Living Musically, Or The Son of Paleface Returns

D: The Son of Paleface is the return, A. I mean, even the song is a reprise.

A: I know, but there is the whisper of a ‘saying’ in my head, which escapes me – and may not even be real–

D: Go figure.

A: Cheers, D. Regardless, it either has to do with Paleface or the Return of the something – and no, not Jedi.

D: I wasn’t going to go with Jedi. That’s your nerdgasm, A.

A: And that is my Ewok song. *Ahem.* So, where did you hear that word?

D: I live your head. I can’t account for what I pick up.

A: Point taken.

D: So, what exactly is returning, may I ask?

A:  You may. What is returning is news. See, with the new compliance rules at work, I can’t visit blogs, but I can read them on my email. So, I’ve gleaned a fair bit of news that I haven’t been able to respond to, or even “like!”

D: This is painful for you, isn’t it?

A: It’s almost physical, that’s how difficult it is not to casually stroll by blogs. I’ve managed a workaround, which I only discovered this week —

D: She’s bright, folks, but she never claimed to be quick.

A: . . . (Teeth gritting) Thank you, D.

D: Anytime.

A: As I was saying, I can link titles to my Facebook page to show my appreciation, but really, it’s just easier to put all the articles I enjoyed into a blog post, like in the good old days.

D: The good old days? Like, when you used to write every day instead of being . . . Oh, I don’t know, what’s the word. . .?

A: Busy?

D: No.

A: Mom?

D: No . . . oh wait, I have it: a bloody social butterfly. Who are you and what have you done with my A?? I want my writer back.

A: Your writer is still here, D. She just went through a bout of creative burnout. Being moderately social is my cure. There is only so much inspiration I can find within my four walls.

D: So, being ridiculous at a painting bar helps you write?

The winged monkeys descend. #Beforedorothy at #splashmke

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A: You better believe it, D.


A: First, stroll by Green Embers Recommends for Part 2 in my Battlestar Galactica review.  AND check it out, the Not-So-Shocking-News Dialogues are now on iTunes!! You can actually subscribe! Because Green is awesome.

D: That’s not even in the original Battlestar Series.

A: No, but it is in The Plan – in fact, it is the best part of The Plan.

D: Good point. Next, check out Terrible Mind’s writerly prompt (and I hear A might actually participate – stay tuned).

A: And last week, at Legends of Windemere, Charles discussed wedded bliss – or lack thereof – in fiction. The wedding palace was particularly funny–

D: And this week he’s debuting a series of villain teasers from the world of Windemere – head on over and check it out

A: There’s a challenge a-brewing. A book review challenge series, hosted by the lovely Rosie Amber, which started today! Check out the first post, How I Write a Book Review.

D: And in “Making Monday’s Fun” News, John and Marie have a lovely “Top 10 What Not To Do” involving the camera. A should take notes.

A: Cheers, D. Last week, Jack Flacco posted a great article – and he’s right: 1999 was one of the best years in film, although I do disagree with Phantom Menace. Sure, it made a lot of money, but . . . but . . . sigh. To answer his question, The Mummy, Sleepy Hollow, The Bone Collector, Lock Stock and the Matrix stick in my memory.

D: In case you missed it, that delightful dilettante and mistress of prose, Helena Hann-Basquiat bade us a (temporary) farewell with the raw, moving epistle: Leaving Arcadia. Start reading it here. In her absence, her creepy alter-ego Jessica B. Bell is now in charge of the blog.

A: There’s a new site in town, Good People Doing Great Things, and they need YOUR help. While you’re there, check out Marie Ann Bailey’s guest post: A Random Act of Kindness.

D: So, A and I aren’t the only ‘characters’ of the literary (and I use that term loosely) to make an art form of talking to themselves. Ionia Martin, of Readful Things is extending a fabulous interview opportunity to all the writers out there with Mirror Interviews. First up? John Howell (writer, not historian)!

