Friday, October 12, 2012

A Modest Internet Star Visits, Ninja News Overload, Award, and Movie Trivia

Juliana Haygert interviewed me and it's up now!

Modest Internet Star

Today I have a treat for you – a doggie treat! Yes, Penny the Jack Russell dog and Modest Internet Star is visiting today, with a little help from her owner, Gary.

Greetings and lucky you, yes it's me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest Internet star. First of all, I wish to thank that very kind human, Alex, for allowing me the opportunity to amaze you with my guest 'pawsting', sorry, posting.

I submit the occasional posting over at my human Gary's site aka "klahanie". By example, my ongoing mission is to help make Gary a better writer. Alas, he's struggling. However, I've managed to teach him a few simple tricks like, roll over, beg and shake a hand.

I was recently interviewed by Gary. One of his questions was, "Do you have any writing suggestions for aspiring authors?" To which I replied, "Write from the heart. Make your writing intimate. Write in such a way that your reader really feels like you're talking directly to them. Make your reader care about the story. Most importantly, grab and hold onto the reader's attention from the very first sentence. Never give up and pursue your dream. Do your best to make your dream a reality.

Yes, I'm flattered to be famous. Although the pesky 'puparazzi' are forever hounding me. And I tried to add some "snark", whatever that is, to this posting. I figure it must be a mixture of snore and bark!

The vital ingredient of my writing is that I demonstrate the unconditional, non-judgemental love that we animals give to humanity. We have lessons to teach. If only mankind would listen.

If you have never visited the site I 'pawblish' on, here it is, Klahanie.

Once again, thank you Alex, my human friend.

Thank YOU, Penny! You are now a Modest Internet Superstar.

Ninja News Overload!

Katherine is holding a giveaway at her blog, Katherine’s Corner lots of books to win, including a copy of CassaStar!

Tara and Viklit are hosting the I’m Thankful for my Readers Blogfest in November!

Tasha Seegmiller is celebrating her one year blog anniversary with a giveaway!

If you want to know what’s going on in the world of contests and submissions, visit Kimberly’s site, The Art of Infiltration. Every Monday she posts links and the list is impressive!

Black Gate has just published Sean McLachlan’s historical fantasy novella The Quintessence of Absence. And he is on assignment in Iraq for the next three weeks! So congratulations and prayers for safe travels.

My awesome co-hosts for the November 7 posting of the IWSG will be LG Keltner and CM Brown!

The Angry Lurker is holding a two year giveaway of custom dice! And they are very cool…

David Powers King announced that Ink Pageant is celebrating its first birthday with a Kindle Fire giveaway!

Lynn Kelly’s new book, Curse of the Double Digits, is out now! And she’s holding a big giveaway to celebrate. Congratulations, Lynn! Purchase it on Amazon.

Cally Jackson is hosting The Year I Turned 18 Blogfest – visit her site for details!

Nick Wilford at Scattergun Scribbles is celebrating one year of blogging with a three book giveaway!

Cat Lavoie’s new book, Breaking the Rules, is now available – congratulations, Cat!


Patsy Collins gave me the Super Sweet Blogger Award – thank you, Patsy!

1. Cookies or cake? Cookies because you can eat more of them.
2. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate – with peanut butter, of course.
3. What is your favourite sweet treat? Hot Tamales! (Bet you didn’t see that one coming.)
4. When do you crave sweet things most? After popcorn. Must be the salt.
5. If you had a sweet nickname what would it be? Does Stud Muffin sound sweet?

Passing this one on to Livia, because she is indeed a real sweetheart.

Horror Movie Trivia

Name the director! (All well-known directors.)

1 – The Frighteners
2 – Mimic
3 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula
4 – The Serpent and the Rainbow
5 – The Keep

Any questions for Penny the Modest Internet Superstar? See any good giveaways? Good blogfests and new releases? (I know – a lot today! That’s what I get for skipping Wednesday.) Know the movie trivia? And seeing a movie this weekend? I still might see Sinister, but first I’m hitting Argo. 91% on Rotten Tomatoes…

Remember my interview with Juliana Haygert - it's live now!


L.G. Keltner said...

Congrats on another well-deserved award. Hot Tamales are a favorite of mine too! And I'm definitely looking forward to IWSG next month!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - great you managed to catch Penny and grab a few minutes with her ... her Internet Star is pretty high in the firmament and she sure is wise - write from the heart.

Well done on your award .. once in a while the hot tamales are delicious .. I'd go for lighter treats.

I noticed the I'm thankful for my readers blogfest - sounds an excellent idea ...

Cheers for now - Hilary

klahanie said...

Hi Alex,
Hello, my human buddy. Yes, it's me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star! Thanks for moving me up to superstar status :)
It was very kind of you to let me guest on your most excellent site.
I also note that you got loads of Ninja news and I'm glad you have some well needed co-hosts on your "IWSG".
Congrats on your tasty award. Hot tamales, you are something else. And congrats to Livia for having the award bestowed upon her.
I also see you have had an interview with Juliana that I shall check out on Saturday.
Anyway, kind human, thanks again. I shall return later on and see if folks or other creatures have any questions for me. In the meantime, I'm off for yet another doggy nap.
Pawsitive wishes, Penny! :)

Charmaine Clancy said...

Looks like Penny blogs more than my kids, she probably keeps her room cleaner too.

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mooderino said...

I liked The Frighteners, good premise. And Peter Jackson before her got Lorded.

Moody Writing

dolorah said...

Ah Penny, you are so awesome! Sorry, I haven't visited you in a while.

Great links Alx; thanks.


Unknown said...

Happy to help with IWSG Alex, I will do my best to fill your big boots next month, with help from LG Keltner.

