Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rush in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ninja News, Juliana and Her Heart’s Secret Wish, Awards, Blogfest Thoughts, and Christmas Movie Trivia!

Wow, what an incredible week! And I didn't die. I’ll get to that in a minute, but first…

Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!!!!!

This was the first year the public was allowed to vote, and they made their choice known. After years of being snubbed by the owner of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rush finally made it. Plus the remastered 2112 CD/Blu-Ray Super Deluxe edition comes out December 18. Party time!

Ninja News

Today’s Special Challenge Participant Feature at the A to Z Blog is Sherry Ellis of Gone Gardening! Her theme was “Gardens Around the World," so check out my tough questions. (I made her do math!)

Vine Leaves Literary Journal, created by Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius, launched a year ago, and this week the anthology was released. Congratulations Jessica and Dawn on the release of The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2012!

Gifts Aren’t Only From Santa Event December 14-15 – discounted and free books, with the proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital. See Gwen or Cherie’s sites for details.

If you haven’t had a chance to vote in Karen’s annual Blog Awards, they are in the final round now. I’m up for Blog of the Year, Retro-Zombie Jeremy if up for Favorite Other Blog, Cathy’s Life on the Muskoka River is up for Favorite Pee-In-Your-Pants Funny Blog, Ella’s Edge is up forFavorite Crafty-Type Blog, Robyn’s Life By Chocolate is up for Favorite Singles' Blog, Livia is up for Favorite New Blog, Tyreanis up for Favorite Inspirational Blog, Lynn Kelley is up for Favorite Blog By a Parent, and Sherry’s Gone Gardening is up for Best Kept Secret. Happy voting!

Mel at Writings, Musings, and Other Such Nonsense is holding a book giveaway – lots of books! See her site for details.

Book Release!

Her Heart's Secret Wish by Juliana Haygert

Genre: NA contemporary romance
Release date: December/12/2012

"With a renowned reputation as a player, she had everything figured out…"

Purchase Her Heart’s Secret Wish at Decadent Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and find it on Goodreads.

Find Juliana Haygert: Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and at NA Alley.

2012 Blog of the Year

Patsy Collins gave me my first 2012 Blog of the Year! Thank you, Patsy.

The rules for this are -
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen — and ‘present’ them with their award.
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award — and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.
5 You can now also join the Facebook group.
6 As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars… Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once — this award is different!
When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award — and every time you are given the award by another blog — you can add another star! There are a total of 6 stars to collect."

Wow! I’m just going to pass this on to one person – Lee at Tossing it Out, because if anyone deserves blog of the year, it’s Lee!

A Big Thank You!

Words cannot begin to describe my thoughts and feelings regarding all of the “Alexfest” posts this week. The funny stories and pictures, the kind words… it was just overwhelming. I didn’t die, but I was touched. And I laughed a lot! Thanks, everyone. My wife saw some of the messages to her, and she thank you as well. And I really appreciated the response to my post here on Monday.

I won’t mention any of the posts here (as a couple more are to appear today) but I will note some exceptional ones on Friday when I announce the winners. And I’ve decided that since selecting just two will be nearly impossible, I’m going to round up the very best (that will be difficult enough), toss them into a hat, and randomly pull two winners. Does that sound fair to everyone?

Thanks again, my friends. It’s just amazing how this blogging community comes together, and I’m honored to be a part of it. Never doubt that one person can make a difference. Even if he’s ”Just Alex.”

Movie Trivia – Christmas Style

1 - What is the name of Rudolph’s dad?

2 – In what city did “A Miracle on 34th Street” take place?

3 – Who played Scrooge in “The Muppets Christmas Carol?”

4 – What is the full name of the BB gun Ralphie wanted in “A Christmas Story?”

5 – What song made Santa’s sleigh fly at the end of “Elf?”

See some interesting news today? Voted for your favorite blogs at A Peek at Karen’s World yet? Picking up Her Heart's Secret Wish? Know any of the trivia? And did you have a favorite “Alexfest” post?

