Monday, February 8, 2016

The Astonishing by Dream Theater, Legends of Tomorrow Review, The Golden Schmoes Awards, Transylvania Writing Workshop, and the Ninja News!

Dream Theater – The Astonishing Review

There are bands that make music and there are bands that create art. Now, we all know that art is subjective and one man’s treasure is another’s trash. For me, The Astonishing lives up to its lofty title.

This is a two-disc, 2 1/2 hour concept album; a rock opera about a dystopian future where music has been discarded and one man with the gift of music leads a rebellion. Certainly not the most original story, but in this case, the plot fuels an amazing musical journey.

To be honest, the first two listens didn’t click with me but certain elements brought me back for a third listen and that’s when it all came together. This music rewards a patient listener. It’s not instant gratification because the musical intricacy takes time to digest. This is not new territory for the band (listen to 1999’s Scenes from a Memory) but this might be their most accomplished work to date.

If you are a fan of progressive rock and give this music a chance, you may find a true masterpiece that you will be listening to for years to come.

You can also visit The Astonishing web site for cool artwork and a rundown of: Characters, Places, Map, Tracklisting, Videos, and NOMACS.


DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

When I was a kid, I read DC comics. So for me, it’s very exciting to see my childhood heroes on the small screen. The Flash has quickly (pun intended) become one of my favs and hopefully I will be able to say the same of Legends.

It certainly starts off strong. Time Master Rip Hunter assembles a group of unlikely heroes to help him stop the nefarious Vandal Savage from destroying the world. These heroes include The Atom, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Heat Wave, Captain Cold, and White Canary.

The effects are good, the pacing is fast, and the story lines are fun. I’m really hoping the show can maintain all this just like the Flash series. Only time will tell. (Time pun also intentional!)

The Golden Schmoes

Voting opens February 8 for JoBlo’s 15th Annual Golden Schmoes Awards! What are the Golden Schmoes? They are the voice of real movie-goers and fans.

From JoBlo’s site:

Thanks to your nominations we have now compiled the final list of nominees for The 15th Annual JoBlo Movie Awards (aka The Golden Schmoes)! Final voting runs from Monday, February 8th through Wednesday, February 24th, with winners to be announced on Friday, February 26th, just ahead of the Oscars!

To note, the Golden Schmoes have been a staple of the site since its inception and we're proud to represent the popular vote and even have our winning results counted in the awards tally at IMDB
 
The full list is posted with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road leading the nominations. To vote, visit the 15th Annual Golden Schmoes Awards!

Writing Dark Fiction in Dracula’s Shadow

Transylvania workshop lets writers explore the ‘Mecca of Horror’

Writers & Publishers International (WPI) offers writers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on a novel or short story in Transylvania, the birthplace of the infamous Vlad the Impaler.

Running from August 7th to 14th, the Horror Writer’s Workshop is the ultimate summer vacation for any writer of dark fiction, from extreme horror to paranormal romance and everything in between. Attendees will dramatically improve their writing skills while exploring the darkness lurking behind the beautiful castles and fairytale villages of Romania.

It’s impossible to remain uninspired while walking the cobblestone streets of Sighişoara, where Vlad the Impaler was born, or while exploring the eerie Râșnov Fortress, where two Turkish well diggers met their doom.

During the month of February, WPI is offering a special two-for-one discount—those who book with a spouse, friend, or family member will get 50 percent off their registration fees. This deal ends on February 29th.

Between visits to some of the region’s most notorious sites, writers will benefit from the experience of instructor Brian Evenson, a multi award-winning horror writer and professor.

If you’re interested, it’s best to reserve your spot with a deposit, as the workshop sold out quickly last summer. Click Here for more information…if you dare.

- JH Moncrieff

Ninja News

Don’t forget articles for the IWSG newsletter are due soon – February 17 for this month and March 2 for next month. Two hundred words or less, and must be a member of the IWSG.
Send a DOC attachment to Chrys Fey at ChrysFey(at)yahoo(dot)com Put “Member Article” in the Subject Line.

I am at the A to Z Blog today with my ‘getting to know your co-hosts’ piece. Clones, Ninjas, and snark included.

Sign-ups for the 2016 A to Z Challenge are open now. Join us for a month of fun and alphabet insanity.


The authors of the IWSG anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here, have set up a Website for it! If you want to meet all the authors, check it out.

Tethered by Letters is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Winter Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in a future issue of F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL’s talented team of artists.

