Friday, November 9, 2012

Ninja News, Gifts, Animated Movies Trivia, and Three Years Ago Today...

Ninja News

Thanks again to all the participants of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Every month you guys share the most amazing things and work so hard to encourage one another. It’s just amazing. Special thanks to my co-hosts this month, LG Keltner and CM Brown. You did a fantastic job, ladies. I’ll be contacting potential co-hosts for December this weekend.

Karen at A Peek at Karen’s World is hosting her annual blog awards again! Nominate your favorites now.

Michael Offutt’s sequel to Slipstream, released last May, is out now – Oculus! Check his site for ordering options. Congratulations, Michael! You’re a writing machine. You’ll have three books out before I even finish editing my third…

David Powers King won the I’m Thankful for my Readers Blogfest, hosted by Tara and VikLit with his poem, Who Ate My Pie Crust? Well deserved win, because it was hilarious. I was even mentioned:

I asked her - no luck, so I expanded my riot,
by asking Alex Cavanaugh, a starship pilot.
"I hope you catch a red-handed culprit soon,
but I have 100 comments to write before noon!"

(And yes, I did write a hundred comments before noon that day!)

Don’t forget the I Miss You Blogfest is next Friday! Perfect time to show your appreciation for special blogger buddies. 



I received several cool gifts this week. My publisher said soon I’ll get more mail than they do!

I won a zombie package from Susanne at Putting Words Down on Paper which included these cool items:

And I was completely surprised to receive two bags of Hot Tamales from Angela Brown and Gwen Gardner! Thank you so much, ladies! You are both super special.

I need to ask for Hot Tamales more often!

Three Years Ago Today…

I started this blog.

I’d signed the contract for CassaStar and my publisher told me to get my butt online.

I had no followers. My blog was plain. And my first post was a lame “Hi, I’m Alex…”

And now, three years later… whoa!

Almost 1700 followers, over 500 posts, and my blog definitely isn’t plain anymore. (Can’t confirm the non-lame posts though.)

This journey has been nothing short of incredible. I’ve made so many awesome friends and you’ve been supportive beyond my wildest hopes.

Thank you everyone for your support, your comments, and your friendship. It means the world to me. Today, I am not just a man of few words. There just aren't words to describe my appreciation.

Think we should celebrate with some Hot Tamales, don’t you?

Movie Trivia Time!

Animated films this time!

1 – What film won the first ever Best Animated Film Oscar in 2001?

2– Who voiced Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

3 – What was Disney’s first animated feature movie?

4 – What animated film featured rats and singing slugs?

5 – Who voiced Gru in Despicable Me?

6 – What was Disney’s 50th animated feature movie?

7 – Who voiced the title character in Rango?

Did you enjoy the IWSG posts this week? See some cool new books and news today? Envious of my gifts and the Hot Tamales? (I’ll share!) Know any of the animated film trivia? Going to see Skyfall or Lincoln this weekend? And where were you three years ago today…?


Unknown said...

Three years Alex! Congrats BIG TIME!

RaveAir said...

More than 100 comments per day... Whoa! It would be hard without proper cloning technology. ;)

Cally Jackson said...

You continually amaze me, Alex. More than 100 comments before noon! Do you actually work at your day job?! ;-)

Kyra Lennon said...

Oh my goodness - you are an inspiration! It's incredible what you can achieve if you work hard - congrats!

JennaQuentin said...

Félicitations on three years and your three books! I loved David's poem and your part in it ;)
On the animated movies (which are big around here)here's a couple responses (no googling involved).
3 - Snow White
4 -Flushed Away
5 - Steve Carrell
7 - Johnny Depp

We're currently watching The Rescuers Down Under...again and again and again and again...

Anonymous said...

1. Toy Story
2. Kathleen Turner
3. Fantasia
4. Ratatotie - have no idea how to spell that
5. Steve Carell
6. Toy Story 3
7. Johnny Depp

Didn't use google once. How did I do?

