Friday, March 9, 2012

CassaFire Tour Last Day, Ninja News, Trivia, and FandomFest2012

We made it! Last day of the party and last stop in the tour. I don’t know about you, but I’m one day away from being beat!

The final stop of this crazy tour is at Sia McKye’s Thoughts Over Coffee

I met Sia just under two years ago – I think! She’s my one and only returning host, as she also hosted me on my tour for CassaStar. Sia hosts authors often and always compels them to provide thoughtful insights into their world. Well, can’t say I did something thoughtful, but Sia did beat an account of how writing has changed my life out of me. Yes, life used to be so simple…

Think you’re ready for the changes? Then go visit Sia McKye’s Thoughts Over Coffee

Don’t forget that everyone who comments here on my blog will be entered to win this cool prize package from my publisher. Last day to comment!

Ninja News

Thanks to everyone who visited Damy at Daily Writes to see why critique partners rock.

My buddy George at Cinemarvellous is celebrating his birthday today! Yes, I thought it was Thursday. But today he’s posting his top ten favorite movies of 2011 to celebrate. Please go wish him a happy birthday!

Dreaming About Other Worlds posted a really thoughtful, in depth review of CassaFire on Thursday. All the major reviewers seem to echo the same thought – my books are throwbacks to the Golden Age of Science Fiction. I can live with that!

Yes, I did pre-order my iPad 3. Can't wait!

And to top off one heck of a blog tour, I’m almost to 1400 followers. Whoa! I remember when I had fourteen...

Earlier this week I got an email from the organizer of FandomFest2012 This convention attracts over ten thousand people and this year’s headliners are Timothy Zahn and Bruce Campbell.

The email? Would I like to attend and be one of the featured authors?

To have my name listed on a program with Zahn and Campbell? To be able to meet them in person, two of my heroes? Are you as shocked as I was???

Well, here’s where I’m really going to throw you for a loop. I declined.

Yes, I will one day regret it! But that weekend was already dedicated to a vacation I promised my wife back in January. She said she’d be willing to cancel, but I couldn’t do that. She’s watched me prepare for CassaFire’s launch, spending more and more time online. She’s hardly seen me for the past month. After all the sacrifices, the last thing I want to do is disappoint my wife. Besides, this isn’t going to be my career or anything.

So, I’m not going. But you know what – I was ASKED. And that’s really damn cool!

Special thanks to my buddy Edi at Edi’s Book Lighthouse - the organizer had seen my interactions with Edi and was very impressed. Plus I’m sure Edi put in a good word (or twenty) for me!

Trivia answers from Thursday

Quotes – name the movie:
1 – “I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sitting on the porch with my family, singing and dancing.” The Jerk
2 – “They don’t advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop…” Blade Runner
3 – “Where are you going, Mr. Fat Jack?” Splash
4 – “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” Blazing Saddles (It’s been in other movies, but that was MY source – awesome movie!)

Final Trivia – are you ready?

What is your name?

What is your quest?

What is your favorite color?

Who’s ready to win that prize package? Winner will be announced on Monday! (And I’ll do a post about my blog tour – what worked, what didn’t.) Think I made the right decision about the convention? Get any questions right from Thursday? Understand the real meaning behind the three today? Anyone got a sponge? Think after two weeks of catching fire I’ve melted…

Now, go visit Sia McKye’s Thoughts Over Coffee!


Jeremy [Retro] said...

i want the prize package for your book... yes please.

that fandom fest sounds cool...

name: jeremy
quest: grail
color: sand

happy friday, happy hunting and much success...

Selim Yeniceri said...

Instead of prize package, I might do with just a simple "thank you" for sharing your ad on my own blog, but I think you didn't notice that during these hot days, bro. :) Nice proceedings, though. I'm watching you eagerly.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeremy, knew you'd get it!

Selim, I just saw that - thank you! Both books as well. It was insane on February 28, trying to visit everyone participating in the Catch Fire party, so I'm sorry I missed your posts.

dolorah said...

Gongratultions Alex on a fabulous tour. I'm sorry I wasn't here every day, but you know you have my love and adoration regardless of when/if if show up here.

