Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest, Ninja News, and Are You A Depressed Writer?

Today is the Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest!

But before we dive into all the great new reads…

Ninja News

Today’s Special Challenge Participant Feature at the A to Z Blog is one of my very best friends on the Internet, the incredibly talented writer and artist – Rusty Webb! He posted a new illustration every day for the Challenge. Be sure to check out his awesome work and learn more about the man behind the insanity of an illustration a day…

Jeremy Bates is hosting the Halloween Hop Blogfest October 28-31. See his site for details and to sign up.

Kyra Lennon just revealed the cover for her next book, Blindsided!


Great news for Roland Yeomans! Second Avenue Second Hand Shop Anthology accepted his short story, PICTURE IMPERFECT and Open Doors 2 Anthology accepted his short story, THREE GOLDILOCKS AND A BEAR.
From Jeremy at Retro Zombie:

Howlin' Wolf Records & Jason Comerford present a 3rd season of 13 CHILLS: Commentary, PRIZES, and good ole October Mayhem. Leave a comment, read a little something interesting and win some prizes!

Lynn Rush’s new novel came out this week!

Violet Midnight, by Lynn Rush

New Adult Paranormal Romance

Let the Hunt begin…

Find it on Amazon Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.


Congratulations, Lynn!

The Depressed Writer

Elise Fallson had an interesting post on Tuesday – “Writing: A Vocation of Unhappiness.” She asked “Do you think it's possible to become a good writer without enduring the bouts of internal turmoil and depression?”

I supposed authors are always portrayed as tortured souls, but are they all miserable? I won’t ever claim to be a really good writer, but I’ve enjoyed a pretty good life. I’ve always been even-keeled and right now I’m at peace with every aspect of my world. I don’t have high highs or low lows, so I’ve never sunk to the depths of depression. I’ll grumble through a first draft (as that’s my least favorite aspect) but nothing about my writing makes me miserable.

Am I the only one? Does that make me really odd? Or just really blessed? (Or is it a sign I really should pursue music instead? Wait, those people are supposed to be tortured as well. Crap.)

Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest!

Post about a book you’ve noticed. You can choose a book that you’ve read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb or reviews, but DON’T tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book.

Leave a blog comment at Ninja Captain Alex’s BLOG or Ciara Knight’s BLOG when the author finds their book.

Only two rules:
1) You can’t post about your own book.
2) The book shouldn’t be on the New York Times or USA Today bestseller list.
This is your chance to shout out about a book that might not have been noticed by others.

Since I’m always checking Amazon rankings (especially Amazon UK, as both of my books have been bouncing around the top one hundred of science fiction for six months now) I decided to check out the books my readers have also purchased. That’s when I found this book:


Ep.#1 - "Aurora: CV-01" (The Frontiers Saga) by Ryk Brown

Description:

Episode 1

A world recovering from a devastating plague…
A brutal enemy threatening invasion…
A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father…
A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates…
A top-secret experimental propulsion system…
A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman…

What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora, is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning…

All of the episodes have a four star rating and sound like great reads. The book can also be found at Amazon and Goodreads.

I noticed your book, Ryk! Now, will you notice that I noticed…?

Don’t forget to visit others participating in the blogfest:



Some great new books, news, and contests – anything strike your fancy? Are you a depressed or happy writer? (And if I’m the only happy writer then we need to throw a party or something!) Have you discovered any great books lately? Don’t forget – if the author notices that you posted about his book, leave a comment and let us know!

And don’t forget to visit Rusty at the A to Z Blog!

And come back on Friday for a very special HUGE party and celebration!

171 comments:

Cynthia said...

Thanks for hosting the blog hop! There seems to be a lot of intense stuff going on in the book you noticed. Sounds interesting!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. just about to hit the list of participating bloggers .. Aurora (your find) looks an interesting story line ... Cheers Hilary

Kyra Lennon said...

This bloghop is awesome, I'm having so much fun with it!

Thank you for the shoutout, you're the best!

Elise Fallson said...
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Elise Fallson said...

Yours and Ciara's blogfest is going to be great! Can't wait to read what books have caught people's eye. Also, a huge thank you for the mention. (:

C.M.Brown said...

This should be an interesting hop! I am sure all the TBR lists will grow immensely.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Looking forward to finding lots of new books in your bloghop today, even though I'm not taking part myself - I just couldn't face the time to visit the whole list :-(

Mark Koopmans said...

