Monday, February 22, 2016

Deadpool Review, Geekdom House, Six Strings, Ninja News, and the Great A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

I am visiting Christine Rains today and discussing newsletters.
Don’t forget the first issue of the Insecure Writer's Support Group Newsletter goes out on February 24! Sign up HERE.

Movie Review

Deadpool
I can understand why some might not like this movie.
It’s irreverent. It gleefully crosses the boundary of good taste, much like the show Family Guy does. It’s gory and quite dirty at times.
Having said all that, I thought it was a hoot!
The story itself is a fairly pedestrian origins story but told in a way you’ve never seen before. The film is self-aware that it’s just a movie, even to the point that Deadpool makes snarky comments about actor Ryan Reynolds and the other X-Men films. It completely breaks the fourth wall, resulting in some of the funniest lines. (Example – Deadpool tells two X-Men ‘This giant house and there’s only two of you? It’s like the studio couldn’t afford any more X-Men.’)
Bottom line, if you found something appealing in the trailer, you’ll dig this film.
Rated R for a reason, this movie is for the grown up twelve-year-old in all of us.
Highly recommended!

While I Was Away…

Yes, my wife and I had a great time! Everyone should take a first class vacation at least once a year. Maybe more.

And of course, at my wife’s insistence, Mini-Alex tagged along.

I submitted an article to Geekdom House and it appeared on their site last Monday. Read Finding Child-Like Wonder and why Star Wars: The Force Awakens had it and Jurassic World didn’t.

The latest Six Strings magazine is out and it features an interview with yours truly. You can download it for free on the site or at Amazon.

Ninja News

The authors in the IWSG anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here, have set up a website - Parallels Anthology. Articles, news, and meet the authors.

Plus, you can pre-order the eBook of Parallels: Felix Was Here at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes

Many of you know that Sia McKye is undergoing treatment for cancer. A lot of that is coming out of her pocket, so a good friend of her set up a Go Fund Me account for her to help offset the cost. Any amount will help!

Loni Townsend discovered a cool site - Inkarnate. You can make your own maps!

New Release:
To Get A Guy To Kiss You! by Jessica McKendry
Find it on Amazon

The Great A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

Sign-ups for the 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge are already under way. If you have done it before, you know how much fun it is (good for you!) and if you have not, this is your chance to give it a try. You can sign up to participate HERE.

One of the most burning questions participants ask themselves every year is: "Should I have a theme?" Themes are not mandatory, but definitely fun. They let your visitors know what to expect, and help you create posts that line neatly up from A to Z. They also have an added bonus – they let you participate in a whole separate blogfest!

Three years ago, A to Z participant Mina Lobo started the Theme Reveal, and we thought it was such a great idea that we made it tradition.

Here is how the Theme Reveal Blogfest works:

Sign up on the Linky List below. On Monday, March 21, reveal your theme on your blog and give us a hint of what to expect from it. Then, once your post is up, use the Linky List to visit all the other blogs announcing their themes.

This is a great opportunity for all of you to get a jump start on your A to Z experience. You can link up with fellow bloggers, scout out and bookmark themes that you look forward to, and lure in wandering participants with your awesome theme. This way, by the time the frenzied posting begins on April 1, you will already have an audience eagerly awaiting your posts.

Sign up below, ready your theme, and put March 21 on your calendar!




Miss me? Anyone else see Deadpool? Excited about the IWSG anthology? Can you help Sia? Ready to make a map? And are you signing up for the Great A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal?

Don’t forget to visit Christine Rains.
And if you have time, read my article at Geekdom House and my interview in Six Strings!

134 comments:

Tim Knight said...

Although I'm not rushing to see Deadpool at the cinema (more because getting to the cinema is such a nuisance these days), it's reviews like yours that make me excited for its home video release.

I'm not a fan of the character in comics, but I have a strong suspicion I'm really going to like the film when I finally get to see it.

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Deadpool is getting excellent reviews. But seriously how can you go wrong with the delicious Ryan Reynolds? So you never told us where you went for your romantic vacation.

