Monday, January 3, 2011

Some Awesome Ninja-Style News!!

Some awesome Ninja-News for you today!

First, a big thanks to Jamie at Mithril Wisdom - he posted his review of CassaStar and stated “casual sci-fi readers will get an extra kick out of it.” Thanks Jamie – you are one cool dude!

Round One Voting for the Book Trailer Contest at Spunk On A Stick’s Tips continues through Tuesday. Hoping CassaStar’s trailer will advance to Round Two!!

And my personal triumph - I finished the first rough draft of CassaStar's sequel last night!! Felt so good to write that final scene. Now to edit! And I actually enjoy editing.

Now are you ready for some big news?

Remember The Movie Dirty Dozen Blogfest?

Remember The Top Ten TV Shows Blogfest?

Are you ready for the next Captain Ninja Alex blogfest????

TOP TEN COUNTDOWN – MUSIC BLOGFEST!
Monday, January 24, 2011



Counting down our top tunes of all time!

Music moves us. It inspires us! Now, tell the world YOUR ten favorite songs of all time. The Song, the band – why does it move you?

Sign up below – who’s with me?

106 comments:

Jamie Gibbs (Mithril Wisdom) said...

Thanks for the mention, Alex :) Glad you liked the review too. Looking forward to the sequel!

Music blogfest is my cup of tea; signed! Expect a power metal feast on the 24th, hehe.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Happy New Year, Alex, and congrats on the great review!

Looking forward to the music blogfest. :)

iZombie said...

is this where i just say "whitesnake"... i am in.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jamie, really dug the review! Expecting some serious metal from you.

Thanks, Elizabeth.

Sign on up, Jeremy!

Matthew Rush said...

Off to check out Jamie's review. I'm sure it's great.

I won't be taking part in this blogfest, because the music I listen to is too weird, and I don't want to make myself look crazy, but I will totally be watching and reading, because I always love the blogfests you plan Alex!

Ian said...

Happy New Year

Justine Dell said...

Happy New year!

Congrats on finishing the sequel rough draft! Good luck with the edits. ;-)

~JD

DEZMOND said...

I liked Jamie's review, but then again I like everything Jamie writes.

Liz Pezzuto said...

Congrats on the review and finishing the sequel draft!

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats on completing the first draft! You'll have a great year.

Old Kitty said...

Yay!! You've finished your draft!! Good for you!!!! And you got a great review for Cassastar! I think your year is starting with a bang already! Well done you!!

Take care
x

Dempsey Sanders said...

Read the review at Jamies, love the sound of this new contest, I will sign up with ya why not

Will Burke said...

Please tell me that that was computer-graphics, and that someone did NOT just torch a beautiful Les Pual! I'll set to work on that Blogfest, and I haven't done a proper New Years post either.

Kelly said...

Alex, I just don't care for music but I'll do your blogfest anyway. ;)
Congrats on your sequel first draft being done! WOW!!!!!!!!!
And Matthew, you need to do the blogfest so we can see the weird music. I love seeing what everyone's music tastes are and see new musicians that I might not know!

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

I love blog hop on tunes....I will be coming to see your picks.. I will be picking my top 11 favorite new blogs...but I have no science fiction blogs on the list LOL
happy New year

Tara said...

Congrats on finishing the rough draft! That is awesome!

Well, I signed up. Now I'm biting my nails...it was terrifying to narrow down my fave bands for that blogfest - but fave songs? Whew. I better get thinking!

JL Stratton said...

Great idea Alex,
Can I tag along on your blogfest? I will most definitely put up some Rush, Flyleaf, Bif Naked, Evanescence, and even some floyd. Wow, just too much to mention. How will I ever shrink it down to just my ten favorites of all times.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Matthew. And I woouldn't worry about weirdness here...

Dezz, no bias, huh?

Thanks, Kitty!

Dempsey, thanks - and these fests are always a blast.

Will, I hope so, because torching a $2000 guitar would be so wrong!

Thanks, Kelly - we'll keep working on Matthew as well.

Thanks, Wasabi!

Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats!

And, I can't wait for the blogfest! I'll start preparing my list now.
CD

Kelley said...

Working on the sequel, huh? How exciting! As for music, I love so many different kinds but my choices, I doubt, would be cool enough for your list. :)

Laura Eno said...

