‘Tis the Season in So Many Ways

This year has flown by so gorram fast. The holidays are on us and I’m so thankful for the crew I have that gets bigger every day. We are up over 125 members now and I’m looking forward to celebrating with everyone.

Speaking of celebrating! Thank you to everyone who came out to help me celebrate my birthday yesterday. I got the most wonderful surprises from my Browncoats…

Our family is expanding and it makes me want to do so much more in the coming year.

WRITE? WANNA?

The first of the prompts for our fan fiction crew zine will begin in December. I’ll be posting a prompt December 1st with replies due by the 15th. The zine will get released into the wild by the end of the month and the next prompt posted on the 1st. Your Captain will give you a scenario and you’ll respond to it in character as your persona on the crew.

If you want to play but you’re not up to writing and just want to give us a challenge, feel free to email me if you’d like to suggest a storyline or just misbehave and throw something at the crew to gum up the works and put us through our paces!

And keep reading, because the storylines here will have farther reaching effects…

BROWNCOAT BÁI XIÀNG PARTY

Calling all Browncoats: Ready for a little holiday shindig? It’s our 2nd Annual Browncoat Bài Xiáng Party! Bring your families and friends for a little White Elephant fun. I’m working on a location in either Richmond or Lexington so it’s central for most people. Last year’s was at Golden Corral in Richmond, this year I’m hoping to make it a casual potluck and white elephant exchange with some Firefly-themed holiday goodies for everyone. Feel free to comment with suggestions on dates and locations. Looking forward to seeing you all!

FIREFLY GAMING

Looking into using online tech to start a game for us once a week. Nowhere near ready yet so be patient. The Firefly board game is awesome, BUT I’m hoping to snag some of the tabletop game books and run us through scenarios online through Roll20 as a tie-in with our zine. The books are on my wishlist and I’m studying up on the tech. If it is something you’d be interested in joining in on, though, let me know (comment below or email me). When I do this it will be a weeknight – probably a Tuesday or Wednesday night as our family’s regular DND game here is Thursday nights. Weigh in on it and let me know what you think! I’m planning to broadcast it via Twitch.

 

 

 

Them There Independents!

A huge salute to all 86 of my Browncoats at the time of this post, you rock! We’re 14 away from have 100 members and I’m thrilled to see all of you. Our events are growing – we had 15 bowlers at our last Browncoat Bowling – and I’m expanding our events to continue us forward. Thank you all so much for being here, for supporting our events, and for just being so gorram cool.

Here’s a few updates…

PATCHES!

Our 2nd Annual CSTS screening of SERENITY is scheduled for Thursday, September 13th this year. Over 200 of you shiny lovelies represented last year and it’s my mission for us to sell out this year and use our zine to cover expenses so that we can donate an even bigger 100% of the proceeds to our two charities. Per CSTS requirement, we are donating 75% to Equality Now, but this year the remaining 25% is going to Military Missions based in Lexington, KY. To snag a patch (pictured right) before they are all gone, drop me a note with: How many you want, your postal mailing address, and then PayPal 10.00 for each patch to (same email) cantstopserenity at gmail dot com (please cover the 3% fee) and as soon as I have them in my shiny little hands I’ll mail them out.

COSPLAY FOR A CAUSE 4TH OF JULY

This 4th of July you’ll want to come watch the Lexington 4th of July Festival and see us in the parade! We’re teaming up with Cosplay for a Cause, a newly formed network joining the forces of the Western Kentucky Ghostbusters, the 501st’s MidSouth Garrison/Blue Sun Squad and our own Kentucky Browncoats as the Featured “Santa” spot at the the end of the parade. The parade starts at 2pm and if you come early, you can catch a movie at the Kentucky Theater and get out in time to snag a viewing spot. Renmeleon, aka our leader Captain Nyorissa Kel, is showing An American Tale on the big screen as a fundraiser at 10am and 12noon! Bring the kids and come for the day. there’s lots going on.

THIS FALL, BROWNCOAT CAMPING!