L.G. Keltner said...

Three years and an entire army of followers. Not too shabby! And it's amazing that you find time to write books and blog while also being a ninja and a starship pilot. Congratulations!

Sean McLachlan said...

Your persistence and hard work have paid off! A lot of beginning writers don't want to hear that those are the two keys to success in writing just like any other field, but they are!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on 3 years blogging Alex. You've done an amazing job connecting to the blogging world and finding your place there. And you lead us all on. Thanks so much.

Victoria Smith said...

How fun you ended up in David's entry, LOL. Very excited for the hop. Can't wait!

Elise Fallson said...

Congratulations Alex, you rock! I think a lot of first blog post sounded similar, mine did "Hi, I'm E... lol. Well, here's wishing you continued success Alex. You are proof that good things come to those who work hard and give back. (:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Siv!

Zoltan, they do help.

Cally, in between blogging and watching movies, yes!

Thanks, Kyra.

Jenna, thanks, and you got those right.

Sydney, you got the people right!

LG, and a rock star!!

Sean, that is true.

Natalie, thanks, and hope I don't lead the Army astray.

Victoria, it made me laugh!

Thank you very much, Elise.

Laura Eno said...

David's poem rocks with the ninja captain!
It's hard to fathom what you've done in 3 years with this blog and, no, your posts are definitely not lame.
Congrats to Michael on Oculus!
IWSG is an awesome group. Thanks for thinking it up!

Bryan Russell said...

Time flies when you're having fun and, you know, busy as hell.

Old Kitty said...

Kathleen Turner was Jessica Rabbit!!

Wallace and Gromit for the Animated film! LOL!!

Snow White was Disney's first animated film?!!?

Ok head hurts now!!

Take care

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Congratulations on three years of blogging!

Think I might try to see Skyfall this weekend...if it's not sold out!

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats on the three year blogiversary! well, *Cough* today's my birthday *cough* so three years ago I was doing basically the same thing I'll be doing today. Getting older.

Tonja said...

I never get the regular film trivia - got all of the animated ones. I guess that makes sense. :) How about some SpongeBob or Thomas the Tank Engine Trivia?!!

Unknown said...

Three years! You have achieved such a lot in that time, Congratulations Alex.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Happy blogiversery. I think I actually know one of the trivia. Not seeing any movies this weekend and I do enjoy insecure writers every month.

Rusty Carl said...

Congrats on three years of blogging. It goes by so fast. I hit 3 years in 2012 too, with a much more modest result.

I went back and read several of the posts I've missed recently. I was quoted on Wednesday! How funny.

You're awesome.

A.J. Walker said...

What's your goal for the next three years?

mooderino said...

Maybe I should start my own blogfest. One where people write rambling posts about something vaguely writing related, in the Moody style.

Congrats on the big 3!

Moody Writing

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Happy Blogaversary! I'm a relatively new follower but I'm glad I showed up when I did. I like it here. :)

Okay, trivia - all I have is

1) The Lion King
5) Steve Carell

and I don't think either of them are right. Sigh.

Karen Baldwin said...

Three years blogging, over 500 posts...and still you always comment on my blog. You give to so many.

Y O U A R E A W E S O M E!

Gossip_Grl said...

Congrats and Happy Blogiversary! Your blog always rocks! Have a Great Weekend!

Anonymous said...

You've definitely set the bar high on how blogs can be fun and energetic and you are a key contributor and leader in the writing community. Thanks for your investment. said...

I love animated films but don't know any of the answers. Drats.

You bring the hot tamales. I'll bring the chocolate. We'll celebrate your successes somewhere in between - Iowa?


Angela Brown said...

I noticed Michael's book was available so I'm making sure to add it to my Reading List. I love his covers.

You are a blog reading and commenting machine, Alex. I wonder if the Hot Tamales are the secret? If so, glad Gwen and I could contribute to your speedy handi-blog-work :-)

This is probably too funny, but I actually know the answer to a few of the trivia questions for once!
4. Flushed Away
5. Steve Carrell
7. Johnny Depp (I LOVE Johnny Depp!)

