Monday, October 24, 2011

Just the Facts, Ma'am!

Lots of news today!

For those of you following or participating in the Rule of Three Blogfest this month, my book is one of the prizes. And today I have a short, Rule of Three interview at JC Martin’s site AND at Flash Fiction! They apologize the interview didn't go up sooner.I’d be honored if you popped over there after catching up on all the news…

Arlee Bird is preparing for next year’s A to Z Challenge and set up a blog for participants. If you intend to participate again next April, hop over to The A to Z Challenge and follow to receive all the latest updates.

Dave at Dave Wrote This is hosting The Noughties Blogfest on November 14. “List something from each year (2000-2009) that you loved.” Short and easy! yes, I’ve signed up for this one.

My extremely talented critique partner, Anne Gallagher, set up an author web page for her Regency romance books. The Lady’s Fate is her latest. I was given the honor of reading an excerpt from this book, and it was excellent. Yes, that’s right – this tough Ninja Captain read part of a Regency romance novel!


Susan Kaye Quinn’s new book, Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy), comes out on November 1, 2011.

Laura at the Daily Dodo is giving a away a signed copy of 21st Century Dodos – but you must answer a question first.

The Internet Book Fair is October 25 and Jessica Bell is on a mission to sell your books!



My buddy TS recently started a new job selling cabinets. He’s never been in sales before, so if you are in the market for cabinets, support a fellow blogger and visit The Non Review first.

I haven’t talked about movies in a while, so here’s a couple for you. Watched Green Lantern again this past week on DVD. As a fan of DC Comics, I still say it’s a lot of fun and a true comic book film. Also watched Insidious and it was very creepy and effective. However, (spoiler!) why do all horror films have to have a bad ending these days? It lost me at that point…

Wednesday I’ll have a special guest here to entertain you. He’s pure genius when it comes to writing and storytelling, so you don’t want to miss it!

And by popular request, I now present to you another creepy Chewbacca movie poster, courtesy of FreakingNews!
(Isis, just don’t look…)


Any great news I missed? Does that image creep you out? See a good movie recently?

Now you may visit JC Martin’s site or Flash Fiction for my short and fun interview!

138 comments:

oceangirl said...

I saw the sign for In Time and said that looked like Justin Timberlake. And yes it was Justin Timberlake. He's now a lead actor. My son said he's seen the thriller and it is about time as currency. Sounds interesting.

You have a lot of news. Will check out A-Z blog and I am curious about that rule of three, I can't imagine what is it about, sounds like a riddle.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Lots of news Alex,have already joined Arlee's A to Z site.

Good to be back,
Yvonne.

Javid S. said...

Wooow, you're like a news agent :D
P.S. Most people are talking about Insidious these days but I don't wanna watch it alone :)

Old Kitty said...

Where to start?!?! Where to start?!?! Too many choices, mind exploding, am able to only handle one thing at a time. I'm old!

Your bit over at JC Martin's isn't up yet, so will check that later!! Yay!!!

Off I go to lie down now. Take care
x

Bryan Russell said...

Hell, I want to see that Chewbacca movie.

Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks for the shout out Alex. That's very sweet.

Isis Rushdan said...

Lots of great news. Regarding that Chewie pic ... WHY??? Lol.

Dave said...

Thanks for the shout out for The Noughties Blogspot and thanks for signing up.

Dave
Dave Wrote This

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Oceangirl, that was indeed Timerlake.

Yvonne, glad you're back!

Javid, it was creepy.

Kitty, hopefully it's up soon.

Bryan, so do I!

Anne, you are welcome.

Isis, I did warn you not to look...

Dave, hope you get a good turnout.

Rebecca Kiel said...

Oh Chewie, you were much more loveable before. Don't buckle to Hollywood pressures, stay true to who you are!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Monday is busy! I better get started. Thanks for all the news and the creepy picture. I'm glad someone was organized this morning.
HMG

Journaling Woman said...

That's a lot of stuff going on in the blog world. Great news!

Rusty Webb said...