Rhonda Albom said...

Of course we missed you :). As for Deadpool, Sarah really wanted to see it but it came out only a few days before she left for her year overseas, and she couldn't work it in. She is hoping to see it in Argentina, with subtitles. I am signed up for the great reveal, and hope to have most of my posts done by then.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Maybe I'll have to be the only one who doesn't want to see it. Sorry.

Glad you had a good vacation. And great post at Christina's.

Sandra Cox said...

We left the light on for ya. Welcome back;) Glad you and Mrs. Alex had a great vaca. How fun that she always takes Mini-Alex:)

Denise Covey said...

Glad you and your wife had a first class vacay, Alex. I take one often! Deadpool doesn't interest me. I like my movies clean, romantic and funny!

mshatch said...

Glad you and your wife had a wonderful vacation :)

As for that theme reveal blogfest...as you noticed I read the rules wrong and jumped the gun and posted my theme reveal today. A whole month early. *head slap*

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Vacations are awesome! It's easy to forget how vital they are to our well being. Glad you liked Deadpool. I haven't seen it yet, but plan too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tim, you will! I've never read the comic but on screen, the character is a hoot.

Deb, as my wife said, we went someplace warm...

Rhonda, glad you're joining us for the reveal.

Sandra, she insists!

Marcy, no worries. The original badge we made had the wrong date as well!

Sandra Almazan said...

I just read your article, Alex, and I enjoyed it! I still look for a sense of wonder when I read, but only a couple of authors can consistently manage it for me. I didn't see Jurassic World, but I agree TFA does have that sense of wonder. Hopefully Episode VIII retains it.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

You're everywhere right now! Cool. :) I'll check out the articles.

I'm sure Deadpool isn't for me, but I'm reading some good press on it!

M.J. Fifield said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Deadpool one of these days. It looks like fun.

Glad you had a great vacation!

Christine Rains said...

It's lovely hosting you today, Alex! :) My husband and I LOVED the Deadpool movie. It's exactly what I expected and then some. Heading over to Geekdom House! Have a great week.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

You were missed! Glad you and your wife had a great vacation. It makes me want to go on one now, too. :)

Already visited Christine's blog - enjoyed the guest post!

L.G. Keltner said...

If Deadpool didn't cross the boundaries of good taste, it wouldn't be Deadpool. Congratulations on the Geekdom House article, and I'm glad you and your wife had a great vacation!

Murees Dupé said...

My oldest sister is dragging me along to see Deadpool. I'm not really sure about this one. Glad you had a great holiday. Congratulations on your new published article.

Pat Hatt said...

Deadpool was great. Loved how he made fun of the 2 x-men and how he was confused over which Xavier actor was there. 1st class huh? Can't go wrong with all the bells and whistles.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

good to have you back, and it sounds like a wonderful vacation! It's criminal how long it's been since I've had a vacation, so I might have to take one in my future. Can't wait to check out your post on newsletters. I just started one up and am preparing to send the first one out. They seem to be a big deal now! Ah, the simple days where all we needed was a blog lol. Can't wait for all the A-Z themes. I won't be participating again (boo me) but I love reading everyone's blogs!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Loved your article, Alex! You got it exactly right.

Nicola said...

Are you sure you had a holiday, Alex? So much going on. I am in awe! My other half went to see Deadpool and thought it was a lot of fun. But then he added that it's not my type of film :)

Have a great week.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, thanks for reading!

Christine, thanks for having me! And Deadpool was even better than I thought.

LG, very true!

Murees, just be prepared...

Pat, it was those touches in the film that made it awesome.

Beth, you need to take one! And as usual, sorry I couldn't comment on your blog.

Thanks, Dianne!

Nicola, you were wise to skip it then.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Yes, I will help Sia. God bless her!

Glad your trip was great. We all need vacations.

Shell Flower said...

Yay for having a fun vacation. Looks like mini-Alex had fun, too. Congrats on your Geekdom House article and interview in Six Strings. You're all over the place today :) Still considering A-Z. If my April is as crazy as my last week, I'm not sure I can do it, but we'll see...

