Monday, March 30, 2015

April Movie Preview, What Are the Kargrandes, The Machine Movie Review, New Releases, and My World During the A to Z Challenge

I am visiting the delightful Stephanie Faris today with a humorous and snarky piece on giving from the heart.

I’m also at the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, outlining what is to come in April.

And I updated my blogroll! It is now alphabetized and in smaller sections. If you're a regular here and don't find your blog listed, please let me know.

What Are the Kargrandes?

New clue today at What Are the Kargrandes? This is clue number twelve – only one more to go! New clues every Monday until the release of Dragon of the Stars on April 7.

Sample Tweets for this week:

What are the Kargrandes? What are their powers? Are they sentient? http://whatarethekargrandes.com/ #whatarethekargrandes @alexjcavanaugh

What are the Kargrandes? Can you solve the mystery by April 7? http://whatarethekargrandes.com/ #whatarethekargrandes @alexjcavanaugh

If you haven’t signed up for the Thunderclap campaign, please do. If you are on either Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr and want to help me spread the word of the release of Dragon of the Stars on April 7, click HERE.


And to celebrate my upcoming release, my publisher will be dropping the price of my third book, CassaStorm, to .99 on Wednesday! So if you haven’t picked it up, later this week will be your chance.

Movie Review

The Machine
Set in the near future, scientist Vincent McCarthy creates a self-aware artificial intelligence modeled after his late assistant. Britain’s Military of Defense wants to use Ava as a weapon though.
This is another quiet, slower-paced film. It explores a lot of issues surrounding life and death. When the military starts training Ava and it bothers her, it raises a lot of questions about what is right and what is wrong, as does the presence of soldiers from earlier experiments who have undergone unique transformations.
The other half of McCarthy’s mental and emotional struggle is his dying daughter. He has been working with the military on AI in hopes of finding a cure for her.
The special effects are good and the movie is well done. It’s one of those smaller films that’s good but not enough to really stick with you. This movie came out in 2013 and ironically there is another film coming out in April that is very similar.
Worth a watch if you’re in the mood.

New Releases

Michael – Path of Angels by Patricia Josephine

There is only one path.
Born mortal along with his three brothers, Michael is an Archangel with a specific role: hunt fallen angels and send them back to Hell…

Find Patricia and her books at Website/Blog, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Wattpad

Catalyst by Lydia Kang

Sequel to Control

Purchase it at Barnes and Nobel, Amazon, and Powell’s




April Movie Preview

Here are the upcoming theatrical releases for April! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snarky comments by me.

3 –

Furious 7
Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother.
Director: James Wan
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
Early reviews say it’s a fitting tribute to Paul Walker…






10 –

Ex Machina
A programmer wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO. Upon his arrival, he learns he’s been chosen to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of the latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava, a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated--and more deceptive--than the two men could have imagined.
Director - Alex Garland
Starring – Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson
Artificial intelligence? Abd she’s named Ava? Now, why does that sound familiar…?

17-

Self/less
An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.
Director: Tarsem Singh
Stars: Matthew Goode, Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Michelle Dockery
Considering the director’s track record of doing beautiful looking films that are vapid, they might want to re-title this one Plot/less…

My World During the Challenge

The A to Z Challenge kicks off in just two days! There is still time to join us for the biggest blogging event of the year.

My theme is Cult Classics and I have all the posts formatted and images ready to go. I also have my posts scheduled at the A to Z Blog and the Insecure Writer’s Support Group site.

However, this year will be a little more insane as I have a book release and tour going on at the same time.

I’m still going to aim for my usual blog visits during the Challenge, which is one hundred and fifty a day, spread between blogger buddies, Challenge participants, and commenters. I’ll also have tour stops that are a top priority. I’ve already taken two days off from work to handle the load. (April 1, since it’s both day one of the Challenge and IWSG post day and April 7, since that’s Dragon’s release day.) But there are two other days during the month when commitments elsewhere will prevent me from visiting as many, at least right away.

My promise to everyone is that I will do my best. I may not get to every single post you toss out there, but I will try to get to as many as possible. Know that if you leave a comment, I WILL visit no matter what.

