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Masterful Job

Two things this week.  Daughter and I went to the movies a couple of times this week.

Hunger Games!  I have to applaud the marketing job that was done for the release of this movie.  Books and merchandising leading up the the actual movie was PHENOMENAL!

You reached the apex and there was no choice but to go see the movie. Months ahead of time, trailers were out, action figure dolls, jewlery, posters, etc.

There is a cook book out, behind the making off the movie book with photos. We already knew and loved the world. The characters were already friends from the mass marketing thrust.

Symbolism that we could relate to.  I mean who would not want to wear a mockingjay pin for good luck. Seriously. And I know where you can get one.

I saw this trend starting as much as 11 years ago with the beginning of the Harry Potter franchise. Marvelous job but a little bit response drivin. Twillite was a bit more timely with all the “extras” but pieces of it were still reactionary.

It was almost like they weren’t sure how big this was going to get and got caught a little surprised. Perhaps the conversation sounded a little bit like, this is getting out of control. That’s great what can we give them next.

Hunger Games?  Well, a masterful job, the campaign was extremely well plotted. I am in awe. I can imaging the conversation here was more like, We are going to make this big, really Big, We can do this, and that. etc.  I love the plan executed to perfection.

If I ever have a book make it big, I want Suzanne Collins’ publicist on my team.

Oh, yes and we loved the movie and the books. All the classic themes are there in a refreshing original, creative concept. Great job, Kudos Ms. Collins. You’ve been added to my fan girl list of mentors.

Ring in the New Year with Rebel Ink Press Authors

On January 12th You are Invited to a Rebel Ink Press Event

Check out the event at Rebel Ink Press Rebel Reasoning Blog

I will be over there blogging about my goals for 2012. Come on over and share your goals too.

Auld Lang Syne

Our brave editor and chief at Rebel Ink Press posted this last night on our Yahoo group. Her observations about the history of the phrase, Auld Lang Syne. I quote her and wish all of you a happy, prosperous new year.

” “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the
tune of a traditional folk song (Roud #6294). It is well known in many
countries, especially (but far from exclusively) in the English-speaking world;
its traditional use being to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke
of midnight. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations and as a
farewell or ending to other occasions. The international Boy Scout youth
movement, in many countries, uses it as a close to jamborees and other

The song’s Scots title may be translated into English literally as “old long
since,” or more idiomatically, “long long ago,” “days gone by” or “old times.”
Consequently “For auld lang syne,” as it appears in the first line of the
chorus, is loosely translated as “for (the sake of) old times.”

The phrase “Auld Lang Syne” is also used in similar poems by Robert Ayton
(1570–1638), Allan Ramsay (1686–1757), and James Watson (1711) as well as older
folk songs predating Burns. The phrase “In the days of auld lang syne” if often
used as the equivalent of “Once upon a time…” in the retelling of fairy tales
in the Scots language.”

Blessed be to you and yours in 2012


Wonderful Wednesday Wackiness

My life has a lot of drama. Say it isn’t so? No, true. It is bound to be punctuated with bouts of drama. We have one, mature adult college student (will be two when my partner starts on line classes in January). Also Three young adult college students and a high school student. So, All six of us in school. Plus an aging mother in assisted living.

My resources were running rather thin. So, I went job hunting again. Or should I say job hunting “still”. The result, Daughter, step daughter and I all all going to work for Amazon doing various warehouse work tasks. The pay is good. So, I can’t complain. Looks like I will be taking three on-line classes next semester to compensate.

AND I WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE. Somehow! Writing is breathing. I can not give up. I will not give in. LOL Besides I have an exciting WIP my editor asked me for.

Stay posted for more of the continuing saga of ??? As the mountain crumbles? Good night John Boy

Fantasy Man Monday

My October short story release “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” is a male/male romance. My men aren’t the sterotypical “gay” guys. In honor of my main characters in the story, Nanthaniel and Ike, I have a few Fantasy Men to share today.

It’s been demonstrated that male/male romance appeals to the middle aged female demographic. Why is that?

What does it take for a male/male romance to hold your interest? What turns you off in this sub-genre’ of fiction?

When is too much just too much?