Thursday, April 3, 2014

Retro A to Z Challenge: C – CassaStar 2010

CassaStar – 2010

CassaStar was a debut novel, a total re-write from a thirty year old manuscript, and supposed to be the only book. By the time it launched, I realized it was more than my first book – it was the beginning of an incredible adventure! CassaStar became an Amazon Best Seller in science fiction and spawned two more novels. And to think I didn’t even want to be an author…

2010 fun facts –
*Cost of average house - $232,850.00
*The first iPad was released
*The world’s tallest building at 2,716 feet opened in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa
*The Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver, Canada (USA topped the medal tally)

Movies released –
Inception
Tron: Legacy
Tangled
Iron Man II
How to Train Your Dragon

Music released –
Star One – Victims of the Modern Age
Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy Soundtrack

Games released –
Dragon Age: Origins Awakening
Mass Effect II: Lair of the Shadow Broker

And why is 2010 special?
Because that is the year Elizabeth Seckman watched her two oldest boys get confirmed and accept the Lord for themselves.

Elizabeth is the author of several novels and mother to just as many boys. She is a cheery, caring soul with an amazing sense of humor and a blessing to all who meet her. She’s talented, wise, and just a beautiful lady and person. Find Elizabeth at her blog HERE


Ninja News

If you saw the puzzle piece I posted last week, then here is the full image!
Come Back byMelissa Maygrove
Release date – May 2014
Add it on Goodreads HERE

Now available – Sidelined by Kyra Lennon
Part of her New Adult series, Game On

Game Review

Diablo III Expansion Pack – Reaper of Souls
The new act is short and I finished playing in less than a week. However, it provides a new adventure mode and a new character (a crusader) to help you slay your way through the bowels of hell and the heights of Heaven. And bonus – download was a snap!

Can you believe it’s almost four years since my first book? Following the awesome Elizabeth? Picking up the new books? Played any good games lately? And what do you remember best about 2010…?

I’m also posting at the A to Z Blog today. Hope you’re keeping tabs on the site, because there’s been some good information.

And I am doing my best to keep up with the posts and comments, but forgive me if I miss your post. IWSG day was just a bit overwhelming...

138 comments:

Andrew Leon said...

So houses were like 100x more expensive than in 1974. That's kind of insane.

PlanetKimberly said...

I like your retro fun facts. Wow, I only heard of Daft Punk this year. I'm way behind on the times!

L.G. Keltner said...

The Burj Khalifa is insanely tall, and I love the way it looks. I saw a stunning photo of Dubai that was taken at night, and fog had descended on the city. The city lights made the fog glow, and the Burj Khalifa towered above it all. It was a beautiful piece of photography. The photographer's name is Daniel Cheong, just in case anyone wants to look up his work.

And I shudder to think how much a house will cost a few more years down the line. Yikes!

English ( P) Rose said...

Great post Alex and a great book was Cassastar.
What do I recall of 2010, the first A to Z, a great time had by all.

Arlee Bird said...

Made it early here today cause I'm up late where I am.

It is amazing that it's been that long since CassaStar came out and that this A to Z is the 5 one!

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

Donna Hole said...

Yes, I'll bet it was overwhelming today. And wow, you stopped by my post. Thank you.

Good to see so much of yourself in this post today Alex. And congrats to Elizabeth. Boys and books, not an easy success :)

.....dhole

S.K. Anthony said...

Ooh I love these fun facts! The world's tallest building opened in Dubai...2,716 feet...wow!

All great movies that year. I'll place Inception at the top and the other ones are a tie lol

Oh 2010: The year my twins were born :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Awesome!! I get to be highlighted along with CassaStar? And such nice things you say. That was a special occasion...a very proud moment!

D Biswas said...

I remember how excited we were when the Cassa-series hit best seller lists. You're a powerhouse, Alex, and you're doing such a great job on the AZ list, per usual!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You're doing an amazing job keeping up, Alex.

I too adore Elizabeth. She's hilarious and sweet, a good sport too. Koopmans and I tease her, and she makes fun of herself, for her rather slow rate of responding to tweets. She's slower than I am with it. But we love her nonetheless.

