Thursday, November 8, 2012

UPDATE! Having a little fun

So Sherlock Holmes and a Most Irregular Tea Party went off with out a hitch.  We all had a blast... and we're coming back!  Next March Sherlock Holmes will be back for a second run at the Brumder.  Over the next few months I'll be polishing the script some more, adding a few new surprises, and tweaking the end just a bit.

Now that the hectic pace of the show is over I had a few weeks just to relax and think about what I would like to do in the show's hiatus and figure out the next few projects for Reconstructing Grimm. 

First off this Saturday Perry and I are planning a shoot. It's going to be very simple, just me one other model and Perry.  No video blog and no fairy tale theme.  We're trying something a little new.  You'll see the first couple of snap shots by Sunday.

I've also made decisions on several new projects for the New Year.  They're all in flux at the moment so I'm holding off to announce anything until those plans are more solid.

There's your update! Hope you like new shoot this week!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sherlock: Costume Closet: The Other Woman

After about three days of super labor intensive sewing I had Amanda J Hull's costume done.  I stood by took a look at my work, was proud for a moment, then realized with crushing fear that I had yet to make my costume for the show.  So I hopped back to the sewing machine and started all over at square one.

I also didn't do a costume sketch for my pieces because there was simply no time.  I had a pretty clear idea in my head of what I wanted, so i figured I'd just start from there.  I had roughly two days til the photo shoot, no fabric, and no car.  It was like the early days of Grimm again.  I had labor day weekend off work, and by that Monday I had Amanda's costume done, so I woke up incredibly early and jumped on a bus to the closest Joann Fabrics, which is and hour and a half bus ride.  Then I spent an extra two hours in the store arguing with myself over fabric choices.  By the time I finally got home the day was half over and the clock was ticking, photo shoot was happening in 32 hours whether or not I was done.

I started with the jacket.  I knew I wanted a peplum like skirt to the jacket:  Here's what I came up with:

Roommate lovely calls this pose my "I will eat your soul face"  so sorry.  That jacket however almost killed me. I did use a pattern; it was McCalls  6442 if anyone wants to give this look a go.

Now, the problem was money again. Like I said this production didn't have a lot of it.  So I had to find fabrics that would look  more expensive than they were.   Not. Easy.  I ended up finding the fabric for the skirt on sale for $8 a yard.  Still kind of pricey so i only got 3 yards of it, then I bought a very cheap matching cotton fabric for the jacket.  then i used a bit of the skirt fabric on the lapel to tie the look together.  The other issue with that cotton fabric is that it is not stiff at all, I had to line the jacket twice to get the right weight.  Then when it was done I didn't love the look of the sleeves, so I added some pleats and button details.  I also put the black piping around the sleeve cuff and the bottom of the coat to give it more dimension.

After I had finished the jacket it was now 1am, I was exhausted I'd been up since 6am.  I had nothing left and the photo shoot was in 16 hours.  Roommate then started playing "There Can Be Miracles" from The Prince of Egypt yelling "Si Se Puede!!! Yes, it can be done!!!!!"  I started giggling and got back to work.  In about three hours I'd finished the skirt.

 I went to sleep until 9am that next morning then got started on my hat.  It was 7 hours til the photo shoot.  I wasn't going to have time to go through the same process that I had for Amanda's hat.  Then I remembered I hat a really cheap waste paper basket from the Dollar Tree.  The thing was basically made of chicken wire.  I cut the bottom off and covered it in the right fabric, ribbon and flowers with my trusty glue gun.  Then, because the whole thing was made of wire I bent it to fit my head and attached an elastic band.  It only took about two hours.

Finally done I felt really good about the whole look and picked up a really cheap belt at Rainbow to finish the look.

Now that's all in this post for costuming.  We just had our opening weekend and it couldn't have gone better.  The cast was amazing, the audiences were incredible and we still have three more weekends!

We got just an excellent review from Russ Bickerstaff: You can read it here:  Cleverly Precise Sherlock Holmes

We also launched our kickstarted campaign to offset some of the costs of the production, it you liked the show or even if you're still coming but want to support us stop over and donate anything you can:

Thanks for everything!  Hope to see you all at the show!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sherlock: Costume Closet: Dr. John Watson

As promised here's the post on John Watson. Now I had thought that this costume was going to be the death of me before the production started, however it was actually probably one of the easiest costumes in the end.