I love the Chewy mash ups. Thanks for the news updates. And I think GL got a bit of a bad rap. I enjoyed it too.

Laura said...

Hi Alex - thanks so much for the shout out... and also for all the tips of what's going on - I must have a hop around!

Happy Monday
Lx

Gail said...

Alex, you are so full of, uh, news today. I learned a lot.

Tonja said...

Love the poster. I'm still exhausted from the A-Z Challenge.

Nebular said...

So many news and events! :) I doubt I would survive the A to Z Challenge, but The Noughties Blogfest sounds like fun. :)
I liked the Green Lantern better than Captain America actually. ;) My review of it is coming soon. Insidious was good, but nowhere nearly as great as I expected it to be.

Captain Chewbacca looks hilarious! :)

LynnRush said...

Lots going on!!
That Chewbacca poster kinda creeped me out a little. LOL.

I've yet to see Green Lantern but I plan to. :) Eventually. Maybe after NaNo?? :)

Happy Monday!

salarsenッ said...

Prep work for A to Z is beginning again? Whoa...where does the time go???

Jen Daiker said...

Bahahaha Captain Chewbacca was hysterical! Holy cow Alex this post was filled with fun!!! I'm most intrigued by Susan's new book so I'm headed over to check it out!

Have yourself a fabulous Monday!

Rhonda @Laugh Quotes said...

Wow, lots of news. Mines not great news, but I am hosting my first giveaway at Laugh Quotes - $20 amazon gift card. Stop by if you get a chance.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Oooh, that book fair sounds awesome! Can't wait to check it out and I'm so happy for Anne. Her webpage feels like a sunny garden I can sit around and be wistful in:)

Ciara said...

Lot's of great news. I LOVE the poster!! Thanks, that just made my day. I can't wait to show my little Padawan's when they get home from school. :)

The Spooky Whisk said...

Saw Paul on DVD recently and enjoyed it. Other than that, it's black and white scary movies.

Boogie boogie and thanks for the well wishes.

Talli Roland said...

Wow, so much going on! Hopping over to your interview now.

The Old Silly said...

Wow - news, news, and more news! And yes, definitely creeped out!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for all the news and links!

Nezzy said...

Man...you've filled my brain with wonderful news and that scary Captain Chewbacca image. How will I every erase that outta my brain and sleep tonight??? Heeehehhe!!!

I just returned home from a 'workcation' at my Mom's in Brownsville TX. Hubs and I did manage one movie on the trip. "The Big Year", was a good movie (not great). It was filled with humor and some heartfelt moments but the fact that I have a bird obsession (among many others) truly made the movie for me. I'm just twisted that way!

God bless you day Man! :o)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Heather, I've been working on this for a week!

Rusty, it was a pure comic book movie. I liked it!

Laura, you are welcome.

George, I liked them both, but really don't know why Green Lantern got such a bad rap.

Lynn, watch it - fun movie!

Jen, someone had fun making that poster.

Rhonda, sorry I didn't know about it sooner!

Katie, Anne is awesome.

Hey Marvin! Good to hear from you.

Matthew MacNish said...

Wow. I have no idea how anyone keeps up with you. Hilarious pic. I'm off to read your interview.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

This was a fun post. I'm out to discover what all the fun links involve. Thanks for sharing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm already signed up on the A to Z blog. Love the Chewy pic.

Rena said...

OMG green!

That silly movie made me into a major Green Lantern fan. I don't know if my pocket book can handle any more comic books, but if it's got Hal, Kyle, Guy and John, I'm there.

DL Hammons said...

Out of all the comic book movies I saw this summer, GREEN LANTERN was actually my least favorite (although I did enjoy it).

And don't get me started on Hollywood Horror movies and bad endings!!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Captain chewbacca kind of creeped me out!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Naughties Blogfest sounds good.

L.G.Smith said...

Hahahaha. Love that picture of Captain Chewbacca!

Still haven't seen Green Lantern, but it's in the Netflix queue.

Bossy Betty said...

Great to catch up with you, Alex!

Ricky said...

