Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 | From the Keeper's Desk | No Comments
As in all things that work in the burgeoning world of social media, there are super-hot busy times, and lag times that slow to a crawl. This has been true for our efforts at bringing a glimpse into our favorite alternate universe, Crowe’s Point - activity slowed to a near halt for one reason or another. Real Life counts first! But Gaslight has been blessed with some awesome people on Twitter who have not only been enthusiastic in supporting our site, but have also renewed “life as it existed” for Crowe’s Point in the tweeting world. So now we have a very active ‘culture’ of the Boyz and their new interests. The proprietors here at Gaslight would like to thank each and every one of them for their enthusiasm, good will, and talented effort in sharing the characters we love best with the rest of the social network. Following is a list of the ‘active’ accounts on Twitter. If you followed us before when it was just two or three, you might noticed that some names have disappeared, to be replaced by new loves and new relationships and new story lines. And we’ve made active some accounts that were not active before.
Having made that announcement, I’d like to take the opportunity to extend an invitation to those of you who are on Twitter: if you’re interested in joining our Role Playing, we’re looking for someone who is familiar with law enforcement well enough to play @RichieRobertsAG and @ZackGrant. All thats really needed is some familiarity with the movie and the character itself, and a willingness to play the character as he would exist at Crowe’s Point. If you’re curious about THAT, please check out our Guidelines page to get a feel for the “rules” that we’ve established at the Point. Things on Twitter are SLIGHTLY different than the available “room” for use on the website - we’ve had to set it up that way to avoid confusion and hurt feelings, as Twitter is far more immediate and harder to keep track of than the stories we offer. But Twitter is new frontier for us and the possibilities are really interesting!
Just so you know that this effort to role-play on Twitter is not some freakish fan idea that we here at Gaslight have been dabbling with, role playing on Twitter has been existent almost since Twitters beginning. The most popular RP game on Twitter is the cast of True Blood. If you want to know how the others are doing it, check out them and other fandoms you think might be represented. If you like trying different things, Twitter is the place to be!
Anyway, if you’re interested in Role Playing one of those two characters I listed, or ones that you dont see represented in the above list, give us a buzz and chat with me, Sharon, about it.
Thanks and talk with you soon!
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 63 Comments
Good evening, good morning and good afternoon to all our Gaslight members!
Well, it’s been a couple of years since we’ve thrown a challenge out to everyone, so since it’s not that long past the beginning of a brand new year (and decade) we’d love to get things started off on the right foot with our first challenge.
Now it’s not exactly a new one as we threw this out a couple of years ago, so it’s time to give it another shot. It’s a Movie Challenge and here’s how it works:
* You can use any movie you like, well, let me rephrase that a bit – any movie but not anything that might be considered X-rated or pornographic.
* The movie can be a favorite of yours; a movie you’ve just always liked and you’ve played out little moments in your head as well as reworked entire scenes; or a movie in which ‘I wonder how Russell would have been like in this one’ crossed your mind.
* The movie can be an old classic, an Oscar winner, or just a box office hit. It can be a drama, an epic, a comedy or a romance. It’s up to you.
* You can center the movie on the characters in the Crowe’s Point world (meaning the Boyz as well as the AE’s), or you can simply replace characters within the movie with Russell Crowe’s Characters. (NOTE: As with all of our Gaslight submissions, you cannot use the real life actor in any of them. Sorry).
* You can recreate the entire movie or stick with major scenes – whatever works best for you, and the story can be written in narrative style if you wish so you can weave descriptions and additional dialogue (which will allow you to expand your own creativity. It’s no fun just copying a movie word for word without giving it your own voice). Plus, remember you’re going to be working Crowe portrayals into the story as well, so this means the original characters may end up taking on some of their individuality as well. Some of you may even find movies that seem as though they were written for the very Crowe incarnations you have in mind.
* Side Note: Many screenplays are currently online so check there first. If you’re fortunate, you may own the movie you’re planning on using or you can easily rent it from Netflix or Blockbuster.
* Have fun with it but remember to maintain the spirit of the movie you choose. This was the original vision of a screenwriter, a director, a producer and the actors involved so keep that in mind too. Make it a labor of love! That’s why you should choose a movie you know you’ll enjoy working on.
* There IS no official deadline.
And that’s probably it! As usual, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact one of us off-list. Here’s hoping this will open you up to some great ideas and inspiration!
Moderator and Your Friendly Neighborhood Crime Scene Tech
Additional : If you’re looking for some examples of the movie challenges, two stories are already up on the site under our Miscellaneous Page - “Laura” by Tina and “The Mummy” by Sharon - but be sure to read the introduction pieces before hand. That will help explain more than anything else.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 34 Comments
Well, with the beginning of a New Year we not only offered the challenge yesterday, but we’re very happy to announce that the Gaslight Hotel website has now been updated with both archived stories as well as new stories, new links and new information. Now where to start, where to start….