Three years ago? Where was I? I was transitioning from California back to Texas and hadn't yet started blogging. But I'm so glad I did :-)

kjmckendry said...

Congratulations Alex! You've come a long way through a lot of hard work!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Laura, good to know the posts aren't lame. And I'm so glad everyone enjoys the IWSG.

kitty, wasn't Wallace and Gromit, but you got the others right.

Elizabeth, it will be busy.

SP, happy birthday!

Tonja, but I don't know any of those.

CM, thanks, and appreciate your help with the IWSG.

Rusty, glad you saw Wednesday's post. You and Cassie were hilarious.

AJ, I'll have to make one!

Moody, that would be challenging for me.

Madeline, I'm glad you're here! And you got #5 right.

Leigh, thank you!

Julie, I appreciate that.

Robyn, deal!

Angela, thanks again, and we are glad you're here. And you got those right.

Juliana Haygert said...

Congrats on amazing 3 years!
Whoa, 100 comments before noon? You're Super Ninja Captain!

Melissa said...

IWSG is always great. I look forward to the first Wed. of every month. :)

I'd send you some Hot Tamales, but they'd never make it to the post office. hahaha :P

Karen Lange said...

Congratulations on three great years! Don't know what we'd do without you. :)

Have a great weekend!

jaybird said...

Congrats on three years. Doesn't the time just fly by, when you are blogging? I know an hour can sometimes seem like five minutes, to me!

Those are some well deserved Hot Tamales, my friend! Keep up the good work.

Matthew MacNish said...

Congrats on three awesome years, Alex!

Budd said...

1. Was that spirited away?
2. Kim basinger or was that cool world
3. Steamboat Willie
4. Flushed Away
5. Steve Carell
6. Princess and the Frog
7. Johnny Depp

Budd said...

oh and congrats on becoming a blogging mega power.

Susan Oloier said...

Congrats on three years. And your posts are not lame.

I think I know some of the trivia today :-)
#2: Was that Kathleen Turner?
#7: Definitely Johnny Depp

Happy weekending!

The Happy Whisk said...

Wow, Alex. You've done a lot in a short time. Well done, Sir.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Darn computer locked off killing my original comment.

Trivia (I Love Animation)

6. Tangled
7. Johnny Depp (BIG FAN)

Congrats on three years Alex and you are a commenting dynamo. Thank you for all the awesome news and will be ready for the blogfest. And yes I'll be ok and i really knew how to tumble I would've done a perfect somersault and saved myself.

Ink in the Book said...

With my first blog, I think the ONLY comments I EVER got was spam. Exciting, huh??
It's funny how things change. I remember the first time I heard the word blog and wondered what in the world a blog was!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Juliana, I actually hit 125 by 12:30 that day.

Melissa, it's the thought that counts.

Budd, you got three right, and that was Cool World.

Susan, good to know, and you got those right.

Thank you, Whisk!

Sheena-kay, you are correct, and you'll have to practice that move now.

Ink, that's funny in a sad sort of way...

Leovi said...

Congratulations Alex on this third anniversary and for your great success.

Ella said...

Congrats Alex! I'm tossing virtual confetti, lol
Love all the neat stuff you received!
Yes,we need a Hot Tamales(candy) Blogfest..poems, recipes, etc. and
photos of people eating them!
Kind of like what would you do for a Klondike bar?
Happy Friday!

Emily R. King said...

I'm not surprised David won. That was awesome!

And congrats to Michael!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - three years and you're rocking and rolling .. how was Skyfall?!

You've done wonders with the blog and it's great to see you include so many in your posts - this fraternity is extra special ..

I must now check out David's poem .. cheers Hilary

Carol Kilgore said...

Happy Hot Tamale Day....hmmmm, Happy Animation Day....hmmmm....what day is it?