Insidious was good for about 30mins then all downhill. The noughties blogfest sounds fun, heading over to sign up.

Cindy said...

That picture of chewy is hilarious.

Michael Offutt said...

Wow...you are indeed the super blogger keeping track of all of those blogfests. I think it's funny that the ninja captain read a romance novel. You will forever be a ninja that wears pink.

Tara said...

Oooh, lots of good links. Thanks!

Um, that Chewbacca picture is freaking fantastic!

Suze said...

That particular Chewy mash-up is a bit freaky.

I love the blue velvet dress in Anne Gallagher's book cover.

damyantiwrites said...

Off to check out your interview!

Karen Walker said...

A-Z challenge already? Didn't we just finish the last one? Oh my goodness
Karen

iZombie said...

no words today... just chewie.

Tara Tyler said...

i was hoping you had seen a good movie
& i like the "noughties" is that a real word?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rena, welcome to Green Lantern fandom!

Dl, skip Insidious then.

Ricky, I hung with it until the very end. Then the movie fell off the cliff.

Michael, not a chance!!! And Anne is one of my critique partners. After reading her excerpt, I feel lucky to have her.

Karen, seems like it!

Sorry, the interview is not up yet! Hopefully soon.

LD Masterson said...

Oh Lord, Alex. So many blogs and so little time!

Bish Denham said...

Lots of stuff happening! I've been tempted to get Green Lantern. Can't hardly wait to get my Kindle so I can read Anne's book and have signed up for The Challenge.

Mark Noce said...

Neat book! Also, gotta love the Chewie pics:)

msmariah said...

Good morning Alex-- Thanks for the informative post! I'm glad you're on top of things this Monday morning.

I actually would prefer to see Chewbaca as Captain Jack. I was so relieved when Kiera and Orlando bowed out of the last film. However, they just replaced them with a shirtless missionary and a doe-eyed mermaid. Figures. Yet another love triangle.

So yes, I think a Chewbacca Pirate movie would be awesome :)

Karen Peterson said...

Yeah, that Chewbacca image is a little bit creepy. But kind of awesome, too...

Christopher Hudson said...

Alex, didn't see your piece on JC Martin's site ... reader, writer and fighter that he is.

Johanna Garth said...

I feel like reading your blog this morning was like the Monday update of the blogosphere (with a side helping of Chewie)! Thanks for all the great info and links.

Birgit said...

Good ole Chewie could be "chewing" up the scenes in the Pirate movie even more than Johnny Depp:) he also needs a shave:) I did not see any new films out there but watched an oldie but a goodie-"Sunset Blvd"-I LOVE that film and how it just upset sooo many people at that time. Great drama/comedy/campy horror flick all in one

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! That's a lot of news... I'm going to check it all out! I'm wondering if I'll be able to participate in the next A to Z...

Southpaw said...

Yes, that image creeps me out.

Wow, there sure is a lot of stuff going on. Thanks for updating us. there were a few in there I missed.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Thanks for catching me up, Alex! Now over to J.C. Martin's site. :)

Nicki Elson said...

Creep me out? What could be better than Chewbacca and Captain Jack all in one?

Thanks for the newses. :)

Christine Rains said...

For some reason, that Chewbacca isn't nearly as creepy as the other one. Lighting? Color? I can't quite put my finger on it. I watched Red State on the weekend. Amusing, but not as shocking as I expected. At least The Walking Dead made up for it last night!

M.J. Fifield said...

That Chewbacca picture is definitely not as freaky as the other one. I actually kind of like this one.

The Noughties Blogfest sounds like fun. But I can't believe we're getting ready for another A to Z Challenge already!!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing all the news I didn't know about.

Nancy Thompson said...

Whoa, I've got whiplash from jerking about back and forth from all those bits of news! I'll have to check out a few of those blogfests.

Thanks for the update, Alex!

ediFanoB said...

A lot of news for a Monday.
Could not find your interview over at JC Martin's site.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

MsMariah, I was glad those two weren't in it as well! Maybe in the next one the Wookie gets the mermaid.

