Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Insecure Writer’s Support Group, #IWSGPit, July Movie Preview, and New Releases

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

Today’s optional question - What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

Well, in the beginning I just wanted to write one book. When I realized I would be writing more, my goal was to finish the series. Then it was to write a story completely separate from that series. Now I’m back to working on that series. So I guess you could say my ultimate goal is always just the next book. One foot in front of the other…

And yes, I am writing. Working on Bassan’s story a little bit at a time.

I have been working on two upcoming events for the IWSG – the anthology contest (lining up judges) and #IWSGPit (sending out invites). And not we have over a thousand agents and publishers invited to watch the feed on July 19 for #IWSGPit!
So get those pitches ready. Over five thousand tweets last January and we were a trending topic – plus several authors have now found homes for their books. Don’t miss out!
Details at the IWSG site.


New Releases!

Boyfriend Material (The Man Catalog #2) by Megan Morgan
Need a date? Or a temporary boyfriend? How about a husband in a hurry? The professionals at SASS—Singles Arrangement Service Specialists—are here to help.
Find it on Evernight Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, and Kobo

Book Two of the Family Relics Series by Tanya Miranda
Jasmyn blames herself for her baby sister's death, and she's confident her family blames her too. Instead of returning home, Jasmyn joins her coven to focus on developing her grandmother's magic.
Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Google Play, Smahwords and Kobo

Heart Seeker - The Fire Heart Chronicles Book 1 by Juliana Haygert
"For over twenty years, I've been lied to--magic burns within my veins, and I'm unable to resist its call."
Find it on Amazon, and Goodreads







July Movie Preview

Here are the upcoming theatrical releases for July! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snark provided by me.

6 –

Ant-Man and the Wasp
As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Director: Peyton Reed
Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins
Supervillains beware – you’ll need both crawling and flying insect spray. Pest control is so pricy…

13 –

Skyscraper
FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building...above the fire line.
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Noah Taylor
Just refer to the RiffTrax: Live slide from last week:

The Nun
A priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Director: Corin Hardy
Stars: Bonnie Aarons, Taissa Farmiga, Charlotte Hope, Demián Bichir
A ghost nun? Our knuckles will never be safe again!

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation 
Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac's Pack cannot resist going along. But once they leave port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship Captain, Ericka. Now it's Mavis' turn to play the overprotective parent, keeping her dad and Ericka apart. Little do they know that his "too good to be true" love interest is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, ancient nemesis to Dracula and all other monsters.
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Fran Drescher, Mel Brooks
Thank goodness they greenlit this – so many unanswered questions from the second film.

20 –

The Equalizer 2
Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo
Denzel is back playing…well, playing Denzel. But he does it so well…

27 –

Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby
Cruise in a post-apocalyptic wasteland? Wait, don’t confuse this with Fallout the video game…


Have your writing goals changed over time? Participating in #IWSGPit? Picking up some new books? And what July movie catches your eye?

120 comments:

Lynda R Young said...

Great to hear you are working on Bassan’s story. Very exciting!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I'm glad you've decided to write another book. I hadn't heard there was another Equalizer out. Hm.

Liz A. said...

Don't all our writing goals change over time? But then again, there's probably someone who just wants to keep writing (like Dory, "just keep swimming").

It looks like I won't be going to the movies in July. Not that I really went in June...

Empty Nest Insider said...

I'm also excited that you're writing Bassan's story! Glad you weren't a one-book wonder! #IWSGPit is a great idea! I'm not on Twitter, but I'll be on the lookout for it. Have a fabulous 4th of July, Alex!

Elephant's Child said...

Congratulations to all those with new releases.
And big thanks for all you do for the writing community.

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, Alex!

What the universe needs now... is another superhero insect movie. I've been seeing the trailer for Skyscraper, the Towering Inferno of the 2010s, starring Dwayne "The Rock." It looks good. A film about a demonic nun? I'm so there, dude! A new M.I. with Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson? I remember when Cruise was teamed with Rebecca De Mornay. Do you?

Have a great holiday, good buddy Alex!

Tim Knight said...

So excited, unsurprisingly, for Ant-Man & The Wasp, but - annoyingly - its release is delayed a month over here in the UK. Which means weeks of avoiding spoilers. It's the same with Incredibles 2.

