Friday, September 30, 2011

Paying it Forward!

Cool stuff and big announcement today!

Don’t forget the next posting of Insecure Writer’s Support Group is Wednesday October 5. If you haven’t signed up to participate in this awesome monthly event, click on the tab below my blog header for details.

The very beautiful and talented Elizabeth Mueller is hosting a blogfest to celebrate the release of her first novel! “I'd love to christen Darkspell by brewing up an online "If I had all the magic in the world, I'd ..." spookfesta. On Halloween day, share with me what you'd do if you discovered that you had all the magic in the world at your fingertips.”

Oh, and did anyone see the comments on Blastr about Terra Nova? The good, the bad, and the funny! My favorite was:
“I’m watching Terra Nova on Tivo delay. Someone let me know if Fox cancels it before it ends.”

Now for the big announcement!

This is the brainchild of Matthew at the QQQE. I’m helping with this awesome blogfest.(Okay, I just made the button for it.)

Pay it Forward! October 14, 2011 The idea is to introduce all of us to everyone else. We want this to be easy - meet and follow as many other bloggers as you like. In your post, we would like you to please list, describe, and link to three blogs that you enjoy reading and know that others would enjoy as well. And what’s cool, is this can be part of your regular Friday blogging.

Visit those who’s signed up. Visit those they recommend! If you don’t have time to comment, just follow. Take the weekend to go through the list. You might find some really cool blogs out there, just like you did during the first post of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group or last April during the A to Z Challenge. (Or during any of my odd blogfests. Really, I am a writer and an author! Just a little movie obsessed…)

Now, who’s with us???

And did you watch Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Wednesday night? (It was fun and a really good movie. Very gory, so be prepared.) Seeing it this weekend? Seeing anything? Back of your eyelids perhaps…?

109 comments:

Laila Knight said...

So you didn't like Terra Nova? I was planning to watch that. Both blogfests sound really cool and easy. I signed up. Honestly, I haven't been watching much TV lately...except there's a new series "Ringer" that I'm actually enjoying. Have a good one. :)Looking forward to Wednesday!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Alex I would love to take part i "Pay It Forward" but to be perfectly honest don't know how to link with anyone, when it comes to anything like that I'm like that child on the slide except that kids nowadays know more about computers than me,

Have a good day.
Yvonne.

Matthew MacNish said...

It seems weird that I ended up third on the list. Even at like 6:15 AM I couldn't get here fast enough. Oh well, it's kind of funny.

I also love how you designed the button with a cash motif. Very clever, Alex!

oceangirl said...

A lot of good stuff going on here.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I'm in. See you on the 14th!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Laila, I'll watch a couple more episodes, but it just didn't grab me. Glad you're on board for the fest!

Yvonne, I can show you! I'll email you later.

Matthew, sorry! Posts go live at six and Laila is always the first one here.

Thanks for signing up, Oceangirl.

Theresa Milstein said...

What an excellent idea. I wish I could do it, but I'm going to be away from 10/13-10/15. I'm bummed. I'm going to advertise this on Facebook now because it sounds like fun.

Matthew MacNish said...

No worries, at least I'm right under you!

Siv Maria said...

Love your blog fests Alex! Just give me a little lean way because I will be on the road this date and will happen then is anyone's guess :)

Will Burke said...

I woke up today to learn that I'll be spending the weekend with a honey-do list. One chore, but it's a BIG'un.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome idea. I'll check with Casey to be sure she doesn't have anything scheduled before adding myself to the list.

Jon Paul said...

What a great idea for a blogfest! Now to go figure out which three I choose! :D

Have a great weekend!

Old Kitty said...

I shall be watching the season's finale of the ever so fabulous Dr Who tomorrow!!! I thought I'd just say! Yay!

Take care
x

Nebular said...

Love the idea of this blogfest, it's very social, and at the end of the day that's what blogger is all about. :)
Glad you enjoyed Tucker and Dale, Alex. It was so much fun and insanely gory.

Clarissa Draper said...

I'll make sure I have a post ready for next month's IWSG. Sorry about last month.

Also, I've signed up for the blogfest, can't wait!

salarsenッ said...

The blogfest is sweet! I did this exactly last year and called it "I Got U!" It was really great to meet all the new blogs. I'd be happy to be a part of this fest. :)

Have a fab weekend!!

Christine Rains said...

Cool blogfest! I didn't see Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, but I finally watched Trollhunter last night. It was amusing. It was done Blair Witch style except you got to see the trolls in wonderful clarity. The trolls were pretty awesome. Where do a bunch of kids get a better budget than SyFy?

Have a great weekend!

Talli Roland said...

I'm hosting someone on that date, but I'll put my picks before the guest column. What a fantastic idea, Alex!

Laura Eno said...