Christopher, sorry - don't know what happened!

Pat, you should join us!

MJ, I think Lee is just preparing way in advance this time.

Edi, it's not up - not sure what happened.

The Golden Eagle said...

Thanks for all the links!

Kelly Polark said...

I think Chewie looks cute as a pirate!
Just imagine his "Aaaaaaaaaarrgh!"

julie fedderson said...

The Noughties blogfest sounds awesome! And Chewy rocks the dreds. Reading that romance novel has now spoiled you for HEAs, hence the dislike of bad horror movie endings. I love me an HEA.

Liza said...

Thanks for all the neat links!

Copyboy said...

Wow! Lots of amazing reads!!! Checked out Anne's site. You weren't kidding!

M Pax said...

Lots going on in bloggyland. It's good to see. Thanks for all the news.

Green Lantern was pretty good. I think we watched that last weekend ... now that I'm not working weekends any more.

Saw XMen First Class this weekend. That was pretty good, too.

Kerri Cuev said...

Lots of good stuff going on. I must do the A-Z challange this year. Chewy as Jack Sparrow could work lol.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kelly, you always make me smile!

Julie, now who really wants a crappy ending anyway?

Mary, they were both great!

~Sia McKye~ said...

The dread pirate Chewbacca--*snork

Alex, the next one we plan to see is In Time.

Alex, how in the world do you carve out time to do all these blogfests?

My mind bloggles, I mean boggles at the thought of the work involved. I'll admit it, I'm a wimp. No way, no how can I do that many blogfests.

I did enjoy the news. I'll have to check out Anne's book.

Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

Biff Tanner said...

That last picture is Epic lol.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Hi Alex, I've nominated your blog for an award, for all the effort you put in to get bloggers connected. Check out my blog and pass it on!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sia, that's why I'm a Ninja.

Annalisa, thank you!

And my guest post is now up!!!!!!!

Lynda R Young said...

That image is truly awesome. Love it.
Thanks too for all the cool news.

Leovi said...

Well ... that Blogfest from A to Z appeals to me, I participated in April dedicating every letter to a dead poet. I'll leave thinking like I will focus in 2012.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

But Chewbacca used to be such a cute little guy.

So much going on. Thanks for all the news, Alex.

xoRobyn

tfwalsh said...

Haha the poster is fantastic... gave me a good giggle this morning:) Hmm latest movie I watched was Three Musketeers... not bad. Thanks for the great links:)

Jemi Fraser said...

Poor Chewie!!!

So much news - off to check out the links!

Pk Hrezo said...

Ha! That pic is hilarious... and creepy. Thanks for all the great links! Have seen no movies... still sucked into Lost on DVD... in the fourth season now ... must. watch. more.

Melissa Bradley said...

Great news all around. Thanks for sharing the linkage and I know I'm definitely doing the A to Z again. I had a huge amount of fun last time. Now I'm off to read your interviews. :) And I think Yoda looks way creepier in Captain Jack's headscarf. LOL

TS Hendrik said...

Thanks for the shout out Alex. That chewbacca poster really cracked me up. More so for the little Yoda than for the main image.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Leovi, hope you do it again! I believe that's how I found your blog as well.

PK, don't get Lost!

Melissa, Yoda would look way creepy.

alexia said...

Movies, yes! I saw Three Musketeers and Real Steel this weekend and loved them both.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

TS, you are welcome!

Alexia, I am falling behind...

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

LOL, you always distract me with links I just can't resist. Thanks for the screwy-looking chewy.

Dempsey Sanders said...

ha ha, Captain Chewbacca, I absoloutly love it!
Thanks for the catch up Alex

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Lots of news. I am looking for a cabinet... if I can afford one. I'll go take a look at your friend's site.

That image didn't creep me out. I actually thought it was funny.

As for good movies. I finally watched A Painted Veil. I've been thinking about it for two days. It really got under my skin. Great movie.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

ROFL! Crazy pic, Alex...