Another great BlogFest is underway!!

Thanks for the many great heads ups (as usual:) and I really enjoyed Elise's post.

To paraphrase what I said over there:

Was depressed.

Became a Writer (among other things!)

Happier now :)

mooderino said...

Lots going on today. Better get on my bike and start visiting people.

mood
Moody Writing

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kyra, you're welcome!

Elise, thanks for starting the conversation.

Annalisa, the only ones who have to do that are Ciara and I.

Mark, that's the spirit!

Siv Ottem said...

Really great blogfest, Alex. Should be interesting to see how many notice a shift on their social nettworking sites and or sales. Very happy for Roland!

Misha Gericke said...

I don't think you're the only one. I'm pretty happy as well, even though I write.

Of course, there are times when the things I wrote affect my mood. I wouldn't call it depression, though.

Ciara said...

So much going on in the Ninja News! I'm so excited for all our blogging buddies.
Great DINYB choice! The cover and blurb intrigue me.
This is such an exciting blog fest. I'm getting to know about so many new books.

Angela Brown said...

Another great round of Ninja News to make me smile.

Congrats to Roland!! Woot! Good things to happen to a great guy with a ghostly wit about him.

Yay for Kyra's not cover and Three Cheers for Lynn's new release. Need to go check that out.

Although I can't claim depression, I can claim a past of ups and downs that I can draw upon. Plus, taking my writing seriously has been one of the happier things to happen to me, well, not happier than having a center in my life and having my Chipmunk :-)

M.J. Fifield said...

I read Elise's post yesterday. I thought it was terrific.

Sounds like quite the blogfest you've got going on today. I'm not participating but I'll enjoy seeing what everyone else is posting.

Angela Brown said...

Stephen Tremp just warmed my heart. I noticed my book :-)

Gossip_Grl said...

Sounds like a great bloghop hoping to get some free time in a little bit to stop by the linky list.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This blog hop if fun already. I'm a happy writer.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome learning about more books I haven't heard of. Not that I need more to add to the list. Sorry I couldn't participate but this is a really busy month.

Laura Eno said...

So much happening! Rusty is a wonderful artist.
Depression - I think having that type of personality draws people to creative outlets, so you'd find more tortured souls in the arts, not that the arts created that mindset. I was bipolar before I ever started writing.
The book you chose sounds great!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I have some real lows, but writing doesn't make it worse.

Thanks for hosting the blogfest.

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to Roland. Nice cover on Violent Midnight. I caught Elise's post. Goods stuff and yes, you're blessed. Looking at the cover of Aurora says space and SF to me. Guess that makes it a good fit for the book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Misha, good for you!

Ciara, it was a great idea!

Angela, glad you found your book.

Susan, glad you are happy!

JL, good fit for me!

Workingdan said...

Yep, I'm a wanna-be writer who is always down in the dumps! I make it plain as day in my blog posts and it's also reflected in my fictional writing.

Susan Roebuck said...

Great blog hop,especially as I'm finding so many good reads!

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm most definitely a happy writer - and happy person. Life is far too short to spend much time being miserable. :)

Old Kitty said...

I'm a volatile writer with flashes of ennui! LOL!!

Yay for the amazingly spelled Ryk!! Take care
x

kmckendry said...

Congratulations to everyone and I'm so happy for Roland! He deserves some great news!

Can't wait to see all the great books people find!

Deborah Walker said...

*waves* to the happy writers. Me too! And writing makes me even happier. It's fabulous.

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Alex! Great blog hop. I've already learned about several new books and there are still a lot more stops to make.

I like to think of myself as a happy writer, a little moody at times, but never depressed. As Jemi said, "Life is far too short to spend much time being miserable."

Rusty Webb said...

Good looking book there that you chose. I hope the author finds you.

LynnRush said...

Thanks for the shout out to Violet Midnight. We had a blast celebrating the release yesterday. I'm still tired. LOL. have a super day!!!

Lindi said...

Alex--thanks to you and Ciara for hosting the blog hop--So much fun and I love seeing all the books people choose.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Lots of fun in the coming weeks and, yes, I think you can become a good writer without the depression. However, I don't know anyone who has. LOL.

sydneyaaliyah said...

Hi Alex, I knew I could count on you for a good Sci Fi recommendation. I will check it out.

SA Larsenッ said...

I am in love with this blogfest! And I almost chose Lynn!!! She's awesome.