Artist and author Heather R. Holden needs your support: What’s Patreon? It’s a site where you can support creators of all kinds with monthly donations. If you decide to support me, I won’t have to rely on commissions and other odd jobs as much for income. In other words, I’ll have more time to make comics! Anyone who donates will receive fun perks, too. (High-resolution art files, commission discounts, wallpapers, art prints, early Echo Effect updates, and even artwork that’ll never be posted outside of Patreon.) You can read more about these perks here.

New Releases:

A Savage Ghost by Donna K. Weaver
Once part of an anthology, this story has been updated and revised for its solo launch.
Find it on Amazon

Valentine Pets & Kisses
Make your Valentine’s Day tail-wagging and purr-fect with 14 brand-new romances from award-winning and bestselling authors.
Including stories from our very own JL Campbell, Sydney Aaliyah Michelle, and Susan Oloier.
Find it on Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo




Anyone else pick up the new Dream Theater? Watching Legends of Tomorrow? Voting in the Golden Schmoes Awards? Want to visit Transylvania for the writing workshop? Interested in the fiction competition? Picking up some new books? And what did you think of the Super Bowl and its commercials?

Since next weekend is Valentine’s Day and a three-day weekend, my wife and I are extending those days and taking a vacation. So, no post next Monday (I don’t like to post when I can’t comment) and you won’t see me around much. Hope you guys have a great Valentine’s Day and I’ll see you here again on February 22!

149 comments:

mail4rosey said...

I do like music that takes awhile to digest sometimes. Some of my favorites have started just that way. Here to ready your Monday post and wish you a great week!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - I expect many of these will come into my brain cell appreciation society in a few years .. takes time to settle out. But amazing how creative everyone can be now-a-days. The Golden Schmoes results will be fun to read .. and that writing workshop in Translyvania ... uh uh: not for me - horror ... no thanks!

Cheers and I'l be over soon at the A-Z ... Hilary

Rhonda Albom said...

I am quite the opposite - if the first two listens didn't click with me, I don't think I would try again.
Happy Valentines Day next weekend. Have a great weekend off.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Hi, Alex, did you enjoy the Superbowl?

I hope you and your wife have a nice mini vacation a over the long weekend. Take Care.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Thanks for the shout out, Alex.

Elsie Amata said...

Enjoy your Valentine's Day weekend with your wife, Alex! Will mini-Alex be tagging along? :p

I'd love to visit Transylvania for the writing workshop but don't think it's in the cards this year. But boy, what a trip that'd be!!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

So interesting that even rock bands are investing in transmedia for their websites. Wonder if all artists will be heading in that direction soon?

That Romania trip would be really, really cool.

mshatch said...

Didn't watch the Superbowl since my Patriots were out and honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the game anyway. The writer's retreat looks fun though :)

Stephanie Faris said...

How fun! Glad you guys get to have an extended Valentine's Day weekend by my fellow SCBWI members. I was sent an invite to participate in a group booksigning at 3pm on VDay. I was thinking, "Don't these people celebrate the holiday?!" But of course I said yes because how can you turn down the opportunity to sell books at Barnes & Noble? Plus I'm always afraid if I don't go, they won't ask the next time. Anyway, I had to push our reservation back to 7:15 pm because it's an hour and 15 minutes away from my house. :-(

Writing in Transylvania...WOW. That sounds like an amazing experience. Like you, I don't write horror, but it still sounds fascinating! But you should do it--you might feel inspired to write something vampirish!

Sandra Almazan said...

Enjoy your vacation, Alex!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I so enjoyed JH's posts awhile back about her experience doing that trip/a similar trip. Even though I write dark/horror, I'm pretty sure I'd be too much of a chicken to go do that. :)

Hope you and your wife have a wonderful vacation, Alex!

T. Drecker said...

Oooo....Transylvania. Now, that'd be neat. The Dream Theater sounds good too. I'll have to look into that - it'd be cheaper than the vacation ;) Enjoy your three day weekend!

kaykuala said...

Saw the direct telecast of the SuperBowl today (in our part of the world it was in the morning) The Panthers had an unbeaten run but lost when it mattered. The Broncos pulled a great upset. Manning, Bronco's QB had it so good. Going on in years though perhaps he'll retire on a winning streak

Hank

Arlee Bird said...

The Dream Theater album sounds like one that I'd like. The band puts out music that I enjoy and I have some of their CD's already. Since CD buying has not but in my budget lately I'll likely not be buying a copy.

