Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Insecure Writer’s Support Group / Retro A to Z Challenge: B - Blazing Saddles – 1974

Double dose today - Insecure Writer’s Support Group AND A to Z Challenge!

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

My awesome co-hosts today are Hart Johnson, Chemist Ken, Candilynn Fite, Terri Rochenski, Clare Dugmore, and Lilica Blake!

I’d hoped to complete my current manuscript by the time the Challenge began. Between an overload at work and a health scare with my parents, I did not have time to finish. Since the Challenge will consume all of my energy this month, I probably won’t reach the end until May. Which makes it highly unlikely I will get the manuscript edited and to my publisher this summer.

I’m really bummed. I should’ve taken a month off and written NaNo style. Or just give up as the slowest writer ever. Yes, it’s all right that I don’t crank out books every month, but I’m in danger of falling so far behind that no one will remember.

Someone remind me why I picked this gig in the first place? Being a guitarist in a band isn’t half as stressful…

Be sure to visit other IWSG members.

Over at the Facebook page, a thread will be started for the "letter of the day" and we invite members to share A to Z post links in the thread.
We’ve also put together guidelines for the Facebook Group, and those are posted at the site. Please remember the focus is support and promotional news is to be posted on Saturdays.

Blazing Saddles – 1974

Released on February 7, 1974, Blazing Saddles spoofed Westerns in a unique manner. Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a small town, Gene Wilder as his deputy, and every funny, crude, and over-the-line joke you can imagine. Directed by Mel Brooks, this movie is hilarious to this day.

1974 fun facts –
*Cost of average of house - $34,900 / UK - 10,990 pounds sterling
*The Sears Tower became the tallest building in the world
*The world’s population was four billion
*The MRI scanner was developed
*The Miami Dolphins won their second consecutive Super Bowl

Movies released –
Young Frankenstein
The Godfather Part II
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
The Towering Inferno
Dark Star

Music released –
Rush’s debut album
Kiss’ debut album
ELO - Eldorado

Games released -
The earliest first-person shooter games are released – Maze War and Spasim

Why is 1974 special?

Because that was the year Karen Lang accepted the Lord while at a Methodist church youth group meeting. (She also prayed for her parents and a few weeks later, they got saved.)

Karen is a wonderful person and author. She is steady in her faith and devoted to what she believes in and those she believes in. You can find this caring spirit at Karen’s blog, Write Now.
 

What is your writing insecurity today? (And does it involve Challenge posts or slow writing?) Fan of Blazing Saddles? Have any of those movies or albums? Following Karen? What do you remember about 1974…?

192 comments:

Rhonda Albom said...

I love 1974, at least I do through your eyes. My favorite movies are comedies like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Plus Rush and ELO. May I suggest, relax, allow yourself time to look after family and the challenge, and write at a what ever pace works. We will wait.

Comley Charlotte said...

Young Frankenstein did make me laugh! I fancy watching it again now.
It's great to connect and follow an AtoZ host!
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Melissa Bradley said...

Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles are two of my fave comedies ever. And I've been to the Sears (now Willis Tower) Skydeck and wow!

Cynthia said...

I'm sorry to hear you had a health scare with your parents. I hope they are okay now.

Lizzie Lamb said...

Great blog,full of interesting snippets and well written. Have tweeted etc. Hope you have a great day.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I don't remember much about 1974. I was only 2 years old, but it was the year for Elton John's epic song Bennie and the Jets.

English ( P) Rose said...

In 1974 too busy being a mother to three. loved the music though.
Good choice of film also.

Donna Hole said...

Dude, nobody will ever forget you here in the blogs! I'm sure you will catch up on your writing. Mini Alex is sure to assist.

Have a good week Alex.

......dhole

L.G. Keltner said...

You're impossible to forget, so you don't need to worry about that! You will finish the manuscript when you can, and it will be awesome!

Empty Nest Insider said...

I loved Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and all of the Godfather movies! Sorry that you didn't finish your manuscript, but I know it will be worth the wait. Hope your parents are continuing to do well, and take care of yourself too, Alex.

Julie

Elephant's Child said...

Having had a number of MRIs I wouldn't describe their development as a fun fact. Only the thought that if I scream my lungs out we have to start again keeps me still.
Blazing Saddles on the other hand was a lot of fun.
Re your writing? Slow and steady wins the race. You won't be forgotten - just appreciated even more.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Today's writing insecurity definitely involves slow writing. I seemed to have stopped cold right in the middle of a scene due to lack of inspiration.

Michelle Wallace said...

Lots of great hits from 1974 - Barbara Streisand's poignant The Way We Were (Memories) and tons of other songs...
4 billion people in 1974? I wonder what's the estimated number now?
I SO agree that a music gig isn't half as stressful... and
how on earth will people be able to forget you!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. there's a great song over via Jess' Degenerate Dictionary .. could be good ..

Life grabs us sometimes and we just have to take it in our stride and do what we can. I hope life is easier for your parents ...

Whether life is easier here at the A-Z is quite another matter! But your books will prevail .. after all tomorrow is C day ..

Here's to you - and thanks for all the hard work you put in .. I do remember 1974 but suspect I was enjoying life too much! Cheers Hilary

LuAnn Braley said...

You picked this gig because that is who you are - the Pied Piper Ninja Captain of stories! (Gratuitous movie quote: "Never give up. Never surrender!"

Gosh, Mel Brooks was busy during 1974. I guess so was Gene Wilder for that matter. eh?

LuAnn Braley
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Annalisa Crawford said...

I was born in 1974 - I'm happy to share the year with KISS :-)

Sorry to hear about the delay with your book, but sometimes life gets in the way and you have to just go with the flow. I hope your parents are on the mend.

Clare said...

Sorry to hear about your parents' health scare, Alex. I hope they're okay now.