Some have blamed the World Cup for this, but I'm sure people are capable of organising their calendars around occasional football games to go and see a movie that's playing several times a day, seven days a week!

Pat Hatt said...

Keep on writing the next book, way to be indeed.

Ant man should be a fun ride. I enjoy the mission impossible movies, except 2. The Rock looks to the sky as he rips off Die Hard. Fun!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome you're working on Bassan's story. I really liked him in your last book.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Alex, you were meant to write. :)

I don't think I'll see any of those movies, but I did see A Quiet Place recently - not sure if it was worth all the hype, but it was really good.

Jennifer Hawes said...

I hope the new Mission Impossible is as good as it looks! I'm such a sucker for this franchise. I like your writing goals: one book at a time. Good luck on your new one! Have a fantastic summer.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liz, sometimes just swimming is enough.

Shady, that was a long time ago...

Tim, sorry you have to wait.

Thanks guys and I will keep working on that story.

Truedessa said...

Alex, the ninja rocks again with a jam filled post! I am so glad you are writing a new story.

My writing goal is to someday publish s small chapbook of poetry. I would also like to publish an epic poem ‘Beyond the Stars’ a testament to the power of the heart and love.

Congrats to the authors of new releases!

Have a Hapoy 4th Alex! Any plans?

Cathrina Constantine said...

It's good to hear that you're writing. I also have a 2 book series and have decided, after many years, to go back and write a prequel.

Congrats to all the new releases, they all sound amazing! So many movies and so little time.

Happy 4th of July!!!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Those are some interesting movies. I'll put some of them on my list to see.

Teresa

Lee Lowery said...

I love the philosophy of just keep swimming/writing. My ultimate writing goal has always been a cozy series. Maybe once it's up and going, I'll be inspired to do a second series! Congrats on getting your next book in production. Happy 4th of July!

Crystal Collier said...

The next book... That sounds like enough for me too. =) Actually, my goals are crazy big, but we'll see how they play out. We're always adapting based on life and how things change, eh?

I love how big #IWSGPit is becoming. That's beyond epic!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love that Dwayne Johnson Rifftrax quote! :)
Can't wait to read Bassan's story!

Erika Beebe said...

Good morning Alex. Great writing goals and it sounds like you are so busy. The books all look so good! My writing goals have definitely changed since I was a kid and again now as a mom. Getting a novel published would be great. I'm currently reading Ellen's book and loving it. Happy IWSG day :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

Quite a few movies catch my eye. It's whether I'll get to SEE any of them is the question.

My writing goals change all the time. Right now, I'll be happy to have finished my WIP this summer. It might have been sooner, but for some reason I thought moving from one house to another would be a breeze. It is not. :(

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed "Ant-man," so I'm looking forward to seeing his next flick. I want to see "Skyscraper," too. The Rock may not be a great actor, but he's easy on the eyes, and his movies always have lots of action. I believe I'll skip the movie about the demonic nun, though. Reminds me of an old cheesy flick called something like, "Nuns with Guns."

Happy 4th!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I like your strategy of focusing on the next project, one book at a time. Mine have changed a little. Still need to keep writing and sharing my work.

Pat Garcia said...

Hi,
That's not bad, putting one foot before the other and writing one book at a time. In fact, it can be very healthy.
All the best with the continuation of the series you're writing.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Nick Wilford said...

Great to hear you're continuing on Bassan's story! Yep, one foot after the other is the way to go.

Congrats to the authors with new releases, looks like great stuff.

#IWSGPit is going to be immense!

Patricia Stoltey said...

One step at a time, one book at a time. Very good advice, especially for people like me who have partially-completed projects all over my office.

Liesbet said...

Having the next book as a goal will keep you writing forever - perfect answer for the true writer, Alex! It looks like quite a few new releases by IWSG writers this summer. Especially Megan's book grabs my curiosity.

None of the July movies catches my eye, and that's for the best, since I want to be outside this summer. I had no idea they were still making Mission Impossible movies, and Cruise continues to star in them. Great write-up.

I haven't given it too much thought, but I do hope to finally create a Twitter account and make a pitch on the 19th. Time is ticking!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Truedessa, you need to do both! No big plans. Working on the house.

Lee, series are fun to write.