Even if I could afford the Transylvania trip I wouldn't go since these days all my travel time is reserved for going to visit my kids and grandkids.

My wife has a four day week-end coming up, but I'm sure we'll be staying home. She loves staying home and so do I. Besides I checked some of the local places that I'd consider going and they were all booked up or cost a fortune. Yeah, no place like home.

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

Christine Rains said...

Dream Theater sounds fascinating. I am watching Legends, but I'm on the fence about it. It's so incredibly cheesy and comic at the moment, but I like to give new shows a chance to get into the groove. Have a wonderful weekend vacation with your wife. :)

Jo said...

That trip to Romania would be wonderful - with or without the horror side. I have a friend who is from Transylvania and he goes back with his wife for vacations where they have a wonderful time, eat great food and visit most fascinating or beautiful places.

Hope you enjoy your Valentine vacation. Time for you to take a rest.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Have a great Valentine's holiday with your wife. Glad you're taking a break from blogging and focusing on having fun together.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cathrina, yes I did. Didn't care who won, which helped.

Donna, you're welcome.

Elsie, I'm sure my wife will pack him...

Elizabeth, I did it with the Kargrandes site, so why not?

Stephanie, can't pass up any opportunity.

Hank, I imagine he will retire soon.

Lee, you like them? I am impressed! And yes, you had to book early for this coming weekend.

Hart Johnson said...

Okay, how awesome would it be to write in Transylvania!? That would be AMAZING. I like the sound of the concept album, too--I think rock operas are tricky, but that sounds like a story that could work.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

First of all, have fun next week. That's the man, taking care of the marriage!!!

I need to listen to The Astonishing. Sounds (or will) awesome.

Sarah Foster said...

That writer's retreat looks awesome! Hope you have fun on your vacation! I'm definitely looking forward to a three day weekend.

Ann Bennett said...

Writing in Vlad the Impaler's castle certainly would stir some vivid imagining. Have a good day.

L.G. Keltner said...

Dream Theater continues to be one of my all-time favorites. Love them so much! Have a great Valentine's Day!

Shell Flower said...

i often find that a new album or band takes a few listens to really get me hooked. Dream Theater sounds really cool--I definitely need to check it out. And that writing workshop in Transylvania sounds amazing. Have a great long weekend!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

The Golden Schmoes Award sounds like fun. I don't think I'd like Transylvania. Have a great holiday.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

A trip to Romania would be wonderful.

The Golden Schmoes LOL I'll have to go vote today.

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Wow! The horror workshop sound incredible and like a great opportunity for horror writers.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I haven't had a chance to listen to Dream Theater's new work yet, but I've heard its epic.

Legends was pretty good so far. It can get a little chaotic w/ so many characters. I love that there are a few TOO good and a few TOO bad on the team. :)

Transylvania does sound fun. :)

Hope you have a nice vacation!

Heather

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Awe you are a romantic. Have a great vacation. I have never heard of the Golden Schmoes but they sure sound like fun.

Joanne said...

Transylvania would be very cool to visit. I probably wouldn't get much work done - too busy sightseeing. I can comment on the Super Bowl. Shocked that Cam ate dirt so often. Happy for Peyton and crew. I liked Ant Man and the Hulk with mini-Coke cans, loved the Audi R8 - wow, and the Super Bowl babies from winning team years was amusing. And nice of Chris Martin to allow Beyonce and Bruno to take over halftime. Not one of the best shows by a long shot, but fun. Happy Valentine's week or two to you - have fun.

Sandra Cox said...

OMGosh if I wrote serious horror (I just barely dip my toes in it.) I would love to go to that conference. I'd probably go and get scared silly:)

Charles Gramlich said...

Gonna have to give the new Dream Theater a listen.

A Beer For The Shower said...

Love your review of The Astonishing. Isn't it amazing when we listen to something for the first time, our ears don't make sense of it so we think it sounds bad, or less than it is? But the more you listen, the more you realize you like it. Nothing about the music changes; we do. I have a few albums like that. Big prog rock fan, so now I'm eager to check this one out.

Enjoy your time off with the wife. That's some of the best time off you can have. I don't think I have to tell you what I thought of the Super Bowl, but I will say that Puppymonkeybaby will now forever haunt my dreams.

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, that Transylvania workshop sounds like so much fun! Too bad I'm not the traveling type, LOL. Also, thanks so much for promoting my Patreon! I really appreciate you spreading the word like this. Hope you and your wife have fun on your vacation!

