Yearning for Wonderland
This blog was originally designed to speak of the passions and projects of others, not just myself, so I’d like to take a moment today to do just that.
This is Rose Woods.
It isn’t often in this life that you meet a fellow Keeper of Whimsy, but Rose Woods is one of them and so she shall always be henceforth my Rosie Posie.
Rose is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Island Shakespeare Fest in beautiful Whidbey Island/Langley. If you aren’t familiar with ISF, they do free Shakespeare productions. That’s right: FREE SHAKESPEARE. Says so right on their page.
Or you can enjoy this photo of an ISF actress reacting similarly.
At ISF, they are currently running a very successful Kickstarter to raise funds for their new home, Henry the Tent.
This is Henry.
This tent will allow them so much more versatility and freedom. But you don’t have to take their word for it; I can vouch for it myself.
Not many people online know I founded a classic theatre company in Saint Augustine, Florida. We offered productions ranging from original adaptations of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” to Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”. We staged a production of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” that sold out every weekend; it was so successful we revived in a different venue.
Despite all its success, we ended up closing our doors after four years. There wasn’t the grassroots community support (this was long before Kickstarter). People came to the shows, loved the shows, but weren’t willing to offer the critical financial and emotional supportive framework. I tell you this story because Island Shakespeare Festival needs your help.
Almost no one gets rich from the theatre. In fact, you usually end up personally footing the bill for a million different costs (much like teachers). But you do it because you have a passion for doing it, because you genuinely can do nothing else other than go out there again and again and offer up your heart, gently beating, for an audience.
Having a venue is everything for a theatre company. Theatre Saint Augustine was constantly scrambling to find places to rehearse. We had to set up and break down sets constantly in non-dedicated spaces. This is why Henry the Tent is important to ISF. And this is why I am asking you to seriously consider making a donation to help this worthy theatre company.
Please watch this clever video for their project. And then, if you are in a position to do so, please consider giving to their Kickstarter (their rewards are sublime!).If you are not, it means everything for you to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.
It means everything to Rosie, to myself, to all those who love theatre with their whole heart.
They are 75% to their goal as of the date of this post. Let’s help them smash through that goal. You can never have too much support for free Shakespeare, for arts education, in support of those who give their all to add to the beauty of the world. You CAN make a difference. Please pledge today.
Kickstarter: Bard Under the Big Top
Website: Island Shakespeare Fest
Facebook: Island Shakespeare Fest
So, some might find it odd after all this #DFQWBS and bridal brouhaha that I have written NOTHING on my blog about the wedding.
That is for a very simple reason. Between family obligations, thank you notes, work and Nine Muse Press craziness, I just haven’t had the time. I have posted the photos on Facebook, but allow me to share a select few candid snapshots with you here.
Down the aisle
Happy groom face
First dance – the Matron of Honor played My Old Kentucky Home/The Tennessee Waltz on the violin.
Singing to my sweetie
The toasts and the cake-cutting
*shaking some #fairybooty*
Fleeing the scene of the crime
Now for the special surprise. Some of you may know that I did a surprise song for my groom. I sang “I Got A Crush on You” to an orchestral track. I was kicking myself for not hiring a videographer, but I found out yesterday that my boss took video footage of several special moments in the wedding including my song.
So, here it is: “I’ve Got a Crush on You”. Be sure to check 2:09 where I employ my #darkfairyqueen powers to prevent him from turning off the music before the 2nd verse.
Once I start writing, I see it is hard for me to stop, so I’d like to share my entry for this week’s Five Sentence Fiction, prompt courtesy of Lillie McFerrin.
Here was the picture for my inspiration.
And here is the song that inspired it. Feel free to listen as you read.
The word this week was BLADES.
Through the forest she wandered, wet-clumped snow flying in her face and clinging to her eyelashes. Whenever she tried to rest her head, the blades of her antlers dug cruelly into the back of her head and cut her shoulders.
She’d only laughed at the hunched old woman: “Grandmother, you ought pluck that hair growing from your face.” She hadn’t meant any harm, but now everyone she approached fled.
She sagged against a tree, heedless of her blood that trickled down the trunk like a single tear.
Despite my best efforts to avoid flash, Angela Goff’s excellent Visual Dare image has lured me in. Curses!
Rain pattered on glossy magnolia leaves, sliding down with an audible plop. Early summer heat was an omnipresent background actor in her life. It shimmered on asphalt and pasted the hem of her thin cotton dress to her legs. She’d grown up on this porch, sticking pennies between the boards in an orderly line, but now that she’d buried her mother it was just an assemblage of creaking windows and doors and damn it if her consolation pedicure wasn’t already chipped.
Humidity ravaged the tuning of the old piano, but her mother loved to sit on the porch and play ragtime. Husband left, mother gone, and all she had here was a broken-down house and a tuneless piano. And the heat.
She hitched her skirt and stepped on the bench, bare feet walking the keys. She danced, playing her own ragtime, and the music floated out through the summer rain.
So I have amended the below post to list the WINNARS of the Nine Muse Press Edgar Wilde Giveaway. I warn you, this post has many exclamation points.
Without further ado… *drumroll*
WINNARS of the Edgar Wilde & the Lost Grimoire ebook:
WINNAR of the Edgar Wilde & the Lost Grimoire signed hardcover:
WINNARS OF the Edgar Wilde Offical Tour Brochure (see picture below):
Lisa V. Tomecek-Bias!
Lisa Snider Faber!
Massive congratulations to the winners! We will be contacting you soon re: sending you your prizes!
Thank you to all who entered and shared!
So, between a wedding and a family emergency, there has been no blog posting since the redesign. C’est tragique!
But you know I have to come back with a boom or, at least, a solid thud. With that in mind, I present to you the first ever Edgar Wilde Rafflecopter Giveaway.
TA – DA!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
AW YEAH – Filled with snazzy prizes such as ebooks, an autographed hardcover of Edgar Wilde,
AND the unveiling of the SOOPER DE-DOOPER cool official Edgar Wilde brochure.
So, enter once….twice….three times a laydeeee.
You can click on the picture to go read a sample chapter!
Go ahead and enter. Lots of ways to do so and they all involve spending more fun time with us! Come back daily – you can tweet and enter every day to increase your chances of winning cool Edgar Wilde swag. (Prizes are transferable. If you already own the book, you can gift it to a deserving friend!)
Here’s a photo of the super cool brochure!
Go on and comment…you know you missed me!