I didn't even do a character sketch of what I wanted for John Watson, because I wasn't 100% sure of what I was really looking for.  Like I said in the last post, we cast all the guys in the show then had the first promotional photo shoot the next day... smart me.  So as a production team we sat down and the wonderful Tom Marks happened to have access to this massive storage space filled with costumes and props from an old theatre company that is no longer working.  We dug around in there and pulled a few things, and then Tom held up this suit:

I didn't even know I was looking for this, and yet it was perfect.  It was a nice study English tweed, three pieces, which to me always reads militaristic to reflect Watson's past in the army.   We paired it with a tux shirt to get the right look in the collar and Amanda Hull's boyfriend Cole had a deconstructed tie that we slapped on as an ascot. 

The one thing that was not ideal about this suit was the pants.  Everything else (The coat and vest) fit Max quite well, but the pants had been taken in for someone years ago and were taken in like six or seven inches in the waist. For the first photo shoot, I didn't have time to re-sew them so I just cut the seam down the back.  That's right ladies, Max's tush is hanging out the back of those pants in the picture above.  Mmmmmhhhmmmmmm, I know what sells tickets. 

Okay I did fix them for the show to protect his modesty, because while it is a very nice tush that would be fairly distracting.

Here's a shot with the pants fixed:

One of the other things you'll notice missing from this shot, and indeed the show is Watson's walking stick.  This is something we got rid of entirely.  In the books it does state that Dr. John Watson has a war injury, however Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is inconsistent about where that wound is placed.  There are some stories where it is in his leg, and some where the wound is placed in his shoulder.  Since the script was in flux, because I wrote it I asked Max where he would like the injury to be placed.  Max made the decision that to provide himself more mobility he opted for the wound to be placed in the shoulder. That's your fun Sherlock Holmes fact for the day.

I do feel a bit bad, I had promised Max a new cravat and something a bit more steampunky, along the lines of the ladies costumes but this just looked soooooooo perfect. Again. I said it in the last post and it should be repeated, if you find something that is pre-made that fits your idea this well DO NOT GET RID OF IT, there is not pride in that and you will just be causing yourself more headaches down the line trying to recreate it.

So that's it on John Watson.  Next costume closet we'll be taking a look at my costume for The Other Woman.  See you all soon.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sherlock: Costume Closet: Sherlock Holmes

This post will be an excellent example of how sometimes when you're costuming a show you don't get the thing that you pictured in your head, and truthfully in this case that was not a bad thing. 

In the last post I showed you the character sketch of Fanny Norton's costume and the realization was pretty close to the sketch... Now we get to Sherlock Holmes... Here's the sketch:

And here's what we ended up with:

Yeah... that's a little bit different.  Now how does something like this happen?  Well when I sat down to figure out what I wanted the show to look like and feel like, I had decided that I was going to build Sherlock's vest because I thought that Sherlock would have these pieces of clothing that were extraordinary to reflect how he feels about himself.  

Then it so happened that we had to schedule a photo for press purposes that took place literally the day after we cast everyone.  There was no way I was going to have time to sew anything in less than 12 hours, well I might have been able to, but it wouldn't have looked very good.  So we asked the guys: Michael Traynor (Sherlock) and Bryan Quinn (Inspector Lestrade) (More on Bryan in a later post): to bring in things that might suggest the character.  Then those beautiful, wonderful boys showed up with things more perfect than I could've ever made.  With time being as much of an issue as we had if it worked I wasn't going to be crazy enough to throw it away.  The fit was amazing and to be honest what Michael brought in was very similar to the sketch, except in the color scheme, and that was something I was willing to let go.

Here's a shot from the first photo shoot:

 One thing you will notice about the promo shoot is Michael Traynor's hair color switch.  Now I did like Michael's hair in that platinum blond hue, but for Sherlock I wanted him to be more grounded, more natural looking.  So we set up a hair appointment and Michael was good enough to go in and let us change his hair color for the role.

There was one thing I did build for Sherlock's character and that was the goggles pictured in the shot of Sherlock in his lab.  And by built I do mean that I found a pair of goggles and doctored them up a bit.  I don't have a great shot of those goggles on their own, so I guess you'll just have to come see the show to take a closer look.