Remember, in addition to cult classic movies, albums, science fiction books, and a term from Dragon of the Stars, I will be featuring one to four blogger buddies every single day!

Plus there will be a giveaway and a scavenger hunt on April 7 to celebrate the realse of Dragon. And some awesome tour stops, all unique and really, really short!

I might even have a blogfest to announce….

Still puzzled by Kargrandes? Picking up some new books? Seen The Machine? Any April movie catch your eye? Is your April going to be just as crazy? Have a plan for coping?

Don’t forget to visit Stephanie Faris and the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!

122 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - you always do an amazing job - keeping up with all things, helping us and generally visiting .. 150 -that's a lot .. but connection is the key. I have no idea about the Kargrandes ... and yes I plan to visit many during the A-Z - old friends and new ones .. and I'm doing something else - all in all .. I will cope by having that balance ..

Cheers and thanks so much for all you do - see you at Stephs .. Hilary

nashvillecats2 said...

My Alex you are going to be busy.
Where would Blogging be without you?
I still can't fathom out about the Kargrandes, perhaps the final clue will clinch it for me.

Good luck with your book tour and sales....sure to be a success.

See you on the A to Z, imagine Alex this is number 6, who'd have thought it would have lasted this long. With my A to Z challenge T shirt on I'll say bye for now.

Cindy said...

So many cool covers! It sure does sound like you're going to be swamped. I'm ready for A to Z up to the letter M so far.

(I don't see my blog on the sidebar.)

Liza said...

Hi Alex. This morning, Amazon sent me an email telling me your new book is releasing April 7! I was aware, but it was fun to get that email Whoo hoo! Congratulations and best wishes.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Wow! That's going to be intense getting to 150 blogs a day. I can't believe you've got your blog tour too. But if anyone can handle it, you can. You're so amazing at getting to everything.

Truedessa said...

Good Morning, It sounds like you will have a tight schedule starting in a couple of days. I have put some of the clues together and have a thought or two. I wrote them down and once the book comes out I will check to see how close I actually was. I had a dream about your book last night, well let's just say it was dragon related and it makes me wonder????

Have a great day and week. I'll see you around the blogsphere.

Lisa said...

Alex you are awesome

Jemi Fraser said...

Your best is always good enough! Relax and try to enjoy the latest book release! Can't wait :)

Jeremy Hawkins said...

How are you keeping in all together... I am starting to freak on the A to Z Challenge. You are going to be everywhere and then the book... yikes. F7 is going to be a interesting film, it's sad the situation. I cannot wait for the AVENGERS II, been watching all the films over and over again. This includes things like Punisher, Daredevil and Ghostrider...

HAVE A GREAT DAY, BE SAFE AND WELL....

Jeremy

Sandra Almazan said...

The term "Ava" is coming up all over the place!

Good luck on your upcoming book release! Sounds like it's a good idea to take some time off work to manage the A-Z and book release.

Christine Rains said...

You are a busy guy and it's going to get busier. Good luck in April. Congratulations to all the authors releasing new books! I haven't heard of The Machine but I've seen commercials for the other one. Have a good week!

Rhonda Albom said...

It's a busy month for all of us, but yours is going to full on. My theme is already turning into far more work than I thought it would be.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Seriously? They couldn't even come up with a different name? We've seen all the Furious films, so I'm sure we'll get this one too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hilary, it's a lot, but I'll manage somehow.

Yvonne, we've been there since the beginning!

Cindy, I will add it!

Liza, that's cool!!!

Truedessa, really? Whoa...

Lisa, you are awesome!

Jeremy, no freaking yet!

Rhonda, hope you can pull it off.

Jo said...

I complain visiting 5 blogs a day is too much and you do 150. Thank goodness for clones. I really don't know how you achieve all you do.

I am looking forward to the release of Dragon - it should be fun doing the Scavenger hunt.

Annalisa Crawford said...