My name is Donna Hole
My quest is to find a time turner
My favorite color is: yes, that one. I just wear mostly blue, although people tell me orange looks good with my coloring. Cheap is my color . .

I wish you much luck Dude. I hope all your publishing dreams for CassaFire come true. I hope you are happy with yourself, your writing career, your future potential.

The tour has been fun to follow; and your tidbits and insights intriguing. Go forth and make sales. Live your life and love your family and don't forget your true self in all the hubbub.

Thanks for sharing your journey with me; I am inspired.


Wanda said...

To be asked is an honor and the fact you turned it down to fulfill your commitment to your wife is amazing :)

Nancy said...

Wow, that was quite a choice you had to make. Could the vacation not have been moved? I agree the first priority to nurture the home life so if it came down to a choice you made the right one. But regardless, how exciting to be asked.
Name: Nancy Wahler
Quest:To become as good a person as my mother was
Fav color:is variable currently a sunshine yellow.

Jai Joshi said...

Alex, wow, that is such a sweet thing you did for your wife. Wow!

Congratulations on being asked to the convention, though. Definitely a cool moment. Hopefully you'll be able to attend next time.


George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Thanks again for the mention, Alex. I'm turning 30 today, so this day is more than just another birthday to me.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on an amazing tour. You're one of the only authors I know who visits so many friends' blogs while busy with a book release and blog tour. You're a great friend.

And what an awesome husband you are picking your trip with your wife over the convention. Congrats on being asked.

Marta Szemik said...

Your wife is lucky to have you:) Congratulations on all your successes. It's great to see that.

name - Marta
quest - to simply keep entertaining with stories
color - green

Hopping over to Sia's. Have a great weekend!


Wonderful Party, already been to Sia's.


PR said...

Wow how amazing you got asked. That's cool you turned it down though, family first. :)

Rusty Carl said...

that sound a whole lot like Monty Python and the Holy Grail to me. It's been a long time though. I need to watch that again.

It's been a fun couple of weeks for me following you around. I like how you rejected the con request to spend time with your wife, you're a stand up guy. Good job.

Unknown said...

You turned down Bruce "The Chin" Campbell? For shame :P

Major kudos to your for keeping your promise though. What if you had the vacation at the con? It's an idea :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Aw, thanks Donna! Glad you knew the Monty Python bit. And thanks for following my tour.

Wanda, it's something all right!

Nancy, I just couldn't keep pushing it back.

George happy birthday!

Thank you, Natalie.

Anna, family is first.

Rusty, you are correct. And thanks, I try.

Unknown said...

Congrats on reaching the end of this fabulous tour of awesomeness. I ended up following the hosts that I haven't followed before. Very cool people.

Ah Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Love that movie and I think I need to rewatch.

You really are one of the best people I have encountered. Enjoy your vacation. :)

S.A. Larsenッ said...

You won't regret your decision on passing to be a featured author. You did it for a valiant reason, which will only lend you a greater reward. :D

Rick Daley said...

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Unknown said...

I'm really glad your tour went well and that it's almost over and you can rest. Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

So are you celebrating this week-end now that you have finished your tour? Hopping off to Sias place but before I go I need to ask you---Why Monty Python, and I am wondering now if there are certain similarities you need to discuss...ha ha ha. Really need to watch this again, been way to long!

Sausage said...

They Call Me Sausage Fingers
Teach Americans how to speak Scottish
Tangerine and Black..

Juliana said...

name: Juliana
quest: to write and be published
color: black

Though I think there is a hidden meaning to these questions ;)


Trivial answers,

Name: Yvonne Lewis
quest: To be happy.
Colour Red.


Robyn Campbell said...

You've melted! *hands Alex a sponge* I have followed and read just about every post even if I did not comment. I wanted you to know that.

You are a beautiful husband Alex! Mine would and has done the same for me.

Congrads on being asked to go to the convention. You will captivate the attendees. No doubt.

Cannot wit for the next one and the post on what worked and what didn't. Have a lovely weekend, my friend. *waving*

Liza said...

Alex, you demonstrated (once again) how your priorities are so right!

Publish a book

Huntress said...

Thanks for the great new sites to check out. I clinked on them as I scrolled down.