It's hard to believe CassaStar launched four years ago, Alex. I hope you feel great pride every day, for so many accomplishments.

xoRobyn

Elephant's Child said...

Do you ever sleep? For myself, your energy and generosity gives me on-going attacks of inadequacy.
And yes, you are an author. Among other labels.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I love Daft Punk. Been a fan for years. Harder, better is one of my fave songs by them (not the Kanye version). Inception and How to Train your Dragon were mind blowing. Watched them at home but I will be see Dragon 2 in theatres this year. Liz rocks and so glad her boys turned to God. Congrats on your novel being nearly four years old Alex. That's what happens when you go for your dreams.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I am enjoying the retro fun facts and also the bloggers you introduce to us everyday.

Btw...just as a matter of curiousity Alex, how many hours do you sleep at night (I know that you go to bed early) I am sure you must be waking up early as you pack in so much in a single day.

Karen Walker said...

Can't believe it's been 4 years since your debut novel, Alex. Time is just flying by so fast.

Rekha Seshadri said...
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Rekha Seshadri said...

I started blogging in 2010 - an on/off journey which in turn led to freelance blogging in 2012.
Indian Rupee become the 5th currency in the world to have a symbol.
I purchased the print edition of your book from an Indian online store. :)
I listen to daft punk but can't say they are my favourites - I prefer the bands from 70's to 90's. Inception was a cool movie and Iron man was entertaining.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - frankly I don't know how you do what you do .. but the clones are there I know!!

Cassa Star was a great read and 2010 wasn't too far away was it ..

Cheers Hilary

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations all over again on CassaStar!

I hadn't realised iPads were only four years old - or should I say "already" four years old!

Empty Nest Insider said...

I also can't believe that it's been four years since the CassaStar debut! I am following Elizabeth, and will have to visit her again soon. Thanks for all you do Alex, and it's amazing how much you've accomplished in such a short time!

Julie

Huntress said...

Four years! Amazing.

I have to admit, it's nice to hear that you, the Man Who Needs No Hyperlink, was overwhelmed yesterday. Makes us humanoids feel a little better about their feeble efforts, LOL.

Michelle Wallace said...

I purchased a paperback copy of Cassastar via Book Depository but haven't posted a review YET.
Reason - I want to first get my hands on CassaFire and CassaStorm, complete the trilogy, then post the review... I suppose by then, you'd have another book or two out...
The i-Pad was only released in 2010? Hey, I don't feel so "techno-backwards" anymore... LOL
Elizabeth is a wonderful lady. Lots of fun. I had Charlie's Scribes over at my place and they did a great job!

stu said...

Four years already?

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

Alex, this proves that old manuscripts should not be binned. I'm pleased you kept yours.
2010 was good for Elizabeth, too.

rolandclarke.com said...

Long overdue but finally bought Cassastar after reading your thoughts over the last year, Alex. Reads like some of the great works that first got me into SF, many decades ago.

Carolyn Brown said...

Inception was a great movie. Congrats to Kyra, the series sounds great!

Liza said...

I was at an "inward" place in 2010...I don't remember any of those movies! I better do some investigating! Hooray for thirty-year-old manuscripts!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LG, I will look up the photographer!

Yvonne, yes it was!

Donna, of course I stopped by! And thank you.

SK, Inception topped my list that year.

Elizabeth, so you are welcome.

Damy and Robyn, thanks. Proud of the friends I've made here!

Elephant, don't judge by my insanity.

Rachna, I do go to bed early, and I am up really early.

Rekha, and I thank you for buying my book! You started blogging right after I did.

Hilary, thanks!

Thanks, Julie!

Carol, yes I was overwhelmed with both events going on at the same time.

Michelle, thank you!! If you want the others, that must mean you liked it.

Fanny, I'm really happy I kept it!

Roland, thanks!! I appreciate that.

Li said...

I see everyone questions when, if it all, you sleep. :-) Just part of your Ninja skills repertoire, I suppose!

Wow, 4 years already since the iPad. It seems like just yesterday that I was buying my first laptop and thinking how awesome THAT was. Sigh.

Kyra Lennon said...

It always amazes me to hear you say you didn't want to be a writer since you are naturally so good at it!

Thank you for the shoutout! :D

Chemist Ken said...