So I guess you were just sitting there with your feet up, thinking how you had nothing to do, so alphabetised your list ;-)

I'm not surprised you need some days off to get everything sorted - hope the book release goes well :-)

Stephanie Faris said...

So honored to have you today--and you're already inspiring people who have read it!

I can't imagine managing a book launch and A to Z in the same month. So far that hasn't happened...but I'm sure it will someday! I just had an author who isn't part of all this ask me to host her on my blog and I told her she couldn't in April--it would have to be May. I know she was thinking, "What the HECK?"

A Beer For The Shower said...

Humor? Snark? I do believe that doth speak my language sir, and it was well said. Even if we are snarky jerks on our blog, we DO try to give with the right heart when we can. Write from it, too.

Also, just a little fun quote from the hack R. L. Stine:
I hate it when people tell kids, 'Write what you know. Write from your heart.' That's terrifying; I've never written a word from my heart, never. I've been writing for 30 years, and I've never written a single word from my heart.'

Kids... don't listen to this man. He's the author equivalent of cat hair. His books are everywhere, they suck, and no matter how much we try to ignore them, they just won't go away.

Mason Canyon said...

Congrats to those with book releases, including your upcoming book Alex. You have a lot on your plate this coming month, but I'm sure you'll be able to handle it with grace and fun. Now I'm off to visit with you at Stephanie's.

ediFanoB said...

Only one week to go until everyone can read DRAGON OF THE STARS.

I picked up two books by Italian authors.

The Ministry of Thunder (digital, December 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R1XANYW; Acheron Books] by Davide Mana.
" an explosive mix of Oriental Fantasy and New Pulp."

Lieutenant Arham: Elves and Bullets (digital, December 2014) [ Kindle Edition ASIN: B00R1XANYW; Acheron Books] by Alessio Lanterna.
"A techno fantasy noir set in a dark, dirty, corrupted world, and the most unpleasant leading character you can imagine."

Karen Walker said...

Are you going to have any kind of life in April, Alex? My goodness. It will be fun to watch this from the sidelines. Good luck with all of this.

Misha Gericke said...

I'm kind of drawn to Furious 7, but then, I'd probably have to watch 4, 5 and 6 too. (Just the sort of person I am.)

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck with the challenge and book release and all. Off to Stephanie's to check out your guest visit mow.

Cherdo said...

Your post on Stephanie's blog was great, Alex! You're going to be busy in April, man. I'm looking forward to the A-to-Z Challenge; I've got my musicians lined up!

Sarah Foster said...

You are certainly going to be busy in April! I couldn't imagine getting to 150 blogs every day. Although I may get close during the challenge.

*raises hand timidly* I don't think I made the blog roll cut... *runs and hides*

L.G. Smith said...

I hope you are strapped in and ready for hyper-space on Wednesday! Wow, good luck.

Pat Hatt said...

Damn, have to take days off, that sure is a lot on your plate indeed. But sure you'll get it all done, then need a two month break lol just keep your pants on when you aren't on vacation.

Arlee Bird said...

It's gonna be a crazier April and all the crazier for you. But it might have been a marketing coup for as well.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Fundy Blue said...

I'm breathless from reading about your April, Alex! You must be one super organized dude! I love what you've done with the "What are the Kargrandes?" I'm trying to decide what ocean creature on land they might be. I'm leaning toward intelligent forms like an octopus, a dolphin, or a whale (which started out as a land creature, btw, and its skeleton still has vestigial legs). I'm rooting for you!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Book release and tour and the A-Z? You're nuts!

Beverly Fox said...

As always, I am overwhelmed just reading about your commitments and ability to do so much with so little time. I'm sure you've been accused of this before, but are you sure YOU'RE not a robot?

Some of the movies sound intriguing and that Michael story sounds like a must-read.

See you Wednesday for A!

Suzanne Furness said...

A busy blogging month for sure!

Murees Dupé said...

I am planning on having a very calm April, otherwise I would freak out. Wishing you all the best for the entire April. You can do it!

S. L. Hennessy said...

I can't wait for the challenge and the Dragon of the Stars scavenger hunt!

L.G. Keltner said...