Regarding the invite to the FandomFest. Do you realize what you did? Giving up that chance to go to that convention to be with your wife? You blew the top off my personal opinion of you and made every gal worth her weight in estrogen go “Oh that is so sweeeeeet!” *sniff*

And. Finally. Questions I can mostly answer.

#1CD Coffelt aka Huntress

#2 My quest is write a story that causes people to stumble into work bleary-eyed from reading until 3 am.

#3 Fave color? Right now, burnt orange but that could change.

Bryan Russell said...

"You ain't got Jack Shit. And Jack just left town."

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Suze said...

I like Jeremy's (retro-zombie) answer for #2.

Name: Suze
Quest: Love, Truth and Lucky Charms
Favorite Color(s): Orange and Black

Have a great weekend, Al! I've loved the trivia questions this week. It was fun.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Melissa, thank you!

Shari, I hope so!

Rick, you're sharp!

Siv, I just dig that style of humor.

Juliana, there is - it's from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Robyn, thanks for following along.

Liza, thanks!

Huntress, is that what I did? Cool!

Budd said...

my name is Athur
My quest is the grail
My favorite color is Blue. . . no red. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

I wish there were a way to make the Hs get smaller wait here is an idea. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
nope, not as effective as I would have hoped.

Morgan Mandel said...

I am so jealous. I want an iPad 3, but don't really need one.

The price of being retired, but it's worth it!

My name: Morgan Mandel
My quest: A bestseller
My favorite color: Blue

Hang in there, Alex. Pretty soon you can go back to un-tour life!

Morgan Mandel

Anonymous said...

I think it is nice for you to keep your promise to your promise to your wife!

As for the answers.

1. Jeremy

2. To find the Holy Grail

#3. Blue. . . I mean green! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Tracy Jo said...

That is awesome about FandomFest! Cool that you are sticking to your is too short. :-) 2 to go to 1400! I just sent Terry over to follow you. He is a sci-fi guy and I am sure will enjoy your blog. Have a great weekend!

Julie Dao said...

What a good husband! Congrats on being asked, anyway - that IS pretty darn cool!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That convention would've been amazing, but you made the right choice.

Name: Spunky
Quest: To give hope
Favorite color: Black
Sorry, not blue!

Marian Allen said...

Not coming to FandomFest? NOT COMING??? Your wife couldn't use a lovely vacation in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky? Waaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!

I was gonna announce your attendance on my blog! Me little heart is broken into pieces. :(

1) My name is Whiney Baby
2) My quest is to avoid all disappointment
3) My favorite color is blue. No, green.

~screams and dies horribly~

Marian Allen
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Yvonne Osborne said...

I would love your prize package. You were everywhere this week! I got tired just watching.

Name: Yvonne
Quest: An Agent
Color: Earth tones

Good luck and much success.

Tonja said...

So sweet you gave that up to hang with your wife.

My quest is to do the laundry and have it stay done, to clean up the house and have it say clean. Yeah, I know.... :(

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Budd, I get your meaning though!

Morgan, I've forgotten what that's like.

Thanks, Tracy!!

Sorry, Marian! I saw you were one of the attendees. I know, bummer. Tell Timothy Zhan I think he's awesome for me. His style of writing greatly influenced mine.

Thanks, everyone!

M.J. Fifield said...

Oh, I am so excited to finally have trivia questions I know the answers to!

1. MJ
2. To learn the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow.
3. Blue. No, green!

Anonymous said...

Name: Tremper
Quest: To fulfill my quest
Favorite color: Blue

Off to Sia's blog now!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Whew must be exhausted Alex. Its been a bit tiring just keeping pace with you. You are our online do you manage to do it all; writing, blogging, hosting blogfests and blog tours.

Old Kitty said...

What is your name?
Old Kitty!

What is your quest?
To seek the Valley of Wine and Chocolate or the Mountain of Real Ale and Cheese and Onion Pasty.

What is your favorite color?


Take care

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - Wow! Awesome post, awesome dedication to your wife! You rock! Congratulations on the invite to the Fandom Con!
Name: Tyrean
Quest: Love the Lord, Love my Family, Write book
Color: Blue (and some shades of green)

Rek Sesh said...

The fanfest sounds cool but sometimes the most important people need to be taken care of...nothing we do is worth at the end of the day without their smiling face(my opinion).

