I've been experiencing technical difficulties again and I probably will for the next week or so but at the moment I have a working computer so let's get to it.
Totally non-fandom related is this: back in February I told you about the controversy surrounding the then-open-less-than-a-week Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory and its unapologetic owner Jamie Pendelton. Drinks named Victoria's Secret and Date Grape Kool-Aid were changed a few weeks after its opening but the bar is still being sued for trademark infringement by both an Atlanta-based bar with a similar name and Gonzaga University for unlicensed use of its Bulldog mascot and related logos. Then there was the eviction notice from their landlord for unpaid rent. On Monday June 23 Spokane County sheriff's deputies assisted in booting the bar from its location and as Spokesman-Review writer Shawn Vestal put it, "It would not have happened to a nicer guy."
Speaking of Guys, there are two novels being released really soon that were inspired by Richard Armitage's portrayal of Guy of Gisborne. Charlotte Hawkins is offering a free Kindle edition of her updated The Tempest -- A Guy of Gisborne Novel through this weekend via her Facebook page. And when I checked Facebook this morning I was greeted by a photo of a thrilled Prue Batten lifting a glass to celebrate the publication of Gisborne: Book of Kings, the final book in her trilogy. You can find special offers for the first two books -- Book of Pawns and Book of Knights -- on her Facebook page here and check out what else she's doing on her blog here.
I would be totally remiss if I didn't wish a very happy First Blogiversary to Perry at ArmitageAgonistes. Has it been a year? Go give her some love if you haven't already.
Hmm, what else is going on...it seems there's something REALLY BIG happening right now. Okay, of course it's boyfriend's run as John Proctor in The Crucible. You can read fan stories about the play and The Man at The Crucible Experience, a collaborative site by Perry and Guylty from GUYLTY PLEASURE. A great time is being had by all, it seems, and I'm thrilled for all of you who are getting to see the play and meet the dude!
So that brings me to SpReAd The Love. So far this year we've totaled 344 kindnesses because you all rock and our Anonymous Co-conspirator from March and April is back with us for another challenge related to the opening of The Crucible. We want to shower boyfriend with roses, right? But he might be allergic so with apologies to the floral industry we're going to shower him with bouquets of goodwill instead. Our Anonymous Magnanimous Miscreant has offered to donate $15 for each dozen kindnesses reported to Obscura or me between now and press night in July, up to a total of $60. Can we total 48 kindnesses in a few weeks? I think so. And remember, these don't have to be huge gestures. Did a fellow fan give you their space in line to meet The Man after the show? That counts. Did you email a note of encouragement to someone? That counts. Did you and a group of your friends volunteer your time at a food bank? That counts, too. All kindnesses count and when we total them up our Co-conspirator will make a donation to one of the charities Richard Armitage supports via JustGiving. Just email me at funkybluedelphinium (at) gmail (dot) com or contact Obscura at her blog Ancient Armitage and we'll keep a running total.
Now for something totally unrelated and goofy. Weird Al's new album is hitting soon but in the meantime he put his weirdness to good use as Sir Isaac Newton in a hysterical Epic Rap Battle versus Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Have a great day and I'll catch you soon!