- I started by gluing on all kinds of gears and cogs that I picked up at a local craft store.
-Then I took some wire and wrapped it around pens to create really tight small springs
-Finally after I had attached all of those pieces I took some metallic finger nail polish and lightly brushed the edges to give the goggles a more metal feel.

I do intend to make Sherlock a nice lab apron that is sort of leathery and earthy, but I might not get time.

Well that's it for this costume closet.  Next time we'll take a look at John Watson!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sherlock: Costume Closet: Fanny Norton

It's no surprise that I have a deep love of clothes.  One of the main things I always tried to do with the photo shoots here at Reconstructing Grimm was make really interesting visual choices with the costuming for all of our photo series.  With Sherlock Holmes and A Most Irreugular Tea Party I wanted to do the same thing, even though this is more of a period costume piece than anything we've done in the past. 

The first thing I thought would be to create this Steampunk-ish world for the characters to live in.  That way we could use semi-modern costume pieces and still keep a Victorian feel intact.  That sounds easy in theory, but in practical application it gets a little tricky.  This is made even more difficult due to the fact that I was an idiot and scheduled the press photos in such a way that only gave me a week to finish all the costumes. Yeah.... shall we see what I came up with?

Okay let's start with the character of Fanny Norton played by the incomparable cute-as-a-button Amanda J. Hull.  Fanny Norton was one of two costumes I built completely from scratch.  Here's the sketch I did for what I had hoped the costume would end up like:

And here's what we ended up with:

Not too bad.  Several things were added in the realization of the pieces.  For example, the leather collar and the belt.  The belt gave the waist more definition, which is incredibly flattering.  Sometimes Victorian costuming can get a bit frumpy, which while that is historically probably more accurate however nobody wants to watch frumptastic matrons prance around the stage for two hours.  You gotta give it a little umph and think the fit of the jacket and the addition of the leather collar really gave it the edge I was looking for.

Now the skirt I am proud to say I did without a pattern... well sort of.  I found this great online tutorial link here:  The Incredible Easy Bustle Skirt

You just plug in the measurements of the person you're building the costume for and boom in about two hours you're done.  I will say I did modify the pattern a bit and did some nipping and tucking here and there, but one of the best things of this skirt is that it's light weight.  For the movement Amanda (the actress pictured above) that she does in the show keeping the costumes able to flow was vital.

Then there was the headache of the hat.

Yes I made that hat.  Over the course of about 6 and a half hours I built that puppy.  Now why would I do that? Especially when I could just buy one that might look just as good if not better.  A couple of reasons.  One; I suppose I'm a glutton for punishment.  Two; we don't have a massive budget on this project and I could built the hat for about 10 bucks while buying one would put us into $50- $75 dollar range on the cheaper side.  In fact Amanda's entire costume only cost about $30 to make (To be fair the fabric was found in some old costume storage and a lot of the other smaller pieces needed I had, if you were buying everything you needed for the costume it would have been a lot more expensive).  The third reason was that buying a hat would insure that it would match the costume the way I wanted it to.  So how was this done:
 - Firstly I got a frozen pizza box and cut out the brim.  Then I spent three hours sewing by hand steel wiring onto the outer edge.
-Next I used my sewing machine to sew the green fabric to the brim of the hat then set that piece aside.
 -The crown was a circular piece of the pizza box that I dredged in water and placed in a bowl to get the right shape and the assaulted with a can of spray starch.  Then I let that sit over night to dry.
-The next night I fired up the glue gun and covered the crown of the hat in the same fabric that I used on the brim. Then put the two together and bent the brim until I liked the shape.
-Finally it was time for all the trimmings.  The flowers and ribbon I held up to the hat adjusting and fussing with it until I was happy then glued all the pieces to the hat.  
-The last bit was attaching a bit of elastic to that it would stay in place on someone's head.  Then I was done and ate lots of chocolate.

(If there is a demand for it one day I'll do a step by step tutorial on how to make the hat with pictures; however this won't be til after the show closes. I won't have time till then.  But, if you want to learn how add a comment and I'll get off my tush and show you.)

