Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Insecure Writer’s Support Group and A to Z Challenge – A – Cult Classics!

Double shot today! The A to Z Challenge kicks off with A and it’s IWSG post day.

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 Suzanne Furness, Tonja Drecker, Toi Thomas, Rachna Chhabria, Fundy Blue, and Donna Hole!

My insecurity is that there is so much happening today!!!

First day of the A to Z Challenge.

IWSG post day.

CassaStorm goes on sale today! To prepare for the launch of Dragon of the Stars next week, my publisher is dropping the price to .99 cents today through April 4 at Amazon. (And if you would prefer the ePub version, it's also .99 at Dancing Lemur Press.) CassaStorm is my highest rated book, winner of the Pinnacle Achievement Book Award, and an eFestival of Books 2014 Winner.

Somehow I have to visit the IWSG participants, Challenge participants, and promote my book’s sale. I just may implode today…

If anyone would like to Tweet about the sale, I would appreciate it:
Award-winning & best-selling CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh on sale for .99! http://tinyurl.com/q8dq3se @alexjcavanaugh #99cents #scifi

Less than a week until Dragon of the Stars is released!

A to Z Challenge – Cult Classics – A
Movies-Music-Sci-fi Book-Bloggers-Dragon Term

Movies –

Akira
One of the most mind-bending Japanese anime films you will ever watch. Released in 1988, it is considered a landmark anime movie.

Altered States
Equally mind bending, this 1980 film was an adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s only novel and directed by Ken Russell. It marked the acting debut of William Hurt and Drew Barrymore and won two Academy Awards.




Music albums –

AC/DC- Back in Black
Ushered in new singer, Brian Johnson, with a bang – the album sold fifty million copies and is one of the highest grossing album in history.


Alice in Chains – Dirt
It went Quadruple Platinum with five hits, including Would and Down in a Hole. It’s one of the most influential albums of the 90’s.



Science Fiction Books –

The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton
One of his earliest books and the first to become a movie, it established Crichton as a genre writer.

At the Earth’s Core – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Classic mixture of fantasy and science fiction, it was adapted into a movie and a DC comic series.






Bloggers –

Al Penwasser - Penswasser Place
You want some edgy snark with a conservative political twist? Want some funny captions? Then Al is your guy! A former member of our military, Al is also an author.

Anne R. Allen
Want some of the best writing advice on the Internet? Anne (along with New York Best Selling author Ruth Harris) offers a detailed, in-depth look at the world of publishing.



Dragon of the Stars Term -

Aden –
He’s the main character in the book and a man driven to achieve. Of royal blood, he’s determined to take both command of his own ship and the Queen’s daughter as his wife. The war throws his plans into disarray and sets Aden on a path that will change him forever…

Dragon of the Stars comes out April 7, 2015!

Check out the site What Are the Kargrandes? for clues as to how they tie into the story.
And just a few days left to join the Thunderclap campagin for the book!

Are you participating in the Challenge? Do you remember those cult classics? Following Al and Anne? Figured out the Kargrandes? What are your writing insecurities today? And who wants to trade places with me today…?

189 comments:

Suzanne Furness said...

Hi Alex, surely I'm not here first!!
So much going on today but hope you manage to enjoy the buzz. We're all right behind you! Link to sale duly tweeted. Have a good day.

Pearson Report said...

Hi Alex,

I remember the Andromeda Strain.

Lots of great stuff here, some new to me too.
Oh, and you gotta love our pal Al… you pegged him well!

Awesome start to the A-Z…

Sent with smiles, Jenny
2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador
@PearsonReport

D.G. Hudson said...

I'm in the A to Z again this year and worked hard to pre-plan. Research is done and a few scheduled. Best wishes for the latest book on your horizon. . .destined to be another Best Seller!
I like the way you've diversified with the Alpha topic.

Elise Fallson said...

Happy A-Zing and IWSGing, and all the other 'ing' things that are going on today.... me, I be drinking.... ha, I wish! Time is one of my insecurities today too.... looking forward to your A-Z posts, love meeting new bloggers. Gotta run!!!! :D

Murees Dupé said...

You do have a lot going on. Just do what you can and don't worry about the rest. Wishing you luck.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I remember seeing Akira while at Uni and not really getting it all :). I have it on DVD and I must get round to watching it again to see if it makes any more sense this time.

My husband would definitely agree about Back in Black - he is a big AC/DC fan.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Denise Covey said...

Hi Alex! Nice to not be No 100 this time! I've tweeted your book. It's definitely going to be a busy month for you. I wish you every success (even though I'm not in Alex's Army roll).

Elephant's Child said...

You might be feeling insecure, but the army of fans cheering you on are confident that you are going to nail all of your challenges for the month.

Clarabelle Rant said...