Should have guessed Cassastar would be C.

Inception was a great movie. I went back and saw it multiple times, and each time I saw something new.

Brandon Ax said...

It is crazy to think that was already four years ago. Time flies. Really cool that you found such success with your books.

I was wondering about that Diablo expansion. I played three after it came to PlayStation.


Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

Allison Bruning said...

Hi Alex! You never forget your first novel. My first novel, Calico, did the same thing you described. It became a bestseller and spawned many other story ideas for me as well.

Rusty Carl said...

Four years! Seems like yesterday. How time flies. Haven't played a game in a long time. I laugh at the thought. Ha.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Wow, didn't know that was the average cost of houses in 2010! Did see all those movies. And CassaStorm is a great read! So many blogs to visit, so little time...I'm off...

Elsie Amata said...

The man, the legend, and the guy I think is a robot - Alex! I still don't know how you do it. Write, teach, music and blog. Blog extremely well! Thanks for the tip about Feedly. I'm spoiled by GFC. One click (sometimes) and done.

ipad has only been around 4 years? It seems like forever. And, you've written two more sequels since then. Amazing.

Elsie
AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

Laura Clipson said...

I still haven't completed the original Diablo III, so I don't think I'll be getting the expansion any time soon. My boyfriend got it just for the new character. We play together a lot.

CA Heaven said...

It's great that you wrote a bstseller and make money on your eriting
(I make money on science and write as a hobby)

Cold As Heaven

Julie Flanders said...

What an adventure you've been on since 2010. I hope it just keeps getting better.

Kind of amazing (and disturbing) to see the difference between the average home price here compared to the others you have posted. Wow.

Sherry Ellis said...

That is so cool that your 30-year-old manuscript became a book and was the launching point for two other books!

Loved your fun facts!

musicfanandrea said...

Great hob with CassaStar, love how it developed synergically instead of trying to fit it in the all-too-popular trilogy format!
Andrea, #atozchallenge Mighty Minion Asset

Rhonda Albom said...

I remember when you first book launched, it doesn't seem like four year to me either. Time is just flying by.

Jo said...

I can't believe the increase in house prices. It is incredible.

I have How to Train Your Dragon, a favourite movie.

I also have all the Cassa books.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Still haven't seen Inception! I'm sure I'll find it confusing...

Wow, 2010 seems like just yesterday still...

River Fairchild said...

It's been 4 years since CassaStar came out? Wow. Seems like a year or two ago. I remember the excitement well!

Melissa said...

Yay for Cassastar!

Thanks for the mention, Alex.

Elizabeth is great! I really enjoy her blog. Nice, funny lady. :)

The Happy Whisk said...

What made you hold on to the manuscript? Which by the way,I am glad you did.

Birgit said...

Wow good for you and writing was your calling! I have seen some of the films but not all Inception was quite good. 2010 was not the best year but memorable. My mom went downhill with dementia and lived with us. My spouse found out he could never work again due to his rheumatoid arthritis. he wanted to attend school but it was too much with all the stress and his severe ADHD. Yup not a great year...but it passed, like a kidney stone but it did pass:)

angelsbark said...

iPads have only been around for 4 years??? Wow. I love your fun facts! And how cool to be a best-selling author! Kudos.

Bish Denham said...

It's hard to believe it's been four years! It seems like only yesterday I was seeing your avatar as a follower on everyone else's blog and that I coveted it, wanting those little radio telescopes following me around as well. Thanks!

Heather M. Gardner said...

You are doing an AMAZING job, Alex. Just amazing. I always know you're out there if I need help or a question answered. Even when you're feeling overwhelmed, you're still there for others!
I have a whole new appreciation of what you go through everyday with so many wonderful comments. It's awesome but exhausting.
Thank you for making my B day extra special!
HMG

Steven said...

Four years: crazy! There were some cool things going on back then.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lisa, I do sleep!

Kyra, thanks, and you're welcome.

Brandon, it's short but really cool.

Allison, that's cool.

Elsie, give Feedly a try.

Cold, making money was a bonus.

Andrea, I just intended one book...

Jo, and I appreciate that!

Melissa, you're welcome. One more month!

Ivy, it just ended up in a box with some other stuff I didn't want to sort.