I don't know how you manage to do all that you do. We're all impressed with your awesomeness, so don't worry about any days where you may not be able to visit as many blogging buddies as you'd like. Good luck getting through a busy April! I know you can do it!

Gail said...

Congratulations of your upcoming new release.

cleemckenzie said...

The Machine is scary on the poster. I can only imagine it on the screen. Congrats to Patricia and Lydia. I'm still scratching my head over those Kargrandes.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Alex!

I'm exhausted!

Wait, I don't have to do all that? Thank goodness!

We just have to do our very best!

Just think, you could have a section of the list to check, too! Because I'm not sending you enough work each day. :)

You're the best.

Heather

shelly said...

Hi, Alex: sounds like a lot of transhumanism happening in Hollywood these days. I'll be doing future posts about this topic. We are in as in the days of Noah...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jo, maybe I am an overachiever.

Annalisa, that's right - I had nothing better to do.

Stephanie, I was blessed to find people to host me during the Challenge. I knew it was a lot to ask.

Edi, those sound good!

Karen, yes - a busy one!

Misha, you have to watch those because they are great!

Sarah, I'm sorry! I'll get you added.

Lee, that's why I'm trying to work it to my advantage.

Funy, you'll find out soon.

Holly, probably.

Beverly, no, I just have clones.

LG, thanks, and I'll still do my best.

Heather, that's why I'm glad I don't!

E.J. Wesley said...

I'll probably see Exmachina but I agree that it feels a little familiar. :-)

Good luck to all of the A-Zers! Always a fun and frantic time in the blog world.

Chrys Fey said...

I really want to see Furious 7. I'm a big fan of those movies.

Can't wait for April 1st. :D

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm always amazed at how much you manage to get done in such an inch of time and space every day. I'm just glad I finished my WIP before April, and decided to use Camp NaNo to revise and edit a much-shorter project instead of diving right into another supersized book!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Every time I see that poster for "The Machine," I think it's a book cover! I don't know what it is about the arrangement...

Alex, you'll carry off your April with aplomb as always, but I hope you can find at least 10-15 minutes each day to relax and maybe play your music.

Stephen Hayes said...

I can't believe the organizational ability required to accomplish all that you do. I just know that the A-Z Challenge will be a tremendous success and a huge benefit to countless people.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Crazy is as crazy does. You are either insane are really, really amazing. I know you'll keep up. No movies of interest to me in April. I'll be blog visiting in the mornings, exercise and yard work in the afternoon, and blog visiting and writing in the evening.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Four new paperbacks arrived last week and I also won gift cards and ebooks. Yay me! Oh a blogfest, you sly ninja you. Can't wait for your book next week and you know I'm on your Thunderclap roster Alex. FF7 is my top must watch movie of April. Ex-Machina has my interest. A-Z Minions unite! Yes I'm excited. Enjoy your day Alex.

Patricia Lynne said...

I think when April is over, you're going to need a nice vacation! LOL Good luck.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Gulp. Only two days away, Alex? Yikes. Where did March go?

Smiles.
Have a great week, as you gear up for a busy but exciting month for you and the Kargrandes (and the Kardashians, but it's always exciting for them).

Angela Brown said...

Alex, you do your best everyday and amaze me always with the way you seem to make every blogger feel like they are on the only blogger on your blog roll. With what's coming up, I am sure you'll still do your best and still be somehow amazing. Are you sure you don't have clones? lol!

When you were sharing your review, the first thing I thought about was Ex-Machina. And now that I see how similar they are... well, not sure what to say lol!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chrys, so am I!

Carrie-Anne, and I'm amazed how much you can write!

Elizabeth, I won't let the music slack.

Susan, you have your time planned well.

Sheena-kay, you are cleaning up!

Patricia, you're probably right.

Robyn, exciting for them because simple things please simple minds.

Angela, they are really similar, aren't they?

Roland D. Yeomans said...

May 1st will certainly be a day of celebration for you! 150 blogs a day? How do you do it?

My job as rare blood courier leaves me so little free time; I envy you the stamina and time!!