Crystal, it is!

Thanks, Jemi.

Stacy, it's not???

Susan, now I have to look up Nuns with Guns.

Liesbet, you need to do that!

Carol Kilgore said...

I think our goals do change as we grow as people and as writers. Mine have, anyway. Great new books and movies here. Thanks!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Way to go with all your goals and all you do for IWSG! You rock, Alex!

cleemckenzie said...

That kind of goal keeps you focused and moving forward. Happy 4th, Alex.

Tanya Miranda said...

Thanks for the shout out Alex!

My writing goal has been the same for a while. Just keep writing, be it short stories, novels, poetry, etc. Just write.

Looking forward to the pitch and the next anthology contest!

Raimey Gallant said...

The IWSG pit numbers are incredible. It's amazing how fast it's grown! Happy IWSG day, Alex! I'm putting one foot in front of the other, like you. :)

Carrie-Anne said...

My goal is no longer to be rich and famous, but a writer for all time. My dream goal is to win the Nobel Prize.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Just when you thought you were done writing...the story...pulls you back in!!!!
Great post, Alex! I feel so well informed!

Heather

Megan Morgan said...

Thanks so much for the shout out, Alex!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Keep writing!

I actually do want to see Hotel Transylvania 3.

Julie Flanders said...

Great to hear your working on another series story!
I will now have nightmares of ghost nuns LOL. I don't think I could make it through that movie.
Happy 4th, Alex!

Katherines Corner said...

Congratulations my friend that is exciting news!!

My goals have yet to be met, but I will push ever forward, always.

We've had mission impossible on our list for a while and look forward to the release of the DVD. As well as Skyscraper, ( Dwain the rock Johnson...sigh). Ant-man and the wasp are on our list too but a bit further down. ( wink). Hugs across the miles K

Patricia Lynne said...

Good luck with Bassan's story. One word at a time is all it takes.

C.D. Gallant-King said...

My kids love the Hotel Transylvania movies. You have to be under 10 to really appreciate them, but I admit Dracula's daughter is kinda cute.

As for the new Mission Impossible movie, I can only think of that one as the "Superman's Mustache" movie.

M.J. Fifield said...

I like that your goal is always just the next book. That sounds like a good goal to have.

I'm looking forward to Ant-Man and The Wasp. Maybe Mission:Impossible. I have liked the other movies, but that may be more of a wait until it's on DVD thing.

Joey Resciniti said...

Hotel Transylvania fans rejoice!

We’re very excited for Ant Man. That scene in the first movie where they have a fight while tiny and the train set is coming at them is one of my favorite movie moments!

Best wishes on your current goal and all of the “next books” in your future!

The Cynical Sailor said...

Yay - you're writing! Looking forward to the next installment in the Cassa universe.

Cherie Reich said...

That's awesome that you're working on the next book.

Loni Townsend said...

You've made great progress for starting out with wanting to only write one book!

The trailer for Skyscraper plays on Hulu a lot, and I think of that screen cap every time...

D.R. Shoultz said...

You have been very prolific, and it appears you're not slowing down. I'm looking forward to the July IWSG Twitter Pitch. Thanks for organizing.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Hotel Transylvania appears to provide a fun getaway.
Be well, Alex.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tanya, you're welcome!

Raimey, it's awesome how fast it's grown.

Heather, I'm a sucker.

Megan, you're welcome.

Katherine, the Mission Impossible movies continue to entertain. They make them, I will go see them.

CD - funny!

Gwen Gardner said...

You're sort of an accidental writer, Alex. You thought you'd try one, then another, then another. Now you can't stop ;)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Writers never quit. There's always the next book. Good luck with yours, Alex.
Congratulations to all the new books out.
Happy 4th of July tomorrow.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Might go to Antman and the Wasp, but not sure. Still thinking about the Pit.

Andrew Leon said...

The world is conspiring against me seeing Ant-Man. :(

J Q Rose said...

Yes, I recall a time when you'd written the last in the series, but as a writer, you can never say never write a book again. Those characters keep nagging at you. Best wishes on the "next" book. BTW, I watched movies on the long flight from England back to the US. Now that's an experience. I much prefer a theater seat. Enjoyed The Greatest Showman and The Post. No super heroes or sci-fi. Too tame for you, I bet. Best wishes to all those who will be twitter pitching!
JQ Rose

Angela Wooldridge said...

