Thursday, December 27, 2012


Guests, Performers, Supporters!  Thank you for your enthusiasm for The Dickens Project. To Abbey Zenith, Rocky Vallejo and Rolig Loon of the CVL for the space and prims to do our voodoo for the celebration of the works of Charles Dickens.  Thanks one and all for your many generous donations to The Community Virtual Library.

A Final Round of APPLAUSE for the folks who brought The Dickens Project to life ....

Corwyn Allen

Dubhna Rhiadra

Ixmal Supermarine
Kayden Oconnell

Elrik Merlin

Klannex Northmead

The Avatar Repertory Theater
An Extra Special Thanks to Talus Ravenheart for her support, and to Stranger Nightfire who kept me company through several late night building/programming sessions as well as showed up brilliantly dressed at nearly all the sessions.  Thank you my Dears.

All My Thanks to Everyone ...*crosses fingers* .... See you Next Year!
Caledonia Skytower

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

THURSDAY, December 27th: Closing Day

Well, it has been an amazing two weeks!  Our celebration of Dickens has been a delight, well received, and now more than just Cale looks forward to the possibility of the return of The Project next year, and the possibility that we will all get to "walk in the footsteps of Scrooge."

There are some additional gallery panels on the ground floor of the Book Shop in honor of "Alternate Versions" Day today.  Everything from the Klingon "A Christmas Carol" to Rankin-Bass' "The Stingiest Man Alive."

There are no scheduled events for Closing Day at the moment, but that could change in a twinkling, so stay tuned.  And don't forget to show your appreciation for The Project, if you wish, which is a benefit for The Community Virtual Library.  The donation bin is near the gate ... he's wearing a toupe!

What happens once the Project closes?  
  • It all gets packed away and tied up with strong cording of hope.
  • If you want to keep up on Project news, follow this blog or join the Stories Unlimited! subscriber group - the joiner kiosk is near the gate across from "toupe guy."
  • If you have feedback or ideas about features of the next Dickens Project, illustrators to recommend for the gardens, recommendations for the expansion of the Scrooge Gallery, or any other ideas that might inspire -- put them in a notecard and send them to Caledonia Skytower  with the Subject line "About TDP 2012"
  • The next StoryFests Event will be the third annual StoryFest Celebration in March - date still pending.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec 26th - Other Dickens Day!

Charles Dickens wrote more than A Christmas Carol (*GASP!!!*). In a literary career that spanned more than three decades, he penned 20 novels, nearly 30 short stories, 12 collaborative projects, and a handful of non-Fiction, Poetry, Plays, Articles, and Essays.  If that seems incredible, play this fun video clip and have a chuckle ...

Before The Dickens Project *poofs* into the virtual mists, we would be remiss if we did  not take a moment to celebrate some of those other works.   We have some great selections prepared to share today.  So spend your holiday recovery day with us, have a toddy and enjoy.

Welcome to Other Dickens Day!
     @ 10am: Caledonia Skytower & Elegia Underwood with Oliver Twist & David Copperfield
     @ Noon: Klannex Northmead with a selection from Little Dorrit
     @ 2pm: Dubhna Rhiadra with a selection from the Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens
     @ 4pm: Caledonia Skytower with a selection from Great Expectations

All times slt.  All sessions live in voice.

Monday, December 24, 2012

HAPPY HOLIDAYS from The Dickens Project

So, you missed the readings of A CHRISTMAS CAROL?  Well, almost ...

 We will have a full schedule of  Other Dickens at The Dickens Project on Wednesday, December 26th ("Boxing Day" in the UK and Australia), and Radio Riel will also be broadcasting the Radio Riel Players production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL that day as well at times convenient to European and North American audiences.

Adapted from the Original Text by Saffia Widdershins and Presented by The Radio Riel Players.  Broadcasting Wednesday, December 26th at 11am and 7pm Pacific/SLT.  The entire program is approximately 90 minutes long. For details, visit

If you would like to tune a parcel media setting to the broadcast, use

the following link will tune your personal player:

Saturday, December 22, 2012

SUNDAY & MONDAY, Dec 23rd & 24th: "A Christmas Carol" in Two Parts

Everyone has their holiday traditions.  Mine used to be about baking cookies and how much of the contents of my decoration boxes I could get out and up in the house.  Several years ago I was asked by then King Marik Zarco of the Bloodlines SL Clan of Blood Evolution to read A Christmas Carol out loud in their Kingdom.  That became an annual tradition which, in many ways, fed the kernel of an idea that eventually lead to The Dickens Project.

Caledonia (me) will be reading the entire text, "soup to nuts" December 23rd and 24th at 3pm SLT live in voice.  The sessions will be 90 to 120 minutes in length and divide the novella into two parts.

Come and hear the words one more time (or for the first time if you haven't already) live in voice, and explore The Dickens Project - celebrating the words and works of Charles Dickens.

Benefits the Community Virtual Library.