Congrats to all the bloggers celebrating their one year blogiversary's and to all of those releasing new books.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LG, appreciate your help!

Hilary, she wasn't easy to catch...

Penny, you are indeed a Superstar now!

Charmaine, that's funny.

Moody, that's right!

CM, thanks for helping.

Kyra Lennon said...

WOW, that really is a lot of Ninja News! Thanks for the heads up on all the bloghops!


Congrats on a well deserved award,
Loved the article about the dog.
I love animals and this one looks a cutie.


Michelle Wallace said...

Once again, a post chock-full of info, bloghops and links. Thanks Alex.
And Stud Muffin? I had a good chuckle...

Jeremy [Retro] said...

So wait if I can ask Penny the dog a question I will.. Penny I am trying to teach my dog Isabel to have one big bowl of dry food once a day instead of three/four little ones. My question is it common for you dogs to eat the whole thing at once?

Alex, in the director's chair... it's funny some of them it's like really... they directed that!

Last, can you in your travels please stop over to "", it's any easy way to read and win some cool prizes. I am trying to beef up the response, not because I represent the label running the shindig...

Thanks, have a great day!


Laura Eno said...

Way to go, Penny! She has tail-wagging ideas.

Stud muffin...

Congrats to everyone with news and happenings here. :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Congrets on the award. I have a bit of a sweet tooth myself. :)

1. Peter Jackson
2. Guillermo del Toro
3. Francis Ford Coppola

The other two I haven't heard of.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Good advice from Penny! Especially when she reminds us to never give up.

Lots going on in the blogosphere! Thanks for keeping us informed. :)

Cindy said...

What a cute puppy with such wisedom.

Directors you ask? Ack, I would never know...unless I cheat.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yvonne, Penny is adorable.

Michelle, so did my wife.

Jeremy, some of the directors are surprising. And will stop by!

George, you got it!

Old Kitty said...

Penny!! Gorgeous beautiful wonderful Penny!! It's so lovely to see you spread your sparkly super duper awesome stardust over here at Cap'n Ninja's!! Yay!! You are not only wise and wonderful but a fabulous woofie!!

Oh and Gary's not so bad either! LOL!! I'm kidding!! He's fab!! :-)

Take care

Mark Koopmans said...

Stud Muffin...

Oh dear heaven save me :)

LynnRush said...

I don't know directors, but **shiver** some of those movies were SCARY! Mimic--YIKES!

Have a super weekend, ALEX!!

Anonymous said...

That is a crazy amount of announcements. Enough to keep one busy for the morning.

1. Peter Jackson
2. Guillermo del Toro
3. FFC
4. Wes Craven
5. ...umm...I have absolutely no idea...heading to look this one up...

Leigh Caron said...

LOve Penny's advice...write from the heart. And thanks, as always, for all the Ninja news. Have a great weekend.

Luanne G. Smith said...

"Puperazzi" Snort. Cute guest post.

Have a great weekend. :)

Miranda Hardy said...

Well, stud muffin, there's so much going on, I don't know where to start.

I like hot tamales, too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kitty, knew you'd be excited about Penny's visit.

Mark, I know! It's all I could think of...

Joshua, you got four right.

LG, you snorted!

Miranda, that made me laugh!

kjmckendry said...

Great interview Penny! Thanks for the canine tips.
Congrats to all the Ninja News makers! Such a talented group.

Wanda said...

Now Gary must be quite the proud papa of that smart lil pup. He gives out wonderful advice. And nope I didn't see Hot Tamales coming at :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Darn, this pup is a better smoosher than I am.

Tonja said...

"Write in such a way that your reader really feels like you're talking directly to them." Very smart dog.

Unknown said...

My word! So many links...better get going on them...Congratulations on the award . If I ate chocolate with peanut butter cookies I'd be bigger block of apartments. I know the answer to one of your quiz questions: Francis Ford Coppola directed Dracula :-)

Misha Gerrick said...

Mmm... I might go see a movie, but I'm not sure. Depends on my mood, I guess. :-D

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Penny is cute!

The Keep is Michael Mann. Love Michael Mann's Manhunter.

Robyn Campbell said...

So Penny. Peanut butter or banana cookies? (My Frodo eats both.) You are bodacious. Totally bodacious.

I just realized I missed the bloghop in August, Alex. Apologizing. Agonizing. *sorry* What with all I had going on, I simply wasn't on. Plus, that was the time when the blog was hacked.

I am so glad you showcased Lynn's hilarious story. You rock! No wonder you're Captain of all ninjas.

Prayers for safe travel to Sean.

Yippee Cat!

Congrads Alex. The super sweet award is just what you deserve. You are super sweet, you stud muffin you. *wink*

Tara Tyler said...

so much news!
loved penny's mini post & your sweetness!
new title! captain ninja studmuffin! ha!

and thanks for the ad space!

Melissa said...

Enjoyed the guest post. Great links and announcements as always. And I'm with you on the Hot Tamales. I can take down a box of those in no time. LOL

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Charles, she's good, isn't she?

Susan, you are correct!

Diane, you're right!

Robyn, that's all right - life happens. And thank you! Hope that title doesn't stick though...

Tara, I knew I should've picked something else..

Unknown said...

Chocolate and peanut butter are awesome, Captain Ninja the Hot Tamale Stud Muffin. ;)

Looking forward to your interview!

Horror film trivia...

1. Peter Jackson
2. Guillermo del Toro
3. Francis Ford Coppola
4. Wes Craven
5. Not a clue...Darn it 4 out of five hopefully. :)

Karen Lange said...

It's nice to meet Penny! Thanks for the intro! :)

Happy weekend!

jaybird said...

Cutest Guest Ever. Hands, I mean paws down!

