Monday, September 14, 2015

The Martian Reviewed, Godzilla and King Kong, America’s Got Talent, Iron Maiden and Muse Album Reviews, and Ninja News!

Entertainment News

The upcoming film, The Martian, was just reviewed at the Toronto International Film Festival.
According to JoBlo’s site -
As such, The Martian really is terrific family entertainment. There's plenty of action – including excellent use of 3D and tons of humor, but the absolute best thing is how inspiring a tale it winds up being. It's nice to see a big studio flick that aims for optimism and certainly it feels like a crowd-pleasing hit waiting to happen. Even if you're burnt out on space movies – this is a trip to Mars well-worth taking.
That’s good to know!

Caught this on several sites, including Deadline. Godzilla and King Kong might appear in a movie together.
Blastr had this to say -
Studio shake-up bringing Godzilla and King Kong together for eventual face off According to the report, the eventual team-up film will follow after Godzilla 2 and Skull Island, and everyone involved is working quickly to lock up all the necessary rights and contracts. Agreements are also being worked up with Japan-based Toho, rightsholder for Godzilla. For what it’s worth, Skull Island is set to open in March 2017 and Godzilla 2 is slated for July 2018. Following that trend, we’d imagine Godzilla vs. King Kong (or whatever they call it) will hit the big screen around 2019(?)
My thoughts?
First, they talk as if this will be a first. Um, anyone else remember 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla? (Note the image there.)
Second, it should be a short film. Godzilla has atomic breath. Gorilla flambé in three, two, one…

America’s Got Talent
The show is heading into the final week of its tenth season. What’s amazing is there are six comedian and/or magicians remaining out of ten acts. Obviously, people are wanting to laugh more than anything.
While I’m still surprised Siro-A didn’t make the final cut, I’m placing my bets on Paul Zerdin, the ventriloquist. The dude is talented and hilariously funny!

Face Off
In its ninth season, Face Off is nearing the halfway point. If you’ve never watched an episode, check it out at least once. It’s fascinating how the contestants go from concept to finished creation in just three days.
Hard to tell who will win this one, as none of the contestants really stand out yet…

Music Reviews

Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls
Whoever thought Iron Maiden wasn’t relevant anymore hasn’t heard this new album. These guys have released one of their best albums in the twilight of their career.
There are many stand out tracks, including Speed of Light, The Great Unknown, and Tears of a Clown. (The last one is about Robin Williams and those who suffer from depression.)
If you don’t like Maiden, this won’t change your mind. If you do like Maiden, then rock on!

Muse – Drones
Here’s a band that I’ve always dug, but their pop and electronic influences never hooked me enough to buy an album. Drones definitely changed that for me.
Whatever you thought of Muse in the past, this is a rock album. Produced by the great Mutt Lang, this album has influences from Radiohead, Queen, Pink Floyd, and about a hundred other bands, all blended together to make a great record.
Check it out!

Ninja News

At the Insecure Writer’s Support Group site today, we are honored to have special guest, New York Times best-selling author, Ruth Harris! She’s discussing The Creative Habit, so stop by.

Today’s Themes That Rocked the Challenge feature at the A to Z Blog is on Elizabeth Mueller and her art, flower, and My Little Pony theme. Those three things together? You bet – go check it out.

If you missed it, Shady Dell posted Shawn and Gus from Psych competing in Rock Jeopardy – with Alex J. Cavanaugh Trebek hosting. And it’s hilarious!

Don’t forget the IWSG Anthology Contest is open until November 1! The theme is Alternate History/Parallel Universe and any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging (must post for the IWSG at least once in September or October) or Facebook member. Winners will be published in a royalty-paying anthology next year.

I’ve been asked to contribute to an anthology with the theme of ‘turning points.’ Still working on an idea and hope to plot it and begin writing by next weekend. Yeah, wish me luck…

And those of you who’ve read Dragon of the Stars, don’t forget the follow-up short story, Dragon’s Destiny, is yours for free. Just email me and tell me what happens to Aden at the then of Dragon of the Stars and which eBook version you need – ePub, Mobi, or a PDF.

Awesome new release!
The Amaranthine by Murees Dupé
Find it on Amazon (paperback), Amazon Kindle, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Scribed, Inktera, Oyster, Tolino, and Goodreads

The Affected BOGO is Upon Us…
Author Randi Lee is running a buy one, get one promotion for two of her books: purchase a copy of Randi Lee’s “Affected” between September 14—22, 2015 and receive a free eBook version of “Snap! A Quite Quick Collection.” To receive your free eBook, e-mail a copy of your receipt for the purchase of “Affected” to: randi.leeATmail.com.
Find Affected on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s, and Kobo

Anyone excited to see The Martian this fall? Think Godzilla vs. King Kong is a good idea? Watching Face Off? Fan of either Maiden or Muse? Entering the anthology contest? Read Dragon of the Stars yet? See a book you want? And who’s your favorite on America’s Got Talent…?

