Jim Butcher videos!

Something to watch later:

 

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest: I’m a quarter finalist

Just a quick update, I’m a quarter finalist:

http://www.amazon.com/b?node=332264011

My sympathies to those who didn’t make it to the next round.

** update: I just learned that Mark Capell’s “Cafe Insomniac” also made it to the next round **

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Indie Author Appreciation Day!

John L. Monk:

I had no idea today was dedicated to me (and one or two others, I suppose). But whatever, it was. Here’s a short essay on audiobooks by Mark Capell, creator of the Fogland project, and whose book you can see over on the left under “Awesome Indies.” You’ll also see “Hyperlink From Hell”, another awesome indie book, and the creator of Indie Author Appreciation Day.

Originally posted on Belly-up!:

It’s Indie Author Appreciation Day! (Yes, I just made that up.) Today, I’m appreciating Mark Capell, author of Cafe Insomniac and much, much more, including this guest post:

Will Audiobooks Change Writing Styles?

by Mark Capell

Recently, Audible.com brokered a deal with the author David Hewson to publish his latest book, Flood, well ahead of its print run. As audiobooks rise in popularity, will the way they’re written change?

As David pointed out, audio “is the original form of storytelling. It’s what Homer did. Homer was not a writer, he was a storyteller”. I’ve always had a fondness for aural storytelling. I once met one of the few traditional storytellers still working the pubs in the UK, in the old folk tradition. He was such a vibrant performer, living the story he was telling, sometimes veering off into the melodramatic, but always finding a way to convey his enthusiasm. I asked him if…

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Kick by John L. Monk

John L. Monk:

How pathetic am I, googling myself at 12:58 a.m. (instead of writing Kick 2)?

Also want to add: how lucky am I to have such amazing reactions to my first book?

Very happy.

Originally posted on thebookishmamas:

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That Guy… Who Was in That Thing (2012)

John L. Monk:

This was an awesome documentary.

Originally posted on Dynamite Review:

that guy who was in that thing

Director:

Ian Roumain

Michael Schwartz

Starring:

Xander Berkeley

Bruce Davison

Craig Fairbrass

Timothy Omundson

Plot:

Documentary about sixteen actors who detail their ups and downs as they struggle to forge careers in Hollywood. They’ve played cops, lawyers, bosses, best friends, psychopaths, politicians and everything in between. Now you’ll know who they are.

Review:

This was a great documentary. So much information and I enjoyed figuring out where I’d seen everyone. I also noticed a parallel between character actors and mid-list authors. A lot of the time they have to work part time jobs while pursuing their passions.

Timothy Omundson looks younger with a beard somehow and super sexy.

Everyone’s in Star Trek.

4/5

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Re-blog: P.T Hylton’s giveaway contest

P.T. Hylton’s second question in the “Kick” giveaway contest :)

http://www.pthylton.com/song-save-humanity/

 

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Need a good app to record stuff…

I came up with two cool phrases today but I only remember one of them: “corporate cute.”  Sounds like something already invented, but not yet a cliche so I’m still happy with it.

The other one was better.  I really need to carry around a tape device, or get an app that I can take notes with while driving, or right before bed, etc.  Anyone have a favorite app?

*Update*

Folks over on kboards.com are recommending “Evernote” and “Voice Talk”.  Also, apparently iPhones have a built-in notes functionality where you speak and it records it.

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