Congrats on the award. Chocolate, peanut butter, popcorn and tamales. Yum.

LynNerdKelley said...

I love the dog interview. Penny offers great advice.
Congrats to Sean McLachlan on his publication, and, yes, sending prayers for his safe return.

Stud Muffin, haha! Yes, that works! Thanks a million for the shout out, Alex. You rock, Ninja Captain!

Jennie Bennett said...

Modest internet star, lol! I agree with your cookies statement, you can never have too many!

Summer Ross said...

I'm waitng to take my girls to Paranorman. I'm sure they will love even manly man has agreed to go with us when we see it. Have a great weekend Alex!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Penny, is, like Jaybird wrote, your cutest guest ever. All those movies were directed by individuals who went on to become famous. THE FRIGHTENERS was done by Peter Jackson I believe. As always, Alex, a fun post, Roland

Budd said...

nick cage's uncle did Dracula but I don't know the other ones off the top of my head. I haven't signed up for lurker's giveaway got to do that.

Grey said...

Hey--I am over from Katherine's Corner--great book giveaway!

Powdered Toast Man said...

That dog has some good advice. I'm a big movie buff but horror is not my forte. If they were drama I would be all over it.

I will say they were all directed by Neil Patrick Harris.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Melissa, you did get four though!

Jaybird, Penny will be happy to hear that!

Lynn, you're welcome!

Roland, you are correct! Maybe I need more animal guests.

Grey, welcome and thanks!

Karen, I take good notes.

PTM... no.

Juliana Haygert said...

Loved the doggie language! puparazzi ... pawsting ... pawblish ... cute!

So many great ninja news! Yay!

Congrats on the award!... hot tamales ... yeah, didn't see that coming!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I will visit Penny the Modest Internet Superstar. I already love her.

Congrats on the award. You are a sweetie. Don't blush, now.


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I slept in until 6:30 and look how many beat me to the comment window! Hi Penny! Alex, Penny and I are friends. I love Penny. She's smart and cuddly, AND she smells great. Penny, you are pawstively fabulous! Give Gary my best.

Gossip_Grl said...

WOW on the Great Interview! and Congrats on the Award! I can't wait to read some reviews about on Argo, if it gets good reviews definitely want to see that movie! Have a great weekend!

Brinda said...

Penny is extremely bright.

Elana Johnson said...

Wow, I'm totally overloaded on the Ninja awesomeness too! Great list of things. I've clicked over to too many more blogs! Good thing it's Fall Break and I have time to read them. :)

Michael Di Gesu said...


Dogs are THE greatest. Once I sell my condo, who knows when, I will have dogs again.

Thanks for all the NINJA NEWS....

Enjoy the weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Alex, especially for the words of wisdom to aspiring authors. :)

Gwen Gardner said...

Ha! This is so clever: "Yes, I'm flattered to be famous. Although the pesky 'puparazzi' are forever hounding me."

I love hot tomales, too. And yeah, stud muffin's okay:)

Anonymous said...

Good morning! So nice to see Penny the modest internet star on your site. Congratulations on your award and since it's my first time here, nice to see all the news to catch up on. Have a great one!!

Emily R. King said...

Gary's interview may be my favorite blogging interview of all time. :)

Thanks for all the info about giveaways and such!

Allison said...

I'm looking forward to that I'm Thankful for My Readers blogfest! Lots of good links this week.

Allison (Geek Banter)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats on the award!
Love Penny's pupStar thoughts on writing! And I don't think I'll ever forget that definition of snark=snore+bark!
No movies out for me this weekend, but we may be re-watching Super8 on DVD. Plus, we have some Once Upon a Time to catch up on . . .

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Juliana, I'm just unpredictable that way. Looking forward to tomorrow!

Teresa, too late.

Joylene, you've sniffed Penny? Bet she sniffed back.

Gossip Girl, I will let you know on Monday!

Elana, I know - there was a lot today.

Gwen, it was the best I could come up with...

Thanks for visiting, Heather!

Lola Sharp said...

Wow, you packed a lot of stuff in one super-duper post, Alex. :)

Congrats on the well deserved award.

Happy Friday!

Steven said...

Alex, your blog as always is a treasure trove of information! Thanks for keeping me apprised of all the goings-on.

VikLit said...

Thank you for including our blog hop in your links!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Penny and Gary were "pawsitively" entertaining and informative! Congrats to everyone! Have fun at Argo "Stud Muffin!" Julie

Carol Kilgore said...

Hi Penny - My name is Shiner, and I'm a Blue Heeler. My brother, Wrangler, is a Border Collie. I think you may have enough energy to play with us. I wish you lived next door. We could make lots of noise and have lots of fun every day.

Oh, my mom says I have to say hi to Alex, too.

randi lee said...

Don't you forget my (happy) offer to assist as you break the months up there, JW :D And I love that dog so much I want to take it home!!!

Nancy Thompson said...

Aw, I love both Penny and Gary. So much going on, Alex! Gonna need some time to get through that list. Yay for Livia! She really is sweet. Cookies over cupcakes? That's just nuts! Have a great weekend!!!

Andrew Leon said...

Part 7 doesn't come out till next week, when it will be free. October 18 to be exact. Parts 1-5 will be free on Monday, though.
Sorry for the confusion.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lola, good to hear from you!

VikLit, I'm looking forward to it.

Julie, I knew I shouldn't have selected that name...

Hey Shiner!

Randi, I haven't forgotten.

Andrew - crap! I'll fix.

Tamara said...

Love the dog!! Too cute. And great advice. Dogs are so wise, aren't they?

Thanks for the links. I am up to my elbows in contests but I'm still excited to check them out. haha.