168 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Love that you have been asked to contribute to an anthology. Turning points is a very broad category - with lots of promise.

Murees Dupé said...

Thank you so much for the shout-out, Alex! You are awesome!

I can't wait to see the Martian. I've seen the trailer and it looks good. I'm heading over to check out Ruth Harris's post now. Thank you again. Have a great week:)

Mason Canyon said...

Have to check out The Martian, sounds interesting. I am so not in touch with current music. Congrats on your contribution to the anthology. Oh, and I agree about King Kong, no match for that atomic breath.

Sandra Almazan said...

The Passive Voice blog featured an article about The Martian yesterday. The author received a lot of input to get all the science right.

I do have an idea for the anthology, but I'm so behind on my own projects I doubt I'll have time to work on the story before the deadline.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on being asked to write for the anthology. I've never written a short story.

Stay Classy Publishing said...

Thanks so much for the mention today, Alex! You're so totally the man!!!! And congrats on that anthology pick--I hear some pretty nifty authors have been asked to contribute ;-)

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Iron Maiden is still putting out fresh music? I didn't know that!

Wonder if they will ignore Godzilla's breath for this movie in order to make it work?

Francis Lee said...

May go see the martian now, sounds like a good flick!

randi lee said...

PS--"Stay Classy Publications" is my other blogger account---just realized that I thanked you from the wrong Google account!


A BIG THANK YOU FROM ME TO YOU, ALEX! YOU'RE THE MAN!!!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - the Iron Maiden sounds really interesting .. I think I must get that. While there's so many great ideas to read ... and the IWSG posting ... while the Anthology will be excellent and such a great introduction for short story writers to try. Cheers Hilary

Rhonda Albom said...

While not normally my choice in movie or music, you made both The Martian and Iron Maiden seem interesting.

nashvillecats2 said...

Great post as usual Alex, will pop over to the other blogs you mentioned.
Yvonne.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Hubby and I enjoyed Dragon's Destiny. :)

kaykuala said...

The Martians got rave review which is worth a peek. Will look out for it. The ventriloquist in America's Got Talent is fantastic, stands a good chance!

Hank

ediFanoB said...

Seems there are still many people who did not read "The Martian". There is still time left until the movie will hit the cinemas.

I really look forward to see the movie.

Congratulations! I sure your anthology contribution will be a good one.
'turning points' is an interesting theme and you dilivered several turning points in your books. But as I know from other writers, to write a short story is different compared to a full novel.

Fingers crossed and good luck!


mshatch said...

I do want to see The Martian! I read the book and loved it :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Murees, you're welcome!

Mason, he'd be toast.

Natalie, this will only be my second one.

Randi Lee, you're welcome! And you are classy.

Elizabeth, they are still rocking!

Thanks, Donna!

Hank, yes he does.

Edi, I still need to read it. And I have a great turning point picked out.

M.J. Fifield said...

I'm looking forward to seeing The Martian. It'll be the first movie in a long while to which I won't be dragging my significant other. He'll actually be in line ahead of me.

Didn't know Muse had a new (newer?) album. I'll have to go check it out.

Oh, I must check out what Shawn and Gus are up to now.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

When I read THE MARTIAN way back, I thought it would make a great movie - and it looks like it will be! Very excited! :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Lots of exciting things going on! I've never watched America's Got Talent but when we were in L.A., someone offered us tickets to watch it. We were down near the Chinese Theater--apparently people hang out there, looking for audience members. He warned us that taping goes on for HOURS and we have to be able to stay the whole time. We decided not to go...I don't know if I could sit somewhere for six or seven hours like that. I'm too impatient!

Jeremy Hawkins said...

MARTIANS, MAIDEN,MUSE... sign me up I have been enjoying the Muse for sometime now and the I am thrilled about Iron Maiden too... with a lot of the modern music just being awful or I am too old. Some of the groups do shine above and welcome back some of those classics.

Martians trailer has grabbed me in, I know I want to see it... fingers crossed.

AGT,I normally watch though this year missed so much... so many talented people. We always looked for the stand out person, this year so many.

Happy Day!

Jeremy

A Beer For The Shower said...

The Martian was the best bad book I've ever read. Or the worst good book. The author - terrible at describing things. Everything is incredibly matter of fact, no emotion whatsoever. And yet I kept flipping pages because I had to know how he solved these problems. If the movie is similar (and hopefully better on the emotional front) it's one I'm very eager to see.

Deborah Hawkins said...

I have so many books on my e-reader, by the time I get to Dragon, the short will probably be for sale. lol

T. Drecker said...

The Martian wasn't on my to-see list yet, but now it's struck my interest. Wouldn't want to see Godzilla vs. King Kong though. As to the anthology, I'm working on something...maybe...kind of...see what comes out.

Elsie Amata said...

I haven't listened to Maiden in forever and a day. I have Disturbed's new album streaming on Spotify. It's pretty good.

