Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day and Anthology! Plus Books, Writing Contests, Bloghops, and a Solid Gold Godzilla

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 Kristin Smith, Elsie, Suzanne Furness, and Fundy Blue!

Today marks the one year anniversary since the IWSG site and Facebook group opened. We invite all IWSG members, Facebook members, and followers to contribute to The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond, whether you are a writer on the journey or a published author. Post your contribution today or email your submission to the IWSG or me. Full details posted today at the IWSG site.
 
If you are posting for the anthology today be sure to include: title, topic (writing, publishing, or marketing), a one line bio (with your name, book(s), and blog), and state that you give us permission to use it. After you have posted, please add your link HERE.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I completed revisions on my latest manuscript and sent it to my publisher last Friday. Yeah, baby – done!

While there are things I can’t share yet about the story (at least until I hear back from my publisher) I can give you a few hints.

It’s a stand-alone space opera story. Set in a world different than the Cassa series.

The story was inspired by a song – the lyrics tell one story, and I just rearranged them to tell another story. (So every line of the song is in the story, just not in the same order. Don’t worry, that will confuse you even further when I post the song.)

It’s third person point of view, but told from the viewpoint of just one character. (Sorry, I don’t do first person. I didn’t want to be in this guy’s head any more than I was in Byron’s.)

I discovered that writing an entire story based on an ending inspired by a song was a little more difficult than I imagined…

There’s more than one woman in this book!

There is also a bit of a fantasy element in the story. Blame the song. It started it…

I aimed for grittier. I missed. You would think since I’ve been reading Joe Abercrombie lately some of that would’ve rubbed off.

This story has been with me for ten years, ever since I first heard the song that inspired it.

And if I have my way, it’s the last one I intend to write…

Ninja News

Don’t forget October 20 is the Survive and Thrive Bloghop. It’s all about prevention and staying healthy, so please join us.




Available today -

Hope for Her by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle 
Buy it on Kobo Amazon Barnes and Noble
There's also a great giveaway - visit Sydney's site for details.
White Lady by Jessica Bell 
Jessica will be visiting the Ninja Army on October 13!


Now open for submissions - Bold New Worlds
A National Speculative Fiction Short Story Contest for High School Students
Organized by Charity Bradford
Spread the news! If you have a high school student, encourage them to enter.
(I’m also one of the judges, which is really exciting!)

Hosted by Patricia Lynne - the Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop
Authors sign up for a blog hop, write a post about the books they are handing out and post it on Halloween, people visit their blogs and comment trick-or-treat and the author gives them an ebook. EBOOKS ARE THE CANDY!

And from Blastr - if you happen to have a spare 1.5 million dollars lying around, you can be the proud owner of a 24-karat solid gold Godzilla based on the original 1954 look:


Picking up a solid gold Godzilla? Know a high school student who’d like to enter the writing contest? Anyone else base a story off of a song? What are your writer insecurities today? And are you contributing to the IWSG book…?

173 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - Congratulations on setting up the IWSG and the site .. and now the Guide to be - which everyone is enjoying writing for .. it will be very useful.

Love that you've let us into some of the secrets of your new manuscript ... inspired by a song - well these tidbits will be fascinating to think back on when we read the new book ...

Cheers and good luck to all IWSGers and you with the new book .. Hilary

Rebecca Bradley said...

Congratulations on those completed revisions! And I've finally joined the Facebook group. Took me long enough! :) You've created something wonderful here Alex.

Lynda R Young said...

You know you aren't going to get your way because really, the story doesn't have to be a standalone... I can see a set of three again! ;)

dolorah said...

Girls, and aiming for grittier? Hmm.

I always start my stories at the end and develop towards it. Congrats on getting finished.

I didn't post a submission for the anthology, too insecure at this time in my life. I'm sure you will get lots of excellent submissions though.

SittieCates said...

A solid gold Godzilla? My nephew would probably want one. :-)

Contributing to the IWSG book? You bet! Sent! :-)

Elephant's Child said...

Congratulations. I really don't know how you have time to achieve all that you do. I suspect even the clones have a hard time keeping up.

rolandclarke.com said...

Normally let the song's inspire in the background. But yesterday I began creating a short story around 'Get Your Kicks on Route 66'.

And that links to my IWSG post - a mnemonic for the anthology. Congratulations to all concerned with a great resource.

rolandclarke.com said...

song's should be songs BAD EDITING

TBM said...

Congrats on the next book. And I'm curious about the song. Very curious. Looking forward to the writing guide. I have a feeling I'll learn a ton from everyone.

NASHVILLECATS said...

