Friday, November 8, 2013

Marvel News – NetFlix and Marvel Team Up and Thor is Here! Plus Milestones, Science Fiction Book Trivia, Ninja News, and the How I Miss You Blogfest

Big Marvel News!

NetFlix and Marvel team up! From Deadline Hollywood - Diseny signed a deal with NetFlix, committing them to at least four 13-series episodes and a miniseries, The Defenders. The superheroes featured will be Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. These series will all be Watch Nows on NetFlix. They are calling this an “unprecedented deal.” I’m calling it awesome beyond belief!

And at last – it’s THE November movie event!

Thor: The Dark World releases in the USA today.

And I am very stoked…

Review on Monday!



Milestones

Today’s post marks two milestones:

It’s my seven hundredth post.

I’ve been blogging now for four years. (Technically, my first post was November 9, 2009.)

Whoa!

Did I ever imagine where I am now? Not a chance! Three books, the IWSG, thousands of followers, so many good friends… I didn’t see any of it coming. All I knew was I had to get my butt online to promote my debut novel. Nothing could’ve prepared me for this awesome journey. I couldn’t have done it alone. Thank you everyone for sharing the journey with me. You have been one of the greatest blessings in my life.

Ninja News

Thanks to all of the IWSG participants for another amazing post day! Thanks to those who’ve responded to Wednesday’s post at the website.
And thank you for your encouragement - I will probably cut back some and start writing soon. I just don't want to let anyone down.

Missouri publisher Rocking Horse Publishing has just come out with Spirits of St. Louis, an anthology of ghost stories set in Missouri. It includes Sean McLachlan’s story "After the Raid," an offshoot of his Civil War horror novel, A Fine Likeness. Congratulations, Sean!

Kyra Lennon just released A Very Game On Christmas. Congratulations, Kyra!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster, the mad genius behind Green Eggs and Weezie, just released a collection of short stories called Friday Girls. And for the next five days, it’s free on Amazon. Congratulations, Cathy!

Cover Reveal –

Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert

NA Contemporary Romance
Release date: March 2014

As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend…

Add to Goodreads HERE


Novel Trivia!

Science fiction books this time – name the author:

1 – The Martian Chronicles 1950

2 – Dragonflight 1968

3 – Rendezvous with Rama 1972

4 – Out of the Silent Planet 1943

5 – The Puppet Masters 1951

How I Miss You Blogfest!

Hosted by Andrew Leon, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and Matthew MacNish.

The bloggers you miss and the ones you would miss.
List one to three bloggers you really miss.
List one to three bloggers you would really miss if they stopped blogging.
And then go let them know!

The bloggers I really miss…
Sadly, this could be a really long list. Melissa, Chuck, Cindy… So many of my blogger buddies have stopped blogging, either permanently or they only appear now and then. I look back four years and so many of my friends are gone. I could only pick three though…

Nancy Thompson
I was honored to supply a blurb for her book, The Mistaken, and just as grateful she gave me one for CassaStorm. We share many things in common (as we’re the same age) and she’s like the sister I never had. I’d hang with her in real life! Nancy is busy with her editing work and I really miss her online. I still want to read her next book, even though I know she’ll only torment poor Ty.

Father Dragon Al
I met Al a year ago on the recommendation of a friend, and I’ve never regretted it. Al possesses such a wise and generous spirit. Who knew dragons with dwarves were compatible with Ninjas with clones? Through our many email exchanges, I’ve come to know this gentle dragon. I see so much potential in his passionate heart. Al is currently pursuing a dream, which I completely support, so I’ll not begrudge the now infrequent postings from the dragon cave. I still miss those glimpses into his dragon heart though. Hopefully he stays with us.

Rusty Webb
He’s one of my best blogger buddies and good friend for the past three years. Rusty is an amazing writer and the most awesome critique partner. Rusty deserves a lot of the credit for the success of CassaFire and CassaStorm. We share the same passion for guitars and writing, although Rusty is light years ahead of me on both accounts. He has a wicked sense of humor, and while he’s participating in NaNo right now, I hope he returns to his blog in December. Miss you, dude!

Special mention – my co-host, Matthew
We’re only to mention three, but I have to make a special mention of my fellow blogfest and A to Z co-host. He was one of my first followers and a good friend for so many years. I miss your regular posts, man!

And those I would miss if they were gone…

Again, that would be most of you! It was really tough to narrow it down to just three….

