Thursday, September 2, 2010

In Alex's World...


It’s 90 degrees outside and 60 degrees in my office. I love working in a refrigerator!

Other than freezing my ass off, good things are happening this week. And not just in my world, either!

Talli just hit 400 followers! That is awesome – she’s a great blogger and beautiful gal. Would love to hear an audio of her voice, as I bet she has a sexy accent, too. (Wait, did I say that out loud?)
She’s holding a giveaway, so check out Talli’s BLOG for details.

Fallen just hit 200 followers and is also holding a contest! So, stop by Falen Formulates Fiction and say hi to Yvie for me as well.

Cassandra Jade kicked off her virtual tour on Wednesday with a unique twist – during her visits, the host blogger visits HER site as well. It’s like a two-for-one deal. I’m looking forward to hosting Cassandra on the 13th.

Elana Johnson contacted Jennifer Daiker at Unedited and yours truly to do a triple-post series next week on blogging. Elana wanted three viewpoints on blogging from experts. No, that is not a typo. No, I don’t believe it either. Jen has close to 700 followers and Elana has… well, at least a million. (Reminds me of the child’s game “Which one of these items doesn’t belong?”)
The series kicks off on Monday and Elana will have details up at her website very soon. So, be sure to visit THOSE two awesome ladies for some great info. Then you can come by and humor me with a nice, short, irrelevant comment…

And despite the fact I’m working on guest posts for my virtual tour next month (Dear Lord, that’s next month!!!) a couple new ideas struck me for the sequel to CassaStar. So, I’ve been writing, turning Byron’s world upside down again. Actually, I stuck him in a barrel and sent him over Niagara Falls…

Thanks to everyone who’s visited over the past couple weeks. The Blogging Idiosyncrasies posts were a big hit. If you missed them – and judging from the amount of comments, you didn’t – Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.

Wait, did I mention another blogfest in the spirit of The Movie Dirty Dozen? No? I’ll get back to you on that one…

78 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Oh Good another challenge on the horizion, Still looking forward to your book.

Have a cool day.
Yvonne.

Ellie said...

All those followers people have, and me proud of my 41. LOL.

I haven't done a blogfest yet, so please do one!

Journaling Woman said...

Lots of good news.

Copyboy said...

Hey any Blogfest and I'm there. 60 degrees? My office is a balmy 78.

Mason Canyon said...

Wow, there is a lot going on. Thanks for the links.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Old Kitty said...

I would love to hear Talli speak - I imagine a sexy Canadian with a British twang a French twist and a sprinkling of Polish.

Suddenly it is very warm here...

I think it's time for a quick getaway while I still can...! LOL!

Take care
x

L. Diane Wolfe said...

60 degrees? My tush would be frozen, too. And what's this about another blogfest?

DEZMOND said...

Not that you need this information but I also have a sexy accent, the very very British one :)))

Oh, I like the update on Byron's new adventures. Since I've now translated a few sagas in my career, I've noticed that sequels are usually boring and are used not to bring some fresh new stories and ideas but just to get some more cash from the readers. This is why I like when, instead of just continuing the same line of the story, sequels bring totally new twists and put the already known heroes in totally new settings and situations. Be very very very careful with the sequel, Alex, do everything you can to make it ten or twenty times better than the first part. For each scene you had in the original, you must create a ten times better scene in the sequel. Deepen the characters, "adrenalize" the action, make the setting even more imaginative, give your heroes some new characteristics, bring in some cool new people into the story ...

Karen Lange said...

Congrats on being asked to be part of the series! Thanks for all the links too. Have a great weekend!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Yvonne!

Ellie, it's not about quantity, it's about quality. At least that's what I keep telling myself!

Copyboy, my frozen ass would like to trade you.

Thanks, Dezz, I needed that added pressure.

Karen, I'm still stunned!

Clarissa Draper said...

All those blogs deserve the followers they get, they're awesome.

Oh, I can't wait for another blogfest. I never took part in the last one but I want to take part in this one.

CD

Helen Ginger said...

Alex, you are so busy! Good busy, but busy.

I'm gonna have to think back to when I saw The Dirty Dozen and try to guess what this next blogfest will be like!

Cold As Heaven said...

Working in a cold room can be very refreshing, as the mind (at least mine) seam to become more clear in lower temperatures.

Looking forward to The Movie Dirty Dozen like event >:)

Cold As Heaven

Ellie said...

Damn, now I call that chilling! ouch! Time for some Holiday tunes and hot chocolate...

Bryon is over a barrel..I think he might have you over a barrel! Those characters can get arrogant, beware!

ooh, I would love another round of
Dirty Dozen...I was sick and didn't give it my all~

Summer said...

Don't sell yourself short! I'm sure your input will be great! She wouldn't have asked you if for nothing. :)

KarenG said...

Looking forward to your book release

(was that short & irrelevant enough?)

Glynis said...