Oh! Happy Third Blogiversary!!!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Happy anniversary, Alex. Your blog is truly amazing and you deserve every one of your 1680 followers. :)

1 - Shrek
2 - No idea
3 - Snow White and Seven Dwarfs
4 - Flushed Away
5 - No idea
6 - Tangled
7 - Johnny Depp

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Lots and lots of followers because, Alex, you are the man, I means the captain and you rock!

Happy Third Anniversary and the release of your awesome novel.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

you have many friends here... congrats and the token "many more"...

trivia is great, it's fun to know stuff about stuff you didn't know you knew about, until it was asked about that stuff.

you have earned the name "ninja"

happy day!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats on your third anniversary. Where is the party??
Very, very happy for you at winning all these wonderful gifts.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Alex
I actually know one of your trivia questions and no I didn't peek at what others said. Steam Boat Willie was the first Disney animated film.

Love IWSG, I am inspired and always leave the post with a lot to contemplate.

Hildie McQueen said...

Okay now you got me thinking, hell I don't know where I was yesterday, much less three years ago. But I'm squeezing my brain cells for an answer. November 2009, I was unpublished learning writing my first books and trying my best to figure out what the hell I was doing. I attended my first Romance Writer's Chapter meeting and the rest is history! Or should I say Her-story! Congrats on three years Alex, you have accomplished a lot!

Suze said...

Johnny Depp on #7 and way more importantly, congrats on the three-year anniversary, Captain!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, happy bloggiversary! You aren't even a little bit lame, Alex.

2) Kathleen Turner?
3) Snow White?
4) Rattituie?
Okay... none of my other guesses even have a chance...

Empty Nest Insider said...

Happy Blogaversary Alex! It's amazing how much you've accomplished, and you're still going strong! Congrats to David, and I can't wait to read his poem! Julie

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Leovi!

Thank you Ella, and that's a fun idea.

Hilary, I am seeing Skyfall this afternoon.

Carol, that works!

Thanks George, and you got those five right.

Thanks, Joylene.

Jeremy, what you said!

Rachna, we need a party.

Nancy, it was the first short, but not first full length film.

Hildie, we've both come so far.

Suze, correct and thanks!

Good to know, Hart, and you got the first two right.

Nancy Thompson said...

Congratulations, Alex, on 3 wonderful years! 3 years ago, I didn't even know I wanted to be a writer. I'm glad I figured that out & met you and so many other writers. Okay, for the trivia, I only know Kathleen Turner & Johnny Depp. And 100 comments?!! Before noon?!!! How is even possible?

Heather Murphy said...

Congratulations on your 3 years! Yes, a Hot Tamales celebration is appropriate.
I love the Disney trivia questions this week too.
Have a great weekend

Anonymous said...

I ate Hot Tomales as a kid but switched to Mike and Ikes over time. I'm going to buy a box of Hot Tomales today for old times sake.

Charles Gramlich said...

A zombie package sounds pretty cool. Does it include skulls and internal organs?

Allison said...

Well I'm glad you took your publisher's advice and got your butt online! Congrats on three years!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Anonymous said...

I'm struggling today, so I'm going to jump in with the movie trivia:

1. Shrek
2. Kathleen "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way" Turner
3. Snow White
4. Flushed Away
5. Steve Carell
6. Tangled (love that moved)
7. Johnny Depp

I think I've seen too many animated films.

Lisa said...

Congratulations Alex. Lame definitely does not fit anywhere here. The most amazing thing about your blog is the number of comments. It shows the combraderie you have built. The trivias - I have no idea.

Unknown said...

Congrats on the gifts and on three years! Ummm I don't remember the numbers but I think maybe the first animated was snow white, Gru wad Steve Carell and Rango was Johnny Depp. Fub quiz, thanks Alex! =)

Morgan said...

Gosh, I love all the IWSG posts... it's SO great to *really* relate to people... it definitely takes down a barrier and really lets us see people... it's so nice.