Jeremy Hawkins
The person I would miss the most is my very best blogger buddy. We’ve followed each other for so long that I can’t recall a time when Jeremy wasn’t there. No one is more dedicated or more giving. He’d do anything in the world for his friends. Dude, I will always have your back. Should anyone ever speak ill of you, they would experience the wrath of the Ninja. We talk often through emails, but should your blog posts cease, it would feel very hollow and empty online…

Arlee Bird
Lee, you are the man. Back when I had about twenty followers, you followed me. And enticed me on a quest that would become the first A to Z Challenge. You taught me about consistency, blogfests, and friendship. You are stability, even as you throw out your ‘controversial’ topics. We see the world in a similar fashion, although you have developed more patience than I. Where I am now would not be possible if you were not a friend, and I thank you. If you stopped posting, who on earth would I visit first in the morning?

Tina Downey
My fellow A to Z co-host is a delight in more ways than she can imagine. You guys don’t get to see the exchanges between the co-hosts, but if it’s coming from Tina, I know I will get a kick out of her message every time. Despite the physical restrictions and challenges she endures, Tina is a very open and free spirit. She is the vibrant breeze on the trees, shaking the limbs and energizing the air. I never know what to expect when she posts, and that’s half the fun. Tina, you are a special lady, and I’m honored to call you my friend.

Who do you miss...?



Excited for Thor? Can you believe I’ve been blogging for four years? Excited about the new releases? Know the authors? And who do you miss or would miss…?

137 comments:

Michael Abayomi said...

First! Mwuhahaha. The world is mine. :D

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey:)

I have a feeling Father Dragon will be a popular choice - he really is someone special :)

Your other choices were great, too (I nearly went with Nancy, just haven't heard from her for ages - and glad to hear she's busy with Ed. :)

Thanks for hosting and for all you do :)

Now, shooo, go write :)

Michael Abayomi said...

Right. Now that I've gotten the excitement out of the way... I was just going through you archive the other day, and I read your first ever post. It's amazing how far you've come since then. You're a true source of inspiration. :)

Siv Ottem said...

WOW! 4 years and so much accomplished! Congrats Alex! You truely are an inspiration :) I am going to go see Thor this week-end and I can't wait!!!

You are right, there are so many bloggers that would be and are missed that the list is too long. I just picked the first few that came to mind but if I had more time I could have mentioned so many more.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Congratulations on four years, Alex!

That's *very* interesting about Netflix and Disney pairing up. I'm wondering if that also means there will be more Disney-related content available on the service (there really hasn't been, considering the size of the studio).

Enjoy Thor!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. tina is a trip.
nice on the defenders...that will be very cool! and thor...yep, might actually go to the big boy theatre for this one...smiles.

Sean McLachlan said...

Seven hundred posts? Wow! I just hit 500 at Civil War Horror. I have some catching up to do!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on blogging for 4 years. You've done an AMAZING job with it.

And I miss Nancy and Matt too.

Kirsten said...

Oooh, thanks for the heads up on the new Thor movie. Sometimes I'm so wrapped with writing that all that other stuff just blows by!
I'm glad you mentioned Nancy Thompson's blog. She always has such interesting stuff about writing. I hope she starts posting more.
And then of course there's this blog. ;) I knew you'd end up starting another story and wish you the best in keeping up with posting while writing new words. I sure would miss your blog if you stopped posting!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michael, that made me laugh!! And yeah, I read it again yesterday just trying to find the first one. I've come a LONG way...

Mark, I think many will mention the wise dragon.

Siv, this post could scroll to China if I name them all...

Elizabeth, I think there will be. And Disney is getting really, really big now.

Brian, knew you'd appreciate Tina.

Sean, get to it, man!

Thanks, Natalie.

Brinda said...

Seven HUNDRED posts? Yikes!!

Marta Szemik said...

Congratulations on your milestones! Your movie reviews and news are my favorite :)

Melissa said...

Great list, Alex. There are so many wonderful people in the writing community. We are blessed.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Congrats on your 700th post and four year blogging anniversary Alex. I miss many of the bloggers who were regularly blogging when I first started a year ago. Seems like a lot of people kind of lose the passion for blogging over time. Do you see that a lot?

Rusty Webb said...

Why is the screen in front of me suddenly so blurry?

You are the man, Alex, THE MAN!

Chris Fries said...