Charles Gramlich said...

seems like deadpool is getting near universal love.

Juneta Key said...

I do not normally cared for raunchy and violent movies--rarely! I loved Deadpool. I left the theater feeling good and smiling and rating wise it was a rough movie.

I LMAO and truly enjoyed the movie.


What an excellent job Ryan Reynolds did of selling the black comedy like slap stick humor--(violence couple with extreme raunchy). He and his co-star totally sold it and captured my empathy, which carried me through the movie laughing. I had a great time.

I read that it beat SW opening day and that is quite an accomplished if those statistics are right.

I'm still thinking about the A-Z. Committing to post everyday for all of April scares me and doing theme, the thought, makes my eyes bug out--but I am thinking about it still.

Happy Writing,
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I can't wait to see Deadpool. It sounds really good. This is the earliest I've had my theme figured out.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

Glad you had a great vacation! I'm still on the fence with A to Z. I have to decide about that soon. Congrats on your articles! I'm off to read about newsletters. Happy Monday!

Bish Denham said...

I think I can miss Deadpool real easy... Inkarnate looks really interesting. I've been drawing maps of imaginary places since I was a kid.

Glad you had a nice time off with your wife and Mini-Alex!

Arlee Bird said...

I doubt that I'll be seeing Dead Pool, especially from the way you describe it. I'm really growing weary of excessive profanity in films--it seems like these days funny is equated with using dirty words. It's really immature and regressive to our society.

I somehow didn't realize the Theme Reveal sign-up time was already hear. Time is speeding by quicker than I can keep up.

I better start planning our vacation soon since that will be upon us before I realize it. It looks like we'll do another couple month vacation trip this summer. Now to figure exactly what route we'll be taking.

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

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Happy you had a wonderful vacation.

I thought Deadpool was funny.

cleemckenzie said...

I agree. You must take at least one major trip a year. It's so revitalizing. Not that you need revitalizing! I didn't know about Sia. So glad you're spreading the word.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Completely agree about first class vacations once a year or more frequently. So glad to hear you had a good break. Welcome back!

Al Penwasser said...

"It’s irreverent. It gleefully crosses the boundary of good taste, much like the show Family Guy does. It’s gory and quite dirty at times."
Sounds like my kind of movie.

Birgit said...

I am so happy that you had a great vacation and that Mini Alex did as well:) I want to see Deadpool because it looks like fun and those references to making this movie reminds me of the Road Trips with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. I will be signing up for the reveal and am still working on my challenge. I will check out and visit the other sites as well

Chrys Fey said...

Lots of goodness here. Deadpool does look like a funny movie with great action.

Glad you had a great vacation!

Ann Bennett said...

A friend of mine who has children was aggravated with people who brought their kids to see Deadpool. A lot of dad's would have their hands over their children's eyes according to what he said. I'm glad to know it was a good flick. Sometimes sex and violence substitutes for story. I doubt I ever watch it. I am a comedy, chick flick kind of person.

Vacation sounds good. A break makes you a better worker and certainly is good for the soul.

When I check the "I'm not a robot" box, I think. Alex would love a sentient robot.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I'm doing Camp NaNo in April, so I won't be doing A to Z. I keep thinking I'll do it again. Maybe when I retire ...

Francis Lee said...

Looking forward to seeing Deadpool!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I've heard great things about Deadpool. It sounds like my kind of movie.
I missed you, Alex, and I'm glad you had a great time with your wife and Mini-Alex.
Happy new week.

Joanne said...

Ray and I loved Deadpool - snarky is my kind of hunor. From the opening credits to the very very very end - we laughed. Glad you and your wife (and mini-Alex) could get away and live it up a bit. Good for the soul.
I signed up for theme reveal and ready to roll. Welcome back - ease into the week slowly - don't bust the karma. Have a good one

Julie Flanders said...

Glad you had such a great vacation. And happy for Mini-Alex that he got to come along. :)

Suzanne Furness said...