Don’t forget to visit Sherry at the A to Z Blog!


Michael Di Gesu said...

ME first...



Oh, Well ... I got two. I can't remember the others...

Hi, Alex....

Glad I can stop by now before it get crazy tomorrow.

WE all LOVED giving you your tribute. You deserve it.

Looking forward to more news on Friday....

Congrats on the blog award!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Di Gesu said...

I MADE THE FIRST COMMENT,,,, YAY!!! I must be my lucky night....

Do I have Alex magic now.... Not likely. LOL.

Unknown said...

Loved paying tribute to you, my friend. I had a great time participating and enjoyed reading everyone's responses. I'm happy your wife got to read some of the wonderful comments to her.

Not a big Christmas movie fan unless it's Christmas Vacation. LOL

Awesome links I will for sure need to check out. And congrats on the blog of the year. Lee is a fantastic choice for all the work he does.

Denise Covey said...

Well I'm in early for once - usually commenter no 250. Congrats to Rush and all the other honourable mentions made this post Alex. The Holiday Spirit blogfest launched today. Can be accessed through my blog.

Denise Covey said...

And how could I not especially mention your blog award...congrats!!

Andrew Leon said...

Or even if he's a hobbit!
Which you're not.
Just sayin'.

Intangible Hearts said...

I hope you win the blogger award and number two is definitely N.Y. Have a great day Alex.

dolorah said...

Pick some hard questions, why don't you Alex, lol.

New York City
Patrick Stewart?
don't know
Santa Claus is coming to town

So glad Rush got in the Hall of fame. Wow thats a lot of blogs to vote on. And good choice of Lee for the blog award.

See you Friday to congratulate the winners.


Suzanne Furness said...

Glad you enjoyed reading the blog posts this week, Alex. There were some brilliant ones out there. Your suggestion sounds more than fair to me, I wouldn't want to have to pick a couple!

Congrats on the blog award too :)

Kyra Lennon said...

I'm glad you enjoyed Alex-Fest - I had a blast reading the entries!

Michelle Wallace said...

Hey... you're still alive! LOL.
Congrats on the blog award!
I really enjoyed reading all the different blogfest entries... such an awesome mish-mash of posts... good idea to toss all the best ones into a hat and choose randomly...

Unknown said...

Congrats on your award Alex, good luck with winning the next one, I voted for you :)Glad you enjoyed the Alexfest, we sure did!


The blogfest was/is a great success and though I didn't comply to the rules I wrote in the only way I can.

Congrats on your award well deserved
Alex . I say your wife deserves a "Wife of the Year" award.


Old Kitty said...

Hoorah for your festing!! LOL!!

1) Santa!?!? LOL!
2) New York!
3) Michael Caine!

Erm... that's it!! LOL!!

Take care

Unknown said...

Enjoyed the blogfest, Alex. It was great fun.
Congrats on picking up Patsy Collins' 2012 Blog Award. Quite a clever idea!

Mel Chesley said...

I' m glad your wife got her fair share of thanks from everyone. Those were some good posts! Have an awesome day!

mooderino said...

Nice choice with Lee. He's deserving of a little recognition too.


Natalie Aguirre said...

Loved the blogfest about you. Maybe you should give us a Christmas gift and post your picture since everyone is dying to know what you look like.

Elsie Amata said...

I'm so glad Rush finally got it and the fans had their say!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the blog award. And thank you also for making me realise my knowledge of Christmas trivia is terrible -- I can't answer a single one of those questions!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - lots to tuck into here .. your blogfest has been amazing - and I rather like the way you're going to select the winners - impossible I'd say.

Well done on your Blog of the Year award .. and Lee definitely deserves his ..

I'm off to check out Karen's annual blog awards ...

Cheers to you - and I'm so looking forward to reading your selection on Friday .. Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michael, you're first! You got those two right. And I think you've got some Ninja magic in you!