Yay for the sequel!

stickynotestories said...

Happy New Year and congrats on the review!

I love sharing my favorite music with people, so I'm in for the blogfest! And since all my favorite music is stuff I storyline to that makes it perfect :)

Melissa Bradley said...

Loved the review. Congratulations!!! And best of luck with the sequel. May you have sales to the stars.

I'd love to do this blog hop, but I have a dumb question...Do I copy the code into the post? Or into another section on my blog like a widget? Sorry to sound so completely clueless, but I've never done this before.

Holly Ruggiero said...

Holy Guacamole Alex, congratulations on finishing! I dare day that my music blogfest would go something like this: there a song about rain or water and the beat is something like la-la-la. I’m really horrible at song titles.

Chris Phillips said...

Can't wait for the 24th!!1 (when polka will reign supreme)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clarissa, cool!

Kelley, no! Please participate. It takes all kind of music.

Sticky, glad you're on board.

Melissa, you can either copy it and past it into your post (or as another gadget in either your sidebar or main posting area) or just sign up and link back to my blog for people to find others participating. Whatever is easiest for you!

Holly, thanks, and you have three whole weeks to work on this. Bet you can remember some titles.

Karen Walker said...

Alex, Happy New Year! And congratulations on all the good things coming your way, reviews, finishing your sequel draft. Woo Hoo!
Karen

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm in. It'll be a hard choice to narrow the list to ten. Like Chris I love polka and will stick mainly to that. Yodeling music too!

Haleine said...

I am also in. I love to make such lists.

Congratulations on your review and finishing the sequel's rough draft. I'm looking forward to reading CassaStar this year.

Jules said...

YEEHAW! Another music fest. I think our passion for music is one big thing we have in common. HUGE YES, I'm in :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Summer Frey said...

Congrats on finishing your sequel draft!!

The music blogfest sounds fun! Count me in.

Melissa Bradley said...

Thanks, Alex! :)

Kelly Dexter said...

Love the idea. I'm there.

Congrats on finishing your rough draft!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Try as I might I can't put my name on the blogfest. I put my blog name then my blog email address but it won't link me to the list of names.

Yvonne.

Karen Peterson said...

While "Read Cassa Star" didn't make it into my 52 things for the year, I do fully intend to read it soon. I'm excited!

As for this blog hop...I don't know. I really don't think I could narrow it down to just 10 songs I love. That's too hard.

Budd said...

I got some ideas for this one. congrats on the draft.

Pat Tillett said...

Congrats on the rought draft! I can't wait to read the finished product.

favorite songs! My brain is already working on it...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love music - I'm in!
Thanks for the mention. Safe to say your trailer will be moving on to round two of the competition.

Budd said...

wow, couldn't resist to go ahead and complete it. Scheduled, this one was fun.

Matthew Rush said...

Okay, I signed up. Mostly because I want your help with a blogfest I'm planning to hold soon ...

Colene Murphy said...

Awesome job finishing your sequel!! Congratulations!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Karen! Glad you're back.

Stephen, your list just might scare me...

Haleine, that would be awesome!

Jules, that means you rock!

Thanks Summer and Kelly.

Yvonne, did you put your website's address in the correct spot?? I'll sign you up if you can't get it to work.

Karen, that would be great! And I know, could've done a Top 40, but that would've been too long.

Thanks Pat!

Diane, that's good to hear!

Budd, I suckered you in, didn't I?

Matthew - cool! And now I'm intrigued...

Thanks, Colene.

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Congrats on the sequel.

Music - love it. Top ten? Will be one of the hardest choices I'll ever make!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Alex can you PLEASE sign me in, I have tried every which way but to no avail.

Yvonne.

Teresa aka JW said...

Wow, you are super duper busy and productive. I'm wondering how you feel about your sequel? Is it as exciting as #1?

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

oooh, i don't know if i can limit myself for that blogfest. I'll have to think on it.
And congrats on finishing the sequel!

N. R. Williams said...

Congratulations on all your achievements. I will be in the middle of my blog book tour, so I can't do the music blog fest, but I do love music and I do have some awesome favorites.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on finishing the sequel! And on the review!