Just remember to go the website at www.gaslighthotel.net and go into the Contents section.
Red stars indicate that new chapters have been added to what was already there, or indicate fresh material.
In our LINKS section, we are happy to post a new one to a fan-fiction website featuring our favorite L.A. cop Bud White and OC – it’s called Vickilynn’s “Bud and Kitten” website and we thank the creator for letting us include it here. Enjoy and our appreciation to Vickilynn!
Our Blip.FM Crowes_Point_Radio widget is now loaded with a great portion of TOFOG and Russell’s music. We will continue to add songs per request and interest – just email us with your suggestions and we’ll see what we can find. If you also have songs that relate to your various stories, we’ll search for those too so as to add to our ever growing playlist.
Andii is our resident Steampunk guitarist who plays for the London, England band Ghostfire, and she has very kindly given us some of the mp3s that her band has produced so that we could also add those to our Blip.FM repertoire. Thanks to Andii, and as soon as we can work out the tech details on how to put them up on Blip we’ll let you all know! J
And now for the stories:
UNDER CHRONICLES (which features our older stories from the original website) we have the return of:
Minding SID (SID 6.7)
Crossbreed (SID 6.7)
St. Paddy’s Day (SID 6.7)
Checking In (Zack Grant)
Official (Dr. Anthony Girardeau)
Only Love Can Hurt Like This (Hando)
Keeping Me Alive (John Nash)
Pythagoras (John Nash)
Dark Clouds (John Nash)
Educating Professor Nash (John Nash)
UNDER CROWE’S POINT FICTION:
A new chapter (Chapter 10) of Ashokan Falls which features everyone’s favorite preacher, Cort
UNDER SINGLE CHARACTER FICTION:
New chapters (Chapters 9 through 19) of House of Usher, featuring Cort
From Tawny – a returning story:
Will the REAL Monster Come On Down with SID 6.7
IN THE MISCELLANEOUS SECTION:
Under the Children’s Story Challenge:
Gift of the Magi
Under the Faery Tale Challenge:
The Princess and the Pea
Under the Movie Challenge:
A new story – Laura
Additional chapters to The Mummy
*Both challenges have introductory pieces.
And that is it for now. We hope this will give you loads of reading pleasure, listening pleasure and perhaps even give you the inspiration to write something of your own for the next update.
Remember, if you have any questions or suggestions, requests or comments, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tina and Sharon
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 | From the Keeper's Desk | 61 Comments
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will. ~ George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright
And it has been way too long since the Gaslight Hotel had an update, but now with the final days of summer and the approaching ones of fall, we are happy to announce the arrival, too, of some new works and some additions to our collection.
First we have several chapters in House of Usher featuring everyone’s favorite preacher, Cort from The Quick and the Dead, and written by a new Gaslight author, Andii, guitarist for the London steam punk band, Ghostfire. (You may find the link to their band on our Favorite Links page.)
As part of the Viridian Control series (Multiple Character page), Tina has the first chapter of her Opera Ghost. The world is Polidori’s and he makes that clear to Jack Aubrey in London, as the captain chafes against the 21st century and its’ confusing new rules.
Finally, in our continuing Crowe’s Point saga (Crowe’s Point page), Alex Ross continues to find Serendipity in Sharon’s latest addition.
One more announcement: we are happy to post an addition to our Favorite Links, this one to a forum for actor Eliot Cowan – and if you don’t know Mr. Cowan by now, you need to check out Lost in Austen and his Darcy, one that stands up quite well to Colin Firth’s 1995 version! Sometimes in our travels across the Internet universe we encounter those that share our passions and others who may not, but who are so nice that we still find things in common. We are happy to make them welcome…and we hope you will too.
So that is it for now. We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer as we all look forward to coming of autumn and the holidays! Enjoy!
Tina, List Mum
Friday, June 18th, 2010 | From the Keeper's Desk | 24 Comments
It was not even the end of May before I realized my personal calender was filled practically every week with some excursion or another during June. For some reason, the stars aligned to give everyone the idea that the weekend of June 25/26 was the perfect weekend for their activity and so more ‘no’s’ were said than not to all the invitations we had. Despite all that, two stories have managed to come our way to post:
A short story in our Single Character section written by Jackie about a Terry Thorne returning home with a small bundle he bought on a whim, a leather-covered book with empty pages…at least the pages and his life was empty until he wrote in it. Please venture into a sweet and charming “What You Wish For.”