And congrats on your award. You deserve it! :)

Oh, yes--I did want to see a movie this weekend. I REALLY wanted to see Perks of Being a Wallflower, cause I love the book. Alas, they aren't playing it at my theater, cause we live in a small town that isn't getting it. Ugh. However, I might go see Taken Two or Looper. :)

Leovi said...

Congratulations on the Super Sweet Blogger Award, beautiful award.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Penny, nice to meet you. Will keep your writing suggestions in mind.

Congrats Alex for the Super Sweet Blogger Award. You deserve it.

Andrew Leon said...

No problem. Well, I hope it's no problem. I mean, I hope no one came over and got all upset. No one's said anything if they did.

I'd like to spend a day as a dog just to experience the extra dimension of living a dog gets through its nose. Can you imagine?

Kathy H said...

I enjoyed Penny's post. I saw your books at Katherine's corner and they look like books our family would enjoy reading. Congrats on your latest award.

S. L. Hennessy said...

1. Peter Jackson
2. Guillermo del Toro
3. Francis Ford Coppala
4. Wes Craven
5. Michael Mann


Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I think you need to send me some tips on how to stay organized with all the blog fests going on. Do you run a spreadsheet? Maybe I need to do that. I like yours because it's always the first Wednesday of the month. I can remember that without fail. It's the most brilliant blogfest I've seen, because it's simple.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tamara, go see Looper!! Excellent movie.

Thanks, Leovi.

Andrew, I'll get it right on Monday. And there are certain things dogs like to sniff that I just couldn't handle...

Kathy, thank you so much!

SL, you rock! All five right.

Michael, it's simple and everyone seems to enjoy the IWSG so much. I keep a calendar for my blog and also keep track of where I'm doing a guest post. As for everything else, I see it and copy it into Word immediately.

Angela Brown said...

Wow! Another Ninja blog-o-blitz of wonderfulness.

I've got a couple of blogs to dash off to and several links to visit, but it will be fun checking contest information, book release fun and so much more. Thanks for the heads up with all the great Ninja news!

klahanie said...

Hi humans and other curious creatures. Good grief, I go out more a walk, skilfully avoiding the pesky 'puparazzi' and I come back and note all these really pawesome comments.

So here goes with my replies.

Hi L.G Keltner - Nice to see you here. Very good of you to help with "ISWG". Arf! Arf! :)

Hi Hilary -I know how thrilled Alex was to have me grace him with one of my pawblishings :)

Hi Charmaine Clancy - I keep my room real neat and tidy. I have been quite pawlific recently :)

Hi mooderino - I like movies. Not those scary horror ones, though :)

Hi Donna Hole - Thanks Donna. I'm pawesome! :)

Hi C.M. Brown - I think that's well cool you are helping out Alex with "IWSG" :)

Hi Kyra Lennon - These "bloghops" seem to have a certain bounce about them. Nice meeting you :)

Hi Yvonne - I'm really pleased you liked my article. Thanks for thinking I'm a cutie :)

klahanie said...

Good grief, I made a typo. I went out 'for' a walk.

Yes, Penny the Jack Russell is continuing with replies. Yay!

Hi michelle - Nice to see you. Pawesome wishes, Penny the Jack Russell dog.

Hi (Retro-Zombie) - From my own preference, I prefer to have a big bowl of dog food. However, I usually just eat a bit at a time. Go out for a walk etc..and then have some more. Truth be known, I prefer my human's food. I should point out that some dogs I know will woof down the entire contents at once. Perhaps Isobel prefers eating smaller portions spread out.

Hi Laura Eno - Thank you. My tail is wagging with pawsitive ideas! :)

Hi George Beremov [Nebular] - Speaking of teeth, I am a canine :)

Hi Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams - Indeed, my human friend, never give up! :)

Hi Cindy - Thank you for that. Always trying to teach humans my wisdom :)

Hi Old Kitty - Yes, I took some time out of my busy schedule to delight you with a pawsting over here :) Your compliments are most kind. As for that human, Gary...:)

Carrie-Anne said...

The dog interview was really cute!

There's another bloghop coming up on the 15th at The Writer's Experiment. It's called What Writing Looks Like, and we're posting pictures of our handwriting, or maybe a screen shot of typing with editing marks. I'm showing off my rare gift of ambidexterity with a page half in my right hand, half in my left hand, and asking readers to guess which came from which.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Angela that is what I am here for!

Penny, can't escape the Ninja Army!

Carrie-Anne, no one would even be able to read my handwriting...

Elise Fallson said...

It was great to meet Penny! Congrats on the blog award and to Lynn for getting her book out. (: I'm terrible at horror movie trivia cause I don't watch it. I'd make an exception for Dracula and the serpent and the rainbow sounds like such a nice movie...

klahanie said...

And Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star, superstar, continues.

Hi Mark Koopmans - I like doggy biscuits :)

Hi LynnRush - I'm saying hello to everybody who has visited Alex's site. Hope you have a pawsitive weekend :)

Hi Joshua - Alex, my human buddy, sure does put up a lot of announcements :)

Hi Em-Musing - Glad you liked my advice. I always write from my heart. Never shall I lose touch with my 'inner puppy' :)

Hi L.G. Smith - Pesky puparazzi always hound me...:)

Hi Miranda Hardy - I've never tried hot tamales :) I do like hot dog! :)

klahanie said...

And even more. Wow Alex, you're a superstar human!

Hi kmckendry - You are most welcome for my canine tips :)

Hi Wanda - Gary and his son, Tristan, are very proud of me. I do my best to pawblish pawsitive pawstings :)

Hi Charles Gramlich - I am considered a rather smooth barker! :)

Hi Tonja - Thanks for that. I always write as if I'm only writing to just that one person or fellow creature. I think an intimate style endears the reader :)

Hi Susan Roebuck - I note you mention peanut butter cookies. I love peanut butter except that it sticks to the roof of my mouth :)

Luna said...