Congratulations on your milestones, Alex! Wow -- four years. It's really not that long of a time, is it? But it probably seems like you've been blogging since Al Gore first invented the internet.

I absolutely understand why you want to ratchet back a bit on your blogging presence, and I fully support you. But I also hope there will always be at least some level of Alex-Ninja-ness in the blogosphere. The innerwebs just wouldn't be the same withou'cha!

And that's an easy list for me. It's filled with some of my favorites!

1. Ray Bradbury's classic
2. Anne McCaffrey's first Pern novel.
3. Arthur C. Clarke's fabulous novel.
4. Ummm... OK, actually, I'm blanking. But I think it might be C.S. Lewis?
5. And that's of course Robert Heinlein, another all-time fav!

And that list of bloggers missed/ would-be missed has names that are missed by many!

Enjoy "Thor"! I'm eager to read your review. ;)

Clarissa Draper said...

Those are great bloggers.

Jean said...

You are on my list.

jean xox

mshatch said...

Wow, four years...it's gone by so fast! And I only know the answer to the first trivia question (I think): Ray Bradbury. Enjoy Thor :)

DAVID WALSTON said...

I've only been blogging since August, and would miss Jeremy!

I might sneak away to see Thor, then again it might be next week. Mamma is holding the checkbook close these days.

Suzanne Furness said...

Congrats on the four years. It is a long time and no doubt you have seen many bloggers come and go over that time.

Jo said...

1. Ray Bradbury
2. Anne McCaffery
3. Arthur C. Clarke
4. C.S.Lewis
5. Don't know.

I hope you are impressed Alex. I will miss both you and Father Dragon if your plans go forward.

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kirsten, Nancy is a special lady. And I won't stop - just cut back some.

Marta, I will keep them coming.

Keith, I do. I can go back to my first year and look at comments, and it amazes me how many of those people aren't even blogging anymore.

Rusty my friend, you are most welcome... I think it's blurry because you're tired. Yeah, that works.

Chris, easy score for you today! And we are glad you are back to blogging full time.
Don't worry - I would never completely vanish.

Jean, thanks!

Marcy, correct!

Jo, I am impressed! Don't worry, I will only cut back.

jaybird said...

Congrats on your 700th post. Whoah! That's quite an accomplishment. My support is with you no matter what you decide to do Alex.

Big props to Cathy and congrats for her release! Also to Kyra and her new release. Best of luck to everyone sending out their work into the world this week!!

Pretty excited for Thor! Here's hoping it holds up to all of our expectations.

Elise Fallson said...

700 Posts! Wow, you rock Alex. (:
You mentioned some great blogging folks and there definitely a bunch of people I'd miss if they stopped blogging. I think it's amazing how strong of a connection we can make with people on line. Anyway, congrats on your milestones and I can't wait for Thor!

Charles Gramlich said...

It's like superheros are the new reality TV.

Kelly Polark said...

Happy Four Years, Alex!

Blogs can really bring people together. I've met so many wonderful people through mine.

Juliana Haygert said...

Congrats on your seven hundredth post and 4 years blogging!

Thanks for sharing my cover! :D

Connie Keller said...

Congrats on the blogging anniversary!

I'm looking forward to the Thor review. I have several teenagers eager to see the movie at my house. :)

Michelle Gregory said...

congrats. i know i would certainly miss you and your encouraging posts, and your comments on my blog. :)

Jay Noel said...

I miss Rusty's regular posts too, but he is such a cool dude. Hopefully, I'll get to meet him in person at one of the cons out here in the Midwest.

Geez...2 out of the 3 blogs you would miss are unknown to me! I must remedy that immediately.

M. J. Joachim said...

It's funny how putting your butt on the line can take you into unexpected directions. Kudos to you for so many posts and so much success with your writing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jaybird, it is for me!

Elise, it is - we make some great friends here.

Juliana, you're welcome!

Michelle, thanks.

Jay, they are cool people! And one of these days I will meet Rusty. He's only seven hours away.

J.L. Campbell said...

Alex,
Sounds like you have some faithful pals, but that's expected knowing the person you are. Thanks to you all for hosting.

L.G. Smith said...

Sometimes I look at my blog list and it seems half of them have disappeared. Occasionally they'll pop back up after six months or so, but many have just gone AWOL. I always wonder if they're still writing or if they've completely changed gears in life. You do miss people, even though you only got to know them online.