I'm with you - I think Paul Zerdin may just take the whole thing. The stand up comedian that made it through reminds me too much of Taylor Williamson. Did you watch Last Comic Standing? It was a short season but the addition of Norm Macdonald was the best!

Christine Rains said...

Of course Godzilla would beat King Kong easily! Unless King Kong becomes a cyborg. I've seen a few episodes of this season of Face Off. Love that show! I finally got to see the newest Avengers movie this weekend. Fantastic!

Pat Hatt said...

I'll have to see The Martian then, sounds like it may be good. Look at you writing more, and said you didn't know if you would haha congrats on the anthology addition.

Stephen Hayes said...

"The Martian" is definitely a movie I intend to see. I hope you have a terrific week. Take care.

Stephen Tremp said...

Glad to hear the great review for The Martian. We're looking forward to seeing it.

America's Got Talent is one of our favorite shows. Good laughs are hard to find on TV these days.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Did you need a crowbar to get all this info into your your post today?

Awesome!

I think I just heard that The Martian was a self-pubbed book, too. Doesn't hurt to get an all star cast and Ridley Scott.

I wonder if gorilla flambe tastes like chicken?

The husband really wants the new Iron Maiden album.
I do like Muse. I watch them on Youtube all the time. Epic music from a very talented band.

ALEX!!!
Have a great week!
Heather

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

MJ, their new one really rocks.

Stephanie, that's a long time...

Jeremy, there have been so many talented people this year on the show. I want them all to win.

Brandon and Bryan, that's good to know. I still haven't read it yet.

Deborah, no worries! And it will always be free.

T, glad you're working on a story!

Elsie, I didn't see it. MacDonald is hilarious.

Pat, I know, I know!

Stephen, yes they are.

Karen Walker said...

How cool to be asked to contribute to an anthology - kudos to you and I know you'll write something wonderful. You always do.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I CAN'T WAIT to see The Martian! It's one of the few movies where I really want to go on opening weekend. I'm hoping we can make it a family outing (a rare thing these days, with one daughter taking community college classes and working and the other daughter involved in marching band -- and also pretty grumpy about spending time with family). But we listened to this book on Audible in the car together on last spring's ski trip to Vermont. So I want us to see the movie together, too.

Shell Flower said...

The Martian sounds pretty cool. Good to hear it has positive reviews. As for Godzilla vs. King Kong, ugh, really? Really? Anyway, the Amarathine looks cool, been seeing that book around a lot this week. Good luck with the anthology, too!

Gwen Gardner said...

I'll have to stop by to check out The Creative Habit. Having a bit of trouble with that right now.

Thanks for all the news, Alex!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

i don't see how Godzilla could lose that fight.

I'm pulling for Piff the Magic Dragon and Mr. Piffles!

L.G. Keltner said...

I definitely want to see The Martian.

It's awesome that you were asked to contribute to an anthology!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

That's good news about The Martian. We need more uplifting movies! Godzilla vs. King Kong? I'd watch it, even if it were short -'cause it's Godzilla...and King Kong.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Godzilla can take multiple types of ammunition. King Kong dies from airplanes shooting him. No contest.

S.K. Anthony said...

Yay, congrats on being asked to contribute to the anthology, you can so do it!!!

The Martian looks interesting! :D

John Wiswell said...

As soon as Legendary announced Skull Island, I figured they were doing it to get King Kong ready to fight Godzilla. Post-Avengers, I imagine every major company is looking for potential crossovers. I just hope it's good!

Sherry Ellis said...

Not sure about King Kong vs. Godzilla. King Kong doesn't have a chance against the fire-breathing monster!

I've started working on the IWSG Anthology contest. I wrote over 2,000 words so far. I was also asked to contribute to Randi's anthology. I have an idea, but I'll have to work on it after I get the IWSG thing done. Lots of writing going on at my pad!

Anne O'Leary said...

I hope they get to do Godzilla and King Kong together. It has to be filmed in Japan though. Then if that is successful, I'm going to want to see Godzilla and Mothra on the screen.

Hey, I saw you made #1 on the Cats blog last week. It made me do a double take and gave me a good chuckle. Congratulations!!!!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Good luck on your new story idea. I'm kind of a Muse fan and I'm really looking forward to The Martian. The book was great. I never watch those competition shows of any kind so I don't have an opinion on them.

Bish Denham said...

I think the Godzilla/King Kong movie will be about special effects and how much destruction they can do on humans... not interested. However, The Martian sounds interesting. On America's Got Talent, I like Piff the Magic Dragon myself. :)

Jay Noel said...

I'm looking forward to seeing The Martian for sure. Especially since Andy Weir self published his novel back in 2011. It's pretty amazing to see how successful Andy has become.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm happy to learn that comedians and ventriloquists (magicians too) are getting more recognition. The world needs laughter, and so I shall keep working on bringing it on.

Have a great week, Alex.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

ooh I've seen some of AGT! I'm super excited for The Voice to start though, that's probably my favorite. And American Idol which is in its last year this season (starting Jan!)

