Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Character Overview

Not just a story about a talented musician navigating the music scene in the ’80’s while being gay – DGC shines a light on the biz itself.

This callout is for characters who work (or hang onto those who work) in the music biz.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Jul. 18th, 2017 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

(A couple of quick reminders!

  • Remember to have a look at last week’s Casting of Carynne, Colin, and a few other folks!
  • RSVP if you are coming to the August 20th meetup in Louisville, KY!
  • There are still a few slots open for Fanworks Thursdays!
    Love you all! -ctan)


  • I was more alert while getting on the plane this time. I still felt like a jerk for having other people carry pretty much everything for me, but at least I didn’t give myself a cramp in my hand, and we could proceed with my non-show-day medication regimen.

    This time I noticed that the different parts of the entourage were in different parts of the plane. The roadies and stagehands were all the way in the back. The band was in the section in front of them— behind the bulkhead galley and the overwing table section. The dancers were in front of the table section. Management had taken over business class. And what I guess I have to call Ziggy’s inner circle took first class and the upstairs lounge.

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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    Character Overview

    The story covers a number of years and throughout, friends and love-interests appear – and disappear.

    This callout is for characters who play an important part in the life of our hero Daron as either friends or lovers.

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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    I woke some time in the morning to find I was snuggled against Colin. No panic this time. He was deeply asleep and I didn’t have enough energy or neurotransmitters to panic at that point.

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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    (Happy Fourth of July everyone!)
    I was not in the mood for a party after the show, but there was going to be one whether I was in the mood or not. When you drag a bunch of young, creative people partway across the planet and then have several thousand people scream adulation at them, some partying is inevitable, but especially on opening night. And especially given that everyone knew how hard we’d worked to get this show to where it was.

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    ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
    ( Jun. 27th, 2017 09:00 am)

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    Tell me. When do you think the worst possible time for my hand to cramp up would be? In the middle of the show? Right at the beginning of the acoustic segment with me and Ziggy? Right in the middle of “Candlelight?” The fact that it happened the in the five minutes before we went on proves that things could have been worse. Right?

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    Ars Technica published an article by me on Pride Day (yesterday, traditionally the last Sunday in June) entitled “Coming Out as a Slytherin.”

    In the article I detail how there have been a series of “closets” whose doors I have had to kick down, from coming out as bisexual in the 1980s, to coming out as a pro who also wrote fanfic in the 2000s, to, eventually, realizing I had to come out as Slytherin, too.

    In the article I talk about the pervasiveness of the anti-Slytherin bias in the books, which carries right through from Harry’s first hearing of the word through the epilogue:

    “One of the magics of the Potter books for me was that as I read them, I was transported back to feeling like a kid again. … My journey as a fan… started from a childlike devouring of the books where I took Harry’s journey at face value. Harry hated Snape and Draco? I hated Snape and Draco. Harry thought all Slytherins are bad? I thought all Slytherins are bad. It’s a book for kids, right? A simplistic worldview is appropriate and comforting.”

    “But the moment I leapt into fandom headlong was also when book six, Half-Blood Prince, came out. In that book, Harry keeps on thinking that Snape and Draco are villains. It’s also a book where many adult readers started realizing that Snape and Draco are victims. I went back and re-read the entire series through Snape and Draco’s eyes and what I saw was very different.”

    “I guess you could say it was the Potter fandom equivalent of being woke.

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    Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.

    ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
    ( Jun. 22nd, 2017 10:00 am)

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    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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    ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
    ( Jun. 20th, 2017 09:00 am)

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    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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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    (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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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    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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    ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
    ( Jun. 13th, 2017 09:00 am)

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    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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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    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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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    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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    I’m so excited that a project I’ve been working on for almost a year is having its debut next week!
    Geek Actually is a fiction serial I’ve co-written with Cathy Yardley, Melissa Blue, and Rachel Stuhler for Serial Box Publishing. The official tagline is:

    Sex and the City for the modern geek girl. Follows the lives of five diverse, geeky women as they navigate work, love, life, and the internet.

    It’ll be in text and in audio formats! The first episode (titled WTF) premieres June 7, 2017, with a new installment every Wednesday until the season finale on August 30. Episodes can be purchased individually at any time for $1.99, but Season Passes at Serial Box allow readers to pay for an entire serial upfront at a discount – $19.99 includes all 13 episodes in both text and audio (about $1.53 per episode).

    You can read it via the Serial Box app on iOS or Android or subscribe through their website here. Or the individual episodes can be pre-ordered/purchased from:

    Serial BoxAmazonBarnes & NobleApple iTunes • and other usual places ebooks and audiobooks are sold!

    Excerpts:

    Before publication there’s a sneak peek of vignettes of the main characters here: http://bit.ly/get-GEEK-early

    Smart Bitches Trashy Books published a preview excerpt: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2017/04/geek-actually-cover-debut-excerpt/

    Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    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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    ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
    ( May. 30th, 2017 09:00 am)

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    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 you’re 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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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    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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    ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
    ( May. 23rd, 2017 01:30 pm)

    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    (Sorry for the delayed post! Web server and I both crashed overnight so it took a while to get it rebooted and the post re-loaded! -ctan)
    Remember how someone told me that Nomad traveled much lighter than your average big rock band? You might recall that when we flew to Japan the instruments and equipment went ahead by a week or something. One crew handled getting the stuff from gig to gig and from country to country, and the band itself traveled like regular people, by train, by plane. We didn’t have a large crew or complicated stage setup, and we relied on local backline and crew at each show.

    That wouldn’t be the case with the Tempestad tour.

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    Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

    Today’s fanpost is different because today is different. For those who haven’t seen the news, Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog, died yesterday. You can read more about it and him here.

    Lena offered her own Tumblr post for sharing, and there’s a bit of a mourning thread that’s developed on the previous regular DGC post, but feel free to offer your thoughts here.

    I’d planned to do a post of live cover performances today, and Cornell’s take on “Billie Jean” was on my list. Instead, I offer three acoustic performances by Chris from various times in his career.

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