I also hope you find some more balance in your work-writing life.

Good luck meeting your deadlines. I'm sure you'll catch up when the A-Z is over.

No one could ever forget you, you're too awesome! :D

Patsy said...

Sorry about the worry over your parents' health and the delay to finishing your mss. Hope things improve soon.

Wm. L. Hahn said...

Hey Alex, sounds like a big month for you, glad it seems to be turning around personally (the writing, like the poor, will always be with us!).
1974 was, in my estimation the absolute nadir of popular music. Between then and maybe 1976 we hit rock bottom- I Shot the Sheriff, Undercover Angel, and the best Elton John could come up with was The Bitch is Back. Oy. Your point about Mel coming out with TWO movies- that's incredible. I think it was the era of senseless over-exposure. And look at it this way- pop music was RESCUED... by disco.
What a time to be entering high school. We got EXCITED about the Greaser Dance, hah!

Shailaja V said...

Take your time with the manuscript. I am sure you would rather do it well than do it quick ;)

And Blazing Saddles is my all-time favourite movie from that time :) Love Brooks!

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Huntress said...

"It just doesn't matter." - Tripper, Meatballs
In a year the delay for your next book won't be an issue. A month, a few weeks; it won't matter. Hurrying causes poor results. This way, maybe you can look it over, give it time to cook in your mind. Maybe a storyline will pop up that you never considered.
Give it time.
Love Blazing Saddles btw.

Liza said...

I have faith in you, Alex. You will catch write up...and no one could ever forget you! Blazing Saddles! I immediately picture the toll booth.

Terri Rochenski said...

Alex - thanks for letting me co-host today!

I, too, am a slow writer, but my issue is because I don't have much time on my hands. A bit busy with the chitlins. :)

Happy A-Zing!

Brian Miller said...

life happens man...and we have to roll with it...writing def doesnt seem to conform to our schedule at times....and when there are health probs with the family you have to take care of that...everything else gets back burner....

nice...young frankenstein....1874....what a great year...i was one...ha

Carolyn Brown said...

I don't think you are a slow writer, I would certainly take that title. And, you do not need to worry about your audience forgetting about you, you are the Ninja Captain! How could we forget you?

1974 - Sweet!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I love how you're connecting the year to something significant in someone's life.

Young Frankenstein was hilarious too. And isn't "still hilarious" after 40 years the key to all comedy?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Rhonda.

Melissa, I bet the view is awesome.

Thanks, Donna and LG.

Elephant's Child, sorry, that doesn't sound fun.

Michelle, well over five billion.

LuAnn, that made me chuckle.

WM, rescued by disco. That makes me cringe now...

Shailaja, you rock!

Huntress, my first laugh of the day! It just doesn't matter!!

Terri, thanks for co-hosting.

Mark Means said...

I've never been a big Mel Brooks fan, for some reason, but Young Frankenstein (That's FrankenstEEn) always gives me some laughs :)

Hope the health scare with your parents wasn't anything major and that they're doing o.k. I've been out of the loop for a while.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Hope your parents are better and that things are slowing down for you at work!

Don't worry about the space between books. I've had books in my trad series that have released 1.5 years apart and still found readers.

In 1974 I was busy being 3. :) Not a whole lot I remember about that...

Gossip_Grl said...

Definitely love the movie choice today Blazing Saddles is a great movie pick. I don't think many understand it's comedy today tho.

On ISWG As for the writing I am sorry to hear you are behind. We are only human. I don't know how you do it on the fast track. I would have stroked out by now! My parents aren't in the greatest health and I just had an aunt have a health scare over the weekend which I thought I would have to drop from A-Z. She is still in ICU and I guess I will post until I can't.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Sorry to hear about your parents and their health scare. Hope all is better soon!

I personally think The Godfather part II might be the best movie ever made.

Tonja said...

Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are so awesome.

You'll get caught up on your book. It was the right thing to put your family first - and no one will forget you.

Candilynn Fite said...

So very sorry about your scare with your parents. That one hits close to home for me. Too well. My heart goes out to you and your family!

You asked for a reminder of why you picked up this writing gig. Well, because it's in your blood. After all the books you've accomplished, one can come to no other obvious conclusion. I think it's important to cut yourself some slack. Especially when life puts up obstacles. As for meeting personal deadlines, be kind to yourself. Now, if you're talking goals set by a publisher or editor, put a couple of us on board. We'll email you every day to poke and prod. :)

Honored to be co-hosting today!

Jemi Fraser said...

Loved Blazing Saddles & Young Frankenstein!! 74 was definitely a good year! :)

Rosie Amber said...

A Fan of Blazing saddles, sending people your way from my A to Z post today. Thanks

Chris said...

I wasn't alive in 1974, but I'm sure there's at least one movie or album from that year that I enjoy.

Right now I'm insecure about my post for the letter 'C'. It's not done. I'm not even sure what it's going to be about. :/

Shah Wharton said...

I remember being two! Okay, maybe not remember, but I was two. Mum said the seventies were a nightmare politically in UK.

I loved Blazing Saddles (which I watched much later :D) and do follow Write Now. :)

And hey, it's not a competition. Life is more important than getting your book out on schedule. Sometimes, schedules were made to be broken for a reason. Time will show you and I bet it will mean your book is much better for the extra time taken to get it out there. As far as your series being forgotten - ARE YOU KIDDING? :D X

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klahanie said...

Good grief, human. I cannot possibly keep up with all you humans doing that alternative to my challenge. My paws cannot take much more!

Too much going on, although I note "The I Was Seeking Gary." My human likes that premise.

On a serious note, your family matters and yes, please listen to this dog, you have to look after YOU. My dear human friend, you can only do so much.

Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!

Mason Canyon said...

When it comes to Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, they're classics in my book. My go-to-movies when I need a good laugh.

Cathy Kennedy said...