I do not enjoy cold. I enjoy cool. Just coming out of the hottest summer Cyprus has had on record. It is now hot. :)

Have fun in all you do! :)

Elana Johnson said...

So many good things going on. I totally missed the Blogging Idiosyncrasies posts! What is wrong with me? Wait. Don't answer that. ;-)

Matthew Rush said...

Wow that's a lot of awesome news! Congrats Alex.

And I don't think that just because you have less followers than those two means you don't fit. You're an excellent blogger who is especially talented at keeping a good variety of posts coming. I've never been bored once reading them.

Laura Eno said...

Wow, what a busy schedule! Congrats on bouncing around the blogosphere!

Falen (Sarah) said...

aww thanks for the shout out!
And i have to say the movie dirty dozen was my all time favorite blogfest, so something in that spirit would be AWESOME

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Helen, I won't keep you in suspense for long.

Cold, half of the women here are using space heaters...

Ellie, Byron is one cocky SOB!

Thanks, Summer.

Karen, that was perfect!

Elana, I wasn't going to say a word...

Matthew, I shall add "not boring" to my resume then.

aspiring_x said...

yay! those will be some excellent posts!! and HOORAY for writing!! :)

and blogfest?? movies??? sounds fun! :)

arlee bird said...

All sorts of things to look forward to! Nothing like keeping us busy with blogging.

I always enjoy posts about blogging, but I think I've told you that more that once. So I'll say it again. After all, I repetively discuss the topic on my Monday posts.

Another Blogfest? I'm listening. Always a good way to pick up a few more followers.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Kierah Jane Reilly said...

LOVE your blogfests. Count me in! And congrats on everything - Elana Johnson is awesome! And thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting, like, all the time! I have to say, this summer has hit me hard, and I have to sheepishly admit that my behavior of late probably fits under your sub-definition of a "blog-whore." But please don't count me out!

Karen Walker said...

I'm in awe of bloggers with so many followers. I'm so glad I found your blog, Alex. It's fun to visit here.
karen

BStearns said...

Wow, some generally awesome stuff happening in the blogosphere! Can't wait to check out your blog post, and can't wait to see you on my blog! Oh, PS, my review is up :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Its all good. I've been to Talli's blog and its a real winner. Looking forward to your next blogfest and your virtual tour. Should do wonders for books sales. I'm thinking big thoughts.

Stephen Tremp

Talli Roland said...

Wahahaha!

Thank you Alex! Just for you, I MAY do an audio of my voice. Actually, here's an interview I did back in Nov on BlogTalk Radio... fill yer boots with my Canadian/British accent! :)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/castingcouch/2009/11/09/marsha-moore--author-of-24-hours-london

Seriously, though -- thanks!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, the three of us should give you a lot of fodder then.

Kierah, you are NOT a blog-whore and I'd never count you out.

Thanks, Karen!

Bryan, I just did, and I am in awe!!!

Stephen, BIG thoughts!

Talli, you know I'm going to go listen now.

ediFanoB said...

60 degrees is fine for work.

Two months ago we have had nearly 97 degrees in our office (nine people, a lot of PCs and printers, NO air condition)...

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

Bleck! It’s 95 here with 40% humidity. Yeah for the sequel idea. It’s that “the bees knees?”

Jules said...

I'm with Karen, just in awe of their numbers!!

Oh, I remember that blogfest, you invited me and I had no idea then what a blogfest was I though you were referencing my post to be similar to "The Dirty Dozen." LOL

I'm ready this time :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Mary McDonald said...

Cool! Another Movie Dirty Dozen. Can't wait to find out what this one is all about.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Edi, that makes total sense, doesn't it? Screw the people AND all the expensive equipment!

Jules and Mary, glad you're excited!

cassandrajade said...

That is excellent news for Talli and Fallen. Thanks for linking to my blog tour and I can't wait to visit your blog.
Congrats on being part of the three part series on blogging, I look forward to seeing what you have to say.

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Looking forward to your book blog tour next month as well as your input on blogging!

The Invisible Seductress said...

I have fun every time I come to visit here...Congrats to all!!

I could use some of that chilly air here...Man is it ever hot today!!!

xoxo

Caledonia Lass said...

Hey if you want cold, I'll send you some of our weather up here. Talli would love it here, apparently Alaska reminds people of England, so we get lots of English folks visiting. :D
I have friends with sexy English accents, gotta love it. ;)

Jemi Fraser said...

I think you fit in really well with Elana and Jen!! Looking forward to it :)

Lynda Young said...

Brr...cold... I can't write if my hands are cold ;)

Thanks for a great selection of fantastic blogging news and links :)

Liza said...

All good stuff here...except for the refridgerator thing...I have a circulation issue and with a/c at that temp, my toes would turn white.

Kelly Dexter said...

Just say no to judging bloggers by their number of followers! I'm still pretty new to your blog, but I think you and Jen are both great choices for Elana's series. Looking forward to it.

Also, stay warm!

Chuck said...