Chrys Fey said...

I am a music junkie and love rock opera. I've never heard of Dream Theater, though. I am definitely going to check out this album. Thanks for the recommendation!

J.H. had asked to write a little something about her trip to Transylvania for the workshop for out newsletter. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I am really enjoying Legends especially since members of the group aren't all heroic types. I don't write horror but I would love to be part of that writing vacation. Enjoy your getaway.

Spacerguy said...

Lots of awesomeness to keep busy with here, thanx Captain. I'll be beaming asunder to check out the latest. Have a great Valentines weekend you little Ninja devils, you.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Alex, what did you think of the tv spots/trailers for Civil War and TMNT 2 on the Superbowl last night (I watched them both online but saw the Ryan Renolds one on television while my sister was watching football and I peeked out my room)? Have fun vacationing with your wife and Happy Valentines Day! Will miss you but go out and have a life and fun. Legends of Tomorrow is a good show.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'd be too freaked out to get writing done in Romania, but that's a very cool workshop with thicker skinned folks.
Glad you'll take a getaway with your sweetheart next weekend, Alex.
Cheers.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Thanks so much for posting about the Transylvania workshop, Alex. It's not just for horror writers - anyone with elements of dark fiction in their work, be it paranormal, mystery, or suspense, will love it.

And it's not THAT scary. I survived! :)

Happy Valentine's Day, and I hope you have a wonderful vacation.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

TSO with Beethoven's Last Night has always been one of my favorite rock operas. Now, you have gotten me intrigued with Dream Theater. LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is fun, although the actress playing Hawkgirl is so bad that it inhibits my enjoyment of the show and clashes with the top-notch acting of the others in the show.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hart, it works very well.

Teresa, that's my job!

LG, you rock!!

Heather, it's epic all right.

Joanne, the one with Hulk and Ant-Man was great.

Charles, do!

Brandon and Bryan, pick it up and set aside a lot of time to listen. yes, we change as the messages sink in. And agree - that commercial will never leave my brain.

Heather, you're welcome.

Chrys, might be a good idea.

Sheena-kay, thought those were some of the few decent commercials last night.

Bish Denham said...

Oh my, lots going on here. You know, hubby and I watched the new Star Wars and weren't all that impressed (sacrilege?) it was one fight/battle scene after another with not much of plot.

I know if I wrote horror I'd enjoy going to Transylvania... :)

Carrie-Anne said...

I let my local writers' group know about the contest, though I cringed when the submission rules mandated the horrid Times New Roman! I don't understand why so many people worship that outdated, generic typeface.

Yolanda Renee said...

Enjoy your Valentine break! It's my anniversary, we too will be away for a celebration. Maybe we'll catch a movie or two.

Thanks for the Parallels shout out!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

A writing retreat in Transylvania sounds awesome!
This summer, though, I will hopefully be helping to conduct a writers conference in Ireland. (Also an awesome place for inspiration!)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I had the geekiest conversation about Legends of Tomorrow the other day. I made the statement that Vandal Savage was really powerful and then one of the other guys brought up how he thought that Superman could just easily deal with him and if this was in the same universe, then where are all the truly super powerful superheroes when this guy is threatening the world? I countered with, "I think that Vandal Savage could easily take Superman which is why he's staying away. Basically, it's the magic thing. Superman has two weaknesses: 1) Magic and 2) Kryptonite." And then this launched us into a whole debate about where Dr. Fate is and I said that as far as I knew, he hasn't been introduced yet so we don't know if Dr. Fate is even around in this universe.

Nicola said...

Have a great, much deserved break, Alex. I've just read a great book by Fiona McIntosh called the Lavender Keeper. Not my usual genre but fabulous! Such great writing. Enjoy your week.

Kristin Smith said...

Oh, how fun! Enjoy your little vacation with your wife!!

I haven't seen Legends of Tomorrow but it definitely sounds like a show I'd be interested in. I LOVE The Flash too, so knowing it has some of the characters we've seen in The Flash would be really cool. I'll have to check it out!

Michelle Wallace said...

A to Z sign ups are at 644.
I visited the 'getting-to-know-you' piece.
The Parallels website is a great idea. What a smart batch of writers.
Enjoy your Valentine getaway, Alex!

Madilyn Quinn said...

I haven't picked up the new Dream Theater, but it sounds pretty cool and maybe I will!
Is Legends of Tomorrow on Netflix? That's the only way I watch anything.
I saw the Transylvania workshop a few years ago. It sounds cool, but totally too much money for me :/
I'm always interested in a writing competition :)

Jess said...