David P. King said...

I'm stoked for Thor as well. Going to see it in a short while. Got to catch the early bird showing - it's cheaper than a medium popcorn!

Great list of folks, Alex. I too would miss them. :)

Laura said...

Wow, that's a lot of posts! Congratulations :)
I haven't seen the first Thor yet, so I guess I'll be waiting a while!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Definitely going to check out Cathy's collection!

I think the answer question #1 is Ray Bradbury. That's all I got. :)

And you just never know where life is going to take you. I had no idea I would enjoy blogging as much as I do, or that I would "meet" as many wonderful people as I have, or that I would publish an ebook or... :)

SA Larsenッ said...

Amazing choices. And you are spot on about Matt. It's strange how it seems a particular group of us started blogging around the same time, relentlessly stuck together, and now are finding success. I think we all know in the back of our minds that each of us is there, cheering loudly...even if it's just in spirit. :)

Julie Flanders said...

I hate to think of Al no longer blogging but I am so happy for him that he has the opportunity to pursue his dream! Still, I hope we get glimpses into the dragon cave now and again.


Congrats on your milestone, that's amazing. Happy weekend, Alex!

Arlee Bird said...

Thank you so much for the kind tribute. You have been my rock solid partner in blogging since our first encounter.

You of course would be on my "Miss You" list although I didn't want to state the obvious in my post. You would be on everybody's "Miss You" list.

Congratulations on that 700th post. I been kind of keeping an eye on my numbers because I'm approaching my 1000th. Knowing me though I'll probably let it slip on by without even noticing.

Lee
A Faraway View

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Joy, thanks!

LG, there have been so many this year. It's really sad.

David, I will only be a couple hours behind you on that viewing!

Madeline, correct! And I didn't either.

Sheri, well put!

Lee, you're welcome. And I'm on enough lists already.
Surprised I remembered both milestone.

Elsie Amata said...

Oh boy. Once my hubby finds out Defenders is coming to Netflix, I'll never be able to watch anything on there!

This is a great blog fest you guys did. Sorry I missed out on it.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I've been blogging since 2008 when my first book came out. I was told in no certain terms to blog. I had no idea where it would go either. Somedays I do feel very tired, and I just want to sleep in and then curl up on the couch and watch Netflix all day. But, I carry on. You know why? Cause of you, Alex. You and your fortitude give me strength. I think blogland would be a lonely lonely place without you.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I love the way you talk about your friends and bloggers. It's never enough for you to say, yeah, they're cool. You always talk about them in depth and that is so meaningful these days when online 'friends' can be so superficial.
You have a gift, my friend. No italics needed.

Enjoy THOR 2! I'm hearing great things! Great things!

Heather

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

This Miss You Blogfest is such a good idea. There are so many people I miss and as soon as I have a bath and a shower I'm going to write about them. Obviously the world would miss you, Alex, you're such a force of good in the bloggy world. And all the people you mentioned. And hey, thanks for the mention of Friday Girls. You rock, Ninja Man.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

That makes me sound really filthy. Just a bath, actually, not a bath AND a shower. *face palm*

Pk Hrezo said...

Aw, great list, Alex. We're so fortunate to have such a great group around us.
The Defenders sounds awesome! Wait til I tell my son!

Leovi said...

Yes, definitely have to go see Thor: The Dark World

Matthew MacNish said...

Man, I almost did not get my post up. My computer crapped out at work this morning, and I only had half my post drafted.

Anyway, I finally got it up, and am now off to visit all the entries!

And thanks for the kind words, Alex. I remember the good old days.

Emily R. King said...

Lovely words for your favorite bloggers, Alex. And I can't wait to hear your review for Thor!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I would miss so many bloggers if they were gone, but I'd miss you most Alex.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elsie, you can still join us.

Joylene, thanks for the kind words! Sounds like we both started from the same place. What a journey, huh?

Heather, thank you. I appreciate that.

Cathy, you are welcome and please join the blogfest!

Matthew, you're welcome, and glad you got your post up. Hate to miss your own blogfest...

Patricia, thank you!

John Wiswell said...

The Marvel deal is absolutely wild. The Defenders are low-power heroes so it won't be as hard as a Dr. Strange and Silver Surfer authentic Defenders - doesn't have to be a cartoon. I'm quite curious to see what they finally do with Daredevil. The 70's period piece idea sounded so good, though it's probably by the wayside now.

ilima said...