I think I'll be watching the backs of my eyelids this weekend, instead of that movie. :)
That's a great idea for a blogfest!

Charles Gramlich said...

I liked Terra Nova OK, although it wasn't quite the NEW type of SF we were sort of promised.

lynnrush said...

Okay. I'm a newbie to blogfests...but I'm going to give this one a try. :)

I saw tweets about Terra Nova all over but didn't watch it. I'm so lame with the not having Tivo or anything. I miss everything.... LOL

Sangu said...

It sounds like it's definitely not my kind of movie-week! Love the blog hops and writerly support going around, though.

Magixx said...

nice stuff dude, keep it up! lovin' it

Damyanti said...

Interesting! I'm in :)

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Join me at the Rule of Three Writers' Blogfest!

L.G.Smith said...

I hope to see a lot of the back of my eyelids this weekend. Tough week.

Great blogfest idea. Maybe we can get you over the 1000th follower mark too. :)

Rusty Webb said...

I do have Tucker and Dale ready to go as soon as those 6 years and younger members of the household turn their backs for long enough for me to watch.

Donna K. Weaver said...

lol I just signed up over at Matt's.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Marking my calendar so I remember to write about my insecurities this month! Was too distracted by my birthday in Sept. Maybe I felt less insecure because of all the celebrating.

julie fedderson said...

Great idea for a blogfest! You and Matthew are the social butterflies of the blog world.

Arlee Bird said...

I can handle this blogfest. I've been planning to do a post like this anyway.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Between the TiVo comment and what I blogged about yesterday, I feel that the only series that's not guaranteed to cancel on me is my own writing. At least, not before my time is up!

Nancy Thompson said...

I liked Terra Nova & am willing to stick it out for a month, if it makes it that far. It has an Avatar meets Jurassic Park feel with a little Lost thrown in.

I signed up for your blogfest. You always throw the best parties, Alex! I can't wait to make some connections.

Melissa Bradley said...

Great blog fest idea Matthew has. I signed up and can't wait.

I think I'm the only one who did not tune in for Terra Nova. Just does not appeal to me at all. I'm anxiously awaiting the return of The Walking Dead on Oct. 16. This weekend is edits and concert. Christian Kane is playing Joe's Bar. He's a country act and I don't know how I got hogtied into this, but I intend to have lots of fun.

Mark Noce said...

Rad! I love the pay it forward idea:) I'm in!

Susan Oloier said...

Sounds like a great blogfest! I did the whole linky thing, but my name didn't show up. I'll check in later to see if I have to reenter. It may be that whole operator-error thing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Theresa, thanks!

Siv, no pressure for you!

Kitty, glad you're excited about that!

George, I was surprised by the 'sweet' element to it.

Clarissa, no worries.

Christine, knew you'd like it. And that is a very good question.

Talli, that's great! I figured this one is short enough, you can still post about something else as well.

Charles, that's a fair description.

Lynn, you'll be glad you did!

LG, that would be totally stunning.

Rusty, that's a good idea.

Jeffrey, that's because you are in control!

Melissa, Walking Dead is much better anyway.

Thanks everyone for joining the fun!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Sounds awesome! I'm all linky-ed up but, I'm also clicking through to the Insecure Writer's gig! :) Thanks for the rec!

Dafeenah said...

Love the idea. I had actually planned on making this part of my bloggy schedule. I started today by introducing one of my fellow platform campaigners. I was going to do one every Friday but I love your idea of 3. So is this every Friday or just the 14th?

Nezzy said...

What great fun...too bad I'm snowed under. Plans on the farm prevail!

God bless and have a fantastic weekend Man! :o)

Karen Lange said...

Hey, this is a good idea. Will see if I can't jump in!

Happy weekend!

Lindsay said...

Sounds like a great idea. I'll not sign up now, but I'll end up taking part :-)

Raquel Byrnes said...

Wow, lots of great news and fun ideas! Loving the Pay It Forward fest...so many new places to visit this weekend.
Edge of Your Seat Romance

Kelly Polark said...

I'm in!

Wendy G. Ewurum: Blog Author said...

Awesome, thanks Alex and Matthew. brilliant idea.

Tonja said...

So many blogfests! That's very cool of you to host/co-host so many of them. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

I just signed up for the blogfest! It sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun; I love meeting new people.

Ella said...

Happy Friday Captain! Wednesday for sure, will think about the other one. Home Coming tonight, for me!
Hope the cold front moves in around midnight ;D

Alison Stevens said...

Oh my goodness. Every time I stop by here, I am in awe of how unbelievably active you are in the blogosphere! And you don't even have your Astroturf in, yet! ;)

Sounds like a great blogfest!

Tara Tyler said...

that looks like a positive, encouraging bloghop!
thanks! and i'll see you wed!
have a great wknd!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Susan, glad you're on board for both!