I'm a Sci-Fi geek and Altered States is one of the classic science fiction movies of my childhood - along with Close Encounters and Star Wars (of course!). William Hurt pounding on the walls trying to stop his transformation is one of my favorite Sci-Fi moments of all time! Great list!

nashvillecats2 said...

What a month for you Alex?

Great topic for the A to Z,one can only look forward to the next 25 post.

The Insecure Writers is as always a good group to belong to all down to you. Thanks.

Have an easy day.
Yvonne.

Misha Gericke said...

Anne and Al are both already on my blog list.

I've tweeted your promo and shared to Google+.

Sound like you might have a more insane month than me. :-)

Rhonda Albom said...

Now here is a nice change, I actually know many of your "A" choices, and you even picked one of my favorite books. I tweeted for you.

BTW - If anyone can do it, you can. Just remember to breathe.

Patsy said...

So much to read! Better get on with it and not stop here chatting ...

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Countdown to the big release! Excited for you!

I do remember a few of these cult classics...albums and Akira. And Crichton's book, too. I did well today!

Al Diaz said...

None of this is known to me, except Akira. I have heard of it, not watched it. Your A to Z posts keep evolving, as impossible as that might seem.

Carolyn Brown said...

Nice start to the challenge and I do feel for you with the intense work load you will have this month. Hey but, I am sure your many clones will be there spreading their magic. lol.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - yes .. can believe your insecurity! Though could be an April Fool - but please wake up .. it isn't!

Good luck with all your commitments this month .. I've seen AC/DC somewhere else this morning ..

Cheers Hilary

Scribbles From Jenn said...

You do have a lot going on today. But who better to manage it all than you, Ninja Captain!?! Happy A-day. ☺

authorcgcoppola.com said...

Wow. You DO have a lot going on today. I'm out of breath just reading everything happening in your life - at least it's good! You've got it all under control, my friend, so keep at it up!

I'm battling self doubt (as usual)but at least I'm still posting for IWSG. Although the nail biting continues...

Have a great day!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Suzanne, you were first, and thanks!!

Hey, Jenny!

DG, something for everyone I hope.

Natasha, it probably still won't make sense, but maybe just a little less confusing.

Thanks, Denise! And I will fix that at once.

Clarebelle, you rock!

Thanks, Misha!

Rhonda, I scored. And thanks.

Al, I'm trying!

Carolyn, I'm going to work them hard.

Mark Means said...

For someone insecure about having a lot on their plate, you sure handled it like a pro! :)

I remember Akira, but have only seen it once. Wasn't really my thing, but it was beautifully drawn.

All the best on Dragon of the Stars!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Hang in there. You'll get through this busy time. You're pretty amazing at handling everything.

Sheila Siler said...

You are the best! I too love to read Al - snarky is the right word!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love your A choices. Already intrigued about Aden ...

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats, Alex. Hope you have tons of sales.You deserve it for all your hard work.

Of course, I don't know most of the Classics you've posted about.

Tweeted!

J.L. Murphey said...

Multitasking is not usually a male trait, but you can handle it. You've done great with the promo for the new book.

Li said...

My parents certainly remember AC/DC Back In Black. They finally bought me a decent pair of headphones so they wouldn't have to hear it!

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Great films, great music... it's fun I am going to see which ones I have to the ones you posted... so far two for two..

Welcome in the "A"... thank you!
Jeremy [Retro]
AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

There's no earthly way of knowing.
Which direction we are going!

HOLLYWOOD NUTS!
Come Visit: You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

Nick Wilford said...

Remember to breathe, Alex! Great picks on all fronts. Have to love the classic riff on the song Back in Black although I haven't heard the album.

Sandra Almazan said...

Tweeted about your sale!

I remember the Andromeda Strain.

Good thing you took the day off for this. I hope you can keep up the rest of the month!

Rachel said...

Alex nice to see you again on this blog hop. :-) I love the album Back to Black- good one.

Hope you get a chance to stop by my post though I am sure you have many others to get to. :-)

Pat Hatt said...

Tweeted away at my bay.

Back in black is a good one. Altered states is messed up, been a while since I watched that one. Heard of Akira but never watched it.

And you forgot Al likes to repost and repost and repost lol

Cathy Kennedy said...

A is for "Alex", right? I do remember the movie Altered States, but I don't know if I liked it or not. That's just been too long ago. AC/DC is just too heavy for me. Sure I'm following Al and Anne! My insecurities this month is, will I fizzle out before the A2Z challenge is over or not? I shakin' in my chair. Have an awesome day!

Timothy Brannan said...

I LOVE Altered States. Just a fantastic movie. I really need to rewatch Akira. I was too young when I saw the first time.

Back in Black and Dirt are two fantastic albums. Two bands that have lost a lot of personele over the years.

I am REALLY going to enjoy your posts this month!

--
Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
2015 A to Z of Vampires
http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

Jemi Fraser said...