Best of luck April 7th!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for all the news. Thanks also for stopping to see my interview at Patti's blog. I'm thinking we could timeshare that writing cabin, what do you think? Hopping over to see your guest posts.

Elephant's Child said...

Your commitment and drive are amazing. Inspirational, and on bad days, they give me a severe attack of the inadequacies. I really don't know how you do it. Consider me awe struck.
And, because it has become a habit. Hi. Nice post.

Maurice Mitchell said...

"Cult Classics" sounds like a great theme and those movies do sound very familiar...

randi lee said...

Love the cult classics theme, Alex! I won't be participating this year, but I WILL be minioning and visiting as many blogs per day as I can....yours included--goes without saying :-)

Belle Wong said...

Visiting 150 blogs a day? Wow, Alex, that's incredible. And to top it off with book tour stuff, too. I'm looking forward to Dragon of the Stars!

evelyneholingue said...

Nice to see such diversity on the same challenge.

Andrew Leon said...

I think April is the last dumping ground of movies before May.

I think I need to get on Cassa3, soon, but I'll let you know when that's going to happen.

Nicola said...

Thanks for the great post over on Stephanie's blog, Alex. Wishing you all the best with your new book. It'll be a success - April is a great month (my birthday - YAY!).

dolorah said...

Well, you are a study in being well organized Alex. Good job. And good luck sleeping this next month. I get all your rest for you as I will be on blog break during the month. Except April 1 :)

mooderino said...

Strange coincidence both robots being called Ava. Not sure either sounds all that great.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I can't wait to see how your super powers come through during A to Z! I know you'll hit out of the ballpark again this year!

Julie

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CA Heaven said...

I'm attending a geoscience conference in the Arctic, at 78 degrees north in mud April. So I definitely need to pre-write my posts for these days. Fortunately there's a good Internet connection, so I can log in every night >:)

Cold As Heaven

Medeia Sharif said...

The Machine's poster is amazing.

Good luck in April. You have a lot to do.

I just tweeted.

Jenni Enzor said...

Alex, you do such an amazing job supporting our community. Your theme sounds like so much fun. I'm not doing A to Z, because my life is going to be crazy in real life. But I'll be popping in to catch your posts.
Good luck with A to Z and your release!

J E Oneil said...

I keep seeing The Machine pop up on Netflix. Maybe if I have some free time to fill.

Good luck with the Challenge! I can't wait :)

Ray Rousell said...

I like the sound of the film Self/Less, I'll look out for that one!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You'll be busy, but you'll get it done.

I can't wait for Furious 7.

M. J. Joachim said...

April sounds like quite a hectic month for you, Alex. Nice that you can take time off work to handle it all. Best of luck with your book release and tour, and of course with A - Z and IWSG too.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Enjoyed your post at Stephanie's. Machine sounds interesting. Visited Patricia, and news release, Michael-Path of Angels. Kargrandes? I give up. Self/less seems a bit spooky to me. I'm thinking about IWSG, but after A2Z is done.
Thank you, as always for visiting my blogs, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roland, careful time management. And clones.

Karen, we should!

Elephant, just doing what I need to do - and want to do. And thanks for the chuckle.

Hope you enjoy it, Belle!

Andrew, yes, fair warning...

Nicola, thanks and that's cool!

Donna, after April 1, you can sleep all month for me.

Thanks, Medeia!

Holy Ghost Writer said...

You're going to be very busy. Good luck with it all

mshatch said...

The beginning of my April will be fairly busy but then I'm on vaca for two weeks in a warm sunny place...ah....

J.L. Campbell said...

Here's to a fabulous launch!

Lynda R Young said...

I was wondering how they were going to do the next Furious movie.
I have seen The Machine, but I don't remember much of it except that it could've been better. I think it needed to be edited more.

Sandra Cox said...

You are going to be one busy blogger/writer. Hang in there.

Shell Flower said...

I still don't know how you do it, dude. Seriously. 150 blogs a day is amazing. Smart to take some days off. Good luck with the book release. And, yeah, that Ava stuff is a little wacky. Seems a little to similar for the copyright system, doesn't it?