We are trying to wait to see Thor until Thanksgiving week when we'll be in Atlanta with in-laws. It's going to be really hard to wait. Wave to Tom Hiddleston for me. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Father Dragon would definitely be missed, I'm hoping he sticks around at least for little cave visits now and then. :)
And this fest just made me realize that I haven't visited a couple of bloggers that I love like Miss Jack Baillot and Geek Banter - must visit today!

Love your posts, as always, and I encourage you to Write On! Enjoy life!
Tell us about Thor - I may or may not get to go this weekend.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats on your 700th post Alex! You've come up with a great list of bloggers!

Julie

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Alex, first and foremost... I have been - and always shall be - your friend... stolen line from one of the most pivotal films ever. Fits perfect in my head, I have only great respect for you and your accomplishments. I have learned what it like to have a friend I haven't met, yet and feel we would get along in life great. I thrilled to have had an impact doing the stuff I do, I cannot tell you how much in the last few months to keep going forward.

Someday I might even catch up, before the sites I have I had a lot of ideas and no where to share them. Now I have a place for me to unleash my ideas, you and so many others are the reason it has been a place I can call home.

So many cool folks out there, you are at the top! I say it again...I have been - and always shall be - your friend

Jeremy

Nancy Thompson said...

Awww!! I feel both honored to be on your missed list & sad that I made it. I never intended to be gone this long. I'm just torn in too many directions & can hardly get my work done. But I miss you more than I can say, certainly more than you know. This group here, they're my original writer family. At least I'm in the very best company on your list. I actually see many of our friends on Facebook so I'm not completely MIA. I do hope to be back soon. Congrats on 700th post. Wow! What a milestone! You always amaze me. And I am so incredibly lucky to be your friend...and your "little sister"! Haha! Love you, bro!

PS-I hope you'll read what I've put poor Ty through now!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Oh, GO THOR! and to the rest of your excellent post... true, so true. I read the book titles and my brain had the answers, but came out like... that guy and that other guy wrote them. Have a great day!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I'm going to see Thor tonight in the IMAX with some friends, and I'm very excited. I looked for it yesterday "On Demand" but couldn't find it. Just this morning it occurred to me that I could use Netflix and see if it's available there.

I had no idea about the Marvel teamup with Netflix, and this does indeed sound unprecedented and amazing. It may even be better than Agents of Shield (which I really enjoy).

Rachna Chhabria said...

Nice choices Alex. I would miss many bloggers, especially you, Father Dragon, Arlee Bird, Lynda Young, Rahul Bhatia, Destination Infinity, Mark Noce to name just a few.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Four years of blogging, wow! Stop worrying about cutting back to write. You'll be back in full mode soon enough.

I've made so many new friends by blogging I'd miss them all if I stopped or if they stopped blogging.

Also can't wait to see Thor. Lots of great movies I want to see!

Tina said...

I'm floored, Alex. And honored and thrilled. Your kind words made my day! I'm going to steal Jeremy's Star Trek line, too. It's awesome to make lasting friendships in this sometimes goofy place we call blogging.
Congrats on your 700th post! I hit 500 not too long ago, and it's been about 4 years too...
Thanks again, buddy. You rock!
Tina @ Life is Good

Jessica Bell said...

Glad to see Matt here. He would have been on my list if we didn't chat on Facebook everyday.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

John, I'm curious which one they will do first. Daredevil?

Ilima, I couldn't wait three weeks! At least you know it will still be playing.

Tyrean, I don't think Alison has blogged for a while. i should visit her as well.

Jeremy, it has been an honor to get to know you! I think we would have a great time roaming a horror convention. Should do that some day.

Nancy, you are welcome! Your family here does miss you though and hope we see you more in the future.

Michael, it's a big move for NetFlix.

Thank you, Rachna!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You're really accomplished a lot in four years. I'm going to see Thor on Monday. I'm pretty excited.

Pat Hatt said...

Lol at the first comment, awesome deal indeed with Marvel, hopefully they do well and we get more, was kinda wishing the punisher would be in there, but oh well, still fine by me. 700 at your sea, congrats. Miss? hmmmm hmmmm most have stuck around, so the cat is good.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I didn't put the 3 I would miss most, for I would miss all of my friends should they stop blogging.

700 posts! Wow! That is certainly a feat, considering how much you pack into each post. Congrats!

Stephen Tremp said...