A: And finally, she had me at space pirates . . . check out JS Collyer’s promotional goodies for her marketing crowd-funding campaign. From the looks of it, the campaign has been successful in less than three days – that is spectacular!

D: Speaking of pirates . . .

A: That is my very favorite one (sigh). Hope you all have enjoyed our Living (movie) Musically News Spectacular. Thank you all for reading and have a great day.

A Not-So-Shocking Adventure: Tin Hats Unite

adventureswithD-final (1)A: I cannot believe you.

D: What?

A: You know what. How—why—ugh!

D: Now, you remember what you used to say to The Boy when he was small – lets use our words, A.

A: Oh, don’t get all smart with me, Druid. How could you hijack the podcast!?

D: Hijack? Hardly, A. I merely found the means and the method to add to it my brilliance.

A: Brilliance? That’s what we’re calling it?

D: What else could we call it?

A: Well, I have a few words but I’m not so certain they’re fit for the interwebs.

D: Well, why don’t we let the people decide, hm? They should go check out the podcast, should they not, A?

A: (Eye roll) Yes, fine. I suppose this means you don’t need a voice actor anymore?

D: What? With you planning an audio version of the book? Certainly I need a voice actor, A. That mechanical voice is all fine and good for now, but I have my sights on bigger things. Much bigger.

A: I’m afraid to ask.

D: Don’t be. I think my choice this week will alleviate all your fears.

A: . . . and that choice is?

david tennant

Is this the voice of D? Well, he did *play* a Time Lord…

D: David Tennant.

A: Oh, now you’re just sucking up.

D: A little honey never hurts when making a request, A.

A: Yeah, while you sit there, waiting . . .  just like a spider!

D: I said David Tennant, not Clark Gable. Although . . .

A: He’s dead, D.

D: I’m a time-traveler, A.

A: (Sigh) And the realm of possibilities just got that much larger. Oh boy.

D: Indeed – go on everyone, enjoy Episode 8: Entering the Robot Apocalypse, featuring yours truly.

A:  Yes, go on (as if his head weren’t big enough!) Thanks for reading, and for listening!

Lions and Tigers and Cylons, oh my!

First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, Grandpas, Great-Grandpas, Moms-who-are-Dads, Step-Dads, Partners in Crime and all-around fabulous people who take the time to serve as a role-model and guiding hand in any child’s life. You make the world a better place.

Second, take a trip to outer space and check out my review of the Battlestar Galactica TV Miniseries (2003) at Green Embers Recommends!

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Birthdays, Beads, Boys and … Books?

D: What is that?

A: What?

beadD: *That!*

A: Oh, that was my badge for the Bead Show.

D: And that-that sparkly thing?

A: That’s the badge holder and lanyard. Gotta have bling on the show floor, D. Gotta represent.

D: You are ridiculous. Do you even know what you’re saying?

A: No, not really.

D: (Sigh) So. That’s where you were. I see.

A: Don’t go tapping your foot at me, Druid. I have been hard at work. And working some more. And then adding a little work to my work for giggles.

D: Uh huh.

A: (Eye roll). Okay, so I had some adjusting to do. It’s not easy to get used to new, incredibly limited, internet access rules (thank you internet hackers for being bastards and making them necessary) at work and readjusting how I approach social media during the day. Currently, it’s nonexistent–

D: Except for the weekends when you clutter your media accounts with the ridiculous—

A: And harrowing!

D: Saga of your not-so-red hair.

A: Oh, come on – the hair saga was hilarious.

Me and the boy dressed for the voodoo-zombie-mexican sugar scull birthday party from the bayou. My friends are awesome.

The Boy and me, dressed for the voodoo-zombie-mexican sugar scull birthday party from the bayou. My friends are awesome.

D: . . . And yet, does it involve writing? Or even editing?

A: I’m getting there. Follow the narrative, D – it’s not all about you.