Melissa, he's the best choice!

Denise, have fun with your blogfest.

Andrew, too tall to be a Hobbit.

Desert, you got it.

Donna, you got three right, and about time Rush got in!

Suzanne, I just want it to be fair.

Michelle, that's why I'm doing it. So hard to judge.

Thanks for voting Siv!

Yvonne, I really liked what you did.

Kitty, you got two right!

Natalie, but that's what the winner receives!

Elsie, that's right!

Stacey, I'm sorry.

Hilary, no way I could decide.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Oh no! We missed the news on Rush! Sigh...I'm always half a step behind. We'll catch it all online...thanks for the heads-up on this and other news, Alex. The Alex Blog Fest was wonderful!

Misha Gerrick said...

Yeah. I especially loved Jenna Quentin's post. :-D

Rusty Carl said...

I'm horrid at Christmas trivia, so I got nothing there.

But the blogfest in your honor was pretty awesome. I read several posts as a lurker and thought they were all great.

Laura S. said...

1. Donner
2. New York City
3. Michael Caine
4. The Official Red Ryder Carbine Action Two Hundred Shot Range Model Air Rifle (You'll shoot your eye out, kid!)
5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

LOVE all of these Christmas movies!!!

kjmckendry said...

Congrats on your blog awards! And it was so much fun to pay tribute to you Monday and see what everyone else came up with wow!
The level of creativity in this group always amazes me.

Tonja said...

I love Christmas movies too. This week, my little guy watched Frosty the Snowman for the first time. That one never gets old.

Sherry's A-Z posts were great.

Arlee Bird said...

Thank you for the recognition, Alex. I'm putting together an awards post for the 24th (I stopped doing the awards as you probably know) and I'll add this one to it.

How cool is it to be named in the same post as Rush!

Tossing It Out

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi Alex!! I found you through Hilary Melton-Butcher's blog. Great blog you have and now I can see why everyone is such a fan :)

Laura Eno said...

Rudolph has a father? I'm sorely lacking in the movie dept...

I had a blast reading the Alex tributes. There's no way to pick only two. I think your idea of tossing the best in a hat is a good one.

Christine Rains said...

The blogfest has been so much fun. I agree with you that there's been so many amazing ones. I wouldn't be able to pick just one either. A random hat pick is fair.

Robyn Campbell said...

I love Rush!!! WOOHOOOOOO. I'm gonna buy the remastered edition.

Er, let me see. *dons thinking cap*

New York
Michal Caine
The Official Red Ryder Carbine Action Two Hundred Shot Range Model Air Rifle
Jovie leads them in Santa Claus is Coming to Town?

Yippee for you and Lee!!! Yay Lynn!!!!

Alex, it was a lot of fun to share in your day. Thank you, thank you.


Maurice Mitchell said...

Lee is a great choice Alex. Rush deserves it!

Sherry Ellis said...

Yay, Rush!

Thanks for featuring me on the A-Z Gardening blog. I'm totally in shock that I've been nominated for the "Best Kept Secret" Award! Totally cool. Congratulations on your nomination, too!

Luanne G. Smith said...

The blogfest was fun. Still airing out the smell of burnt ninja from my place, but it was worth it. LOTS of comparisons to Jimmy Stewart out there, which I kind of thought was on target. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth, tell your husband!

Rusty, the posts were amazing. Glad you're back.

Laura, that almost scares me you know all of the answers! Well done.

Lee, it's uber-cool. You're welcome!

Optimistic, thank you!

Robyn, you knew the answers as well - good job! And yes, Rush was long overdue that credit.

Sherry, you're welcome, and you were nominated!

Luanne, burnt Ninja - thanks!

Thank you, everyone!

jaybird said...

I messed up and missed the Alexfest, *hangs head in shame*
I'm so sorry. Holiday time is very busy over at the Bird's Nest. Please don't think I don't share the love for the Ninja. Cause nothing could be further from the truth! You are truly one of a kind, and a stand up guy "Just Alex" -xo

Elise Fallson said...
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Elise Fallson said...

