Monday, December 9, 2013

Star Trek Christmas Gifts, IWSG Update, CheersFest 2.0, and Ninja News!

Gifts for the Star Trek Geek

From Vinport - Star Trek Wine

From Pop Sugar - Mr. Potato Head

From Think Geek - Enterprise Pizza Cutter

From Amazon - Obsessed with Star Trek trivia book

From Know Gifts - Star Trek Shower Curtain Set



You are now free to shop the Internet...
IWSG News and Updates

Thanks for another awesome IWSG day last week!

Please note I do cull the list and remove those who haven’t posted in two months. However, the list is so big, that even with co-hosts, I miss blogs. (Sorry, I’ve just not found a way to visit all of them yet!) If you are removed from the list, you can rejoin at any time.

There are a lot of people posting who are NOT on the list! Please take a moment to make sure your blog is on the list. You’ll get so much more out of it if people can find you.

I am also in need of co-hosts next year. If you can co-host on January 8, February 5, or March 5, let me know in the comments.

And here’s a little tip on what NOT to do on IWSG day. Don’t click on the Mark all as Read check instead of the Refresh button in Feedly first thing in the morning. Yeah, I did that. Crap! So if I missed any of my blogger buddies (because of course it was THAT folder) I apologize.

Don’t forget the amazing contest going on at the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Thanks to everyone who has entered and helped spread the word about the website and group. (You know who you are and you rock!)

Ninja News

The awesome Pat Hatt at It’s Rhyme Time hit 1000 posts and is hosting a giveaway – and it’s one hundred dollars! Visit his site for details. Congratulations, Pat!

The amazing Elizabeth S. Craig has another cozy mystery out now - Quilt Trip. It’s third of the Southern Quilting Mysteries and you can find it everywhere retail, including Amazon. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Heather Gardner at Waiting is the Hardest Part is featuring a Pay it Forward Book List. Many of you have already been suggested, and you can in turn suggest a book. Check it out!

Available today!
Diamonds and Dust by River Fairchild
Book 1 of the Jewels of Chandra series

Magic is real. So is betrayal.
Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.

Available at: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes

Find River: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon

And I won the Dr. Who caption contest at The Geek Twins!

CheersFest 2.0! 

Hosted by Mark “Madman” Koopmans, Alex “Clone me a” Cavanaugh, Morg “the Borg” Shamy, Stephen “Wormhole” Tremp, and David “Don’t Mess with the” King.

CheersFest kicked off last year with the roasting of ME. (It was also known as AlexFest and The Day the Ninja Died. Fortunately, I lived.)

This year, we are celebrating the man of the hour, or rather the alphabet, Arlee Bird (Lee) of Tossing it Out!

In order to proper cheer (or roast) Lee:

Four questions for you to answer - keep the retorts short – (no longer than 20 words each):

Why did Lee come up with the A-Z Challenge?
As a child, he was obsessed with Alphabet Soup.

If someone dreams about being a juggler, what does it mean?
I’m not a professional dream interpreter, but I hope it has nothing to do with balls…

Is a post by Mr. Bird worth two in the bush?
Yes, it’s worth two turtledoves in the bush and a partridge in a pear tree!

Who could play Lee in a documentary? (Living or dead.)
Combine the intensity of Tommy Lee Jones, the quiet composure of Paul Newman, and the juggling skill of Ghandi and you got it!

In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts:
Bird, Juggler, Challenge, Brown Jacket, Tossing

Noir

Through the smoke filled room, Veteran cop Lee saw the juggler sprawled on the ground. Beaten to death by bowling pin. Not a pretty sight.

And now he had to question the suspects - three colorful birds who were part of the act. Reaching into his brown jacket, he pulled out a notepad.

“Why?” said Lee.

The largest bird ruffled his feathers. “He wanted to change the act and I challenged him. Tossing us around like beanbags could kill us.”

“So you killed him first, Sam?”

“That’s right. Toucan play at that game.”

For Bonus Points:
In +/- 40 words, can you come up with a caption for Lee’s Facebook picture? 


“If I crinkle my velour jacket just right, it spells out HELP ME.”


As usual, the Very Demanding Rules of CheersFest include:
Join the Linky List *below*
Have fun
Post your 200 (total) word contribution ON Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
No, seriously. Have Fun!

Two winners – chosen by Lee – will each win a prize:
An autographed color photo of Arlee Bird appearing as the Court Wizard in the World of Fantasy Players. Also included in the first prize pack are an assortment of promotional materials from Lee’s show biz days with a personal letter and a brief history of his entertainment career.
A personalized graphics design from Jeremy at Being Retro for the winner’s blog. (Jeremy will design a header, badge, button, banner, or whatever might appeal to the winner.) 

Join the fun below!



See any Star Trek gifts you’d like? Enjoy the IWSG last week? Enter the contest? See any good books? And what fine words would you use to describe this year’s CheersFest roastee, Lee?