Bossy Betty said...

Congrats on finishing the sequel. Can you hear me squealing?

Melissa Gill said...

Way to go finishing the sequel to Cassa Star. Awesome work! I'll have to think about my top 10 songs of all time.

Alison Stevens said...

Congratulations on finishing the draft and the great review!

I love music but have been sadly alienated from anything new. Might have to take advantage of the blogfest to catch up!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wendy, I know!

Yvonne, I will go do it now.

Teresa, it just might be more exciting...

Thanks Falen, Nancy, and Golden!

Betty, is that you or the dying rabbits?

Thanks, Melissa.

Alison, there's sure to be a variety.

Julie Dao said...

Congrats on the good review and on finishing the sequel! Your book's at the top of my sci-fi-to-read list, by the way :)

Hart Johnson said...

Congrats on finishing!!! WAHOO! I'm glad for you! and well done on your winning stuff and good reviews! You're doing great!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Congrats on finishing the first draft. :)

The blogfest sounds great. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on finishing the draft - that's awesome!! Enjoy the editing :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Julie, thank you so much!

Thanks and glad you signed up for the fest, Hart. You always make them more interesting in a naked sort of way.

Thanks Lindsay and Jemi.

M Pax said...

Revisions are OK once I get into them, but getting into them is like pulling teeth for me. So, I envy your enjoyment of the phase.

Congrats on finishing the first draft. Yipp! :D Voted for your trailer.

I will sign up for your blogfest. Count me in. :D

Jennie Bailey said...

YAY!!! I love your Top Ten Fests. Congrats on finishing the first draft of the sequel! I am horrible at writing reviews, but I LOVED your book. I've been kicking around a few ideas on how to recommend some of my fave reads from December without ruining them with my horrible review techniques...I will come up with something! Off to vote for your trailer...

AlexOngNYC said...

Hooray for all the progress!

Alex
Breakfast Every Hour

Summer Ross said...

Good luck in the contest! I'm so glad you got through your sequel- well done and best of luck revising. I'll post your blogfest in my blogfest tab!

Jamie Burch said...

Wahoo!!! That's great news, Alex. Congrats and good luck with your revisions!

Pk Hrezo said...

Sounds fun... I'm in! Congrats on your WIP. :)

Lynda Young said...

Congrats for finishing your first draft. How awesome!!! it's such a great feeling.

The music blogfest sounds like great fun.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

M Pax, that's cool!!

Oh Jennie, thank you! I doubt you could write a crappy review. Glad you're in the blogfest.

Summer, thanks!

Thank you, Jamie.

And Pk and Lynda - glad you're playing along.

Steph Sinkhorn said...

Congrats on finishing your draft! Ooooh, a music blogfest... tempting...

The Words Crafter said...

I'm gonna have a hard time narrowing my selections down!!!!!

And congrats on the completed first draft and the great review! I'm sure CassaStar's trailer will advance...and win!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Congratulations on finishing the rough draft of the sequel! That's quite an accomplishment.

James Garcia Jr said...

Alex, it's good to meet you, Sir. I have seen your name on Twitter a bunch and am now following you there, too. Congrats on your news.
I had a few things to do, but got side tracked when I saw the blog fest announcement. Top ten favorite songs, by who and why? I'm all over that.
Count me in, Sir.
Take care,
-James

Melissa said...

That blogfest sounds like a really cool idea. I just don't know how I'd ever pick my top ten!! That's like asking me to pick my favorite child (except I don't have children. But you get the gist)

The Red Angel said...

This sounds like a load of fun. :) What a great idea for a blogfest!

Congrats on completing your rough draft, that's a huge accomplishment. Have fun editing. :D

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Sheila Deeth said...

Congratulations on the draft! Good luck with the editing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Steph, join the fun!

Words, thanks, and I hope so! There's a $25 Amazon gift card at stake...

Thank you Jane. I was really excited yesterday.

James, thank you for following! Join in the blogfest! They always have great turnouts.

Melissa, I get the gist!

Thanks Red!

Cheeseboy said...

I bet you never get tired of good reviews.

Dude, I am totally following you on twitter now. Can't wait to do some epic twittering with you.

WritingNut said...

That was a great review from Jamie!