Congrats on your award! Aww...Penny is adorable. I'll have to go check out her blog!

SC Author said...

Congrats on the award! And writing from the heart is oh so important -- it's pawsitively crucial.

Carrie Butler said...

I'm a big fan of Penny the Jack Russell (and Gary), so it was great to see them here today! :) Congratulations on your award, Alex!

klahanie said...

Aha, yes, almost nap time. However, being a interactive dog, I shall reply some more...

Hi Misha - How are things going with your book? Did you know I'm writing a book about my puppy days? It will be titled, 'My First Bark' :)

Hi L. Diane Wolfe - Thank you, dear human lady. I am rather cute :)

Hi Robyn Campbell - Peanut butter cookies, every time. Although the peanut butter sticking to the roof of my mouth makes my humans laugh :)

Hi Tara Tyler - I'm very glad you liked my mini post :)

Hi Melissa - Thank you for enjoying my guest post :)

Hi Melissa Bradley - I'm looking forward to Alex's interview. Hope you have a nice weekend :)

Hi Karen Lange - It's very nice to meet you and my human Gary thanks you for the interaction you have shared on each other's sites :)

Hi jaybird - Thanks for thinking I'm the cutest guest ever. I shall paws and think about that! :)

Hi LynNerdKelley - Thank you for liking my interview. Have a nice weekend :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for mentioning my giveaway. You really are an impressive ninja.

Rusty Carl said...

Peter Jackson did The Frighteners, Guillermo Del Toro did Mimic... Um, Wes Craven might have done The Serpent and the Rainbow. No guesses about the others.

And man, you have so much news that you distribute. It's better here than at CNN.

klahanie said...

Okay, not quite ready for my doggy nap :)

Hi J. A. Bennett - And now I'm a modest internet superstar! :) Enjoy your weekend, human! :)

Hi Summer Ross - I hope you and your girls have a lovely weekend :)

Hi Roland D. Yeomans - Just like jaybird noted, you seem to be a very clever human realising how cute a guest I was :) Thank you.

Hi Budd - Penny here. Have a good weekend :)

Hi Grey - Yes, it's Penny. I hope you enjoy the weekend :)

Hi Karen Walker - I wonder how Alex manages to do as much as he does, also. Have a peaceful weekend :)

Hi Powdered Toast Man - I'm glad you liked my advice :) Have a fun weekend :)

Right then. I shall return later with more of my um eagerly anticipated responses. Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star, super star! :)

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I came dying to know who the internet star was and it did not disappoint! ;) Seeing my little shout out was an added bonus. Thanks so much for that Alex! Have a great weekend!

Morgan said...

Klahanie calls you his "human" friend... Though most of us are convinced you're a team of borgs...

Loved the guest post! Very fun & entertaining---and thanks for the news!

Christine Rains said...

Congrats on the award! And Penny is not only cute but wise. Lots of great news today. What a way to go into the weekend!

Mina Burrows said...

Congrats to Sean!

I can't believe how bad I suck at movie trivia. Damn!

Have a great weekend, Alex. Heading over to Katherine's now.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elise, it's about voodoo!

Jamie, she's a charmer.

Tasha, you're welcome!

Rusty, that goes without saying...

Kimberly, you're welcome!

Morgan, no Borgs! Clones maybe...

Mina, thanks - hope you win a book!

FilmMattic said...

Hey, Alex!

Ah, I love movie trivia and a Horror theme is quite appropriate.

Let me give it a crack.

1). This one is easy. Peter Jackson before he entered the magical land of Tolkien.

2). I'm not certain on this director as I've not seen the movie, but it has that Rob Reiner sound and feel (not to be confused with his excellent King adaptation, Misery).

3). Another gimme. Coppola in what was for me his last memorable film. I don't recall anything of importance or fun he's done since the early 90's.

4). Wes Craven. Never seen it, though.

5). One of Hollywood's most underrated directors, Michael Mann, at a time when he was honing his formidable visual talents. Thief, released a few years prior, is one of the best movies of the 80's.

Great post, buddy! Have a great weekend :)

Petronela said...

Hello Alex, since I am one of Penny's admirers, I couldn't help of not posting my salute here. Allow me to virtually kiss you for the adorable guest post :).

M Pax said...

Great to meet Penny and Gary.

All sorts of great stuff going on with the blogosphere and our writer friends. Awesome.

The Angry Lurker said...

Thanks for the dice mention Alex and I must have a brain fart at the moment because I can't think of any answers to the movie trivia.....without cheating:D

Patricia Stoltey said...

Argo definitely looks like a winner.

Suzanne Furness said...

I loved Penny and her advice, will pop across and say hello.

Livia Peterson said...

Awww, Alex - thanks for the award! I will post it up as soon as possible!

Yay for Carolyn and LG Keltner! Now, I'm really looking forward to IWSG! You guys are gonna rock on November 7!

Yeah, I most likely gonna see Argo too this weekend!

Patsy said...

Alex, I'm so sorry, but I sniggered at your answer to 5. Can we call toy Caramel Captain or Nougat Ninja instead?

Ella said...

Congrats Alex on the sweet award!

Thank you Penny n' Gary for your advice! We need to be reminded, that our furry friends, drool, I mean rule! Happy Friday! enJOYed the fun post :D said...

Penny is adorable.

Thanks for the collage of fun info, as always. However, I can eat at least as much cake as cookies. =)


klahanie said...

Okay, I'm back! Yes, it's Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star aka superstar, returning to check out some more comments.

