Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Full-Cast Farce from The Online Stage!

I had a blast participating in this short series of farcical situations as a member of The Online StageArcadian Adventures With The Idle Rich by Stephen Leacock has no shortage of silliness from the, well, idle rich.

"Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) may be considered the Canadian counterpart to Mark Twain. For many years he was professor of economics at Magill University and published a number of well-regarded texts on economics and political science. However, he is best known today for his many volumes of humorous fiction. During the 1920s he was one of the most widely read authors in the English-speaking world and was considered by Jack Benny and Groucho Marx to be one of the greatest comic writers of all time.

In Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, Leacock applies a satirical scalpel to the foibles and pretensions of the wealthy and the powerful. He not only probes the quirks of traditional power structures like corporations (public and private), political parties, universities, and churches but also finds time to poke fun at one of his favorite targets - the world of psychic phenomena.

A Little Dinner with Mr Lucullus Fyshe
The Wizard of Finance
The Arrested Philanthropy of Mr. Tomlinson
The Yahi-Bahi Oriental Society of Mrs. Rasselyer-Brown
The Love Story of Mr. Peter Spillikins
The Rival Churches of St. Asaph and St. Osoph
The Ministrations of the Rev. Uttermust Dumfarthing
The Great Fight for Clean Government

Narrated by Cate Barratt.
Cast: Lucullus Fyshe - Jeff Moon; Dr Boomer - Ron Altman; Fareforth Furlong - Richard Andrews; Mrs. Rasselyer-Brown - Lee Ann Howlett.
Additional voices supplied by Bob Neufeld, Ben Stevens, P. J. Morgan, Brett Downey, Denis Daly, Andy Harrington, David Prickett, John Burlinson, Alan Weyman, Joseph Tabler, Susan Iannucci, Becca Maggie, Jennifer Fournier, Ted Wenskus, Leanne Yau, Arielle Lipshaw, and Marty Kris.
Audio edited by Denis Daly."

To listen to a sample and/or purchase head to Audible here.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Amigurumi Easter Eggs and Recording News!

I can't believe that today marks only two weeks until Easter.  Where has the year gone?  It's nice to be busy but, sheez, sometimes I'd like to go into slow-mode and take time to breathe.  Well, as usual, I had been looking at Easter items I could make for my three nieces.  They're now 10, 9, and 7 years old.  I love being an aunt and I know it won't be too much longer before I'll have to start choosing more 'mature' gifts for holidays.  Of course, M&Ms are always welcome!

This year, I found a terrific Amigurumi pattern for making colorful Easter eggs.  I worked these three up in an afternoon.  (Hurray!)  They're crocheted and you can find the pattern here at the website Petals to Picots.  I used Lily Sugar 'N Cream cotton yarn in variegated pink and variegated lilac.  My results are below resting on some Easter grass.

So, each niece will receive an egg, a tube of M&Ms and an Easter card in the mail.  I'll suggest using these as 'prize' eggs when they have their various Easter egg hunts.

As far as work is concerned, I've been super busy.  I'm just finishing up narrating the second book in the series about former Florida Highway Patrol Officer Floy Turner during her years as a Special Agent with the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement.  This one is called Behind Her Special Agent Badge: Murder, Mayhem, and Life in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.   Floy and her co-writer Sherrie Clark picked up where the first book, Behind Her Miami Badge: Undercover, the Cocaine Wars, and Life in the Fast Lane, ended.  I've really enjoyed telling Floy's 'story' in these books.  The upcoming book features her work on the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, the crash of ValuJet Flight 592 into the Everglades, and numerous cases involving murder, drugs, and human trafficking.  This book ends just before the events of September 11, 2001.  The third and final book (which Floy and Sherrie are currently writing) will begin with 9/11.

I've also been involved in full-cast recordings with The Online Stage.  I'll post here when the recordings become available on Audible.  Right now, there are several I've worked on that are in post-production.  One is a full-cast version of Little Women.  I play the narrator in that one so it was a pretty big project for me.

I'll post here as things progress...