The #a2zchallenge is new to me, so I find I am trying to find ways to work this in with my daily posts. But, I welcome the change of pace. I need not only the prompt, but the dare to step outside my comfort-zone to doing something a little harder than the same-ole-same-ole.

Oh yes, I am a fan of Blazing Saddles. That is such a funny, funny movie. What I remember most about 1974 was that I was 13-years old and had my first serious boyfriend. He later broke my heart, but that turned out to be a good thing, though. The real prince of my dreams would ask me out a few years after that.

Nope, I'm not following Karen, but I will hop over to her place to learn more about her.

Beautiful Sunday

Pat Hatt said...

Sure you will get it done, a little later than expected, oh well. Worse things. Must have been a very awkward first person shooter haha some great movies came out indeed

DAVID WALSTON said...

Awesome way to include Karen and her testimony! That was a great year for movies. The Godfather series is one of my favourites, expertly part II.

Brandon Ax said...

Me and my sister used to watch Blazing Saddles on repeat. She loved the campfire scene.

I feel your pain on the whole writing thing. I knew there was a chance I'd get behind, but this is waaay behind lol.

J.L. Campbell said...

Sorry to hear about the delays, Alex, but you do so much it was probably inevitable.

Insecurities? Not so many this month.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Try not to stress too much about the writing - it will work itself out.

I skipped IWSG for April - the whole month is a mess of insecurities for me, what with my stories up for everyone to see. Gulp!


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The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna, it is!

Mark, my father is much better now.

Elizabeth, that's good to know.

Gossip Girl, I'm sorry! Prayers for your aunt.

Canilynn, feel free to prod! And thanks for co-hosting.

Chris, I could suggest the obvious...

Shah, thanks!!

Cathy, hope you are enjoying the Challenge.

Thanks, everyone!

Bob R Milne said...

Know what else make's 1974 special? Bob's birthday . . . and there's even a couple of B's for you. LOL

Charles Gramlich said...

welcome to the land of the slow!

Sorry to hear about your parents' health scare. Hope all has turned out well there.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Great group of co-hosts you have today, Alex! I just went to visit them all!

Nice movie and music choices. We were just talking about Rush. Do you get to watch That Metal Show on VH1 w/ Eddie Trunk? They just had the top 5 rock bands w/ only three members. Of course, Rush was on there. Such great music!

I'm off to thank all my blitzers! What a great feeling that is!

Thank you!
Heather

Shell Flower said...

I'm sure there is a reason you haven't been able to quit writing. Perhaps you will learn something or experience something in April that will make your novel better in the end. You're still making progress and that is what really matters. Good luck. I was 2 in 1974 :)

kmckendry said...

I love Blazing Saddles, it makes me laugh every time!
I'm glad to hear you're writing a new book. In my absence I must have missed posts about that.

I'm a really slow writer too, I'm still working on revisions for my first novel that I finished writing over a year ago. It's frustrating and sometimes I feel like giving up but I keep at it.

Marta Szemik said...

I hope your parents are doing better now.
Some books take longer to write, other seem to spill on the pages all on their own. But the key is not to rush it. You want your best work out there for your readers and the true fans will wait for you. So taking an extra month or two should not make a big difference. You have a huge blogging community who supports you and I'm sure they'll still be there when the book comes out.

Chemist Ken said...

Sorry to disappoint you Alex, but you are nowhere near the slowest writer. I claim that title, although I still have hopes my writing speed will increase with time.

Al Diaz said...

Why, oh why. The eternal question. Some pssible answers, because you like it. Because you chose it. Because you have something to say. Because you want stories you don't find anywhere else. Because there are many who don't give a damn about how fast you can write books, we just love the way you can tell good stories. Because speed is not synonymous of quality or memory. You may well publish a book each month and be forgotten. Speed is not a factor. Quality IS. Because you know in your heart of hearts that even though writing is not your greatest passion, it is one of your loves and a part of you would miss it if silenced. Who would tell those stories then? Where will you find them? In a voice that was forgotten because you throttled it yourself. Because it was not fast enough?

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh! I remember Blazing Saddles. LOL My brother loved that movie!

Lyle: [after the farting] How 'bout some more beans, Mr. Taggart?

Taggart: [fans his hat in the air] I'd say you've had enough!

ROFL xD

Sorry to hear about your writing delay, but I'm glad your parents are all right. There's a reason for this, even if you can't see it right now. ;)

Jean said...

Nice and honest and you are doing great with your entries. My whole family LOVES Blazing Saddles! Actually we all love Young Frankenstein too. You keep me fascinated with the past -- so much of which remains a part of my present. Thanks.

jean xox

PS: expectations? what to do with expectations. !!! :) but there is HOPE!

Juliana Haygert said...

"Someone remind me why I picked this gig in the first place? Being a guitarist in a band isn’t half as stressful…" >> i have no idea how being a guitarist is, but I know how hard being a writer/author can be. And it is HARD! But, in the end, so damn worth it!
I also feel the need to do things fast, because that's how the market is right now, but you gotta do what works for you.
Hang in there. You can do it - on your way!

Birgit said...

Blazing Saddles is one of my favs-Gotta love Ms. Khan and her own version of Marlene Dietrich (Busta your Balloons!"). I was 10 in 1974. My dad was in the hospital for a hip replacement and that was the time they used colored lines on the floor, like Dr. Johnny Fever in WKRP I was following the yellow line until I got to the red line and then I went to the green line and ended up in the boiler room-took me an hour to get to my dad's room.

Julie Flanders said...

Sorry you didn't make your goal of finishing the ms but sometimes life just gets in the way. Regardless of how long it takes to get this next book out I don't think there is any danger of people forgetting your series!
I don't think I've met Karen before - will have to check out her blog.

Nate Wilson said...

