Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Plus the August Movie Preview, Movie News, and Ninja News

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 Nancy Gideon, Bob R Milne, Doreen McGettigan, Chrys Fey, Bish Denham, and Pat Garcia!

My Fellowship of the Dragon group knows I’ve been working on this, but I don’t think I’ve talked much about it here. I’m working on a short story that takes place after Dragon of the Stars.

It’s already been through a critique partner (Heather, you rock!) and I’m working on polishing it to perfection.

I hope to have it done by the end of next week and I have someone who will format it for me. Then it will be free to anyone who has read Dragon of the Stars and wants to know what happens next. (And those who want a little happier ending.)

When it’s available, I’ll let you know! First, I have to come up with a name for it. I guess that's my insecurity right now, as I have no idea what to call it...

Don’t forget that the Insecure Writer’s Support Group has its own t-shirt! Designed by the very talented Jeremy Hawkins, it’s available at the NeatOShop.

We also have a IWSG group on Facebook, so check it out and join today.

Ninja News!

Just Released:

Love, Lattes, and Danger by Sandra Cox 

Find it at EKensington, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo

Nilanjana Bose has a story, At the End of the Parade, in the anthology 10 Love Stories.
This is the result of the Get Published contest by Indiblogger and Harper Collins India.
Find it at Amazon. Flipcart, Sapna, and Indiblogger

Shannon Lawrence has a short story coming out in Issue 35 of Sanitarium Magazine.

Dean Miller is working with Tulip Tree Publishing on an anthology. Proceeds from the sales of The Water Holds No Scars will be donated to Platte Rivers Project Healing Waters chapter, located in Southern WY and Northern CO. Go to Tulip Tree Publishing for the submission guidelines.



Movie News

Toys R Us is hosting a midnight event on September 4 to launch the new Star Wars toys. (Sound like a nightmare, doesn’t it?) Read about it at JoBlo.



Warner Bros. is developing a Dungeons and Dragons movie. (Because the last one was so epic – NOT!) Read more at Blastr.

Michael Fassbender and James AcAvoy have signed on for more X-Men movies. Read about it at JoBlo.

August Movie Preview

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

7 –

Fantastic Four
Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Director: Josh Trank
Stars: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
Let’s hope it’s better than the last two versions, The Marginally Acceptable Four and its sequel, I’ve Seen Better.

Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
Directors: Mark Burton | Richard Starzak
Stars: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber
I’m a sucker for the brilliance that is Aardman Animation. Now, can I tolerate a theater of screaming children?


14 –

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant, Alicia Vikander
Superman and the Lone Ranger in a British spy caper – I’m all there!





21 –

Hitman: Agent 47
An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.
Director: Aleksander Bach
Stars: Zachary Quinto, Rupert Friend, Ciarán Hinds, Hannah Ware
Normally, movies based on video games suck and this may be no exception. However, the trailer rocks!




What are your writer insecurities today? Excited about the new releases and anthologies? Going to Toys R Us at midnight? And what movies do you want to see in August…?

156 comments:

Michael Abayomi said...

The only movie I am remotely looking forward to this month is Fant4stic. I loved Chronicle, so I am indeed curious to see what the director, Josh Trank, can do with an already established franchise and a bigger budget.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - the Fellowship of the Dragon Group is obviously keeping your writing stars going .. the galaxy is ever getting bigger, as are your number of stories - brilliant news. Good luck with the name ... a celestial navigation to dragon enlightenment.

Congratulations to all authors and to your co-hosts ... cheers Hilary

dolorah said...

I'm half way through Dragon now. Not a HEA ending? Hmm, must continue to read on, lol.

Congrats to the publishing authors. Way to go.

I'm hoping to see Fantastic Four. This is not my usual liking for syfy, they are kinda simplistic, but I enjoy the movies. Hoping to see Man from UNCLE and that new Sherlock movie too.

nashvillecats2 said...

A great post Alex, A good mixture of books and films to read about,
Also wonderful news about your own writing, Good luck with it as always.
Yvonne.

Misha Gericke said...

I think it's a great idea to write that short story. All the best. :-)

Sean McLachlan said...

I hadn't heard of Sanitarium Magazine, I'll have to check it out. Genre magazines have really been going through a revival in recent years.
Shaun the Sheep is on my kid's must-see list. The show on CBBC (Children's BBC) here all the time.

TBM said...

I hate coming up with titles. For some reason they baffle me, which seems odd since I'm the author, but sheesh, do I have to know everything.