Chrys Fey said...

I'm surprised that King Kong and Godzilla haven't been in a movie together before.

I'm not an Iron Maiden fan but I would give the Muse album a listen.

Mina Burrows said...

I want to see Martian too. I'm not sure about the Kong/Godzilla gig but maybe after I saw a clip I might change my mind.

By the way Dragon’s Destiny sounds fantastic! Very excited for you.

Joanne said...

congrats on the anthology invite - turning points is a neat subject. Have fun with it - ballet theme in space? Maybe not. The Martian has sounded like a winner and I like the cast. Never been into Godzilla (the last movie was such a bomb), and I like old original black and white King Kong - so fake and yet so good. Muse tends to infiltrate my brain with their music, so Drone might just take it over. Have not been watching network TV, but that will change when Shondaland is back in session on Thurs evening. Have a great week!

Patricia Lynne said...

Good luck with your anthology submission. I toyed with the idea, but haven't really had anything strike me. Plus, not sure I can work in the time with the day job and my own writing chores.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Heather! I bet it does taste like chicken. And pick up that album for your husband.

Dianne, I hope you can pull everyone together for a show.

Holly, yeah, so would I...

Holy Ghost, exactly!

John, you're probably right.

Sherry, awesome!

Anne, that was my third time at number one this year! I'm on a roll.

Bish, Piff is a popular choice.

Robyn, you do a great job!

Thanks, Mina!

Joanne, no ballet in space...

Catherine Stine said...

I'm looking forward to seeing The Martian. And that Drone-Muse cover looks awesome! I am curious and will have to check 'em out. I just saw Van Halen, and this week I will see one of my fave guys - Billy Cobham, a fusion drummer who played with Miles and also The Mahavishnu Orchestra before forming his own band.

cleemckenzie said...

It will be fun to see a new Martian invasion. As to the anthology, it sounds like fun. I love to read about parallel universes, but I don't write about it very well. I'll just have to enjoy reading what others write.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I hear that Pacific Rim might be factored into the mix with King Kong and Godzilla, too. I plan to see THE MARTIAN when it comes out. Great that you were asked to write a short story for an anthology. As Elephant's Child says: turning points gives you a wide horizon to set down a story. Best of luck.

Robin said...

I'm actually playing around with a short story idea for the anthology. I'm not sure it will work as a short story. My brain tends to think in terms of novel length stories, but we'll see!

Birgit said...

I have seen King Kong vs. Godzilla and love that shlock:) Is it good to remake it? Whoever is thinking this is a good idea needs to be locked away for a long time and be placed back on their meds. I love Face off! You are right that i can't figure out who is just great but there are 2 older guys on there that seem to be quite good (can't think of their names). I was so looking forward to see how Ophelia would look and when i saw the mess I was just wondering what was he thinking?

Karen Peterson said...

I'm so excited for The Martian. I think Chris might even be convinced about it now. He wasn't interested until he started seeing more commercials.

The Happy Whisk said...

"Gorilla flambé in three, two, one…"

Hahahahaha. Loved that bit.

Patsy said...

Congratulations on being asked to contribute to the anthology. I'm sure you'll come up with something good.

Al Penwasser said...

NIce picture of King Kong vs Godzilla. Looks like the lizard is zapping Kong with his fire breath. No wonder the big ape has his arms in the air.

Charles Gramlich said...

Looking forward to The Martian. both book and movie

Connie Keller said...

I was wondering how the movie was. I just finished the novel (loved it) and can't wait to see the movie.

Spacerguy said...

Godzilla and King kong in a face off. Hmmm I think atomic breath stands a good chance at winning. Go get em Godzilla!!!

Jean Baldridge Yates said...

Dear Alex,
Glad you like Drones! My son Jim Bilus' band, The Ruse, is touring with Muse for four concerts Asia during this month's tour coming up. Jim has a new album out as well, dropping tomorrow. Here: http://www.rusemusic.com/
It's all good! Love that kid.Yay!
:)
jean

Arlee Bird said...

AGT is one of the few TV shows I've been actually watching aside from news now and then. I like the singing duo The Craig Lewis band, but I'm partial to stand up comics. I'll see what everyone does next.

Shady gave you a starring role in the post at his site.

Lee

Julie Flanders said...

Congrats on your anthology inclusion - that sounds like a great theme and something you can really work with. Good luck!

Andrew Leon said...

I will probably see The Martian.
That's about all I have today.

Suzanne Furness said...

Haven't managed to catch a movie in weeks, maybe I will have chance next week. Good luck with the anthology submission.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Catherine, very cool.

Roland, I'd heard that as well.

Robin, hope you make it work!

Birgit, I don't know what he was thinking. Been some real misses this year.

Ivy, I am hear to amuse!

Al, yeah, nailed him in his privates.

Jean, that is amazing! What fortune.

Lee, yes he did!

Andrew, if you had more, I'd be shocked.

Lydia Kang said...

Your posts always remind me of how often I don't get out to the movies!

