We've got a few things to cover before Thor soars his way across our starboard side this weekend, so let's get this party up and running!
Andrew Leon, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and Matthew MacNish. It's an opportunity to let you favorite bloggers (who haven't posted in a while) that you miss their presence in the community and share which active bloggers you would miss if they ceased blogging altogether. Now's the time to let them know how much you miss and appreciate them, and here's a few awesome blogger buds of mine that this ship seriously misses:
Kate Coursey - I've made lots of writerly friends over the years, and then there are those who you hit it right off the bat with. It's been a while since Kate's sunny personality has graced us with a post, but she's been in India most of this year. Best. Excuse. Ever! Enjoy your time there, and get inspired for more writing adventures!
Jackson Porter - One of my youngest members, Jackson is a seriously talented writer who I know will make a splash in the publishing world one day. For now, he's working on graduating High School next year. Good to see his priorities are straight. You're awesome, Jackson!
Kevin Hiatt - I first meet this fine fellow at a LDStorymakers conference, and he's seriously one of the wittiest dudes I know. I also know that he's taking care of some things in the background, and I wish him well until he returns. Appreciate the smiles, Kevin!
And to those bloggers who I'd miss if they suddenly stopped (and there are many, many of them, so narrowing this is tough):
Michael Offutt - whose posts manage to be fun and thought-provoking while being completely random at the same time. Never stop what you're doing, dude. I'd have serious withdrawals!
Julie Luek - who has this incredible talent for being a breath of fresh air in the blogosphere, whose posts are often inspirational and she's not afraid to engage her audience with deep questions.
Alex J. Cavanaugh - who I'm sure is going to be on everyone's list, for good reason, since this man of ninja mystery is synonymous with superglue - or duct tape - that holds this blogoverse together.
Thanks for hosting this fest, guys! It's heartfelt and appreciated. Now enough with the mushy stuff and let's award some people!
In addition to winning a free ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas, the following recipients will receive the following:
Ilima Todd wins a 50 page critique from Jennie!
Sheena-Kay Graham wins a 50 page critique from Jessica!
Pauline Creeden wins a $25 Amazon gift card from Kelley!
Jay Noel wins a $25 Amazon gift card from Me!
Elizabeth Seckman wins a choice of any of Cassie's ebooks!
Congratulations and a yuletide THANK YOU for helping us spread the word. Now let the money roll in so it can all go to a fantastic cause!
And just when you thought it was safe to go back into space ...
Time to let the fan boy out ...
It was just announced that the next installment of the Star Wars franchise, Episode VII, is slated for a December 18, 2015 release! I honestly have mixed feelings about this. One side of me is all ...
"pew-pew-pew, slash, vharoom-vharoom, clash!"
But since Disney is steering this, the other side of me is all ...
"I'll, uh ... curb my enthusiasm a smidgen ..."
Not that I'm saying they can't come up with something great with the right story and team, but that seems down-right quick, don't you think? That and Disney's been a mixed bag of tricks lately ... either a very pleasant surprise (Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph) or an overly long head-scratch (Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Lone Ranger). Let's be honest, their live-action hasn't been their strong suit lately, but that could change. It's the only constant thing ... and there's a little Tom Hiddleston and Jennifer Lawrence in all of us, amiright?
Now you're just being weird and creepy, DPK ...
Okay, okay ... I'll stop (for now) ...
Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to checking out the blogfest posts all day, with a short Thor "break" later. Have a good one!
What are you up to this weekend? How's your NaNoing going? What bloggers would you/do you miss? Who's seeing Thor 2?
I'm David, and "pew-pew-pew, slash, vharoom-vharoom, clash!"