Birgit, I'm sorry.

Bish, think I've followed you since that very first Challenge.

Heather, thank you!

Kristin Smith said...

2010 was a great year for movies with Inception being at the top of my list, followed by Tangled (such a great movie!)

I love Elizabeth--she is just hysterical and I love that she has lots of boys just like I do! She can totally relate!

It's been four years, huh? And look at all you've accomplished! Amazing! :)

SittieCates said...

Oh, congrats for being an Amazon Best Seller! Way to go, Alex!

jaybird said...

I love Elizabeth to pieces. She is funny and warm and always has a kind word or encouragement for everyone!

And way to go Alex, Amazon Best Seller!!! That's amazing. Rock on Ninja, rock on!!

Christine Rains said...

Four years? Wow. Your first book came out the same year as my son was born. Must be a very lucky year. :)

Dean K Miller said...

Whoda thunk one book would turn into success?! And in only four years. The student has become the master rather quickly. Nice!

Let's see...2010...oh yeah, that was the year I became eligible to retire from Federal Gov't. service...but still at it (because my first book just came, instead of four years ago!)

Saw original Tron in theaters, loved it then. Legacy, yeah not so much but then watched original and yeah, not so much.

Latest books: Sirens The Sirens of Titans (Vonnegut) Banana Bamboozle (Becky Clark) just finished The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld (Justin Hocking) and The Assassin's Heart (J.A. Kazimer.)

Congrats, Alex...keep up the pace and we shall follow!

E.E. Giorgi said...

wow, goes a long way to show that stories never die, that's such an inspirational "behind the scene" story, thanks for sharing it! and 2010 was also when I finished the book I'm launching now... except I wasted all the following years on submission... :-( (luckily I kept writing!)

Bossy Betty said...

Wow! Alex, it has been four years! I think you can truly say you have made the most of those years! You continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Robin said...

I felt overwhelmed yesterday... I cannot imagine how you felt!!!!

I am not currently following Elizabeth, but I see her comments on many of the blogs I read. I am going right now to check her out... :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

Fantastic to see Elizabeth highlighted here - she's such a wonderful, supportive friend. I can't believe CassaStar is 4 years old!

Siv Ottem said...

No surprise that you picked Cassastar for your C word :)4 years have gone by fast and look at all you have accomplished!We started remodeling our house in 2010 and we are still remodeling....

Cherie Reich said...

Wow! It is hard to believe CassaStar came out four years ago. Nice learning more about Elizabeth! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Can't believe it's only been four years since iPad was released. Three books in less than four years is pretty great for you. It doesn't seem like Tangled is four years old either. My daughter and I love that movie.

SlimDoggy said...

I like the theme - even though 2010 is only a few years ago, I guess it could be 'retro' especially given how quickly my memory goes nowadays. Stopping over from SlimDoggy and the A to Z Challenge.

Pat Hatt said...

The housing price increase kinda makes you throw up in your mouth in disgust lol from one to 3 and now a fourth at your sea.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Christine, lucky indeed!

Dean, re-watching the original made you realize it really wasn't a good movie.

EE, good for you!

Thanks, Betty.

Siv, that's funny.

M. J. Joachim said...

It's so exciting when our plans get disrupted by unexpected detours, even if it's so many years later. Congratulations on all your writing success, Alex! It must be a fabulous journey. And to think, it launched you into a world of social networking, like you probably never believed possible too.

MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
Writing Tips
Effectively Human
Lots of Crochet Stitches


S. L. Hennessy said...

CassaStat, which I hope one day we see on the big screen! Inception, yes! So good.2010 was a good year for SciFi.

Tony Laplume said...

...And when he takes over the entire world, he'll say, it was because of the book! The book!

Charles Gramlich said...

Back in 2010! Man, how time flies. Prashant did put up that interview with me over on his blog in case you wanted to check it out at some point.

cleemckenzie said...

First iPad in 2010? Wow! And now they're almost like appendages.

Bob R Milne said...

CassaStar, Iron Man II, and Tron: Legacy, and the first iPad, eh? Looks like 2010 was about 50/50 for sci-fi success, so good thing you were there tip the scales the right way. :)

Kirsten said...