I'm definitely going to listen to this Dream Theater music! The album cover looks amazing in itself!

Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

have an awesome Vday weekend!! I loved DC comics as a kid too!

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, a lot going on indeed. Watched Legends of Tomorrow, so far so good. Hopefully it can keep things up and not get stuck in the whole "we screwed up time, let's fix it" scenario every single episode. Enjoy your vacation.

Laura Clipson said...

I know what you mean about having to listen to new music a few times before you start to warm up to it; when I got Trivium's new album last year, it took about 5 listens before I realised I really did love most of the songs. I was adamant that I only liked one or two before that.

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

I was rooting for Peyton and the Broncos, so I enjoyed the Super Bowl. Denver's defense won the game for them. The only commercials that made me laugh were the two where people were throwing a football around and falling into things, accidentally destroying things, etc. It was funny, but it didn't work very well as an ad because I can't remember what they were selling.
I'm going to check out the A to Z site and Golden Schmoes.
Have a great vacation!

farawayeyes said...

Yay, for three day weekends. Enjoy!

Anna Soliveres said...

I am definitely going to check out Legends of Tomorrow (this is the first I've heard of it - so THANK YOU!). Hope you're having a lovely start to your week!

Al Penwasser said...

The only problem with Hawkman and Hawkgirl is that they have to carry newspaper around with them all the time.
But, they scare the hell out of the rabbits in the yard.

Francis Lee said...

I still have some of my DC comics!

Liz A. said...

Yes, I am watching Legends. So far, so good. If I was a horror writer, I'd be all over that Transylvania trip.

cleemckenzie said...

I sometimes like progressive jazz, but I can't say I'm a progressive rock fan. However, I never say I don't like something unless I try it a few times. So I'll take a listen to this one.

Enjoy your break.

Stephen Hayes said...

Thanks for pointing out the Tethered By Letters competition. I just might submit something.

Andrew Leon said...

I do want to see what they've done with Hawk Man.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

JH, you're welcome!

Roland, that's a great album. I have all of theirs.

Carrie-Anne, I prefer Arial myself.

Yolanda, you're welcome! Thought that was cool you set up a site for it.

Dianne, that will be cool.

Michael, you probably confused the non-geek people around you with that conversation.

Kristin, you would enjoy it.

Michelle, thanks!

Madilyn, not yet.

Lori, most of them I don't remember what they were selling. And defenses always win Super Bowls.

Al, funny!

Stephen, go for it.

Birgit said...

I will check out the Golden Schmoes award. I wish i could go on that trip-sounds fantastic! I never watch the Super Bowl...or anything much to do with sports unless it involves art:) Wait...it never does-Lol. I did see this one commercial called dog-monkey-baby-they must have smoked something

L.G. Smith said...

Love the title of Donna's new novel. Very cool. :)

Li said...

That's a whole lotta info to digest! I've always wanted to go to Dracula's homeland - maybe when I retire. It does give me the idea to maybe suggest a group of writers arrange a writing session at my favorite spooky place in Pennsylvania - the abandoned State Penitentiary!
Happy Valentine's to you and your wife, have a great break!

Suzanne Furness said...

A trip to Transylvania sounds pretty cool!
Hope you enjoy your break away.

Elephant's Child said...

Transilvania? Wow. Oh the things that could be told if the earth could talk. And perhaps some of those tales will emerge from the workshop.
Have a wonderful long weekend.

Gail said...

I'd love the chance to visit Transylvania. Alas...

Enjoy your vacation with your sweetheart.

J E Oneil said...

Legends of Tomorrow actually looks pretty good. I guess I'm a little wary when it comes to superhero shows, though. Have a nice vacation! I hope it's to somewhere nice :)

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you for mentioning the Parallels' site! I absolutely adore Legends of Tomorrow, and I hope they can keep it up like The Flash has.

Lan said...

I don't know why but DC Superheroes (besides Batman) don't really do it for me. I think it might be a case of me not having read their comics or seen the cartoons when I was a kid. I'm more of a Marvel fan I think.

Patricia Lynne said...

Since I like writing vampires, visiting Transylvania would be awesome, but I probably wouldn't write much because I'd be thinking about ghosts and haunting (thank you ghost hunting shows) and be too busy scaring myself!

Shannon Lawrence said...