One book at a time is a very sensible way of going about it. thank you for all your input to the writing community :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gwen, is that what happened?

Susan, try it!

JQ, it's easy to see two or three movies on that flight.

Laura Clipson said...

One book at a time is a great goal to have, focusing on one thing is easier than trying to do too much.

J E Oneil said...

To keep writing the next book sounds like the best goal.

It's about time we finally get The Wasp.

Toi Thomas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and, as always, hosting this great hop.

I'm so excited to hear that you are working on Bassan's story. I'll try not to fan-stalk too much by hoping there could possibly be some prequels or side stories related to Dragon of the Stars down the road. I loved Dragon's Destiny.

Looking forward to Ant-Man and Wasp, everything else... eh.

Nilanjana Bose said...

All the best for your next story!

I like the way you keep your goals 'in the moment' and manageable. Wise words. And an example for those who wish to take it.

Mary Kirkland said...

I plan on watching The Nun as well as Ant-man and the Wasp. Both of those look good.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm glad to hear that you are writing more about Bassan, Alex! I might enjoy "Mission Impossible - Fallout." We just watched "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" which was lots of fun. Have a great IWSG Day!

Rhonda Gilmour said...

Oops! Almost forgot that we're blog-hopping today instead of tomorrow. Yeah, one's writing goals do change as stories develop and opportunities arise. If you'd'a told me four years ago I'd be writing romance novels and enjoying it, I'd'a laughed. Yet, here I am, knee-deep in smooches.
Happy writing to you in July!

Tamara Narayan said...

The Conjuring movies are super creepy, and now my oldest daughter is seriously into horror, so maybe we can go see The Nun together and shriek over a bag of popcorn.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Toi, I'm working on it!

Nila, thank you for your kind words.

Rhonda, knee deep in smooches is a funny expression.

XmasDolly said...

Tell me is "The Nun" a movie or a book? It looks very interesting, but if it's too spooky then I'll take a past. What do you think? Although I am a Stephen King fan (only some books).

Elsie Amata said...

I'm glad to hear you're working on your next book. That's awesome. Also good that you're taking it as slow and easy.

The Nun...um, yes, please! Although, not sure we'll go to the movies. May have to wait until we can rent it.

Elsie

Spacer Guy said...

Practice, perseverance always pays off in the long run. To show what it is you see, hear, smell and feel - what an art! The Equalizer 2 with Denel, hey, hey, hey, I'll be watching this one for sure.

Blue Grumpster said...

There's this moment in the Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer where a building gets miniaturized and then moved from A to B like a piece of luggage, and the nerd in me keeps saying, "No! Miniaturizing an object does make it lighter." Other than that, it looks great. I do wonder how they're going to find a balance between the drama and the goofiness.

Tonja Drecker said...

One book after the other- I'm glad you continued on. Considering Tuesday night is movie night in this household during Summer break ($4 special), I'm happy to see some new good ones coming in. Yay!

Em-Musing said...

Nope! Won't watch The Nun. I saw The Exorcist decades ago and I won't ever watch it again. I'm not afraid of 'real' things....but my imagination goes into overdrive when things go bump in the night.

kaykuala said...

The Spiderman now the Ant-Man & The Wasp. The insect world can well spawn many more super-heroes. The reviews and new releases are interesting. More interesting is the prolific Alex slated for his own new release next. Great!

Hank

Botanist said...

Writing goals ... like you, one step at a time. First it was can I write anything at all, then finish a book, then publish a book. Now it's more along the lines of develop a following over time while working on the next book ...

Roland Clarke said...

Readers are a demanding lot, never satisfied with what they have - just like movie-goers ;-) MORE (Suspect you told me something similar - and told me about squids.)

Bring on Ant-Man and the Wasp - enjoyed the comics.

Elizabeth said...

That's a good goal to have, just taking it one step at a time. I'm looking forward to reading more about Bassan.

I'm ready for Ant-Man and the Wasp. The first one was fun, and I'm hoping for some more Marvel hints about the next Avengers movie. That's a great "spoiler alert" about The Rock, lol.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Can't wait for The Nun. Loved Valak in The Conjuring 2!

nashvillecats2 said...