I think a lot of people would miss Father Dragon. I follow him on Facebook too.

Off to see Thor today by myself!

Andrew Leon said...

I may have a review up for Thor on Monday, too.

I didn't hear that stuff about netflix. That's cool!

More in email.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tina, you are most welcome! You are a good friend.

Jessica, if only I was on Facebook.

Pat, he still might be.

Al Diaz said...

Happy blogoversary! I'm sure this is a reason for many to celebrate since your blog is one place everyone enjoys so much. It is not easy to do what you've done here and in the hearts of so many, and not just reaching heights but keeping up. It is needed a lot of constancy and vision and you have them both. Here's to many more to come along with more success (and books)!

You're such a great guy, and one of dragon's true friends. You'll be part of my life as long as you wish to. I give you my word of honor, and Father Dragon never gives his word lightly.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm a little saddened by your warm blurbs about bloggers. Blogland changes so quickly. Thank goodness its heart is consistently there, along with our Captain.

xoRobyn

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

What an incredible list of bloggers. I admit, I am a little misty-eyed after reading your tributes to them.

Alex, you are one fine human.

*shape up, girl. It's only a post. sniff, sniff*

Okay, Thor. Can't wait. Sean: Out-of-this-world can't wait.
#2 McCauffrey
#3 Clarke, who wrote the incredible short story, The Star.

Gotta go now. need Kleenix. Allergies, ya know

The Happy Whisk said...

Good list, I new Retro would be on your list. He's a good egg. And talented fellow.

Sherry Ellis said...

So awesome that you've been blogging for four years. I'm glad you're here. You've made quite an impact in the blogosphere! Thanks for hosting the Miss You blogfest!

Rhonda Albom said...

Congratulations Alex! Two great milestones. Thanks for today's blogfest. I follow some of your favorites, both missing and current. One is a new name to me and I am off to check it out now.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

700 posts in 4 years is quite an accomplishment. You've come far.

I would miss Lee and Al for sure. And Tina!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you my dragon friend! And I will hold you to that.

Robyn, I know - so many changes.

Carol, thank you! You got two right. And yeah, stupid allergies.

Ivy - good egg! Funny,

Thanks everyone!

L.G. Keltner said...

Ray Bradbury (who wrote Martian Chronicles) is one of my favorite authors, as is Arthur C. Clarke (who wrote Rendezvous With Rama). In fact, Rendezvous With Rama became one of my favorite books when I read it in 7th grade.

You also chose some amazing bloggers to highlight. Father Dragon Al is certainly one of the most unique and interesting bloggers I've had the privilege of meeting on my blogging journey.

And four years blogging? You rock!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! What great milestones. :) Terrific bloggers you chose for the blogfest too. I'd definitely miss you if you weren't around. Have a wonderful weekend.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congratulations on the milestones Alex! It feels like yesterday. I am so stoked about Thor 2 and even more about the Luke Cage series! Have a great weekend.

S.K. Anthony said...

Congratulations on the milestones!
Very excited about Thor and for the news on Marvel & Netflix teaming up :D

Kelley Lynn said...

Congrats on four years!!! That is impressive!

Vanessa Morgan said...

Wow, 700 posts is a LOT. I'm not even at 200. Congratulations. And thank you for following my Traveling Cats :-)

Cate Masters said...

Congrats on your milestones Alex! And congrats to the authors with new releases. Go forth and conquer.

SC Author said...

HAPPY ALMOST BIRTHDAY!!!! What a journey over 4 years; you definitely did it well :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

That Disney Netflix news rocks. I'm seeing Enders Game on Monday or Tuesday. Hopefully I'll see Thor before month end because Catching Fire takes priority. Congrats on four wonderful years and Rusty is gertting repeated mentions on being missed. Good Blogfest, we definitely miss some great bloggers.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

We both started blogging about the same time, I remember. Happy birthday, Alex!

Lexa Cain said...

Cograts on your 700th post! WOW! I'm excited about Thor, too, and the rest of the superhero adventures sound great.

Congrats to Sean on his short story! And to Kyra and Cathy for their releases, and to Juliana for her new cover!

SF trivia - oh crap. Well, #2 is Anne McCaffrey, and I'm sure I'll recognize the authors of the others as well, but I can't honestly put names to the books...

Interesting reading about bloggers you'd miss. Have a good weekend, Alex! :-)

M Pax said...