Like to camp? I’m looking into booking us an outing this fall when the weather cools back down at Homegrown Hideaways. If you enjoy the outdoors, even if it’s ‘glamping’, you won’t want to miss this one. My goal is campfire nights under the stars with a guitar or two, Browncoats getting to know each other a little better, and just a break from the daily. Tents, yurts, a tipi, hammocks may be involved so stock up on your camping gear. We aim to misbehave like this at least once a year, so if you’re interested in making this an annual 3-day event (shiny new patches included in the cost) please help me spread the word! We’ve raised 200.00 so far, but we need to put a 500.00 deposit down by July 4th to reserve the October 6-8th date. If you can help, anything you can toss in (use cantstopserenity at gmail dot com) would be awesome!

As always, I appreciate you!

Keepin’ her in the air,
Captain Kel

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Been a couple months since I’ve sent a wave, nearin’ a middle on the technical troubles, but we’re here and still flyin’…

MONTHLY EPISODIC

Earlier this month we started an episodic trek every month to go through the series. We’re meeting from 7pm to 9pm above the Fudge shop in the Old Town section of Berea off Broadway if’n you’re in the neighborhood. Check out the event page on Facebook if you’re interested and remember to RSVP.

SAVE THE DATE

Need a Browncoats & Bourbon kinda night? Save the date then! April 15th, 2017 (rescheduled) there’s a Shindig coming up in Lexington at Shakespeare & Co. on Short Street downtown. Beats worrying about your taxes. Dancing, buffet, and cash bar as well as a special choreographed performance of the dance from Shindig (the episode) by the Lexington Vintage Dancers. We’ll have a caller and ::fingers crossed:: live music. Tickets are 60.00 per person or couples for 100.00 – Save 20.00 and bring a partner, friend, or Big Damn Hero! We’re going to try to put together a pre-Shindig gathering for anyone wanting to learn the dances. Dance or not, come enjoy the show, the food, and the company! Always nice to meet more Browncoats!

WORKSHOP

Ana Maria Selvaggio of Renmeleon (me) is going to teach a writers workshop on Character Development as part of our search for crews. Also known as Captain Nyorissa Kel, Ria has been a writer and author for over 30 years working in and around the publishing industry on and off since the mid 80s. More TBA.

CREW ZINE

The Jiu Hai Shen is a little short on crew for the zine. Writer? Wanna? We’re looking for a Companion-type and someone a little psychic for personnel.

PATCHES

Found a local source for patches and am throwing together a few ideas. Our logo(s) and Browncoat Bowling will be the first ones. If you collect, keep an eye out!

EMAIL GROUP/NEWSLETTER

We’ll be underway soon with both our YahooGroup email list as well as our newsletter. I’ve got my backup desktop PC working so I’m able to finish setting everything up.

THANK YOU

As always, couldn’t do this without you. Thank you for being here!

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We Can’t Do It Without You!

as of 0905.16: 19 tickets sold
60 needed to make rent

“Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love,
she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when
she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keels. Makes her a home.”
– Captain Mal Reynolds, Serenity

A NOTE FROM THE ORGANIZER

First, thank you for being here. I don’t say that lightly, this really wouldn’t be happening without you. Whether you’re just finding out about Firefly or you’re a veteran fan, this event is a way to connect with your fellow Browncoats, see our beloved Serenity on the big screen, and just have fun. Regardless of love though, your ticket is what is bringing this event to life.

HOW THIS EVENT WORKS

The Kentucky Theater is allowing us use of their smaller, 320-seat State theater. Rent will be due two weeks prior to the event in mid-September, so we need to sell roughly 60 tickets in the next couple weeks or the whole thing is a no-go. That’s right, without advanced sales we won’t have an event. So spread the word far and wide, and encourage your friends, family, and other fans to consider getting their tickets now because, let’s face it, Serenity on the big screen is what dreams are made of for us fans.