You know my name. :) Rekha
I am on a quest to prove to someone that I am worth living.
Favourite colours - black and all shades of Purple.

Matthew MacNish said...

I referenced Monty Python in my post yesterday. Good times!

Lydia Kang said...

I'll answer the last questions--the color of new leaves in the spring.

Great post, as usual. So much to be entertained by!

Nancy Thompson said...

Was that offer difficult to turn down? What a sweet husband you are to keep your promise!

Name: Nancy S. Thompson
Quest: To be a published author
Favorite color: Used to be green, but after spending the last 7+ years in the Pacific Northwest where everything is coated in moss, I'll pick blue, because I see so little of it in the sky.

Thanks for the party, Alex. Now go sleep it off!

Leovi said...

As promised the first, but you're probably remembering this valuable offer.

Tara Tyler said...

great grand opening! and talk about popular, you must know everyone!

i'm tara, my quest is publication, and my fave color is purple
thanks for asking and have a great weekend!

Mina Burrows said...

I really want to win something. Please let me win!

BTW, still stuck on the on hit wonder trivia..."Mmm mmm mmm." It'll come to me.

Emily R. King said...

Name: Empress King
Quest: To rule the world (what else?)
Color: Purple. I AM royalty.


Brinda said...

YOU DECLINED???????! Your wife is a lucky lady. I don't know that my husband would be so lucky. LOL Okay...maybe.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

MJ, I'm happy for you!

Karen, one in my bio and Sia posted one today. And thank you.

Kitty, that made me laugh!

Thanks Tyrean, and that's an awesome quest.

Rek, exactly.

Lydia, I am here for your amusement.

Nancy, I hated to say no. Glad you had a good time.

Tara, I might know a couple people...

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

It was a great party!

To balance writing and life

JE said...

Aw, you're a great husband, Alex! Sorry you had to say no a dream, but I hope you have a wonderful time on that vacation. It'll be worth it after all the crazy that is publishing your second book!


D.G. Hudson said...

You choose well, IMO. Conferences come and go, but a good woman is hard to find. Both of you probably need a break. I know I would.

I would love to win the prize package.
Name is DG Hudson

Quest is to write what no man or woman has written before.

Fave colour is Blue.

I'll check out Sia's site now.

Mark Koopmans said...

Congrats on the invite - and the 1,400... what are you going to do when it hits 14K :)

PS... the kid is holding his shoe (as if he's going for three points...)

I've enlarged the pic for those who sit in front of computers all day long:)

Cate Masters said...

The final day already? What a great tour, Alex. Congrats! Glad you wore fire-retardant gear. :)

Allison said...

Way to make it through the tour without melting before now!

Unknown said...

There is light at the end of the tunnel. :-D
Stopping over from the A to Z Challenge. I can't wait to start!!
P.S. Of course I'm your newest follower
Giggle, Laugh, Cry

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Justine, it will be worth it!

DG, thanks, and hope you succeed in your quest.

Mark, oh my God, it is at 1400 now! And a shoe - never would've guessed.

Kerrie, thank you and welcome!

mooderino said...

Putting your wife first? I don't know if i can condone that sort of behaviour.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Bravo to you for putting your wife first. But to be invited to that conference was quite the honor! I've spoken at two, and it is nerve-racking until you get on stage.

But Bruce Campbell? One of my treasure autographed posters is ARMY OF DARKNESS autographed by Bruce and Sam Raimi and the rest of the cast! Your wife is lucky and you are lucky to have such a wife! Roland

Andrew Leon said...

Oh, Dude! "I have no response to that."
(and can you name the movie that line is from?)
[But you'll have to email me if you know, since I can't sunscribe to your comments :(

M Pax said...

a fine shrubbery

Cool on the fest. You and your wife deserve the vacation though.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roland, I know! I could've met him and Timothy Zahn...

Andrew, I think it's Joe vs. the Volcano, but wish I didn't know!

Thanks, Mary.

Christine Rains said...

You've hit 1400! Congratulations! And wow, that is an honor to be asked to be an author at the convention. You are also a fabulous husband to decline and go on vacation with your wife.

I have the new Conan movie to watch this weekend. It will never live up to the original, but it might be amusing to watch.

farawayeyes said...