Juliana Haygert said...

I love seeing so many great Ninja news!
Congrats to Lynn on her new release!
I don't think I'm a depressed writer, but I do have my ups and downs and sometimes I just want to throw the laptop on the wall! lol But it goes away and then all is well again ;)
Awesome blogfest! Super fun!

Heather Gardner said...

That does sound like a great book! So many exciting things going on.
I'm only stopping in and then I have to get back to work.
I wasn't able to write up anything for today's fest and I apologize. If you want to take my name off the list that is completely fair.
My excuse is that I made it to the second round of the contest, thanks to you guys, and I'm working on my synopsis before my deadline!
Have fun. I'll be back on Friday for the party!

Charles Gramlich said...

My moods, especially more melancholy ones, have always affected my poetry. But not so much my prose. That's more about storytelling than self expression, though there are elements of that in the prose too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jemi, that's great!

Deborah, excellent!

Susanne, life IS too short.

Lynn, you're welcome.

Katie, thanks for the vote of confidence...

Heather, sorry! I'll fix the list when I get a chance.

Glad everyone is enjoying the blogfest!

Isis Rushdan said...

What a fun blogfest! I feel the good karma flowing.

Great to see Kyra's cover.

Andrew Leon said...

Nah, I'm not really the "tortured artist" type. Perhaps it's the too much "self confidence."

Bryan Russell said...

I'm the non-tortured and even-keeled type, too. I always enjoy writing. I grumble for a few moments before starting draft 20, but that's about it...

Let's all sing Kumbaya now.

L.G.Smith said...

It's a good day to browse the blogosphere for new books to read!

And, yes, I go through my bouts of depression and tortured soul moments over my writing. Sigh.

Hart Johnson said...

Interesting thoughts on depressed writers. I think it depends on content, to be honest. I think there are things you can't tap if you haven't been through some hard stuff, but I don't think you have to be perpetually depressed. I am an upbeat happy person but write some very dark stuff. But I HAVE BEEN THERE--not depression, at least not first hand--but I've had depressed loved ones and I have had some very hard experiences.

Robyn Campbell said...

Happy writer here. (And a tortured soul, uh-huh) When's the party, Alex? Will there be wine?? I love a glass of wine.

I've noticed Justine Dell's Recaptured Dreams. What a great story! What awesome writing! Have you read it yet?

Aurora sounds awesome. I think I will check it out. And four episodes promise to keep us in Ryk's world for some time. Love it!

*waves peace sign*

Melissa Bradley said...

Lots going on to be sure. I'm going to be hopping around all day LOL.

Yeah, I'm a depressed writer. Sometimes it's so bad I can't write for days or weeks.

Southpaw said...

I'm a happy soul, I think.

I like the goodreads link. I didn't think of that I'll have to go add one to my post.

LynNerdKelley said...

That sounds like a good book, Alex. I'm excited about this blogfest!

Amy Jarecki said...

This is so much fun! Thanks for hosting :-)

[Retro-Z] said...

THANK YOU BOSSMAN NINJA.... you are the king of the blogs! I am in a writer's funk... I am in a designer's funk... you can say I am in a funk'd up place. I have been doing some free projects for some of my great friends.. so anyone need anything let me know... so far two special made art pieces and one book cover.

I totally botched the last blog-fest I was in... and I am in shame...

I want this month to be over...

on a happier note: Alex thank you again for the shout out.

Jeremy [Retro]

LynNerdKelley said...

Yippee, the author just found my post and was quite surprised! Fun, fun blogfest. Am heading over to tell Ciara!

Stephen Tremp said...

Its a busy time of the year and lots of new releases and other events going on. And I will definitely check out Aurora CV-01. Sounds like my kind of read.

Lisa Regan said...

Great bloghop! I think you can be genuinely happy in your life and still write great books. I don't think writers need to be angst-ridden and depressed all the time to be creative. I think having those experiences sometimes helps give a writer's work depth that may not have been there before but I think happy people can write well too.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Melissa, Hemingway wrote: “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

We as writers must work alone. That, as Elise wrote, has its consequences. We toil long hours on our dreams and hold them out to the public to be accepted or denied. When your dream of prose is rejected, your very self is rejected. How can that not be painful?

So we must as Hemingway suggested find fulfilment and joy in the process and realize the very act of creating something out of nothing is healing if we but look at it that way.