Man, wouldn't I love to go that writer's workshop in Transylvania! The new DC television show has been good so far, though I'm not familiar with the comic background.

Rebecca Green Gasper said...

I've been recording Legends of Tomorrow in hopes of catching up on it soon. The previews looked great- good to hear you like it, too. Congrats on the all the new releases. Best to all, Becca

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Birgit, sorry you had to see that one!

Lisa, that would be a great idea.

Elephant, I'm sure they will.

Cherie, cool you guys set it up.

Lan, I was a die-hard DC comic fan as a kid.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I hadn't heard of Legends of Tomorrow. I'll have to tell Chad- it will add to his belief that you are amazing.

I'm still scratching my head at NARAL's response to the commercials. I suppose a sense of humor is not appreciated by that group.

Medeia Sharif said...

I'll check out the A to Z blog. I also read DC as a kid. That Transylvania trip would be an awesome one to make. I love that setting. I'm sure it's inspiring.

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for all the news and notes. Will hop over and see your post. Enjoy your time off!

J.L. Campbell said...

All that creepiness would be too much for me.
Still need to hop over to the blog.
Thanks a million for the shout out on the VPK set.

Libby said...

Dream Theater is one of those bands that I've always wanted to listen to, and yet, I never have.

Marie Moody said...

Dude of Dudes... can't wait for the A to Z to start how about you? I was just wondering when does it start again? I've been looking everywhere and all the wrong places, but I'm sure it'll get posted soon. Stopped by to say hey... so HEY! Hope you have a rockin' week!

nashvillecats2 said...

I like the sound of the Dream Theatre, time is marching on for the A to Z looking forward to that.
Excellent post of much news.
Yvonne.

Helena said...

That Romanian writer's retreat sounds very tempting, and even though I'm not a horror writer I love ghost stories. I should check it out.

Love the art for Dream Theater, too.

Misha Gericke said...

The Dream Theater album sounds interesting. I'm going to go give it a listen this weekend.

Romania is on my bucket list. :-)

Mason Canyon said...

I was looking at Legends of Tomorrow last night wondering if it would be as good as Flash. Now I'll give it a try. Congrats to those with new releases. The workshop in Transylvania sounds amazing.

Truedessa said...

Hi Alex,

I may have to check out Dream Theater. I usually find concept albums interesting but, you are right you really have to listen to it a couple of times to absorb the whole concept. Sounds innovative and outside the normal scope so I will most likely give it a listen. I still have some i-tune cards to use :)

Enjoy your vacation!

Dean K Miller said...

The Dream Theater sounds cool!
Would love the Dracula Workshop. Some great poetry could happen there.

Christine Danek said...

I wish I could go to the workshop in Transylvania. How cool is that!

Robin said...

I really like Legends of Tomorrow. Really Like. I hate that Hawkman is gone already, though. Maybe they'll find him again in time...

Juneta Key said...

I am definitely watching Legends of Tomorrow. I also watch Arrow and The Flash, which some of these characters first appeared.

Ah dreaming, I would love to go to that writing workshop in Transylvania, maybe one day. I am interested in the fiction competition, but don't know that I can enter this time around, but marked for future possibilities.

I would love to join A-Z. I look at it every year, but I don't know that I am up for that yet. My life has so much uncertainty in it that I don't know that I commit to post that is published daily for a month.

I am thinking about the newsletter tho, but not sure I'm make the the 17th one.

I already have a copy of Pets & Kisses to read, looking forward to it. Hope you have a beautiful Valentine vacation.

Best Wishes
Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats to the authors with new releases!

Intangible Hearts said...

Congratulations to Donna Weaver on her latest release and Happy Valentine's Day!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I know some writers who'd love that Transylvania workshop, but I'd prefer something less chilling...two writers I know will be doing an Ireland writers event that would probably be tame enough.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Joy, you're welcome!

Libby, here's your chance.

Marie, April 1!

Truedessa, well worth the investment. And you can listen to a little bit of it before you purchase.

Robin, it's the comics - anything is possible.

Juneta, you should try the Challenge one year and see what happens.

Beverly Fox said...

I want to go to Transylvania!!! How crow that would be amazing!

Sherry Ellis said...

A dystopian rock opera sounds interesting!

I hope you and your wife enjoy your time away. Have a happy Valentine's day!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Ah, so that's what dystopian rock sounds like. Who knew. I also like (not dystopian) Ima Robot's theme song for The Suits. Unusual, great rhythm, comes together nicely in the climax and dies out well. The rest of your post is very interesting. I'm going to click on some of the links next. Have a nice vacation and Happy Valentines.