Hi Juliana Haygert - That you for a pawsitively pleasant comment. Yes, I do my own pawsblishing! :) Have a pawesome weekend!

HiTeresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman -
Awe thanks for loving me, yes me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

Hi Joylene - Wow, my Canadian author friend! I love you also, you lovely human :) I shall send you over a bottle of my best pawfume! :)

Hi Gossip_Grl - Thank you for liking my interview. Have a great weekend :)

Hi Brinda - Thanks for that.

Hi Elana Johnson - I hope you enjoy checking out all those links. Have fun during your Fall Break :)

Hi Michael Di Gesu - Glad you enjoyed my article. I hope you have some dogs again in your life, real soon :)

Hi Linda Jackson - Here's to aspiring authors making their dreams a wondrous reality :)

Hi Gwen Gardner - Delighted you liked that. I have to keep watching out for the puparazzi! :)

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Stud Muffin... lol ;)
Congrats on your award.

I love the advice to make our writing intimate.

klahanie said...

Any idea how difficult it is to scrawl all the way down here using paws? Where was I? Oh yeah!

Hi Heather P - Really nice of you to come over here and visit Alex. Gary says how much he appreciates your phone calls. Sat 'arf!' to Bean for me! :)

Hi Emily R. King - That is most flattering of you. As for Gary, I'm still trying to teach him to write better :)

Hi Allison - All those links and that blogfest! Hope you have a pawesome weekend :)

Hi Tyrean Martinson - And when I go swimming, I use a snarkel! :)

Hi Lola Sharp - I have also noticed just how much info Alex packs into his posts :)

Hi Steven - I hope you liked the treasures I submitted :)

Hi VikLit - I'm wondering if a blog hop as anything to do with kangaroos, frogs, toads, hares and rabbits :)

Hi Empty Nest Insider - Julie, I'm so pleased you liked my pawsitive pawsting :)

klahanie said...

Penny continues....

Hi Carol Kilgore - And hello Shiner. I reckon that you, Wrangler and my modest self, could get together in a virtual garden :)

Hi randi lee - I'm really pleased you love to take me home to your place. Hope you have lots of doggy treats :)

Hi Nancy Thompson - And we think you are such an adorable lady. Enjoy the baseball :)

Hi Andrew Leon - I'm working my way down the list of comments and thus, hello and I can teach you the rituals we dogs perform when it comes to sniffing each other :)

Hi Tamara - I'm so pleased you love me :) Us dogs are very wise.

Hi Leovi - That award looks good enough to eat :) Have a good one :)

Hi Rachna Chhabria - And very nice to me you, my human friend. Delighted you are keeping my writing suggestions in mind :)

Hi Kathy H - I'm very pleased you liked my post. Thank you :)

Hi S. L. Hennessy - Nothing like a bit of trivia. My human has told me that Trivial Pursuit was created by a couple of Canadians :)

Bryan Russell said...

It's funny, I've just been feeling like watching the Frighteners (by Peter Jackson, of course).

klahanie said...

And yay, more comments from me!

Hi Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate - I just wanted to thank you for leaving that comment over at my site :)

Hi Angela Brown - I'm continuing down this great long list and I wanted to wish you a nice weekend :)

Hi Carrie-Anne - So pleased you thought my interview was cute :)

Hi Elise Fallson - Very nice to meet you :)

Hi Jamie Burch - Thanks for thinking I'm adorable. Sometimes I even let my human submit an article on our shared site :)

Hi S.C. Author - You've got it! Writing from the heart, rejoicing in the magic that is the written word :)

Hi Carrie Butler - That's very kind of you to say. It was a delight to guest on Alex' site. Gary aint half bad, either :)

Hi Mrs. Seegmiller - Hope you have a pawsitive weekend :)

Hi Rusty Webb - We get CNN over in Britain :)

klahanie said...

Drum roll....even more replies from me, yes me, Penny the Jack Russell dog....

Hi Kimberly Gabriel - Such kind words from you. Thank you very much and enjoy your weekend :)

Hi Morgan - And I, Penny the Jack Russell dog think of him as a good human friend. Although, there may well be several of him :)

Hi Christine Rains - Cute and wise, eh. Thanks for that :)

Hi Mina Burrows - A happy weekend to you from Penny the Jack Russell dog :)

Hi Matthew Vanacore - Pawsitive weekend wishes from Penny the Jack Russell :)

Hi unikorna - Awe, sweet lady, can I forward you a pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses? Yes? Good! You know Gary and I are big admirers of your lovely site :)

Hi M Pax - And it's great to meet you :)

Hi The Angry Lurker - Brain farts? Gosh, that reminds me of my human, Gary :)

Hi Patricia Stoltey - I hope you have a pawsitive weekend :)

Hi Suzanne Furness - I'm glad you liked my advice. And thank you for leaving a comment on my latest article :)

Deniz Bevan said...

A puppy! How sweet.
Don't forget the 90s blogfest, coming on Monday - that's the one I signed up for. I can't believe how many bloggy events happen at the same time.
Congratulations on your sweet award!

klahanie said...

And yet another drum roll....

Hi Livia - I note you received that award from Alex. Congrats to you and have a pawsitive weekend :)

Hi Patsy - Penny here. It's been ages since I visited your blog. Have a pawsitive weekend :)

Hi Ella - You are very welcome for the advice. Enjoy your weekend :)

Hi - Very nice of you to say I'm adorable. Thank you :)

Hi Lynda R Young - So happy you agree about making our writing intimate :)

mshatch said...

I've seen the first four movies but I don't know the directors of any of them. I am deeply ashamed :(

klahanie said...