Alex, the two authors I noticed more than likely will not notice I noticed them, for the very reason Elise wrote about. A boost in their book sales could well be the thing that boosts their day. How cool would that be?

Alex, thanks for being happy for my two stories sales. This was a great idea for a blogfest. You and Ciara are to be applauded. :-)

Carol Kilgore said...

The cover of Lynn Rush's book is awesome.

Like you, I love writing. The only think that makes me a little crazy is all the fine editing near the end for word choice, overused words, and things like that. I always feel as if I'll never finish that part.

All in all, I love my life!

Marta Szemik said...

Thanks for hosting the blog fest. I really like Lyn's cover and I hope Ryk finds his here today :)

Jack said...

I did the, Did I Notice Your Book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Andrew, me neither.

Bryan, can we just pretend we sang it?

Hart, that's probably why I write the lighter, funnier science fiction.

Robyn, I have it just haven't read it.

Jeremy, you're welcome. And it can only get better!

Lynn, that's great.

Roland, you're welcome.

Carol, that's why the Tiki Hut is all about fun!

Glad everyone is enjoying the blogfest!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Aurora sounds like a great book, and Laura Josephson noticed already that I noticed her book! Hooray!
As for being a tortured soul and a writer, or musician, I don't think being a tortured soul is necessary. I think it helps to have some life experience that takes us through some highs and lows, but that's about it.

Suze said...

Depression and writing do not go hand in hand as a matter of course. I'm more like you, Alex. Except once a month, I have a slightly more pronounced squiggle. :)

Sherry Ellis said...

Thanks for co-hosting this blog hop. It's a great idea!

Lots of good stuff going on with the ninjas, too!

Jack said...

The book you noticed sounds good! Was that the blurb from it? That is a cool idea if so. I think I like them like that, short and to the point with hints of mystery.

I'm a happy writer. I get discouraged sometimes, but I love what I do even if I whine when I have to edit.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm on the west coast so it feels as if I'm always late for the party. Course, I suppose all those in California feel the same. Anyhoo, Yay, for thinking this up, Ciara! And Alex, Captain-Sir, I'm thrilled to be here. Your noticed books looks awesome!

cleemckenzie said...

Technically I'm still on that vacation I promised myself, but I'm jumping in to mention a book on the Did I Noitice Your Book Blogfest while my vacationing mind can still function!

Thanks for adding another book to my TBR list, Alex!

E.J. Wesley said...

Did I Notice Your Book? Well, did I? :-D

http://the-open-vein-ejwesley.blogspot.com/2012/10/did-i-notice-your-book.html

Cherie Reich said...

Ah, I've seen that book on my "also bought" lists on Amazon. I think we are in good company. :)

Writing makes me happy. I can tell when I'm not writing enough because I lean toward depression during those times.

Milo James Fowler said...

Looks like a great hop! You've always got so much going on over here, Alex. Rock on, dude.

Jai Joshi said...

I've done that too, noticed books that my readers have also purchased. It's amazing the gems you can find!

On the depressed writer issue, my brother emailed me a BBC article about that yesterday and I laughed at the thought that I must be depressed since I'm a writer. I think we're likely to be sensitive and notice things others don't but I don't think it means we're all on the verge of suicide. So you're not alone, Alex.

Jai

sydneyaaliyah said...

My author, Emily Schaffer found my post and reblogged it on her blog. So cool. Thanks again Alex for a great blogfest.

KatieO said...

Thanks for hosting this cool blogfest - so many great books that people are shouting about! When I saw Lynn's cover I thought for a minute we'd chosen the same book, but she was in your news section, lol. She hasn't *found* my post yet, but I think she's still recovering from last night's blowout party on FB ;-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, my blog is up, late due to a family emergency last night.

I don't necessarily think internal turmoil or depression make a good writer--maybe great fodder for your journal. I don't even think you have to suffer the depths of those two things to write it. I believe any good storyteller can put a character into such a situation by drawing on moments of depression or when they've been conflicted about something. You know the feelings to draw on without having been lost in the black hole of those feelings.

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Nancy Thompson said...

So many good things happening! Ah depression, I know thee well. I actually went off my thyroid med once so I could go to that dark place. I needed it to write. Pretty stupid, I know, and I'll never do it again. Too scary. But I did get some good writing out of it. Great blogfest, you guys. I can't wait to start reading all the posts. I couldn't stick to just one. I picked a book from the past, present, and future. And a huge party on Friday, huh? Wahoo! I LOVE a good party!! Heh heh. See you then :-)

Gwen Gardner said...