Dafeenah, just October 14. Continue with your idea though!

Tonja, I'm the Ninja of blogfests...

Ella, I'm ready for that cold front.

Alison, I really need that Astroturf.

cherie said...

You are truly a ninja! How can you do so many blogfests? I don't know how you do it. I'm in awe of your special ninja powers. XD

M Pax said...

Looking forward to Insecure Writers.

I was hoping to see stars, but PMO called and said they won't be open tonight. Tomorrow is in the air. :-( I have to go up and get my telescope anyway.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Another wonderful blogfest! You are an amazing ball of fire, Alex. I just signed up. Looking forward to making new friends :-)

Dawn Kurtagich said...

This is an awesome idea, Alex! Count me in! :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cherie, some days I don't even know how I do it...

Mary, bummer!!

Angela, like to think a ball of CassaFire...

Dawn, glad you're on board!

Leovi said...

It seems very interesting this Pay It Forward Blogfest

Donna said...

Yes, I'm definitely going to participate in Pay It Forward. Sounds like fun!!

Chuck said...

Intriguing, this Pay It Forward Blogfest...participation in this maybe just what I have needed. I am in of course!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Yippee, another blog hop.

Milo James Fowler said...

I've gained so much from my blogger buddies; you know I'm signing up.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Pay It Forward sounds awesome and so does the fest for the book release!
We'll be watching the back of our eyelids, or Dolphin Tale (with family) or something via netflix or DVD . . . hmmm. Wish the next season of Leverage would show up soon in our mailbox.

Stephen Tremp said...

I signed up earlier this morning from another blogger's sight. Probably Matthew's. Looking forward to it and meeting new people. Maybe I can get my follower list to hit the century mark.

We'll be watching Dolphin Tail this weekend. Not sure what its about. Hopefully there are wormholes rather than blow holes and a mutant dolphin gone mad and destroying Miami.

Michael Di Gesu said...

This is great Alex ... we could never have too many new blogger friends.

Have a great weekend.

Lydia Kang said...

I'm all signed up at #30. Great idea guys!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Alex, you're the greatest, thanks for the shout out!

I've noticed my little bloggie army fluctuates from 218 to 220 over the past few weeks. Strange, isn't it?
It makes me wonder what I do wrong to lose followers. :(

Thanks for the wonderful things you do for us, I hope you have a great weekend.

:)

Jamie (Mithril Wisdom) said...

Done, done and done. Can't wait to get some new blogger buddies on the 14th :D

Amity said...

Paying it forward, count me in! This must be fun! I will try my best to bloghop...when my busy sched bet home and office loosens a bit...:)

It is weekend and I am trying my best to watch a movie on DVD or in HBO but this time, while the storm was busy pounding on my rooftop, I got the chance to watch an old movie titled "StepMom"...watching it alone in my comfort zone made me too emotional, tears, tears, tears...oh gosh, i haven't had a good cry for quite a long time now, and this movie did me good...plus...I guess it is really hard to be a stepmom huh!

Old or new movies, if they have feel-good story lines, I would'nt have second thoughts watching them even when I am alone :)

Thanks Alex, your blog is just as helpful and encouraging me to meet new blog friends...:)

tfwalsh said...

Love the idea of Blog it first... if time permits I'll check it out...:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chuck, it might be a great boost for you.

Tyrean, you're a Leverage fan as well? Dig that show!

Stephen, I know you have a challenge with that new blog. And if you've seen How to Train Your Dragon, you've seen a story similar to Dolphin Tales.

Elizabeth, I can never figure it out when that happens...

Amity, glad you had a good cry.
I can imagine being a stepmom is very challenging.

kmckendry said...

Sounds great count me in!

We're on the move out to Seattle this week so no movies for us just the endless road.

Jemi Fraser said...

I filled out the link properfly this time - Yay! This sounds like fun!

Barbara Kloss said...

This is awesome! Count me in to BOTH!

Monti said...

Paying it forward... I'll be trying!

Thanks, Alex!

Monti
NotesAlongTheWay

Miranda Hardy said...

Great blogfest. Can't wait. Thanks for hosting Alex.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ladies, glad you're all board!

Laura said...

Yay - I is joinded up :)

Rhonda@Laugh Quotes said...

I love the idea. I am in.
I also need to tell you that I am a very slow reader and hanging on every word. I am finally reading Cassastar. I don't normally read sci-fi, but now that I think of you as a friend . . . and I am pleased to say that am really enjoying it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rhonda, thank you! I really appreciate that and glad you're enjoying it.

Jess said...

Oh such a wonderful idea! I'm totally in!

Pat Tillett said...