The second story is the first installment based on the Twitter Role Playing game that went on for several months between various characters, most notably between Capt. Jack Aubrey and a new lady, Madeleine Musette. Maddy knows all about the secret of Crowe’s Point - has lurked there for sometime but has never gained enough courage to take that one final step into the universe…until she read and saw Jack. Now she hovers at a social function held on the deck of the Surprise, and Maddy finds herself under the captain’s influence…or rather, the influence of his special stock of wine. Please visit “We Have The Weather Gods.”
As always, if you wish to convey your thoughts to the authors of the pieces, write us and let us know!
Friday, March 19th, 2010 | From the Keeper's Desk | 18 Comments
Greetings all - so much has been happening around my household - changes in homeschooling schedule, spring fever (with all the requisite bunches of herbs and bags of dirt to go with it - it is a well-known joke in our family that my favorite birthday present is garden soil), and my daughter turning a Sweet Sixteen (I’m too old for this! Driver’s license!!) that I don’t have much to say in announcing the update except to list the stories that have been added to the archives for your perusal:
PicFest vol 4 is the evolving saga of the Boyz at the Point.
Added to the Chronicles archive are:
By Way of Introduction by Tina
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Kazlyn
Tina’s Valentine’s Day - Tina
Perfect, by Tina
Checking Into Crowe’s Hotel by Bugdog
And the Nominees Are… by Laura
And The Winner Is… by Laura
B-17 by Arny
A Valentines Tale by Steph and Tina
In the Singles Section:
Ways to Stay Warm in Alaskan Winters by Steph
Prey For Darkness by Kazlyn
Cort & Herod by Dunbar
And a new chapter has been added to Viridian Control : Inception by Sharon in Multiples.
We know many of you will enjoy re-visiting old favorites! Be sure to drop the authors a line to encourage them!
Monday, January 18th, 2010 | Technicalities | 22 Comments
Technical difficulties have paralyzed MixTweet to the extent that updates for the ongoing Twitter Role Playing have not occured for the last few days. We have notified the admins of the MixTweet site and await assistance. In the meanwhile, please look over our updated Twitter RP list in our Page at the top of this blog entitled: “Our Twitter Universe.” We have a few new pairings and quite a bit going on for the couples that are now wandering about the Point (as seen through Twitter). We are also looking into a means a writing out weekly summaries to keep you apprised of the things that happen in the Twitterverse, because even MixTweet is fast-moving and reading “backwards” is not always convenient. Those summaries could appear here or in some other form, but we are looking into the best means possible.
As it stands, Capt Jack Aubrey has all but technically proposed to Maddy Musette and Maddy has taken Jack back home to help her pack for her move onto the Surprise, as well as work out the best compromise for her continued involvement in her band. SID 6.7 has gone through a complete reboot and emerged as someone or something completely different…and its up to Ava James, psychology student and newcomer to the Point, to figure out exactly who that is. Meanwhile, she makes amends with Bud White, with whom she has rejected in the past in favor of SID and while Bud is left hopeful of their future together, he is without a lady of his own. Terry Thorne himself has gone from lonesome lad to finding the woman of his dreams in Shaina Yarborough, a widow with a ten year old daughter named Eden. He brings both to the Point to show them what life is like. Eden is invited to join a group of school kids visiting Cort’s retreat center, The Well of Hope, and he and Chloe are busy making sure everything runs smoothly. In the meanwhile, Max Skinner no sooner settles into a drink when he notices the new librarian, Laurie Drake.
Let us know in comments if you have any problems!
Saturday, December 5th, 2009 | From the Keeper's Desk | 20 Comments
Here’s another little update for you - Our latest series of installments involve one huge voluminous story written by the originators of The Gaslight Hotel and Crowe’s Point, and chapters 8 & 9 will prove how a simple (and fun) a little writing challenge can morph into a wonderful exploration of character and plot. All based on pictures, no less! Do check out our latest installment - both good and bad things happen to Tina and John, and Colin craves to know if things will ever be the same for him and Michelle. WARNING: adult situations, rated R.
Along with our update, we’d like to introduce you to some new arrivals to the Crowe fandom itself - one involves a blog dedicated with love to the actor himself and his various characters. Golden Girl presents “Russell Cove” for the purpose of discussing our favorite characters and latest news of our Favorite Man. She’s a brand new fan and we always love to welcome newcomers to the fandom. She has excellent taste in actors and men, doesn’t she, ladies?
If you’re wanting to know where she got her beautiful graphics, check out Lithium Designs.
We’ve also added their blogs as well as new friends to our Favorite Links list, so be sure to check them all out! Among them are our friends Vicki Lyn (”its the way you ride the trail that counts”) and Ithildin with her own fanfiction website, Darkwood, featuring stories centered in Forever Knight and Highlander.