The Tron Legacy soundtrack is one of my go-to writing playlists. :)
Wow, I just started revising my first novel in 2010--and I'm still revising it ... I'll try to remain calm about that.
Meanwhile A to Z is sure keeping me busy!

Tyrean Martinson said...

2010 was a great year in books and movies! Congrats again on all your success with CassaStar! A 30 year old rewrite is just awesome - gives me hope for a 12 year old draft sitting in my closet. Someday, I'll tackle that novel again.

Lisa said...

I'm playing catch up as wasn't home much to blog! Today will be devoted only to blogging and blog hopping! I get my years so mixed up sometimes, it's hard to remember what I liked best about any of them, lol. I think the things that "marked" me the most about 2010 were that my children left home and we became empty-nesters, cried for two weeks, then our lovely dog Laydi, decided if the kids were gone, she wasn't hanging around either and so left us, and then we had a lovely young Frenchman named Gael (he's in the friends video on my A to Z "A" post)come to spend three fantastic weeks with us. I cried when he went home...

Tina said...

I looked at the house price, and gasped, and then looked at the year...and realized there was nothing wrong with your math! LOL.
Yeah, I gotta watch the burn-out thing, too. Did way too much yesterday...Great advice at the A-Z today.
I won't ever leave trash in your sportscar...
Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Spacerguy said...

Time really passes in a blink. It seems like yesterday when I photo shopped a Kirk vs Vader image on my blog.

Chris Fries said...

Wow -- I HAVE been out of the loop. I completely forgot about A-to-Z!!! Glad I could at least pop in on a day with a FABULOUS "C" book!

I hope you are doing great, Alex! I know your A-to-Z will be wonderful this month. I hope to be able to get around more often at some point in the near future, but in the meantime, let me offer you prayers and tons of warm wishes, my fellow Christian guitarist sci-fi writer guy!

:)

Mason Canyon said...

It's been four years since CassaStar debuted, hard to believe. Seems like only yesterday, but for you I'm sure it seems longer (and shorter). Interesting points for 2010.

David P. King said...

CassaStar ... but of course! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Of course C would be for CassaStar! Nothing else would've been appropriate. ;)

And 2010 is already considered retro? Oh, boy! lol

Leovi said...

Daft Punk - Tron : Legacy Soundtrack is Gorgeous!

Lexa Cain said...

Cassafire was written 30 years ago? Or at least the basis, right? WOW! A lot of cool movies that year, too. ;)

Congrats Melissa and Kyra! :)

(I, too, should post a disclaimer about not getting around to all my friends. I'm trying to get to as many new peeps on the linky list as possible...)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Look how far you've come in 4 years! May the next 4 be even better!

D.G. Hudson said...

I remember CassaStar and your one book idea. . . but because of your clamouring audience, you had to satisfy us? Right?

So I say, keep it up, you've got clones, there should be time for writing. Or else you need mini Alex to whip those clones in shape.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

MJ, that's been the most amazing part of the journey.

Tony, you're on to my evil plans...

Charles, I will!

Bob, was worried for a moment which side CassaStar fell on!

Tyrean, you should!

Lisa, I'm sorry that year made you cry so much!

Tina, that's good to know.

Chris, thank you!

Chrys, wait until I do 2013...

Lexa, almost thirty-five years ago now! And I need to visit more new sites...

randi lee said...

I love your Cassa series, Alex. Those books deserve to be made into movies!

Gossip_Grl said...

2010 was a great year for you with writing and also the beginning. You now have 3 books and working on #4! Congrats in all your accomplishments!

ilima said...

2010--what a great year for movies. Inception and Tron...yes! In January 2010 I made a new years resolution to write a book (never thought about being a writer before...it was more of a bucket list item). I started writing and couldn't stop. Great year. :)

Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

I love that you resurrected a thirty year old story and made it a well loved book.

Crystal Collier said...

Of course C is for CassaStar. What else could it possibly be for? That's awesome that it was an old manuscript your resurrected. That was the same story for Moonless, but it was only ten years old, not 30.

DAVID WALSTON said...

I like to listen to Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy Soundtrack while I go to sleep. My wife likes the TV on. I can't sleep with the conversations going on, so I put this on my mp3 player and go to sleep.

