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Friday 3 October 2003, 8pm
Common Grounds: 3211 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, VA
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And that's a wrap!
Posted by Geoffrey on Friday 3 October 03 @ 11:19PM

A quick note (as I'm about to collapse) but Fray Day DC was a roaring success! My thanks to everyone who came out to see the show. Details and media to come!

Whoof. G'night!

Slight delay on Fray Day DC.
Posted by Geoffrey on Friday 3 October 03 @ 4:58PM

Hey, everybody -- slight delay on Fray Day DC. We're going to start at 9 instead of 8. Feel free to come down and grab some coffee and meet everybody, though!

Featured perfomers: Geoffrey Long.
Posted by Geoffrey on Thursday 2 October 03 @ 9:41PM

The final featured performer for Fray Day 7 DC is, well, me.

long.jpgGeoffrey Long has always loved to read, write, and design, which led him to found Inkblots Magazine in 1995. Since then, he has earned his degree in English and Philosophy from Kenyon College, relocated from Ohio to Bethesda, Maryland, and had his work appear in Polaris, Gothik, {fray} and Hika. His weblog, Tip of the Quill, is the editorial at Inkblots, and his personal site/portfolio is available at

All right, it's t-minus just less than 20 hours and counting. C'mon down tonight and join the fray!

Featured performers: SarahScott Brett.
Posted by Geoffrey on Wednesday 1 October 03 @ 8:07PM

Nearing the end of our featured performers list, I'm proud to bring you SarahScott Brett, an old college friend of mine and one of the most brilliant, creative people I know. For her bio, SarahScott writes:

brett2.jpgSarahScott Brett graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies in the spring of 2000. Since then she has worked as an office admin, a nursery school teacher, a bookseller, an EMT, and a ski patroller. Currently, she is in a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Goucher College with intent to start medical school in fall of 2005.
According to legend, SarahScott came home from a storytelling event at age 6 and recited all of "Wicked John," complete with Appalachian accent, having heard it once. Given the number of tales she's heard (and lived) since then, I'm betting she'll have a fine one for us come Friday. Come down and join us!

Some more Fray Day DC clarifications.
Posted by Geoffrey on Wednesday 1 October 03 @ 3:45PM

Hey, all -- after having received a few more emails, I thought I'd add a few more clarifications for Friday night's big show.

It's okay to bring notes! Think of this as a performance from your high school speech class, only much cooler and much more relaxed. If you're spooked that you're going to get up there and blank out, bring some note cards! Bring a notebook! We'd rather you didn't get up there and just read, but you're more than welcome to bring whatever references you need to be comfortable. Remember, you're among friends here.

It's okay to bring a guitar! Are you one of those folks who's handy with the musical instruments and have a true ballad you'd like to perform? Cool, that counts! Come on down and sign up for the open mic. Which brings me to...

The open mic is first-come, first-served, and you don't need to email me in advance. There will be a signup sheet and a stack of performance guidelines there at the event. Think you want to come down and see what others are doing before you commit to sharing a story yourself? Perfectly, perfectly fine.

Right! Any more questions? Send 'em along. I hope to see you there!

Featured performers: David Seitzinger.
Posted by Geoffrey on Wednesday 1 October 03 @ 3:08PM

Next up on our list of featured performers is DC-based photographer, designer and animator David Seitzinger. For his bio, David writes:

seitzinger.jpgDavid Seitzinger graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design with a degree in Industrial Design, and is currently a graphic designer in Washington, DC. Besides photography, David enjoys 3D animation, sculpture and jewelry making. Most recently, he participated in an outdoor public art project in Erie, Pennsylvania called "GoFish!" Erie. His "Blackened Whitefish" was sent to Chicago to be a part of the "City Critters" exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

David (who I swear isn't as scary as that photo makes him appear) maintains his photographic weblog over at – swing by for a number of really great shots, including photos from the story I believe he's planning to spin for us on Friday!

Featured performers: Kori Lusignan.
Posted by Geoffrey on Wednesday 1 October 03 @ 2:54PM

Continuing our announcements of featured performers for Fray Day 7 DC, I'm pleased to introduce y'all to the lovely Kori Lusignan. For her bio, Kori writes:

lusignan.jpgKori is an almost-thirty-something Wisconsin native who lives to be a cliche by trucking cheese back to the DC area each time she visits her childhood home. A 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in political science and French, Kori now works in the apolitical, English-based field of graphic design. Highlights of her life include learning the oboe, living for a year in the south of France (a la Peter Mayle), and most importantly, marrying the love of her life. She met her husband Mike in the first grade but swears they didn't start dating until after college graduation. Kori and her hubby live in Arlington with their two wonderdogs, Ada and Wilbur. No matter what she accomplishes with her life, she will probably be best known for her infectious laugh. Infections are a good thing, right?

Kori's one of those folks who always has great stories about life, love and just about anything under the sun. Personally, I can't wait to see what she shows up with on Friday night. Be there!