Slowest writer ever? Uh, no. Even if we pretend you write at a snail's pace -- which is a stretch, since you've published three books -- I'm a glacier. My first draft of my first novel is still unfinished.

Compared to me, you're a snail wearing a rocket pack.

Now, where the white women at?

Jo said...

I 100% agree with Father Dragon. It doesn't matter how long it takes, we will not forget. Some people take years to write books.

I loved Blazing Saddles when it came out. Saw it again several years later and didn't think it was so funny. Maybe today, I don't know.

By the way if you are going to give figures in pounds £, you can make the symbol by holding down Alt and typing 0163

Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

Being the best writer I can be is my insecurity.

I remember those movies.

Liz Blocker said...

I LOVE Blazing Saddles. I laughed so hard I cried when I saw it for the first time. And Alex, you are SO not the slowest writer ever, and there's no chance people are going to forget about you. Take the time you need to make the MS great.

Cherie Reich said...

Alex, no one is going to forget you. As long as you're not on a publisher deadline, then you have the time to finish that book, edit it, and get it to your publisher. Good luck!

Nice learning more about 1974 and Karen. :)

A-Z Challenging at Untethered Realms.

Karen Lange said...

Alex, thanks so much for the shout out and kind words. You and your blog have been a great encouragement to me over these past five years of blogging. You've made the journey so much richer! Thank you.

I am glad things are better with your parents. I'm confident that the timing for your next book will be just right. Count me in, when the time comes, for an appearance over at Write Now. Looking forward to helping spread the word.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Sorry you couldn't meet your writing goal for this summer, but even then Alex you have cranked out this book pretty fast. I am way behind, so don't worry, the slowest writer award is mine ;)
Karen is really a sweetie.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

No one will forget you. Just reset your goal and keep writing.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I hope your parents are better now. Best of luck with your writing. So much is out of our control, but you can to it.

E.E. Giorgi said...

you can't possibly be the slowest writer ever because I'm pretty sure I hold the title! ;-) But you know what? I used to be a fast writer and that first book I produced as a fast writer I had to rewrite 4 times. Now I'm a slow writer but a lot more thinking goes into my stories and the editing is much, much smoother. So write the way your heart tells you. There's no wrong way.

Sarah Foster said...

I'm usually a slow writer as well, although most of the time it's due to work or life getting in the way. I just need to work past excuses and get as much writing done as I can in the little time I have.

Cherie Colyer said...

Hi Alex. I can relate to being behind on writing goals. I had hoped to be done editing the third book in my series by the end of March, but edits on other novels made it so that just didn't happen.

I was still pretty young in 1974. I remember big wheels were all the rage. I do remember Young Frankenstein, and I didn't realize Kiss' first album came out that year. For some reason I thought it was earlier.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I think you're too hard on yourself, Alex. You've been publishing at the speed of light - compared to me and some/most of us. We can't ever forget Byron and our Cassa friends. You'll be fine.

Hugs,
xoRobyn

Bish Denham said...

Remember to breathe, Alex. For every word or sentence down on paper, that is one less that needs to be written. Try to always look at what you have finished, rather than what still needs to be done.

Blazing Saddles, one of my all time favorite movies!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Madeline, no worries!

Bob, that's cool!

Heather, I watch that show all the time! Saw that episode.

KM, we'll both just keep plodding forward.

Marta, this one is taking its time.

Ken, we'll battle for last place!

Al, point taken my friend.

Juliana, I'm hanging.

Nate - funny!

Thanks, Jo! Will do that for the remaining posts.

Karen, you're welcome, and thank you!

EE, I'd rather go slow and do it right the first time.

Thanks, everyone! Still 100+ posts to be read in my blogger buddy file alone, so will take me a bit to make the rounds today. Slow reader as well as slow writer.

Kirsten said...

I stress about being a 'slow' writer all the time! For me it comes down to not comparing myself to other writers. That always leads to frustration.
Finish your book on your schedule! Life happens. Take care of your parents. :)

Christine Rains said...

Two great movies today. Now I have Putting on the Ritz in my head! *LOL* I posted an encouraging A to Z quote today for IWSG. :)

Hart Johnson said...

So sorry to hear about your parental health scare! That's the worst! And I sympathize on the work thing. I wish you luck finishing your MS!

And MAN--Young Frankenstein is one of my favorite all-time movies and Blazing Saddles was fantastic, too--good year for movies!

Thanks for letting me help host, Alex!

Tony Laplume said...

It doesn't matter how long it takes. When you're done that's when it matters. Then you can tell yourself, "I will never take this long again!" Then, of course, you'll take even longer next time!

Ella said...

You remind me how much I love Gene Wilder-just seeing him grin makes me giggle!

I will be back for IWSG next month~

Damn the pollen-yes, you are so right!

I hope your parents are okay!

Forgive yourself and dust off your chaps. Now jump back on your horse-your red cape may be torn-but you still got it! Now fly into the day with Ninja magic-I will witness the red as the sun winks later today~ ;D

Kristin Smith said...

1974 is still before my time, so I'm not familiar with those movies. Maybe I need to make it a Netflix night...

Good luck with all your endeavors in the next couple of months. I know it can be stressful when you're trying to get a manuscript out there, but Huntress is right, in the end the timing won't matter.

English ( P) Rose said...

Late news Alex book should be out released in 7-10 days time all being well.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm sorry you weren't able to complete your ms, Alex, but I'm here to say I'd never forget you! Happy A-Z.

Rekha Seshadri said...

1974? I was just learning to crawl and throw up food -
India tested its first nuclear device a couple of weeks before I turned up - you can say, I arrived with a bang.

Life happens and its better late than never when it comes to your next masterpiece.

Jay Noel said...

Love Blazing Saddles. I need to see it again, as it's been over a decade since I last watched it.