Great post Alex, I will put my post back on later as I'm very insecure not having any water at all and having to sleep way until fixed.
Have a great day of celebrations.

Yvonne.

J.L. Campbell said...

Can't wait for the Twitter Pitch Party. Interesting new releases.

Unknown said...

Baldur knows, it would be so great to have a book of mine published. Just one. I know, I know, in this day and age I could do that myself. For me, however, the dream is to do it the traditional way. So, I guess I'm at the beginning of your career as you described it. Ha! May my success match yours!! Thank you for the post, and happy writing to you. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Marie, it's a movie, so it might be scarier than a book.

Blue, I heard it's heavy on the humor, which is fine by me. Like Deadpool, I expect humor in an Ant-Man movie.

Leigh, The Exorcist was scary when it came out.

Hank, Dung-beetle Man might be pushing it a little too far...

Roland, squids are damp!

Jennifer Lane said...

Your goal reminds me of the Walk the Moon song, One Foot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05v4nfUmBYI I also focus on the next book although now I don't have that focus which is a little strange for me.

Happy 4th!

Liza said...

Happy 4th, Alex! Thinking about #IWSGPit...at least drafting my tweet...

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alex, love your character's name Bassan. I liked what you said about your ultimate writing goals "is always just the next book. One foot in front of the other." Or for us writers one book after the other.

Happy 4th of July Alex.

My post is a bit late :(

Michelle Wallace said...

Happy 04th of July to you and yours, Alex!
Writing and publishing one book at a time sounds about right. Now if only I can decide which one I'm going to settle down and concentrate on finishing off properly.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Happy 4th!

Glad you're working on a story again!

Equalizer 2 sounds like a good choice for my husband and I to watch.

Blue Grumpster said...

Happy 4th of July, Alex!

Sandra Cox said...

Well said on the goals.
How far are you on Bassan's story?
Happy 4th.

John Wiswell said...

I didn't know The Nun was coming out in July! I loved the Conjuring universe and will totally go see this.

Sandra Hoover said...

One book, one foot at a time! Makes a good motto! I totally missed the notice to post on Tuesday, the 3rd, so I'm a day late to the party. But hey...I'm here now! Best of luck on the next book! Happy 4th of July!

diedre Knight said...

Happy 4th to you and yours, Captain!

That's it in a nutshell; one foot, one book. There will always be one more ;-)

Best wishes on ypur latest project, looks like folks are already lining up!

Family Relics sounds good, I'll have to get the first one too. Skyscraper sounds riveting. By the way, I did find time for Incredibles 2, but didn't end up seeing it due to (thankfully) well-displayed warnings regarding the use of strobes, etc. Now that the family has seen the movie, they can tell me when not to look as I do plan on seeing it!
"Denzel playing Denzel' Ha! So true.

Juneta Key said...

Yeah for writing another book. I was never fond of ant man but the movie was better than expected. This new one actually looks good to me in the trailer. Happy IWSG!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - glad you're writing another book - but wonderful you're doing so much to support other authors and bloggers - I'm sure the twitter pitch will be fun ... and then the new anthology - enjoy and keep some time for you - amazing number of authors you've enticed to come over ... congratulations - cheers Hilary

Stephen Tremp said...

Alex, illnesses and surgeries have befallen our household but we are on the mend. We will binge watch many movies in the next week or two.

Denise Covey said...

Series are great. Reading in the FB Hot-Shot (my name for them) self-pub group this morning: 'It's easier to get one person to read six books in a series than sell six books to one person.' Wisdom. All the best for your latest.

G. B. Miller said...

My goal has always been to write that next book. Lord knows, I have enough slushies to keep me occupied for next four or five years.

Don't pay attention much to new releases as most of them seem to be (to me at least) the same old same old.

JEN Garrett said...

Feeling excited for this #IWSGPit - I think I actually will have something to pitch!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Liza, plase join us!

Sandra, over six thousand words I think.

Diedre, wise choice!

Stephen, sorry to hear that.

Denise, wise words.

Jen, that's great!

Deb R.H. said...

I'm so behind on blog reading that i didn't see this month's posting date was the 3rd. Yeesh.