And bleh to the Hot Tamales! LOL. I'm soooo not a fan! So more for everyone else!

And three years ago today I only had 10,000 words written with my first novel... I was still young and naive to everything in this writing world! ;-)

Congrats, Alex. You know, if you were to hold a writer's conference, I think you'd get just as many people attending as SCBWI! ;-)

Suzanne Furness said...

Congratulations on the 3 years of blogging! It's hard to imagine your blog was ever plain and ordinary Alex.

David was a well deserved winner of the bloghop, his poem was brilliant.

Nicole said...

That is quite the milestone, Alex. Congrats! Here's to another three and beyond.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on three years!! How the time flies. I've been following you now for two or just over I think. :)

Up here we have Hot Tamales for 50 cents a box. I should send you a crate LOL

Jeff Hargett said...

Nothing lame about you, Alex.

Congrats to David and Michael!

Mark Koopmans said...

So this is what happens when I read in the morning :)

As above, many congrats on your success as well as the anniversary:)

Are you also a better guitar player, too?

Three years ago... We lived in San Antonio and I was working for a newspaper in New Braunfels, Texas (home of the Groene River... and yes, you pronounce it "Green."

Congrats again, feel free to let the Clones cover the rest of your shift :)

Julie Flanders said...

Congratulations on an amazing three years, Alex!! :)

Andrew Leon said...

Congrats on 3 years!

Luanne G. Smith said...

Big congrats on three years of awesome!

You're a blogging machine. And a very generous host. Keep it up. :))

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Julie!

Nancy, you got those right, and I get up really early...

Stephen, I'll take both!

Charles, sadly the entrails were missing...

Joshua, you nailed it today!

Lisa, thank you.

Emilyann, you got those right.

Morgan, I'd hope someone would show up! And I'll eat your allotment of Hot Tamales for you.

Melissa, that's a bargain! I think we found each other a little over two years ago.

Mark, I am a better guitar player. Pressure of playing in front of others will do that to you. And the clones will have to take over when I go see Skyfall this afternoon.

LG, the machine keeps going.

Thanks everyone!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations on three great years! My husband is going to see Skyfall. I think I'm just in need of several naps this weekend! Three years ago today, I was pregnant and doing NaNoWriMo, hoping to get at least a couple novels written before the baby arrives.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Happy three years. You've come a long way.

I got so many wonderful comments for this week's IWSG post, too.

And singing slugs would be Flushed Away!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats on three awesome years and lots of well-deserved success, Alex!!! You Rock! Wishing you boxes of Hot Tamales!

The trivia . brain must be dead this afternoon because I really can't remember any of the answers, but I know I should know them . ..I really should know them . ..I worked for Disney once, and Disney trivia is usually part of a Disney interview. Umm, their first - either Snow White, or that short feature with Steamboat Willie. The 50th . . . Beauty and the Beast? Little Mermaid? I should know this! aagh!

Sherry Ellis said...

Who ate my pie crust was such a clever poem! BTW, I don't know if you saw my note to you, but you won the Amazon gift card in my giveaway. If you'd like to claim your prize, email me at

Maurice Mitchell said...

"Where is the little blog I used to know...." Congrats Alex. All success to you. Rango was Johnny Depp and I'm not sure about the others. Have an amazing weekend :)

M Pax said...

Yay for Michael. Three years? Time flies when you're having fun. Although, I did not have a writing blog as long as you. This community is great, but you make it better.

Helena said...

Happy third anniversary! May you have all the free Hot Tamales your heart desires (I love 'em too).

Livia Peterson said...

Congratulations on your three years of blogging!

I don't know what I would do without you, Alex. If I had never met you online, I think my blog would be different. You're the ONE who inspired me to promote fellow writers and I enjoy every minute of it.

It's just I don't know how you do it all even though you may have clones helping you out. You amaze me. I think about you randomly during the day and I have a smile on my face EVERY TIME.