Sandra Cox said...

Boy, the Iron Maiden's been around for a while.

Congrats to Muree's.

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Alex J! Thanks for the blog plug, good buddy.

I have a question. Is Godzilla vs. King Kong based on a true story?

SA Larsenッ said...

I remember those Godzilla and King Kong movies. Ooh, and Creature Double Feature. Gosh, how I loved to watch that stuff with my grandparents. :)

Melissa said...

I'm working on Dragon!

Mutt. What a name. I'll have to use that in one of my books.

Susan Kane said...

Really looking for The Martian. We listened to the audio book on a very long drive, enjoyed it.

As for Godzilla vs. King Kong..been there, done that, but the new Computer effects might up the game.

Carol Kilgore said...

Did not know Iron Maiden was still making music. Will definitely check that one out. Isn't Murees' cover gorgeous!

J E Oneil said...

Godzilla and King Kong...are we in the fifties or something?

I can't wait to hear the new Iron Maiden songs. :)

Cherie Reich said...

I'm glad The Martian is getting good reviews. It looks like a great movie.

Brandon Ax said...

Yeah on the Godzilla vs King Kong thing. I just never got it. The size difference alone would be the end of that fight.

Cindy said...

I'm excited about "The Martian" as you might have suspected. It's based on a book that was originally self-published.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I'll be seeing "The Martian" on opening weekend! Can't wait. Big Matt Damon fan here.

Jemi Fraser said...

Good luck with the anthology story!
Martian sounds good - as long as it's not in 3D. I HATE 3D!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Shady, possibly!

Sheri, you are an awesome geek.

Melissa, you should. And thanks!

Susan, true.

Carol, yes!

JE, pick it up - you won't be disappointed.

Brandon, exactly!

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats on the anthology!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Months and months ago my son told me to read The Martian. He was encouraging me with my writing because he'd read about this author who couldn't get this book published. And now look at him!!!! Looking forward to seeing this movie.

Donna McDine said...

My husband and I have become big fans of the American Ninja Warriors. Better get upstairs to watch the finale tonight!

Lynda R Young said...

You've perked up my interest in The Martian. I was kinda so-so before.
Re music. I know you love your metal bands and I recently heard Disturb's new album. It actually wasn't bad for metal (No, I'm not normally a metal fan). They also did an excellent rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's Sound of Silence. Very good.

Truedessa said...

I thought of writing a story I have an idea floating in my head, but I guess I will leave it to ISWG, so many talented authors. I am sure the competition will be tight. I may just write it for myself, as my muse wants to have a say.

Thanks for all your support Alex, it means a lot...

peace and light...

Cathy Keaton said...

I'm really excited to see The Martian! But I'm going to read the book, first, which I just bought. Hopefully, it's really good. :)

Emily R. King said...

Godzilla vs. King Kong would be interesting. I vote for the ape!

Liz A. said...

I have only heard good things about The Martian. What sort of plot will they get for Godzilla vs King Kong? Oh wait. That might make a good what if...

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Can't wait to see The Martian.

Amerca's Got Talent has produced many show worthy talents. They are after the comedians and magicians this season. That speaks laughter and fantasy.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I watch America's Got Talent. Haven't seen any of the others.

Tammy Theriault said...

Face off. Stop right there. Best show!! Love it!

Michael G D'Agostino said...

I'm more exasperated than anything else by Godzilla vs King Kong. Production companies hate taking risks with movies these days. It's all either sequels of older films, adaptions of stories from other media or remakes of films that were successful decades ago.

Belle said...

From the review, I am excited to see Martian. We wait until it is on Netflix though. I would only like a fight between Godzilla and King Kong if the King won. When I was a kid, I loved that old movie with Fay Wray in it. The first time I saw it, I was terrified. My brother, sister and I never liked the Godzilla movies. I think because he seemed fake whereas Kong looked authentic. I did just start reading your book, Dragon of the Stars. Can't wait to see what happens next.

Helena said...

I definitely want to see The Martian, that and Spielberg's Bridge of Fear--both sound like movies about someone doing the right thing and being courageous.

Love your remark about Gorilla flambé. Poor old King Kong.

Medeia Sharif said...

I love Muse. Such good entertainment news here. I'm writing a short story to submit to the anthology.

Denise Covey said...

Love Murees Dupre's book. The cover is super too. Will check out Ruth Harris' post.

mail4rosey said...

I didn't know there were comedians on the show. That is a lot to make the finals. I'm curious now to check it out (Am. got Talent).

Heather R. Holden said...

I'm a huge Muse fan, but hadn't realized a new album was coming out. (I'm so behind on music releases anymore!) Will definitely need to check "Drones" out...

And oh, how exciting about that anthology. Good luck with all the plotting and writing!

Jo said...

Read your blog yesterday then got interrupted LOL. I am looking forward to the Martian.

rolandclarke.com said...