Congrats on the anniversary of the ISWG website.
Gosh Halloween around the corner, must dust my broomstick.
I don't have an ebook player so will have to give that a miss.

Emma Adams said...

Great job on finishing your revisions! Congrats on the IWSG anniversary - the book was a fantastic idea!

Bish Denham said...

Do you really think this will be your last book? If that is so, what are you going to do with your spare time?

Congratulations to the IWSG site and Facebook page! I was going to contribute, but all I could think of was something to do with writing and you all had plenty of those already. :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Your new book sounds awesome. Sorry you're not going to write anymore. I'm actually contemplating just writing for myself. Like you, I have lots of other interests.

Rhonda Albom said...

How big is that Godzilla? When will you tell us which song you wrote about? Congrats again on finishing another book.

Rhonda Albom said...

How big is that Godzilla? When will you tell us which song you wrote about? Congrats again on finishing another book.

kaykuala said...

Congrats on finishing your revisions and also Happy anniversary! But no more writing? No, I think the momentum would work itself for you to produce more.Great write Alex!

Hank

jamieayres.com said...

Congrats on finishing another novel *throws confetti* Many times I've heard a song that's inspired a story in my head, so I think it's so cool you actually took it and ran with it! And I'll let my high schooler know about that contest :-) My entry for the anthology is up!

Zoltán Gecse said...

Your new book sounds promising!

And why don't intend to write more books?

Cathrina Constantine said...

Everyone's going to be asking you the same question: Why do you feel the need to quit writing? Perhaps after a long break you'll get the itch that won't quit...Congrats on finishing you book!!

Dani said...

A bunch of coolness happening here today! That blog looks interesting! Hope you day is filled with inspiring comments!!

Jackie said...

Woot! Congrats on finishing up revisions!!!

Liza said...

You are a ninja. Thanks, Alex, for all that you do.

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats on completing your revisions. Congratulations also to those with new releases.

Sarah Foster said...

Your new book sounds intriguing--can't wait to hear ALL the details. I'm sure you know what's best for you, but it did seem sad to me that you don't intend on writing any more books. Who knows--maybe another idea will strike your brain someday. Don't rule it out completely.

Hopefully I get my submission for the anthology done today.

Elsie Amata said...

What a great way to be inspired to write - through a song. Very cool. I can't wait to see how you weaved the (almost) lyrics into it.

Thanks for doing the book to help others, it's gonna rock!

Elsie
co-host IWSG
♡♥♡♥


Melanie Schulz said...

Your book sounds intriguing--I love how you've incorporated something so important to you--your music. DO you really think this will be your last one?

Jo said...

I am prepared to take a bet with you Alex that having now written 4 books you won't stop there. Looking forward to reading this one.

Oh I will definitely buy a gold godzilla!! No doubt somebody will. Bit of a waste of money though.

Cathy Kennedy said...

You're the first person I know who wrote a story based on a song. That's actually pretty neat. It seems like a few others resonated my same insecurities even though I didn't actually call it by name ~ distractions. I seem to stay in this state of mind and can't find my way around it. There is a time and season for all things. I just need to be patient with myself to get beyond this point and I will. Thanks for the encouragement!

SA Larsenッ said...

A 24 karat Godzilla? I think I could find loads of other ways to use that gold.

Elise Fallson said...

Congratulations for all the success of the IWSG website and bloghop, I'm sure the anthology is going to be awesome. And I'm excited to hear more about your new book! I'm interested in knowing about the song that inspired you.... very cool. And funny you should mention Godzilla on your blog today, I mentioned him in my comment over at Pat's bay... Oh and I'd buy the 24-karat gold Godzilla, but only if it could fire out atomic breath.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Did you write a love triangle? Or is it just that there's more than one female character. :D

Gail said...

Congratulations on your book's completion.

Mary Aalgaard said...

I think the eBook is a great idea. Congrats on sending off your next novel, and I doubt you're done writing. You're the reluctant writer, and a successful one at that!
Thanks for all you do for the writing community, especially IWSG!
Play off the Page

Stephanie Faris said...

Congrats on finishing your book! All my books these days are set in first person...so I guess I like being in my characters' heads! It sounds like a great story. Congrats on the amazing success of the IWSG, too!

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Alex, congrats of the site... I so want a gold Godzilla. Great stuff as always, hey you out there in the cold... did you read there is a new PINK FLOYD album coming out soon?

I just wanted to let you know I start part-time gig today and my freelance is on the rise, so a lot of ghost posting the next few months... Happy Oct 1, 2014.

This Message has been ADD approved, hopefully my schedule won't be to Willy Wonka... Have a great day.