Featured performers: Michael Alex Wasylik.
Posted by Geoffrey on Tuesday 30 September 03 @ 2:10PM

Continuing the announcements of Fray Day DC's featured performers comes one of my favorite fray alums (and my absolute favorite lawyer), Mike Wasylik. For his bio, Mike writes:

wasylik.jpgMichael Alex Wasylik is a litigation attorney in Northern Virginia, which means he makes his living telling stories based loosely on reality to captive audiences who mostly wish they were somewhere else.

When he's not weaving a fascinating yarn, he's proudest of being the father of Alex and the husband of Dineen. When asked for comment on whether that pride is reciprocated, Dineen and Alex declined to comment.

Mike's weblog can be found at, and a sample of his storytelling prowess, "Untied," can be found on the Fray Cafe 3 CD.

Some Fray Day DC clarifications.
Posted by Geoffrey on Tuesday 30 September 03 @ 9:24AM

It has come to my attention that there are still some decent-sized questions floating around about Fray Day DC this year. So, a few answers are in order.

Fray Day DC is a free event. Thanks to the fantastic people running our venue, we don't need to sell tickets! Come on down for an evening of free storytelling and entertainment.

Fray Day DC will have refreshments available via the venue. Since I moved here, Common Grounds has received way too much of my money. I recommend their chai and their mochas. Their menu is available here. If you're looking for more sizeable sustenance, there's a diner right across the street, and a number of other restaraunts within walking distance.

Fray Day DC will have free wi-fi access on location. Want to come down, bring your laptop and blog the event in real-time? Go for it!

Fray Day DC parking may be limited, so you might want to take the Metro. There's a decent-sized parking lot right next to our venue, and parking should be free at that time of night, but Common Grounds tends to be kind of hopping on a Friday night, so you might want to take the train. The Metro stop is Clarendon. Come up out of the station, do a U-turn and walk until you see the place. You can't miss it -- it's a small house-type place across a wide intersection of streets a block or two down.

Fray Day DC is going to be laid-back. Some Fray Day events are big three-ring events. Fray Day DC is going to be more like a bunch of friends sitting around telling stories. Well, sure, with a stage. And a mic. And maybe a videocamera. But! The important thing is that you'll be among friends here, telling tales in a comfortable little coffeeshop. Come on down and swap some stories!

Any other questions? Drop me a line. I hope to see you there!

Featured performers: David Thomas.
Posted by Geoffrey on Monday 29 September 03 @ 8:15PM

Third on our list of featured performers is David Thomas. For his bio, he writes:

thomas.jpgDavid Thomas is an independent filmmaker in Baltimore, MD, where he attended JHU, graduating a semester before they introduced their film program. (Sigh.) He's written, directed and produced two shorts - "The Least Dangerous Game" and "Attack of the Bobbleheads" - and a feature, "All Night Thing." He's very opinionated about film, as you can tell by one
glance at his weblog,

David is also a film critic for Inkblots, as well as a returning Fray talent, whose story "Riot at the Quaker Auditorium" appears on the Fray Cafe 3 CD.

More featured performers to come!

Featured perfomers: William R. Coughlan.
Posted by Geoffrey on Monday 29 September 03 @ 7:58PM

Next up on our featured performers list is William R. Coughlan, a screenwriter, animator, film producer and critic. For his bio, William writes:

coughlan.jpgWilliam R. Coughlan is a video producer for The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C., where he began as a graphic designer before segueing into video and multimedia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary and a Doctor of Divinity from the Universal Life Church. He dabbles in screenwriting, acting, three-dimensional animation, and writing autobiographical comments in the third person. He is also the illustrator of Stories for Children with Problems & Wishes and an occasional contributor to the online literary magazine Inkblots. His weblog, Prometheus Unleashed, is available at He currently resides in Burke, Virginia, with his wife Pam and their two daughters.
What he didn't put in there is that he's also one of those people who can tell a really, really boisterous story when he gets into it. This is going to be good.

Featured performers: Talon Beeson
Posted by Geoffrey on Monday 29 September 03 @ 7:45PM

Hey, DC storytellers! Our Internet access finally returned this morning after Hurricane Isabel came a-thunderin' through, so I can, at long last, share with you some of our featured perfomers. First up is Talon Beeson, an old friend of mine who is coming all the way from Chicago to regale us with stories of his adventures in the theater business. For his bio, Talon writes:

beeson.gifTalon Beeson is an actor/voice over artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He can be heard as the character George Sebastian on the nationally-syndicated radio drama "Left Behind" as well as the national radio spokesman for DeVry University. He recently returned from New York City, where he played Dr. Caravello in the NY premiere of "Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical" (where he got the story he'll be telling). He is thrilled the Cubs are in the postseason. Go Bears!
When I first spoke with him about this, he was also threatening to bring his guitar. Stay tuned! (Um, no pun intended. I swear.)

Announcing Fray Day 7 DC!
Posted by Geoffrey on Tuesday 5 August 03 @ 12:51PM

Hello, everybody – this is Geoffrey Long, editor of Inkblots Magazine and your host for Fray Day 7 DC! I hereby officially invite all frayers around our nation's capitol to join me in the newly-refinished upstairs room at Common Grounds in Arlington from 8 to 10PM on Friday, October 3rd for an evening of storytelling.

Want to see what the venue looks like?

From the stage:

For directions, menus and other information, swing by Hope to see you there!

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