Good luck with the challenge! I know you'll have fun with it. I still have my Back in Black album on the shelf :)

T. Drecker said...

You can do it! I always say that the nice thing about a day is that it does come to an end. And this will be a great day ;) Can't wait for April 7th!!!

mshatch said...

I'll have to tell my brother about Akira - he loves Anime :)

Manzanita said...

Yes, one heck of a lot going on today. I don't recognize any of your recommendations, except Al. But that's why I come here, to learn. Thanks.

Mason Canyon said...

Wow, I'm tired just reading everything that's going on. Good luck with everything. I remember watching Altered States, it was definitely mind bending and The Andromeda Strain is a great read (and movie).

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Good luck with the sale! That's great. :) I'll help spread the news!

Cherdo said...

Sorry, Alex, I don't want to trade places with you (but you can come teach my classes, if you'd like).

Great post (I love The Andromeda Strain...just sayin').

Laura Clipson said...

Aden sounds like an interesting character :)

River Fairchild said...

You have a whirlwind day today! I hope you survive the crush. :) Congrats on your new book. You've been an inspiration to many, many people and a wonderful friend!

River
Untethered Realms

Melanie Schulz said...

Back in Black has to be one of my all-time favorites, which is completely contrary to my personality, but I really don't care. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mark, I'm faking it really well...

JL, I've had to learn.

Lisa, that's funny!

Thanks, Sandra. I'm glad I took it off as well. I still have over a hundred unread blogger buddy blogs in my Feedly....

Rachel, I will visit!

Pat, thanks, and that he does!

Tim, thanks!

Manzanita, I'll try not to let you down.

Cherdo, pass!

Charles Gramlich said...

Don't believe I've ever seen Akira. Sounds like I need to watch.

J Q Rose said...

All that plus read your emails!! WOW--just ordered your 99 cent book. Yes, I've heard so much about it, I decided to expand my reading horizons. Not a genre I usually read, but your sale hooked me. I admit I'm a bargain hunter. Will spread the word on FB and G+. No tweeting for me. Have a fantastic, busy day. You know you love it, Captain!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I've read a couple Michael Crichton books, but not the other one. This will be good. My son likes sci-fi/fantasy and is always asking, "What should I read next?" I'll be sure to get him a copy of Dragon of the Stars. He liked your other books.
Play off the Page

SittieCates said...

Congratulations on the awards for your book, Alex! Way to go!

For the A to Z Challenge, I'll pass for this year. Working on some things. Hope to join next year.

No writing insecurities this month. But good news... Yup! I've got that. :-)

princessofthelight said...

Ah yes, Back in Black is a classic! Gotta love classic AC/DC! Rock on!

Stephen Tremp said...

I have a similar IWSG today. So much going on.

Good luck with the Amazon promo. I'll check out Twitter and Retweet for you.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Yay on your new book rolling this way.

Lots of good news in your post, including books, albums and movies.

I'm pretty sure that I've joined the two bloggers you mentioned.

Mark Koopmans said...

Ok, here we go, people!!!

Doing the A-Z for the first (well, second... but we'll leave 2012 alone for now :)

Only recognized Michael Crichton's book... I am so uncouth:)

Good luck with getting through today... don't be insecure... you know you'll do mahvelous, dahling !!

Margo Kelly said...

Tweeted about your book. It's climbing up those Amazon ranks! Have a great week!

Cherie Colyer said...

I haven't heard of the movies, but help AC/DC with that sales record by purchasing the album.

Aden sounds like a great character. It's nice to meet him.

Jennifer Lane said...

You're taking busy to a new level! best of luck with the sale and new release.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger (大哥) said...

I remember AC/DC. Have a great April!
Dan Brown A-Z

Debra McKellan said...

You are a trooper, Alex. That's a lot to cover!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I loved Altered States. Watched it dozens of times on Showtime.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

You are busy, but what fun.
I tweeted.

L.G. Smith said...

Hope you're hanging in there!! Whew, what a day. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

Good luck with the book sales, I will tweet about it. You have a hectic day today, just thinking about it is making me dizzy.

Rachna Chhabria
Co-host IWSG
Rachna's Scriptorium

L.G. Keltner said...

These are some great choices! I got really into Alice in Chains as a teenager, so I've listened to Dirt countless times. I also remember reading The Andromeda Strain, along with a lot of Crichton's books, when I was around twelve or thirteen.

This is definitely a busy day for you, but I know you can do it!

S. L. Hennessy said...

Back in Black is still my most loved album. It's my JAM! And I can't wait to meet Aden!

P.S. That's my insecurity too!

Nicki Elson said...

You don't do anything by halves, do you? Most people pick ONE thing to feature each day of A to Z, not SuperAlex - he gives us a whole library of them.

That Back in Black album cover always makes me smile - conjured good memories from my childhood when I thought I was so, so cool.

Excited for the big release next week!

Chrys Fey said...

I love that you have so many different categories for each letter. I have to admit not seeing either of those movies, but you are a bigger movie buff than I am so that's not surprising. lol

Emma Adams said...