THIS WEEK at The Dickens Project!

Kayden Oconnell presenting  Stave Three of "A Christmas Carol" on 12.19
As we make the clubhouse turn into the last days of our celebration, there are still many delights to enjoy!

Saturday, December 22nd - @ 8:30pm - Dickens Late Night with Caledonia - she'll read to whomever desires it ... "A Christmas Carol", bits of "Oliver Twist", some Christmas Short Stories ... Who knows?  Come and find out!
Sunday, December 23rd - @3pm: Caledonia Skytower A Christmas Carol (120 minutes- 1st half of novella)

Monday, December 24th - @3pm: Caledonia Skytower A Christmas Carol (120 minutes- 2nd half of novella)

Tuesday, December 25th - CHRISTMAS DAY

Wednesday, December 26th - OTHER DICKENS!
     @ 10am: Caledonia Skytower & Elegia Underwood with Oliver Twist & David Copperfield
     @ Noon: Klannex Northmead with a selection from Little Dorrit
     @ 2pm: Dubhna Rhiadra with a selection from the Ghost Stories of Charles Dickens
     @ 4pm: Caledonia Skytower with a selection from Great Expectations

Thursday, December 27th - Closing Day - "Alternate Versions Presentations" TBA
Another lovely photo of the A.R.T. performance at The Dickens Project shared by Elin Vondran

Friday, December 21, 2012

FRIDAY, Dec 21st: Stave Five ~ "The End of It"

And so it come about ...

"Yes!  The bedpost was his own.  The bed was his own, the room was his own.  Best and happiest of all, the Time before him was his own, to make amends in!"

... We'll actually begin a tiny bit back into Stave Four to savor fully the reclamation of a soul - Ebenezer Scrooge's!

Today: Stave Five of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
@ Noon with Elrik Merlin
@ 4pm with Caledonia Skytower (all of Stave Four & Five)

@ 8:30pm - DICKENS LATE NIGHT w/ Caledonia
By request, Caledonia will be at The Dickens Project at 8:30pm with her store of Dickens, and she'll read to whomever desires it ... "A Christmas Carol", "Bits of "Oliver Twist", some Christmas Short Stories ... Who knows?  Come and find out!
All times SLT, all sessions live in voice.

Benefits The Community Virtual Library

ENJOY some wonderful shots of Thursday's Avatar Repertory Theater performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL taken by zzbottom and generously shared in a slide show on her flickr stream

Thursday, December 20, 2012

THURSDAY, Dec 20th: Stave Four & More!

Dubhna Rhiadra as "Ebenezer Scrooge"
At Noon: Stave Four ~ The Last of the Spirits
" The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently approached.  When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which the this spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery."

@ Noon - Dubhna Rhiadra 
Live in voice - all times SLT. 

 (Note: Caledonia will be presenting Staves 4 & 5 in an evening session on Friday) 
 At 3:30pm SLT : The A.R.T. presentation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
 Adapted by Ada Radius and Directed by Corwyn Allen, A.R.T. presents this one hour 
performance featuring 9 unique voices, snippets of carols, and with Kayden Oconnell as 
"Ebenezer Scrooge."  So popular last weekendthat it crashed the sim.  Avatar Repertory
Theater generously shares their version of this holiday classic. Presented Live in Voice.

Photo taken and shared by Elin from Saturday's performance

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec 19th: Stave Three ~ The Second of Three Spirits

And more to come ...
"Awaking in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore, and sitting up in bed to get his thoughts together, Scrooge had no occasion to be told that the bell was again upon the stroke of One."

Today:  Stave Three of A CHRISTMAS CAROL,
 Presented for your enjoyment.
@ Noon with Ixmal Supermarine
@ 5pm with Kayden Oconnell
Live in voice - all times SLT. 
The session will last roughly 45-50 minutes, so don't be late! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TUESDAY, Dec 18th: Stave Two ~ The First of Three Spirits

And it continues ...
"Marley's Ghost bothered him exceedingly.  Every time he resolved within himself, after mature inquiry that it was all a dream, his mind flew back again, like a strong spring released, to its first position, and presented the same problem to be worked all through. 'Was it a dream or not?'"

Today: Stave Two of 

@ Noon with Dubhna Rhiadra
@ 5pm with Brokali/Caledonia

Live in voice - all times SLT. 
The session will last roughly 40-45 minutes, so don't be late! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

MONDAY, Dec 17th: Stave One ~ Marley's Ghost

And so it begins ...
"Marley was dead, to begin with.  There can be no doubt whatever about that.  The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner.  Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge's hand was good upon 'Change for anything he chose to put his hand to.  Old Marley was dead as a doornail."
Today:  Stave One of A CHRISTMAS CAROL,
 Presented by two talented performers at two different times, for your enjoyment.
@ Noon with Ixmal Supermarine
@ 4pm with Corwyn Allen
Live in voice - all times SLT. 
The session will last roughly 40-50 minutes, so don't be late! 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

THIS WEEK at The Dickens Project!