Jeremy

Bob R Milne said...

Hmm, I'm going to take a wild guess and think Rush as the band who inspired your standalone? That would be cool . . . but I know anything you do will be awesome.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilary, it will all makes sense then...

Rebecca, welcome!

Lynda - crap!

Dolorah, that's how I write - the ending first.

Sittie, awesome! I'll get there eventually.

Roland, appreciate it.

Bish, what spare time?

Natalie, that's the problem - too much else to do.

Rhonda, they didn't say...

Hank, we'll see.

Jamie, thanks!

Zoltan, I never intended on writing more than one. Just so involved with my music right now.

Sarah, who knows?

Melanie, it is at the moment.

Elise, now atomic breath would be cool.

Donna, no triangle! Just more than one female character.

L.G. Smith said...

Didn't know your latest was inspired by a song. I often get ideas like that too, wanting to expand the story with full-blown characters. Very cool, and congratulations!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Your latest novel sounds exciting! And you never know - it might be your last one but it might not be...never say never. :)

Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

J Q Rose said...

Say what? Your last book? You mean your very very very last book or just not another series? Nosey, aren't I? You've teased us enough about the story and now adding it is based on a song makes me more curious. Very clever. Yes, I'm IN for the writing tips guide. As I hop about the blogosphere, it looks like you will have an informative guide for writers. Thanks so much for the opportunity to help writers.

kmckendry said...

I love that your new book was inspired by a song!

The Trick-or-Treat bloghop sounds like a great idea!
And I think Jess might be interested in the Bold New Worlds contest. Thanks for sharing!

Mason Canyon said...

Your book sounds intriguing, but now you have me wondering about the song. And, what would you do with a 24-karat solid gold Godzilla. He's cute, but ...

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - the reluctant heroic writer . . . :) Love the tidbits about your story.

Sarah Ahiers said...

I haven't based a story off a song, but after i sold ALL THAT REMAINS i heard the song All Who Remain by Beware of Darkness and was utterly shocked by how much it relates to my story (even with the almost identical title!)

Charles Gramlich said...

I've written a few stories here and there inspired by something from a song.

Chemist Ken said...

Nothing wrong with mixing a little fantasy with your science fiction. Just ask the writers on the Thor movies.

And as far as basing a story off a song, I haven't tried that, although now "Godzilla" from Blue Oyster Cult is running over and over in my head. Thanks, Alex.

mail4rosey said...

I'd consider the Godizilla for purchase, but it probably wouldn't fit in my car for transport. ;)

Happy Anniversary to the group!

Debra McKellan said...

You said Cassa was your last one, too. lol

I have to ask, what is a space opera? I plan on reading it. (I also bought I think CassaFire during your big sale event, so I plan on buying CassaStar one day this month. lol)

T. Drecker said...

That song thing has me super curious now. (as if I weren't already!) I'll have to tell my daughter about the contest. See what she says. That godzilla is awesome - a total waste of money but awesome.

Karen Walker said...

Ha, the last one you'll write...w heard that before, dear Alex. Never say never, they say...only kidding. I'm feeling the same way right now. Congrats on getting it to your publisher. Awesome accomplishment.

Carolyn Brown said...

A big congrats to you and your team at IWSG. I am sure there will be more than one anniversary being celebrated!

I am looking forward to reading the anthology when it comes out and hey, your new work sounds very interesting. I picked up on the "more than one girl, in this one" lol. I remember when you got harassed for not having any feminine characters in your stories.

Tamara Narayan said...

Okay, no hint on the song? Is it even from a well known artist? And you're going to quit writing!? Really?

Jennifer Hawes said...

Can you really write a stand-alone book?! I don't think I could. My mind is always twenty steps ahead, so there's always more stories. And I never want my characters to end.
I almost rented Godzilla last night but #TFIOS won. Hahaha! But I will soon.
Yes, I contributed to the anthology:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeremy, I did know about the Floyd album. And great news about the gig!!

Thanks, Bob. Not Rush, but it is another prog rock band.

Madeline, I've learned never to say never. But I keep trying anyway.

JQ, very last book!

Kathy, she should submit!

Tyrean, that made me chuckle...

Sarah, freaky.

Ken, maybe that's a hint?

Debra, thank you! And I did say that...

Carolyn, proves I can learn, right?

Tamara, can't hint - it would give away the title and the storyline.

Nicki Elson said...

Pop the bubbly - congrats on finishing your story. Very cool concept to make it fit every line of that song, in a different order.

Dean K Miller said...

Looking forward to the new book and song release so we can try and figure it out! 10 years... a decade of birthing...wow.

