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[18 Mar 2010|10:09am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Hi everyone.


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Closing Up Shop [29 May 2009|09:31am]
Hey gang.

So yeah... I've been reading thorugh the old Crapdaddy Chronicles lately, and I have to say that I'm not too impressed with what I've seen.  The journal runs the gamut from desperately maudlin to abrasively flippant, and even the entries in between - the "moderate" ones - annoy me.  It all seems so... unfamiliar to me now.  Like it was written by sombody else.

And truthfully it was written by somebody else.  The journal was created during an incredibly dark time in my life and I don't recognize that person any more.  There's so much weight attached to every entry and I can't even open it without being struck by the negativity of it all.

So I'm starting a new one.

I need the release that comes with expressing my feelings and I'm really excited about doing it with a fresh pallette.  If you're interested in following my future exploits, I can be found at return_to_go . 

I sincerely hope to see you all there. 

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Thanks. [19 May 2009|05:38pm]
[ mood | determined ]

Thank you Christina, for recognizing that I needed you today and spending the afternoon with me.  I couldn't have done it without you.

I love you.

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THOR!!! [18 May 2009|12:31pm]

Kenneth Branagh is directing the upcoming Thor movie!  I guess that means the pseudo-Shakespearean english from the comics will remain intact!

And Sam Jackson will be reprising his role as Nick Fury, which should be a treat.
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A Game of Tears - Rock and Roll Blood Opera - Design Blog #1 [15 May 2009|09:11am]
[ mood | creative ]

I'm going to name-drop now, and I'm going to be shameless about it.

For a brief time, I stole John Wick away from game design.

A few years ago John and I played together in a band called the Awful Lot. That musical collaboration was born out of a pretty dark time for both of us, and we were hungry - aching, even - for an opportunity to channel that darkness into a medium outside of our "chosen" fields. As you probably already know, John is a Roleplaying game designer of no small repute, and I... well, I'm occasionally an actor. By no stretch of the imagination did we dare to call ourselves "musicians", and yet we stormed into that tiny rehearsal room in Hollywood and rocked it. Hard.  No, we weren't musicians, but in the beginning I think that blind, stumbling naivete helped us. We simply didn't know what the rules were, and so we were fearless about breaking them. 

It was a good time. 

A great time. 

But like all great things, it had to come to an end.  John eventually parted ways with The Awful Lot, grew tired of the Los Angeles rat-race, and moved to Arizona in search of his bliss.  He has friends, family and - thanks to the success of his masterpiece, Houses of the Blooded - has secured his place among the pantheon of great game designers.  He's healthy, happy and finally back to doing what he was meant to be doing: telling stories.  It's pretty inspiring, actually.

In fact, it's so inspiring that I've decided pay homage to Mr. Wick and his masterpiece in the only way I know how - by putting it to music.  There's something deliciously cyclical about getting this opportunity to give the Ven a rock and roll voice.  Perhaps it's arrogant of me, but I'd like to think that John's early research into the Ven culture was influenced in some small way by his time with The Awful Lot.  After all, if there was ever a culture that embodied all of the passions and excesses of rock and roll, it was the Ven.  And whatever else could be said about The Awful Lot, there was a lot of passion there.  Passion, lust, and yes, even betrayal.

All of those virtues that the Ven hold so dear.

So I will be working with John to translate and interpolate the lost fragments of the ven blood opera, A Game of Tears into something that our modern ears can appreciate - a rock opera.  I will be posting my progress here, for those of you who are interested in following this fascinating journey into the musical minds of the Ven. 

Thank you.

-Sheldon Morley

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New Project - Journal #1 [13 May 2009|05:36pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

I just recieved a flash of inspiration for a new musical project. At the moment it's somewhat secret, but I'll be posting updates here as the project gears up! What I will say is that it's a collaboration with John Wick and that it should be a lot of fun...

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SInging Orks [11 May 2009|04:29pm]
For Brother Wick:

Orks are just misunderstood.
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Tyrion! [06 May 2009|05:00pm]
Peter Dinklage has signed on to play Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones pilot for HBO!!!!!

Perfect casting!!

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My thoughts on the musical phenomenon Rent: [04 Mar 2009|09:26pm]
 I know how you pay last year's rent.

You get a fucking job. 
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[24 Feb 2009|05:56pm]
I'm feeling a bit more like sharing again.

I'm probably going to do that here again, despite all of the other social networking sites I've latched on to.
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New Phone Finally [29 Dec 2008|01:21pm]
Hey gang,

As some of you may already know, my old AT&T 8525 phone was violently retired a couple of months ago. None of my contacts were saved to my Sim card, so I lost years worth of accumulated contact information. A friend was kind enough to loan me her old Samsung phone until I was elegible for an upgrade from AT&T, which I was finally able to take advantage of.