I was 2 in 1974, so obviously, I don't remember....anything from that year.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Bahaha, I just watched Blazing Saddles the other day and talked about Young Frankenstein in my response to Mina Burrow's blog post. Awesome.

Lee Lyons said...

Not a Blazing Saddles fan, but I love Young Frankenstein.

River Fairchild said...

Because the writing bug has bitten you. Guitars don't have teeth. Monsters and space aliens do. ;)
Don't worry about people forgetting you. That's hardly likely! Captain Ninja will live on in the hearts and minds of bloggers everywhere!

cleemckenzie said...

Loved Blazing Saddles. Still do. I'm a sucker for totally weird stuff and Mel Brooks never disappoints.

Don't fret about being slow. That's just not the important factor.

Emma Adams said...

I'm amazed that you find the time to write and blog so much! I'm sure your readers are happy to wait - it's better to have a book you're proud of, even if it takes a little longer! :)

Karen Walker said...

Alex, you will never be forgotten, no matter how long it takes you to get this next book out. Trust me.

Decadent Kane said...

I don't think anyone could forget you Alex. :)

((hugs))

Kimberly Gabriel said...

Are you kidding? I'm so impressed you're already onto another MS so quickly after ending a very successful series! And as long as I'm still in the game, you will never be the world's slowest writer. I own that title. ;) Happy IWSG! Love your A-Z theme!

mail4rosey said...

Young Frankenstein is my husband's most favorite movie of all-time. Our 2nd youngest called the other day (21), and told us he was about to introduce it to his g/f. I told him he must not like her very much, buahahahaha. He didn't get the humor. ;) All the guys love that one in my fam., and us two girls (me and my daughter), nuh-un. :)

Robin's (Daily Dose) spreading good rumors about you, so I came to say hello. :)

Rusty Carl said...

The world's anticipation will only grow with the longer wait.

And Blazing Saddles is pretty awesome. I was hoping you were going to mention Skylab ending - bit I guess that wasn't as awesome as Apollo 11 - and doesn't really start with a 'B'

Al Diaz said...

And sorry for the d word. Dragons may spit fire accidentally when passionate fast talking happens. Still trying to control that.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Good luck with all the A to Z stuff and finishing up your next book. You are so productive. I think I've been working on the same book for two years now LOL.

Robin said...

Do you recall my MANY posts devoted to my book that I never finished and my belief that I would never write anything again??? And you said, just give it time. If you are meant to write something, it will happen. And then the desire came back and I started writing. You were right.

Life has gotten in the way of a goal that you set for yourself. It happens. But the people we love come first. So, cut yourself some slack. No one has forgotten you... dang this comment thread is LOOOONNNGGG. Just recite the Serenity Prayer. It will be okay.

Siv Ottem said...

Great movies but for me not such a great year, once again we moved and I had to start a new high school.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cherie, we'll pick it up next month.

Hart, thanks for co-hosting!

Tony - crap!

Ella, no worries, and damn the pollen.

Rekha, you did!

River, my bleeding fingers challenge that guitar statement...

Thanks, Kimberly!

Rosey, my wife doesn't get Blazing Saddles, so that's a true statement.

Rusty, it probably just didn't show up in my search...

M. J. Joachim said...

Thoroughly enjoy Blazing Saddles...my insecurities - well, I'd have to say keeping up with this wild and crazy month tops the list. You're doing a great job, Alex. No worries there!

Crystal Collier said...

I completely understand! I just had to push back a publishing date, and it's really bummed me out, but it also took a significant amount of stress off my shoulders. It's all about the balance, right?

Isis Rushdan said...

It sucks when we don't reach goals we're passionate about, but no one will forget you. Hope your parents are okay.

ilima said...

Karen sounds awesome, yay for Rush, and I'm with you on questioning why I chose this gig. Writing is NOT easy.

Lynda Dietz said...

Oh, Blazing Saddles! One of my favorite movies of all time. My husband and I quote it around the house frequently. Young Frankenstein is also a favorite.

I'm going to have to check out Laura's blog! 1974 for her was a great year.

Carrie-Anne said...

1974 was five years before my time. I think my favorite album I have from 1974, off the top of my head, is John Lennon's Walls and Bridges.

Leovi said...

What beautiful memories! I love Mel Brooks humor!

Cassie Mae said...

You are NOT the slowest writer ever. I too had a goal of getting the first draft a book done by yesterday, which did not happen, so I'm shooting for May as well. Sometimes we just can't hit it, and that's okay. Promise :)

Caffe Maggieato said...

Sorry to hear you've fallen behind and all the stress that you have to go through. I'm sure you'll be able to catch up soon. Another slow writer here but hey, haste makes waste and all that. I'm sure your fans will still remember you!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Blazing Saddles is that old? Time flies. It's a little goofy, but good for a funny night with friends. Sometimes, you have to take your time to get what you really want.
Play off the Page

Roland D. Yeomans said...

People will remember you Alex and buy your book in droves. You are liked and respected.

Pace yourself -- enjoy the people in your life -- and know that we have your back.

Kyra Lennon said...

Love Blazing Saddles! In fact, anything by Mel Brooks is great with me! :D

Makasha Dorsey said...

My writing insecurity?
Sharing my work with others makes me feel naked. I'm about 30lbs overweight and I don't want anyone to see me naked. Not even me. :)

Fan of Blazing Saddles? Never saw it.

I've seen The Godfather Part II
Thunderbolt and The Towering Inferno.

I don't know remember what happened in 74. I wasn't born until 1976.

Great post.

S.K. Anthony said...

I'm a slow writer and I accept that, but I'm really behind and I'm feeling the pressure so I understand...on the other hand, we can only do so much. As someone very wise told me: we keep moving forward. Better than sitting and crying about it, right? (Yes, I just quoted you on your own blog :P)

Brenda Williamson said...