Submitting to the IWSG anthology...thanks for the opportunity to create and participate.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Your new book sounds very interesting. Glad you didn't go as dark as Joe Abercrombie. And if I had 1.5 million I don't think that is how I would invest it.

ilima said...

I'm not contributing to the anthology only because at this point, I feel like I know nothing and have no wisdom to impart to others. I'll probably get over it soon. Maybe. Hopefully.

Also, I had to laugh at that line about this being the last book you intend to write. Yup, I've heard that one from you before. ;) Do you really think your fans are going to let you get away with quitting? I think not, haha.

LD Masterson said...

Now I'm going to spend all day wondering was the song was. Or thinking of songs and wondering if there's a story in there (other than the intended one).

Congratulations on finishing the new book.

Shah Wharton said...

Oh I'm naughty. I only remembered about IWSG because a subscription came in my email. Doh! Sorry Alex, I totally forgot the date and it's relevance. I"m moving and working hard while trying to do so. My head's all over. Next month, I'll be settled in our new home (I hope) and back on form. X

S.K. Anthony said...

You really think you'll have it your way? Pfffft lol

Can't wait to read more about the song and the story itself :D

Can't wait to get the final anthology, it will be great!

Lisa said...

So looking forward to reading this new novel, and love the tidbits you handed out today. (Not keen on the idea of it being your last one) Yes, I've sent in my contribution to the guide, but forgot to send in my bio info, but I think you know all that anyway. Don't fancy the solid gold Godzilla, but wow, it's amazing to think there are folks out there with money to burn on something like that! I've had songs influence a lot of my work, "The Last Words You Said" sung by Sarah Brightman gave me the missing piece in my novel "Evangeline's Miracle" and the list goes on... Happy Anniversary!!

Cherie Reich said...

I wonder how heavy that golden Godzilla is.

The new novel sounds great, Alex! I'm looking forward to hearing more about it.

Leovi said...

Interesting use a song as a source of inpiración for a book!

E.J. Wesley said...

Fantastic news on finishing the book! Makes you feel like a free man, doesn't it? :)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Okay, can't wait to hear the song title!

Every time I hear Hotel California, I think I'd love to write a story inspired by that song. I'm sure other people have.

Miranda Hardy said...

Congrats of finishing the book. You're on top of things. Can't wait to hear more about it.

Mina Burrows said...

One year already? I can't believe it. It's gone by so fast.

I really want to know what song you used as inspiration. That's so cool.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I wish I could afford that solid gold godzilla. Alas, I cannot.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jennifer, I hope I can!

Ilima, I can hope, right?

Shah, no worries!

Lisa, don't worry, we'll figure it all out and get a bio in there for you.

Cherie, good question!

EJ, now if only my fans would let me go free...

And everyone, forgive me! I am working my way through my blogger buddies and IWSG list, so I'll be a little slow getting back to everyone. You should see my email right now... I'll get to those as well!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

I don't write to music so I usually listen before I write--I've definitely let songs inspire my stories!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Congratulations on finishing your revisions, Alex. Can't imagine there were very many. Hope this book hits the best sellers list and higher.

Chrys Fey said...

I love the hints you gave us. I can't wait to learn more and to actually read it! And yay for one than one female character! :D

Birgit said...

Didn't you know that I commissioned the Gold Godzilla? I think the gold was used for something great. I think I could own it. I put my bid in for $25, I sure hope I get it:) Congrats on the anniversary and I hope the book on writing, publishing and marketing really helps and that many come through. A big congrats on your book and that you were inspired by a song is intriguing. Can you name the Band/Artist?:)

Catherine Stine said...

Your newest novel sounds great... and more than one woman, hmm...

Christine Rains said...

Ooh, your new story sounds good. I can't wait to find out more about it. Yay for IWSG! I'm reading some awesome posts this morning. Imagine how heavy that Godzilla must be!

Gwen Gardner said...

You were going for grittier, huh? I was, too, in my novella series--haha, didn't turn out too gritty though. Still pretty clean. Guess that's how we roll :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Alex,

Congrats again on finishing your new work. LUCKY YOU is right!

Nothing new hear, just playing catchup and keeping my head above water.

CONGRATS on the one year anniversary on Facebook! SO much has stemmed from your original idea. It is a whirlwind for sure!

Looking forward to reading the 'GUIDE!" I know I will learn so much from all our talented blogger family!

Laura Clipson said...

I love your story hints, it sounds really good! Can't wait to read it :)

Pat Hatt said...

haha yeah if I had a spare 1.5 million, wouldn't spend it on a statue, gold or not.

That must feel great to get the story out of your head and done after 10 years.