Melanie Schulz said...

2010 was a great year- had my son, started writing. It doesn't get much better than that.

Carrie-Anne said...

My third trip to Israel was in 2010, with an unexpected stop in Vienna on the way home.

Sometimes a total or radical rewrite is just what a really old manuscript needs. Depending on the state of the original, sometimes you can't just work around what's already there.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

DG, yes, I'll blame my fans.

Thanks, Randi Lee!

Ilima, that makes two of us.

Crystal, more writers should go back to those old stories.

David, the second song and Bridges' voice doesn't jolt you awake, does it?

Ella said...

Cheers to Cassastar and 2010! Whoah really four years?!

Someday an A-Z party! How fabulous would that be...

Off to meet Elizabeth-thank you Captain~

Loni Townsend said...

Magnificent on CassaStar. I like it when stories that are with us for a long time are given new life.

My husband told me about the Diablo III expansion. He prefaced it with "I'm weak..." He'd been trying to convince himself not to buy it. :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

I think people are already overwhelmed with all the posting. We all do the best we can. Blogging and visiting blogs every day is fun. We do need to pace ourselves, though!

Lynda Dietz said...

Sounds like 2010 was a wonderful year for you! So glad you decided to become an author, and thankful you're such a terrific supporter and promoter of others.

Liz Blocker said...

Home prices are a wee bit different than 1969... But it's a good year, because it brought us YOU!

Jean said...

Hi Alex, you did a great job summing up 2010! I STILL need to see How to Train Your Dragon!

xox jean

Kathe W. said...

Alex- thanks for visiting my blog so very faithfully all last year and this! Cheers!

Jay Noel said...

Wow, just four years ago? It's weird how it feels like a lifetime ago, yet just like yesterday.

John Wiswell said...

Inception was such a film. Frost/Nixon was my favorite that year.

Funny you listed Bioware expansion DLC as the games of 2010! Mass Effect 2 itself came out that year, and is one of my favorite RPGs of all time. Playdead Studios's LIMBO also came out, and was amazing.

Enjoy Reaper of Souls, Alex!

Haneen I. Adam said...

well Alex I guess C is your lucky letter :)

Yolanda Renee said...

2010 was not a good year for me. But life goes in cycles and each year offers something new!

It's only day three and I'm exhausted! LOL

Sarah Allen said...

I can't believe 2010 was four years ago...that's just crazy!

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)

M.C.V. Egan said...

Thanks for A to Z ! #a2zchallenge great to connect ! I am #1547 http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com/

Maurice Mitchell said...

There were some good movies in that year.

Ayden said...

2010 was the year my sister and I took my nephew on his Make a Wish trip to Orlando. We stayed at Give Kids the World (absolutely amazing place), and got to check out Disney, Universal, and Sea World. Mickey's handler gave Mickey a pin to give my nephew. To this day, he says Mickey is his best friend. Cannot wait to take them back!

Ayden from A to Z

Sharon Himsl said...

Liked hearing the history of CassaStar. Gives one hope an old ms can be resurrected!
Shells–Tales–Sails

mooderino said...

So the ipad is only four years old? Strange, feels like it's been around forever.

mood

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carrie-Anne, no way I could work with what was there.

Loni, tell him to just buy it!

Thanks, Liz!

Kathe, you're my friend - of course!

John, that was also a cool game.

Haneen, yes it is!

Yolanda, I'm beyond exhausted...

Ayden, that's wonderful.

Sharon, they can!

Moody, I'm on my fourth one, so it feels like forever.

Donna Hosie said...

4 years?! Jeez, now I feel old.

farawayeyes said...

I'm figuring that by now you're about buried. BUT, you're doing great. Love comparing some of those stats from year to year.

J E Oneil said...

The other day I was using an old iPad and marveling at how slooooow it was. I can't believe it was less than four years old!

Patricia Lynne said...

Well, we're all glad you decided to get the story publish and the rest of the series. If not, we might not have IWSG as well as not know you.

~Patricia Lynne~
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, YA Author

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Donna, you are not old!

Faraway, still alive...

Patricia, we wouldn't!

klahanie said...