D: (Snort)

A: Charming. Besides work, there have been birthday parties and sunshine—

D: I thought that was sunburn—

A: . . . There have been birthday parties and sunshine. I’ve been spending time with the bride to my honorette, not to mention driving The Boy hither and yon for school concerts (The Boy is the one on drums):

And plays (check out this wonderful review of Godspell – I could not have said it better myself!) and rehearsals for a fabulous student improv comedy show this summer. I’ve even (gasp) gotten involved in my community.

The Boy after Godspell's opening night. He still misses it, he tells me, and considering how spectacular it was, I don't blame him.

The Boy after Godspell’s opening night. He still misses it, he tells me, and considering how spectacular it was, I don’t blame him.

D: Oh, is that all?

A: . . . .

D: Did you know your face turns a delightful shade of puce when you’re angry?

A: (Mutter, grumble, curse).

D: Now, now, A – I don’t even think they make crowbars large enough to do that anyway.

A: You are in a ridiculously good mood.

D: Of course I am. I know the news you’re going to announce at the end of this post. This is my benevolently forbearing face.

A: . . . I think I need to lock you up at night – there is no way I use those words, in that order, or together that way.

D: No, but your friends do.

A: This is the price I pay for being social.

D: Obviously you have two choices – stay home with me rattling around in your head, and allow my language to atrophy to its archaic forms, or be social and encourage the twenty-first century education of this timeless druid.

A: Tough choices.

D: Indeed.

A: Of course, there is a third option.

D: A third option, A? You don’t mean—

A: I do, mean, D. I mean that I could just embrace you, in your archaic, enfuriating, timeless druidic self and release your books into the world, starting with Changelings: Into the Mist in November 2014.

No, this is not the final art of anything. Its just a quick thing I did and something I'm sure my cover artist is going to yell at me for.

No, this is not the final art of anything. It’s just a quick something I did, for which I’m almost certain my cover artist will yell at me.

D: Huzzah!

A: I thought that might help ameliorate my bookish inactivity of late.

D: You can be as busy as you please, Miss A, and get as sunburned as you like, so long as there are release dates and plans aplenty for your – nay, my – books.

A: Thanks . . .  I think. And thank you to all of you for your encouragement and readership as I’ve made my way through this journey. I’m very excited to have a release date and the faintest outlines of a plan – but I know I couldn’t have done it without this blog and the people I’ve met here. Cheers to you!

A Not-So-Shocking Adventure: Rhyme and Neeson

adventureswithD-final (1)A: What is that on your head?

D: Don’t you like my mane?

A: . . .

D: I wanted to see how I would look as a lion. After all, the majestic ruler of the Animal Kingdom and I share similar qualities.

A: No. No one is as #Majestic as this man.

D: No, A. I refuse to allow you to convince me that a dwarf can be my voice.

A: Why not? He has your forbidding glare. And besides, he’s not a dwa—

D: No. I want Liam Neeson.

A: (Sigh) The lion’s mane. Seriously? You think the man who was essentially Jesus could be your voice?

This man has been the voice of God, a Jedi, and a revolutionary... could he be D, too?

This man has been the voice of Jesus (as a lion), a Jedi, and a revolutionary… could he be D, too?

D: He was also assassinated as Michael Collins, but I’m not going to hold that against him.

A: (Eye roll) I’m sure he appreciates your forbearance.

D: Admit it A, you can’t find fault with this choice. He’s perfect.

A: . . . I do believe Green and I have created a monster. Thank heavens our podcasts are so much fun (even if I fail at picking titles! Episode 7: Untitled is fab, and you should go listen. Don’t worry, we’ll wait).

D: If by fun, you mean ridiculous.

A: Actually, I usually do mean ridiculous.

D: I knew—

A: And that’s why they’re awesome! Go on, everyone. Check out the podcast and the show notes over at Green Embers Recommends. And while you’re there, check out the other great reviews by Green, Phoebe and Roxie!