Casting Call: Family

Character Overview

Growing up, Daron’s family life left a lot to be desired. When Daron moves out on his own, he tries to leave his family behind.

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One Shot

From an objective viewpoint, the Star*Gaze opening set was probably a perfectly adequate performance.

But I don’t have an objective viewpoint. I thought it was excruciatingly terrible.
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Sometimes It’s a Bitch

(This Saturday chapter brought to you by generous donations to the Tip Jar! Thank you especially Frank and Bill and Wendy! -ctan)

The first time I saw Ziggy that day was when I arrived at the venue with Carynne, who brought me over separate from the rest of everyone. He had a gaggle of Spanish-speaking press around him so I didn’t approach.

The venue was another space-age wonder. On the day sheet it had been listed as “Estacionamiento del Poliedro de Caracas.” I was under the impression that “estacionamiento” meant parking garage but I thought maybe I was wrong, or maybe Venezuelan Spanish didn’t use the same words as the mishmash of Castilian and Puerto Rican that I could normally make out. “Poliedro” was a mystery until our driver used the English: The Polyhedron. The name made sense as soon as I saw the place. The roof was polyhedral, one shallow slice of a geodesic dome. Groovy. So to speak.
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Thursday Fanwork: Finding Remo by Mark Treble

Remo Cutlass, formerly a pirate, had turned his life around and was now sailing a cargo ship. He carried only the finest of rocks and rubber bands between ports in the Atlantic. He was three days’ overdue with an emergency shipment of rubber bands to Boston, and no one had heard from him.

His friends and customers searched everywhere. His former cabin boy, Daron, who now manufactured specialty rocks, contacted the Coast Guard, which launched a search and rescue mission off the coast of New England. There was no sign of Remo, his ship, the S.S. Bedouin, his crew or his cargo. Remo was simply gone.
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Meat Puppets

The middle of the night dilemma: Orgasm had relaxed me and a panic attack had cranked me right back up. So, what to do?

Colin gave me a sip of whisky out of his metal flask and ordered me to lie back down. He proceeded to walk the heels of his hands up and down my spine until I was physically relaxed again. Mentally I had woken up enough to start wondering where Ziggy was and then the reflex kicked in that if I didn’t know where Ziggy was, I probably wasn’t supposed to know.
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Casting Call: Ziggy Ferias

Character Overview

Ziggy Ferias is a singer, performer, “orphan vampire child.” (His last name sometimes spelled as Farias).

Ziggy is a significant figure in the story, both musically and as Daron’s love interest. Ziggy is charismatic, talented and difficult. We see him through Daron’s eyes except for a brief POV change where Ziggy takes over as narrator.

A talented singer would be ideal but (as with Daron), the charisma and ability to work with a range of complex motivations is as desirable as musical talent.

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The Rhythm of the Heat

I woke up desperately tired after two hours of sleep and could not remember where I was. It was dark and I could hear someone breathing but I couldn’t tell who from what I could hear. The bed didn’t feel like Ziggy’s bed.
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Casting Call: Daron Marks

Character overview

Daron Marks is the main character of the Daron’s Guitar Chronicles. Daron narrates the story. He’s a guitarist who escaped New Jersey after high school graduation by going to music school in Rhode Island.

Daron takes us on both a professional and emotional journey throughout the story. We get to know Daron through his own words and occasionally through another person POV. We also hear about Daron’s early life and are looking for an actor that can play a younger Daron for these flashback scenes.

Daron is a prodigy on the guitar – an actor who can play guitar is an advantage, but not at the expense of the ability to convey emotional depth through minimal dialogue.

Initial callout

 
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It’s Only Natural

Our first stop was Venezuela. If you picture South America like an ice cream cone, Caracas is basically where the cherry on top of it would be. I don’t think we even changed time zones, just flew straight south like migrating birds, but I can’t really be sure since I slept through a bunch of the flight.

If your wondering how I slept through a cramp so intense it was sending shooting pains up to my elbow, the answer is simple: pharmaceuticals.
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In Memoriam: Beyond Black Hole Sun… by Lenalena

I am not sure grunge can be truly appreciated by anyone who didn’t have their formative years in the overproduced musical wasteland that were the 80s. It’s hard to appreciate the contrast if grunge happened before your teenage years or after you stopped identifying yourself by your choice in music. Grunge is Gen X. For me, it started with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, but I remember coming home one day in 1991 and being greeted by my then-boyfriend blasting ‘Rusty Cage’ from Badmotorfinger. (My 2015 homage to Rusty Cage was linked last week). Of all the grunge bands that I have loved since then, Soundgarden is my favorite. Chris Cornell’s voice hit me in the gut in a way that Eddie Vedder’s never did. And Chris’s death is hitting me in ways that Cobain’s and Staley’s didn’t.
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