Friday, December 16, 2011

De Ja Vu Blogest:

Today's Post is a part of The Deja Vu Blogfest.  I decided to participate because of how lazy it is.  All you gotta do is repost your favorite blog post or one you didn't think was fully appreciated at the time.  So I've chosen my live blog of the Hunger Games.  Pretty under appreciated as far as genius/and getting to see the reading process unfold goes.  Hope you love it this time around.

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I've decided to finally read Hunger Games this week.  Pretty spectacular.  I have already read 80 pages.  I will live blog as I read the rest.  Pretty sure that's never been done.  Another first brought to you by Chris Phillips.

11:21 - Found a typo on pg 117.  tsk tsk scholastic.

12:20 - I like how they weave romance in here without making me gag.

2:34 - Decided the game makers should have had a huge plastic hippo devour a tribute, then rename the book The Hungry Hungry Games.  

2:45 - Had to look up copse.  Who uses that word ever?  "Hey I gotta pee, but like, I'm outside."  "Just go find a copse!"  not likely, all I'm saying.

3:10 - Almost died in a deck chair mishap.  On Chapter 17 now. 

3:25 - I just looked up the song Katniss sings hoping it would be a real song I could listen to.  Disappointment.  Others on youtube have made a version.  Kind of scary. 

3:52 - The rule change seems kind of out of place so far. 

4:12 - Now it fits better. 

5:07 - completely unrelated. My wife just hooked up our new dvr and it's set for 1980. Did they even have dvr's yet? Heck, they didn't even have Nintendo.  Wait a minute!  Is my dvr a time machine?  Great Scott!  I'm at the feast.

7:54 - Done.  Plotting a way to get book two tomorrow.  Need to eat now.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Clean Bill of Health

If you've been by the blog in the last two days (you're probably a googlebot) you may have noticed a warning page about malware and herpes and other atrocious things you could get by coming here. I guess a website I linked to a year ago got hacked and so the picture link would have unloaded a virus to anyone who read that post. Whoops. Got er fixed, so now my blog should just be dormant instead of contagious. Hope all is well with you peoples. 

-Chris

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Chris Phillips' Mailbag: Christmas Season

This week's letter comes to us from Steve in Wichita, KS.  Steve writes:

What's the most annoying thing about Christmas?
First of all, you are probably dead from blaspheming the infant Messiah's B-day.  But if not, let me tell you that there are quite a few things amiss about the season as a whole.  First off there are the people who whine and complain about those who take the season out of context.  Christmas is a holiday made up by the Catholic church to offset pagan festivals.  The Winter festival is offset by Xmas, the Spring festival is offset by Easter.  The Festival of Sobriety and Moderation is offset by St. Patty's Day and so forth.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say to celebrate Xmas or how to.  It does however say, "Though shall not kill," so think about that before going to the Christmas tree farm... murderers!  

Also there are the people who complain about how much weight they will gain because of the holiday season.  Ham and stuffing taste the exact same in August as they do in November and December.  No one is making you eat.  Note how Aunt Bessie stopped trying to get you to eat more of her (in)famous pistachio Jello mold a decade ago.

But most of all there is the lingering memory of not getting a pony from Santa when I was six.  Sure, you may say, "But he gave you one when you were seven!"  Great, but I really wanted one the year before and it still stings a little, you know.  Great question, Steve.  Now it's everyone else's turn.  What bugs you about Christmas?

-Chris

Sunday, November 20, 2011

String Bridge Magical Mystery Tour: InteReview


Jess Bell is with us this today to snarkily answer some questions about her debut novel, String Bridge.  But first here is my review, also on Goodreads: *spoiler alert*  The spoiler is that I'm mediocre at writing reviews, I don't actually give away anything plot wise.


String Bridge is author Jessica Bell's debut offering. It is a terrific portrayal of Melody, a career oriented mom who longs for more. With semi-dashed dreams, an unappreciative spouse, and unbalanced parents, an uncertainty about a promotion at work and her husband's secretive behavior drive 'Mel' to an emotional boiling point.

I enjoyed every minute and appreciate the way Bell wrote about very relatable topics. I'm not much for Women's lit, but I will be checking out future books from this author. Bell, who in addition to being an author is also a poet and musician, uses her skills to weave both poetry and lyricism into her descriptions of mundane everyday struggles that anyone could relate to. While the issues facing the main character are unique, i.e. bipolar mother, secretive music-promoter husband, each one is written about in a completely relatable and tangible way.