187 comments:

Empty Nest Insider said...

You hit that Bird right out of the ballpark! Loved your story with a surprise ending, and the caption was hilarious!
Who knew that Gandhi could juggle?! I think that you need to take your act straight to Vaudeville with Lee!

Julie

farawayeyes said...

Great Flash Fiction. Toucan play at that game - ha, ha, ha, very clever.

You're gonna make some Star Trek geeks very happy.

Vanessa Morgan said...

I'll take a glass of Star Trek wine, please. Did you know there's also a Star Trek cook book?

Ella said...

I want the Potato Head gang! Cut me some pizza Captain and I'll pour the wine~ So cute...

Toucan-too fun! Love your Flash Fiction-Lee will love it too!

Cheers to the Bird!!

Jeremy [Retro] said...

Wow such a great post, roasting a cool man... blog man, Lee... I must get me some of the Star Trek stuff, I love the shower curtain... Mrs. Retro would never let me.

Congrats to your Geek Twin Win!

Sorry to everyone my lack of visits this last month and my lame ghost-posts... in my defense I still have been able to help art up a few things.

Have a great day to everyone and Lee... you are the king for the day, week... year!

Jeremy

Carolyn Brown said...

Love the Star Trek stuff, the curtain would look great in a media room!
Congrats to Lee, I haven't had the time to organize my post, so I must apologize for not participating as promised.

All the best Lee, you are the wheels behind A-Z of which we are all very appreciative. Enjoy the roast!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Julie, Ghandi was an excellent juggler!

Faraway, that includes me!

Vanessa, yes I did.

Ella, pizza and wine sound great.

Jeremy, you have been busy, and I've appreciated you stopping by when you could.

Carolyn, no worries!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I had no idea there were so many Star Trek products!

Thanks for mentioning my book. :)

Enjoyed the juggler with the bowling pin. :) Are you *sure* you don't want to write mysteries?...

Gossip_Grl said...

Those were some great gift ideas and a great post honoring Arlee! I'm still laughing. I had a feeling that the Butler was a juggler. :) I just found out a few days ago about the Cheers to Arlee and working on an "unofficial" post to toast him.

Trisha F said...

I remember AlexFest very well - glad to see Lee in the "hot seat" this time! He certainly deserves the roas - the recognition!

Those are all very cool Star Trek geek gifts, and I'm not even a Trekkie!

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

*groan* Why didn't you warn me that a pun was coming? *toucan*

Cheers (fest) to Arlee!

Congrats to River and Elizabeth.
Checking out Heather's book list and Pat's site. congrats to him also.

River Fairchild said...

Thanks so much for highlighting my book!

Those are great answers for Lee's roasting. :)

I'm happy to be a co-host for IWSG. You pick the date you need.

Star Trek geek gifts! I'm drooling now. I'm going to have to get myself something from those featured.

Sandra Almazan said...

I like the curtain and the wine!

Three cheers to Lee!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

My good friend Denise is a HUGE Star Trek fan and I need to get her a couple of those gifts :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats to Lee on the roasting.

I wonder if I could put a shower curtain outside of the sliding shower doors ...

DAVID WALSTON said...

Great gift ideas!
Congrats on the Caption win.
I always enjoy the first Wed. It does make your head spin!

SA Larsenッ said...

I've hit that button before and thought the same thing. Grrr....

LUV those wine bottles!

mmshaunakelley said...

I must own that shower curtain... my mind is reeling with all of the possible geeky jokes and antics you could use that for.

Sarah Foster said...

Eep! Mildly terrified to do so, but I can co-host! Any date is fine.

Loved your flash fiction. Very funny.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Since I haven't been blogging a full year, I've never seen Cheersfest, but will look into it this year. IWSG was remarkabe. I'm finishing up The Book Thief and it's a fantastic read, I'd suggest to it everyone.

L.G. Smith said...

You know, last year they had a gold-plated Enterprise pizza cutter at Think Geek. For the truly obsessed.

And, hmmm, I smell roasted juggler in the air this morning...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth, you're welcome! And there will be a bit of a mystery in my next story.

Gossip Girl, he will appreciate that. Sign up anyway, even if it's not official.

Trisha, I'm glad it's him and not me now!

River, you're welcome, and thank you.

Donna, that made me laugh!

David, it does make the head spin!

Sheri, glad it's not just me.

Sarah, thanks!

LG, roasted juggler - breakfast of champions!

Brian Miller said...

oo the cover of diamonds & dust is nice....star trek wine, def makes me wonder what it might taste like, the labels are cool though....

Jo said...

I like the curtain and the wine too. Wonder if we can find that wine in Canada.

Good roast.

More interesting books. Diamonds and Dust is already in my library as the Jewel of Shaylar. Good story.

Livia Peterson said...