Glad to hear you had a great vacation. Cool that mini-Alex tagged along too.

Brandon Ax said...

I loved Deadpool and am so glad it is doing well.

I really need a vacation, we were supposed to do one this summer.

I am still deciding on the A-Z. I don't want to commit if I can't follow through.

Allison Barron said...

I also loved Deadpool! I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much. It was indeed a hoot.

T. Drecker said...

You're all over the place with articles/interviews...congrats! I've heard tons of praise for Deadpool but haven't gotten to it. My son will probably beat me. All the best to Sia! And glad you enjoyed your vacation, and mini-Alex too.

Gail said...

Congratulations! We all need the child-like wonder. Great job.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

A to Z is coming around again? Sheesh. Boy does a year go by fast. Themes (I think) are a great way to focus all those blogging energies. So glad you had a great vacation, Alex.

Cindy said...

Your review of Deadpool has convinced me to go see it. I agree that it's good to have a theme with A to Z, it's just a matter of finding one that motivates me.

Cherie Reich said...

Deadpool looks like a fun movie, and I'm glad you had a great vacation!

Mason Canyon said...

I was hoping Deadpool was a funny as its trailer. Congrats on your articles being published. Looking forward to reading about all the themes for the challenge.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I don't know about you and your wife, but Mini-Alex looks like he had a good time on your vacation! :-) I will eventually see DEADPOOL, but life as a rare blood courier makes it so hard for me to watch a movie these days of increased calls. You know there are more participants in A to Z than citizens in some 3rd world countries!

A Beer For The Shower said...

The wife and I are looking forward to seeing Deadpool tomorrow and are very excited for it. This is actually her second time seeing it (yeah, the first time she saw it without me, wtf right?).

Glad to hear you enjoyed your first class vacation, you lucky dog! At this point, I'd settle for second class in a third world country.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Read both Geekdom house and Christine guest posts and loved them. Left an extra long comment on Geekdom House with my own thoughts on magic vs. realism. Still need to see Deadpool but I love the positive word of mouth. Of course Mini-Alex got to tag along, his fans are everywhere. Congrats with the anthology and I already read Loni's post and have that site saved to start on my own maps in the near future. My condolences to Sia and thanks for the reminder of the A-Z theme sign up Alex. Have a great day.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Shell, hope you can join us.

Charles, I can't believe how much money it's made.

Juneta, I left with a big smile as well. Deadpool is now the biggest February opening ever. Hope you can join us for the Challenge.

Lori, join the chaos!

Lee, you do like your long road trips.

Al, it is!

Ann, I would! And no kid should see that film. It's R for a reason.

Joanne, I'm all over the snark!

Brandon, hope you can join us.

Cindy, I did it once without a theme. Never again.

Roland, that's true - we have over eight hundred signed up now.

Brandon and Bryan, that's just wrong! But glad she wants to see it again.

Sheena-kay, I need to get Mini-Alex some shades so he can hide from his fans...

Karen Lange said...

Glad you had a good time on your trip! Getting away can be so refreshing. Will see if I can't check out your guest spots.

Sherry Ellis said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a nice vacation. That's very cool about the article in Six Strings. Congratulations!

Rachel Pattinson said...

I can't wait to se Deadpool - I'm hopefully going on Wednesday. Everyone I know that's seen it says it's great. Glad you had a good time on holiday! I've just signed up for the theme reveal :) - now to actually decide on my theme...

Mark Noce said...

Yeah, not sure if I'm ready for that movie yet. Glad you and your wife had a great trip though! :)

Patricia Lynne said...

Hubby and I saw Deadpool this past weekend and I loved it. I read the comics when I was younger and the movie was just like the comics.

Stephen Hayes said...

I was surprised when my wife informed me she wanted to see Deadpool. We haven't yet, but plan on seeing it soon.

Stephen Hayes said...

I was surprised when my wife informed me she wanted to see Deadpool. We haven't yet, but plan on seeing it soon.

Stephanie Faris said...