Suzanne Furness said...

Congrats on the IWSG anniversary, so pleased to be co-hosting this month.

The insight into your new novel is intriguing. Love the idea of the inspiration coming from a song, can't wait to hear more about it soon.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I wrote my very first story based off a song. I must have played it 5,000 times as I worked. I hate to hear this is the last story you intend to write, but I can't wait to read it! Happy one year to IWSG website!

Jenni Enzor said...

Congrats on sending your book off to your publisher. I love that it was inspired by a song. It's inspiring that it took you ten years to write it. But no more writing? I hope not!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alex, please let this not be your last book. You definitely have more stories lurking inside your head.

Congrats on the first anniversary of the IWSG.

Btw....there is another blogger who considers you dreamy like I do ;)

Carrie-Anne said...

I sent my contribution to the IWSG e-mail yesterday, though I didn't realize we had to include a title with it!

The last book I was released was inspired by the story behind a song, and loosely based around the lyrics of the song.

Crystal Collier said...

Woohoo! A standalone? That's awesome. I'm looking forward to it. I think stories that have been with us for years turn into the best ones.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Joylene, my critique partners found enough mistakes though!

Birgit, that made me laugh! And if my publisher accepts the manuscript, I will reveal the song.

Christine, he could do some damage.

Gwen, someone has to roll like that.

Michael, it blows my mind how far this has gone...

Pat, yes it does.

Lauren, I played mine many, many times...

Rachna, who???

Carrie-Anne, you can send one. If not, Lynda has become really good at creating titles...

Susanne Drazic said...

A 24-karat solid gold Godzilla? Now where to put it? LOL. Might make for an interesting bookend if there were two of them.

October 20th is going to be a busy day for bloghops. The Survive And Thrive Bloghop sounds like it will be a good one.

Tui Snider said...

Congratulations on getting your book done! While I've never written a story based off of a song, I do write songs. Often, there's a whole back story to the song that I never tell anyone.

Hmm... You've got me thinking now!

Oh - I met a highly prolific author on Twitter, Terry Tyler, who has written a slew of novels, each of which uses an Aerosmith song as its title!

~Tui

Andrew Leon said...

I figured my stuff was too long for what y'all are looking for for the book but, if I've posted anything you want to use, let me know.

Heather M. Gardner said...

ALEX!

I love how you think you'll have any say about whether you'll write another book or not.

Congrats on the IWSG anniversary and amazing idea about the anthology! Thank you for all your support and encouragement for the entire blogging community.

I wonder how heavy that Godzilla is?

HMG

Lori L MacLaughlin said...

Congrats on getting your revisions done! That's always a great feeling. I've never thought of writing a book based on a song. Can't wait to see what it is. Thanks so much for hosting IWSG day and good luck with whatever your next project is!

cleemckenzie said...

I'm going to pass the contest on to a teacher at a high school I recently visited. I think she'd be interested in having some of her students enter the contest.

I've never written to a song, but two people have given my MC in Double Negative a song of his own. Interesting.

Just posted my link for the contribution to the Guide.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm so excited about your new IWSG Guide! I've already learned a few marketing tips that I can't wait to use! Your manuscript sounds wonderful, and I look forward to hearing more about it. Thanks for everything, Alex!

Julie

Julie Flanders said...

Your story hints are very intriguing and I think it's so cool that it was inspired by a song. And that you've had it in your head for so many years! No doubt this will be another big hit.

Gail M Baugniet - Author said...

Congratulations, Alex, on the first anniversary of your brain child IWSG!

Also, best of success with your latest publication in progress.

Your blog site always offers up to date info for writers Thanks for the heads-up on the October/Halloween blog hop.

M Pax said...

Congrats on the new book! I sort of based the Backworlds on a line of a song by Concrete Blonde. One line went: the war was over and the good guys lost.

I wrote on the three topics, but not for the anthology. I didn't have that sort of inspiration.

Liz Blocker said...

You say that now, but I bet another book will surface, wanting to be written!!

CNONGRATULATIONS! The premise sounds intriguing, and your hints are working - I want to read it :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

More women! Congrats on completing it.

I'd take that Godzilla in plastic even.

Suze said...

Alex, the idea that you completed a manuscript whose inspiration has been with you for ten years is inspiring to me. I sometimes wonder about ghost projects. They're real in your head but really mean nothing until you can get them out and let someone else read them. Well, well done. You are going strong, my friend!

Also, I'm--like everyone else, I'm sure--pretty curious about the song!

Mark Means said...

As a matter of fact, I AM picking up that solid gold Godzilla.