After that story about Fandom Fest there isn't much else to comment on here. I refer to you as 'one of the Good Guys' for a lot of reasons, BUT your reason for turning down that opportunity, just shot you out into space.

SO, Mr.Good Guy - may all your righteous dreams and desires come true.

Finally, a trivia game I can win - I think.

Name~Eyes (for short) or FAE
Quest ~ to be the very best I can be.
Color ~ Green

Great Party!

TS Hendrik said...

The fact that you were asked is so flippin' cool. The fact that you declined because of a promise to your wife, just makes me respect you all the more.

FilmMattic said...

You are an animal, Alex, in the best sense of the word. Congratulations on your epic book tour.

Haha! That line in The Jerk becomes all the more hilarious when one realizes that whiter-than-white Steve Martin speaks the line. What a preposterous film, but still so much fun.

Jessica Salyer said...

Congrats on being asked. I'm sure it means a lot to your wife that you would turn that down to go on vacation with her. I hope you had a wonderful book/blog tour and hopefully now you can get some rest.

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats on a successful blog tour. You rock!

Happy Weekend :)

Laura said...

Laura Bambrey
To make at least one person laugh every day of my life

...finally questions I knew the answers to! I think you made the right decision - even now, you have your head screwed on and know what's important to you.

Huge congratulations on 1400 - that's so cool!

The Angry Lurker said...

Congratulations on that epic ask, well done Alex.......

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you'll need a well earned rest after all this. Congratulations and good luck with it all. Awesome.

The questions have gone right over my head I'm afraid. Could it be to do with star trek and uniforms? LOL! See I've not got a clue ;O)

Cindy said...

Congrats on everything, and I like how you can keep a promise. Things like that are important. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Christine! And it's not memorable, but the new Conan is a fun watch.

Thank you, Faraway!

TS, thanks.

Matthew, there's no other film like it.

Laura, I try to keep my head on right.

Madeleine, it's from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Thank you, everyone!

Angela Brown said...

Glad that you've had a chance to do so many wonderful things with CassaFire.

My hope is that you will NOT regret making the choice you made. Afterall, you know in your heart what is best. I have the sneaking suspicion this won't be your last invitation to this fest. Others are probably waiting in the wings as well.

Here are my answers:
What is your name? Daydreamer
What is your quest? To journey beyond the limitations life places around me. This box will become a circle.
What is your favorite color? Purple. I'm a girl. It's just so pretty :-) I could fold purple up and rest my head on it forever.

Donna Shields said...

Congrats on the 1400 followers!

Name: donna shields

Quest: entertain everyone with my stories

Fave Color: Purple all the way!!

Sarah Tokeley said...

Your tour really interested me, I love how you had such different posts everywhere. I think I missed a couple of days, but I managed most of them :-)

You definitely made the right choice. Your wife will be there when films are but a distant memory ...

Laura Diamond said...

Woohoo! Can't wait to see who wins the prize package! :) said...

You are such a great husband, Alex. I'm sure you've a wonderful wife, too. There will be plenty more opportunities to speak at conferences. You made the right choice.

Morgan said...

Congrats on the amazing tour! Really, it was a huge success. You are too awesome, Alex ;)

Luanne G. Smith said...

Wow, you made it. Go put your feet up this weekend and unplug for awhile. You deserve it. :)

Mel Chesley said...

Holy cow, Alex! I finally have a moment to breathe and remembered to drop by to tell you congrats on your new book!!!!!! I am also heading over to say Happy Bday. I think I'm one step ahead of you, being beat and all. ;) I'm glad you had such an awesome launch. :D

SpacerGuy said...

To be or not to be and your wife won. She must be real happy.

Anonymous said...

You have arrived, Alex! Being asked is so cool--and you deserve it.

P.S. Can't wait to hear what you think about John (or is it Jack?) Carter.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Angela, I was told the invitation extends to next year! And your color answer made me chuckle.

Thanks, Donna!

Sarah, I tried to mix up the stops.

Thank you, Robyn.

LG, think I'll celebrate with a marathon of movies! Already began tonight by seeing John Carter - AWESOME by the way.

Thanks, Mel!

Spacerguy, I only want her to be happy.