You must have gone somewhere REALLY nice for your vacation, from the look of that tree! I haven't seen Deadpool, but it sounds like I wouldn't connect with it, since I haven't even seen an X-Men movie. All signed up for the theme review early this morning. Mine's already written and ready to go--just have to write all the posts. That's how I'll be spending March!

Elephant's Child said...

Of course you were missed. Traffic in the blogosphere slowed down appreciably.
Love that you had a good vacation.
And your article. I long for magic. Often. My inner child is frequently my healthiest and happiest part.

J E Oneil said...

Glad you and your wife had a good time! It's good to get away and recharge every once in a while. And I can't wait to see Deadpool. It looks so amazing.

nashvillecats2 said...

So pleased Mini Alex had a holiday also.
Just signed up for themes.
Yvonne.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Loved Deadpool. I live with a potty mouth, so the crude humor didn't offend me.

Off to send a little something to Sia, if only to let her know I'm thinking of her.

Spacerguy said...

I enjoyed your movie comparisons at Geekdom House, Alex. It was great to see Jurassic World and reflect upon fun experiences. I've finally done it - all signed up for A to Z blogfest.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Going to buy a copy of the anthology, cause it sounds so good. I'll get the magazine too.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I've heard from others not to see DeadPool. Congratulations on the magazine coming out. I can't believe you are already getting ready for A-Z....I'm not going to sign up, but I'm going to be hopping around reading posts. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Welcome back. I'll check out your links. This is the first time I've heard of DeadPool.

Jenni Enzor said...

Glad you had a good vacation! Mini Alex looks like he had fun. I really enjoyed your article about child-like wonder and your point about making a connection.

Liz A. said...

Congrats on the article and the interview. From what I heard, Deadpool is for the 12-year-old boy, so I'm giving it a pass. Although, I'll probably try to catch it when it ends up on HBO (or whichever channel gets it).

Glad you had a great vacation.

Sarah Foster said...

Glad you had a nice vacation! I still haven't decided on a theme yet, but I signed up anyway. If I don't figure it out by March 21 then I think I'll have bigger problems to worry about...

klahanie said...

Dude, welcome back! Although, I'm rather pleased when you take a break from blogging because even you and your clones deserve a bit of a break. Hope you and your good lady enjoyed your first class holiday.

Duly noted about Sia and I shall check out the link. Sia is one of the nicest people I've had the fortune to interact with.

Ah yes, once again, I skilfully avoid any mention of that bizarre obsession with the alphabet!

All the best, good sir.

Gary

Andrew Leon said...

Define "first class" vacation.

You missed my review of Deadpool.

Jack said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a nice time!

Helena said...

Of course I missed you, Alex! You and your wife deserved a first class vacation (mine are always second class, but one of these days...).

I've saved the link to your geekdom article because I really want to read it, but it's late right now and I've got to work in the a.m.

Sean McLachlan said...

Deadpool is making a big splash here in Spain.

Michelle Wallace said...

Still haven't finalised my A to Z Theme. *aaaargh*

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Welcome back, Alex! You were definitely missed. Glad it was a good vacation - have to say I agree with your wife.

I've definitely signed up for the theme reveal. Thanks for letting me know about it.

I'm very sad to hear about Sia. I haven't "met" her yet, but my heart goes out to her and her family.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - so pleased you and your wife had that wonderful time - it's essential to take a break - and good to see Mini Alex around to take care of you both!

Deadpool - no thanks .. A-Z signed up, theme known .. now the posts.

I feel so much for Sia - the family have had a rough time over the years ... thanks for letting us know -

Glad to see you back - bouncing around the blogosphere .. cheers Hilary

Truedessa said...

Good Morning and welcome back from your first class vacation. Mini Alex seems to be enjoying the tropical greenery. I will have to check out your featured article. I probably will not be going to see the Deadpool but, I did hear it did extremely well at the box office.

I wonder what a first class vacation would be like? So glad you were able to get a way.

May the gateway always be open to possibilities.

Liza said...