Hmmm, artistic types do seem to have that angsty reputation. But for the most part, I'm like you. I'm not banging my head against the wall or drinking too much because I can't tweak my writing the way I want it.

Many congrats to Roland! And Kyra, and Lynn...hope I didn't miss anybody. Heck, congratulations to everybody!

mshatch said...

imo, I don't think we are required to experience things in order to write about them but the more experiences we have - god and bad - the richer our writing.

LynNerdKelley said...

Thanks to a heads up from C. Lee McKenzie, my link for the blogfest isn't working. I tried to sign up again, but it said I'm already signed up. Not sure how to fix the link. I notice it has 'bloghop' at the end of the URL, so maybe that's messing it up? Not sure. Darn!

Amy Jarecki said...

Yea! Yea! Yea! Author, Liz Fichera just retweeted my tweet for the DINY your book contest and her AWESOME novel, CAPTIVE SPIRIT!!!!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yeah i'm not a depressed writer either. I mean, sure, i may have moments of frustration and doubt, but they don't last long, and then i'm back at it

Tyrean Martinson said...

One of the awesome side benefits of this fest is the large TBR list I'm creating! Thanks for hosting Alex and Ciara!

Tina said...

I've been depressed (clinically, with meds) since I broke my wrist and the chronic pain started. Not sure that counts as a depressed writer though, because writing isn't what depresses me (or frustrates, or whatever) in fact, it encourages me and keeps me moving forward one step at a time.
He hasn't noticed yet...but I'll let you know if I do.
I'm ready for a party!
Tina @ Life is Good
http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

Tina said...

He noticed! Everyone go check out Jeremy's Art & Words:
http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/2012/10/did-i-notice-your-book-blogfest.html

lbdiamond said...

Great blogfest!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

This is a good blogfest. I think it should be a monthly one like the IWSG.

Rachel Morgan said...

Congrats to Lynn Rush on her release this week! And this is such a great blogfest idea to highlight other writers. Let's hope Ryk Brown notices that you noticed!

Morgan said...

Ha! Yes, those musicians are tortured too... ;)

Maybe doing both balances you out???

Laura Josephsen said...

I'm not a depressed/tortured writer, either. I've had moments of "man, this book sucks/my writing sucks" but those are the moments when I've stared at the book for weeks on end and I'm tired. ;) Generally, I'm a very happy writer.

Connie noticed that I noticed her book on my blog! :D

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Tears actually streamed down my face when I found the kind words about my book over at EJ Wesley's blog, the Open Vein. This is why we're in the game, folks.

Julie said...

I'm excited to learn about tons of new books thanks to this blogfest!

I've had problems with depression before but writing is one of the main things that helped me deal with it. To me it is definitely a soothing activity.

michelle said...

I mentioned 3 books in my blogfest post!

I'm a happy writer :)
Anxious? Yes. Insecure? Yes. Depressed? No!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've been seeing your blogfest all over, Alex, and what a listing of books. This awesome.

Your selection sounds great. Just got my copy.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I think Amazon might have recommended that one to me before - but I trust your recs more. Adding to my To Read list now. Great blogfest!

S. L. Hennessy said...

I think Amazon might have recommended that one to me before - but I trust your recs more. Adding to my To Read list now. Great blogfest!

Johanna Garth said...

If the depressed writer thing were true it would be found evenly across the board in all artistic pursuits.

SC Author said...

I think writers are tortured. It's a hard life, and you are blessed :)

The unnoticed book I feel is THE CASUAL VACANCY by JK Rowling, not because of low sales (definitely not) but because of the bad reviews which make people not like it. I loved the book because I gave the characters a chance and didn't expect Harrry Potter. I hope people will notice the non-Harry Potter magic of JK Rowling's writing.

Nancy Thompson said...

2 of my 3 authors noticed! YAY!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey guys! Stupid work meetings. I'm back. And whoa...

Tyrean, glad she found it!

Suze, that made me laugh!

Jack, that was the blurb.

Lee, glad you joined us.

Cherie, that's good to know.

Milo, I'm rocking!

Jai, good!!

Sydney, that's cool.

Katie, I'm sure she'll find it.

Sia, well put.

Nancy, stay on those meds.