I did not participate in IWSG this month because I was insanely busy. I did not forget about it though. I hope I am still on the list, Alex. *FINGERS CROSSED*

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

I want that pizza cutter! Loved your second answer about balls!

Sherry Ellis said...

I like your Dr. Who caption! That's really generous of Pat on his $100 gift giveaway!

Tony Laplume said...

Please note: I will accept any of those Star Trek items as gifts this year.

Bob Milne said...

I'm up for co-hosting, Alex. Any of the dates work for me - just let me know when and where I can help.

Bish Denham said...

Toucan play... *SNORT*! I love Elizabeth Craig's book title... Quilt Trip. That alone would get me to read it even though I'm not a big mystery reader.

Now I gotta go find me a true-blue trekkie so I have an excuse to buy something, at least some wine!

The Happy Whisk said...

Don't click the read all, you crack me up. Love the Potato Men. There's a Wonder Woman one, I want.

The Happy Whisk said...

And she's in my cart on Amazon, to buy.

Sharon Himsl said...

So many choices and so many star trek geeks in the family. Perfect!

A Beer For The Shower said...

Oh crap, I totally forgot that Arlee could beat us to death with a bowling pin when we posted our roast. If we don't post again, you know why (he's juggling our severed heads).

"Toucan play at that game" easily wins pun of the year. We bow down to you, sir.

M. J. Joachim said...

Love your play on words in this post - so much fun, Alex. Also, thanks for the wonderful ideas on Star Trek gifts - my brother is such a fan!

Karen Lange said...

Fun gift ideas! Thanks for all the links and news. It's great to hear what others are up to.

Happy Monday! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brian, those might be bottles you just have to save.

Livia, I didn't cut you!

Tony, noted!

Bob, thanks!

Ivy, really, don't click it!

Brandon and Bryan, thank you. And that just might have to be your next post. Severed heads juggling...

J.L. Campbell said...

Have fun with the roast. Arlee deserves it. He's a quiet, yet huge influence around these parts.
Congrats to Elizabeth and River!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

So happy to see Cheersfest continuing. Such a nice tradition. :)

Teresa Coltrin said...

Ha ha, Toucan play at that game. Love it.

I like the Star Trek pizza cutter. It covers both of my loves: Star Trek and pizza.

Charles Gramlich said...

That Star Trek shower curtain is very cool.

Stephen Tremp said...

The Star Trek wine should be a real hit this time of year.

I like the Star Trek pizza cutter too. Now that has real mass marketing potential.

Lee's jacket is really making the joke circuit today.

Beverly Fox said...

Congrats on winning the caption contest.

Toucan?!? Ouch- that one was weapons grade! Color me punned.

Robin said...

<<<----Toucan play at that game. Hahahahaha. Loved it.

ilima said...

Love the potato heads. My daughter is already so embarrassed about what nerds her parents are...I should get her the shower curtain. She'll be horrified. ;)

Leovi said...

Yes, this is Star Trek really good wine! From another galaxy!

Juliana Haygert said...

Oh, those are some great gifts for Star Trek fans!

Love the cover of Diamonds and Dust by River Fairchild - congrats!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rachel, yeah, we should do it every year...

Teresa, same here!

Stephen, it was an easy target.

Ilima, do it!!!

Rusty Carl said...

Had my eye on that pizza cutter for a few years now. One day I'll pull that trigger.

IWSG was great this month.

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

That Star Trek shower curtain would make me believe I was about to be beamed up. If I could drink the Vinport I'd never come back down again.

Pat Hatt said...

Hmmm bet that wine doesn't taste very well. lol yeah hope it has nothing to do with balls also.

Jackie said...

I'm sorry I missed IWSG. It bummed me out because it would've been a perfect time to write about it since my week was not the greatest, especially in the writing department.
Congrats on winning the Dr. Who caption! Love it!

Christine Rains said...

*LOL* Hilarious story! I'd like a few of those Star Trek gifts. I've done all my online shopping, but with the snow storm that hit us, I'm still waiting on everything to be delivered.

Arlee Bird said...

Ah yes, my mother did feed me a lot of alphabet soup when I was a kid and I sure did love it. You may be onto something there.

"Toucan play at that game"? Bad ninja!

Lee
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out

Sarah Ahiers said...

HAH! Great job with the caption win!

D.G. Hudson said...

Very nice, Alex. I like the idea of his tossing the birds around, instead of pins. . . And Detective Lee, yes I could see that!

PS I might want one of those 'beam me up Scotty shower curtains' I'm a Spock fan first and foremost. I wondered if you'd get a teleporting reference in there. . .

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I didn't know Ghandi juggled - LOL!

I want that Star Trek shower curtain.

Morgan said...

Hahaha! Love your FF, Alex. I think noir may be your thing... new series idea?