Your comment about Sia made me realize (again) how blogging is social media and can be used for such good. Thanks for including it, Alex.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Since I adore Ryan Reynolds, I'll see the movie. I've been informed of the snark.

I'm so tempted to join in the A to Z Challenge, but I promised myself a break. And so far I'm going to stick with my decision and haunt all the other bloggers!

A mini vacation sounds great!! I can only dream it... I'm glad you have a wonderful time!!!

Dean K Miller said...

Haven't seen Deadpool, but also heard great things about it. Looking to a first class vacation coming up with my lovely bride this summer (at least if not two vacations.) Passing an A-Z challenge this year. I can barely keep my blog posting at once in a while lately.

Roland Clarke said...

Have signed up for both the A to Z Challenge and for the Reveal. Trying a different type of theme this year...

Annalisa Crawford said...

Cool that you're interviewed in Six Strings. Hubby has told me I will definitely be seeing Deadpool - he's seen it, and thinks I'll love it :-)

Decadent Kane said...

Alex,
I saw Deadpool the day after it came out and loved it. I was worried i wouldn't because I'm not a big fan of 'stupid humor' but I found I really enjoyed the movie mainly because it had fantastic acting, a good plot, and fun lines...I love the breaking 4th walls and such and I will never be able to see anyone but Ryan Renolds play Deadpool now.
I also highly recommend this movie- adults of course-

I'm still on the fence for A-Z...I might pass this year, it will only be the second year I've missed it, but I'll be out of town for part of April and then might be having surgery so it's up in the air- I'll see how the next couple weeks play out and make a final decision then.
Have a great week!

Samantha Redstreake Geary said...

Yay for vacations! I'll be playing the theme game this year. Thank you for lending your name to our quirky soldier in the WEP Valentines Tim Burtonesque story:) It was a hoot casting friends as characters--may have to do that again!!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Deadpool does not sound like my kind of movie. I'm more the "A Walk in the Woods" with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte type -- maybe because I'm getting old(er)?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rachel, enjoy!

Patricia, good to know they stayed true to the source.

Stephanie, I'm almost done.

Spacerguy, I saw that this morning - awesome!

Thanks, Jenni!

Gary, Sia is a sweetheart.

Andrew - we spent the big bucks and cut no corners.

Helena, that's all right.

Truedessa, they feel awesome!

Cathrina, you'll be the A to Z ghost.

Dean, go and enjoy!

Kane, sorry about the surgery. Might be a good time to sit out. And Deadpool handled everything brilliantly.

Samantha, you should!

Madilyn Quinn said...

Deadpool was so fantastic. I was very happy leaving that film and you know how Marvel has those clips at the end? Yes, we totally called the clip for Deadpool. Ah, hahaha :) Can't wait for the next one.

Thanks for the link to the map making site - very cool!

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats on Six Strings, Alex. That is so cool!

Robyn Campbell said...

Alex, I adore your wife, and I've never met her. Just from what you say about her on here. The fact that Mini Alex was invited on your trip. That woman is JUST SO COOL!

Glad you had a safe trip. I want to go to Ireland. Hubby is afraid to go that far on a plane. :( Our passports are lonely.

I will visit Inkarnate. Sounds great.

I will also try to help Sia. It won't be much. But like you said, any amount will help.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

To each his own, I guess. I didn't much care for Revenant, yet my husband liked it very much. Not as much as Jeremiah Johnson. Revenant had absolutely no light moments at all. Deadpool is off my list. LOL. I love your movie reviews, Alex. You should think about doing an alphabet listing. When I'm looking for a movie to watch on Netflix, I'd check your reviews first; it would save me a lot of extra work.

Tara Tyler R said...

deadpool - one of those movies i have to be in the mood for but hubs can watch any time (like other things...)
glad you two enjoyed your getaway!
and are you a regular writer for geekdom house? i liked submitting to them, i may try again!
congrats on the interview, and i'll go to christine's now!

DMS said...

Your review makes me actually want to see Deadpool. It was really hard to tell if it was funny or not from the previews.