There is also an accompanying music CD released simultaneously entitled ‘Melody Hill – On the Other Side’ that is also definitely worth a checking out.

On to the ?'s:
1.  Tell us about the idea behind String Bridge, How did it come to you, did it come all at once, while you were sleeping, canoeing, etc.?

I woke up one morning and decided to become a best-selling novelist so I wrote a book about the first thing that came to mind … um … that’s how it always works, doesn’t it? Hey, btw, got any cash to donate to my New York Times Bribery Fund?

2.  String Bridge is about a Greek Aussie who writes music and has cooky musicians for parents.  You are a Greek Aussie who writes music and poetry and have cooky musicians for parents.  How did you differentiate your character from yourself, how did you draw from yourself?

Well, I’m actually German/Aussie! Ha! My step father is Greek, but I haven’t got any Greek blood in me. As for the parents, well, yeah, my parents are kinda cooky, but in a much nicer and wittier way than Betty and James. Do you really think Betty and James are cooky? I actually think they’re a nightmare …

How did I draw from myself? Um … I took a few slow backward steps, but then realized that my body was following and I gave up.

3.  Your descriptions of everyday things from your character's viewpoint are incredibly vivid and insightful.  Do you write those kinds of things down in a notebook or do they just come to you as you're writing.

Just as I’m writing. They come knocking on my door like trick-or-treaters.

4.  Why did you chose Lucky Press, How did you discover them?

With lots of luck and pressing of keys …

5.  Is this like totally your favorite writing blog ever?

Yeah, like, whatever …

6.  Multiple choice:  If you could go have drinks with any of the following people who would it be and why?
a) Justin Bieber
b) Mel Gibson
c) Whoopie Goldberg
d) Janis Joplin
e) Jack Kerouac

Janis Joplin, to ask her, “Does the number 27 have any significance?”


Thanks again for being here, and writing such a wonderful novel!
-Chris

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chris Phillips' Mailbag: Sparking Carrots

Be sure to get your hard-hitting questions answered by a pro!  You can also email them to me or put them in the comments and I'll answer them too, so you'll know how to live the rest of your life correctly*.  

This week's question comes from Jen in Omaha, NE.  Jen writes:

Why do carrots spark in the microwave?  I'm trying to steam them in a steam bag.
Jen,

First question seems obvious, but should still be asked, did you seal the bag using the handy zipper, or did you staple it shut?  Because that's happened to me once and not only did it blow a hole in the side of my microwave, but the staples burned the tips of my fingers when I tried to open the bag.  I know I should have been more concerned about my defunct appliance, but I figured if I was out a microwave, I was gonna eat some steamed carrots out of the deal to cope with it all.  But if you used the bag's seal it could be "arcing" due to what is in the carrots.  

According to the USDA:
"Some foods such as raw carrots and hot dogs can cause arcing while being microwaved. In hot dogs, this can be due to the uneven mixing of salts and additives. In carrots, it can be due to the minerals in the soil in which they were grown."
My question is what "additives" they add to hotdogs to make them spark?  My guess is that, unless you eat Goldschlager brand hotdogs, it's lead.  The USDA advises that you turn off your microwave instead of standing in front of it.  Good idea, fellas.  I'm pretty sure they're still safe to eat.  After all Iron Man had an arc reactor in his chest in both Iron Man movies and he seems to be doing okay.  
 
-Chris


*Legal disclaimer:  I am actually a moron.  Please don't actually ever do anything I tell you, unless you're drunk, and I have your permission to twitvid it and make you an internet sensation.  But mostly just don't listen to me.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Music To Make Write To: Request Line

Hi, kids!  More request line!  Just send me what you're listening to while writing, painting, macrameing or whatever is that voodoo that you do so well. You can send them via email or comments.

This week's requests come from Man O'Clay (1)  E. J. Wesley(2)and Jessica Bell (3(Go buy her new book!)







-Chris

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chart Rush!

Today is THE day to help Jessica Bell's debut, STRING BRIDGE, hit
the bestseller list on Amazon, and receive the all-original soundtrack
Melody Hill: On the Other Sidewritten and performed by the author herself, for free!