O.k...it might not be solid gold....or even high grade plastic...or even Godzilla...but I'll get something...you just watch and see! :P

Seriously, though, glad to hear you're getting that ten year old story out into the light of day. That has to be all sorts of satisfying....if not confusing, as you mentioned.

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Hi Alex, Thanks so much for the shout out. I will be returning to IWSG next month, promise. I miss you guys!!!

Brandon Ax said...

That story sounds awesome, can't wait to check it out.

Now see that Godzilla would go well along side my green one from the 80's.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Suzanne, I know - there are three that day!

Tui, considering I'm a guitarist, I need to write more songs.

Heather! I don't have a say? Crap.

Lee, that's awesome.

Gail, I try to keep up with everything.

Suze, thanks, and it's real now...

Mark, that made me laugh!

Brandon, I have one of those! From the 60's though. And from Japan.

Jennifer Lane said...

How cool that your novel was inspired by a song. Thank you for all of your support, Alex!

Brian Miller said...

huh...i am intrigued...so once it is out, will you reveal the song? this is kinda like a behind the scenes of a movie i know nothing about...ha....

Patricia Lynne said...

Congrats on your upcoming book, Alex! Already, it sounds like it will be an awesome book. (More than one woman, eh? That's always a plus.)

Happy Anniversary to the IWSG FB and website! *throws confetti*

Thanks for the shoutout to my blog hop too. It's going to be fun!

farawayeyes said...

Christmas is coming, so I think I'll take a dozen of them there Godzilla fellas. Just kidding!

Don't you say; 'this is my last book', almost every time you have one ready to go? Me thinks, I don't believe you anymore. Those creative juices just keep flowing.

I'm pretty sure you said the song in your last BOTB was the inspiration for this story. If I'm correct then I'm really intrigued now.

Cherie Colyer said...

Darn, if only it was 1 mil or less I could consider a solid gold Godzilla. Okay, not really, but that's okay. I'm not sure where I'd put it. Congrats on finishing the book. I hope your publisher loves it.

Tia Bach said...

Congrats on one year. IWSG has touched so many, including me, and I can't wait to read the anthology. Best wishes for many more years to come!

Al Diaz said...

James Bond already said it. Never say Never again. Probably in 10 years you'll be writing about a song you heard today. The irony, you keep saying you're not writing anymore but it just keeps coming to you. I thought I would write forever and it's just not happening.

Oh! And thank you so very much for giving me an idea of how to invest my fortune. Dwarves are very excited about acquiring that Godzilla. We'll use it to prop the door open when it's hot... Wait. Tassin says we're not gonna buy it. Now what are those black suits and masks for? Hmmmm.

Feather Stone said...

Okay, sounds terrific; but can I listen to the song? Please?

Caffe Maggieato said...

Congrats on sending it off to your publisher. Must be great to finally have it out after ten years.

Quanie Miller said...

Woo-hoo! Congrats on getting those revisions done!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brian, once I sign the contract I'll reveal the song.

Patricia, it will be!

Faraway, crap! And the last song was an inspiration for my first book, CassaStar.

Al, if it goes missing, I know nothing...

Feather, when and if I sign a contract!

PK Hrezo said...

wow that gold godzilla is um, nice. lol

Congrats on the book being almost finished!!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I completely adore the idea of basing your story on a song, and including the lyrics. Such a cool thing to do!

Toinette Thomas said...

I think I'll have to pass on the gold Godzilla.
-I've never based a story off a song before, but I've written some poetry inspired by Otis Redding.
-I can't wait to learn more about your book.I'm already intrigued...Did you say it would be you last one?

lifepostbrainhemorrhage said...

You do such amazing things for us Alex. I will forever be in awe. Now I'm going to HAVE to grab that book because I'm going to need to figure out how you turned that song around and made it into your own novel. Impressive.

Thank you for everything, as always! Your faithful follower forever. Eva

Mary Montague Sikes said...

You know I have to love the idea of a book inspired by song lyrics!

Jeff Chapman said...

Appreciate the opportunity to be part of the IWSG book.

DMS said...

The Trick-or-Treat Hop sounds like such fun. :)

Congrats on the revisions being finished and your book being off to your publisher. Loved the hints.
~Jess

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Some of the coolest books started out as something else. Go where inspiration and revisions take you. Got my IWSG post up this evening so better late than never...ish. God I need to get a computer, this one is so sluggish and freezes every minute for fifteen minutes. You shared some interesting books and good hops. Ebooks as candy? I'm there! Ha! If I could afford the gold godzilla I would have a brand new laptop now wouldn't I. Okay now I'm just whining. I'm watching the premiere of Stalker on CBS tonight. It stars Maggie Q. from CW's Nikita and the Divergent movie Franchise (she's Tori). See ya Alex.