Congratulations on the blog award and for surviving the Alexfest! It was definitely a lot of fun and hats off to the hosts for putting it together and making it a success. (:

Nickie said...

I'm terrible with this movie trivia! The only one I knew off hand was #5, mostly because 'Santa Claus is coming to town' is one of my least favorite Christmas songs (only trumped by the horrible 'Santa Baby').

Julie Dao said...

I also missed the Alexfest, but I got around to reading some of the entries and WOW. You really are our ninja captain! Good luck picking out the winners!

Gossip_Grl said...

Some great blogging news- From Rush to Trivia! Congrats to Lee on the Blog Award!
On the trivia #2 I think the town is Manhattan #4 Is Red Ryder BB gun. I am unsure of the others, sorry. I read so many great posts on Monday it would be hard to pick just one! Great Post!

Al Penwasser said...

Thank goodness I read this post. It didn't make sense that Rush would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, they're a band....
I don't think I've ever heard Limbaugh sing a song. And I don't think it would sound all that good if I did.

Trisha said...

That is such awesome news about RUSH!!! Well done to the boys (and YAY that the public were able to vote! I hope that's ongoing!).

AlexFest was a heap of fun! And I'm glad you did not die!

Melissa said...

Lots of exciting news!

I think your plan sounds very fair. I don't envy your job of picking the winners. LOL

Tara Tyler said...

bedford falls
michael caine
red ryder
santa claus is coming to town

i might have gotten them all this time!

and thanks for the news & had fun celebrating your goodness!

Tara Tyler said...

changing #2 to nyc
wrong movie!

Juliana Haygert said...

Yay, me on the Captain's blog!
Thanks, Alex, for the shoutout! <3

RaShelle Workman said...

Alex - You really are one of the coolest people ever. I read some of the post too. They were awesome. =) Happy Wednesday!!! And, you rock!!!

Bossy Betty said...

Your last post was beautiful, Alex.

You are a shining light in the blog world.

Unknown said...


it is a great pleasure to have been able to roast you... well deserved honor... now you need a theme song, so i am going to contact "RUSH" to sing it.... wait a minute!

RUUUUUSSSSSSHHHHHH! it's about time.

Have a tremendous day!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nickie, but you did get one!

Julie, it will be tough.

Gossip, I'll give you one and a half.

Al, no it wouldn't.

Tara, really close!

Juliana, you're welcome.

RaShelle, you rock!

Thank you, everyone!

Gwen Gardner said...

That's good news for Rush!

Thanks for the Gifts Aren't Just From Santa shout-out. December has to be some kind of record for giveaways. Tis the Season!

Congrats on the blog of the year award - that's not too surprising, lol!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Your ALEXFEST was well deserved. Congrats on your BLOG OF THE YEAR award. I wish great luck to all those whose blogs are in the running for the different categories.

It is sad that RUSH was ignored for so long. Aaargh! Nicki would have to mention "Santa Baby!" Now, it will be maddeningly in my head all day! :-)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This is the most answers I've ever known for one of your trivia quizes. Maybe because I had my own Red Ryder.
I'm still visiting all the blogs talking about you. It was fun.

Ink in the Book said...

Yay for Juliana!!
Congrats to your blog of 2012 award. It's much deserved:)
Christmas movie trivia is awesome! I *love* Christmas movies. Old ones, cartoons, cheesy ones, fun ones, whatever! I have to start watching my collection in early November if Iw ant to watch them all before the holiday is over:)

Jack said...

That is cool you are on one of the blogs being voted!

I did find a favourite Alex post, one written by a blogger named Morgen.

And...I don't know any of the Trivia though I think I should know the Muppet one.

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm so excited! I know almost all the trivia answers :)

Anonymous said...