WHO IS BENEFITTING

Aside from us getting to see it ::cheer:: we’ve got two charities to raise money for. All 100% of the profits are going to: Equality Now, an international human rights organization for women and children, and Lexington’s own Arbor Youth Services which provides multiple programs for at-risk youth and their families including a drop-in shelter.

HOW DO I BECOME A SPONSOR?

This year we’re just getting started so it’s fairly easy. We have a wishlist of needs and expenses to cover, the first of which is our theater rental which has to be met by September 12th. If you’re interested in helping, and God bless, you can reach me direct via email. Sponsors get pretty decent perks and I’m more than happy to discuss options from taking care of items on our list or making a direct donation on our behalf. I’m hoping to make this an annual, much bigger event, and have some things in the works, so drop me a note and let’s brainstorm!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Thanks for listening, thanks for being here, and thanks for spreading the word to the corners of the ‘verse. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and watching Serenity break atmo!

Stay shiny and keep flyin’,
Ria
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Ana Maria Selvaggio, Renmeleon
fka Captain Nyorissa Kel, Jiu Hai Shen
Leader of the Kentucky Browncoats

ATTENTION ALL BROWNCOATS, THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING!

And we are a GO GO GO!!!

Ticketing is live and we only have 320 tickets available for this one night only chance to see our beloved SERENITY on the big screen in all her glory.

BE A BIG DAMN HERO!

This is a CSTS event, which means 100% of the profits for this event is going to charity. More information about our charities for this event can be found here: Equality Now and Arbor Youth Services in Lexington.

The Jiu Hai Shen, RL

A Wave from the ‘Verse:

My original exposure to Firefly was a DVD set we received in the mail. Someone we knew in Star Wars Galaxies (MMO) back in the day was addicted to the show and had bought several DVD sets to gift to friends in the hopes we’d all be hooked as well. Big. Friggin. Understatement.

We fell in love with the language of the show, the cast, the ‘used future’ feel, and renewed our love for Joss Whedon. There was nothing quite like it. It was new, refreshing, and…cancelled? What do you mean this is the only season…?!! Devasted, we found out the follow up movie, Serenity, was coming out in the next year and we shifted our focus to a more hopeful temperament. It will forever be ‘too soon’ though. Yup, it’s ‘just’ a TV show, but what it stands for is awesome (and a whole other conversation in itself).

Fast forward about 10 years. My family and I moved from Florida to Kentucky in early May 2016, and I’d connected with the “Kentuckiana Browncoats” on Facebook. I took over as admin in order to kickstart the group and changed the name to the Kentucky Browncoats, setting us up as a Kentucky-only group as Indiana had started their own. The next steps were to set us up on social media, build our home in the virtual ‘verse, and start networking.

I’ve worked in and around books and the publishing industry for most of my life. I’m an avid reader and a huge fan of zines, aka handmade magazines. I recently taught two classes locally in Berea – one with the Berea Writers Circle, and one at Herb & Willow – and was involved with the Kentucky Fried Zine Fest (which was a blast), so I had it in my head to incorporate my love of Firefly with my love of zines and passion for creative action.

The Wine Dark Sea was inspired by a piece my husband had contributed to an art project I’d run years ago (image below) inspired by a line from Homer’s Odyssey: “And now have I put in here, as thou seest, with ship and crew, while sailing over the wine-dark sea to men of strange speech…”. From there, Wine Dark Sea was translated into Chinese where it became the Jiu Hai Shen (jwee-hi-shaen).

The crew of the Jiu Hai Shen is comprised of our Thursday night gaming group writing as our fictional characters on our fictional ship:

Captain Nyorissa Kel, myself
Syrus Gedron, my husband
Bella Dogden, my daughter
Shaemus McCrae, my ex-husband

For now, we’re just a little zine flying shiny in the deep black….can’t stop the Signal. Hope you’ll come along for the ride, it promises to be a fun one.

Still flyin,
Ria
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Ana Maria Selvaggio, Renmeleon
fka (Firefly known as) Captain Nyorissa Kel