I'm not sure if I'm home or on the road, but I'm in either way!
Terra Nova is on DVR at home. From what I've heard so far, I may delete it instead of watching it.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex and Matthew - enjoy .. looks like you have a successful team lined up .. Good Luck and have huge fun with the Paying It Forward Blogfest .. cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good stuff, Jess!

Pat, I like that attitude. Yeah, I wasn't impressed.

Hilary, you should participate in a blogfest sometime.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex .. I know - but lots going on - so need to be able to sort out new developments and other things - 14th I'll be in the City of Dreaming Spires = Oxford .. with relatives. I'm happy where I am for now - for now being the operative word.

Cheers .. I'm around and watching from the sidelines! Hilary

WritingNut said...

This sounds like a great idea Alex! you guys are awesome... I've signed up for both, Insecure and Pay it Forward... would you believe this is the FIRST time I'm ever participating in a blogfest? I can't wait! :)

Alison Miller said...

I love your blogfests! And this sounds like another great one! Except, really? I have to limit myself to three! How do I choose?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I don't normally post on Fridays, but I can think of a couple blogs that deserve some attention. I'm in.

Julie Dao said...

This is a great idea and will probably light that much-needed fire under my lazy butt to blog more! Thanks, Alex!

Liz Fichera said...

I'm in! Great idea for a blogfest.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

WritingNut, that is great! You will enjoy it and get so much out of both.

Alison, I know! It will be difficult.

Ladies, glad you're in!

Julie said...

I love this blog hop thing... *snort*... insecure writers! Oh my heart, yes, I AM one of those! What a fantastic idea. Sign me up!!

P.s. New blog stalker alert!

Grammy said...

Hi, Alex,
I haven't been around lately, not because I didn't want to, just been busy with "stuff". I have missed reading your comments on my blog, too. You are a mighty faithful reader. I really don't know how you have had time to hop over and visit me. Thanks again, friend! Love, Ruby

Isis Rushdan said...

Late to the party, but at least I made it. Signed up for the fest. Sounds like a good thing.

Terra Nova, lol, that's another story. Like you, I'll give it a a few more episodes. The plot holes were huge, but it's like they're trying to be Lost without being as interesting.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Julie - welcome!!!

Ruby, I'm sorry if I've missed your posts - I never anticipated all of this!!!

Isis, glad you're on board. I read one great review of Terra Nova and felt guilty, but no more.

Joanne Brothwell said...

Hey Alex, this is very cool. I think I might have to join the blog hop!

Civil War Horror (Sean McLachlan) said...

I already know the three I'm going to pick. Count me in.

A.J. Walker said...

Wow, this week's Medieval Mondays post was on the Five best medieval history twitter feeds, so it's a weird coincidence that you're doing this.
I'll be sure to join in on the fun. Picking only three blogs is going to be tough.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Joanne, please do!

Sean, glad you're on board!

AJ, I have two, just need one more...

Jessica Salyer said...

Okay, this may be a dumb question but are we supposed to link to 3 blogs from the list or any 3 blogs that we like?

Ciara said...

Pay it forward is my all time favorite saying. I'll pay for someone's coffee behind me in Starbucks drive thru, try to smile at people who look like they are having a bad day, etc... I'm a huge fan of this so I HAD to sign up. Thanks for such an amazing blog hop idea!

Donea Lee said...

Pay it Forward - awesome idea! I'm in! And I'm giving Terra Nova a chance...it might have potential. But, I'm with you - just didn't grab me from the start. I'm sort of looking forward to American Horror Story this week ~ you?

Sue R (Lauracea) said...

Alex, you're such a champion! I've signed up and look forward to getting back on the blog circuit again :)

Karen Peterson said...

That sounds like a pretty cool blog hop!

Draven Ames said...

I signed up for the blogfest a few days ago but now I don't see my blog listed. I tried to refresh and now I can't even see the list anymore. Did you remove the list?

~Draven Ames
Another Slightly Scary Story

Draven Ames said...

Nevermind. My computer is being a turd, but it finally loaded and I see it up there. Please disregard both messages.

Draven

Matt Conlon said...

Phew! I almost missed it! Thanks to A Daft Scots Lass for stopping by and giving me the heads up!

She stopped by my side-blog Join-Something! which is exactly what the site is for, sharing of blog events! Unfortunately, I've been lax in updating it...

prerna pickett said...

awesome idea! And, I watch Terra Nova and have liked it, but they need to up the ante and get rid of some of those cliche storylines.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Yay for the Pay It Forward Blogfest! Can't wait.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Mueller on her new release.

As for Terra Nova... erm, I feel like such a dork. I've never watched it (*hangs head in shame*)

mami mumy said...

I didn't see Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, but I finally watched Trollhunter last night vimax canada . It was amusing. It was done Blair Witch style except you got to see the trolls in wonderful clarity...!!