Monday, November 13, 2017

Today we pay tribute with our REMAKES BLOGFEST!!!

***NOTE: Sorry...if I could ever figure out the difference between AM and PM this post would have been on time!!!***

 

Remakes Blogfest!

Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Heather M. Gardner.

Remakes – most of them suck. Now and then, one comes along that is as good as, if not better, than the original. And after all of the bad ones we’ve endured, we want to know about some good ones.

On November 13, 2017, blog about your favorite remake: movie (or television show into movie and vice versa), song, or book – or all three! Post a YouTube video and links where we can find these treasures. Tell us why THIS remake doesn’t suck! 

Sign up below. Post on November 13 and visit others on the list. Time to unearth those good remakes!


YES!

This is going to be awesome. I can't wait to see what you guys came up with because that means I get to hear about things that I didn't even know about yet!!

So...let's get started.

TV/Movies

Currently, my favorite remake is Lethal Weapon.

In 1987 this movie was a lot of fun. Suicidal cop meets one-foot-in-retirement cop and high jinks ensue. But, it was a cheesy eighties cop movie through and through.

Today...It's a TV show starring Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans. It just started its second season and it's SO much better than the movies.

I have a whole post about how much I love Mr. Crawford and Lethal Weapon with some very flattering images of Mr. Crawford as Riggs...HERE. :)

My favorite quote from Mr. Crawford in a recent interview..."I don’t think we ever want Riggs healthy. The more Riggs is a mess, the more fun it is."

Here is one of the second season promo's about the Riggs and Murtaugh Bromance...





Music 

This one is tough. There are A LOT of really good remakes of songs.

This is one of my favorites. It's haunting and broody and the lead singers voice is tremendous.

Disturbed performs The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkle.  


More awesome remakes:

Alien Ant Farm performs Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson

Five Finger Death Punch performs Bad Company by Bad Company 

Shinedown performs Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Metallica performs Whiskey in the Jar based on Thin Lizzy's version of like every Irish folk singer ever

Bush performs Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones

The Fugees perform Killing Me Softly by Roberta Flack

Soft Cell performs Tainted Love by Gloria Jones

Jimi Hendrix performs All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan


I'm sure there are a million more that I can't think of, but you get the idea! Thank you so much for visiting! I'm off to read your blogs!


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Remakes Blogfest is right around the corner!

Alex J. Cavanaugh and I are very excited to host this blogfest!!

So many great choices out there for remakes!

Movies---->Movies
TV----->Movies
Movies----->TV
Books---->Movies
Movies---->Books
TV----->Books
TV---->Movies---->TV (I've got one for this!)
Songs----->Songs

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

Make sure you sign-up below!!




Remakes Blogfest!

Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Heather M. Gardner.

Remakes – most of them suck. Now and then, one comes along that is as good as, if not better, than the original. And after all of the bad ones we’ve endured, we want to know about some good ones.



On November 13, 2017, blog about your favorite remake: movie (or television show into movie and vice versa), song, or book – or all three! Post a YouTube video and links where we can find these treasures. Tell us why THIS remake doesn’t suck!



Sign up below. Post on November 13 and visit others on the list. Time to unearth those good remakes!






Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#IWSG Posting Day & what's that? A Blogfest you say?!?!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Remember, the question is optional!!!

November 1 Question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?



Alex J. Cavanaugh's awesome co-hosts for the November 1 posting of the IWSG are Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton, MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass!

Be sure to visit the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website!!!   




Hello my fellow Bloggers and Blogettes!

Happy IWSG DAY!

It's the day after Halloween and I'm hoping that you have lots of candy to keep you going today because you probably stayed up too late last night either Trick or Treating, hanging at some costume party, or watching a scary movie marathon!

The Boy as Ghost Rider (2017)

Am I insecure this month? Yep.

I'm 99% sure that I have figured out my title for book 3 in the MC series, which is great because I was really starting to wonder if this was just going to be 'Book 3' or 'Bobby's book' for all time.

If I ever want to see this book published, I have to do the other hard parts, like the blurb and the synopsis.

I'm just not very good at them. Really not good at them. Anyone got a magic formula for either of these torture devices?


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Remakes Blogfest!

Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Heather M. Gardner.

Remakes – most of them suck. Now and then, one comes along that is as good as, if not better, than the original. And after all of the bad ones we’ve endured, we want to know about some good ones.


On November 13, 2017, blog about your favorite remake: movie (or television show into movie and vice versa), song, or book – or all three! Post a YouTube video and links where we can find these treasures. Tell us why THIS remake doesn’t suck!



Sign up below. Post on November 13 and visit others on the list. Time to unearth those good remakes!



Monday, October 23, 2017

Books, I've missed you so...& Here's to Campfires and S'Mores by Brooke Moss!

I'm a little distracted.

The local electric & gas company is at my house replacing the original gas line today and they're kind of cute. :) Not warm enough for shirts to come off though. :)

On the other hand, I keep waiting for the house to blow up.

Needless to say, I'm a little anxious.

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I'm thankful I saw the movie trailer for American Assassin because it convinced me to go get the book from the library. I liked the first book so much that I'm now on the third in the series. I really love this character, Mitch Rapp, and the stories are great.

The author, Vince Flynn, may he rest in peace (so sad he passed away from cancer), is a fantastic writer, but he head hops like a million times in these books. It's driving me nuts, especially since I used to get yelled at for that all the time by editors. How he got away with it, I have no idea.