All you have to do is
purchase the
book today (paperback, or eBook), November 11th, and
then email the receipt to:


jessica.carmen.bell(at)gmail(dot)com

She will
then email you a link to download the album at no extra cost!

To purchase the paperback:

To purchase the eBook:

To listen to samples of the soundtrack, visit iTunes.


If you are
not familiar with String Bridge,
check out the book trailer:



Rave Reviews for String Bridge:

Jessica Bell’s STRING BRIDGE strummed the fret of my
veins, thrummed my blood into a mad rush, played me taut until the final page,
yet with echoes still reverberating. A rhythmic debut with metrical tones of
heavied dark, fleeting prisms of light, and finally, a burst of joy—just as
with any good song, my hopeful heartbeat kept tempo with Bell’s narrative.
~ Kathryn Magendie, author of Sweetie and Publishing Editor of Rose & Thorn Journal

“Poet and
musician Jessica Bell's debut novel String Bridge
is a rich exploration of desire, guilt, and the
difficult balancing act of the modern woman. The writing is lyrical throughout,
seamlessly integrating setting, character and plot in a musical structure that
allows the reader to identify with Melody's growing insecurity as her world
begins to unravel …
String Bridge is
a powerful debut from a promising writer, full of music, metaphor, and just a
hint of magic.” ~ Magdalena Ball, author of Repulsion
Thrust
and Sleep Before Evening

Jessica Bell is a brilliant writer
of great skill and depth.
She doesn't pull back from the difficult
scenes, from conflict, pain, intensity. She puts it all out there, no holds
barred, no holding back. She knows how to craft a scene, how to develop
character, how to create suspense. This is an absolutely brilliant debut novel.
I look forward to reading her
next novel, and next and next.” 
~ Karen Jones
Gowen, author of Farm Girl, Uncut Diamonds and House of Diamonds


"It's like... super good."  ~Chris Phillips, author of Fishsticks are People Too, a Memoir. 

Please TWEET and/or FACEBOOK this post using #StringBridge!

Jess said we could add to this announcement if we wanted, so here's a picture of a Kraken!   



This is what will happen if you don't buy her book, only to your face!  Yeah!  


-Chris

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wise New Sayings 11/9

These are coming to you by request.  If you have an old saying you want revised, email it to me or put it in the comments.  

Wise old saying:
"Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

Wise new saying:
"Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, your frenemies REALLY close (like almost touching,) and your aquaintances at medium distance, between 8-15 ft approximately."

Wise old saying:
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"

Wise new saying:
"An apple a day... will eventually lead to malnutrition.  You should really eat some other stuff too."


Wise old saying:
"If you are not part of the cure, then you are part of the problem."

Wise new saying:
"If you are not part of The Cure, then you are part of the problem.  However far away I will always love you.  I will always love you."

-Chris

Monday, November 7, 2011

Music To Make Write To: Request Line

Sup, Party people?  This week on Music to Make Write to we are featuring three songs requested by you, the posters.  We will continue to do this until you stop making requests, so probably for a week and a half.  If you want to let us know what you listened to while writing lately, put it in the comments or email that stuff and... poof! It will magically be here next week.

This weeks' songs come to us by way of Trisha (vids 1,3) and Crystal Cook (vid 2)







L8ter, party peoples!

-Chris

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chris Phillips' Mailbag: A Warning

It's time for the ole Mailbag again, kiddos!  A time honored tradition where I answer your hard hitting questions sent to me via email or comments.  So remember, if you want a questions answered be sure to put it in the comments of this post or to send it in via email.  

This week's question comes from Lydia Kang in Counciltucky, Iowa.  Lydia writes:

Dear Chris,
I saw 18 turkeys walking around in my yard today. It's November.

Should I warn them? About, you know...a certain holiday coming up that involves, er, gravy?

-Lydia
Lydia,

Let me begin this response by explaining a common holiday misconception.  Basically every holiday should involve gravy in some way, if you are doing it right.  Not just Thanksgiving.  Think about it.  Thanksgiving needs gravy, sure.  But what about Christmas?  Now I know right now you are thinking, That's only two holidays, what about Yom Kippur?  You aren't even supposed to eat on Yom Kippur!  You are to be fasting!  And while that is true, what do you think observers break the 25 hour fast with?  That's right, gravy.  Have you ever had unleavened bread dry?  And I don't even need to get into how much more fun Groundhog Day is with gravy, now do I?