Sorry for the weird post over at my blog. Yes, that certainly is something to blush over. Life has been so crazy for me that I'm starting to forget lots of stuff to the point that I'm finding it disturbing.

Me thinks that I need a break? Aaaack!


♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

Can Alex save Winter from the darkness that hunts her?

YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell releases October 31st!

Reka Sang said...

I guess a big thank you is in order for listing your book as on one the prizes...I doubt if I will make the cut. It was a fun ride and got to meet some fab writers and increased my insecurity quotient...
All the links are interesting, but I think I have too many blog fests on my platter and getting indigestion. ;)
Will be catching your interview on Li's blog.

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

Wow, that is a hell of a lot of news! I'm glad you enjoyed Green Lantern, I thought I was the only one who thought it wasn't as terrible as everyone said it was.

Donna Hole said...

Love Chewy's Pirates look . .

That so great of you to donate CassaStar to the Ren3 event. I've got mine on Kindle - but I wouldn't mind a hard copy. I still love the look and feel of a paper book, and my son bought me another book shelf for my birthday. Your novel would make it so good looking :)

I gotta say though, I'd not want to be a judge in this blogfest; there are so many awesome writers who have joined.

I am also excited about Anne's book release.

I haven't seen any movies lately - good or bad. Too busy with my nose in one writing event or another.

See ya later Alex :)

......dhole

Empty Nest Insider said...

Lots of updates today! I can't wait to see your interview!

Enid Wilson said...

Ninja reading Regency romance, hehe, you need to change the poster/avator now.

Dempsey Sanders said...

just popping back to let you know I took your comment about the criteria for gold award making it a bit limiting and have changed it Alex.
Thanks for your input, on looking at it again, I agreed with you entirely.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dempsey, everyone wanted more Chewbacca!

Doralynn, haven't seen it!

Elizabeth, I'll check it out again today.

Reka, you never know.

Jamie, I really dug it!

Donna, maybe you will win then!

Enid, not a chance!

Dempsey, thank you! I'd planned to nominate George's site - glad I still can!!!

GigglesandGuns said...

Lots of great info here and I love the poster.
Think you may be on your way to that commercial you want to write. :-)

Lindi said...

Thanks for all the info. I plan on doing the A to Z challenge so I hopped over there--The Captain Chewbacca poster--well--not sure!

Susan Fields said...

That IS a lot of news - thanks for the update!

Amy said...

Thank you for sharing about The A Through Z Challenge Alex! I'm looking forward to participating in April, it sounds like it went great last year!

Love that Chewbacca pic, lol! :)

Angela Felsted said...

You and my brother would get along really well. He LOVES DC comics, and has seen every super hero movie known to man.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Thanks for the plug! :)

Jamie Burch said...

Thanks for sharing all these links! I'm so thrilled for Anne and love her new site.

Off to check out your interview!

Laila Knight said...

It looks like I've missed a lot. Plenty of activity and fun times happening, but I can't get over you reading romance. And I remember you telling spooky stuff didn't scare you. Insidious was pretty creepy. I'm getting a little tired of the lack of happy endings in horror too. I will tune in tomorrow. Have a great day. :)

Sangu said...

That image does freak me out. No, Chewie, no. You're supposed to be loveable and cuddly and growly! Ha. Thanks for all the great news and links, though!

Charissa Weaks said...

LOL...I love Chewie regardless. You could put him in pink spandex and I'd probably find him even more adorable. As a matter of fact, I know I would :) I haven't watched Green Lantern yet...hoping they didn't slaughter the Comic Book version too much but I haven't heard too many good reviews from fans, but hey...Ryan Reynolds nailed Deadpool so maybe I'll give him a chance :)

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Great news all around. I wrote about insecurities today on my blog, but might have more to say on the topic next week. Time flies, doens't it?
Have a great week!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Watched Green Lantern in a "cheap" theater complete with sticky floors and flat seating - which meant my youngest sat on her knees to see over the headrests - she's too 'old' to put up with indignity of a booster. Despite the setting, we enjoyed the movie - it was fun in a comic book movie kind of way. Plus, it reminded me of my childhood movie theater . . .oh, the nostalgia of sticky floors and the smell of old popcorn. :-)

D.G. Hudson said...