Gwen, glad I'm not alone.

Lynn, I'll fix it.

That's great, Amy!

Tina, good! And that was an awesome thing you did.

Morgan, I'll buy that.

Laura, that's great!

Jeffrey, glad you found it.

Michelle, good!

Thanks again everyone for having fun with this blogfest. Now to catch up...

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Hahahaha, love that musicians are tortured too. Now if I could just find peace like the Ninja.

E.J. Wesley said...

Made it through the entire list ... *wipes sweat* Found my book twice! More importantly, I've added about 15 books to my TBR list.

Thanks again for doing this Alex (and Ciara!), made my week. :-)

Suzanne Furness said...

Great idea for a blog hop, Alex. My TBR list has grown today! Looking forward to seeing some of the authors reactions when they 'find' their book.

SA Larsenッ said...

Whoot! JA found me! Hee...

Leovi said...

I think people just like there are all kinds of writers, depressed, balanced, eccentric, ...

Christine Rains said...

This is a great blogfest. Thank you for hosting! And a good pick. Nothing about my writing makes me miserable either. It makes me happy!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Happy to report that Laura Eno found her book on my site.

msmariah said...

Alex, another successful blogfest. I'm looking forward to your next one! I also enjoyed your post about the depressed writer. We're not all tortured souls!

Susan Roebuck said...

Me again! Deborah Lawrenson (the author) found herself on my blog!!!! Great :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

SC, I read several good reviews of that book in the past week.

EJ, good for you! I'm still working my way through...

SA, that's great!

Diane, good for her!

MsMariah, no we aren't. And I'll be announcing another blogfest on Monday...

Susan, awesome!

J. A. Bennett said...

I've found so many awesome books today, what a great blogfest!

Monti said...

Love the idea for this blog fest. Sorry I didn't have time to participate. Good luck!

Monti
Mary Montague Sikes

Nicki Elson said...

You are such a tease leaving that note at my place! I'm sorry, sorry, sorry I didn't join this blogfest - I just knew I'd have a hard time vising many blogs & didn't want to be one sided, you know? And then you go and hint that I'd better make time...challenge accepted. ;)

Laura Eno said...

Reporting in, Captain Ninja Alex. LK Rigel found her book on my site. :)

Heather Gardner said...

OK. Technically I didn't participate today but I bought Nancy's book a few minutes ago and tweeted it and she saw it so I guess that counts!

Now I just need time to read all my friend's books! Like yours!

Heather

Patsy said...

I don't think all writers are depressed. We have the same worries and unhappiness as anyone else - we're just better at describing it.

Livia said...

Now, I can't wait until Friday. I can't wait until the celebration! It better not be another blogfest...

The DINYB Blogfest has been so much fun! I'm still getting around to visiting the other blogs and it's so interesting.

AND, I almost forgot, Connie found her book! Woohoo!

I read Elise's post too and that was very eye-opening.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nicki, you at least need to go looking...

Laura, excellent!

Heather, you'll really enjoy her book! And thanks.

Patsy, that's a perfect way to describe it!

Livia, no that's on Monday! And glad Connie found her book.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Trust me I've had true depression and writer's angst. For you to have neither is a blessing. If you need a reminder of the negative results of too much writing/music depression, you only need to remember Kurt Kobain. Thank you for this blogfest and great pick. Best of luck in having the author find you.

M Pax said...

So many great books. I need twelve more of me to read them all.

The Golden Eagle said...

Writing doesn't tend to make me feel depressed. Muttering horrible character fates and feeling like throwing the computer at the wall is as far as I go, and that's only when things are REALLY not going well.

Aurora sounds like a really good book!

D.G. Hudson said...

I'm not a depressed writer, I'm usually happiest when creating. It's the waiting and frustration that bothers us.

Good luck with the blogfest!

Spacerguy said...

I've discovered a fascinating read over atTomorrow News Network called 'A Stranger Comes To Town.' Its funny how a 'point of view' or voice pops into your head once you get into a good read.

Am I a depressed or happy writer? Well, I was happy to learn something new about my craft today. Characters in stories can't read each others minds! LOL.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sheena-kay - he was a depressed artist!

Mary, want some of my clones?

Spacerguy, watch out if they start doing that!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I am a depressed writer with spurts of happiness. You are a happy writer with chronic talent and blessings.

Cheers, Alex.
xoRobyn

Raquel Byrnes said...