The Martian is still on my Must Read list, and now after being pointed to JoBlo’s site and the review of the film, that has to be on my Must Watch list. Thanks Alex for the heads-up.

Liz Fichera said...

I am a total fan of the original, campy, black and white Godzilla and King Kong movies. Have seen them a thousand times. I'm always leery of remakes.

P.S. Hi Alex! It's been a long summer. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lynda, I'm sure those guys are rolling over in their graves with that cover!

Truedessa, write it anyway! You never know.

Liz, yes it would!

Belle, thank you!

Helena, he doesn't stand a chance...

Medeia, excellent!

Liz, glad you're back!

Yolanda Renee said...

Godzilla and King Kong, why not!

Enjoy Face Off, but will have to catch up.

Wonderful that you're onto a new plot - happy writing!

Finished the first draft for the IWSG anthology. But it's 6800 words, and I write flash fiction - yeah, I'm a wordy writer in real life! :)

Sandra Cox said...

Good morning, Alex. Congrats on the anthology. That will be fun.

Robyn Campbell said...

Alex, there are actually folks who DON'T like Iron Maiden?? Say it ain't true. Love all of their music. Especially, Run to the Hills and Hallowed BE Thy Name. Will get this.

New plot? Hooray. Wishing you a ton of luck. But you don't the luck. Because my friend, you have the habit of creativity. :-)

Speaking of Dragon's Destiny, HOORAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!! Tamsin and Aden. YEAH! What a great way to tie all that together. LOVED it.

P.S. The Martian is a MUST SEE!

Robyn Campbell said...

Don't NEED the luck. Typos are so UGLY. :-)

Madilyn Quinn said...

Good luck on that anthology you got invited to!!

I'm going to try and see The Martian, but outer space movies/books tend to freak me out a little... we'll see! A Godzilla VS King Kong movie would be ridiculous. Yeah, Kong is bigger than the average ape, but he's nowhere near the size to properly take on Godzilla... who has, you know... atomic breath. Seriously.

diedre Knight said...

Now I will have to see The Martian! Seems a stretch to think that after the Jurassic park movies, Godzilla still has a place a in this world...
Exhilarating interview with Ruth Harris! "Turning points" is a terrific theme - very best wishes! Wish I had something to submit for your anthology but what I had in mind is not a good fit after all so I will try again next time:-) Watching that Novruzov guy on AGT is a heart-stopping experience and the Craiglewis band can truly belt the R&B :-)But then I only happen on the show from time to time... I think the 'wrecking ball' phrase is a bit overused these days, do you?

D.G. Hudson said...

The Martian looks great to me! Came here looking to see if you joined the BOTBs, Alex, but alas.

Dean K Miller said...

The Martian sounds good. No surprise we want to laugh and/or see things disappear. The world around us doesn't offer (via media sources) much to enjoy.

Fundy Blue said...

Can't wait to see "The Martian," Alex! Have you read the book by Andy Weir? He self-published on Amazon, and it got picked up by a book publisher! I read it last year and loved it. It's very accurate with regard to the actual topography of Mars ~ I checked that out thoroughly out of curiosity! Have a good one!

Intangible Hearts said...

The rhino story by Ruth Harris sounds great and I don't want the ventriloquist to win because they already had a ventriloquist win once. I'm thinking it's time for a dance group but who knows. Fun to watch.

Jeffrey Scott said...

Lot's of great stuff her today.
The Martian film looks good. I really want to go see it. Me and movies I want to see but never do. :(
King Kong vs Godzilla. I'll always place my vote for Godzilla. He's always been my favourite movie monster. King King? Meh
America's Got Talent - Can't believe I missed this season. But it's such an investment of TV watching. I opted for Big Brother as the Summer show to watch. Yes, I know. Insult me all you wish for liking Big Brother, I find it entertaining.
Face Off - I don't believe I've ever watched it. Is that the one where they use make-up and such to create interesting creatures? The closest I've come to watching is the one time it was featured on Doctor Who. The Face-Off series was still running in the far, far future, but had changed slightly, more horrific. It's like they say. Face. Off.

Nick Wilford said...

King Kong vs Godzilla? It might be a laugh fest, but the inevitable CGI doesn't quite have the charm of the old movies, where you could see the stitching. I love Muse's insane ambition, and good to see Maiden are still going strong! I'm sure you'll craft an excellent addition to the anthology.

Patricia Stoltey said...

In spite of my addiction to reality shows and music/dance competition shows, I never got into America's Got Talent. Now that American Idol has only one more season run, I have to finally check out AGT and see if I like it.

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Hi human, Alex,

Sorry about my no doubt notable absence from commenting on your notable blog site. Too busy looking after my human, Gary.

America's Got Talent is almost as bad as Britain's Got Talent. King Kong versus a revived Bambi is something I would watch.

There are Martians taking over the British government.

Pawsitive wishes and all the beast, um, best,

Penny!

Carrie-Anne said...

Good luck with coming up with an idea for the anthology!

A lot of X vs. Y movies seem to be rather hokey and cheesy, though there are probably a few worth watching.