Best of luck with everything today! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

River, thank you!

JQ, thanks! I think you will enjoy it and really like the character of Bassan.

Mary, thanks!

Stephen, appreciate that.

Margo, thank you!

Thanks, Beverly.

Rachna, I'm just trying not to think...

LG, you should pick up their latest album - it's good.

Nicki, I'm a glutton for punishment...

Christine Rains said...

Take a deep breath. You can do it, Alex! I do like these movie flashbacks. It's been years since I've thought of those. We're off to a good start at the Untethered Realms blog with the Challenge. The commenters will get us all commenting on their blogs in return. 14 comments for commenting on ours once! Good luck today.

randi lee said...

You have a LOT going on this month, Alex, don't you? A to Z, IWSG, a book release. Wow. I'm impressed! Lots of respect for you, man!!

Sarah Foster said...

You've definitely got a lot going on today! I actually haven't seen either of those movies. Looking forward to more of your cult classics!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Yes I'm in the Challenge!! I put a badge for your book on my main blog and my joke blog!
Altered States and The Andromeda Strain were favs of mine. Love your theme, Alex!

Sylvia Ney said...

Best of luck keeping up with it all. You are a true inspiration!

Jay Noel said...

Double start at my blog too...

It's been YEARS since I've seen Altered States and Akira. I definitely need to see them both.

Andromeda Strain was a book that I started and stopped over and over again. All that science technical talk in the beginning made it tough to get into. But once the story took over, I was hooked.

Karen Walker said...

Alex, or should I call you Superman? Good luck, dear man. If I could trade with you, I would (NOT).

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Captain, don't worry. The world will know!

Carrie-Anne said...

Good luck with managing everything you've got to do this month!

Sher A. Hart said...

I tweeted, so please don't implode! Count down to launch and explode into space instead. Anne's blog was one of the first I found and loved--via twitter. Cute dancer bot!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I couldn't trade places with you because I couldn't do what you're doing. Aden is a perfect example of character growth through a novel. And I am familiar with all your A classics and that makes me feel old.

Heather M. Gardner said...

WOW!
You're doing this for 25 more posts!

YOU'RE A MACHINE! I knew it! I'm gonna start calling you Bishop!

Excellent books, I saw one of these movies, great music and wonderful bloggers!

Take frequent water breaks!

Heather

cleemckenzie said...

Well, we're off and challenge is already amazing with all who've signed up. Congrats on the book. And will you please tell us what those Kargrandes are?

angelsbark said...

I am so excited about your Cult Classics posts! I love that you are introducing me to new cult classics to explore. I love discovering why movies/books/films become cult classics so now I'll be able to join the ranks of many and appreciate these great works. Fabulous theme and I'm really looking forward to your posts every day Alex.
Michele at Angels Bark

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Excellent bloggers to highlight. Black in Black is a favorite album of mine. AC/DC came to Charlestone, WV when I was in college...a mere half hour away from where I was going to school, but I was too poor to buy a ticket. How sad is that? I should have gotten one of the credit cards they were always peddling in the quad and gone, but I was sensible.

Jo said...

Busy day all round today. I'm busy and I don't do ISWG or write books. The clones must be working overtime.

A lot of what you mentioned I have never heard of, but remember the Andromeda Strain, it was a good story and also At the Earth's Core. Sorry, no tweeting.

Lisa said...

Read Andromeda Strain but saw the movie first. I was about 12 and it blew me away. I'd never known how detrimental being color blind could be.... Congrats on the Dragon soon to arrive! I can't wait! Now I want to see Alterd States. I didn't know it was Drew's first film... I did a double hit today as well and am busying visiting everyone I can! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ lisabuiecollard.com Don't forget to BREATHE today!!!

David P. King said...

All worthy choices for A to Z. I can't imagine what you have going on this month, but based on your track record, you're going to be fine. Better than fine! :)

Diane Burton said...

Was that loud bang I just heard you imploding? Nah, just the construction workers next door. I'm amazed at all you've got going. You are a glutton for punishment, as my mom would say. Best wishes on your new release. Hope you can hang onto your sanity. :)

Dean K Miller said...

I love Anne's posts. No A-Z this year, but doing National Poetry month (behind the scenes...no sign up) as I too, am in panic overload control mode.

Good luck (like you need it!)

Sherry Ellis said...

You have a lot on you plate! Good luck getting it all done! (No, I don't want to trade places with you. I've got enough of my own stuff to do!)

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Yes, I think the A is my favorite Alice in Chains, very nice !!

Jennifer Hawes said...

So many good movies and bands/songs came out of the 80s!! I think we are all truly insecure about our writing. After time, it gets a little easier, but with a book release, it's always intimidating, hoping our books will be a success. I'm sure yours will be along with all your other ones:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Christine, that's a lot of commenting.