As for the turkeys, you should warn them.  It's only fair.  Now how to warn them?  Hmm.  We need something loud enough for them all to hear and get it.  I know!  a pump action shotgun!  That should warn them!  Though I guess you'd only technically be warning 17/18 turkeys.  Oh well.

-Chris

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Need Your Input

Hi.  So I was thinking about taking this blog back up on a more regular basis.  But I need your help.  What I really need, is for you guys to do it for me.  So if you have a song  you write to that you want to share, comment that stuff.  If you have a wise old saying you want me to mock, comment that stuff.  If you have a question I can use for a mailbag post, comment that too. 

In the meantime, I used this song while writing yesterday:


Also a wise old saying:
"A bird in hand is worth two in the bush."

A wiser new saying:
"Two birds in the bush will not poop in my hand. They can poop in the bush, that's totally cool with me."

A mailbag post, this one from Gary in Crete, Nebraska.  Gary writes:

Why don't you answer my questions I keep writing you?  It's like you are ignoring me!  Are you ignoring me?  How dare you?!

Thanks, Gary.  Well that's all for now, if you want more, you're going to have to help me out with some questions, sayings, or songs.  Have a good week.  

-Chris

Friday, October 28, 2011

Music To Make Write To

Hey, Bloggies.  Sorry again that I'm never here.  Life's still having a pretty good time kicking my balls.  Anyway, be sure and check out my flash fiction up now on The Glasschord if you haven't done so already.

While you write, listen to this stuff.  It will make people like you more:









-Chris

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apologies

I'm sorry I don't post much any more.  It's not because I don't like you.  don't get me wrong, I don't like you, but that isn't why I'm not posting.  Life's been rough lately.  Here's a graphic to demonstrate.


I'm the guy on the right.  Life is the guy on the left.  Anyway, my goal in addition to finding a job is to finish repairing my manuscript this week and send it out to a couple agents next week.  Then I'm going to try and write out a Picture book M.S. that's been floating around in my head also as I await more kick in the crotch style rejections.  

Rejection.  Rejection, Re-je-ec-tion. A horrible way to die.  A horrible way to die.  Rejection, reje-ec-tion... A Horrible way to die!

Anyway, what is going on with you guys?

-Chris

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Important Announcements!

Remember how I said there would be an announcement, and then it never came, and you asked where it was, and I broke down crying, and then It still didn't come, and you asked me to get off your lawn in kind of a tone?  Well now it has happened (the thing, not me getting off your lawn!)  So I will not get off your lawn!  

Check out my flash fiction work at Glasschord!  The story is one I wrote for my creative writing class and really isn't the kind of writing I do on the regular, but it's always fun to see your work go places and feel like a real writer.  

If you've never checked out Glasschord Magazine before, I encourage it, and not just because they had the wisdom and foresight to use my stuff.  It's a great magazine that features amazing artists, musicians, and writers you won't currently find elsewhere. 

Have a great rest of the week.

-Chris

Friday, September 30, 2011

Important Announcement Coming Tomorrow! (I think.. maybe)

You might be saying to yourself, "Self, where did that Chris Phillips guy go?  He should get off of his lazy butt and post something.  There is no leeway for posting irregularly in this economy!"  And I think that's a bit harsh and deserves a bit more consideration, but I haven't posted in awhile and wanted to let you know that I am going to post tomorrow (most likely) and announce something really neat (if that something happens) so be, like, really ready for it.

K?

-Chris

Monday, September 19, 2011

Worst Movies Blogfest


Good Morning.  It's time for another Alex J. Cavanaugh signature blogfest!  Today I'll take you on a magical journey through the worst 10 movies I remember watching.  I'll be honest.  I have a decent eye for movies.  Mostly I avoid movies I know will be bad.  The Mrs. on the other hand?  Not so much.  Her picks account for a majority of the worst movies I've ever watched, some so bad I can't even recall them to put them on the list.  Here's what I do remember:

10 Captain America
This one was terrible because it completely blindsided me.  Good actor and cast overall.  Great previews... and then Bam!  Let's fight over a Norse Crystal of Legend during WWII with giant unrealistic tanks and bad laser effects.  Come on Marvel!  You just made a good Thor movie.  How hard can this be?