Love Gwen's book sale and give-away to help out Children's -- great idea. Also, some very worthy blogs, including yours, up for nomination. Very nice to see.

Rachna Chhabria said...

You deserved the Alexfest. I just wish I could have participated. I am wondering how I missed it.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I just watched a Miracle on 34th Street so the answer to that is New York City.

The song at the end of ELF is "Santa Claus is comin' to town." At least I think it is.

Congratulations on the blog of the year award and congratulations to Lee for being the next recipient.

I hope you recognize Hart's blog. She had a great tribute to you.

Miranda Hardy said...

Glad you enjoyed the Alexfest posts. A lot going on this time if year. Not sure I can visit them all, but then again, I'm not a super computer.

Unknown said...

I've loved hopping around and seeing all the wonderful things people are saying about you.

Unknown said...

I know where to come when I need the news. You are the man! I never try your trivia questions because they are so hard and I don't want to cheat by searching google.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Glad you enjoyed the fest dedicated to you and congrats on getting blog of 2012. As usual you've filled my brain with cool news. Have a nice day Alex.

Susan Oloier said...

Okay, Karen's blog awards are news to me today.
#2 NYC
#4 Well, it's a Red Ryder. But Ralphie has a whole spiel about it in the movie, so I know the name is much longer than that.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats on Blog of the Year Alex, and to everyone who is nominated at Karen's place. I will head over later to cast my votes. Julie

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

In a hat sounds very fair, Alex. So glad you enjoyed yourself. It was an honour to participate.

Nancy Thompson said...

So many friends have nominated blogs! Congrats to Juliana! And to you for your first star & award. There were many awesome tributes. Impossible to find a favorite. I'm so not good at trivia, especially holiday movies which I rarely watch.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jeremy, if you can get Rush to sing a theme song for me, I'll name all the characters in my books after you, even the women.

Gwen, you're welcome.

Roland, fortunately I have cranked the Rush and drowned it out.

Susan, did you shoot your eye out?

Ink, you have a lot of Christmas movies!

Rachna, that's all right - I wasn't lacking, I promise.

Michael, you got two. And Hart's was one of the best.

Clarissa, I tried to pick easy ones...

Susan, yeah the name is really long.

Thank you, everyone!

Kimberly Gabriel said...

The last few days have been fun reading these blogfest entries ;) Congrats on the award!

Tina said...

Loved Hart's new lyrics to "Walk this Way" and Shannon Lawrence's flash fiction. But wow, there were a lot of good, funny, sweet, words out there. I have no idea how you could possibly choose. But you've got your clones to help, so there is that ;-

Tina @ Life is Good

Jeremy [Retro] said...

okay, Rush is coming to your house... set up your studio and then act like Bobby Brady when Joe Nameth came over... i will be the Oliver.


Leovi said...

Very good for Rush!

Karen M. Peterson said...

Congratulations on making it to the finals, Alex! Good luck!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tina, not even they could choose just two...

Jeremy, deal!

Dave said...

I came late to the Alexfesting, but my post is now up.

As for the quiz:
2 – New York

3 – Michael Caine

Congrats on the award as well.

Dave Wrote This

Jenny said...

So, I appreciated meeting you when I first found the A-Z 2 years ago, but I will admit that I just haven't really had time to read your blog in depth. Wanted to tell you that I am changing that ASAP, because I have collected a random group of blogging friends through many different challenges/fests/reasons (sometimes just by link chasing at 3 a.m.) and THEY ALL SEEM TO KNOW YOU AND SING YOUR PRAISES! That's awesome. Forget Kevin Bacon- everybody knows you! :)

Dave said...

And now I realise that you'd already seen it.

Note to self: Alex knows all.

Dave Wrote This

ediFanoB said...

After twelve hours work I'm really tired. But there are a few blogs I need to visit before I fall asleep and your blog is one of them.

You definitely deserve the 2012 blog of the year award.

Jennie Bennett said...