And finally, we’ve been honored with new additions to our Twitter Role Playing family - newcomers to the fandom @nyteraider and Golden Girl have kindly agreed to participate in our little social media game for the Crowe’s Point, the alternate universe for all our favorite Crowe characters. If you’ve been following the RP with @SIDSixPtSeven and @Ava_James, then you will be excited to learn that SID has gone through a reboot…Good Lord, what sort of mesmerizing monster will come out of SID now? And will Ava be able to figure him out (in time)? We can promise you, NOTHING is boring at the Point…
(and a big round of applause for @nyteraider, @Ava_James & GoldenGirl - they’ve already given us a taste of things to come…)
The BEST way you can keep up with all these streams (of consciousness…or lack thereof) is to check out our MixTweet site - this has been a LOVELY answer to our collaboration issues on Twitter, especially in regards to role-playing. It can be hard enough trying to figure out how Twitter works on a general basis - throw in a continual soap opera of conversation and things can rapidly get lost in the chatter. But MixTweet allows us to create groups of the Twitter people we want you to see, and everyone is collected in our Group, The Gaslight Tavern, as well as individual pairings. Some of those pairing include @CaptJackAubrey with @MaddyMusette2 and @MrTerryThorne with @Shaina_Y.
Plus,the really neat thing about MixTweet is, if you want to go back in history, just click the “more” button at the bottom of the page. Its role-play reading made easy!
Working to bring more to you soon!
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 | From the Keeper's Desk, Kudos | 23 Comments
As promised in our Receiving Room post of a few days ago, we’d like to announce the next upload of PIC FEST - Volume 2 to the website (listed on our Crowe’s Chronicles page under Multiple)…
…a brand new story that I am quite certain that all those Ben Wade lovers out there will thoroughly enjoy. It is called ‘On a Raven’s Wing‘ and it is written by an old friend of mine who goes by the nomme de plume Ithildyn. She has written many a fan-fiction for her favorite shows, Highlander, Forever Knight, Lord of the Rings, and a few other fandoms as well. In this particular story, she was challenged to write a crossover that puts Ben Wade in the middle of some very interesting places and relationships and I daresay even if you havent ever seen the Highlander series or The Magnificent Seven, you will very easily enjoy Ith’s story.
‘On a Raven’s Wing‘ is in our Multiple Character page.
Monday, November 16th, 2009 | From the Keeper's Desk | 16 Comments
Just another sporadic-out-of-the-blue-totally-not-in-keeping-with-our-regular-schedule post. Neither rain nor sleet nor blanket of snow kept us from our appointed task, nor did the few hummingbird stragglers buzzing around waiting for the prevailing winds of the next cold front distract us from writing to you of a new upload onto the site.
No, indeed, it was the fact that both Tina and I took time out of our lives to meet each other at the Newark Airport and fly to London, England at the end of October. At least, that’s the excuse we have THIS time. But oh, what a fun time we had elaborating on that excuse! We stayed in a flat in Canary Wharf and took an excursion to Portsmouth to see the HMS Victory, as well as to Bath and Leeds Castle, and essentially toodled around London itself to experience both its day and night life and its cultural centers…not to mention one foray that prompted a new phrase for the two of us: “what happens in Paddington, STAYS in Paddington.”
No, I will not elaborate on that. At least not here.
Anyway, we were mindful on our return that it had been a while since we posted anything new and Tina was determined to bring to the fore a particular favorite of Gaslight members of the past, one that we hope you will find entertaining and inspiring. PICFEST - an ever evolving…er…documentary? Report? Round-robin involving all of your favorite characters as played by the Inimitable Mr. Crowe (well, at least those characters up to and including Maximus Decimus Meridius.)
There *are* a few quirks present in the story, such as: it began as a lark and with humor, but quickly became a saga of personalities and drama and pathos in ways that can only happen at a place called The Crowe’s Nest…which leads me to the second quirk: the Nest was the original name of the alternate universe where “the Boyz” resided before it eventually became the Crowe’s Point.
Another quirk will become quickly obvious: there are pictures involved in the telling of the story, the author(s) writing the scene to fit the picture (or finding the picture to fit the scene) and this makes our document voluminous…so that’s what we’ve done: created volumes, the first of which we’d like to announce as now linked in our Crowe’s Chronicles Page under the Multiple heading and one of the documents loaded into our Scribd account.
So if youre an old ‘fan’ of Gaslight and wondered whatever happened to PicFest, here it is back in “living color;” and, if you’re a newcomer to the world of Crowe’s Point (er, Nest) boy, are you in for a treat!
The first volume of PicFest contains the first three chapters. Subsequent volumes are currently being reformatted and prepped to load and we will announce each upload as it occurs.
Your ever-wandering web mistress,
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