9  G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
Tough concept, but still.


8  Steel Magnolias
I know there are some out there who would argue this pick.  I had to watch this in 8th grade.  The teacher (who I'm pretty sure was evil) put these movie on a list for us to vote off of:
-Tommy Boy
-Billy Madison
-Steel Magfrickenolias
Knowing the guys would split their vote the girls got their way.  I immediately left the classroom after and punched a kid and peed on a fire hydrant just to regain a small fraction of my lost manhood.

7 Ghost Ship
Yawn.

6
Transformers 2:  Revenge of the Fallen
Spoiler alert!  The revenge of the fallen is that you have to sit through this movie.  shhh.  don't tell.

5  Babylon A.D. 
Vin Diesel in a sci-fi?  Worked in Pitch Black.  Not here.  It's one of those where you go, wait! What???  That's the "plot?"

4  Larry The Cable Guy:  Health Inspector
The pride of Nebraska right here.  The film opens with Larry peeing in the shower.  It pretty much doesn't get any better from there.  After watching it I wrote a letter to the studio asking them to change the copy on the cover to, "They'll give anyone a movie."  Did not take.

3 9th Gate
I've never laughed so hard or long at the ending of a movie.  Literally five minutes.  This movie is great for 9/10's of it and then bam!  Wait a minute... it does suck!  And it's so jarring it's comical.  Almost worth a watch just for that.

2 2012
Because of my VIP hollywood access I was able to procure a copy of the original script for this movie.  Ready?  K. 

2012
[The earth splits open.  Insert 1.5 hours of cgi effects.]
Cast:  Oh noes!  Ahhh!  Save us and stuff!

[They all get on Armageddon boats.  One narrowly misses Mt. Everest, which is now a small peak sticking out of the ocean. There is an emotional speech about how if we can't save everyone why even go on?  Insert more cgi.]
Emotional speech giver:  If we can't save everyone why even go on?
Cast:  Oh noes!  Save us more!
[At the last minute they miss the peak and don't die.]
Cast: Yay!
fin'


1 Valentines Day
 This movie was worse because we watched it with friends.  Both girls thought it looked great.  I had to explain to my wife that if the preview flaunts the actors, has no good quotes, and you still don't know what it's about at the end of the preview... don't pick it.

That's my list.  It's infallible.  L8ter. 

Next person on the tour: Lydia

-Chris

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday to Blog! Choose Your Own Adventure

My blog is one year old today.  Just like a real-life human one year older my blog is cute, wiggly, and smells like milk is oozing out of both ends!  BTW you were supposed to get me presents.  Jerks.

That's okay.  Not really, but I'm moving on.  Mostly because you're still getting me a present.  
Your present to me (unless you want to FedEx me cupcakes) is to choose your own adventure by picking a classic Chris Phillips blog post and then telling me how great it was and how much my blog means to you and the such.  Because remember, the greatest sitcoms of all time run clip montage shows when they run out of funny yet touching plot-lines or they just want to take a break but still cash checks.  This is like that only without clips or a moral or my blog being a sitcom.  

Here are your choices for classic postage:






As always, choosing more than one will increase your risk of getting nipple infections by more than 42.7%

-Chris

Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Campaigner Challenge

This is a part of the first Campaigner Challenge.

If you are not a Campaigner, you will have to come back another time as the challenges are all a big secret.  I'm not even supposed to tell you how secret they are.

Anyway, here's the rules:
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count)
My entry:


The door swung open.  Bill peeked his head around the door frame. 
"What are you doing in here?" he asked.
"Nothing."  
"You sure?  You dashed out of the room in such a hurry."  Bill gave an inquisitive sniff of the air.  His brow narrowed and a frown spread across his lips to match the shape.  
"Ahh.  Eww!"
"Sorry.  Polish food."
The door swung shut. 


Have a nice weekend.

-Chris

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Exclamation Points!

Most authors shy away from exclamation points because they get that if their sentence has meaning, they don't need to dumb it down by pointing it out!  Also it makes the reader feel like they are being shouted at if you use them often!  But then again, maybe the reader deserves it!  It can also make you feel a little stupid if the author felt the need to use ! to tell you the sentence was important!

In quality writing exclamation points are primarily used in dialog to indicate tone or expression!  Most of us would agree this is the correct usage!  One exception is that kids books use them to show sentences that are more important or weighty than others!  