Shell Flower said...

I still don't know how you do it, dude. Seriously. 150 blogs a day is amazing. Smart to take some days off. Good luck with the book release. And, yeah, that Ava stuff is a little wacky. Seems a little to similar for the copyright system, doesn't it?

Liz A. said...

The Machine sounds just like my kind of movie. I'll have to check it out.

As for the A to Z, I figure it'll be crazy. Some days will go better than others. But I guess we all put more pressure on ourselves about it whereas most everyone else won't notice if a blog isn't commented upon in a "timely" manner.

Susan Kane said...

Few of the April movies held appeal, which scares me. Maybe the trailers will help a little.

I am looking forward to Fast & Furious 7, though.

Leandra Wallace said...

We're going to see Furious 7 this Sat. Which reminds me, I'd better be reserving those tickets...eep.

Trisha F said...

OH MY GOSH!

I just realised the A to Z starts tomorrow. And I still don't have a theme!

I better get on that.

I have been terrible at visiting blogs as it is, so really need to step up my game during April! The trick is making myself find some time each day to dedicate to it. I can do it!

Birgit said...

You make me tired and I am just reading what you will be doing:) I know you will attain your goals and your book will blast off in every good way you can imagine! The movies don't sound all that enticing actually. Now just prepping for the A to Z!

Helena said...

I'm really looking forward to giving Dragon of the Stars a shout-out, and being part of the Scavenger hunt. I'm also glad you're taking a couple days off from work--you are going to be so insanely busy!

Not sure about the movies listed today. Anymore it seems that many sound like a mere tweak and twist away from other movies that have already been done.

Michelle Wallace said...

A to Z + a book launch + visiting 150 blogs a day? HECTIC!
But you'll pull it off!
See you on the A to Z circuit!

Vanessa Morgan said...

I'm particularly looking forward to Self/less in April. And to reading many many many A to Z entries ;-)

Carolyn Brown said...

Congrats to all those with new releases! Love the cover for 'The Machine,' it looks great! A special congrats to Patricia Josephine (Lynne) releasing her new book, Micheal. Patricia is one of my best blogger friends, including you of course, Alex.

Looking forward to A-Z, but I am definitely not ready. lol.

Li said...

Fortunately, none of those movies intrigue me which is good, since there will be no time to go to the movies in April! I am, however, looking forward to the new season of Mad Men.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dixie, would love to have you join the IWSG in May.

Marcy, enjoy!

Lynda, it did need more editing.

Shell, it does.

Liz, true. We'll probably all be too busy to notice.

Trisha, you can do it. And think of a theme - quick!

Helena, and I appreciate that.

Carolyn, thank you!

Peggy Ann Craig said...

Some of those books sound really good. Seriously, I've seen nothing of interest on BookBub or any of those similar ad sites. Good choices.

Btw, thanks for dropping by the new blog!

Kirsten said...

The Machine and Ex Machina sound so similar--it really makes me wonder how that happens.
And you are going to have such a busy month! Congrats on taking all that on. I am cheering for you!!

mail4rosey said...

Just visited the site and read your post. Good stuff. :)

Sent out the Tweets.

Have a great week!

Mary Aalgaard said...

You must be a speed reader to get through 150 blogs a day! Holy Smokes. You are truly a ninja. Looking forward to the challenge. I am always impressed with the variety of things that people come up with to fill all the letters of the alphabet.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Inspiring post at Stephanie's. Thanks for the reminder.
Almost ready for the A to Z.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

These books sound great! Loved your post at Stephanie's...and man is your plate full! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I have no idea how you do everything you do, Alex. And so much of it is for other people! You truly are one of a kind. :)

Really enjoyed your post over at Stephanie's. April will be crazy for me, too, but hopefully in a good way.

Good luck with everything!

Mina Burrows said...

The Kargrandes are coming! Woot!