Thanks, Dixie!

Thanks, Sher!

Susan, thanks, and we'll feel old together.

Heather! Yes, twenty-five more posts...

Lee, you get a good hint Friday.

Michele, awesome!

Elizabeth, sorry you missed them.

Diane, that made me laugh!

Thanks, everyone! Two hundred blogs more to visit...

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I rewatched Akira recently and found it surprisingly entertaining even after so much time has passed. I think being animated keeps it from being so "dated."

Cathrina Constantine said...

I remember seeing Altered States. I think I liked it...haahaa...I forget, it was so long ago.

I'm excited for you!!! 6 more days to your new release!!!!!

Chemist Ken said...

No A to Z for me. I have enough trouble just remembering when the first Wednesday of the month arrives!

Sarah Ahiers said...

You know, I've been a huge anime buff since the early 90s, and i've still never seen Akira. I know.

Also Down In a Hole is my second fav Alice in Chains song (first is Nutshell)

Kristin Smith said...

I just bought Dragon of the Stars for my kindle! Thanks for sharing the sale. :)

Good luck with A to Z. I'm a little sad I'm not participating this year, but I figured it was better to bow out than to be completely overwhelmed. Maybe next year!

Spacerguy said...

Yeah me too, two blogfests, two posts, what fun! I'm making friends on AtoZ! Only 99 cent for Cassastorm! So snapped up, thanks Alex I'm looking forward to reading it on Kindle Cloud Reader.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Altered States was a product of it's time since there was a lot of experimentation of LCD back then. But I still think it's themes of self and inner pain resonates. A true cult classsic

Patricia Stoltey said...

I would not care to trade places with you, Alex. You're too busy! I did tweet your CassaStorm sale (and finally got my own copy for my Kindle). Of your cult classics, I most remember the Crichton book. I've read almost of his novels.

Empty Nest Insider said...

You've really packed a whallop in this one, Alex! We all know no one could ever take your place! It's great to see Al here. There's always something fun in store at his blog, and he's a very supportive blogging buddy! You'll definitely have a whirlwind month, Alex, but it will all be worth it! Oh, and don't worry about visiting me, as I know how swamped you'll be.

Julie

Al Penwasser said...

Wow! How cool! Thank you.
I'm just not a terribly successful author.
Unless you count those limericks on the stalls in the Burlingame Campground in Rhode Island.
That man from Nantucket?
Epic.

Jenni Enzor said...

Wow, Alex, you have a lot going on. It makes my head spin. :) But if anyone can do it, you can! I hope you have something relaxing planned after all this month's craziness is over.

Stephen Hayes said...

Good luck with all that you have to do. I'm sure the month with be productive and bring you much success.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wow! That's a great list of classics! Great additions of bloggers, too! And, I like your intro for Aden. :)

Insecurity today: will I keep up this month?

meganmorganauthor.com said...

Good luck! You're doing so much! *bes your cheerleader*

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Leovi, you rock!

Cathrina, I know!

Sarah, you rock!

Kristin, thanks!!!

Spacerguy, appreciate that.

Big thanks, Patricia!

Julie, I will still visit.

Al, you're welcome, and thanks for the laugh!

Tyrean, I'm wondering the same thing...

DMS said...

You do have a ton going on today. I tweeted hoping to spread the word of your book sale. Good luck with everything.

I don't remember those movies- but I will have to look for them. I did read The Andromeda Strain and I know the music albums. :)

Off to visit some new bloggers you mentioned.
~Jess

Anne R. Allen said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out Alex! I sure am honored to be in such amazing company!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN was my introduction to Michael Crichton. He was a pioneer in sci fi. I always like Akira, though GHOST IN THE SHELL: INNOCENCE is my favorite anime film. Whew! April is going to be one wearying month for you!

Susan Oloier said...

My husband's a big AC/DC fan. They've had some significant changes recently. He's hoping to take our older son to see them at some point.
Happy A to Z Challenge-ing!

Cindy said...

I like how you combined the two logos at the top of the post. I heard that a lot of younger people like AC/DC, that was a great album. Good luck on this busy day.

The Happy Whisk said...

Hope you sell bunches. Thanks for your comment. Working on the immune issues as I type.

Take care and enjoy your month-long of posting.

Michelle Wallace said...

There's too much happening at once....
I've met Al once or twice - he is a scream!
Anne is a gem - so knowledgeable.

Alex, I'm sending you a special boost of positive vibes - I don't know how you're managing... and it's only the first day...

Liz A. said...

Nope, wouldn't change places with you for all the tea in China. Of course, I don't like tea...

I remember reading the first chapter of The Andromeda Strain with a class of 12th graders one day. They had no idea how to pronounce Mojave. We're in southern California...

Birgit said...

Please don't implode-it will be too messy:) You will get through today and this month as I know you have prepared yourself. It is the start of the A to Z and love your theme-I know the books but have not read them and I have not seen Altered States but it is a great pic. I have not heard of the Japanese film but they are excellent with Anime

Anna Soliveres said...