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on the invitation to be part of the 'turning points' anthology. I'm sure your story will rock!
Congrats to Murees on the release!
Ruth's article over at IWSG website was great.
I caught some episodes of America's Got Talent (I THINK it's the 2015 contest... they sometimes have re-runs of the previous year too...)

Michael Abayomi said...

I am also a longtime fan of Muse, and their latest album Drones is indeed a much welcome return to form. I've been hearing good things about the new Iron Maiden album as well, and even though I am not a fan, I think I might have to check it out soon.

Loni Townsend said...

I think the ventriloquist has a good shot at winning America's Got Talent. There's a lot of talent out there. I was disheartened the year the dogs won, but at least even those who don't win still find promotion by participating.

Karen Lange said...

Wow, lots happening this week! Appreciate all the info. Enjoy the rest of the week!

Crystal Collier said...

I really want to enter the contest. I've got 5 more deadlines before the end of the year, and they're feeling pretty overwhelming, but seriously, who wants to miss out on such a wonderful opportunity?

KAT Writer said...

So much going on. I am happy to hear good reviews for The Martian the trailers looked good.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

The Martian sounds really good! I appreciate movies that throw humor into the mix. About Godzilla and King Kong — I'd have to agree with the gorilla flambé... Good luck with your anthology story! I loved Elizabeth Mueller's A to Z theme. Heading over to check out IWSG. Have a great week!

David P. King said...

Been looking forward to The Martian, and glad the reviews are coming in positive. :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I watched a few episodes of Face Off when it first came out, it's a cool show. The Martian is a movie a really want to see. Godzilla vs. King Kong can work if they get the story right.

Ava Quinn said...

I don't know if they can beat the 60's version of King Kong v. Godzilla. But then again I love that stuff. Especially Ray Harryhausen films. I'm just a simple girl. No hd hi tech cgi special effects for me. :D

M Pax said...

I saw the trailer for The Martian when seeing Jurassic World. I have hopes for it. I enjoyed the book. Yes, more giant lizards! However, Godzilla doesn't eat people, which I think is a major giant lizard flaw.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Alex, where do I go to see a particular review from the past?

Thanks for helping me choose the right movie for movie night.

Sandra Cox said...

I'm not sure about Godzilla vs King Kong, but you never know.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yolanda, that's cool!

Sandra, yes it will.

Robyn, I know! The horror. And so glad you liked Dragon's Destiny.

Madilyn, seriously! And I'd like to think my books wouldn't freak you out.

Diedre, I still enjoy it. Glad you liked Ruth's piece. And next year we'll have a different theme, so hopefully it will be more to your style.

DG, I only do Battle of the Banned now.

Fundy, no, but I want to!

Eve, it's anyone's game after last night's performances.

Jeffrey, he's my favorite. And yes, that's the show.

Patricia, I like it better than Idol.

King Kong versus Bambi - I'd watch that, Penny! We have missed you.

Michael, check it out!

Crystal, please enter!

Lori, I'm warming up the BBQ right now...

Ava, the good old days...

Mary, he just eats radiation.

Jack said...

I have Dragon of the Stars on my fall reading list. I am so excited for it

Shannon Lawrence said...

I'm currently blanking on what The Martian is, so need to refresh my memory. As far as Godzilla vs. King Kong, it's already been done, like you said. I'm not personally interested, but maybe it will do well. Good luck putting together your piece for the Turning Point theme!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Alex, wish you lots of luck for the story for the turning points anthology. Knowing you, you will plot it fast and write it fast :)
Godzilla vs. King Kong, sounds interesting.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm sure you'll come up with a great idea for the anthology! I'll have to watch the comedians compete on America's Got Talent. Thanks for the
fantastic suggestions, Alex!

Julie

Ellie Garratt said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing The Martian! The book was my top read of 2014.

Jennifer Lane said...

I just saw a trailer for The Martian and it looks intriguing.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Yes, The Martian is one of the most anticipated, precious

Limbo Delirium
Black & White Abstract

Tyrean Martinson said...

I plan to enter the contest and that other anthology, but I'm swamped with some curriculum work and Champion's Destiny, so if I get stories done for those two . . . well, they might be something old and revised, or they might be a break from the big looming projects . . . not sure how it will work at the moment.

Movies . . . um, well, my kids are probably going to want to see The Scorch Trials and I would like to go see a movie as a family so I might go with them, although I didn't really care for the book. The first Maze Runner movie was one of those few movies I liked more than the book version of the story.

Chuck said...

Hey Alex, I decided to do a little blog visiting tonight and wanted to make sure I got to yours.
You called it right on the winner of AGT, the ventriloquist won! Saw it on the news this morning.

You know I am good with both Iron Maiden and Muse. I will be checking both albums out...honestly, I thought Iron Maiden wasn't around anymore.