1974 got my first kiss from a boy :-) I'll never forget. I was surprise, elated and in a haze for days.

Brenda

www.AnEclecticAuthor.blogspot.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Al, no worries on saying damn around here!

Robin, I will.

Crystal, I need some balance right now.

Cassie, I believe you.

Makasha, I don't want anyone to see me naked either!

SK - touche!

Catherine Stine said...

I am certainly a slower writer than I'd like to be! Though now and then I can bang out something at a fast clip. Sometimes it's just not the way forward.

farawayeyes said...

Opting out of the IWSG this time, but I'll be back next month.

I doubt people will forget you or your work.

Loving your retro posts. I had forgotten all about 'Blazing Saddles' - some really funny stuff there.

Chrys Fey said...

I hope your parents are doing okay, Alex. And I wish you luck for finishing your novel this summer.

Mark Noce said...

Blazing Saddles, luv it! I still keep tabs on the IWSG posts, even though I haven't really had a post myself for a while. Just feeling good about writing lately I guess. But it feels even better to lend support to fellow authors:)

Sher A. Hart said...

Well, I'm older than most, so I remember all those things. Laughed my head off at Blazing Saddles once I got to my first military duty station: Barksdale, LA. I haven't met Karen yet. And although I'm late due to yesterday's flight back home, I'm here now.

Lexa Cain said...

I ADORE "Blazing Saddles" and basically anything from Mel Brooks! You have some competition for the "Slowest Writer Ever" throne. I've been working for 4 months on a rough draft, only got 2/3 done, and it's so messed up I just went back to the beginning to rewrite. Yup, my agent will be lucky to get it by the end of June. *sigh*

Sherry Ellis said...

Yeah. I hear you. Playing music is way less stressful that cranking out a manuscript. You'll get it done. Try not to worry about it!

Laura Clipson said...

Don't stress about your book, you'll get it done! Better to go steady than rush it.

DiscConnected said...

Alex-

You must have people who stay awake nights waiting on your posts-your comments are always in the triple digits by the time I get to your posts, and I usually agonize over whether 99 people have already said what I am about to say.

Like today.

I love "Blazing Saddles," but there is absolutely NO FRIGGING WAY that movie could get made today!

I always forget the rush debut was not until 1974 (1973 saw the release of so many phenomenal albums, and I usually lump Rush into that year-in error, obviously).

Larry C

Spacerguy said...

I've often thought about Facebook but never got round to it, I must make it so. What fond nostalgia, Towering Inferno is a classic.

Margo Kelly said...

Ah. Finishing a manuscript. I had hoped/planned/wanted/wished/worked to finish a first draft by 3/31/14. Ack. Didn't happen. Life got in the way, but I'm very thankful for the life I do have. And so if my daughter, husband, mother, son, or friend needs my time, the manuscript can wait another day.

Suzanne Furness said...

I'm not the fastest writer in the world either and sometimes that is very frustrating! Your family has to come first, just write when you can. I'm sure no one will forget you if the next book is a little later than planned. Sending you all the best Alex.

Andrew Leon said...

I've been wanting to watch Blazing Saddles again for a while, now; I should get on that.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Faraway, I'm glad you are enjoying them!

Mark, Amen! Good for you.

Sher, glad you made it.

Lexa, I'm a little closer than that to the end, but not by much.

Larry, say whatever you want to say. You're right - no way anyone would green light that movie now.

Margo, we are in the same boat.

Andrew, I'm stunned you've never seen it.

Yolanda Renee said...

Alex, I feel your angst. I too thought I would have my book finished and ready for the first edit by April 1st, but it wasn't meant to be - I too, am a slow writer and want perfection before I send it off. Thank you - I feel better! But it's not something that should ever be rushed. Doing the A to Z is actually a nice distraction - things all work the way they're meant too!

MAJK said...

In 1974 I was 3 and I was far more sure of myself then than I am each time I send my MS to my editor ;)

I haven't seen Blazing Saddles in forever so I think it's time for a rewatch ;)

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Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I didn't get as far in my WIP as I wanted either before the challenge started. I'm trying to give it at least an hour each day.
Blazing saddles is a classic and so funny.

Susan Kane said...

I love your site, with it variations in topics. You always manage to catch me.

Just checked #558 One the Waves has dropped out.

Susan Kane said...

Oops it is 567. 558 is still there.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

You are the man Alex. Insecure, me?

Melanie Schulz said...

Don't worry Alex, your fans aren't that fickle. I'm sure we'll be willing to wait for whenever the book comes out.

Steven said...

I was introduced to Blazing Saddles by a friend in high school. What a hilarious movie!

M Pax said...

Fun blast to the past.

Writing something new just takes longer, so I'm finding out with my new series... It's one of the reasons I did not do a solo AtoZ this year.

Maurice Mitchell said...

That is totally understandable Alex. With a health scare like that you need priorities in order. 1974 was a great year indeed and I wish I could buy a new house for $34,900.

T. Drecker said...

One always pictured writing as this quiet person sitting at the desk behind stacks of paper and drinking tons of coffee/tea. They never mention the stressful part ;)
I don't think anyone will forget you. . .and if they do, we'll make sure they remember!

Kathe W. said...

love Blazing Saddles.... hilarious movie thanks to Mel Brooks ...not to mention the Producers, Young Frankenstein etc etc! Cheers!

randi lee said...

Alex--I'm bummed that my "B" bummed you out! Not to give too much away....but there is a part II to this one, so make sure to read "Z!!" Uhm...if this one bummed you out, I'd skip "C" though....

Anyway, sometimes life just gets in the way. The health of your parents is far more important and I think you did right by putting them first. You're an infinitely dedicated person; I have absolute faith that you'll nail that manuscript as soon as things calm down for you.