The whole ensemble from start to finish took about three days, eight hours a day.  I do have a day job, I just got up very early and went to bed very late for about a week.  I don't suggest anyone else do this... ever.  It makes you extremely cranky and in this case I got really sick buy the time I wrapped every thing up.  

That's all for tonight.  Next Costume Closet we'll be looking as Sherlock's costume.



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Producer Diaries

The show countdown has begun. 22 days until opening night. Everyone in the cast is aware of it, but I'm really feeling it.

This is the first big, big project I've ever done and the risk is big. I mean that in the sense that, with the photo shoots, I can put the work out there and forget about it.  People only generally comment on the work if they like it.  With a show, it's entirely different.  There are things critics and tickets sales and all these things that can pile up to show you how successful your show is or isn't.   There is the also the added pressure of costumes to finish, the script needing a final polish, and rehearsals haven't even begun yet.

I hope it doesn't sound like I'm complaining. I'm not, really,  I am so lucky to have the cast and creative team that I do.  So few people get a shot like this at age twenty-four, to put on a play that they wrote and retain creative control.  However, part of the goal of this project is to take the audience through the whole process of putting a show together.  To be honest stress and pressure is part of every show I've ever been a part of, and as weird as it sounds that's what makes the theatre so great.  There is the chance that what you're working on might fail, but when it doesn't and when opening night hits all of the headaches and late nights melt away and all you're left with is the fun bit.

Now before I wax too Doogie Howser-ish on this post I'll give you some updates:

Last night the cast met up for a nice dinner.  We sat and talked about the show and characters.  Some nice things were added to the script.  More over we just got to sit and bond a bit.  Now, I know that sounds strange, but in my opinion a cast that can go into a rehearsal process as friends has a much better shot of playing off of each other without having to spend the first three days figuring each other out.

Today I started on the costumes, I have until essentially next week Wednesday to get my stuff together.  So far I have a hat done and right now I'm taking a short break to knock out this post before starting a particularly difficult bustle skirt.

Tomorrow I head off to the Brumder to take a look at the progress on the set.  Sherlock's lab is being constructed in the basement, and I have to go give approval on somethings and drop off a few props.

I think that's all for tonight.  I hope you guys out in cyberland are looking forward to this project as much as I am.  The next post will include a link to the video footage of auditions, then you'll get to see my boys in action.  It's gonna be good.

Night everyone. The game's afoot!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

In Support of "The Bible: The Complete Works of God (Abridged)"

For those of you who may be un aware; on August 9th of this month a radio evangelist took to the air waves to shut down a production of THE BIBLE: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF GOD ABRIDGED in Lapham Peak.

Russ Bickerstaff's Blog Curtains take a more in depth look at the full details of this story, here's a link I encourage you to read it:

"The DNR had revoked use of Lapham Peak State Park. And now the Summerstage of Delafield has been forced to look for another stage with only a little over a week until opening night. They really shouldn't have to. The Bible, as I say, is a really, REALLY durable book. It's withstood a lot more than a little sketch comedy."  -Russ Bickerstaff

I have also had the good fortune to work at Lapham State park with Summer stage on two wonderful shows, one of which was with the Brian Faracy the producer and one of the actors in the show.  Brian is an incredibly sweet, talented man and I can't believe that after all he's done for Summerstage and for actors alike, the DNR would roll over on him in such a disgusting fashion. 

The two other actors in the show Nate Press and Emmitt Morgans are dear friends of mine and I wish that the people of Delafield would get to see how truly talented they are.

There might be some reason to cancel THE COMPLETE WORKS OF GOD (ABRIDGED) if it were remotely controversial, however the show it self is just a light-hearted night out.  It's no more controversial than Andrew Lloyd Webber's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR or Stephen Schwartz's GODSPELL. Each of those shows have their moments to poke fun at the bible in their own way, but you can bet that if Summerstage was producing either of those warhorses the public would come in droves supporting the mere suggestion of singing and dancing in the park.  For some reason it is suggested that because this show is simply a comedy and it doesn't have the toe tapping libretto of JCS or GODSPELL it doesn't deserve the same respect, when in fact this simple little comedy is an intelligent, entertaining script performed by some stellar actors who are really being given the short end of the stick here.