All your answers (and caption) were so funny. You always bring the wit!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Congratulations to River on publishing her book today. I loved Diamonds & Dust. I like your Star Trek gift series and I wish you'd expand it to geek gift ideas. I have a really hard time finding gifts for people and legitimately use these kinds of lists to find gifts for "hard to buy" folks.

Julie Flanders said...

I totally want those Mr. Potato Heads! How funny.

Congrats on winning the caption contest and also on this flash fiction, love it.

I'd be happy to host again in February or March, Alex. If you have others who want to no problem since I just did it, but if don't get enough responses and still need someone count me in.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rusty, just get it!

Jackie, no worries!

Lee, you no like the end of my story?

DG, of course! I am all about teleportation.

Julie, thanks - February would be perfect.

Jay Noel said...

I'm thinking that I need to have the Enterprise pizza cutter.

Looking forward to reading Diamonds and Dust. Congrats River!

Johanna Garth said...

Thank you for giving me the PERFECT gift idea for my Star Trek obsessed friend. Star Trek wine = genius!

Julie Dao said...

I love IWSG and was sad I couldn't post on time this month! I'll be sure to be better next time around. And I'm available to co-host if you need one for any of those dates still!

Al Diaz said...

I would love to try that wine. And having the Mr. Potato Head set wouldn't hurt either, hahahaha.
I need someone to explain me what does "two on the bush" means. The irony of a translator needing a translator.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm not a trekky but I want a spock potato head.

I love your flash fiction, Alex, especially the final line. Great work.

xoRobyn

Heather M. Gardner said...

ALEX!!!

Happy Monday!

Love the gift ideas you've been putting up.

Thank you so much for mentioning the PIF Book List!

I appreciate it.

Great flash fiction for Lee! Very well done.

Have a great week!

Heather

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Murdered by birds, talk about bad luck. Your response to the bush question is my fave. Hilarious, you definitely did Lee right. Congrats on another great IWSG and I'm available for February to co-host.

P V Ariel said...

Hi Alex,
I am a bit late here,
You did a wonderful job here in connection with our wonderful blogman called Lee the Bird!!
Yes, the roasting is going on
well!!
I am sure Lee will enjoy all
these happenings!!!
Thanks Alex for dropping by
Keep inform
Best
Phil

Sylvia Ney said...

Thanks for the news Alex. I may just have to buy the Star Trek Enterprise Pizza cutter!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Johanna, you're welcome!

Julie, no worries - and thanks!

Al, it basically means that the one thing you possess is usually better than two things you don't.

Thanks, Robyn.

Heather!!! You're welcome.

Sheena-kay, thank you.

Lexa Cain said...

I love the Star Trek things - especially the shower curtain! And congrats on winning the Dr Who contest! I loved your flash fic for Arlee - too funny!

Congrats Pat on 1000 posts! Congrats Elizabeth and River on book releases!

Congrats Lee on being well and thoroughly roasted!

cleemckenzie said...

First, I want that shower curtain. It will be perfect in my bathroom.

Next, congrats on winning the Dr. Who caption contest! Yay for you.

I'll add my best of luck for River and her book. Looks great.

Sorry I couldn't join in the Cheersfest. This year through me a few too many curves. But I loved your contribution. Toucan always play and should.

Andrew Leon said...

"Indie" is generally defined as anything not published by one of the big NY houses, so, yes, small (and even mid) publishers count as "indie." Self-publishing falls under the "indie" umbrella but is not all of it.

Anne O'Leary said...

Star Trek wine, now that's clever marketing and I'd like that gift. But if anyone buys me Klingon blood wine, I'll slap them.

Suzanne Furness said...

Some quirky gift ideas there, I bet there are some fans who would love that shower curtain!

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Loved your Flash piece. Very clever.

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Loved your Flash piece. Very clever.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Like Jeremy, I love that Transporter Shower Curtain -- but with my luck, it would work!

Great Flash Fiction. Toucan play at that game - ha, ha, ha, very funny. :-)

Lady Lilith BloodCrave said...

I love the potato heads. I think this is perfect for a treckie who has children. Gives them something to bond over.

Old Kitty said...

Toucan play at the game!??! Cap'n Ninja!! I should never have worn my corset! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh I am totally fashionably late to the party!!!

I am loving these ST gifts - especially the el vino bottles! How cool are they!?!?

Yay for "here's Johnny"! and for Mr Lee!! Toucan play.. LOL!!!!!!

Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lexa, thanks!

Lee, that's alright.

Andrew - check!

Anne, crossing that off my list now...

Roland, but if it worked, that would be awesome.

Lady Lilith, whatever works!

Kitty, glad I could make you laugh.

M Pax said...

Yay for Star Trek stuff.

Congrats to River!

M.J. Fifield said...

I love the Mr. Potato Heads. Those were great.

J. A. Bennett said...

Okay, I must own that pizza cutter! Sorry I didn't do IWSG last week, my life has been a tad crazy! Next month for sure. you're so awesome to still come to my blog even when I haven't been a good friend, glad to see everything going well!