You're amazing. You just keep inspiring, encouraging, supporting your fellow writers like no other person I never know. YOU STICK WITH US IN THE LONG RUN - IN THE BEGINNING TO THE VERY END. I'm in the very beginning of my writing journey and you've already helped tremendously with your undeniable, one and only SUPPORT system.

I know I've said this several of times but Alex, you're a rare friend to have. A friend that looks over you ALL THE TIME to lend a hand anytime, it's unbeatable.

Let's get down to it, you're someone special in my heart and I will always remember you. I really mean what I'm saying because I admire you 100%.

*hugs Alex*

I'm looking forward to the Miss You blogfest! It's gonna be so fun! :)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Alex, thanks for featuring me. But I'm not a writing machine. Let me explain what happened. I had Oculus finished about the same month as Slipstream was published. I finished Slipstream two years before it got published by DDP in May of this month. To keep me busy while I blogged and while I looked for a publisher and queried, I wrote Oculus. That took me two years to finish which happened this summer after editing. So it just seems like I write uber fast. But I don't.

I'm only 2400 words into the third book and it will take me probably a year to write it. So it won't be until 2014 until I get the third book out.

So yeah...not fast. It just seems like it because I had a backlog of story available.

SC Author said...

I loved the posts for IWSG; you and Morgan always have great ones. I only knew the last answer to the trivia off the bat :D AND CONGRATS!!!!!! Happy 3rd birthday :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Christine, quite a difference.

Diane, you are correct.

Tyrean, you knew the first one. And you worked for Disney? I want to know more.

Sherry, really?????? Whoa, thanks!

Maurice, thanks! Little blogger is still here. And you are correct.

Mary, thank you.

Helena, we need a Hot Tamales party!

Livia, I am speechless... Thank you. Friends like you keep ME going.

Michael, and I don't even start writing the next story until the last one is out. I knew you'd written most of it already - just giving you grief.

SC, thanks! I try my best when it comes to the IWSG.

Leovi said...

To begin the cover of Oculus is awesome!

Carrie Butler said...

Three years? Wow. Bust open those Hot Tamales! :) Congratulations, Alex!

D.G. Hudson said...

Congrats on 3 years! The effort you put in deserves a nice payback.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Alex! That's amazing! Thank you so much for all the years of amazing blog posts! You are DA'MAN!!!!

2. Kathleen Turner
4. Flushed Away
5. Steve Carrell
7. Johnny Depp

Can't wait to hear what you think of Lincoln.

Jackie said...

I was late with my IWSG post... Wednesday decided to mess with me so I posted on Friday. :(

Congrats on those accomplishments in three years, Alex!!! Awesome job!

Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on three years of blogging! That's awesome. And amazing.

LisaAnn said...

Wow, you have certainly done an amazing job in three years! Congratulations, you are an INSTITUTION these days!

Three years ago today, I was four months into writing my very first novel. I had no idea if I was even capable of finishing it--much less if I was capable of finding an agent to represent it.

Congrats on your milestone!

Jessica Therrien said...

Congrats on 3 years! Wow... you really have done well for yourself :) I have blog envy!

Kimberly Gabriel said...

Happy anniversary! You've accomplished so much in such a short time!

Stopping by to read Who Ate My Pie Crust...sounds awesome!

Jessica Salyer said...

Congrats on three years! What an accomplishment. I wanted to see Skyfall, but with your recommendation I definitely have to go see it.

Mina Burrows said...

IWSG Rocks! I plan on making more rounds this weekend. And here goes the quiz:

#1 – um..dunno
#2– um...Kim Bassinger? (Probably not)
#3 – Fantasia?
#4 – I can't remember but my kids loved that movie.
#5 – um...pass
#6 – um...pass again
#7 – Johnny Depp

You realize #7 was the only reason why I attempted the quiz, right? :p

Mina Burrows said...

