What Riley’s Scops Talk About . . .
When They Talk About Love

February 26th, 2015

tim sommers leadThe polar vortex didn’t keep story lovers from turning out at this month’s storytelling night at Riley’s Pour House.

If you were there, you know firsthand how thoroughly the act of storytelling can warm a frigid night.

If you didn’t attend, and you live anywhere in the Pittsburgh area, you owe it to yourself to drop by next time. Either way, we hope you enjoy this post and will consider spreading the word about Story Night @ Riley’s.

This months session featured a roster of talented scops who explored. . .

[Read and hear more at The 21st-Century Scop.]

Story Night @ Riley’s: Fear and Resolutions

February 3rd, 2015

Greg Siegle - compressedWe never know where the stories are going to take us at Riley’s Pour House.

This year’s first story night (January 27) featured a number of strong storytelling debuts  as well as the return of one of 2014’s All Star champions. The theme was “Resolutions,” and although all of the stories addressed the topic, many also touched on the nature of fear and anxiety.

Among those storytellers making a Riley’s-Story-Night debut was Greg Siegle, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Psychiatry who spends his days studying the dynamics of depression and anxiety. He’s a gifted storyteller with an intense rapid-fire wit that made his story one of the highlights of the evening. Centering on his desire to to lower the intensity of his life, or (in his words) “turn it down to simmer,” his story veered through a variety of fascinating . . . .

[Read and hear more at The 21st-Century Scop.]

Binge Reading: The Veins-Cycle Challenge

January 31st, 2015

The veins cycle tight (2)Last week, when Google Play announced that they were reducing the prices on all three Veins Cycle Books, I posted the following comment on the Fantasist Enterprises Facebook page:

I’d love to hear from someone who dives in and reads (or re-reads) the entire cycle straight through, letting the central narrative unfold in real time.

Well, yesterday I heard from one such reader.

Turns out it’sPaul Genesse, author the Iron Dragon Series. And not only did he read them all over a 24 hour period, but . . . (Read More at The 21st-Century Scop).

What’s Axle’s Buried Secret?
Answer to Win an Amazon Gift Card

January 25th, 2015

Vortex CoverThe good people at Fantasist Enterprises, publishers of the Veins Cycle books, are interested in buried secrets.

They’re also interested in giving away a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Here are the details.

First the set up:

Vortex: Book Three of the Veins Cycle opens with a boy burying something beneath his house. He thinks he is alone, that no one sees him.

But someone does.

The man he will become watches from the shadows of a dream, looking on as the child tries disposing of something the man has spent a lifetime forgetting. It’s an important secret . . . [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].