Mark Koopmans said...

Senior Runner TwoSore Legs reporting for duty, Cap'n.

I heard a clash of those drum thingies when I got Toucan the end of the FF :)

I'm yuk-yukking all over the place (OK, that sounds bad...)

I'm laughing all over the place reading the roastings :)

Such good fun :)

Carrie Butler said...

Your roast was hilarious! :)

J E Oneil said...

You missed posts? I heard you were some type of blogging robot.

The roast sounds like it's going to be good. :)

S.K. Anthony said...

Love the Star Trek gifts! I would especially like to have that pizza cutter and the wine ;)

SC Author said...

Oo alphabet soup. Now I want some.

Jemi Fraser said...

LOVE those Star Trek gifts!! Off to drop some hints :)

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

ALEX ~

>>... the juggling skill of Ghandi

Ooh! Great expression, Brother!

I liked the wordplay of your flash fiction, too, but the caption was the best... "HELP ME".
Ha!-Ha! Classic, Alex, classic!

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

David List said...

I think I visited about 75 blogs this week for IWSG. And it was actually some help to me, considering how emotional my emotions are these days!
Congrats on winning that caption contest!

Kimberly said...

Awesome roast post! It's so cool to visit everyone and see what they've come up with.

I need to get myself that Star Trek Trivia book, my husband and his friends always want to play the Star Trek triva game, but us girls are clueless because even though we watched/watch it, we don't remember everything like they do! :)

Kirsten said...

Thanks for the Trekkie gift ideas! I've got a few special people on my list who would love some of those. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Arlee Bird is a gem. I can't imagine a bloggerly life without the A to Z Challenge.

DMS said...

Okay- I just got a lot of gift ideas for someone who is hard to buy for each year. Thanks for all the Star Trek ideas! So fun!

Also- love the reason Lee came up with A-Z!
~Jess

Sarah Allen said...

Those potatoe heads are the best :D And of COURSE you won if you put a picture of David Tennant :)

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, with Joy)

klahanie said...

Star Trek geek? Make it so, number two.

IWSG aka, um never mind....No need to cull me.

Pat in the Hatt and 1000 posts and plenty of boasts. Well done him and the rhyming cat. How about that.

River's book is worth a look. Well done to her. For sure.

Well done on the Dr. Poo caption.

Nice one in roasting Lee. Time to ban alphabet soup. What would words would I use to describe Lee? Starting with Z, I think he's zippy.

Gary

Karen Elizabeth Brown said...

Call me blind, but I went to the IWSG blog and couldn't find the list. Is it hiding somewhere?

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I see one of those gifts I must get for my daughter.
Love Lee and am enjoying reading all the roast posts.

Lynda R Young said...

Yay to Lee!!

I'm not sure about the star trek wine, but I LOVE the pizza cutter ;)
I'm such a geek! hahaha.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

JA, no worries!

Mark, no yucking!

JE, the clones were slacking that day.

Stephen! You remember those velour jackets!

David, that's awesome to hear.

Kimberly, no!! How can you be clueless when it comes to Trek? Get that book now.

Gary, zippy? New way to describe Lee.

Karen, look for the tabbed page under the header.

Spacerguy said...

The transporter shower curtain looks like fun! Whatever will they think of next? Awesome Cheersfest, Alex. It was fun joining in.

Patricia Lynne said...

I got a lot of my Christmas gifts from Think Geek this year. They have awesome stuff.

IWSG was great this month. Super helpful to me. =)

jamieayres.com said...

I always enjoy the IWSG posts . . . look forward to it every month :-) If you're still in need of a co-host, it'd be my pleasure to help!

Mason Canyon said...

You always have the most interesting posts, Alex. I am a Star Trek fan (old series and new ones). Love the pizza cutter and the shower curtain. I've just started watching the Big Bang Theory and won't be surprised to find these items showing up in an episode.

Best wishes and much success to all those who have books coming out.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Helena said...

No way I can top your toucan joke or the velour jacket line. Have you ever considered being a comedy writer?

And Star Trek! I'm old enough to have grown up on the original series (which I loved), and who'da thought that all these years later it would still be around and flourishing.

Nicole said...

Fun crazy Star Trek gifts! Congrats to Arlee!

DiscConnected said...

Alex-

(1) Could Ghandi juggle?

(2) One word on the flash fiction's ending line.....OUCH!

Very punny....

Larry

Donna Hole said...

Loved the flash; perfectly awesome, lol.

Man, all that Star Trek stuff is cool.

.......dhole

Decadent Kane said...

Elftastic Gift ideas Alex!
~Decadent

The Armchair Squid said...

I love the shower curtain!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Spacerguy, glad you could participate.

Jamie, thank you!

Mason, I think some of those items do end up on the show.

Helena, thanks, but I'm really not that funny. Grew up with the original as well. Still going strong!