Hi Bryan Russell - Penny the Jack Russell dog here. Have a pawsitive weekend :)

Hi Deniz Bevan - Thanks for that. Yes, I shall always be a puppy at heart :)

Okay, seem to be caught up for now. Time for another doggy nap! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Matthew! Only missed the second one. And Serpent and the Rainbow was quite good. A little something different for Craven and with a scene no man will ever forget.

Unikorna, thanks for coming to see Penny!

Lurker, you're welcome.

Patricia, just got back from it - awesome film!

Livia, you're welcome, and go see Argo!!!!

Patsy, Nougat Ninja... Need to think on that one!

Robyn, have at it!

Lynda, I know - it was all I could come up with!

Bryan, you are correct, and it came to me recently that it's been a while since I saw it.

Deniz, I almost forgot! But ready now.

MsHatch, that's all right. I just remember directors and actors well.

Penny, sorry for the long scrolling...

Jack said...

Hello, Penny. I think all authors need a helpful pet. 8-D

I don't know any of the movie Trivia, I am bad at directors, except for one or two movies. I think I should know the Dracula one though.

Jemi Fraser said...

Yay for Penny & Gary!! They're a terrific team!! :)

Chuck said...

Nice post from Penny...what a sport! I can honestly say I know none of the directors of those movies. I look forward to hearing how you liked Argo. have fun!

Ray Rousell said...

Thy're some hard questions, I couldn't get one!

Golden Eagle said...

Wonderful guest post! I love that writing advice. :) Authors who seem like they're speaking to only the reader have a lot of skill.

Congratulations on the award, Alex.

Nate Wilson said...

Alex, your site might have gone to the dogs, but at least you picked a fine dog for it to go to...

And I'm afraid I'm no longer any good at movie trivia. Only 2 out of 5 this time (Frighteners and Dracula).

LD Masterson said...

Hey, Penny looks just like my Sophie.

Thanks for all the info. I'm not even going to try the trivia. And I absolutely agree - chocolate with peanut butter. And cookies. Or better yet, choclate peanut butter cookies.

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations on the award. That was a cute guest post!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Argo looks really good. I'm heading out to hit some of the links you shared today.
Stud Muffin is already taken by my hubby.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I want to see Argo too! Loved the guest post, hahaha:0 Enjoy your weekend!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chuck, it was great!

Ray, I am a plethora of movie knowledge...

Nate, Penny is the best dog for the job!

LD, that sounds even better!

Susan, good! Because I may regret saying that...

Jamie, Argo is great!

Cate Masters said...

Penny, you must have great self-control not to let the mouse distract you!
Wow, so much great news in the blogosphere - congrats to all, and congrats on the award, Alex.

DMS said...

So many awesome things going around out there in the blogging and book world. I can't wait to check out the different events. Lynn's book sounds great! I also enjoyed the guest post- great advice. I am terrible at knowing directors. :)

Arlee Bird said...

Good to see Gary and Penny here on your site. Gary is a fun guy who always has something interesting to say when he graces a blog with his comment.

Tossing It Out

Tina said...

Ninja Captain Stud Muffin Alex!
Way to go hosting Penny and Gary. He's truly one of the good guys and leaves punny, sweet comments.
Man, there's a LOT going on out there...makes you overwhelmed if you think of it all. I guess it's pick and choose what to get involved one, well except for you, NCSM Alex.
Tina @ Life is Good

klahanie said...

Hi there, Penny the pawblishing Jack Russell has returned to delight you with more reply comments!

Hi mshatch - Penny here. Have a pawsitive weekend :)

Hi Jack - I'm always here to help authors :)

Hi Jemi - How's it goin', eh? Thanks for the yay. And my human Gary is getting better at writing :)

Hi Ray Rousell - Penny the pawblishing Jack Russell saying hello :)

Hi The Golden Eagle - Thanks for your very kind words in regards to my guest post :)

Hi Nate - Us dogs are taking over. I've just about taken over my human's blog. Watch out for this fine dog :)

Hi LD Masterson - Sophie is obviously gorgeous :)

Hi Sherry Ellis - Thanks for liking my cute guest post :)

Hi Susan Gourley/Kelley - Penny the Jack Russell typing. Have a pawsitive weekend and enjoy those links :)

Hi - Glad you loved my guest post :)

klahanie said...

Yay, more replies from me. Note how modest I am. Arf! Arf!

Hi Cate Masters - I'm never distracted by the mouse. It's my silly human peering over at me as I type that distracts me :)

Hi DMS - Thank you for liking my guest post :)

Hi Lee - That's very kind of you. I hope all is well with you, my human friend. My human, Gary, is most flattered by what you have noted. Thanks, Lee :)

Hi Tina - You are a very nice human and we both appreciate what you have said. I think some of his comments and my comments cause 'pundemonium'! Arf! Arf! Thanks, Tina. Please remember we are always there for you :)

RaShelle Workman said...

Hi Alex - Hope you're having a good weekend. Congrats on the award. Stud Muffin rocks!!!

Anonymous said...

Chocolate and peanut butter are so good together. I had chocolate and PB Haagan Dazs ice cream last night with the wife.

And its great to meet Penny! Gotta love those Jack Russell Terriors.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cate, Penny is focused!

DMS, thanks!

Lee, yes he does.

Tina, that is a lot. And no, I'm not going to allow that nickname to stick!

RaShelle, 'Stud Muffin' is going to crawl in a hole soon for choosing that name...

Stephen, she's great!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Well done, Penny! We all could learn a thing or two from our animal friends!

Alex - So much great news! I'm afraid I'm stuck on the Avengers movie for a while. I just watched it ... again ... and watched all the extras. So cool to watch Mr. Whedon talking about the movie!

Great post!

klahanie said...

Hi there, yes I have returned. It's Sunday morning here and after another well earned doggy nap, I now here to respond to some more comments. How good is that?