You are very Loved Alex that's for certian! I know a couple of the answers to the trivia this time so I'm taking a shoot -

No idea on 1 & 2

3. Michael Caine

4. I don't know the whole thing, but I do that it's the Red Ryder something something with a compass...

5. I only remember being touched by the music :)

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

wow, so many well deserving people up for blog awards! Congrats to them!!!

And congrats to you for surviving the Alexfest hehehe

2. NY
3. initially I thought it was Bill Murry then realised it was Michael Caine.
That's all I've got. Um-ah!!

Susan Fields said...

Has it really been a year since Vine Leaves was launched? Wow, time flies!

Livia Peterson said...

Thank goodness you DID NOT die, Alex! I mean seriously if you did, this community would be mourning all over the place - the blogosphere, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

You are EXTREMELY loved! You have a huge support team behind your back and you return the favor and go the whole nine yards. You're the kind of support I need and I can't thank you enough.

You're more than FAIR. I don't care if I win or not because I got this blog to read as a present. Your posts are the most AWESOME, way better than mine. I could try to do some incredible posts like yours but I will ultimately fail. There will be no line like you!

Now, I'm ready for another part-ay hosted by the Ninja Captain! The 1700 follower blogfest coming up one of these days... will be one of first people to sgin up!

Thanks again Alex for entering my life! I don't know what I would do without you.

M Pax said...

I'm surprised Rush wasn't in the Hall of Fame before this. Weird.

Alexfest was fun. Glad you enjoyed it.

Tammy Theriault said...

blog awards? cool! do we have to dress up and bring a date when the winners are announced??

Tyrean Martinson said...

I am super late on posting today - but I had too many "favorites" from Alexfest, and I definitely think your way of picking the winners is fair.

Have an awesome day, Alex!

Karen Lange said...

Congrats Alex, Enjoyed the Alexfest posts that I got to. I can see where you would have a tough choice. :)

SpacerGuy said...

I thoroughly enjoyed Arlee Bird's flash fiction story and Elise Fallson's plywood ninja which is hilarious.

Jemi Fraser said...

I can't believe I suck at this trivia too... *sigh*

Congrats on the award and I think Lee is a GREAT choice!! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

About time Rush made it.

Looking forward to the winners of the blogfest. It was a lot of fun.

Now off to vote for you. said...

This post is packed with so many treasures, but I am completely focused on - and flattered by - the fact that I'm up for best singles' blog. I'm still laughing. Thanks for that and all the wonderful snippets of info and fun, Alex.

I agree, Arlee Bird is a phenomenon.

Finally, yay for RUSH. I voted for them simply because I trust your judgement.

Keep enjoying your blessings, Alex.

SC Author said...

Rudolph had a dad? *blushes sheepishly* I did not know that. Well I guess I diddddd, technically, but still. And the Alex posts were hilarious :)

Kelley Lynn said...

Ah! I love Rush! It's about time :)

klahanie said...

Yay, I have arrived before your post reached 100. Then again, by the time I finished typing...

Anyway, justice has been done and Rush have finally gotten into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Although in two minds about such a thing as a blogfest in regards to one person, I however, am delighted you have received such well deserved accolades.

And nice touch forwards on the Blog of the Year to Lee. A man who not only inspires but has brought further awareness of the alphabet!

In our own way, we are all an integral part of this blogging community. All different and all equal in this force for a better world. My honour to know you, Alex.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dave, you got those right, and yes, I know all...

Jenny, thank you!!!

Edi, thanks. Now go get some rest.

JA, you got one!

Lynda, you got two, and somehow I survived.

Livia, still here! Glad you think that is fair. I shall try to keep these posts as awesome as possible for you.

Mary, only because the owner hates them.

Tammy, come casual.

Tyrean, they were all so good.

Spacerguy, yes they were both great!

Thanks, Diane.

Robyn, I hope you win! And would I steer you wrong when it comes to the most awesome band EVER?

SC, he did!