This has been so much fun. Sharing my favorite and seeing what other great stories are out there. My TBR list grew so much today! Great blogfest. :)

Belle Wong said...

I don't often get depressed, but when I do, I don't write at all! I'm at my best as a writer when I'm feeling good. So I'm joining your happy writer club, Alex.

Brinda said...

You can tell I'm a romantic because my favorite line in that blurb is "A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman…".

DMS said...

I tend to be even when it comes to mood swings- though sometimes I get mad or a little sad (happy, too- of course). I haven't read the book or author that you wrote up for your hop post- but the book does sound like one you would love! I think this hop is amazing and fun!

Congrats to all of those with good news!
~Jess

Cathy Keaton said...

I was having writer depression and angst like crazy until I wrote my most recent novella. It kind of cured me of it.

Nice book for your DINYB feature! :D

C.M.Brown said...

Just opened up and Tribute Books, who deal with my author's media, has just noticed my post and and sent there thanks. Not the author but, I suppose that counts??

Susan Oloier said...

I am just now starting the blogfest visits since I was away from the computer ALL DAY :-(
I like how you discovered your noticed book.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I guess I'm a pretty happy writer too, Alex. I'm enjoying experimenting in different genres and doing my own thing, so I have very little to complain about.

Nice choice for DINYB -- I'm interested in reading more sci fi so will add this author to my TBR list.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Yhoo. Lynn Rush found her book on my blog. Thanks for hosting the fest. Lots of fun.

LynnRush said...

Wow. TONS of great covers out there. Got a late start to the party today but I found Violet Midnight and Prelude to Darkness on a couple blogs! Off to visit some more. My author hasn't found her book on my blog yet.... :)

LD Masterson said...

I am frequently amazed at the number of blogsfests you host or participate in. I'm not joining in on this one but I am hopping around to find interesting new reads. Aurora definitely makes the list.

If we have to be miserable to be successful, I guess I'll remain a happy failure.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Robyn! Sorry, I'm just that way.

Raquel, glad you've enjoyed it.

Bella, join the happy club!!

Jess, I'll let you know about the book soon.

Cm, good enough!

Susan, all the links should go to the posts now.

Patricia, let's hear it for being happy!

Susan, that's great!

Lynn, but I hope you've found YOUR book...

klahanie said...

Hi Alex,

Yep, I'm finally here. I have 'thrilled' a number of those participating in the blogfest with my 'eagerly anticipated comments. Or something like that.

Depression, happiness and all points in between, allow me to write for the real reason I do. To get it out and use writing as a cathartic, therapeutic resource.

Take care and be well.

Gary

Trisha said...

Sounds like an amazing read!! Definitely adding it to the never-ending TBR :)

alexia said...

I love my writing, but I torture myself a bit by wondering if I'll ever be great, and wanting to get published. Maybe it's just that driving force that keeps us pushing to make better art.

Carrie Butler said...

EJ found his book on my blog around 11:42 a.m. He was a very happy camper. :)

Lynda R Young said...

If I DON'T write, then I get miserable ;)

Michael Pierce said...

Thanks for hosting, Alex! Your pick is intriguing. I need to check out the Halloween blogfest.

Helena said...

I feel so guilty -- if I hadn't been so overwhelmed this last week, I would've participated in this blogfest. It's such a generous thing to promote other writers' works, and it's good karma to boot. The Aurora book sounds like a real find.

Tamara said...

I actually got unexpectedly called out of town on a family emergency, so I was barely online today-- but I did notice that the author who's book I noticed--Krystal Wade, author of Wilde's Fire-- saw it on my blog and commented--which was very cool!!

Due to my unforeseen circumstances, I haven't been able to participate in the blog hop at all, but I hope to be able to visit some of the other participants later on this week.

This was a great idea and I'm sure it will make a lot of lesser known writers feel good, so nice job!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LD, the next two weeks will scare you then...

Gary, and that is an excellent reason for writing.

Carrie, that's great!

Michael, there are three Halloween blogfests that week...

Helena, that's all right.

Tamara, that's great she found it. All links go straight to the blogfest post, so that will help you out later.

Tonja said...

If writing made me miserable, I wouldn't do it. When I'm NOT writing is when I feel down. I'm feeling down today.

Vicki Rocho said...

So much going on - doesn't your head spin while composing these posts?

