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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).

Rocking the Pour House:
A Great Way to Spend a Friday Night

January 17th, 2015

Duane and Larry at Riley compressed (340x247)Riley’s Pour House just keeps getting better. Since Jim  and Cheryl Riley took over a few years back, the pub has become a mecca for people who love fun times and good music . . . and last night was no exception.

My good friend Duane Davis joined me on bass and backing vocals. We’ve been playing together for years, first teaming up in a band fronted by . . . .

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

All-Star Night:
When Scops Come Out to Shine

December 31st, 2014

Story Night Trophy  compressedscop (skop)  — n

(in Anglo-Saxon England) a bard or minstrel

 — Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008.

If Riley’s Pour House is continuing the tradition of the Anglo-Saxon meed-hall by providing a public space to celebrate the art of story, then the storytellers who show up every month to share their tales . . . [Read and hear more at The 21st-Century Scop.]

Spotlight on All-Star Storytellers:
Joe Coluccio

December 21st, 2014

Joe C photoThe Twelve Days of Story Night continues with a spotlight on another one this year’s top storytellers: Joe Coluccio.

Truly a man for all seasons, Joe is currently the President of Parsec, Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction organization, founded to promote awareness of all aspects of the speculative fiction genre. As part of its mission, Parsec annually sponsors Confluence, one of the country’s friendliest regional sf conventions.

Joe’s additional accomplishments include founding the comedy group Lackzoom Acidophilus, which had a Saturday night show on WYEP-FM (where Joe was an early program director), and a Sunday morning show on WURP-AM. They have also performed at various venues in and around Pittsburgh, including The Decade in Oakland.

A life-long writer and a member of the Pittsburgh writing organization Write or Die, Joe made his Riley’s debut at our Writers on Writing session back in May. His story, which centered on  . . . [Read and hear more at The 21st-Century Scop].