Best of luck with your title and story.

Lots of movies coming out. In the spring they had tons of Shaun the Sheep statues all over London. It's fun when movies promote that way.

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

WOW, if you can judge a book by its cover, "Love, Lattes and Danger" is going to be a best seller!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Picking a title for a book is also very hard for me. I'm sure something will pop! Good Luck!

randi lee said...

Hey Alex! Hope all is well, and I'm greatly looking forward to your short story! Dragon of the Stars is on my "now that I have some free time here and there..." list and is actually next up in the queue. Can't wait to read it!!!

Truedessa said...

Good Morning Alex,

I am so excited about the follow up to Dragon of the Stars. I am sure I will savor each page as the adventure unfolds. I have read the book 3 times as you know. Call me crazy, but I wanted to experience every bit of the adventure and to really understand the characters and their story and watch their relationship develop. Now, all you need is a title..follow the star and you will find that name.

I saw previews for Man from U.N.C.L.E when I went to see MI - Rogue Nation and it looks good. I am sure I will be watching that one.

My insecurity today is that I have too many half finished projects on the table and I need to at least finish one. My mind tends to wander all over the map. It is hard as I work full-time and attend various meetings in the evening. Time Management I need to get a better grip on that.

Have a great day everyone!

Truedessa said...

PS - Destiny in the Stars...Beyond the Star..you will find that title let it speak to your heart.

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats on the new almost-ready short story! I've heard of people giving away prequels, but not sequels. Interesting...

Congrats to Sandra!

None of those movies interest me. Maybe I'm just too hot to care! lol

Patsy said...

Titles are one of my insecurities. It's so important to get them right, isn't it?

The Happy Whisk said...

Cool beans on the short story.

Donna K. Weaver said...

A Dragon short story. I'm gonna squee. Hubby and I loved that book.

Christine Rains said...

I can't wait to read your story! Titles stump me too. I'm so glad to have a group of brilliant CPs and Untethered Realms to brainstorm with. A new D&D movie, hm? I don't know about that. I like riffing on the old ones!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome you wrote a short story. Titles are hard. My last one started as "my story."

I may want to check out The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I used to watch it as a kid.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michael, so far the reviews have not been kind...

Donna, crap, hope that didn't spoil it for you.

Sean, I don't watch the show, but like the Wallace and Gromit movie with Shaun.

TBM, I suck at titles.

Randi Lee, thanks, and I hope you enjoy it!

Truedessa, I hope the short story satisfies you. And I hope I can come up with a decent name! Thanks for the suggestions.

Lexa, I'm just a rebel.

Donna, thanks!

J.L. Campbell said...

Good luck with the story.
Congrats to those with new books!

Jennifer Hawes said...

How fun to write a short story about your current novel! I've thought of doing that with my latest finished one. Something that happened (funny, of course) to the two teenage boys in elementary school.
I'm finally home and ready to see Mission Impossible! Hopefully this weekend.

Lan said...

Names are one of the hardest things to come up with for a story! I can write a whole book before a good names come to me. Good luck with that.

I'm not sure how I feel about the new F4. So many reboots. I'm almost getting superhero fatigue (almost!)

Leandra Wallace said...

I have never taken my child to Toys R Us, and plan on delaying it for as long as possible! =) We saw the new Mission Impossible movie last weekend, and really liked it. Great action and humor.

Cherie Colyer said...

Very exciting about the short. I can't say I'm excited about any movie this month. I'm waiting to see what releases in Sept.

Jennifer Lane said...

That's wonderful you've finished a short story that extends your series! Happy hump day.

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations to all those with books just released and good luck to you on your short story. It's always good to have a happy ending. I'm curious about The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I remember the TV series well and wonder how they will compare. But there is only one Illya Kuryakin (even if he's now Ducky). :-)

Pat Garcia said...

Hi,
I know you're going to find an appropriate name for short story. Sometime the name pops up after we've finished the story.

Thanks so much also for giving me the opportunity to co-host.

Shalom,
Pat Garcia

Sarah Foster said...

Titles are always tricky. It took me years to come up with one for my WIP. And now I've got two sequel ideas to name...that could take a while.

Melanie Schulz said...

I will not be going to Toys R US, sounds like a nightmare. :)

Sandra Cox said...

I definitely want to read the short story. Yay! And True had a couple of great titles for ya:)
Thanks for the mention, Alex. Much appreciated.
Thanks, Lexa:)

kaykuala said...