Kelley, yeah!

Gary, yes, about time! And maybe next year we should roast Lee?
It does take all of us together to make this work.

Leigh Covington said...

The Alex-fest was awesome! I loved reading what everyone had to say! :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Absolutely Lee deserves many honors. I applaud your choice.

Author A.O. Peart said...

This was a great blogfest! You deserve your own blogfest at least annually for all you do :-)

Thank you so much for mentioning my YA group promo, Gifts Aren't Only From Santa.

Congratulations to Juliana on her new release!

Chuck said...

This post was chock full of stuff. Rush in the RnR HOF...'bout time! 2112 was the first concert I ever saw and it was unbelievable. Love the album so I may have to pick up this Blu-Ray set.

Congrats or your blogfest success...not dying is good, your award...6 stars will be yours before you know it, and to Lee for his well deserved reward from his tireless promotion of the A-Z to some very thought-provoking blog posts.

Have a great Holiday season my friend!

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on the blog award and surviving Alex Fest!

I know the feeling that comes when a favorite band is finally inducted into the Hall of Fame. One of my favorites, The Hollies, were finally inducted a few years ago, and it felt so good watching the ceremony (except for a certain stage-crashing moment during the performance).

Ella said...

Congrats Alex on your blog award!
Tossing virtual confetti for RUSH. Yes, let's party :D

I think I will play RUSH music all weekend to celebrate!

Lee is a great choice!

We need a blogging Hall of Fame, lol

Congrats to all...

I'm stunned and tickled pink I'm even nominated! Thanks for sharing all the goodness~ Off to visit your interview and make the rounds!

Happy Wonderful Wednesday!

baygirl32 said...

1. Donner
2. New York
3. Micheal Caine
5. Santa Claus is coming to town

there were some great Alex posts, even narrowing them down will be hard!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Leigh, it was a lot of fun.

Patricia, he does!

Angela, you're welcome.

Chuck, first concert? I'm envious! And thanks.

Carrie-Anne, I'm looking forward to the ceremony in the spring. Hopefully without stage crashing.

Ella, yes! Rush music all weekend. And so cool you were nominated.

Baygirl, you got four!

Laura Pauling said...

I loved reading all the posts paying tribute to, Alex! They were neat. And everyone is thankful for the community you bring!

Brinda said...

I had a little too much fun with the Alex blogfest. You know I don't REALLY think you are Mark W. hiding behind that rock star guitar avatar drawn by Rusty.

Jo said...

I loved the Alexfest blogs that I read, everyone seems to really appreciate you Alex.

Only one I know is New York City. Its my favourite Christmas movie.

Anonymous said...

Yay, Rush! I love their Caress of Steel album, and who doesn't love Tom Sawyer?! I have to catch up with my listening, though. lol

1 - Hm...Never thought about it. lol

2 – New York City, right?

3 – Why have I never seen this?? Was it one of the hecklers?

4 – I don't remember, but he will shoot his eye out with it. lol

5 – ...Winter Wonderland?

Why'd I even try this? I'm terrible! lol

Powdered Toast Man said...

those are some tough trivia questions. If I bribe you with some delicious powdered toast, will you "pick" my Alex Fest Post?

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Yeah, glad you're still alive, Captain.

Congrats to Rush.

I'll visit Sherry Ellis.

Congratulations Jessica and Dawn on the release of The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2012!
Happy voting!

Good luck to nominees for the Blog of the Year Award.

Juliana Haygert rocks with her book.

Bryan Russell said...

Ah, the BB gun...

Morgan said...

"Just Alex" <----This post goes down in history of posts of all posts. "Just Alex" is a pretty awesome thing. :)

D.G. Hudson said...

Was it a copy of a Winchester? (that's all I remember, re-Ralphie question)

Congrats on the award!

Your solution to the winning entries for the Alexfest sounds fair to me. I wondered how you would select. And Lee totally deserves any award he gets. I'm looking forward to that A-Z whirlwind again next year.