Wooo! The blogosphere is abuzz and I love it! I'm bowing out from A-Z'ing this year, but I'll be hopping around, catching up on everyone's progress. :)

Mina Burrows said...

You do have a lot going on right now! But that's exciting, right?

I haven't seen any of those A movies! ACDC is definitely a cult classic.

Julian Preston said...

Hi Alex - what a great theme- I'm looking forward to keeping up with you during the challenge. Yup - I'm taking part- it's my first year... and The Andromeda Strain (Michael Crichton - genius!)

Intangible Hearts said...

I have a lot of posts to write for A to Z and I'm busy with my Freelance writing and of course being guilty about writing my sequel so no, I can't be you but congrats on everything.

SA Larsenッ said...

Your music choices are spot on, today. Love... You are so busy, right now. I'm loving the A to Z posts!

RaShelle Workman said...

I never got into ACDC... I know, I'm crazy. But it did love Alice in Chains. Go figure. =D

Nigel G. Mitchell said...

Congrats on the book sale and pending release! Tweeted

Moonie said...

Sounds like the perfect day to implode Alex. Wishing you the best with Cassa Storm. Thanks for doing A to Z for another year!
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Julie Flanders said...

It makes me tired just to read your post. I don't know how you do it LOL. Will tweet about your sale now - good luck with it!

Doreen McGettigan said...

Congratulations and I suddenly feel less busy. What a crazy day!
I have been wanting to read your book and you have left me no excuse. I'm off to tweet your tweets. Good luck with the books and the challenge. Breath.

M Pax said...

Tweeted for you. Don't implode. Never heard of Akira. I remember altered states.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jess, thanks!

Anne, you're welcome.

Susan, yeah, it's a shame about Malcolm.

Michelle, if I can survive today, I'll make it.

Birgit, it would be messy...

Julian, welcome! Enjoy.

RaShelle, I'd pick Alice over AC/DC any day.

Thanks, Nigel!

Thanks, Julie.

Sophie Duncan said...

I have a sad admission, I have never seen Akira all the way through, only clips. I really must take the time to watch it.

Great Post - Happy A to Z!

Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
FB3X
Wittegen Press

DAVID WALSTON said...

Double duty for you today...
Great A to Z list!

Toinette Thomas said...

Wow Alex, you do have a lot on your plate, but we've all got your back. You can do it...but I don't want to take your place. Sorry ;)

Love your theme and all the cool stuff you'll be sharing. I know a lot from this first day A, but some of it is new to me. Can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, the A Music for the win. Love both AC/DC and Alice. Also loved Andromeda Strain. That medical variety is the sci fi I like best.

Andrew Leon said...

Akira is great... right up until the big tentacle monster.
I don't get what it is with the Japanese and big tentacle monsters.

Patricia Lynne said...

Hubby just saw Akira for the first time the other week. I remember watching it back in college.

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Haneen I. Adam said...

I know what you mean, I'm freaking out already! hmm, I think I'm going to look check these movies out.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I haven't listened to AC/DC for a long time - must rectify that!

Kathe W. said...

ok! I'm in....not too sure what all I will post- but I will post!
Being in Mexico the past two weeks kinda "un-organized" me.... Cheers!

Ann Best said...

I know what you mean by too much happening. And still you have time to stop by and say hello. You're amazing.

And there are books to read. Your CassaStorm is reaching out to me. And now I can read it on my nifty little Android. (I CAN reach the smaller print with my magnifying glasses.)

Have a wonderful month. I'll be stopping by in between writing. Yes, if one wants to write a book, April is a good (not a cruel) month to do it.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Ain't no stopping you now, Alex! I'm cheering for you from the West Coast. Go, Ninja Captain! Go! Mini is running along side you - dang, he's a fast little guy. Kisses to him, hugs to you, and loads of excitement for your local troops.

DiscConnected said...

Interesting...I would define cult classics differently-having been a member of the "cult" of Todd Rundgren for nearly 40 years.

AC/DC's Back In Black to me, while certainly a classic, achieved far more than a cult following (IMHO).

Not that I could find a definitive definition of "cult classic" (I looked).

From a film point of view, I always think 'Rocky Horror Picture Show" or "Godzilla Vs. Bambi" when I think 'cult classics.' "Altered States" certainly fits that definition.

I did not realize you were going to come up with one of every category every day-that would be virtually impossible the way I would use the term-especially with music.

Cool concept!

Larry (the other blogger named Cavanaugh)

Tess Julia said...

Congrats on the book launch! I'll tweet it for you and I'll head over to snag a copy. You're so inspirational :)

Cherie Reich said...

Good luck with everything, Alex!
Although Jurassic Park will remain my favorite Crichton book, I enjoyed The Andromeda Strain.

Arlee Bird said...