Oh, and congrats on 3 years, Alex! :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Congratulations, Alex. You've done an amazing job with your blog and made enough wonderful friends keep you in tamales the rest of your life.

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

My goodness - you've come a long way in just 9 years! Many congratulations on a superduper blog!

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Oops! Sorry - typed the wrong numkber! I do know it is three years and not 9!!

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on 3 years, Alex!
And I knew no.4 of the movies... it's Flushed Away, with that main character, Roddy...
For once in my life, I knew an answer to the movie trivia...*pats self on the back*

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Carrie, Hot Tamales busted open!

Thanks Heather and you got those right.

Jackie, thank you, and late is all right! Will visit soon.

LisaAnn, you've come a long way...

Jessica, that's funny.

Jessica, it's really good!

Mina, you got the last one!

Patricia, that alone is worth it!

Pat, I knew what you meant.

Michelle, yes you did, and poor Roddy was flushed down his own potty.

Mason Canyon said...

Alex, just wanted to add my congratulations on a wonderful three years of blogging. Looking forward to many more from you.

Thoughts in Progress

Unspoken said...

I had no idea! That's pretty awesome, Alex. Wowed!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Happy Anniversay, Alex. Your blog adds good things to my blog reading days.


Jack said...

Congratulations on your three year of running a blog!!
Voicing what I believe others might second, I am glad you've kept at it so long. I've enjoyed reading it, and you are a huge encouragement to other authors. So, thank you in return.

I know some of the answers this time!

3. Would be Snow White

4. Flushed Away

5. Um, I think his first name was Steve...maybe I have the wrong fellow though

6. I should know this...The Lion King? Though I don't think that is right.

7. Jonny Deep

Tammy Theriault said...

I was thinking real tamales at first, buzz kill with the hot tamales! Hahaha... wow, in just three years you have out performed your own expectations. Congrats to you & to the othrs for their successes! Be it fourty or forty! ;)~

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Mason!! Thanks.

Teresa, that's good to know.

Jack, glad you've enjoyed the IWSG, and you got all but #6 right.

Tammy, thanks, and that's funny!

Catherine Stine said...

Good cover on Offutt's book! I just finished reading Slipstream

Intangible Hearts said...

Yeah Michael! I'm still working on the first book! Johnny Depp was Rango?

Ray Rousell said...

Happy Blog Birthday Alex!! The only question I'm not sure about is the Jessica Rabbit question???

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Catherine, did you like it?

Desert, you are correct.

Thanks, Ray! Jessica - Kathleen Turner.

Catch My Words said...

You sure do have a well received blog. Here's comment 116 on this post. That's not the case for most blogs!

Karen M. Peterson said...

Thanks for the shout out, Alex!

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Three years! Hooray! I've been blogging for two.

Chuck said...

Congrats on three years Alex...has it really been such a short time?? Glad I met you online and became a fan of your site and your writing. Can't wait for CassaStorm!!

I really don't watch much animated movie stuff butr I know #2 is Kathleen Turner and Rango was Johnny Depp.

Anonymous said...

I just can't seem to imagine you with a starter blog Alex. You just seem to have been born with an amazing blog as far as I can tell.

Congratulations on three great years and here's to many many more!

erica and christy said...

You've worked so hard! You've made wonderful contributions to the blog world. Congrats to you on your success! Christy

DMS said...

Wow! Congrats on the three years! Your blog is always so interesting and it is so nice to meet other bloggers. You sure did get your butt online. :)

Rhonda Albom said...

Your blog is definitely not plain. Congrats on three years.

SpacerGuy said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary Alex, enjoy. Three years ago I wrote a one line spoof titled Star Trek 'the search for women.' Yes its totally dumb but then my intention was only to post it for some good laughs.

Talli Roland said...

Happy three years blogging, Alex! Hard to believe it's been that long.

Anonymous said...

Three years?! Congratulations to you on such fantastic results and friendships.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Joyce!

Karen, you're welcome.

Chuck, you are correct, and working on it!