You're going places with your writing. Wishing you'll get a great name for it. Apparently it is just like a painting. One goes through the ritual with some ideas and later decides on the title.Only after completing the painting. Though sometimes one gets the inspiration half-way and pops the title!

Hank

mshatch said...

I like the idea of another Xmen movie, especially if Michael Fassbender is in it :)

Congrats on the short story and hope you find a title soon. I hate not having a title.

Dean K Miller said...

The book title will come to you...maybe a trip down the dragon aisle at Toys 'R Us might help!

Thanks for the shout out today.

Jo said...

I was a fanatic fan of The Man from Uncle and became a full member of Uncle when I was a youngster. I will look forward to seeing this when it is available.

Funny, I heard some music on the radio yesterday, didn't know the title but immediately could see Peter Quill dancing to it.

Karen Walker said...

I'm insecure about the prospect of self-publishing, but moving through the process despite that. I loved the original Man from U.N.C.L.E. so just might go see this one.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congrats on the short story, Alex! Is there anything you can't do? :)

I want to see Dark Places - the movie based on one of Gillian Flynn's earlier books. Dark stuff but stars Charlize Theron - trailer looks good.

Melissa said...

I'm excited about 'after Dragon.'

My current insecurity is worrying book 2 won't sell as well as book 1... that maybe the surge in sales for CB was just dumb luck.

Have you seen Chemist Ken's post today?
Hilarious! :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jennifer, you should write it.

Lan, so far the reviews are poor. Bummer.

Pat, thanks for co-hosting.

Sandra, yes she did! And you're welcome.

Dean - funny!

Jo, you are a true Guardians fan now.

Madeline, there is a lot I can't do...

Crystal Collier said...

Woot, woot for new stories! Super awesomsauce.

Pat Hatt said...

Sure a tile for your short story will pop on in when you least expect it. I don't hold high hopes for the Fantastic Four movie. But you never know.

Chemist Ken said...

I'm interested in Fantastic Four, but I'm not sure I can get my family to go along with me.

You're working on another story? Man, when do you ever get time to sleep? Good luck with it.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

congrats to the ninjas! and yay for the short story (I take forever to come up with titles too...seriously, it's bad) and I'm sure this will come as a shock but nope, no movies haha.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You'll find a good title.

I love Shaun the Sheep. I even have a Shaun the Sheep backpack from England.

Tamara Narayan said...

Shaun the Sheep rocks. We have a bunch of DVDs. I might wait until the movie comes out on DVD because I don't think this is something you really need to see in a theater to enjoy.

And no, I wouldn't go to ToysRUs at midnight. That seems like an odd way to promote toys. Aren't the kids supposed to be in bed long before then? I guess the company is expecting plenty of adults to go after the toys.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

It's been so long since I've seen a new release, I'm drawing a blank trying to remember what it was. As for my insecurities, same as always. Which is why I am so happy to be part of IWSG! Thanks, Alex.

Gwen Gardner said...

I'm really bad at thinking up title names. I've got the name for my series (Saving Marley) but I've yet to come up with a name for the first novel. And this has been in planning for about a year. Aw well, it will come.

Thanks for all the updates, Alex!

Charles Gramlich said...

Very cool idea about the story!

Chrys Fey said...

A short story to follow Dragon of the Stars is an awesome idea! Good for you!

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Titles can be tough sometimes. The man from uncle is all I want to see this month.

Arlee Bird said...

I used to be a fan of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV show but so far the movie trailers don't grab me for the movie.

No new Star Wars toys for me. If I had old ones I'd sell them.

Lee
Tossing It Out

T. Drecker said...

Oh, another story-good job! Glad to see the Dragons are working well for you. And I'm sure a name will come. Inspiration hits at the strangest times.
Congrats to everyone's new releases-always so much to read!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Melissa, yes I did! It was hilarious.

Ken, trust me, I do like my sleep.

Tamara, that's what I've always said about those midnight parties.

Joylene, glad you are a big part of it.

Julie Flanders said...

Very cool that you're writing a story to go along with Dragon. Sounds great!

Kai Strand said...

Good luck with the title of your short. Sometimes that can be the hardest part!

I'm also wary of Fantastic 4 because of previous versions, but I'm hopeful.

Jeffrey Scott said...

To be honest, I've considered joining the IWSG for awhile now.
I suppose my insecurity is would I have enough time? Would I be interesting enough? Will it take away from the other writing I've been trying to get to?

cleemckenzie said...