You won't be able to sleep for a few days being so busy and all.

My youngest brother is a big AC/DC fan. I could never get into them. I think a lot had to do with all their songs about "Hell". Big turn-off for me.

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

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I got lucky today and have access to a laptop that has made visiting blogs much easier. Tomorrow I'm heading to the library. A minion never gives up and I love it. You are a ninja Alex, hard work comes with the territory. Akira is anime royalty. It still blows my mind. Metropolis is another favourite of mine. Aden sounds like trouble, wanna read more trouble. What are the Kargrandes? Here April 7. See what I did there? Have a great day Alex and I bowed out of the challenge this year to prevent implosion. Good luck.

Ella said...

I love all the A's you have selected one of my favorite A's is You-Alex and Arlee of course-A-Z rocks!

I will mention you on the 7th! Wow, you surpassed your kick ass self!~

CA Heaven said...

Back in black is a classic, for sure. Great album >:)

Cold As Heaven

lilicasplace.com said...

I vaguely remember Altered States and the Andromeda Strain (though I never read the book). Was never a big fan of AC/DC (cowering in the corner), but my cousins were.

FYI, the site doesn't let me ignore the robot question. Sigh. It must be me. LOL. I love that you included bloggers in your post. New people to acquaint myself with. Love it. Hugs.

Charity Bradford said...

Tweeted!

And I really loved Aden in Dragon of the Stars. I loved that he wasn't perfect, but likable. In the end so much stronger than I would have been in his situation.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Doreen!

Mary, thank you.

Andrew, must be something primal for them...

Ann, wonderful!

Robyn, thanks for the cheers.

Thanks, Larry! Yeah, it will be a lot. And I have to use the term 'cult' a little liberally.

Tess, thanks!

Lee, I don't listen to those.

Sheena-kay, we don't want you to implode.

Thanks, Ella!

I'm sorry, Eva.

Charity, big thanks!

Fundy Blue said...

LOL ~ I have your insecurity EVERY day, Alex! I'm having lots of fun as I hop around co-hosting today! Thanks for all you do for IWSG members. You are AWESOME!

Liz Blocker said...

Ok, I will never claim to be busy again. SHEESH, Alex!! You have so much going on! Good luck!!! I'm totally cheering you on. Oh, and I love Anne R Allen :)

J E Oneil said...

Keeping busy as always, huh Alex?

AC/DC and Alice in Chain. Awesome (to use an A word).

S.K. Anthony said...

Wow. I think I'm tired with all that YOU have going on today lol. It seems you've prepared (a lot) and should have things under control. You have tons of cheerleaders to keep you going so yay on that ;)

Best of luck with this crazy month!!!

dolorah said...

But you have such wonderful helpers to help you through it all - except the stressing. Make sure Mini-Alex has an umbrella for the implosion so he can carry on wayward son :) Congrats on all the awards for CassaStorm, and all else. Will your G post be for guitar - as in another riff of your playing? I might come out of blog break for that.

I did join thunderclap and will be excited to see the post on my FB time line.

Have a super month Alex.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Altered States was a great movie. Good luck with everything this month.

Lynda R Young said...

excellent book choices. I know the movies, but I haven't seen them... gasp!

Careful with that imploding...it could get messy! ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fundy, glad you are having fun!

JE, touche.

Donna, I'll get him an umbrella. No guitar for G. Maybe I should....

Lynda, really? You don't want to turn in your geek card, do you?

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I remember the Andromeda Strain! Hubby was the one who like AC/DC.
Life & Faith in Caneyhead
I am Ensign B ~ One of Tremp's Troops with the
A to Z Challenge

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Aden sounds like an amazing character! Good luck!!!

Kathryn McKendry said...

Wow! That's a lot on your plate! I love Back in Black, my son is learning to play that song on guitar.

Aden sounds like he has a lot on his plate as well!

Matthew MacNish said...

We're off to a great start!

Shell Flower said...

Altered States is such a cool movie. I watched it several times in my late teens and early twenties. Great choice. And, yeah, you really do have a lot going on. Just remember to take care of your physical needs; eat well, get outside, get some exercise, and the rest will work out fine.

Donna McDine said...

I think I will implode for you, reading all you have to do! Love AC/DC!

Ava Quinn said...

I've seen AC/DC and Alice In Chains in concert. Alice In Chains was the opening act for Clash of the Titans and it was promoing Man in the Box. Clash of the Titans was Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer. Awesome concert.

Tweeted about your price drop! Remember to breathe!

Kai Strand said...

Happy to tweet! Good luck with the sale. Your insecurity made me laugh - but not in a mean way. ;) Happy April.

Trisha F said...

So much good!

I love AIC, so always love to see them featured anywhere. Obviously AC/DC is a classic too. ;)

I haven't seen either of those movies, that I know of.

I still haven't read any Michael Crichton though have been meaning to for ages. Or any Burroughs.