Larry, juggling was one of Ghandi's lesser known talents!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Too bad I don't know a Star Trek geez. Wish you could help me figure out something cool & small to get my husband for Christmas.

Rhonda Albom said...

Wow, lots going on this time of year, and ever more on your blog. Love the shower curtain, if we didn't have glass doors. Great caption for Arlee's FB page.

Tina said...

OMG! I want that shower curtain, and...yeah, all of them!!!! Thanks for showing us what's out there. I never would have thought to ask Amazon for a Start Trek shower curtain...but now I'm going to.
Your flash fiction was BRILLIANT, but as I told KoolKoop (he got a new nickname in his comments yesterday), I don't think hosts can win, but that's only because I'm not hosting this thing. Although MJ and I have something "cooking" for a monthly bloghop. Stay tuned.
As to hosting, you can count on me to help host the IWSG any time you need someone. It was great fun, and with my A-Z experience, you know I know how to do it. Besides, I didn't get reprimanded last time, so I must have done something right ;-)
Looks like some great books coming out...makes me want to really write on mine again. And now that I have a licensed driver, I don't think I'll be going to the grocery store again anytime soon...
Tina @ Life is Good

Chris Fries said...

Whoa!!!! I LOVE the Star Trek gift ideas! I think some of those would be awesome gifts for me, errrr, anyone who just happens to enjoy Star Trek. :)

And although I've been a part of IWSG for two months now, I'm definitely enjoying it -- I've gotten a lot of great support in my last post from last week. I'm only sorry that my schedule has been so insane that I have not been able to do much browsing and posting on all the other IWSG blogs.

Also loved the Arlee roast answers!

Sangu Mandanna said...

Ooooh QUILT TRIP us such a great title! I'd read it based on that alone :-)

Leovi said...

Congratulations for the prize in the subtitle Dr. Who!
Alex, I made ​​a mistake progamar entries in my blog and published two yesterday and tomorrow. The "insatiable Flowers" has been deleted, your comment about this photo I'll post tomorrow with the photo. I beg you to accept my apology, thank you very much!

Terri Rochenski said...

LOVE the shower curtain! LOL!!!

IWSG - I can't post since I run a meme on Wed, but I DO follow along. You can remove me from the list for now if need be. (If you haven't already!)

Mina Burrows said...

Oh my god! Where do I start with the Star Trek toys? The pizza cutter rocks. I like the wine too. Very cool.

That's a great caption too. LOL!

I'm heading over to try to win IWSG. Wish me luck!

Nigel G. Mitchell said...

That pizza cutter will be mine. And I like the flash story. It's a parroty.

Emily R. King said...

I saw that shower curtain at Think Geek! I was so close to getting it for my parents. Love it!

msmariah said...

Happy Holidays Alex! I hope you are well. I want someone to tell my husband to get me that Star Trek Mr. Potato Head! I would like to eventually join the ISWG, but I don't want to join until I'm committed to post every month. Right now I'm lucky if I can get 5 posts out a month. Lots of baby time these days.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Natalie, iPad Airs are small!

Tina, thanks for offering! And looking forward to your bloghop.

Chris, just glad you are a part of it now.

Leovi, no problem! I'll just visit it again.

Terri, not sure, but I will check.

Nigel, good one!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Cheers to Lee!!! Sorry I missed today.

mooderino said...

Now that you mention it, there is a similarity between Lee and Ghandi. In the right light...

mood

Medeia Sharif said...

Your Cheerfest entry is amazing. Wow, that's clever flash fiction. You go dark, but it's fun too.

I love the Star Trek curtain.

Pk Hrezo said...

Yay for geek gifts!! Bet you get a few, eh?

Thanks for all the great links as usual. :)

Denise Covey said...

I always enjoy the IWSG posts. Too many to visit. My commenters last week were especially encouraging which is what it is all about.

Tammy Theriault said...

I am not a star trek fan...don't kill me!!! but even I think the potato head set rocks!! it may be the toy story side of me :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You know, I'm still disappointed they never made Twilight Mr. Potato Heads. LMAO!!! Could you imagine???

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Moody, there is!

Medeia, practicing the dark for my next book...

PK, yes I do!

Denise, glad you got such a great response.

Stina, I'd have fun messing those up!

Shah Wharton said...

Another awesome post Alex! Being away recently has me all backed up and meant I missed this, IWSG and the contest of at IWSG blog too! I'm off over there to check it out and share, if not get involved. I just loved those Treckie gifts and Toucan play at that game completed a very humorous Cheersfest for Lee. Bet he loved it! :)

shahwharon.com

Kittie Howard said...

OMG, what fun: "Toucan play the game." Next up: Mr. Potato Head, a really cool dude.

Liz Blocker said...

I wonder if those Star Trek wines are any good at all...

I find the 'Mark All As Read' button terribly frightening. I have visions of hitting it at the wrong time - so sorry it happened to you!

