Monday, January 17, 2011

And now for some afternoon announcements...

Boys basketball practice has been canceled and will meet again on Wednesday. 

Okay, okay.  Corny; I know.  Moving on.

Happy Monday!  In honor of MLK Jr. Day, this post is being written on behalf of other people.

There are some exciting things taking place on the Internet this week.  My buddy Josh (aka The Weed) is hosting his 100 Follower Giveaway.  Even though your participation reduces my chance of snatching that $25 gift card to The Cheesecake Factory, Josh is good people so you should visit his blog and see what he's about.

Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a music blogfest on January 24th.  Bloggers from all over the world, including myself, will be counting down their top ten favorite songs of all time.  If you are a music junkie like me, this is bound to be an enjoyable experience to take part in - Bloggers own VH1 special!  I. Am. PUMPED!!

If you have yet to discover the talent that is Draven Ames, what the heck are you waiting for???  Draven is an incredibly gifted writer who has introduced horror to a new voice.  He has taken the Internet by storm with his philosophical blog posts and offers a wealth of knowledge to aspiring writers like myself.  His short story Nothingness was recently awarded the first place prize and can be read online via SNM Horror Magazine.  If you get a chance, stop by and read his piece.  You won't be disappointed.

If you are a fan of dark fantasy, allow me to suggest Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux.  Kevin and I are from the same stomping ground.  We actually graduated from the same high school, though not at the same time.  Despite never meeting in person, I can tell you he is a friendly, helpful, respectable person.  In one conversation, he gave me so many resources.  I'm excited to read his work.

And finally, my hero and pal JM Tohline is hosting his last Twitter contest to win an advanced copy of his debut novel The Great Lenore.  I'll be sitting down to read it the day it hits bookstores in June, so anyone who has a chance to read it sooner should take advantage of the opportunity.  I just have this feeling his book will teach me things I never expected to learn.

In other news, I finally got to see Black Swan yesterday, and other then that, I have no idea what to say.  I'm still processing the movie; I think it's one I may need to see again to decipher all the undertones I most likely missed.  What I will say is the acting was phenomenal, the storyline was different, and I love Mila Kunis - but that last one started long before I saw this movie.  Just sayin'...

And finally, congratulations to all the winners of the 2010 Golden Globes.  I love award shows; I find them inspiring.  People spend their lives chasing certain dreams, and even though my dream is a different kind of art, it is an art nonetheless.  I enjoy watching others being honored for their work. 

Favorite quote from the ceremony: the man from Glee who said, "I want to thank public school teachers.  You don't get paid like it, but you really are doing the most important work in America."  Salary component aside, on behalf of my former co-workers, I appreciated that comment.  Those words should not go unheard - I won't say any more.

I leave you with a quote stated by the man of the day:

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~ MLK Jr.

Just something to ponder.

9 comments:

  1. I've loved Mila too. I dunno, Black Swan is just lumped into the "I won't like it because apparently is a big deal" category like The Social Network is for me.

    Alex
    Breakfast Every Hour

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  2. I was about to comment about that on your post earlier, but then I wrote about something else. I really enjoyed Social Network, but I also say to each his own. I'm sure many didn't have the same reaction I did. I thought the film was brilliant and I enjoyed the storyline. I thought it gave an honest portrayal of what goes down today in those kinds of corporate settings. I found it depressing, but realistic.

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  3. Paul -

    Thank you for the shout out on the story. The Nothingness was a bit of a trip to write, with how everything went down. I'll make sure to stop by Josh's site. 100 followers is something to cheer about.

    Music blogfest? Good stuff, I should be able to join that. I've been playing since I was a kid. JM seems like he is worth finding more out about - though you are rather vague.

    James is really cool. I've met him on Twitter a bit and he is very helpful, his website is great and he helps promote those who promote him. His writing is tight, so at least give him a chance.

    Draven Ames

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  4. 100 fol.lowers? Sigh, I have like 1, LOL. I read your story, Draven :)

    Marketing--I need marketing, LOL

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  5. A few friends, my wife and I went and saw Black Swan. We came out wondering why we had ever gone to see it and if we had known about it before hand, decided we probably wouldn't have ever seen it.

    We then spent the next week discussing the intimate details of how everything worked together, the undertones, the acting, the technical production details. Basically we gutted the movie from the inside out. It was actually pretty awesome. We decided that in order for it to accomplish what it did, everything had to be the way it was (does that sentence even make any sense?)

    Needless to say, probably not a movie I would ever own, but seeing it did make a big impact on me - it also helped give me a few ideas about a scene in my novel. :)

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  6. Wow this is a chock-full post! I'm also looking forward to Alex's music blogfest. Not long now!

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  7. Thanks for the comment on my blog, nice to make your acquaintance as well.

    What genre is your YA novel in?

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  8. Hmm...I guess it would fall under realistic fiction since it is...well...realistic. It deals with some of the topics folks consider "edgy" and "controversial." I like fueling the fire...

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  9. Hope - Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed it. The story took a lot of turns before it became what it is. There is an audiocast being made too, with a few different voices. That should be a lot of fun to hear.

    Being one of the first stories I wrote, it has an attachment to me.

    Draven Ames

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