The whole boycott, the cancellation of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF GOD is an absolute abomination and I urge the community of Delafield to do something to fix the situation that they have created.  There is no reason to play into a group of overly touchy "church people" who every Sunday spout the ideals of love, acceptance, and forgiveness but then the moment something rubs them the wrong way they are the first to grab their picket signs.

Don't look at the the people who would willingly stop this show without even seeing it, just because the title seems to suggest blasphemy.  Look at the surge of support on facebook, in the media, and amongst the larger community.  That surely proves that this show should go on.

If this bothers you as much as it bothers me, please contact the DNR directly to show your support of local theatre. Call and ask for Hilary at 608-266-2121 or email her at

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sherlock: The First Table Read

Tonight we had the very first table read with the cast for the script for Sherlock Holmes and a Most Irregular Tea Party

Now I am aware that most of Reconstructing Grimm's readers are theatre folk, but for those you who aren't here is the wikipedia definition of what a table read is.

Table Read: a stage of film, television and theatre production when an organized reading around a table of the screenplay or script by the actors with speaking parts is conducted.

Now here's something to understand about our show.  I have said this from the beginning, I may be the author of this script, but I don't consider myself an author.  Due to that simple fact the Sherlock script is at the moment in a state of flux, meaning that whatever the actors would like to bring to the script in terms of line changes and characterization is than welcome, at least for the next few weeks.

At a certain point, when we have made as many changes as are needed the script will go on lock, which means no more changes, for the sanity of myself and the actors who would go crazy trying to memorize several different versions of the script.

We also invited two very important people to the read, the first was Ginny Jenkins who is helping our with props and small costume items and the very talent Matt Zembrowski.  Matt is creating some original music for our production.  Not all shows have music created, in fact it's not all that common in smaller theatre's at all.  However, Matt was very interested in the project and we're more than happy to have him on the team.

The read went very well in my opinion.  We had a good time, fixed a few things, and laughed a lot.  Here's hoping the rest of the production will chug along as nicely.

Tomorrow I have a meeting with Matt to discuss the music, and the rest of this week will be spent on costuming and working with Tom Marks on set design.  

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Strange Case of A Grimm Disappearance

I know, I know, it's been a while here on our end at Reconstructing Grimm.  You may be sitting there asking yourself, why has it taken so long to put together a new shoot?  Why haven't there been any new posts in a while?

The answer is elementary, and it's not that I've forgotten or lost interest.  We at Reconstructing Grimm have decided to move into a slightly larger territory.  So here is my big announcement,  Reconstructing Grimm is doing it's first full scale production.

I've written the script, we've spent the last few months workshopping it, there is a venue booked, we have a date set, and now we're right smack dab in the middle of casting. 

Over the course of the show there will be video blog posts following us on our journey from page to stage.  You'll see everything from the first table read to opening night.  And of course there will be a themed photo shoot for promotional purposes, hey after all that's what we do best.

Here comes the mean part of the blog post, as of now, with casting still being up in the air I am not revealing what the show is at all until we have a cast locked into place.  You won't have to wait much longer I promise, and I've left a few clues in this post that might give you a hint or two.
Hope you are all as excited as I am, and sorry for leaving you hanging for a bit.  I swear the finished result will be well worth it.  Until the next post!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Ravens

The Ravens: The Brothers Grimm

In a faraway kingdom, there lives a widowed King with his four children: three princes and one princess. One day, he decides to remarry. He marries a wicked queen who was a witch. Out of spite, the queen turns her three stepsons into ravens.

Slowly, and painfully wings began to sprout from their backs.

 Their eyes grew black as coal and cold as the frozen north.

Finally with the transformation complete the brothers flew away into the black night disappearing in the cloudy starless night.

No longer protected by her brothers, the queen then tries to bewitch their young sister Elise, but Elise's goodness is too strong for this, so she has Elise banished to a far away corner of the kingdom where her brothers watch over her in their raven form.

There, Elise is guided by the spirits of the old ones to gather nettles in graveyards; she knits these into shirts that will eventually help her brothers regain their human shapes. Elise endures painfully blistered hands from nettle stings, and she must also take a vow of silence for the duration of her task, for speaking one word will kill her brothers.  Elise determined to save her brothers sews her mouth closed for fear of betraying them and sets about her task.