To let you know, I loved Dragon...it was fresh and original and completely engaging. Merging man and ship was a genius move and a happy ending made it all worth Aden's while. Hope there is something else coming in the future. I bought a copy of Dragon for my nephew for his birthday. He's is a huge scifi fan and he loved it! He's now going to read all three of your Casa series...count him as a fan!

Take care, Alex

Jeff Bushman said...

I am looking forward to seeing the Martian. It looks neat. What I ma really looking forward to is Everest. I have always been infatuated with Mt. Everest and though I will most likely never climb it, or any other mountain for that matter, I still love it. Call me crazy (most do).
I am currently reading a book set back in 1924-1926 about an Everest attempt/body recovery mission that just might have a yetti hiding somewhere in the ending.

Melanie Schulz said...

I just saw the trailer for Martian--sounded like something our family would enjoy watching together. I haven't read Randi Lee's book yet, but I love her literary voice, so this may be the perfect time to pick something up by her.

Shah Wharton said...

Still haven't managed to think of a good enough idea for the anthology. Grrr!! Hopeing inspiration will hit me while I lounge on the beach on my holibobs soon. :)

I'm really looking forward to Martian. There are a few things coming soon I'm eager to see actually.

Have a great weekend. X

shahwharton.com

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

I welcome this new album by Muse, one of my favorite bands today!
Limbo Delirium
Black & White Abstracts

Laura Marcella said...

I think The Martian looks good. I really want to read the book!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Mason T. Matchak said...

I just find it hilarious that in the picture you posted, Godzilla is radioactive-breathing King Kong right in the crotch. :P

And I definitely have to listen to both of those albums now. I need some good metal for one project I'm working on (soon as I get done with these blasted revisions), and while I've always liked Muse, their more recent stuff just hasn't done much for me. Hopefully them having more of a rock influence will change that.

T.F. Walsh said...

Well, of course Godzilla will win:) hehe I'd watch it for sure. Never seen America's Got Talent... not sure they show it here in Australia.

Annalisa Crawford said...

It's a bit odd that Paul Zerdin won AGT - he's the 'star' of our local pantomime this year... in a city that only ever attracts Z-list celebrities on account of us being so far away from London. The local newspaper has got themselves quite excited :-)

Iron Maiden rocks. Definitely going to get this album! Good to know they've still got it.

Emilyann Girdner said...

I may have to check The Martian. I've been hearing good things about it and isn't it based on a book? Also, The Amaranthine has a lovely cover. :)

Ella said...

Hello Captain! I hope summer has been treating you well~ Family stuff has kept me away-a book in all that drama!

I can't wait to see The Martian! Great post, as also and I love all the talented souls you shared with us~

Figures I was in Maine, while Blitzed...didn't even realize it! Boy, was I surprised or maybe I should say Oh, buoy~ Lame, I know!

I have missed you, Captain Cool!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jack, so cool!

Tyrean, hope you enter something! And that's not good.

Chuck, you are the man!!! And yes, Paul won, which is cool.

Jeff, I'll never climb it.

Shah, hope so!

Mason, I noticed that as well... And check it out - they do rock harder now.

Annalisa, I bet!

Ella, I have missed you.

Tara Tyler R said...

I'm always late to the party these days...

MUSE is my Juice! Love the tunes they produce!
ha ha, it's late

Happy Fall!

farawayeyes said...

OK, let's see if I'm two for two in leaving a comment here.

Saw a preview of, The Martian and it does look interesting.

Godzilla vs King Kong...I'll pass.

As for the music; I like MUSE, so I'll check out their new release.

Mark Koopmans said...

I've never heard you recommend anything musical in the electronic/trance division, so when I saw the Muse thing, I headed over to Spotify and I'm listening to Drones right now...

Interesting...

:)

Cool that so many comics and/or magicians are in the mix for AGT this year. It's been a while since I watched the show, but your guy, Zerdin, sounds like he may be this year's Fator??

Milo James Fowler said...

Dang it, I was hoping that dragon dude would win. I've got The Martian in my reading queue; with any luck, I'll get to it before the movie's out.

Blue Grumpster said...

Glad to hear it's a trip to Mars well-worth taking. But Godzilla vs. King Kong.....if it were up to me, this would be a definite no-go area. I'm not a fan of cross-overs or geeky wet dreams, if you know what I mean. Name one cross-over that was any good. Freddy versus Jason? Alien versus Predator? Yikes.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Yay on the anthology!

Lexa Cain said...

Gorilla flambe - hahaha! I'm glad to hear that Martian is good though. Congrats to Murees on her new release!

Liza said...

Well, now. I missed this! Heading over to IWSG to read Ruth Harris. Happy Monday, Alex.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I've really never understood the "This versus That" movies, but I must be in the minority, since they keep making them.

For the record, my money's on Godzilla.

Lydia Kang said...

Ooh, I want to see it! I love my scifi movies!

Shadow said...

Gonna listen to 'Drones' now, hubby's got it *grin*. I like me some Muse, too.

Bossy Betty said...

Congrats on the invite to write for an anthology!