Netflix has a sci-fi series coming out this year too. I'm looking forward to that.

You've done a lot in four years, Alex.

Nancy is on FB a lot. I See Al there now and then too. Not Rusty.

mooderino said...

Marvel are really striking while the iron's hot. Hope they don't bite off more than they can chew. Definitely looking forward to the DD series. Wonder who'll they'll cast this time.

mood

nutschell said...

Marvel and Netflix? Two of my faves team up! Huzzah! I'm excited to see where the series goes. :) I would miss soooo many people, most especially you, Ninja Captain. So don't you dare stop bloggin! Unless you've suddenly become the rockstar we know you are--then I'd understand. Of course, you'd have to send me a signed CD as proof!!
Happy weekend!

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Carolyn Brown said...

All very good choices, Alex. I also had Jeremy on my list.

I am really looking forward to seeing Thor, but can't get there in the week ahead, full of concerts, Supa-nova and my sons year 12 Graduation celebrations.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Congratulations on your blogging anniversaries, Alex.

Mel Chesley said...

That's awesome about Netflix. But more awesome is you writing again! Woot! Don't worry about disappointing anyone. We're not going anywhere. :D

Cathy Keaton said...

Congrats on posting your 700th blog post! I can't even imagine every doing that, lol.

J E Oneil said...

700 is impressive. Almost as much as what you've crafted here. It's an inspiration to all of us writer/bloggers.

Morgan said...

You're amazing, sir Alex. :)

I'm quite certain that if you ever stopped blogging, blogosphere itself would cease to exist. :)

Patricia Lynne said...

Ooooo, the NetFlix thing sounds awesome. I'm excited for the new Thor, but have to wait until Sunday. It's going to be a long wait.

Congrats on your milestone, Alex. *throws confetti*

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LG, both great authors!

SC, I tried to do it well.

Sheena-kay, he got quite a few.

Karen, amazing what has happened since then!

Lexa, you are correct!

Mary, I know - I miss a lot not being there.

Nutschell, thank you! I still wouldn't stop. Will send CD if it ever happens.

Carolyn - wow! Good for your sons.

Everyone, thanks! Appreciate the kind words.

klahanie said...

Hi Alex,

I believe a number of bloggers stop blogging because they can find it gets a bit too much. Partially due to them potentially putting too much pressure on themselves.

Very thoughtful choices, Alex. Some people I missed have come back to blogging and I note that when they do. It makes them feel revitalised.

Congrats on post number 700. And congrats on blogging now for four years. Dude, you really should get some sleep.

Gary

DMS said...

What a fun post! Loved hearing about the bloggers you miss and the ones you don't want to have to think about missing!

Best of luck with your writing. :)
~Jess

Ella said...

I would miss you!

Congrats on your four years! Time has flown...

Nice post Captain *smiles*

I hope you and Mrs. AC have a fabulous movie weekend! I am looking forward to your review~

farawayeyes said...

Not much into the 'superheros', so no Thor for me. I missed the 'I Miss You Blogfest' - computer problems, but have participated in the past.

I like the 'book trivia' I actually knew two of them.

Nick Wilford said...

And nearly 2000 followers, too! You've got to have a party for that one.

Great choices for I Miss You. Anyone know what Deana Barnhart is up to? Her GUTGAA bloghops were amazing. Hope she's OK!

Shah Wharton said...

Congrats Alex. You've come so far and excelled at it all. Must feel incredible to reflect.

So glad you decided to write again.

Can't wait for your review of Thor. Not sure when it's out here in Dubai :( I'll get my hands on it somehow though. X

http://shahwharton.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gary, they either burn out or just lose interest. Either is sad. And trust me, I do sleep!

Ella, and I would definitely miss you!!

Nick, I don't believe I know her. And with all the different ways to follow a blog, the number is actually closer to four thousand.

Shah, it was fun! Review on Monday.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

This is why I haven't been signing up for bloghops, I've been so disorganized I keep missing them! Love this one, though. :)
Happy Blogaversary! Seven hundred posts, that's awesome!

Mark Means said...

I'm stoked beyond belief about the Disney/Netflix deal and am now glad I didn't get rid of Netflix a few months back!

Saw Thor last night and enjoyed it, but couldn't believe they're going to do another. Well worth seeing, in my opinion.