Elsie said...

The cat did another giveaway and I missed it?! Drats.

My hubby would love that Star Trek wine.

And, if you still need a co-host in March, just let me know. I really enjoy it.

Liz Blocker said...

Oh, and I can co-host, of course!

Shell Flower said...

The Star Trek shower curtain is my fave. Beam me up! I loved your flash for the Cheers contest. LOL.Aren't you glad someone else got roasted this year? :)

Susan Oloier said...

I'm going to have to share the Star Trek gift ideas with my friend who is an absolute fanatic.

Catherine Stine said...

Star Trek wine!?! So very cool, and I can think of a bunch of folks who would love getting that for Christmas.

Suze said...

I like the Enterprise pizza cutter. :)

Thanks for stopping by to let me know you miss me! I'll be sending you an email from my new address in a bit. Sorry about your other communication going astray!

I just opened a Twitter account so I'll start following you there, too.

Be back to Blogger after the hols! Merriest of Christmases to you and yours, dear friend.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No worries, Shah!

Liz, just look before you click. And thank you!

Shell, yes I am!

Suze, I was getting worried about you. Will be watching for your email.

Clarissa Draper said...

I love those geeky gifts. I might just get some myself.

Rekha Seshadri said...

Cool geeky stuff. I think I'll settle for the potato head.

Thanks Alex for paying a friendly neighborhood visit. I knew it was you in that ninja costume.

I know I have been missing, missing a lot of stuff and missing my friends...a lot of missing happening there.

Relocation, work and then my dad's illness (thankfully, a curable form of cancer) has been too much to handle.

I hope to make a comeback from New Year even it is only a couple of posts a week.

As for the caption, I guess Lee's thinking - "Do I have insurance - what if this damn thing hits the burly cop on the front row?"

Take care. Merry Christmas and Happy new Year in case I go missing again.

Leovi said...

An interesting and fun CheersFest 2.0! !

Laura Pauling said...

I know what you mean about culling the list. Indie Life isn't near as long as your group and it's hard keeping up!!! You're my role model. :)

Dana said...

My husband would love that wine!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rekha, good to hear from you! So sorry about your father although glad it is curable. And your caption is great.

Laura, thanks! I can usually hit two hundred but that is my limit.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I've made the Mark All as Read mistake before too, not good!

Star Trek wine is awesome, but it all looks red, and I don't like red wine :-(

Misha Gericke said...

Awesome gifts! Lee definitely deserves all the blogging love he gets. :-)

Jack said...

Those Star Trek geek gifts are great! Especially the shower curtain one. I should get that for my mum, she'd love it.

Diamonds and Dust, another book I am going to have to find. I love stories like that one.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Cool Star Trek gifts. Alex, I can co-host on January 8th ( as I am late in commenting, I am sure you would have got many co-hosts.)

Susanne Drazic said...

The Trekie fan ought to get a kick out of some of those Christmas gifts.

CONGRATS to all those with new books out.

Enjoyed your contribution to Arlee's Cheerfest roast. : )

Rachna Chhabria said...

Lee is a Darleeng :)

Chemist Ken said...

No Star Trek gifts this year. This Christmas it's all about Doctor Who, along with some Sherlock Holmes stuff.

Oh, and I'd be happy to co-host any time you need it. Now that I'm finished teaching for a semester, I'll have a lot more time.

Elise Fallson said...

Sorry for getting here a little late, but the "Toucan play at that game." is a great line. :D Congratulations to Lee for getting roasted! (:

Emilyann Girdner said...

The Enterprise pizza cutter is so awesome! Ah! I love it :)

Also, congrats to Pat! What a generous giveaway.

Robyn Campbell said...

YaY, I'm commenter #160!

I've been taking Christopher for this test and that. *sigh* I have decided to schedule an appointment with a holistic doctor.

Comngrads to Pat! Fantastic!!

I want to join IWSG. I just want Christopher to get better and then I plan on getting back to a full blogging schedule and I'll join the support group.

Alex, this cracked me up: Is a post by Mr. Bird worth two in the bush? Yes, it’s worth two turtledoves in the bush and a partridge in a pear tree!

I wish I would have joined that Fest. I loves Lee! He's such a great person.

Congrads also to Elizabeth!

I can co-host if you don't have anyone signed up yet. (Like that would ever happen.) :-)

Thanks for being such a cool pal to me, Alex. It's much appreciated. Hey to the Mrs.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Annalisa, good to know I'm not alone.

Rachna, I have January set - can you help February or March?

Ken, I might take you up on that next year. And if you are into Dr. Who, wait until you see my post on Monday...

Robyn, you focus on Christopher right now. He needs you the most. We're set for January hosts, but maybe one of the following months. Give you some time.

Theresa Milstein said...