Great group of hosts this month, and a jam packed first Wed. of August.

Ninja News! Wow. Amazing. And congrats on that short story.

Mina Burrows said...

Exciting news about your short story! That's awesome.

I'm not sure about the Fantastic 4 movie. I'm kind of over all these remakes they keep having for comic books, ya know?

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hope you find a suitable name for your short story. I want to see the movie Shaun the sheep. It sounds cute.

Btw... blushing suits you ;) (this is in reference to the comment on my blog). And I do find you very adorable :)

S.K. Anthony said...

Yay for the short story! Have fun finishing it up ;)

I'm not sure how I feel about Fantastic Four, but The Man from U.N.C.L.E. looks great. And now I must go check out the IWSG T-shirt!!!!

Julie Dao said...

That's fantastic about your short story, Alex! Hope you find a good title for it soon. It will come to you when you least expect it :)

Deborah Hawkins said...

Cool! I need to get on my Goodreads list! I have a million e-books, and Dragon is one!

Stephen Tremp said...

I'll see all of these movies. Glad the Thing is CI as this is the only way to make the character believable. I find it stupid to hear the argument of making characters a different race such as Johnny Storm in this movie. Who cares??? Not me.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

THE MAN FROM UNCLE is a movie I'm looking forward to. The latest FF movie made the earlier two look much better! Best of luck with your short story and happier endings. :-)

Blogoratti said...

All the best with everything, and that's a great preview list which I will be sure to check out. Greetings!

Catherine Stine said...

As far as the naming of your story, I like to include the name of my main character in some of my titles. You could play around with that idea. I think it personalizes the story more. Good luck with inventing the perfect title.

Liz Blocker said...

Hey, congrats about the short story! That's really cool. I do think the word 'Dragon' might work in the title somewhere, to tie it together :) Good luck!

Stephsco said...

All of those movies sound good. I've become one of those people who stays in to watch DVR, Netflix, or write. The past year and half I've hardly seen any movies in the theatre (Jurassic Park and Avengers were a must). I'm going to break out and see some of these!

Here is my August IWSG post. It's the second post on my blog today because my Pitch Wars mentor bio needs to stay at the top. Thanks!

Stephen Hayes said...

When I was a kid, The Fantastic Four were my favorite super heros, but I've been disappointing in the two movies. I'm hoping this new one is an improvement.

Tara Tyler R said...

love stopping here for movie and book news! love james mcavoy - and the man from UNCLE looks good too!
okay, hollywood - read more books, i promise you'll get better movie ideas, right alex?!

happy hump day!

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations on the short story, oh you who wasn't going to write anything more after your trilogy!

I well remember Man from U.N.C.L.E. in the '60s. All the girls swooned over Illya aka David McCullum now of NCIS fame.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'd like to see a chick flick. I better call one of my girlfriends.

Best of luck on the new story. I'm behind in my reading. I have Dragon on my Kindle. I just need time to read.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm sure you'll come up with a cool title. I'm looking forward to the Man From UNCLE. Don't know about Hitman. The first one was okay at times but the dialogue could have been better.
Susan Says

Toinette Thomas said...

Promotion is my insecurity. No need to say more.
Even if dragged at gun point, I'm pretty sure I'd take the bullet before heading out to Toys R Us that night.
I'm interested in all the new movies, but I may have to take anti-anxiety meds to see Shaun the Sheep. I love Shaun the Sheep but not screaming kids.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kai, sadly it's getting crap reviews.

Jeffrey, please join us!

Rachna, thank you. Thoroughly embarrassed now...

SK, the shirt rocks!

Catherine, thanks for the tip!

Stephsco, I understand.

Tar, right!

Elizabeth, so do I.

Toi, that made me chuckle.

Still working my way through a huge blogroll of posts - I will get to everyone soon!

L.G. Keltner said...

It's great that you're working on a new story! I love my kids, but I don't relish in the idea of taking them to a movie theater filled with other people's screaming children. It can definitely be an overload, which is not what you want while trying to enjoy a film.

Andrew Leon said...

A lot of stores did that with the release of The Phantom Menace toys. I'm kind of surprised they're doing it again, though.

Yolanda Renee said...

Toys R us, don't think so, but i'm sure a lot of adults and fans of star wars will be there!
Congrats on the short story, they are fun.
Great list of books released.
Man from uncle - want to see that one!

Birgit said...