Elise had nearly finished her task when she was discovered by the evil queen's personal guard.  The guard looked at Elise and saw her hands and her mouth and accused her strange state as being caused by witchcraft.  Elise was taken back to the castle and put on trial for the dark arts.  The Archbishop was chagrined because he thinks Elisa is herself a witch, but the king will not believe him. One night Elise escapes from her cell, she was out of nettles and was forced to collect more in a nearby church graveyard where the Archbishop was watching. He reported the incident to the king as proof of witchcraft. During her trial the statues of the saints shake their heads in protest, but the Archbishop misinterprets this sign as confirmation of Elise's guilt. She can speak no word in her defense and is sentenced to death by burning at the stake.

The brothers discover Elise's plight and try to speak to the king, but fail. Even as the tumbril bears Elise away to execution, she continues knitting, determined to keep it up to the last moment of her life. This enrages the people, who are on the brink of snatching and destroying the shirts when the ravens descend and rescue Elise.

Then Elise throws the shirts over the ravens, and the brothers return to their human forms.  Elise is now free to speak and tell the truth, but she faints from exhaustion, so her brothers explain.  The King, Archbishop, the brother's sentence the evil queen to the stake and she is punished for her crimes.

Elise's courage prevails, and she is forever reunited with her brothers and her father, the king.

Hope you enjoy the shots from the Ravens as much as we did shooting them.  Leave a comment as to which is your favorite!

-Lady Grimm

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Grimm Collaboration

So last weekend on Sunday I did a little side project.  I worked with a new photographer; Ritesh P. Keskar to create something a little different.  Instead of doing a fairy tale shoot as you are all used to we did a high concept shoot. 

I'm calling it The Scarlett Intimacy, and the idea behind it is that there is a couple at a costume party and the camera captures the moments they're alone together.  Like a said a bit different, but all in all an amazing shoot and we had a lot of fun.

We cast actor Jake Lesh as my romantic interest.  If you haven't figured it out yet, I basically use photo shoots to roll around with really good looking men for a few hours.  If you haven't tried it you really should.  It's a great stress reliever.

 Isn't he swarthy?  Oh, I like a swarthy man and ladies Jake Lesh most definitely delivers. In fact he and I have had a bit of a tryst before in our Romance Novel days.  Actually this was a shot taken on a cell phone at a party about two months ago that was edited with in an inch of it's life, but still it's pretty fun.

Although I will share a big no-no that I did on this shoot.  It's mostly a cautionary tale.  See I am a whiskey drinker.  I like it a lot, I like it without a chaser and without mixer and the night before I drank a good deal of Jack Daniels.  It was the most unprofessional thing I have ever done and I am ashamed.  I am sharing on the blog so that I will now have public shame and never, ever do that again.  I held it together for the shoot, but it was super unfair of me, if not funny to everyone else.  Anyway, the shoot went really well anyway and here is the first shot:

Let me know what you think!

And check out more of Ritesh P. Keskar's work at his website RpKeskar Photography

Friday, February 17, 2012

Reconstructing Grimm Hits Newsstands!

After a long delay Reconstructing Grimm will finally be available in issue #23 of Faerie Magazine.  They're doing a pretty sizable spread of the Wizard of Oz series.  As far as I know you can pick it up at most Barnes and Noble stores, so if you're looking for more information on us, that a great place to look.

Also here's a link to their webpage you can get our issue straight off their website.  We're not mentioned in the table of contents, but I know we are in there.
 Faerie Magazine Website

Also it's been a while since our last shoot.  Unfortunately I think that Arabian Nights is going to go on the back burner for a bit.  I'm just having so much trouble with locations and costumes, plus inspiration isn't coming as easily as I would have hoped. 

Instead we're pressing forward, I have some great ideas for the new year, so keep checking back to see what we have up our sleeves. 

One of the ideas we've been tossing around is a Reconstructing Grimm calendar.  Mother Shipe got the first unofficial one for Christmas this year, it turned out so well we were thinking about producing them on a larger scale.  Would there be any interest in that?  I mean it's hard for me to judge, as they're mostly photos of me so I think they're all amazing.  Let me know what you think.  If there seems to be a demand for such a thing we'll see what we can do.

Thanks dear readers! Be back soon.  In the new year I'm going to try posting more often than once every two months.  In fact the goal is once a week. Let's see how I do.

-Lady Grimm