Like you, my list would be very long....I still miss Elise Fallson and would -really- miss you, if you ever stopped blogging. You're like one of the cornerstones of the blogging world, in my opinion. Four years is a long time, so keep it up! :)

Kimberly said...

Congratulations on your 700th post - that's so awesome, and on your 4 years of blogging.

We will be seeing Thor tonight, if I'm not on a writing spree! :)

Toinette Thomas said...

Your milestones are incredible. Congratulations. I can't wait to see Thor, but I may have to :(.
I'm excited about the Marvel/Netflix deal.
And if you were gone, I'd miss you. You can cut back all you want, just don't go away. :D

Michelle Wallace said...

Congratulations on your 700th post AND four years of blogging!
An awesome accomplishment!!

Heather M. Gardner said...

I almost spit my coffee out when I saw this a few minutes ago on FB. I had to share it with you.

http://www.target.com/p/fred-3-piece-ninjabread-men-cookie-cutters-silver/-/A-14753429#?ref=tgt_soc_0000100209_pd

Leovi said...

The Martian Chronicles is a series of stories from one of the greatest science fiction writers, Ray Bradbury.

Cassie Mae said...

Happy milestones!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mark, the new Thor was great! And now there has to be a third. Promise I won't quit, either.

Toinette, I won't go away.

Heather, I will check it out.

Dawn Simon said...

Wow, seven hundred posts! Congrats on all you've accomplished! :)

Helena said...

Congratulations on 700 posts! You really are a blogging superhero, Alex. I'm also not surprised at all that you have great blogging friends.

And of course I don't know any of the sci fi book authors, twit that I am.

Milo James Fowler said...

Happy Anniversary, Alex! I started blogging November '09 as well. Oh how the time flies...

jamieayres.com said...

Wow, congrats on 4 years! I started in Aug. 2010 but didn't really do it regularly until Jan. 2012. And I miss Deana Barnhart!!

Mason Canyon said...

Alex, congratulations on your four years of blogging. I didn't realize that we started the same year. WOW, you have come a long way and I see so very much more for you in the future. Best wishes and happy blogging (not to mention, much success with your writing).

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

alexia said...

I saw Thor - I liked it a lot! Much better than the first, IMO. I think I've been blogging about 3 1/2 years now. And I "met" you almost right away! As for the authors, Dragonflight is Anne McCaffrey I think. Don't know the others. Hope you're having a good holiday weekend!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Helena, thank you!

Milo, we've both come far.

Thanks, Mason! Awesome we started at the same time.

Alexia, glad you did. Correct on you answer and Thor was really awesome.

Shannon Lawrence said...

All the people you mentioned are fantastic! Congrats on 7000 blogs.

The Warrior Muse

Lynda R Young said...

You won't let anyone down. I think it's awesome you're able to pursue your music AND your writing :)

I'm looking forward to The Defenders.

Al Penwasser said...

Thor is one of those movies I'd even go see by myself.
Hmm...come to think of it, I have a few days off this week...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynda, I will do my best.

Al - go! You will enjoy it.

Trisha F said...

Thor, YAY! I can't wait to see it. :)

I'm checking out those blogs you linked to.

Lots of books releasing today. It's a good day!

David List said...

I'm with you on father dragon. I met him during A to Z April and became immersed in the Dragon world... Very cool place.
I had a chance to go see Thor today. But I couldn't. The event I'm planning still has much work. I can't spare even a moment... (Unless it's to watch the Walking Dead tonight) ((Father-son zombie crowd control for the win!))

T.F. Walsh said...

Watched Thor 2 this weekend and I loved it... awesome. Maybe even better than the first one...can't believe i said that:)

Michelle Wallace said...

I just found it so difficult to pinpoint a few bloggers I'd miss if they stopped blogging......
I opted to name 8 bloggers who have slipped off my radar... and 4 of them have since responded.
Father Dragon IS special...

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - congratulations on 700 posts .. but more importantly for keeping us all in line and giving us a standard to follow.

I'd miss many bloggers ... many of them - hopefully they'll be around somewhere and somehow ... and I can catch them in real life ... that's fantastic you and Nancy are such great pals ...

Cheers for now - Hilary

cleemckenziebooks said...

Love the Gingerbread Ninjas and looking forward to being able to hop on Lexa's travel excitement next month.

My sympathies again to Nick and his family.

Gossip_Grl said...

WOW on the four years of blogging and Congrats on the blogoversary! I will most def will be checking out the book suggestions!