Hi human, Alex,

Interesting angle. Nice of you to torture me with a retro version. Yes, human, I'm kidding.

I'm happy for Elizabeth and her two oldest boys even though I cannot stand any form of religion.

Plenty of great info on here. And the irony, I have spent over ten hours commenting on the A to Z. Yes, I truly wish the darned thing would end. It's stressful and frankly, runs way too long.

You do well, my human friend.

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

mshatch said...

Ha! I'm already overwhelmed by a-z...and I own Dragon Age Origins :)

Leslie S. Rose said...

Man, what a great year for movies! I think I have them all on bluray except How to Train Your Dragon. I still haven't seen it - *hangs head in shame*

Medeia Sharif said...

I remember how cool it was when a coworker showed me an iPad. I eventually got one, too.

Great book news.

Yay for the start of a series with two other books that followed.

Brian Miller said...

its cool that you remember that start...even if you did not want to be an author...look where it took you...saw all those movies as well...

Susan Kane said...

Sometimes it is just a small note that makes my day. Elizabeth Seckman and her two boys--knowing the Lord. Can't beat that.

Patricia Stoltey said...

CassaStar is a great choice for "C"!

Early in 2010 I was winding down my promo for The Desert Hedge Murders. After that, I must have taken a brain break because I can't recall anything else of interest.

Melody said...

Seriously, the first iPad was released in 2010?! It seems like they have been around so much longer than that! I really like your retro theme this year.

Samantha Geary Jones said...

Now that's a year to celebrate & honor! I think the author gig works for ya:) Inception is such a cool film and one of my favorite soundtracks of Hans!
WriterlySam
A to Z #TeamDamyanti


Mina Burrows said...

Wow 4 years? That's crazy. Time flies. What a ride it has been, huh?

Trisha F said...

Elizabeth is totally awesome!

Aaaand it won't be long until I start reading CassaStar at long last! woo!

Melissa Bradley said...

Cassastar rocked! it is one of my favorite books and series.

Loved Tangled and Inception, they are awesome films.

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm going to rent Inception. We watched it at the movies and that's the only time I saw it. Great flic!

Andi-Roo TheWorldForRealz said...

Loved Inception, but even more than that, I still adore Tangled. My 9yo daughter forces it upon us every 4-6 weeks, and it never fails to make us smile and sing along.

2010 -- my son {my hero} was 17 and in his junior year of high school. We had a rough time of it, as we had taken in an abused teen, and she really made life really difficult. Not all her fault; things just are the way they are. That wasn't the most awesome year for my family, but we made it through and are better for it in how close it brought us together. Lots of love has been exchanged since then, words said that needed to be heard, and bonds strengthened. 2010 might have been our worst year ever as a family, yet we gained so much in its aftermath, how can I possibly regret it?

Thanks for this trip down memory lane. I hate remembering bad times, but love thinking back on how awesome my family is for making it through the dark. There is always light at the end of the tunnel; we are among the lucky few who found it while holding to each other with love.

fortyandfantastique said...

These posts are great! Sadly, I think I myself am "retro" because I only just found out about and read "Cassastar" for myself last week! And it is AWESOME ! Love the characters, am currently about 1/4 of the way through Cassafire :- ) Loving A to Z because of things like this - discovering new books, yay!

jetgirlcos visiting through A to Z via Forty, c'est Fantastique

The Happy Whisk said...

Four years have gone by since your first book. WOW. Nearly three years since we got Miss Wiggy the pound puppy. My goodness, it all goes so flippin' fast.

Chrys Fey said...

Jurassic Park is one of my all-time favorite movies.

And I cannot wait for Secret of the Souls by Terri Rochenski to come out! :D

Toinette Thomas said...

Great post. Love the fun facts. 2010 was a good year.

Don owthare said...

I was intrigued by your novel Cassastar and I went in search of it in MP3 format… finding nothing. But, what's wrong with reading the book instead? You might ask. Nothing much, if you happen to possess a pair of good functioning eyes — but I'm blind and there doesn't seem to be anywhere that I can download this book. Of course, if there was an audio format, then you can bet your voice that Audible would get their hooks into at first… falling into that inaccessible .AA format at their own ridiculous prices! Oh, if you're wondering, this was dictated using speech recognition software!