Chewbacca is abnormally photogenic, IMO. Like the little logo of Yoda, too.

Hubby loves any Comic Book Hero, so we usually go to all the films featuring them. We'll probably see Green Lantern soon.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Mary!

Lindi and Amy, glad you're on board for the Challenge!

Angela, your brother is a cool dude.

Laila, I'm jaded when it comes to scary movies - I've seen it all. Don't let the romance stuff fool you - I'm still a tough Ninja!

Charissa, if you like the comic book, you'll enjoy the movie. Reynolds nailed the role.

Mary, that is next week!

Tyrean, glad you saw it. I can do without sticky floors though.

DG, you'll find it's a blast.

Liz Fichera said...

Oh. My. Gawd. Captain Chewbacca?! Priceless.

Dafeenah said...

Has it really almost been a year since the last one ended? how time flies.. congrats on the interview!!I'm having a halloween trick or treats giveaway so free goodies everyday for those who ring (click) the button

Dafeenah said...

Has it really almost been a year since the last one ended? how time flies.. congrats on the interview!!I'm having a halloween trick or treats giveaway so free goodies everyday for those who ring (click) the button

Michael Offutt said...

Alex, there is a rogue ninja by the name of Ali Cross who has an interview at this blog:

http://randylindsay.blogspot.com/2011/10/interview-with-ali-cross-part-i.html?showComment=1319575126976#c7693114803744882045

Being the ninja master, I thought you would like to know so that you could see for yourself.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Micahel, Ali is no rogue! She is awesome.

Patricia Stoltey said...

We're already talking about A to Z -- just shows the power of a great idea. I'm in, and I already popped over to follow the new site.

Stephen Tremp said...

I signed up for the Internet Book Fair, but gosh darn so busy with everything it slipped my mind. D-oh! I'd better skeedaddle over there and see what I'm missing. Thanks for the reminder!

Lydia Kang said...

Thanks for another Chewy pict, but they're all a bit disturbing!

Hey, thanks also for the congrats!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Patricia, great!

Stephen, you need an iPad to send you reminders.

Lydia, really happy for you!

Julie Musil said...

I didn't know that you and Anne were critique partners. That's awesome!

Michelle Fayard said...

A lot of great news, but I’m most intrigued by Anne Gallagher’s Regency romance, as I love to write and read historcials. And, yes, I was intrigued that Ninja Alex said it rocks hard. :)

N. R. Williams said...

Wow. Love the picture. It looks to me as if Chewbacca is ready to put Johnny Depp to the test.
Nancy

Simon C. Larter said...

You read a regency romance excerpt!? O.o

*silently judges you*

*neglects to mention he just read Tess of the D'Urbervilles*

<.<

Carol Kilgore said...

Yes, this creepy Chewbacca creeps me out. I'm glad I don't write horror. Congrats on reading a Regency :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Julie, she is really, really good!

Michelle, it was good - I admit it.

Simon, no comment.

ali cross said...

Gotta love Captain Chewbacca!

WritingNut said...

Lots of great news! Haha.. and I just love that picture :)

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Tons of great news! Thanks for posting all these fabulous links.
Captain Chewbacca looks creepy but under that nasty facade is a heart of gold, we all know that :-)

Vicki Rocho said...

Wow. No kidding that's a lot of news. Thanks for the update.

Barbara Kloss said...

You've always got SO much great stuff to share.

That picture of Chewy is hilarious!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad everyone dug the picture!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

We saw the new The Thing last weekend and i really loved it. I thought they did a great job of keeping intact what is so great about the Kurt Russel version

Arlee Bird said...

Thanks for the mention of the new A to Z site. I'm still here in Tennessee with limited access time for the computer. Having fun, but missing my ability to spend more time leaving comments on blogs.

Lee

Maurice Mitchell said...

Arlee's done some great work with this blog. It's great to see it spinning the challenge to a full blog! Should just keep getting better.