I will not be going to Toys R Us for this crap..I mean future stuff that will be worth a lot:) I want to see the Sherlock Holmes film with Ian McKellen. Shawn the Sheep looks like it would be fun to see. The Man from U.N.C.L.E also looks like it will be good-I wonder if David McCallum and Robert Vaughn. I have watched Face Off and always enjoy it. The clam design did suck especially the colouring

Spacerguy said...

The Man from Uncle looks one not to miss. At my last Star Wars convention, I met a few senators of the Emerald Garrison but no Princess Leia sniff. She must have known I was a trekkie, just not worthy enough - lol.

Loni Townsend said...

Yay! Short stories rock, Alex. Best of luck with the publishing!

Elephant's Child said...

Congratulations to all those authors.
And from this reader, a big thank you to writers. I need you.

Maurice Mitchell said...

It sounds like the short story is coming together Alex. I'm not too excited about the movies for August, but Fantastic Four's been a long time coming, so I hope it works out for Trank's sake.

Cherie Reich said...

Some books just seem to name themselves, and then others can be so much harder. Good luck coming up with a title for your short story, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LG, exactly.

Birgit, that made me chuckle.

Spacerguy, you're better because you are a Trekkie!

Liz A. said...

Funny thing about titles. They appear when you're not looking for them.

TRU at midnight. No, I did that madness for the decade I worked for them. Don't enter the place now except when forced.

So many books, so little time...

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Ooh, I'll have to check out the t-shirt!

I'm not seeing any movies on the list that appeal to me. However, I did put The House at the End of Time on my Netflix list, thanks to your recommendation. We have a friend of my daughter's staying with us because he had nowhere else to stay until his college dorm opens. He was looking for a good scary movie -- I told him about this one -- maybe we'll all watch it tonight!

Heather M. Gardner said...

ALEX!

You know it was my pleasure to read your story! I thought you were using After Dragon! If anything comes to mind, I'll let you know!

I like that Micheal and James are really good friends and that Patrick and Ian are like best friends. It's beyond awesome.

I want to see most of the movies. :)

I'm off to visit more people!

Heather

J E Oneil said...

Ooh, a short story. Fun :).

I'm really ambivalent about the new Fantastic Four movie. I've heard some people say it's going to be terrible and others like, well, maybe not. I'd actually probably go see Shaun the Sheep first.

M Pax said...

Titles are the bane of my existence. How about "After the Dragons" or something... Tail of the Dragon... I'm sure you'll come up wiht something better.

Carrie-Anne said...

Titles can be hard to come up with if you don't already have a good idea of where to go. Maybe you can find inspiration in a song lyric or movie quote, or a meaningful quote from another book.

Megan Morgan said...

Sometimes coming up with a title is a nightmare for me. If the idea for the title doesn't come with the idea for the story, I know I'm in for a time trying to figure one out.

Cindy said...

I can't wait for The Man from UNCLE to come out. The mysterious criminal organization in the old series was THRUSH, so I figure it's the same one.

Jenni Enzor said...

Congrats on having your book so close to being ready! Titles are hard for me, too. Sometimes I give my CPs a few for feedback. Do your betas have any suggestions?
Ooh, Shaun the Sheep looks fun. I love Aardman too. And U.N.C.L.E. sounds intriguing. I love spy movies about Russians.

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats on the short story! Titles are one of the last things to come to me. It will show up just in time, I bet.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hey, Alex,

Congrats on the short story!!!! I'm sure you'll come up with an AWESOME name for it. SO nice of you to offer it to us....


YOU are SOOOOO RIGHT about the Dungeons and Dragons movie being such a FLOP... Man was I disappointed when I had seen it...

The Shaun the SHEEP looks so fun... catch a LATE night showing...

Sheena-kay Graham said...

The title will come Alex. I have a bit of a similar situation with a retitling for one of my manuscripts. Best of luck with your story. Uncle and Dark Places are my August movies. No interest in this new Flatulence Four. Why do they need to turn them into young adults? We didn't get a teen Antman. Though I will suggest Alex that you check out the animated movie Son of Batman. It came on HBO Family and I enjoyed it. Thanks for hosting yet another fantastic IWSG. ☺

Emma Adams said...

Titles always take me longer to think of than writing the book...
Best of luck with the story! :)

Al Diaz said...

Does that mean you didn't like any of my title suggestions? Geez, that sucks ;)
Fellowship of the Dragon? What is that? A Dragon of the Stars fan group? Or me among stars? Now that could be accurate. :D

Donna McDine said...

