to a girl's face.   Maybe even a touch of '50 shades...'  Enjoyable for women and for men who want to understand women.  Stories in voice.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

MONDAY, September 17th at 7:00pm: More FANTASTIC ALICE!


Photo by Crap Mariner

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
He chortled in his joy.
More "trippy" delights from contemporary masters of modern fantasy paying tribute to Alice in Wonderland and its inspired creator, Lewis Carroll, in this short story anthology celebration. Selections presented by Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower. Live in Voice.

(Poem excerpt by Lewis Carroll – Jabberwocky from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

This week at Seanchai Library (Sept. 16-23)

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."


Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time on Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, September 17 at 7 p.m. - Fantastic Alice: new stories from Wonderland with Shandon and Caledonia

Tuesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. - Chick Lit with Derry McMahon

Wednesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. - Talk Like A Pirate Day! (and stories) at Seanchai Library

Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. - Miner's Tales with Shandon Loring

Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time on Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower


And join us for these off-campus event too!

Sunday, September 16 at 10 a.m. - Tales of the Emerald Isle at Fruit Islands

Sunday, September 16 at 1 p.m. – Medieval Tales with the tinies at Raglan Shire. (Biggies welcome too!)

Sunday, September 23 at 6 p.m. – The Littles and the Lost Children at Magicland with Caledonia


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In September and October we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity BreastCancer.org Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Be sure and check out our Flickr group for great images of past story sessions.

SUNDAY, September 16th at 2:00pm: TEA TIME at Baker Street!

More adventures with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Master Detective, Sherlock Holmes. Grab a cuppa and a smackerel of something and join Caledonia in the lower level of the library for mystery and intrigue!
TODAY: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band." One of the more popular Holmsian Adventures:  A young woman named Helen Stoner consults the detective Sherlock Holmes about the suspicious death of her sister, Julia. One night, after conversing with her twin sister about her upcoming wedding day, Julia screamed and came to the hallway where Helen came out to see her, in Julia's dying words she said "it was the band, the speckled band!"

Presented live in Voice, by Caledonia Skytower

SUNDAY Sept 16 at 10am and 1pm - Stories with Bear and Derry

Bear and Derry go off campus today for two sets of stories:

10am - Tales of the Emerald Isle!  Join us at Fruit Islands Sculpture Garden for fine Irish tales to celebrate "Half-way to St. Patrick's Day".

1pm - We'll join in the Medieval fest at Raglan Shire with heroic tales of knights and damsels and dragons with the Tinies.  (Biggies also welcome).

All stories in voice, landmarks to be sent with notices.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Thursday September 13th at 7pm: SEAFARING LORE & LEGEND with Shandon Loring



SEAFARING LORE & LEGEND


Scouring the ages and seven seas for fanciful, inspiring,, and bizarre tales of sea monsters, ghost ships, lost continents, castaways, pirates, explorers, and superstitions.

Tonight:
Sea Fancies, Myths, and Mysteries.

from:
Seafaring Lore & Legend by Peter D. Jeans
ISBN# 978-0-07-148656-9

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

WEDNESDAY, September 12th @ 7:00pm: "TO ANYWHERE THAT'S WILD!" John Muir & Yosemite


An 1872 Protrait of Muir at Age 30

John Muir was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas.

In a life filled with many amazing accomplishments, Muir published six volumes of writings, all describing explorations of natural settings. Four additional books were published posthumously.  Caledonia reads selections tonight from his 1912 “The Yosemite.”  Presented live in Voice.

You can learn more about Muir, his life, work, and writings through the website of the organization he founded: The Sierra Club

Sunday, September 9, 2012

MONDAY, September 10th at 7pm: FROST AND FIRE Concludes

Gyro Muggins concludes this classic Bradbury short story in Voice: “Frost and Fire.” 
 

“Something is wrong with the world you've been born into. One hour old yet somehow you know your world bakes and freezes every day with only an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset to forage outside. You have an entire lifetime ahead of you to find the answer. You have seven days.”

Learn more about the amazing literary legacy of Ray Bradbury!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

SUNDAY, September 9th at 2:00pm: TEA TIME at Baker Street!

More adventures with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Master Detective, Sherlock Holmes. Grab a cuppa and a smackerel of something and join Caledonia in the lower level of the library for mystery and intrigue!
TODAY: "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle." Watson visits his friend Holmes at Christmas time and finds him contemplating a battered old hat, brought to him by the commissionaire Peterson after it and a Christmas goose had been dropped by a man in a scuffle with some street ruffians. Peterson takes the goose home to eat it, but comes back later with a glittering carbuncle. His wife has found it in the bird's crop (throat).  Holmes cannot resist such an intriguing mystery, and he and Watson set out across the city to determine exactly how the jewel, stolen from the Countess of Morcar during her stay at a hotel, wound up in a goose.