Oh, those are some geeky gifts! I wish for the Harry Potter novel on a poster, but I don't think my husband would be too happy to have that hanging!

http://www.spinelessclassics.com/

Susan Kane said...

i just ordered star trek shower curtain set for my British son-in-law!

RaShelle Workman said...

Love those gifts. I like the pizza cutter. =)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Teresa, why not?

Susan, good for you!

Carrie-Anne said...

One of my aunts (who's never been very auntly) would probably love those Star Trek gifts. She's pretty obsessed with the show, and even has some screen name or password related to William Shatner.

Liz Fichera said...

Thanks for the chuckles in today's post!

OMG, that Star Trek shower curtain...that would make such a great Christmas gift to a number of my friends.

LD Masterson said...

I bought a onesie for my friend's new grandson. It's black with the stars and lettering of a Star Trek opening and it says simply:

I BOLDLY WENT

John Wiswell said...

Is wine a big thing with Star Trek fans? I don't recall it appearing much in the episodes I've seen.

Liesel Hill said...

Congrats on the win at The Geek Twins. Such a fun contest! And I love the Star Trek gifts. Might have to think on some of them for my dad! :D Happy Friday!

M.L. Swift said...

Hey Alex...been "off" since IWSG, so I'm getting to this a few days late. Honestly, I think I enjoyed this post the most of all of them. It was funny! LOVED the Star Trek geek chic. Too bad I'm not a trekkie.

Your caption, hilarious. Perfect. You deserved to win.

To top it off, you had me laughing all through the cheersfest. It truly was funny.

If I don't see you before, may you and your wife have a blessed Christmas and safe New Year.

And they may be filled, but if you still need another co-host for those months, let me know (asap, if January). Oh, and I see you're using Feedly. Do you prefer that to Bloglovin'? If so, why? Email me. Still trying to get all the following perfected.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I wish my dad was alive. I would so get him that shower curtain. He'd love it; my mom would hate it and all would be well on Dodd Street :)

Love Elizabeth's title. Too fun. And River's cover gives me cover envy!

Love your cheersfest post. Arlee is a lucky guy to have clever friends like yourself.

I'd happily help you anytime you need help. I'm pretty good at dropping balls (juggling joke intended) but I think I can handle it :)

TBM said...

I didn't know you could click the read all--probably a good thing. sounds like a mini-disaster.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LD, you rock!

John, it should've been Romulan ale...

Mike, glad I could make you laugh. You have a great Christmas and thanks for offering to co-host next year.

Elizabeth, thanks!

Cherie Reich said...

I love the Star Trek pizza cutter! So cool!

Brandon Ax said...

Those gifts are awesome. I hate I missed the last IWSG for sure I won't miss the next one.

Julia King said...

"Here's Johnny."

Bahahaha

That's hilarious!

Julia King said...

"Here's Johnny."

That's hilarious!

Milo James Fowler said...

That pizza cutter has my name on it. Way to go, Arlee! Looking forward to your #Tismoreblessed raffle tomorrow, Alex.

Cindy said...

I'm sure I was culled off the list, but I'm going to re-join IWSG for January.

And I love that Enterprise Pizza cutter..what genius. Must get one :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Toucan play at that game...oh, lordy! Hahaha

Here's another gift for the Trekkie in your life:

http://www.startrek-starships.com/usa/index.asp

I know this, because it is on my Trekkie hubby's gift wishlist.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Oh, and I imagine you got plenty of offers in the comments, but if you need me to host IWSG in the future, I'm available. March would be good. Not February or April.

Michelle Wallace said...

I had a real blast at the Cheersfest 2.0
You know I love anything to do with the alphabet... and throw in some rhyme... it was lots of fun!
And I know this comment is v-e-r-y late....

Deniz Bevan said...

Love both your captions! Congrats on winning the Who one.
Hmm, I've got a couple of people I could gift that Star Trek wine to...

And I forgot, in your previosu post - sea kelp sounds intriguing! You plotters boggle my mind :-) My list-loving organizational side loves the idea of having a full, detailed, beta approved outline. But the pantster writer in me would never get the story written if I had the outline first!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Merry Christmas, Alex. I hope you have an outstanding 2014.

Kevyn Knox said...

Seriously!! Why the hell is that Star Trek transporter shower curtain not hanging in my bathroom RIGHT NOW!!? Seriously, why the hell not!!???

Oh, and Happy Day-After-Boxing-Day / Two-Days-After-Xmas.

I also wanted to mention that I just stumbled across this blog last week or so, and plan on being a regular watcher/reader/commenter/whatever.
Let's all keep the blog love a-bloggin' away!!

Kevyn Knox
http://www.allthingskevyn.com

Jai Joshi said...

Your Dr. Who caption is hilarious!

I recently a Star Trek marathon with a friend who hadn't seen the original films. I was like: "What! You haven't seen the films!?" So we watched the first couple and are going to watch the next couple in a few days. I love me some Star Trek trivia.

Jai