Golden Eagle said...

It would have been hard to ask for a decision that more clearly highlighted balancing writing and family! I think you made the right decision.

Congratulations on reaching 1400+ followers! :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Of course, it was short notice for the conference, but it would have been great. Still, it would have been a huge disappointment to not take that vacation with your wife. Congrats on being asked. You are already so successful.

mshatch said...

OMG you declined meeting Bruce Campbell? The Bruce Campbell? Like Evil Dead and Burn Notice Bruce Campbell?

What is your name? marcy

What is your quest? to write books

What is your favorite color? purple no cornflower...AGH!

Jemi Fraser said...

You're a good guy, Alex! Congrats on the invite! That's really exciting and well deserved. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You declined! You must have a terrific wife and she's a lucky gal too. Glad you survived the last two weeks. I see you're over 1400. Way to go.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Golden.

Mary, just the invitation was an honor.

MsHatch - I know, I know!!!!!

Thanks, Jemi.

Susan, she is awesome.

Cherie Reich said...

It looks like you are over 1400 followers now! Yay!

The blog tour was awesome, and I hope you get to sleep in tomorrow from it. That's what I did when I finished mine. :)

Chuck said...

Well you are now OVER 1400! Congrats Alex. You have an amazing run since the book release...and I am doing a modest review at my site today. I thought those questions had a Monte Python feel to them...loved that movie.

It is so cool that you are willing to turn down something like that for a commitment made previous to your wife. You're a good man Alex...going to Sia's real quick before I go write my CassaFire review.

Anonymous said...

You're very sweet to your wife... it's the kind of thing my hubby would do too:)

I've got my eye on the new ipad too... curious to know what you think of it once you get it.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats to you for being asked, and congrats to your wife for having such a thoughtful husband! Wow 1400+ followers! Julie

MISH said...

Congratulations Alex! Your blog tour rocked!
Name: Michelle
Quest: ... to dream the impossible dream... (as in the song)
Colour: I'm a multi-coloured, rainbow nation child...

Unknown said...

Congrats Alex! You are simply amazing! I do not know how you connect so well with so many people!

Your wife must be proud, I hope you both enjoy your vacation together! It will be well deserved! You must be feeling over the moon to be asked to the FandomFest, but I am sure you will receive other exceptional invitations in the future!

Carolyn Brown

To enjoy a happy life with my loved ones.

Black, but you already know this!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cherie, thanks, and up at my normal time. Just can't sleep in anymore.

Thanks Chuck! Crap, hope you enjoyed it.

TF, I will do a full review!

Julie, yes - wow!

Mish, I like the color answer.

Thanks, CM, and I'm sure we'll have a great time.

Kim@stuffcould.... said...

Name Kim
quest Life
Color Blue
Nice that you spend time with your wife!

Arlee Bird said...

I'd say you had a pretty successful blog tour. I got tired and it wasn't even my tour. I'm tired a lot lately. And now, onward!

Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog
Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

You are a superhero for your wife. What can be better than that? I'm so glad you did not let her down. Hope you have a wonderful vacation together.

Mary Montague Sikes

ediFanoB said...

Dear Alex,

I coud not leave a comment earler because the whole family is sick: Stomach flu

It started in the night from Thursday to Friday.

I will answer your mail soon.

Anway I want to thank you for your kind words.
I think anyone who is happily married can understand your decision.

BUT as you wrote - the most important thin is that you have been asked.

I stay in contat with the organizer like I stay in contact with you. He is an author like you. And it makes me proud to know you both- even it is through internet only.

I'm sure this was not the last time that you got such a request.

Greetings to your wife who must happy to be married with a man like you and of course vice versa.

Andrew McAllister said...

Green. No, blue!

You seem like you need to be a member of our Facebook group, the Village Idiot's Writers Group!

David P. King said...

Guess what arrived in the mail yesterday?

Your first line cracked me up. Now to read the rest of it. Loving it so far. :)

Helen Ginger said...

Name: Helen
Quest: Getting my fiction published
Color: Blue

That was very sweet of you to keep your commitment to your wife. I imagine she will return the sweetness. Have fun on the vacation.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, I think I wore everyone out!

Monti, I try!