Always ready for another one of your blogfests! You da man! Can't wait for your book next month.

Kelly said...

Looking forward to your blog on blogging! Elana knows what she is talking about so congrats on being the chosen one! :)

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Thanks. Now I have some more blogs to check out.
Be well.
xoRobyn

Jingle said...

good luck!
Happy Friday!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Lots of good stuff here, Alex. It's great that you support blogger friends this way.

Patricia

Angie Ledbetter said...

What a nice blawg! Glad I came by from KarenG's BBQ.

Kathryn Magendie said...

I'm visiting from the "BBQ labor day blog party" -- your comment had the word "crap" in it and since that's one of my fave words, I thought I'd stop by and look around *laughing* sometimes, I'm just that way ... :-D

Love the look of your blog - very professional and eye-catching!

Laura Pauling said...

Looking forward to the trifecta next week! Found your blog through Elana's post today!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mel, I'd love to visit, too.

Liza, that's why all the women in my office use space heaters.

Angie, Kathryn, and Laura - thanks so much for stopping by! Hope I can keep you amused.

Thanks for the words of encouragement, everyone!

Krista said...

I am definitely checking out the blogging idiosyncrasies (ouch, it's too early to spell that word) series! And your stint on Elana's blog. I love her!
Thanks!

Stephanie Thornton said...

I hope you saved some spring rolls- I'm over from KarenG's blog. And I'm looking forward to your posts next week!

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Dude, you totally belong on that trifecta of blogging bad-asses :D And I'm looking forward to checking out your virtual tour!

LTM said...

Hi, Alex! Although we seem to have little in common, I'm here/now following you for a variety of reasons. All of which I will list right now:

1-We have a lot of the same friends! (Did you notice?)
2-I was given your award TWICE (!) I know, it cost me two bucks.
3-I have the ice for KarenG's BBQ and you were getting a little too steamy on Ellie's blog yesterday(looks like Talli's, too!)
4-You're getting upgraded from a 'fridge to a freezer...?

5-We both hear voices. (What does this mean? Well, check out my post for today.)

ummm... OK, I'm done. ;p

Zoe said...

Popping over from the BBQ! Thought I'd say hi.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stephanie, I promise I won't eat all of them unless absolutely necessary!

Thanks, Zoe!

LTM, guess I better save the steam for my girl, Kate!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I popped over from the BBQ and joined the Army! I'm a fellow SF writer, so I will def be back! :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

I wandered over here from KarenG. Nice to meet you :)

JW said...

Stopping by to mingle for the BBQ. You found a new follower in me. Normally, I am not a sci-fi gal, but I am always open to expanding my mind! I look foward to reading your blogs. Have a great weekend! Enjoy the journey, Janelle

Sangu said...

Sounds like a great, great week! And I'm not surprised you were picked as a blogging expert, either :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks Susan, Sherrie, and JW!

Sangu, good, that makes one of us!

Julie Musil said...

Hey! I found you over at Karen G's bbq party. Awesome blog you have here!

Laura Kaye said...

Visiting you from the BBQ! Great site, and congrats on your upcoming release!

Raquel Byrnes said...

Great news and congratulations to all. Your blogfest idea sounds interesting, I can't wait. Glad inspiration struck for your next book...how cool is that?

Edge of Your Seat Romance

RaShelle said...

Holy 67 comments Alexman!!! You are a superhero at this point. Elana has it right. No sense denying it. I know the woman and she's one smart cookie!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with next week. =D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks Julie and Laura!

Raquel, it was cool and desperately needed.

RaShelle, no pressure, please!

RaShelle said...

Whoops-a-daisies!!! ;-)

Vicki Rocho said...

It's a mean thing to do, but it was 70 here and I spent all day in my office with the front door open...ahhhh.

Sorry, that really wasn't very nice at all. I'm supposed to be a guest here, after all.

Looking forward to the Blogging series. Have a feeling I'll learn a LOT since I still feel like a rookie.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Vicki, one day it will be 70 here, and you'll be freezing, and I'll be asking "Who's laughing now?"

Amity said...

OMG, bloggers hitting hundreds and close to a million followers? Now that's a hoax...lols!

This post is really inspiring, i wish to have 200 followers soon, while at present tally, it's 181! Whew...a long way to go!

Your posts on blogging idiosyncrasies are really a big hit! C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S!!!

Good morning from the Phils! :)

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm getting to the party late on some of my favorite blogs and seeing LOTS of comments. Kudos on the gig at Elana's.

sweetsue said...

Thanks for the info on other bloggers. I am heading over to visit them right now!

Claire Goverts said...

I'm looking forward to the blog series, I'm sure you all will have some great information.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Amity. And you are really close. Really!

Thanks, Carol!

The Yard Bard said...

A blogfest? What shall I wear?!

February Grace said...

Congratulations on the fabulous reviews, Alex! Huge news indeed, what sci-fi author could ask for better than that?!!

~bru