I kind of want to see FF7 and haven't really wanted to see another one since the first one.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Alex! I made my final decision today to do Camp NaNoWriMo instead of the A to Z, just because I moving to a new website/blog combo in April I need to go quiet for a few days. However, I'm still going to follow the challenge and visit as many blogs as possible.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Take a deep breath! You can do it. It does help to plan ahead. I learned that the hard way from last year's challenge:)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Your A to Z challenge on Cult Classics sounds really fun. I'll be checking in as often as I can to see what the cult classic of the day is. And I love the cover art for the book, "Michael."

Gwen Gardner said...

You really have a lot going on, Alex! Best of luck on your new release. I'm signed up for the Thunderclap and will do other tweets as well.

kaykuala said...

April will be a great month. This is talking based on last years A to Z. But may visit much much less. Certainly cannot match 150 a day! How you can muster such kind of energy, Alex!

Hank

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Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alex, April will be a hectic month for you: A to Z, book release, blog tour, visiting 150 blogs a day. Inspite of all this, you updated your blogroll. (Bows down to your time-management and methodical skills). Waiting eagerly for your book release.

Dean K Miller said...

New books are showing up on my shelf like the tulips this spring.

"Bobbing for Watermelons" by April J Moore,

"Miss You Once Again" by Kelly Baugh

"Point of Direction" by Rachel Weaver

"Hooking the Sun" by John Nizalowski

"Begin" the debut anthology/review from Tulip Tree Publishing

"Let the Birds Drink In Peace" by Robert Garner McBearty

Lots to look forward too!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Rosey!

Mary, I'm really not that fast of a reader. And I'm a really slow typist.

Madeline, thanks, and hopefully in a really good way.

Mina, four through six have been awesome!

Thanks, Gwen!

Hank, energy drinks and lots of them.

Thanks, Rachna, although the blogroll update really wasn't planned...

Sherry Ellis said...

That's kind of cool that you alphabetized your blog roll. I'll hop over and check out your interview at Stephanie's blog.

Mark Noce said...

All these clues...now I must know who or what these Kargrandes are:)

Sean McLachlan said...

Cult movies sounds fun. Hope to see some of my favorites on there, with or without robot commentary!

Liesel K. Hill said...

Excited for Fast 7, especially to see how they handled things with the tragic death of Paul Walker mid-shoot. Sounds like your world will be crazy in April. Mine is similar, though I don't think I'm as ambitious as you in terms of how many I'll visit per day. I do like the idea of featuring other bloggers. Maybe I'll feature a few I liked the day before on each blog. Great idea! See you tomorrow!

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Good progress A-Z Alex, tomorrow we start !!!

Spacerguy said...

I read moviemakers used CGI to fill in the "Gaps" for Paul Walkers scenes in Furious 7.

April's going to be real crazy, Its my 5th year blogging in the A to Z challenge and I've also committed to Armchair Squid's Star Trek The Animated Series Blogfest!

Its epic fun all round with two posts every Wednesday!

The Happy Whisk said...

Back when I had blog rolls, I parted mine out as well. Much easier.

Happy April :-)

Cherie Reich said...

I keep wondering how tomorrow is April already!

And maybe Ava is just a really popular name for AIs. ;)

Julie Flanders said...

I'm like Cherie, I can't believe tomorrow is April already. I only have three posts done but that's okay, I think it will be good for me to wing it this year.
Hard to believe April 7 is right around the corner too! Excited for you. :)

Jeff Hargett said...

Hoping you've got your No-Doze on standby for the coming A-to-Z. Maybe things will be where I can participate again next year. We'll see. Have FUN!

Michael D'Agostino said...

150 blogs A DAY??? You sir, deserve every bit of the hero status you've achieved.

Kate OMara said...

Joined for year 4. Thanks for your commitment to AtoZ

DMS said...

Great post on Stephanie's blog! I am wishing you the best of luck with your book tour and the A-Z Challenge. You will be one busy guy. I hope you figured out a way to clone yourself- as that would be the most helpful way to get everything done. :) I know it will be an awesome month for you! Good luck!
~Jess

Ninja Girl said...

Good luck on the book tour, and I'm looking forward to your A-Z posts. I'm a fan of cult classics as well.
Ninja Girl