Anyway, I have a new phone now and I need to start building my contact list up again. Please email your number to thecrimsonghost@hotmail.com so I can get you back into the phone!


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[21 Nov 2008|02:40pm]
[ mood | sad ]

Manic Automatic at the Viper Room:

I really hate coming back to the real world after those brief, shining moments of empowerment.

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"Casting Call of Cthulhu" [12 Nov 2008|04:42pm]
[ mood | amused ]

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[12 Nov 2008|03:54pm]
Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta.
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Quiz [06 Nov 2008|04:14pm]
The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Extreme
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)High
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Very High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)High
Level 7 (Violent)Extreme
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Very High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante's Divine Comedy Inferno Test
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Postcard! [06 Nov 2008|03:41pm]

This is the postcard and online image for the show I'm directing.  it's actually happening.  Wow.

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Political [04 Nov 2008|08:21pm]
Thank fucking God 
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Audition Notice for my show! [31 Oct 2008|05:03pm]
[ mood | determined ]

‘Night Mother
by Marsha Norman

Audition Date:  November 16th, 2008
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
No monologue will be necessary, but please be prepared to read from the script.

Hunger Artists Theatre
699-A South State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831

Performance Dates: January 9 - February 1, 2009

General Audition Information

The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie's father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last job didn't work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father's service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment—a moment never to be forgotten by those who have witnessed, and come to understand, her plight.

Character Descriptions
Mama: Well meaning, not very bright, but doggedly determined to do the right thing by her daughter. Stage age: roughly 55 to 65.

Jessie: More rational, less emotional than her mother. Concerned that her decision should not be misunderstood or cause needless distress. Stage age: roughly 30 to 40.

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Manic Automatic Show [29 Oct 2008|05:16pm]
[ mood | determined ]

Hey guys, Manic Automatic has a VERY important gig coming up and I'd REALLY appreciate it if you could all come out for it. We will be opening for the band Days of the New at the Viper Room on November 20th. Some of you may remember Days of the New from their 90's heyday and their hit "Touch, peel and Stand". They were all over KROQ back then, which itself is certainly no measure of quality, but they were actually pretty good. Opening for them is a good opportunity for us and we'd love all of you to come out and share it with us!

Youtube "Touch, Peel and Stand" - I guarantee you'll recognize it.

Anyway, solid details about tickets will be forthcoming! Thanks!!!


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Divisive Politics [17 Oct 2008|10:31am]
Before I say anything, I feel it’s only fair to point out that, ever since I was old enough to vote, I’ve been a republican. I voted for George Bush in 2000 and I’m ashamed to say that I also bought into his “stay the course” bullshit in 2004. I consider that lapse in judgement to be one of the greatest mistakes of my adult life, right next to dating a alchoholic pshychopath and not going to Juilliard when I had the chance. I avidly listened to conservative talk radio, watched Bill O’Reilly on Fox News and read every single one of Anne Coulter’s books (which I still maintain are hilarious). I was the very picture of the ill-informed GOP poster child.

Now I see clearly. Hindsight, as they say, is always 20/20. After eight years of failed economic policies, increasingly aggressive foreign relations, rising oil prices and the steady erosion of our fundamental civil liberties how can anyone not think it’s time for a change? I came into this election season desperately wanting a republican ticket I could believe in. I had high hopes for John McCain as someone who could heal the nation after George W. Bush’s disastrous tenure in the White House but I just don’t think he’s that guy.

And I don't think Sarah Palin is being unfairly scrutinized by the media. She is clearly unprepared for the world she's been thrust into. It's not her fault, really - McCain choosing her as his running mate was one of the most cynical political moves I've ever seen and it really only solidified my decision to vote for "the other guy". This is a woman who brings nothing to the political arena and has proven it time and time again by blundering her way through interviews and ducking policy questions. My lack of faith in Sarah Palin has nothing to do with her age or her gender and everything to do with the fact that she's SIMPLY NOT QUALIFIED TO BE THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

(Interstingly enough , "lack of politcial experience" was the argument that McCain's camp was using against Obama at the beginning of the race. It's interesting to see how quickly a lack of politcal experience became "charming" and "refreshing" when Sarah Palin came on board.)

So am I happy that I have to vote for a democrat in this election? No. However, this country has fallen hard over the last eight years and we need someone charismatic to rally behind if we are going to find our national dignity again. Barack Obama is articulate, intelligent and level-headed - exactly the qualities we need in a leader right now. We need someone who can help undo the damage that eight years of George Bush's mushmouthed, inarticulate swaggering has done to this country. I don't think that John McCain is that man.

As an American voter, it’s hard not to be cynical. Dishonesty and corruption are so widely accepted in our political structure that it’s nearly impossible to care about who becomes elected. But as I watch John McCain and Sarah Palin bumble their way through this campaign I am struck but just how far we have fallen as a nation.

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