Presented live in Voice, by Caledonia Skytower.

For more delights on the Great Master Detective, visit SherlockHolmes.com


This week at Seanchai Library, Sept. 9-16

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."


Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time on Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower

Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m. - Ray Bradbury's Frost and Fire (part 2)with Gyro Muggins

Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. - Isaac Asimov's Evidence (from I, Robot) with Bear Silvershade

Wednesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. - To Anywhere That's Wild!: John Muir & Yosemite with Caledonia Skytower

Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. - Seafaring Lore and Legends with Shandon Loring

Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m. - Tea Time on Baker Street with Caledonia Skytower


And join us for this off-campus event too!

Sunday, September 9 at 10 a.m. - Story session at Fruit Islands canceled

Sunday, September 16 at 10 a.m. - Tales of the Emerald Isle at Fruit Islands


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In July and August we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity BreastCancer.org Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Be sure and check out our Flickr group for great images of past story sessions.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thursday September 6th at 7pm: SECRET OF ROAN INISH conclusion

THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH
conclusion

"It all started long ago when the cottages on Ron Mor were newly built, five or six there must have been then, right down on the shore of the only bay on the island, and a family living in each. They were fisherfolk for the most part, living on what they could get from the sea and the scanty crops they managed to raise on the thin soil of the island. Their life was hard, but not too hard for them to take an interest in one another's affairs. So it was odd that nobody ever discovered for certain where young Ian McConville really found his wife.”

Fiona who learns of the selkie tales from her grandfather - and of her own bloodline - goes in search of her lost little brother.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wednesday September 5th at 7pm: SECRET OF ROAN INISH pt.1 with Shandon Loring


THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH
Part One

"It all started long ago when the cottages on Ron Mor were newly built, five or six there must have been then, right down on the shore of the only bay on the island, and a family living in each. They were fisherfolk for the most part, living on what they could get from the sea and the scanty crops they managed to raise on the thin soil of the island. Their life was hard, but not too hard for them to take an interest in one another's affairs. So it was odd that nobody ever discovered for certain where young Ian McConville really found his wife.”

Monday, September 3, 2012

TUESDAY 4 September at 7pm: More from "Blackbird House"



More from Alice Hoffman's chronicle of the occupants of a certain farmhouse, out in the wilds of Cape Cod, over the course of 200 years. Hoffman is also known for such works as "Practical Magic", "The Red Garden", "Local Gifts" and recently "The Dovekeepers" plus more than two dozen others.   

Derry McMahon presents in Voice.

CLICK HERE for more on Alice Hoffman and her work.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

MONDAY, September 3rd at 7:00pm: FROST AND FIRE ~ Part 1

The late Ray Bradbury was a legendary sci-fi writer whose works were translated in more than 40 languages and sold tens of millions of copies around the world. Although his imagination created a world of new technical and intellectual ideas, he had never driven a car and did not have one. Gyro Muggins presents this classic Bradbury short story in Voice, “Frost and Fire.”
“Something is wrong with the world you've been born into. One hour old yet somehow you know your world bakes and freezes every day with only an hour before sunrise and an hour after sunset to forage outside. You have an entire lifetime ahead of you to find the answer. You have seven days.” Presented in two Parts.
Learn more about the amazing literary legacy of Ray Bradbury!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September 3 to 9 at Seanchai Library

WELCOME TO THE SEANCHAI LIBRARY ON IMAGINATION ISLAND!
"We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."


Events in the Seanchai Library this week - all stories told in open voice, all times SLT:

Monday, September 3 at 7 p.m. - Ray Bradbury's Frost and Fire with Gyro Muggins

Tuesday, September 4 at 7 p.m. - Selections from Blackbird House with Derry McMahon

Wednesday, September 5 at 7 p.m. - The Secret of Rowan Inish (Part 1) with Shandon Loring

Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m. - The Secret of Rowan Inish (Part 2) with Shandon Loring


And join us for this off-campus event too!

Sunday, September 9 at 10 a.m. - Stories at Fruit Islands with Shandon Loring


All stories in voice and take place at Seanchai Libray on Imagination Island, unless otherwise noted. In July and August we'll be asking for donations toward the real world charity BreastCancer.org Have questions? IM or notecard Derry McMahon, Librarian.

Feel free to join the Seanchai or Stories Unlimited! subscribos. They are located in the library, just run in and touch them; or join our group, the Seanchai Library.

Be sure and check out our Flickr group for great images of past story sessions.