Leovi said...

Beautiful Sherry Ellis's blog.

Anonymous said...

It's about time Rush made it in! Power to the people!

And Lee is deserving. He's one of the dynamics that helps keep the world of blogging moving forward.

Mina Burrows said...

Thanks to your post I mentioned to my husband about Rush & HoF. He was so thrilled that I knew.

LOL. Thanks for the tip Alex!

Heather M. Gardner said...

RUSH!! Although I am happy that the fans spoke out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is just a joke.

I did vote for all my favorites on Karen's blog! Great picks!

Blog of the Year! Congrats! Lee is certainly worthy as well. Do you guys ever sleep?

There were so many nice things said about you and your blog, sir. Roll in it for a while. I liked DL's post a lot.

Red Rider/Ryder BB Gun?


Jay Noel said...

I had a lot of fun with my Alex post. Maybe it'll be an annual thing.

Since I haven't participated in your trivia questions lately:

1. Donner
2. NYC
3. Michael Caine
4. The Official Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 Shot Range Model Air Rifle - WITH a compass on the stock and this thing that tells time
5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Stephsco said...

The trivia always gets me--I didn't know all the answers, but I've got the Christmas Story one down.

Helena said...

Of course I'm voting for you for best blog of the year. Besides the fact that you deserve it, I've gotta make up so much to you since I spaced out on your blogging tribute. Thanks for everything, Alex, especially your enthusiasm in supporting your fellow writers!

Cassie Mae said...

Look at all those awesome bloggers nominated for these things! I'll have to over there and vote vote vote :)

And I hope you and the Mrs. had fun looking at all those blogs :D

Trivia! (I'm good with Christmas movies, so I'm gonna have a go on this one :)

1. I used to say Connor, haha! But no, it's Donnor. ;)

2. Pretty sure that was NY :D

3. Michael Caine! (Or however you spell his name, haha!) I love that movie. It's a must during Christmas time, even though I have to watch it by myself because my hubby has a phobia of the muppets. I want to get one of Animal and wake him up with it, just to see him freak, ha!

4. Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!

5. Santa Clause is Comin' to town. (He sees you when you're sleeping...) I never realized how creepy that song was, haha!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank you, Laura!

Brinda, you might never know...

Jo, you got one then!

Debra, you got one right. And Rush is AWESOME!!!

PTM, is there cinnamon on it?

Thanks, Peaches.

Morgan, Just Alex is just trying.

DG, there's just no other way to do it.

Stephen, he is!

Mina, glad I could help.

Heather, you get two and a half. And yes, it is just a joke.

Jay, you are correct on all counts, which is a little scary...

Stephsco, good!

Helena, thanks, and that's all right.

Unspoken said...

Sorry, Alex. distracted by the shirtless first commenter at your blog who wants your magic :). Haha, you've never had to go shirtless and yet here you are! Congrats on the blog of year award. Your warmth has paid off!

DMS said...

Yeah Rush! I love that group : ) And, Congrats on the 2012 Best blog award- you deserve it! ~ Jess

Diane Estrella said...

Those are some hard Christmas Trivia questions, but I love them all. Awesome! Hope your weekend is super-dee-duper!!!

Unknown said...

I saw you over at Frans page today. I didn't know you were a gamer.

Golden Eagle said...

I've read a lot of great AlexFest posts--it was an awesome blog event!

Congratulations on the award.

Isis Rushdan said...

Love the Gifts Aren't Only For Santa event.

#1. Donner, I think from the movie.

#2 NYC of course, Manhattan if you need the borough.

#3 No idea

#4 Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Anonymous said...

That's awesome about Rush.

Great blog and book news here.

I'm still coming across AlexFest posts. It was a fantastic event. said...
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James Garcia Jr said...

Congratulations to Rush! My 18 year old texted me at work that day to give me that news. It's about damn time! :) I immediately thought of you. Rush fans unite!!