It's funny to follow you long enough to have seen you say you were done writing and then you started again.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I'm excited for Ant-Man and the Wasp. I've been telling bad jokes about it all day long.

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Bravo to you, Alex, for writing another book. This is why you are our faithful leader, showing us how it is done. All the luck with your WIP.

My daughter LOVES this Ant Man stuff. I truly don't understand the fascination with bugs. Sorry.

All best to you, sir!

Sandra Cox said...

Congrats to our wonderful authors with new releases.

How's the weather, Alex?

Sandra Cox said...

PS That's about where I'm at on mine.

Magic Love Crow said...

I like your goal Alex! Keep on going!!! I can't wait to see Ant-Man and the Wasp!! Hotel Transylvania 3 looks fun too! Congrats to everyone's new releases!!

dolorah said...

I was too busy to remember to post this month. Ah well. Looks like your plate is full with writing and admin things too. I like your writing goal summary - the next book. Suits me too.

Nita said...

You are a prolific writer! How long does it take for you to finish one book?

Lynda Dietz said...

I still haven't gotten to Dragon of the Stars yet, but I know I will, and I'm sure it will be on par with the excellence of the Cassa series.

And I'm psyched that we get to learn more about Bassa! Write like the wind!

Helena said...

Reason to celebrate - you're working on a new story! Which of course I plan to get to, though first I really must finish the great Cassa series.

Thanks for the heads-up on the upcoming pitch opportunity. I swear that this time I'll have a pitch ready (famous last words--sigh).

Nicki Elson said...

Aleeeex! It was a lot of fun visiting tons of blogs as a co-host, but I have no idea how you and the other IWSG chiefs do this every month. THANK YOU for all you do for the blogging community.

Ink in the Book said...

I'm looking forward to your new book, the upcoming pitch contest, and new movies, especially Hotel Transylvania 3. I loved 1, and 2 was decent. Can't wait for 3!

The Happy Whisk said...

Hello my friend. Long time no talk. I'm not back to blogger yet but wanted to say HELLLOOOOO ALEX!

Excellent on the tweets. Very cool. Even more excellent to read about your writing. Hot dog. That's a win.

Happy SUMMER!

alexia said...

There's a certain "live in the moment" freshness to focusing on one book at a time :) I usually have like 5 in my head at once, LOL.

B.G. Groover said...

Hi Alex! Heard about your blog and the amazingness of IWSG so I had to come check it out for myself. I'm new on the scene and hungry for for writerly info as well as connecting with like minds. Great to meet you! I'll be back for sure. :)

Jo said...

Looking forward to your new book. Love your snarky comments.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Deb, probably because I say that enough.

Sandra, weather was nice on Saturday!

Donna, no worries.

Nita, when I am really working, about two months.

Lynda, thank you!

Helena, I hope you do.

Nicki, sheer determination.

Hello, Ivy!

BG, welcome!

Olga Godim said...

Good luck with your new book. Concentrating on one book - the next one - at a time makes it all doable.

Stephen Tremp said...

Avid movie buffs we've been out of it lately surgeries and such but will ramp things up next weekend with multiple movie marathon.

Stomach, be prepared for movie theatre food for a while, for better or worse.

Blue Grumpster said...

The Equalizer 2... Now, there's a movie I'm looking forward to.

Denise D. Young said...

My goals have changed...sort of. I remember many, many years ago, back before the Kindle was a thing, sitting in a local coffee shop, and all of these local artists had their art up on the walls for sale. And I said to my husband, "I wish writers could do it that way. Sell their work one piece at a time." And now we have ebooks and viable print on demand and guess what, we can! And being an indie author is a viable path. Wow!

So, my goals have changed in the sense that this dream I had that wasn't really a viable path...there's a clear path to it now. Now I just have to get the stories polished and out into the world. :)

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Oooo, definitely The Nun. Looks like a spinoff of the Conjuring 2.

Just finished Ellen Jacobson's Murder in the Marina and LOVED it. Literally could not put it down until it was finished.

Christine Rains said...

One foot in front of the other is a good way to go. Congrats to everyone with new releases! You forgot to include the new Teen Titans GO movie for this month. ;) I'm starting my attempt to catch up on blog visits today. Here we go!

Leslie S. Rose said...

Skyscraper - wait - I'm having a Towering Inferno flashback.