Glad you had such a great time while you were away! Vacation sounds like fun. :)
~Jess

Gwen Gardner said...

You're very busy so it's a good thing your wife makes you take a vacation! Thanks for all the news, Alex. I'm a bit out of the blogging loop these days so it's nice that I can come here to find out what's what.

Congrats on your article and interview. I'll go check them out.

Jean Baldridge Yates said...

Totally agree with you concerning Star Wars and Jurassic Park. Now I am off to read your interview in Six Strings!
Glad you had a good vacation!

Jean

Yolanda Renee said...

So glad you enjoyed your vacation!
I doubt I'll see Deadpool unless one of the boys brings it home.
I will check out the funding site for Sia, such a worry - money - when your life is at stake!
L. G. signed us to the A to Z for Parallels and I added my blog to the list. I actually have all my post scheduled. Sometimes I surprise myself!

Carrie-Anne said...

I'd love to make some maps, but I'm not sure if that site is for making real-world maps. It's so invaluable to have a map in the front of a book to show where exactly it all takes place.

Glad to hear you enjoyed your vacation.

M Pax said...

Glad you had a great time. You're lucky to afford a first-class vacation every year. Congrats on your article!

Heather M. Gardner said...

You are like incredibly famous!
Your name is everywhere!
Good for you.

Hi Alex! Welcome back from vacation!

Haven't seen Deadpool yet, but hopefully when it comes out on the Blu-Ray!

I have so many virtual places to visit now, thank to you!

Heather

Jeffrey Scott said...

As you might expect, I probably won't see the Deadpool movie. Never really knew him as a character. I'm more a DC than Marvel guy.
Glad you had a great vacation. I need one of those!!!!
I'd love to go overseas this year. But we'll see if that happens.

Melanie Schulz said...

Look at that list! Incredible. And I agree about the whole vacation thing--my husband and I just got back from a cruise--first vacation alone together in years, but I think we've seen the light. Already looking to book our next one. :)

Sandra Cox said...

Finding Wonder: Excellent article, Alex. Kudos.

kaykuala said...

You've had a deserving vacation, welcome back Alex! Have since signed up for the A to Z Challenge theme reveal!

Hank

Crystal Collier said...

See, I totally missed that you were going on vacation. (Must have been reading too fast.) I hope you had an epic time!

See, I like superhero movies, but when they get too "adult," I think they lose something. Deadpool isn't one we'll ever see, but I'm glad other people are able to enjoy it.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Missed you last week! I'm glad you had a great vacation and enjoyed Deadpool. My hubs and I weren't sure so we stepped into Hail, Caesar! instead of Deadpool for Valentine's Day and . . . it was interesting, funny, thought-provoking, and odd like any good Coen Brother's movie. We'll catch Deadpool eventually.

I'm super excited for the IWSG anthology, and will definitely check out that Map site that Loni found - that's awesome! I can't draw at all and people keep asking me for maps for my fantasy writing - hahaha - they really don't want to see my chicken scratches.

Will help, Sia, too, and check out your articles!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Madilyn, was that not a cool clip at the end?

Robyn, she is rather cool.

Joylene, I might be able to do that.

Tara, twice now! Not really regular. It's a lot of pressure.

Jess, it's hilarious.

Yolanda, very cool!!! Glad you guys are on board for the Challenge.

Heather, I am here to help!

Jeffry, so am I, but I'm really glad I saw the film.

Melanie, awesome!

Toinette Thomas said...

Glad you had a nice vacation. Haven't seen Deadpool yet, but I'm looking forward to it. The A-Z Challenge looks like it's growing and should be lots of fun. Heading over to check out your guest articles now; childlike wonder sounds like it's going to be a good one.

Deniz Bevan said...

Glad Mini-Alex -- and you -- had a great vacation :-)
Ooh, the theme reveal. Hmm. I'd better add it to my list of blog ideas and plans... I might stick to my Wednesday posting, though...

Leandra Wallace said...

Seems like everyone is really liking Deadpool- though for sure not to watch when the kidlet is around, lol! Congrats on your features, that's great!