This is a great idea for a blogfest, I'm looking forward to it :)

And congratulations on finishing the draft on the sequel!

Hope all is well... Happy New Year to you!

JL Stratton said...

Ok, so I finally figured out how to join in. You know, those big red words that say "click here."

My excuse? I've had a number of head injuries in my life. That's my excuse, and I'm stickin' to it.

Copyboy said...

Hey congrats to you. And I hope my votes counts towards a trailer win. BTW...let me know if you still wanna do bloggerdise.com. Either way is cool.

Abby Minard said...

Wow, congrats on finishing your sequel- how exciting! Your blogfest sounds like a lot of fun- plus you give us some time to think of our favorite songs of all time(it'll take a while for me...just 10???)

BryStearns said...

YES! That sequel is one step closer to us! VICTORY! Glad to hear the book is coming along so well Alex, I can't wait to read it!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. well done on completing the sequel .. must be a wonderful feeling and a great start to the New Year .. have a fantastic 2011 .. Hilary

Powdered Toast Man said...

aw man this one is going to be tough. There are soooo many songs that I love. And I thought the movie one was tough.

I posted some trivia today if you wanted to play.

Ellie said...

Congratulations on the reviews, getting through to the next round, and finishing your first draft. Whoop. Whoop!

A songs blogfest? OMG. How do I even begin to narrow it down to ten? Good job we've got three weeks. LOL.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cheeseboy, you're all about the epic!

Thanks Writing and glad you're on board for the blogfest.

JL, works for me!

Copyboy, sorry, just hadn't got to it yet!!

Abby, just ten!

Bryan, hope it lives up to expectations.

Hilary, it is!

PTM - you can do it little camper!

Thanks Ellie and get to work!

Vicki Rocho said...

Congrats on finishing your first draft! That's awesome.

I love the idea of the top ten music blogfest...but can I come up with TEN? Maybe...if I scour the iPod...

lbdiamond said...

Woot! Congrats for finishing the rough draft of Cassa's sequel!!!

Music blogfest--great idea! :D

Nebular said...

I'm super-excited for the music blogfest, though it will be extremely hard to pick only 10 tunes.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Vicki, you can do it!

Thanks lb.

Nebular, I know, but a Top 40 sounded like too many.

Patricia A. Timms said...

Happy New Year!

In lou of my new guitar playing resolution, I am definitely signed up for this blogfest.

Heather Spiva said...

Holy moly, this is an insane one... but, I'm up for it.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Congrats on getting to that last page! Have fun editing! :)

Elana Johnson said...

You are too cool for words.

Charles Gramlich said...

Wow, 90 comments. You are rocking the blogger world man. Congrats on finishing #2

Aleta said...

Awesome that you're on the editing! Happy for you :)

As for music - I love it, but I'm horrible at remember names of songs or groups. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Patricia, that works as well!

You can do it, Heather!

Beth and Elana, thank you.

Thanks, Charles, and I know! I almost couldn't find the bottom of the page...

Thanks, Aleta - and you do have three weeks to think about it.

Nicki Elson said...

I am on it! And I promise...they won't ALL be 80s tunes. ;P

We are still going strong in the trailer contest! Thanks again for giving me the heads up on that.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Nicki! Yeah, several of my blogging buddies are doing well and should move on to round two.

Emy Shin said...

Congratulations on finishing the rough draft! This is a really cool blogfest; I'm very musically illiterate and flit between songs. I'll try to find 10 and come back for the blogfest! Happy New Year. :)

Copyboy said...

Good for you. Congrats!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Emy, hope you can participate!

Thanks Copyboy!

RaShelle said...

Awesome idea for a blogfest, Alex. You know I'm in.

Also, very cool stuff for your book. It is fantastic! =D

Rayna M. Iyer said...

I would never have signed up, but the date is my younger one's birthday, and he adores music, so I'll do it with the favourite songs of the kids.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, RaShelle!

Rayna, that's a cute idea.

gideon 86 said...

Great idea, Alex!

I should be fun! I'll need it after finishing up with my entry for ABNA!

Michael

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Michael, I try to make my blogfests easy - and this should be easy on the brain for you!

Arlee Bird said...

Yeah, I can dig this! Count me in.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Knew you'd be on board for this one, Lee!