Rebecca, it did suck in the beginning.

Thanks, Christy.

Stephanie, butt is online!

Spacerguy, that's a worthy search though.

Talli, I know!

Thanks, Liz.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogversary, Alex! I'm right behind you -- my 3 years will be up next Sunday. But NO comparison; you are way off the charts, my friend. Congratulations!

mshatch said...

Let's see if I can guess some of your trivia...

1. Spirited Away
2. Was it Kathleen Turner?
3. Dumbo, maybe.
4. Wild Guess: Secret of Nimh, no! Ratatouille! Honestly, don't know.
5. Steve Carrel
6. I don't even have a clue but I'll stab at The Princess and the Frog (one of my personal faves).
7. Johnny Depp

Unknown said...

Happy Blogoversary to you!
Happy Blogoversary to you!
Happy Blogoversary, dear Alex!
Happy Blogoversary to youuuuuuu!

Leovi said...

Yes, I acknowledge that I envy your success, but you deserve it.

Tracy Jo said...

Hot Tamales! Num!! Alex, I can't believe you have only been blogging 3 years. Look at the awesome army and community you have built in such a short time. I have found so many others through you. It is wonderful! 3 years blog wasn't even a twinkle in my eye. It is awesome where life takes us! I can't wait to see Lincoln. Hope you are having a great weekend!

klahanie said...

Greetings Alex,

Today I shall keep my comment mercifully short :) Total admiration to you for your positive and sharing impact on the blogging community. A most poignant and profound three years blogging anniversary to you, my friend.

With respect and kind wishes, Gary and yes, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Milo, thanks, and you are way ahead of me on published works! I bow to the master.

Marcy, you got the three voices right.

Candilynn, that was great!!

Leovi, my humble thanks.

Tracy, thank you, and good to hear you've made new friends through me.

Thank you very much Gary and Penny!

Arlee Bird said...

I started Tossing It Out not long before you started your blog. We've grown together in this great ride. What an experience!

A Faraway View

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I need to try me some hot tamales, lol. A huge congrats on how far you've come in three years. YAY!!

Unknown said...

The zombie package sounds awesome . You have come a long way, Alex and are quite an inspiration for all of us. I just dropped by to say hi. I am doing NaNo and am a bit out of the loop.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, you've been one of my best blogger buddies on this journey and I appreciate it!

Thanks, Lynda. Yes, try some. Very hot and sweet.

Thanks, Alan. Keep writing.

Trisha said...

Congratulations on three years blogging - that's amazing!

alexia said...

Super congrats on three years of blogging and your first book deal!! That's awesome. And your posts are definitely not lame.

Powdered Toast Man said...

The reason you have achieved so much is you are so dedicated to writing and to helping other writers. I don't know how you do 100 comments in a day. That is a lot. Congrats on 3 years. I hit my 3 years a few months ago but I haven't achieved a tenth of what you have.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Yay for hot tamales!

1. Beauty and the Beast?
2. Kathleen Turner (I want her voice when I grow up)
3. Steamboat Willie?
4. Flushed Away?
5. Steve Carrell?
6. No idea - Princess and the Frog?
7. Johnny Depp!!

This was my first IWSG, and I enjoyed it. I hope to be able to visit more people next month, but I did visit 20.

Anonymous said...

Alex, CONGRATS on three years of blogging! Glad you liked the goodies.

As for the trivia questions - #7 - Johnny Depp.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Trisha!

Alexia, that's good to know.

PTM, takes Ninja skills. And I wasn't in the middle of getting married at the time, either.

Shannon,you got three right. And glad you joined us for the IWSG.

Susanne, thanks for sending them! And you are correct.

The Happy Whisk said...

Much congrats on three years. You have a kick-butt blog. Keep up the great work.

Jennifer Hillier said...

"Hi, I'm Jennifer..." :D

Can't imagine the blog world without you in it! Happy three year anniversary, my friend. Hot tamales for everyone!