Mason T. Matchak said...

Congrats on finishing your manuscript! And ten years is a long time to hold an idea in your head, I'm right there with you on that. >_< But I'm glad you got the idea out and made a good tale out of it.

Also, thanks for running the whole IWSG thing. A significant anniversary seems like a good time to say that. ^_^

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Toi, I said it, but no one believes me...

Eva, thank you!

Jeff, your contribution was great.

Sheena-kay, really hope you get that computer.

Guys, I will visit everyone I didn't get to tomorrow! Have hit brain freeze.

Diane Burton said...

Yay, Alex. Congrats on getting through those revisions.

Botanist said...

What a bundle of teasing hints, Alex! And well done on finishing those revisions. That is my least favorite part of the process, you're lucky that you enjoy revising.

Truedessa said...

Hi Alex,

Well, that is one book I will have to read, sort of a rock opera expanded into a story. I think all
songs have a story to tell. I've heard songs that later played out in my dreams. Does that count?

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats on finishing! Even though it sounds like it was tricky to craft based on what you were trying to do, it sounds like it mattered enough to hang around in your mind for ten years.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Space Opera, yay! I can't wait! :)
Edge of Your Seat Stories

Angela Brown said...

Interesting, the first YA story I published, Neverlove, was inspired by Adele's "Set fire to the rain" (and got it's first sampling through that little heard of blog challenge that happens in April lol!!)

I hope my contribution to the IWSG ebook is something people can learn from so they don't have to learn the Hard Knocks way. And if they do, well, they'll know they weren't alone :-)

Sher A. Hart said...

Last book? Yeah,right. The whole book set to a song idea is intriguing. And with 10 years of planning, it should be great!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love those teasers! Can't wait to hear which song it is :)

Mark Koopmans said...

Congrats on the latest book and good luck with everything Anthology-related :)

Kristin Smith said...

This has been an awesome day, Alex! So much fun co-hosting the IWSG! But I'll be honest, I don't know how you make it around to so many blogs—I'm exhausted! :)

What a great idea this anthology was! I read so many awesome posts today that were inspiring or full of great advice. I'm so excited for this anthology to come out, not only for myself, but for others I know who will benefit by all this awesomeness.

Thanks for the opportunity to co-host—it has been a pleasure!

Beverly Fox said...

Happy Anniversary, Alex! Thank you for masterminding this amazing thing and helping to gather this fantastic community!!

An entire novel based on one song? I am so impressed! I've come up with short stories based on a song but my imagination never came up with an entire world and characters and a plot simply from listening to a tune- I don't know what could demonstrate the power of your imagination better than that!

Thanks again and congratulations!

Tammy Theriault said...

CONGRATS on finishing yet another stellar story I imagine!

Helena said...

Oh, darling Alex, you INTEND for this book to be your last one. But if you are a natural storyteller (and clearly you are), other stories may appear in your head (like, say, because of a song's lyrics) and won't leave you alone until you write them down. On the other hand, I can see your novel writing taking a backseat in your future and your other gifts taking center stage.

Medeia Sharif said...

That's very cool that a song inspired you. I listen to music while I write, which inspires me, but not in the planning phase. One of my future releases was from an idea that I had 8 years ago, so some ideas just grab us and we have to go with them.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ian, I do enjoy it.

Trudessa, thanks, and that counts!

Angela, your piece was great!

Sher, more like ten years of stewing.

Kristin, thanks for being a co-host! I couldn't do it without you guys. It is exhausting.

Beverly, I'm just hoping my imagination did enough.

Helena, your vision might be true.

mshatch said...

I've never based a story on a song or lyrics but I did base one loosely on a poem called The Highwayman.

Looking forward to hearing more about your new project :)

Loni Townsend said...

I think that's awesome your story is based on a song. I've never done a full story on just one song, but I usually have multiple songs tied to parts of my stories.

I'm looking forward to finding out what song that is. ;)

Leovi said...

Yes, Hope for Her promises thrills!

Jessica Salyer said...

Congrats on a year and on turning in your ms. I always thought it would be cool to write a story simply based on song lyrics. I can't wait to read it!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

That is ingenious how you came up with your book idea. Can't wait to read it.

readfaced said...

What? At the end of your post you said, "And if I have my way, it’s the last one I intend to write…"

I hope this doesn't mean what I think it means. You are still going to write books, yes?

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

Michelle Wallace said...