Edi, sorry you guys are sick! I will stay in contact with Stephen. The invitation is open for next year!

Andrew, I would but I'm not on Facebook.

David, cool! That's good to know.

Thanks, Helen.

Leovi said...

Spectacular appearance McKye Sia's Thoughts Over Coffee. I like this cup.

Patsy said...

You made it and can relax - if you still remember how to do that?

Sarah said...

That's an incredible invite, I would pee my pants. TImothy Zahn!!

But kudos to you for putting your loved ones first and honoring your promise.

Rick said...

Yep. Putting the loved one's first is the most important thing! I love your blog, you know- it has so many cool things in it! Off to Sia's now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pasty, no!!!

Sarah, I know!

Thanks, Rick.

Doralynn Kennedy said...

Congrats on the FandomFest2012 offer! Sorry you had to decline. And thank for visiting my blog. I appreciated you giving an ear to my rant. I'm still trying to get my blood pressure down.

Sounds like I missed a great tour!

Deniz Bevan said...

Blue. No, yellow.
Or is that the Castle Aaaagghh?

How sweet of you to keep your promise to your wife :-)

Deniz Bevan said...

Just saw the Mayan/Hobbit poster. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Hey Alex! Am way behind on the blog readings, but wanted to stop and say CONGRATS on your book release. I've got it on my to get and read list.


EEEK on pre-order of the IPAD 3, lol! I have the first gen, this one has me thinking it time to upgrade?

Walter Knight said...

Speaking of festivals, March 20th is 'Alien Abduction Day' celebrated in Toronto, Canada, aye.

Partiers are warned about the amped up Canadian beer, and to avoid being probed by little green men.

Unknown said...

At first I was like whaaaat? You declined?! But then you explained the reason. And it is really, REALLY nice of you. I'm sure it makes your wife feel very special that you're putting her first :-)

Jennie Bailey said...

My name: Jennie. My quest: Total world domination from the back of my one eyed dragon! Favorite color: Navy blue! Looking forward to the winner on Monday as well as reading about your tour - I love that you're going to share what worked and what didn't work!

PK HREZO said...

I think you made an awesome decision. After all, family comes first. :) Plus, you could prolly really use a vacation. ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Doralynn, it was a lot of fun.

Deniz, feel free to grab the Hobbit button.

Thanks so much, Deb. Big difference between them - yours doesn't have a camera, video capability, super fast processor, etc. I got the second one as well, but ready for something even better.

Walter, that's funny!

Thanks, Rachel.

Jennie, I will be sharing.

PK, yes I could!

Cat Lavoie said...
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Cat Lavoie said...

Congrats on the blog tour and the 1400+ followers! I hope you have a lovely vacation and I agree with everyone who says you took the right decision. It's really awesome that you're putting family first and just being invited is really cool.
Cant wait to hear your thoughts on the iPad 3!

Talli Roland said...

You've been so busy, Alex! I'm amazed at how much you do. So pleased your blog tour went well. Hope you're relaxing this weekend.

Leovi said...

I like that shirt with the cover of your book.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Cat, and I can't wait to tell everyone about the iPad 3.

Talli, I am chilling!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Holy cow, Alex. 121 comments? How do you keep up? You're amazing.

A to Z question--there are 5 Sundays in April. We don't normally post on Sundays. I'm planning to double up letters one day. Is that the right approach?

Leslie S. Rose said...

Sending you a whoo hoo for the end to a cool blog tours for CassaFire. Popping over to the link.

Ella said...

I agree what a honor to be asked!!!
What a guy to keep his promise to his wife! I'm impressed~

I predict you will be asked again and go ;D

name: Ellen
quest: to be published
writing a book now, not poetry ;D
color: turquoise

Anonymous said...

What an opportunity, but I think you rock for putting your wife first. :)

I'll check out your last stop.

folija said...

sorry i missed this...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Donna! We start the first Sunday, because it's the first, and then the letters line up after that by skipping Sundays.

Thank you, Ella!

Thanks, Medeia.

Shannon Lawrence said...

You're right; it's phenomenal that you were asked. Very nice of you to do for your wife. I hope your vacation is a wonderful one.

My name: Shannon
My quest: Self-discipline
My favorite color: blue & purple

Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z