My t-shirt came in the mail the other day! It's awesome!

J Q Rose said...

Congrats on your after Dragon story. I hate choosing a title for my own books. Something will bubble up through the murky waters and it will be the perfect title. Best wishes!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liz, you worked for them? Whoa...

Dianne, I hope you enjoy it.

Heather! I appreciate you taking the time to read it.

JE, I think the critics place it on the terrible side.

Mary, thanks for the suggestions.

Jenni, Aardman can do no wrong.

Michael, and we saw it surrounded by other D&D geeks...

Thanks for the recommendation Sheena-Kay, and that made me chuckle.

Al, fan group! I like that.

Donna, thanks for getting one.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

What? Dragon of the Stars doesn't have a happy ending? Noooo. I'm halfway through it. Okay, I'll read your story with the happier ending. :)

M.R. R. said...

Good look with the short story.

Shame Fantastic Four isn't doing so well with the critics. It's not like the other movies in the franchise have set the bar high.

John Wiswell said...

The Man from UNCLE actually looks fun, but I feel bad not having seen the original.

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't know...that midnight Star Wars event could make for some interesting people watching. You could get some VERY fun photos for your blog, for sure!

Kim Lajevardi said...

Enjoy finishing up the companion short. Good luck on the naming--that can be tricky sometimes.

Rhonda Albom said...

Big congratulations on your short story, and how cool that it will be free to your readers. As for IWSG - I am so pleased that I finally feel have something to offer with my post rather than just always asking for help. This group is awesome, and we owe it all to you. Thanks.

mail4rosey said...

That's funny about the new toy. I wonder how many people showed up?

Good luck to you in finding just the right name. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Some manuscripts are so easy to give a title too, while others are so hard. I'd like to see The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I never got to see the show and I've been curious about it, so I'd like to watch the movie.

Botanist said...

I love Aardman, and I still smile when I remember how Shaun got his name in "A Close Shave".

Raquel Byrnes said...

Congratulations on the upcoming completion of your story. Sounds like you've been busy! Thanks for the advice on the Steampunk genre convention. I think inviting a friend to dress up sounds brilliant, actually. You rock. :)

Samantha Geary Jones said...

Looking forward to reading your short story! I can help out with the title *I title music tracks & albums, so that would be write up my alley* Totally reading Shannon's story, though I suspect I'll need a night light afterwards. Even if Harrison Ford was handing out the toys at midnight, it still wouldn't be worth the suffering.
Cheers!
Uncharted

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Congrats on being almost ready with the new short story! Congrats to all the new releases, as well! I'm interested in Shaun the Sheep and Man from Uncle. If they do make a new D&D movie, I hope they get someone who can do it right and actually make a good movie.

Michael Pierce said...

That's exciting about your short story. Are you going to be putting it up on Amazon? None of the movies this month really interest me, but I'm getting plenty of TV binge watching Orange is the New Black. I have to finish all three seasons before my free month of Netflix is up. So that will get me through most of August. Haha.

SittieCates said...

Oh, wonderful news!

Lots of luck with that short story of yours, Alex!

And congrats to Shannon Lawrence for the upcoming short story that'll be published soon!

Helena said...

Titles can be so tough! May the best name possible come to you!

I am so definitely seeing Man from UNCLE. I watched that show when I was a little kid and developed a whopping crush on Illya Kuryakin.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I'm too excited about Daredevil to care about other movies right now. Actually, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. sounds good. I don't like screaming kids at movies either, and I'm a mom of two. Mine know how to behave in a theater, though. We just don't go that often.

Thank you for sharing Sanitarium!

I think it's great you're writing a followup short story! Can't wait.

Mark Koopmans said...

There is a countdown clock in our Toys R Expensive and I was like Oh, dear Lord, please don't let the boys see this...

Luckily, they didn't so I'm not going anywhere near that place on Sept the whatever it is :)

PS: Finally!!! One of the movies you mentioned is something I'd love to see.. The Man from UNICEF.

Loved the original TV series, no I did.

What was the name of the evil agency... oh, that's it... the K.A.R.D.A.S.H.I.A.N.S.

Thankfully, they don't exist in real life... what a nightmare that would be...

Denise Covey said...

Yes, Alex, I'm so excited for the latest releases, especially Nila's poem as she is such a cool friend! And looking forward to reading your short story! How exciting! Love writing and reading shorts!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Beverly, it's not an unhappy ending! There was just one aspect that made some of the readers really sad.