"And if I have my way, it’s the last one I intend to write…" until that next idea starts niggling at the back of your mind...?
Have to say I love the sound of your new story, especially the way it has evolved...

Lexa Cain said...

It's shameful, but I'm SO jealous you finished your WIP and sent it off. I was at 25k at the beginning of the summer, and after multiple computer crashes and health issues and recent agent drama, I'm now at 35k. Waaaaaaa!!!

"And if I have my way, it’s the last one I intend to write…"
WHAT?! Are you giving up writing?

Congrats to Sydney and Jessica!

No gold Godzillas for me. I might be tempted if it were a gold Alien! lol

Doreen McGettigan said...

Congratulations on finishing the manuscript, it sounds very interesting!!
doreenmcgettigan.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Loni, I hope I can reveal it soon.

Leanne, I never meant to write past my first one I'm afraid...

Michelle, an idea would actually have to hit.

Lexa, you had things come up, so it's all right! And I never intended to write more than one book.

M. J. Joachim said...

My biggest writing insecurity is catching up on all those book reviews and finding enough time to enjoy blogging again. I just won't do it if it turns into a chore or "just one more thing to do" in list that's way too long already.

Shannon Lawrence said...

The last one, huh? And then you will be focusing on your music?

I need to go check out the high school contest. We're holding a teens only writing improv thing on the 11th, so I'll mention it if the deadline isn't before then.

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations on the progress with your book. That is amazing. Sometimes certain songs help me write certain scenes and i try to add the feeling of the song to the feeling of the scene. Like you said, it is hard.

Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words on my blog. It really helped.

And I already emailed my entry to the anthology. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be apart of it.

Chene Sterckx said...

Congrats on your completed revision. *holding thumbs* for speedy positive feedback!

HJ Blenkinsop said...

Congrats on the books! I love Godzilla...

I already emailed my contribution to the anthology to you as it's over 300 words. It's a marketing piece on easy, low cost video book trailers.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Nothing like the feeling when a book is complete

Robin said...

I laughed out loud at the sentence, "If I have my way this is the last one..."

If you had your way, when you finished the Cassa Series you'd have been done.

Yeah, there is a point in there. I will let you discern it for yourself:)

Sherry Ellis said...

I'd like to add a solid gold Godzilla to my collection! Too bad I don't have 1.5 million dollars for it.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Ah, Alex... You make me smile! It would be SO nice to finally meet you in person. I hope you can get grit into your story one of these times! :)

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Elizabeth Mueller said...

lol, oops! I accidentally put in Gina's link rather than my signature. Ugh... :P

A. B. Keuser said...

I generally have songs that influence my books. One book has a song for each perspective character and those heavily influence their individual plots. Congrats on finishing the edits and I hope you get your wish.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

MJ, never do it if it's not fun.

Shannon, that's the plan. And please pass along the contest.

Murees, that's good to hear, and thanks for submitting to the book.

HJ, and it was great!!!!

Robin, I know, I know!

Elizabeth, but it gave me a good chuckle.

Jocelyn Rish said...

Hmmm... I think I'm going to pass on the solid gold Godzilla. Now maybe if it was diamonds that dazzle with rainbow colors in the light, then maybe.

Congrats on finishing the revisions. That's very interesting how you were inspired and interspersed the lines of the song in the book. Can't wait to find out what the song is.

Cynthia said...

Alex, thanks to you and your team for taking the time to oversee this book project.

Kimberly said...

Very cool that your latest book is inspired by a song! In the last year, I have been inspired by 2 songs - and wrote the ideas down. Not sure when I'll get to those stories. :)

J. Lenni Dorner said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Trick-Or-Treat Book Bloghop. Sounds fun!

Carrie Butler said...

Woohoo! :D High five for finishing revisions! I can't wait to hear more.

Milo James Fowler said...

Congratulations, Alex -- I think you deserve the solid Goldzilla.

Al Penwasser said...

I saw "Godzilla" in May.
It was a silly piece of Hollywood fluff.
But, I loved it.
Hey, I didn't go in there expecting "Schindler's List."
IMO, a perfect bit of summer popcorn escapism.

Emilyann Girdner said...

So neat to hear the hints about your story. I love how much music inspires your writing :)

Madeleine Sara said...

Golden Godzilla's Wow!
I like the sound of the IWSG book. Fabulous! Thanks also for the heads up on blog hops etc.
I don't think my writing has ever been inspired by songs, though I enjoy so many styles of music.

The Armchair Squid said...

The solid gold Godzilla will go perfectly with my Waterford Crystal Bambi.

mooderino said...

You know, I'm sure I had a million five lying around here somewhere. Probably down the back of the sofa...

mood