I think I've visited Al before, but not sure about Anne. Will go and so so now anyway ;)

I'm looking forward to reading about Aden.

Juneta Key said...

Tweeted about your book, congratulations. You are awesome in your business. Wishing You The Best,
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats on the release! Off to tweet. Maintain some semblance of sanity th.is month.

Maria said...

I ain't really a "writer" .... but the fact that I write on my blog gives me the feeling of insecurity. More often than not, I find myself at a loss for words. English being my second language, I struggle to find the correct words (i.e. considering connotations and denotations of synonymous words).

What a pity the only thing I recognize in your "A" articles is the AC/DC. I need to have some more culture in me! Haha!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kathy, that is cool!

Shell, I will!

Donna, you rock!

Ava, thanks! And I almost saw Alice in Chains...

Trisha, thanks.

Juneta, thank you!

Lauren Farrow said...

Akira was pretty groundbreaking animation.

*Gasp* I have not seen Altered States but reading Rotten Tomatoes reviews tells me I need to rent it ASAP.

Alice in Chains you gotta love! Brings me back to my childhood when there was nothing cooler.

I've read a lot of the Science Fiction... except.....
Dragon of the Stars
Obviously that is sci fi I have to get my hands on!

Susan Kane said...

Altered States was the first time I had seen William Hurt. He was so excellent in this movie that even today, when he appears on another movie/tv, I still picture him in that water and running down the street.

mail4rosey said...

I don't like hearing AC/DC (or Led Zeppelin for that matter... but they're an 'L' on commericals). Feels like a sell out to me. Just thinking out loud. :)

Marie Moody said...

Hi.. I'm new and I just started following you too. I signed up because a friend of mine is doing it and it looked like fun. Nice to meet you. I hope you can stop by and follow me too. Have a great day!

Tammy Theriault said...

Alice in chains!!!!!! Sorry. But yes!!!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

ARG!!! Alex!!! I forgot, SO forgot to participate in the IWSG. :( xD

Thanks for dropping by my blog. You still amaze me. I wish I could shadow you so that I could see what a typical Alex day is like. Would you like for me to guest post you over on my blog? Email me if so, please!! You can say whatever you'd like after sharing how an Alex day is like.

Elizabeth Mueller
AtoZ 2015
My Little Pony

Lanise Brown said...

There is so, so much happening today! My goodness. When I woke up this morning I almost didn't know where to begin. But just gotta take it one day at a time.

By the way, I love Anne R. Allen's blog. I've been following her blog for a few years now. Great stuff.

And Akira is one of my favorite movies. I first saw it when I was a kid and it scared the heck outta me, lol. Which was one of the reasons why I loved it. It's a great story.

Also, I'd love to share about Dragon of the Stars release day on my blog. :)

Melissa Sugar said...

You have so much going on, I am getting dizzy just thinking about everything you have to do. Love all your letter A topics. ACDC, Back in Black is from my generation. Brings back memories. Congrats on release of your new book. I will certainly purchase it. I just tweeted it for you.

Carrie Butler said...

Akira! I haven't thought of that movie in ages. :)

Heather Musk said...

Love AC/DC! I must go and dig my albums out now ...

Beverly Fox said...

I haven't seen either of those movies which is surprising, but I LOVE Back in Black- one of their best albums.

And I haven't read the Andromeda strain but I've watched two different variations of it and loved the story. Al is new to me, Anne I've visited- though not for a long time so I'm way overdue!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lauren, thank you! Hope you enjoy it.

Susan, it was the first movie I saw him in.

Hi Marie!!

Elizabeth, no worries. And thank you!

Lanise, thanks - I will email you.

Melissa, thanks!

Gwen Gardner said...

Lots of cool 'A's, Alex! You have so much knowledge about books, bloggers, music and movies, but you're doing characters from your book, too. Go You!

farawayeyes said...

Whoa! This post was more chalk full of info than usual. you should have also participated in BOTB just to round things out.

I enjoy the flic 'Altered States' and try to watch it every few years.

Rena said...

Holy smokes, I've seen the movies and listened to the music AND read the book!

Awesome. Also, great theme! Thanks for being an awesome Ninja!

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations on your release!
Love those two albums.

Truedessa said...

Aden - a strong character who I am sure will soar new heights and find love awakening within his soul.

Oh, and I actually have that release of AC/DC on my ipod. Is their drummer still in trouble or was it a publicity stunt?

Botanist said...

Back in my schooldays, The Andromeda Strain was one of those books I borrowed from the library time and time again. I found new enjoyment each time I read it.

Helena said...

I'm hopping over to The Write Game to say hi.

I never read the Andromeda Strain but I've seen the original movie; it was a solid thriller with scientists who LOOKED like scientists--average bodies and faces and pretty much middle aged. Maybe the recent remake was good, but as soon as I saw all the very good-looking actors (and so much younger) I said no thanks.