MRR, I know - all they had to do was make a decent film.

Stephanie, photos from a distance!

Rhonda, thank you!

Ian, that was a cute short.

Raquel, glad you liked my suggestion.

Samantha, I might call upon you for help. And no, especially if someone like Ford was there.

Michael, actually I'll just email it to whoever wants it.

Shannon, you're welcome!

Mark, I wouldn't go near it either. And that made me chuckle.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I think this release is a great idea! Could also function as a great incentive to sign up for your newsletter list (or you could write a prequel to serve that purpose).

Naming can be tricky! I know you'll do great.

Kristin Smith said...

That is awesome that you're writing a sequel novella to Dragon of the Stars! Very cool!

Henry Cavill? Yes, please!!! I had no idea he was coming out with a movie, but I am THERE! He's so dreamy... Lol.

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations to all the authors with new releases. Congratulations with your short story Alex! I find it so funny, because you always say your last book was the last . . . and then you write another:) Writing is addictive, hah? Don't worry, you will come up with a fantastic title.

Lisa said...

it takes effort and handwork and talent and a lot of support right Alex in writing and what ever we do in life, I look forward to learn what you call your next story

Patricia Lynne said...

I'm bad at title too. Unless it's a silly one, then I rock at them. My one bestie said I should just leave the silly ones because those alone would make people want to read the story. I'd like a real title, though, that helps explain what the story is.

Fantastic Four was the only movie I wanted to see, but I'm iffy. Plus, the theater is supposed to be closing soon, so I wasn't sure if I'd be able to see it in theaters. (Meijer bought the land for a super store so they are tearing down the only theater in 100 miles in the US. Canada has one across the river, but that requires going through customs and I'm not sure it's worth the hassle.)

Cherdo said...

Can I be included in the "insecure writers" if I freeze up when I do blog comments? I know I should raise the bar, but...I'm me.

L.G. Smith said...

Cool that you're writing a short story to go with the novel. And I am looking forward to Man from U.N.C.L.E. Loved that when I was a kid. :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

I hope you come up with a killer title for your story. Ask some of your beta readers, they might have good ideas. I think Man from UNCLE looks interesting. Thanks for all you do for the IWSG!
Play off the Page

N. R. Williams said...

Congratulations on yet another book. It wasn;t that long ago that you questioned whether you'd continue to write. Names are tricky.
Nancy

S. L. Hennessy said...

I'm so excited to read the short story! Did I miss it or is the release date still pending?

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I'm looking forward to Fantastic 4 and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I've been watching the original series to get in the mood.

My insecurity lies in the fact that I forgot it was the first Wednesday of the month!! Man, three days at a conference can really mess with your schedule.

Susan Kane said...

Any relative of Wallace and Gromit is a friend of mine.

I do not hold out hopes for Man from UNCLE. How can you beat David McCallum?

Fantastic Four has to up its game, despite itself.

klahanie said...

Awesome co-host, indeed! Nice to read that you are working on a short story that comes after Dragon of the Stars. I like short stories as much as I like short blog posts.

I've never been insecure about my writing. Probably because I'm totally relaxed about it all. No pressure. Just a bit of fun and therapy.

Enjoy your weekend, Alex.

Gary

Lynda R Young said...

Hopefully they've done a good job on the Fab4

Emilyann Girdner said...

Good luck on your short story. And the Love Stories cover is pretty cute :)

Shah Wharton said...

Congrats on getting the short done! And I'm impatiently awaiting The Man From U.N.C.L.E. !! It sounds/looks awesome. :)

shahwharton.com

DMS said...

Sounds like you have been busy! Hope you come up with a title soon. :) Sometimes they come out of nowhere.

I wonder if the midnight Toys R Us event will be more kids or adults. I will not be attending, but I bet there are a lot of people out there who will go. I always enjoyed getting my Harry Potter books 4-7 at the midnight celebration.
~Jess

Patricia Stoltey said...

The sheep movie idea tickles me. I might have to try that one.

Sherry Ellis said...

No way am I going to Toys R Us at midnight! I think my Toys are Us days are over - at least until the grandkids come. ;0)

Feather Stone said...

I'm still reeling over the emotional impact of War Horse. But then, any movie with a horse in it and I'm useless for a long time afterward. When I saw Sea Biscuit, I sat in the theatre's last row with a box of kleenex. Happy, sad, terrifying - I'll cry and cry.
Blessings; so grateful to you and your team for IWSG.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth, I could write a prequel to CassaStar.