Hi RaShelle Workman - This here Jack Russell dog is wishing you a pawsitive weekend :)

Hi Stephen Tremp - It's really nice to meet you. Although my human knows you through various social notworking, sorry, networking sites :)

Hi Heather Gardner - Thanks for the well done. And hey the 'wee folks' in my garden wish you and Stormy a magical, enchanting weekend )

Jai Joshi said...

Great guest post Gary and Penny!

Gary, I think that you're very lucky to have Penny as your inspiration. I sit and stare out my window at the trees and they give me a little of their wisdom as I'm writing.


klahanie said...

Hi Jai,

Hi lovely human lady :) It's really early on a Sunday morning, but I wanted to reply before I go for yet another thoroughly deserved doggy nap.

Thanks for liking my guest post. I reckon Gary might get some inspiration from my writing.

Gary is lucky to have me and I have taught him lessons about how us animals display non-judgemental, unconditional love. Ah the trees and the wisdom you find in the swaying of every branch :)

Anonymous said...

Ha... I love the internet star. Congrats on the award.

Anonymous said...

Penny offers great advice.

I'll check out the interview.

Thanks for the links.

Unknown said...

Well met, Penny! As for the trivia, I only know 2

1 – The Frighteners - Peter Jackson
3 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula - Francis Ford Coppolla


Sheena-kay Graham said...

Stud Muffin indeed. Congrats on the blog award and loved the interview.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Heather, haven't watched the extras yet. Still basking in the glow of the 3D.

Medeia, thanks.

Jamie, two is better than none.

Sheena-kay, that name is not going to stick...

Anonymous said...

That's one awesome pup! And you're pretty awesome yourself, Alex, promoting your fellow writers how you do. Saw Looper yesterday with my dad -- it definitely held my interest. I'm a sucker for future noir.

Heather Murphy said...

Awesome guest post from Penny!
WOW, there's a lot going on in the blogosphere. I'll have to check out a few.
Congrats on the award Stud Muffin :)

Leovi said...

Very nice blog Viklit and Tara. Greetings.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Yay for Jack Russell terriers. Ron Weasley's Patronus was a Jack Russell.

Hubby and I finally got to see the new Spiderman movie. I agree with you that the other movies didn't really need a redo, but I enjoyed this one a lot.

Suze said...

I wasn't surprised by the Hot Tamales because I remember you mentioning your preference for them in another post. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Milo, Penny is awesome. And I thought Looper was one of the smartest films I've seen in years.

Heather, I need to dump that name...

Donna, it was really good, wasn't it?

Can't slip anything past you, Suze.

shelly said...

Sir Poops and Hair Ball will have to go visit this Jack Russell.

Julie Dao said...

Penny, I promise to take your advice to heart! Agreed that writing should be a way of reaching out to the reader and pulling them in, making it tough for them to get away from the story. I know those are the books that I love most.

Nicole said...

Soon Penny will have her paws on the Internet Star Walk of Fame. :)

Thanks for the news updates. Wow, lots going on!

Trisha said...

Penny is one wise pooch! :)

Kelly Polark said...

Penny is a cutie for sure!

And thanks for the reminder on Lynn's new book! Off to check it out!

Jeremy Bates said...

Hot Tamales are the bomb! also like the Atomic fireballs and they also have a version of Hot Tamales, only hotter.

By the way, if you don't mind, please mention my upcoming Halloween bloghop this Wednesday.

David P. King said...

I couldn't comment before (was away at a cabin - no Internets), but I wanted to say thank you for the inkPageant Shout-Out. We appreciate your spreading the word. :)

klahanie said...

Hi there, yes I know, you have been wondering where I've been, yes me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star (superstar)!
Relax, I'm here to respond to the rest of you fine bloggers. Yay!

Hi tfwalsh - Thank you, maybe I should get my own TV show, 'Everybody Loves Penny' :)

Hi Medeia Sharif - Thank you and my advice is free. Okay, I wouldn't say no to a doggy treat! :)

Hi Jamie Gibbs - And well me to you, my human friend :)

Hi Sheena-kay Graham - Hope you had a pawsitive weekend :)

Hi Milo James Fowler - Yes, thank you, I'm one pawesome pup! And it's good to get um pawmoted! :)

Hi Heather Murphy - I read your postings and I know how much you care about us precious animals :)

Hi Leovi - Hope you had a pawsitive weekend. Gosh, repeat commenters are confusing me :)

Hi Donna K. Weaver - Yay for us Jack Russell dogs. Thanks :)

Hi Suze - Nice cat photo :)

klahanie said...

...and continuing. I will need another doggy nap after this...

Hi shelly - Hey thanks for visiting the site I sometimes let my human write on :) Greetings to Sir Poops and Hair Ball :)

Hi Julie Dao - I'm really encouraged by that. I always try to write like I'm 'talking' to the one person or animal that is reading my stuff :)

Hi Nicole - Now that's a great idea! I shall also get my paw print placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame :)

Hi Trisha - Why thank you. Owls have nothing over me :)

Hi Kelly Polark - Awe thanks for that. I'm kinda' blushing now :)

Hi Jeremy Bates - Hope you had a pawsitive weekend and all the best with your Halloween bloghop :)

Hi David P. King - Hope you had a good time at the cabin. I have a blog cabin :)

Okay, is that it? Anyway, time for that doggy rest. Pawsitive wishes, Penny :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Shelly, they must!

Nicole, we need to make it happen.

Jeremy, I like the fireballs as well. And will mention your blogfest.

David, you're welcome!

Penny, you are indeed now a Superstar!

Pat Tillett said...


Great one!

Anonymous said...

Penny is such a star!
Curse of the Double digits looks fun