Jeffrey Scott said...

With all the cool DC shows on the air now, I'm really considering getting a DVR again. For awhile I was so put off by TV I didn't even want to watch cable. So I chucked the whole deal. Now I am playing catch up. Went to the CD Exchange and picked up Flash season 1, Arrow seasons 1-3 and now Legends of Tomorrow have started. I really want to see that, but if I don't get some kind of a DVR I'm going to have to wait for all of these shows to hit DVD in order to enjoy them. Not to mention my favourite reality TV shows.

Murees Dupé said...

Enjoy the holiday! Take care.

Jemi Fraser said...

I hope you enjoy some time with your wife! :)
I've enjoyed the Flash as well, but haven't been able to catch much of it this season yet. I'll have to try to catch Legends too - I hadn't heard of it yet!

Denise Covey said...

Hi Alex! I wish you and your wife a lovely vacation. Just letting you know I couldn't open the link to Tethered by Letters.

Ella said...

Oh, the Dream Theater sounds amazing-I will have to check this out! Thank you, Alex for all the amazing gifts you shared! I hope you and your wife-Mrs. AC-aka Mrs. Cool have a wonderful vacation~
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Nick Wilford said...

I think some of the best albums can be the ones that don't click straight away but get better with each listen. Who wouldn't want to go on a writing retreat in Transylvania? Thanks for the heads up on the competition!

Crystal Collier said...

We watched Legends of Tomorrow, and it was a little goofy, but not terrible. AND RORY from the most epic season of Doctor Who EVER is the TIME MASTER!!!! Bwa-hahaha! Now that's epic.

Julie Flanders said...

A writing retreat in Transylvania? How cool is that??? Thanks for all the news as always, Alex. And Happy Valentines Day!

Patsy said...

I'd like to see Transylvania, but staying there a week and writing horror might be more than my (not very) delicate nerves could stand.

M Pax said...

Legends of Tomorrow is pretty good so far. Watched a few episodes so far.

Going to Transylvania would be fun.

I watched the game and I had an epiphany while watching it. So it was great for me. :) I had seen a lot of the commercials on the internet already.

Melanie Schulz said...

Thanks for the shout-out for our new site!

Sandra Cox said...

Good for you for doing some vaca over Valentine's Day!
Have fun.

klahanie said...

Hey Alex, dude,

Oh yeah, I'm beyond fashionably late! Of course, always worth the wait from shy, humble me!

Once again, loads of info and links. Visiting your site is like visiting some kind of jolly darned good blogging magazine.

Dream "Theater", despite the spelling mistake, is deffo one of the best prog rock bands. Right up there with Emerson, Lake and Palmer and an obscure Canadian band named, "FM".

Avoiding any mention of that bizarre alphabet challenge, I wish you and your wife a most enjoyable Valentine's Day.

Cheers,

Gary






Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alex, I am planning to read a lot of books this month. Need to make up for last year. I love the cover of A Savage Ghost. Good luck to Donna!

DMS said...

Dream Theater sounds cool!

I hope you and your wife have a wonderful extended time together. Enjoy! :)
~Jess

Em-Musing said...

I watched the Super Bowl mainly for the commercials only to be disappointed when, here in Mexico, they showed Spanish speaking commercials for the foreign markets. *sigh* So then I thought I at least
could see the half-time show only to fall asleep and wake-up just when it was over. *sigh* I enjoyed the game though.
On another note, I am new to the IWSG and does everyone need to do an article for the next blog? Or only those designated?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeffrey, sounds like you need to splurge.

Ella, it is amazing! You need to get it.

Mary, if it gave you a story idea, that's awesome.

Melanie, you're welcome!

Gary, you are never late.

Leigh, you didn't miss much with the commercials. And yes, everyone posts the first Wednesday of the month. Welcome to the IWSG!

Loni Townsend said...

Wow, sounds like a lot of going on. I never read many comics when younger, but I've enjoyed the screen adaptations thus far. I hope they continue being great.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your wife!

msmariah said...

I really love 'The Flash.' It's so well done. I'm now a big fan of 'Supergirl.' I was hoping for good things with 'Legends of Tomorrow,' but it's been a bit disappointing. Although I'd watch the heck out of a show about the Earth 2 universe with Captain Cold as Mayor! (that was in the last flash ep). I hope Legends gets better. Perhaps there are too many characters?