Murees, again, I blame my fans.

Patricia, that's a long way to drive.

Cherdo, sure, why not?

LG! Good to hear from you.

Mary, I will.

SL, it's pending on when I finish polishing!

Jenn, no worries.

Susan, unfortunately, it forgot to play.

Lynda, according to the reviews, it stinks.

Jess, it will probably be a mix.

Feather, my wife cried through those as well.

Nicki Elson said...

Ug - coming up with titles is the worst! But you've done well so far, I'm sure you'll come up with something good.

Fellowship of the Dragon - LOVE it!

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on the short story, Alex!
Who knows, maybe it will mark the beginning of the next phase of your writing journey - the short story phase.
Congrats to everybody featured in the ninja news.

ilima said...

Good luck finishing your story!

Robin said...

Hey Alex,

I'm kinda sorta back. Still on vacation, but no longer at camp.

Good news about your short story/alt ending for your novel. Sounds like things are still rocking in your world:)

~Robin

Michael G D'Agostino said...

I'm keen to see what else Cavill can do after his success with Superman.

Mason T. Matchak said...

I misread the subject line as saying something about an IWSG movie and was very confused for a moment. O_o

And everything I've heard about the new Fantastic 4 movie has been bad, so I'm expecting to see some dismal numbers from the weekend. They announced that there would be a sequel quite a while ago, so I can't help but wonder if that will actually happen. Meh.

Madilyn Quinn said...

Looking forward to watching Fantastic Four at some point in the future. The kiddo will likely want to see Shaun the Sheep haha

Deniz Bevan said...

That Toys R Us event sounds like a nightmare. But, aww, Shaun the Sheep! Is that the same guys that did Wallace and Gromit? Those two are adorable.
Congratulations on a new story! I finished CassaFire a few days ago -- loved it! I'm glad Byron's not lonely anymore. Love the way you built up the relationship gradually over the novel. Why did it take me so long to read these?!

Kimberly said...

Congrats on your short story! And now I have some new movies to add to my list - I hadn't heard of The Man from U.N.C.L.E or Hitman: Agent 47. I just saw the Mission Impossible sequel last night.

Sandra Cox said...

Looking forward to UNCLE.
Hope you're having a great weekend, Alex.

Sher A. Hart said...

Sorry so late. Blame it on my eating malfunction.

A little happier ending sounds good to me if the story ended anything like The Hunger Games in tone, and a short story sounds like a good way to reward your loyal readers. And yeah, movies can't replace reading.

Cynthia said...

I think I recall seeing Shannon mentioning her story in one of her blog posts. Excited for her!

Sandra Almazan said...

Sorry I'm so late responding to this post. Congrats on the short story! I look forward to reading it. I'm sure you'll come up with a suitable title for it too.

If my son still liked his Star Wars Legos, I'd consider the midnight event. Alas, he's moved on to Jurassic World and seems to be losing interest in Star Wars. I hope he still likes his Jawa costume anyway.

farawayeyes said...

Looks like James Cameron is laughing all the way to the bank.

I'm not a fan of movie remakes as they usually aren't better than the first.

With response to your questions about blogging: YES, I'm very intimidated to leave comments anymore. I only visit a few blogs and am very careful about my comments (I probably shouldn't leave this one, but as I'm about done with blogging, it shouldn't matter). A few months ago I left a silly comment at a blog (after other bloggers had also joked about similar things) the blogger went nuts all over me and even after others explained and explained they simply would not let it go. When I found out about it and the terrible things the blogger at said about me at their site, I thought it best to simply back away. Then others bloggers whom I had known for some time, and trusted, got involved and sided with the nutjob (I never asked anyone to side with me) This hurt me more than even I could imagine. I've had a hard time getting over it and visit very few blogs and leave comments anymore. I'm about ready to give it up completely, This isn't the friendly community a lot of folks make it out to be. There is a dark underbelly that picks and chooses who is their good boddy.

Anyway, you asked, so I told you. Maybe not a good idea, but at least I goot it off my chest.

Yolanda Renee said...

I was here Monday, got distracted by life but now I'm back.

Iron Maiden gets my vote. I enjoyed seeing the lyrics, and the drum work! Excellent! The other one, maybe because I didn't have the lyrics, sounded to gravelly.

That trivia you posted, oh my gosh, zilch, nothing! Duh!

Congratulations on all your success!