I think artists in general (whether they're writers, musicians, or traditional artists) tend towards depression because it is their ability to see the world in a different way that makes their work so unique. That said, I'm with you - I don't have big highs or lows and am content with life overall.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Nice blogfest!

If I *were* depressed, it sure wouldn't aid my writing, since I write humorous mysteries. I think a lot of writers do struggle with depression, though--I come across them quite a bit while going through my blog reader.

Leovi said...

Hop Blogfest promises fun Halloween.

Karen Lange said...

Fun Blogfest! Will have to try and get to the blogs and check it out. As always, thanks for all the news and notes!

Lindi said...

Alex--my author found her book. Yay!! Rachel Van Dyken posted on my blog last night.

Melissa said...

I'm bummed it didn't work out for me to participate, but I'm enjoying seeing which books people chose. Great idea for a blogfest, Alex. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tonja, I'm sorry!

Vicki, we need to make a happy club.

Elizabeth, I guess it fuels those IWSG posts.

Lindi, that's great!

Melissa, it was all Ciara's idea. I was just along for the ride. And Hot Tamales.

Jennifer Lane said...

So much good stuff in this post. Congrats to Roland!

I know there's a stereotype about writers being miserable, but I think writing can be very therapeutic. I get giddy when I think of something funny or exciting to insert in my next chapter, or when I work out a tricky part of the plot.

Aurora looks interesting. I read about the Black Plague in Ken Follett's World Without End and it freaked me out!

Steven said...

The illustrator for the book I noticed found my blog post this morning. He was most grateful for the shout-out. This was an awesome idea for a blog fest!

LynnRush said...

Yay. My author found me on TWITTER!!!! :) Woot

randi lee said...

I love that Blindsided cover! Simple without being *too* simple. I love the 'notice a book' deal, too. Great way to drum up an audience for those who might not otherwise have one!

Heather Murphy said...

Your book choice appears very fitting
Congrats to Roland!
As for writers being depressed, I think they feel more deeply whether depression, compassion, or whatever the emotion.

Ella said...

You are blessed! Creativity does tend to toss most people around, like being on a coaster. I am not a fan of coasters~

WOW, so many great things going on!
Writing is good, but when it isn't..time to go dabble in another creativity nook n' cranky~

Fun fest...I love the idea! :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jennifer, glad you are a happy writer!

Steven, that's great!

Lynn, cool!

Ella, I don't like coasters either...

Morgan Mandel said...

Oh, yes, I know about the ups and downs. You're lucky to be on an even keel, Alex. My mood swings depending on whether or not my books are selling, and whether or not I'm stuck while writing.

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

Rachel Frost said...

Depressed writer extraordinaire, here in the back row. Many creative types are also depressives, and I'd say that's just how our brains are wired, but... there are also a lot out there who aren't.

My family, for instance, is composed of singer/songwriters, writers, and artists. Though all the girls suffer from sleep disorders, I'm the only one who's been diagnosed with depression. So I'm the moody black sheep of the flock.

Medeia Sharif said...

I love the good news. Also, I've seen so many fantastic books during this blogfest.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Morgan, I'm sorry!

Rachel, no you're not!'

Medeia, hope you found yours, as it was featured!

Brinda said...

MISSION accomplished. My author found her book. :)

C.M.Brown said...

Amy Lignor the author of the book I posted for the blog hop just gave me a shout out on twitter!

Tammy Theriault said...

Love coming to you blog and seeing where to go to next....

Damyanti said...

Ack, me and the other blogger must think very alike cos that is exactly what I posted on yesterday on my blog!

ediFanoB said...

I still wait for the repair of my private notebook. In the meantime I use an real old one. That means I can't visit many sites and/or blogs in the evening because it takes so long.

Liz Fichera said...

I didn't participate in the Did I Notice Blogfest but read many posts of bloggers that did. The idea for that blogfest was wonderful. Loved it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brinda and CM, awesome!

Damy, I saw that.

Edi, that is a bummer.

Glad you enjoyed it, Liz.

Medeia Sharif said...

Yes, I found mine, but I'm still waiting for my author. I'm sure she'll come.

Nicole said...

I'm with you - I don't think writing is a depressing pursuit at all. Occasionally frustrating...but even on bad days, it's still my favorite thing. ;)

Madeleine Sara said...

Aurora, not heard of that before.

Hmmm dcepressed writer. Must look into that...

Oh and Milo and Rachel noticed that I noticed their books!
Hoorah!