Jeff Bushman said...

Transylvania would be incredible. Especially if it is anything like it is in my mind!
I've been so out of touch with words this winter. Wish it wasn't so.

Lexa Cain said...

I'm definitely out of the loop where TV and albums are concerned. Thanks for letting me know what's new and what you like!

Congrats to Donna and JL, and I hope Heather gets a lot of support!

Nilanjana Bose said...

Wishing you and family a great break and a very happy Valentine's Day!

Emily R. King said...

Great view on the album. I've added it to my music playlist!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

MsMariah, it's not as good, but I'm enjoying it enough to stick with it. They have been thinning out the cast.

Sandra Cox said...

We'll leave the light on for ya.

Trisha F said...

It's the mark of a special band when they can make music that grips you, year after year! Glad you are enjoying Dream Theater's new album.

Blue Grumpster said...

Great pun about The Flash. I'm a comic book collector, Alex, and I'm afraid my life won't be long enough to enjoy everything that's out there comicwise or moviewise. Today I saw Deadpool. It's much better than the trailer led me to believe.

Happy Valentine.

Where would we be without our navigators?

John Wiswell said...

I hope the "Mecca of Horror" thing helps tourism, as Romania has enough problems without that! Also funny that it got the stigma primarily from an Irish novelist.

I'll totally check out the Legends show. Captain Cold was surprisingly fun on The Flash.

Mason T. Matchak said...

Oh, man... I haven't listened to Dream Theater in years, save for the occasional song played on a radio station back in Albuquerque. I had a friend who was a huge fan of them back in college, though. Good to see they're still going strong, and I like the idea of albums that take a few listenings to give up all their secrets. ^_^

And I've never been a big DC fan, but I am glad they've been putting out solid TV content for a while. I love the Marvel TV shows I've watched, and it's good to know that fans of the Distinguished Competition are also getting good stuff.

Fundy Blue said...

I hope that you had a wonderful break with your wife, Alex. Mine has done wonders for me. I'm almost ready to jump back in.

Stephen Tremp said...

The Golden Schmoes? Love it. Off to check it out now

John and Tyrean Martinson said...

Great newsy post!
See you next Monday!

Tammy Theriault said...

Transylvania? Wow. How cool would it be to visit!!

Mark Noce said...

Writing in Transalvania, how cool is that?! I wonder how the locals feel about it though:) Also, I love Heather and Donna's work, thanks for highlighting it! :)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Really interesting post. Transylvania workshop sounds really interesting!

Kathryn McKendry said...

I'll have to check out The Astonishing, sounds great!

Deniz Bevan said...

I'm all intrigued about this album now.

Off to visit the A to Z blog!

Crystal Collier said...

Huh. Came back to see what was happening this week, and no Alex. Hope things are going well, man.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

A real treat this new work by Dream Theater

EEGiorgi said...

I'm not into rock but I dig that cover, looks so cool!!

Kim Lajevardi said...

I was happy my Broncos won the Super Bowl, but felt a number of the ads were ho hum.

Elizabeth said...

I like Legends of Tomorrow so far, I mainly decided to watch it because I like Captain Cold from the Flash, and I was excited to see Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter) again because he was great in Doctor Who. I hope you had an enjoyable time off!

S.K. Anthony said...

I recently watched the first few episode of Flash, I can't catch up with them fast enough! I'm also excited to get into DC's Legends of Tomorrow! It should be great!

Have a great vacation! :)

Shadow said...

Dream Theartre. Listened. Liked. Really liked *smiles*

WritingNut said...

Hope you and your wife had an amazing Valentine's Day Alex!

LynNerdKelley said...

I hope you and your wife had a wonderful vacation. I love that album cover for Dream Theater. Thanks for the info on the Transylvania workshop. My Monster Moon coauthor and I want to go there some day for research, but a horror workshop sounds like a nightmare to me. I'm such a chicken, I have to add humor to our spooky tales. I'm going to send the info to Kathy anyway to see what she thinks about it. So here we are heading into the end of February. Already. It's going by so fast. Have a good one, Alex!

Pat Tillett said...

I followed the link to the website. Wow! That is some amazing artwork. I'm going to go back there as soon as I leave here. I'll try some of the music also. Thanks for the tip Alex.

Liz Fichera said...

Not sure if I'm the write audience for The Astonishing band. BUT...I'm intrigued enough by your review to give it a try.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks everyone! Had a great vacation and I'm glad to be back.