While that makes sense, I also think we confuse kids with how we teach exclamation points!  As a second/first grade teacher I taught some of the more basic building block types of writing lessons kids get in school!  For my grade levels there were four traits we looked at on a rubric!  Those traits were, Ideas/Content, Organization, Voice, and Conventions!  The rubric went to 4 points total!  My last district put a high emphasis on voice (and then proceeded to teach voice poorly!)  Basically if they didn't have two or more exclamation points, they dropped from a 4 to a 2, which is failing!  

Because, how do you know kids really meant what they wrote if they haven't thrown exclamation points like confetti all over their page?!  Sometimes you could justify it back up to a 3 if you argued a bunch, but according to the rubric it was a two!  So after awhile kids just started ending sentences with them!  If that doesn't get adequately taught out of them later in life they won't know any better!  I don't remember learning the proper usage of them until college!

You may or may not have noticed by now that all of my sentences end with an exclamation point!  That is because everything I'm saying is important and noteworthy!  

One other important note about exclamations is that they are much funnier if you make a long line of them and toss in a 1 here and there like you got really excited while typing them in!!!!!1!!111!

I would ask what you thought about exclamation points here but then my sentence would end in a question mark instead of this guy -->!

-Chris!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Guerilla Operations North American Defense Squadron of the Future, subtitled: A Long Line of G.O.N.A.D.S.

*This is a mock query I posted on the World's Worst Query Forum at Querytracker.net*

Dear Agent,

It is the future now.  War has ravaged what is left of The United States of America.  A really bad war!  It is up to Duke Manchild's great grandson, also named Duke Manchild, to resurrect G.O.N.A.D.S. (Guerilla Operations North American Defense Squadron) in order to set things right once again.  Duke and the newly assembled  G.O.N.A.D.S. team of heroes must fight an evil organization known only as S.H.R.I.N.K.A.G.E (Shadow Hessian Remnants Infiltrating National Kombat Agencies to Grow Evil.)  And just like it always seems to go for the G.O.N.A.D.S. team, things get hairy!

This third installment of my previously unpublished smash hit series, which includes G.O.N.A.D.S. I and Baltic Allied Lightning Liberation Squadron (B.A.L.L.S.) completes the series and gives it a happy ending.  I think it is the best book because it is in the future, so the team not only shoots bullets, but bullets with lasers inside of them!!!  G.O.N.A.D.S. OF THE FUTURE, SUBTITLED: A LONG LINE OF G.O.N.A.D.S. is complete at 60,000 words, if you count chapter headings and labels for the maps I drew so everyone would know where things were happening, otherwise it's 30,000 words.  Last time I contacted you, you asked what genre this book was.  After looking up the word genre I've decided it is an Action Drama.  I revised the books like you suggested, I didn't get what you were saying about point of view so I just put in more fight scenes and love scenes.  My point of view is that this book rocks!!!1!

Anyway, let me know.

Your Pal,
Broseph McDude. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Choose Your Own Adventure Friday

How do you want to feel today?
Too Cool For School  (warning:  potty words ahead)



Angry at your father  (warning:  potty words ahead)




Warning:  Failure to pick only one will result in instant contraction of rubella. 

-Chris

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Upcoming Events in My Area (Omaha)

I just checked the Omaha Library website.  September seems to be their big bring in some authors month.  They will feature the following Children's/YA authors:

9/6 Judy Schachner (SkippyJon Jones) *will try to go
9/13 Ellen Hopkins (Crank)
9/20 Jon Scieszka (Time Warp Trio, Math Curse) *definitely going

I'm really excited about Scieszka.  I put the Time Warp Trio series as a comparative title for my new manuscript.  

How about you?  What is going on in your area? 

-Chris




Monday, August 29, 2011

25 Years ago

The 20th of this month marked the passing of 25 years since my father's death.  He was killed, along with 13 others in a post office massacre in Edmond, OK.  I was four when it happened.  I mostly don't remember him.  But I will also never forget him.  I wrote a poem about it that you can find at My Poetry and Prose Place today.  Complete and udder coincidence that August is also Chris Phillips month on her blog.BTW the rest of you should consider having a Chris Phillips month on your blog.  Pretty great idea, but I digress.

here is the news link:


-Chris.  