Shannon King said...

My husband took me out on a date to see Deadpool. . . I loved it! Some parts were not my cup of tea but all in all, hilarious! Blessings my friend!

http://runningsurvivor.blogspot.com/

Sandra Cox said...

The map site looks like fun.
Happy Thursday, Alex.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Missed you! Glad you and your wife had a fun vacation!

diedre Knight said...

Enjoyed reading your interview, loved your article:-) Long live the child in all of us!

Susan Kane said...

We will soon see Deadpool! Saw the trailers, love Ryan Reynolds. Need to laugh and groan at the same time.

Elizabeth said...

A first-class vacation every year would be wonderful! I've only taken a couple really grand vacations, and they were excellent :) I haven't read your article yet, but child-like wonder is a great description for The Force Awakens. I'm looking forward to reading the anthology and the A to Z Challenge and Theme Reveal!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Missed you, Alex. Glad that you had a lovely vacation, you deserved and needed it (you work too hard, Super Alex). Will check out the Inkarnate site, it looks cool.Love the cover and title of the book 'To Get A Guy To Kiss You!' by Jessica McKendry. Will add it to my TBR list.

Lexa Cain said...

Check you out getting your writing and interviews on sites across the web! I loved your article, totally agree with you, and left a comment. I'm glad you had a great vacay and thanks for the heads up about Deadpool. Since I laughed at the quote you included, I think I'll love the movie!

Congrats to Jessica on her new release!

Em-Musing said...

Just signed up! Yay! Glad you had a great time with your wife on vacation. Next time maybe think of Mexico!

S.K. Anthony said...

I'm so looking forward to watching Deadpool! I'm glad you enjoyed it . . . I mean, who goes to watch that and expect anything less than dirty and inappropriate? lol

So glad you enjoyed your vacation! I'm ready for one like RIGHT now lol Enjoy your weekend!!!!

alexia said...

Just saw Deadpool and loved it! I was not super familiar with him as a comic character, so it was kind of delightful in that he's a lot like my character Zyan Star. Not so many penis jokes with her, but very irreverent for sure :)

Stephen Tremp said...

I'll see Deadpool with the kids this weekend. Just kidding. I'll see it when I can break away from the fam.

Kim Lajevardi said...

My son has seen Deadpool three times now. He loved the humor. Eighteen going on twelve. Lol

Sandra Cox said...

I trust you're spending the weekend enjoying our good weather.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Deniz, if you have a theme, be a good idea to break your schedule and join us.

Leandra, definitely not!

Shannon! Good to hear from you.

Susan, you will.

Lexa, you will dig the film!

Sandra, I am!

Elsie Amata said...

Best of luck to all the A-Zers. I'll be thinking of all of you this year. Wish it was a different month so I could be a part of it too. Maybe when I'm a famous author I can retire from my job?

I'm with you, Deadpool rocked. It was a fun (albeit naughty) movie, that I will definitely watch again and again.

John Wiswell said...

Deadpool and Hail, Caesar! were two of the funniest movies I've seen in the last decade, released one week apart. I'd happily go rewatch either right now. Deadpool makes the most of that R-rating. It's crass and goofy and I loved it.

Mason T. Matchak said...

Star Wars: TFA had lots of things that Jurassic World didn't... good writing and sympathetic characters among them. -_-

And yeah, Deadpool was pretty damn fun, though I don't think it's the kind of movie I could watch over and over. I'm glad it was made, though, to show that there's definitely room for superhero movies like that. Should be interesting to see how they try to top that for a sequel. Bwa ha ha.

The Happy Whisk said...

Very nice to read you mention your wife. And mini Alex is always a fun thing to see. Welcome back from being on holiday. Here's to a kick ass week, with a great big side of boogie boogie.

Jess said...

Thank you for the mention, Alex! Deadpool looks like such a great movie, I can't wait to see it!

Kathryn McKendry said...

I'm excited for the theme reveal! Glad you had a great time on your vacation! Great article in Geekdom House!