Yes, yes! This writing business can be quite stressful. I think I've gained a few grays just thinking about completing A to Z! Keep your chin up--you've got this!!

Carole Anne Carr said...

Now where did that year get too? :0) At least I've remembered it's posting day!

A Beer For The Shower said...

I had no idea Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein were released in the same year. What a busy year for Mel Brooks. I loved both of those movies.

Fun fact: the head of Warner Bros initially presented Mel Brooks with a list of things they wanted him to take out: the n-word, the bean scene, punching a horse, Lili von Shtupp, anything race related, etc. You know, because it was too crude or controversial. So Mel Brooks crumpled it up and said, "Great, I'll just delete the whole movie then!" Turns out he still had the final say (it was in his contract) so he said to hell with them and went ahead and left everything as it was.

Could you imagine how bad Blazing Saddles would have been had they taken all that out?

Juneta Key said...

Young Frankenstein was my first PG movie. I was just old enough to get into the theater. I talked my cousin into taking me. He told me to keep hush, hush, because of the love scene on the operating table. He said don't tell your mother I told her I would take you out if there were any sex scenes. LoL shows how young we were then to think that was a real sex scene. Thanks for reminding me of a nice memory.

I'm always insecure, but I am taking my first novel through NaNo so nerves are frayed, and I am looking for reasons to procrastinate.

Happy Writing.
Juneta at Writer's Gambit

The Happy Whisk said...

Are you having fun with all these posts, Alex? I moved you and the other AZ Heads to your own blog roll, that way I can keep up.

Have fun and boogie boogie.

mooderino said...

Ah, beans around the camp fire. I can feel my eyes tearing up just thinking about it...

jamieayres.com said...

Totally didn't realize it was the first Wed of the month till I saw your post! Just posted . . . now back to my writing cave. Already missed my deadline-ahhh!

Kevyn Knox said...

I remember seeing Blazing Saddles at the Drive-in. I was there to see the first film in the double bill, Benji. I mean, I was seven after all. But still, my parents and friends stayed around for Blazing Saddles. Some of it was funny, but after seeing it again later in life, I realized I really didn't get many of the more adult-oriented jokes. Nowadays I see it as a major precursor (for batter or for worse) for modern comedy filmmaking. I still gotta say, I prefer Young Frankenstein.

Happy A to Z-ing. See ya 'round the web. All Things Kevyn

Loni Townsend said...

You're not the slowest writer. May is still a good time for finishing. And hey, even finishing is good.

J E Oneil said...

I've heard of most of those movies and albums, but not Dark Star or Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. And I have to admit, I'm not really sure what the plot of The Towering Inferno is.

Ray Rousell said...

Not a big fan of Mel Brooks movies but I love Young Frankenstein. Marty Feldman was excellent in it! Abi Normal and all!

Joanne said...

1974 I spent the summer in Sweden as an exchange student. That was a highlight of my life.
Blazing Saddles is a classic, though I do like Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein better (but it's not a B title)
Insecure....today no, many days yes.
Happy A to Z

DMS said...

I love Blazing Saddles! Yeah for 1974 (my birth year). :) I got to learn a lot about the year I was born today! Thanks for sharing.

Sorry to hear you didn't get the ms finished- but maybe once this month is over you will bang it out! Good luck!!!
~Jess

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yolanda, I'll just have to believe that.

Susan, the numbers change fast!

Mary, that's a big part of the struggle - it's a new universe.

Thanks, T!

Thanks, Randi Lee. I won't just skip you though.

Brandon and Bryan, no one would remember that film if they had taken all that out. That's its charm!

Juneta, more innocent times...

Thanks, Ivy!

Jamie, sorry!

Kevyn, surprised your parents let you watch it!

JE - watch building burn and people panic.

Ray, Abi Normal!

Tina said...

Alas, I completely spaced the IWSG happening today. I also forgot my physical therapy appointment. Spent all day thinking it was Tuesday, well, until I ran into my first IWSG post...please don't erase me...I promise to be back next month...

I think it's wonderful that you picked someone's year of salvation for your highlighted blogger of the day. Coincidentally, 1974 was my year as well :-)

Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Julie Musil said...

Alex, your book will get finished, and no one will ever forget about you or your work! Guaranteed.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hmmm. 1974. I lived in Muncie, Indiana. My favorite song was "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce. I loved listening to Croce songs then....and still do now.

Kim Lajevardi said...

I have a fondness for 1974 as well - it's the year I was born. :)

You can't possibly be the world's slowest writer because that's me. I'm coming up on three years to "finish" my first book.

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

I knew you would pick Blazing Saddles. I love that movie. It still makes me lol.

Leanne Ross said...

Obviously you're not just a ninja...you're a Super Ninja. Plus a juggler.

Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tina, I won't kick you out.

Leanne, I try.

Patricia Lynne said...

Oops. I forgot IWSG today, but I didn't have much to talk about so I guess it's okay.

I don't think I've ever seen Blazing Saddles. Crazy, I know. Especially since I have enjoyed every other Mel Brooks movie I've seen.

~Patricia Lynne~
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, YA Author

Lynda R Young said...

Awesome to hear about Karen!

And DARK STAR!!! I love that movie.

Mason T. Matchak said...

Hrm. In 1974, I was... -5 years old. No wonder I don't remember it. :P

And Young Frankenstein is still great, but Dark Star is MST3K bait. ^_^

Kim Graff said...

I'm sorry you weren't able to get your book done in the time frame you wanted :(
A to Z will take up a lot of my writing time too this month, but I don't have to worry about getting anything to a publisher. I hope the health scare with your parents was okay.

Helena said...

Ah, Blazing Saddles AND Young Frankenstein -- I saw them way back then, and they were such a hoot!

I'm so sorry your parents had a health scare, Alex; I know what that's like and it's so nerve-racking and exhausting. But how can any of your fans (like me) ever forget you? So you're a little behind in your writing -- we all are. You will do splendidly and sell a million copies, as your book will deserve.