Friday, August 26, 2011

Choose Your Own Adventure Friday: Vacation Edition

In honor of my recent vacation to Boston and Maine I thought I'd let you choose what adventure I took this week so you could see pieces of it and pretend you were elite enough to come along with me. 

There once was a strapping young lad named Chris.  He and his wife flew to:



This is the rare week I encourage you to check them all out.

-Chris

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Longfellow

On my recent trip to Boston and Maine, we were able to tour the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in Portland, ME.  Here are some pics:




It was really cool to see rooms he played in and desks he wrote on.  I also learned that his trademark beard was not a style choice, but that he could no longer shave due to burns suffered while trying to safe his wife whose dress had caught fire.  

How about you folks?  Has anyone else ever visited a lit heavy historical site like this?

If you aren't a campaigner yet.  Do it!

Also, don't forget to come back Friday for a Choose Your Own Adventure based on my recent vacation.  

-Chris 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Oddz N' Endz 8/22

I'm Back!  Good to be home/posting again.  I'll have a whole lot more pictures up Friday as a part of my Choose Your Own Adventure series.  This one will be epic, so be sure to come back.  But for now I'll leave you with these:



Don't forget to go here and sign up for Rach's blogging campaign! Highly recommended. 

You should also go sign up to win an ARC of String Bridge here.  I read some on the plane.  Very good.

Go to Lydia Kang's blog, where she is giving away 900 books!  Well maybe not that many, but really close.

-Chris

Friday, August 19, 2011

Choose Your Own Adventure Friday

Good Mornin!  It's time for another Choose Your Own Adventure.  This is just like when you were a kid and you had to choose whether Flint and Roadblock stormed Cobra Command in a tank or dressed up like Viper Soldiers and slipped in quietly.  Only now you get to decide the fate of your very own day.  Pick a feeling you want to carry with you for the rest of your Friday and then click the link.  If you pick more than one, I won't be your friend anymore. 

Options:





Have a good weekend!  

-Chris

Friday, August 12, 2011

Choose Your Own Adventure Friday

Good morning, all!  Hope your Friday is off to a roaring start.  Before you get too far into it I thought I'd start a new segment.  We'll call it Choose Your Own Adventure.  To participate, choose what mood you want to be in today and play that video.  Don't play them all.  Don't be THAT guy.

Cool/Relaxed:


Reflective:


Giddy/retarded:


Have a good weekend.  See you all in a week or so.  

-Chris

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Oddz N' Endz 8/10

-I just finished the second book in the Hunger Games series.  It started much slower than the first one, but seriously addictive stuff.

-I also just got my ARC of Stringbridge in the mail.  Excitement abounds. 

-Get geared up for the next Blogging Crusade Campaign from Rach.  It starts up pretty soon (8/22) and is a fantastical way to get new followers and make new connections.

-The blog will be going dark for a week or so next week as my wife and I vacation to Boston/Maine.  If you need anything feel free to email.

-Chris


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Live Blog: Hunger Games

I've decided to finally read Hunger Games this week.  Pretty spectacular.  I have already read 80 pages.  I will live blog as I read the rest.  Pretty sure that's never been done.  Another first brought to you by Chris Phillips.

11:21 - Found a typo on pg 117.  tsk tsk scholastic.

12:20 - I like how they weave romance in here without making me gag.

2:34 - Decided the game makers should have had a huge plastic hippo devour a tribute, then rename the book The Hungry Hungry Games.  

2:45 - Had to look up copse.  Who uses that word ever?  "Hey I gotta pee, but like, I'm outside."  "Just go find a copse!"  not likely, all I'm saying.

3:10 - Almost died in a deck chair mishap.  On Chapter 17 now. 

3:25 - I just looked up the song Katniss sings hoping it would be a real song I could listen to.  Disappointment.  Others on youtube have made a version.  Kind of scary. 

3:52 - The rule change seems kind of out of place so far. 

4:12 - Now it fits better. 

5:07 - completely unrelated. My wife just hooked up our new dvr and it's set for 1980. Did they even have dvr's yet? Heck, they didn't even have Nintendo.  Wait a minute!  Is my dvr a time machine?  Great Scott!  I'm at the feast.

7:54 - Done.  Plotting a way to get book two tomorrow.  Need to eat now.