Getting to read this much has been awesome. Not that I wasn't reading, but mostly ebook romances that weren't very good and I jumped around in them a lot to find 'the good parts' except I wasn't finding them.

You might think I'm referring to the naughty bits, but my favorite parts of books ... amazing dialogue.

I love banter and fighting and heartfelt admissions and fighting and misunderstandings and fighting. You know, the good stuff!

Carrying an actual, physical book around with me that I can just open and read anytime has been wonderful. I hadn't realized how much I missed it, cause there was a time I had a book on me, one in the car, and one on my nightstand at all times. I read four or five books a week, easy.

Now, I normally I have my writing notebook or something to edit with me or I end up with my eyes glued to my phone, but reading is so much better.

That being said, now that I'm a few books in, I know the movie isn't going to be the same, but it's got some really cute guys in it!

Dylan O'Brien

Taylor Kitsch

Michael Keaton
 
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HERE'S TO CAMPFIRES AND S'MORES
by Brooke Moss

Buy link: 


Blurb:

Sparks flew the moment fifteen-year-old Molly Kaff and Jamie Burnham locked eyes across the dusty Camp Chimalis parking lot. From that moment, they were undeniably and irrevocably in love.

Until they weren’t.

Months after the demise of their fifteen-and-a-half-year marriage, a mutual friend from those treasured summers at camp dies, rattling their tight circle of friends to the core. Her dying request? Bring everyone back to camp one last time.

Returning proves more emotional than Molly expected. Sweltering heat in un-air-conditioned cabins is just the tip of the iceberg. Memories, both delightful and dispiriting, press down on Molly as she grapples with the momentous grief from the loss of her friend…and her husband.

Trying to honor her wishes with the ex hanging around is one thing, but being stuck in the woods with no cell service and years’ worth of hurt and resentment is another. As Molly tries to navigate her way through the heartache, she starts to wonder if she was wrong about the reasons behind her failed marriage. And if maybe her friend orchestrated their Chimalis homecoming from beyond…

Can a few evenings sitting by the campfire eating s’mores be the salve her battered heart needs to finally move on?


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

IWSG Anthology - IWSG Contest Winners! - Cute stuff!

Happy Wednesday!

I have the winners of the IWSG contest below, but I wanted to remind you about the awesome IWSG Anthology contest. 

There are still 21 days left before the submission date of November 1st. That doesn't sound like a lot of time, but you only need to write and polish like 6000 words.

You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by entering this contest! Check out some of these amazing judges and then get writing!

      The annual IWSG Anthology Contest!



Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free.

Word count: 3500-6000

Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller

Theme: Tick Tock. The story revolves around a clock, is time sensitive, or has something about a specific time. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines. No erotica, R-rated language, or graphic violence.

Story deadline: November 1st 2017

How to enter: Send your polished, previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please format double-spaced, size 12 font, and no headers or footers. Include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging or Facebook IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges:

Elizabeth S. Craig writes cozy mystery series for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine Writers Knowledge Base.

Anne Hawkins is a partner in John Hawkins & Associates, Inc., New York. Founded in 1893 by Paul R. Reynolds, it is the oldest literary agency in the country. She works with mainstream literary and commercial fiction, including mystery, suspense, and thrillers and a wide variety of serious non-fiction, particularly history, politics, biography, science, and natural history. A number of her books have gained distinction through award nominations, book-to-film contracts, significant foreign rights sales, major book club selections, or placement on the New York Times bestseller list. Anne Hawkins is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives.

Candace Havens is the Editorial Director of Covet has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists, runs a free online writing workshop, and teaches comprehensive writing class.

Author, Public Speaker, and Executive Producer, Lynn Tincher was born just outside of Louisville, Kentucky in the beautiful city of La Grange. She has written four books, with the fifth one currently in the making. Her first book, Afterthoughts was optioned for movie production by Kilted Pictures and Dancing Forward Productions in Los Angeles. It is currently in pre-production with plans to shoot in Louisville, Kentucky very soon.

Ion Newcombe is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications.

Patricia (Pat) Stoltey is the author of four crime fiction novels published by Five Star/Cengage including a historical mystery called Wishing Caswell Dead (https://www.amazon.com/Wishing-Caswell-Dead-Patricia-Stoltey/dp/1432834401/) (December 2017). She lives in Northern Colorado with her husband Bill, Sassy Dog, and Katie Cat. To learn more about Patricia and her books, visit her website/blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Mason Canyon had a love of books since childhood encouraged by a mother who loved to read. A 30+year career in journalism fueled her desire to know what a story is all about. Blogging at Thoughts in Progress since 2009 and operating MC Book Tours for over a year. Loves to read and share great stories with others. MC Book Tours

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.

We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word!


IWSG Show Your Writer 
Insecurity Contest Winners
 
It was so much fun visiting all the participating blogs and seeing what they had created for the contest!

Thank you so much for entering! Here are the three winners!!!




Third place goes to: J Lenni Dorner

Second place goes to: Mary Aalgaard

And the grand prize winner who also finally told all his Facebook friends he’s a writer: Ken Rahmoeller

For more awesome images, visit the other participants:
Sarah, Karen, SE White, Carrie-Anne, Tyrean, Fundy, Sandra, Erika, Olga, Toi, IB Nosey, Morgan, Nancy, Deniz, Zan Marie, Allison Kathy, and Sharon. 




FYI: The X-Files will return in 2018!



And now for some cute stuff!!

Klaus in color.

Klaus in black and white.