Samantha Geary Jones said...

I'm on the slower side of writing myself, mostly because I'm anal with the first draft. I'll agonize over a sentence until it works, or until my coffee wears off:) BLAZING SADDLES! Love that flick! And Young Frankenstein (Roll, roll, roll in ze hay)is one of my all time favorites!

WriterlySam
A to Z #TeamDamyanti

AJ Lauer said...

I love that movie :) So many classic moments!
Happy B day! Hope things have calmed down a bit!

AJ @ Naturally Sweet
An A-Z co-host blog
@ayjaylauer

Stephen Tremp said...

Where are all the white women at?

Leigh Covington said...

I won't lie... it's good to know you're human! Although I still believe you might have at least some super cool android ninja capabilities too! :)

LynNerdKelley said...

My hubby is a big fan of Blazing Saddles, especially the scene where the sheriff holds the gun to his own head, threatening to shoot the hostage, and also of course the famous campfire scene!

Yay for Karen Lange. Glad you gave her special recognition. I graduated high school in '74. That means our 40th reunion is this year. Yikes!

Mina Burrows said...

I didn't do IWSG today. I'm sorry.

Go Karen!

& I knew I'd see a post on Rush. LOL!

Young Frankenstein rules!

Medeia Sharif said...

I love Blazing Saddles and Rush.

Good luck with this project. Real life does get in the way. You will get it done.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I have been far slower with book 2 than I wanted to be. My fear - that I will miss a window of opportunity with my readers.

But, if your writing is anything to judge by, I think I would rather be a slow writer than a fast writer. :) Take care.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles! Two of my favorite movies that I have not seen in forever.

When I first started writing, I was just about to finish and start querying when my brother was diagnosed with cancer. Then came my dad. Then my grandmother started to fail. So, when people ask me how long it took to write Past Due, the honest answer is ten years, because life comes first. The books and the rest of us will be eagerly awaiting your new release- whether it comes in three months or three years. Hang in there. You'll make it.

msmariah said...

My husband was born in '74. Great year. I was born in the late '70s. We both love Blazzing Saddles. Sometimes when I see films like 'Blazing Saddles' (or more recently 'Super 8') it makes me want to live in the 1970s instead of now. My house was built in the 70s so it's not like I wouldn't have the same amenities. I could live w/o the internet and cell phones. I think life was simpler back then.

Cathy Keaton said...

You think YOU'RE a slow writer? You don't know about me and my tortoise writing ways. I'll be lucky to have my current WIP ready to publish by the end of the year.

Arlee Bird said...

I thought Blazing Saddles was hilarious when I saw it when it first came out. Haven't seen it in a long time.

Lee
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

Deniz Bevan said...

Slow isn't a bad thing! And you can't control real life. As long as the book is the best it can be, that's what counts!

J.L. Murphey said...

Ya gotta love Blazing Saddles even if you aren't a western fan.

MollyMom103 said...

Ack! A day late! I wonder if I can get it all done, but I'm mostly happy that I have stuff to do.

MollyMom103 said...

My parents were fans of Blazing Saddles but alas not me as much. But I watched it a couple of months ago. I try connect with something my mother loved the month of her birthday. Thankfully my dad is still here and we have lunch. It is something that I treasure. Sorry I missed posting on IWSG day.

Jeff Chapman said...

Alex, you are not the slowest writer. I am. I've spent the last month and more rewriting a novella. I had planned a week. I wonder what a contest to determine the slowest writer would look like?

Lisa said...

Now this one I can jump right into. I'm a HUGE Mel Brooks fan and LOVE Blazing Saddles. IMHO, it's one of the funniest, smarty-mouth films ever made and Mel Brooks outdid himself. Also, in 1974 I spent the whole year in winter because I went to New Zealand for four months during our "summer," so I went from winter, to almost spring, to winter, to fall, to winter! I LOVED New Zealand and would go again in a heartbeat even if it is a 16 hour flight, or longer!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I know how you feel. I'm woefully behind on my writing. I've been so busy with real world things, I haven't had time for my made-up worlds. But they will get done, and all will be well. :)

Tia Bach said...

So sorry to hear about the health scare. I hope your parents are doing better.

I didn't do ABC this month (after two years of loving it), because I had to get some writing done. But I do hate missing it. Didn't miss IWSG, though. I need it too badly. ;-)

Wishing you a fun-filled April that leaves you excited to finish writing in May.

walkersvillemom said...

Oh my gosh! Thunderbolt and Lightfoot! YES! I remember that one! :D

Cindy Amrhein said...

Love Young Frankenstein! I saw all those movies except Dark Star.

Don't worry, you'll get your book done. I'm just coming off a long road to republishing a book and man, you just can't do it all, all the time. Think of it as going back to your book with a fresh mind. :)
History Sleuth's Writings - Blogging A-Z/ISWG

Trisha F said...

I ... haven't seen Blazing Saddles. There. I admit it.

Going to go hide in the corner now. ;)

Momentous album releases that year!

Andi-Roo TheWorldForRealz said...

I'm probably the only person here who hates Rush. That Tom Sawyer song comes on and my teeth start grinding together and give me a migraine. Something about the voice, the music, the sound effects... I don't know what it is, but *ugh* is what i get.

But Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein -- now that is some 1974 I can go with! Even though i wasn't born till the following year, I still enjoy those films as my parents brought me up on them. Best line EVER: "Put.the candle. back." LMAO!!!

Hope you're able to get your book finished and sent off to the publisher without anything else to hold you back. Fingers crossed for ya, buddy! :)

Toinette Thomas said...

There is so much about this post I enjoyed, even though I'm way late. I love the motivataion behind featuring 1974. That's truly special.