It's the week we go Stave by Stave and savor the rich language and many delights to be found in Dickens' first Christmas Classic, A Christmas Carol. Each of the individual Stave readings should be between 30 & 40 minutes in length.

Monday, December 17th - Stave One ~ Marley's Ghost
                                    @ Noon: with Ixmal Supermarine
                                    @ 4:00pm: with Corwyn Allen

Tuesday, December 18th -  Stave Two ~ The First of Three Spirits
                                    @ Noon: with Dubhna Rhiadra
                                    @ 5:00pm: with Brokali

Wednesday, December 19th - Stave Three ~ The Second of Three Spirits
                                    @ Noon: with  Ixmal Supermarine
                                    @ 5:00pm: with Kayden Oconnell

Thursday, December 20th - Stave Four ~ The Last of The Spirits
                                    @ Noon: with Dubhna Rhiadra
                                    @ 3:30pm: Avatar Repertory Theatre presentation (rescheduled)

Friday, December 21st - Stave Five ~ The End of It
                                    @ Noon: with Elrik Merlin
                                    @ 4:00pm: with Caledonia Skytower (Staves Four & Five together)
                                    (TBA a possible later presentation ~ stay tuned~!)

Photo of the A.R.T. performance shared by Elin
When Dickens’ publishers required him to pay back advances due to the poor sales of Martin Chuzzlewit, he knew he needed some other means of income. At that point in his career, 1843, Dickens was doing well, but had not reached a level of financial security that would allow him to go for a stretch of time without income. So Dickens “decided to throw off" a complete Christmas book in the intervals of writing the monthly serial parts of Chuzzlewit. In an era when an author’s manuscript was published and available to the public in much shorter times than the 21st Century, A Christmas Carol went on sale in December and was a tremendous success.

Merrytricks Resident also took some great shots around the Project on Saturday, which she has posted in the Web tab of her Profile, and she openly invites folks to look, like, and comment.

Have you taken some great snaps at The Dickens Project?  Feel free to share!  Send them, or links to them, to Caledonia Skytower.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

SATURDAY, December 15th!

Photo taken by Laurin Sorbet - visit her blog (see link in post)
UPDATE: This performance was so successful it crashed the sim.  Due to cast members having other commitments, we have rescheduled a "do-over" performance to 3:30pm slt on Thursday, December 20th. Thanks everyone for their patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL adapted by Ada Radius into a one hour performance featuring 9 voices, snippets of carols.  A delightful way to begin what will be our week of presentations exclusively from this title.

Another lovely blog post today from Laurin Sorbet!  It follows up the article in the SL Enquirer and Inara Pey's great sneak post on Thursday.

Keep spreading the word!  12 days to go! There's a lot Dickens left to share and enjoy.

Friday, December 14, 2012


The Dickens Project is Open ... the gates are wide and we are ready for guests:
~ TODAY (Friday): The Inaugural Reading will be at 2pm - Caledonia Skytower will be reading one of Dickens' many Short Stories Live in Voice in the Square.
~ TOMORROW (Saturday): The Avatar Repertory Theater will present Ada Radius' adaptation of A Christmas Carol at 5pm.

All times SLT, All performances Live in Voice. Stop in and check it out, and then come back, as you never know what we might add or adjust!

The Dickens Project is free, donations accepted to benefit the Community Virtual Library.

How Cool is THAT?!  Thank you Phoenix/Firestorm!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Defying all odds, the build is not securely down on terra level on Info Island, though it is not yet "Open."  Thursday will be about some final texture finessing, fixtures and dressing, and some final scripting.  Might be sneaking in to put a few final touches in over the weekend, but there'll be no "plywood" showing when the gates swing wide on Friday!

MAKING PLANS?  Scroll down two posts to see the Working Schedule.  It will be updated and re-posted for the weekend Thursday late, late, late!!!

The Dickens Project lands on Info Island

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


When I was in college I had a design professor from London one year.  A little elven man who ran about most of the Fall chuckling, "It's almost Panto Time!"

I feel like that now ... "It's almost Dickens Time!"  Have been listening to Klannex Northmead's daily 1pm readings from Little Dorrit at Written Word (most days but Sunday's & UK Bank Holidays through out December at 1pm SLT) while working on promo texts, uploading images, looking for props on Marketplace, and eating lunch.

The Dickens Project Build is almost ready to move down to the terra level ... and Friday's Opening is almost upon us ... more in progress shots below.  It's nearly time to put the roofs on and start moving!

LEFT: Ixmal Supermarine checks out the build in costume, all ready for next week's readings.
BELOW: The Notable Scrooge Gallery panels being hung above the Poulterer's Shop.

Three Alcoves celebrate Illustrations past and present of "A Christmas Carol"

The first of the roofs goes up ... only three more to go!